Museum Day Live – Sep 29

Free Tickets to Philadelphia Museums!

In the spirit of the free Smithsonian Museums, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.  You can print these tickets FREE online for entry (for two!) on September 29.  There are tons of choices nationally, and of course, lots of outstanding options right here in our own backyard for you to check out.

The National Constitution Center is participating in Museum Day

Participating Museums in Philadelphia include:

The American Swedish Museum

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

National Constitution Center

National Liberty Museum

National Museum of American Jewish History

Penn Museum

Philadelphia Art Alliance

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

Rosenbach Museum & Library

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Check out the state-by-state search of all participating museums, and this link to an FAQ to plan your day.

Photo Reception + Talk @ Water Works Interpretive Center – Sep 20

Schuylkill Soundings Presents:
Behind the Scenes: Images Through the Artist’s Lens

If you haven’t visited the fascinating Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (FWWIC), check out this free photography opening reception and artist’s talk — and visit one of the most important structures in Philadelphia.

United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division, digital ID hhh.pa0837

This exhibition provides a photographic perspective of the FWWIC by physician and photographer Andrea Baldeck, known for her ability to explore the hidden visual stories that often lie behind closed doors.

Born in a western New York, Andrea Baldeck began photographing with a simple box camera at age eight, imagining herself as a Life Magazine photographer canoeing through the jungle to meet Albert Schweitzer. This interest pervaded years of musical study at Vassar, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and practice as an internist and anesthesiologist. On medical trips to Haiti and Grenada, camera and stethoscope occupied the same bag. In the early 1990s she left the operating room for the darkroom, to work as a fine-art photographer in black and white. During the following decade, her portfolio grew to accommodate portraiture, still life and landscapes, as featured in her books.  Since 1996 she has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad, and her images are found in museums and private collections. She is presenting her black-and-white interpretations of the Interpretive Center buildings.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
5:30  to 7:00 pm

Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
640 Water Works Drive • Phila PA 19130
Please RSVP by September 18 at 215-685-0723

Philly Fun Packs – Until Sep 28

Funsavers Fun Packs are back! Each offer includes a selection of performing arts subscriptions, museum memberships and packages discounted significantly from individual ticket prices for a wide range of cultural activities in the city.  Get a great deal now so you can do cool things throughout the entire year!

This year’s list of options includes over 40 selections for individuals and families (yep, there are choices that focus on kids, too!) with interests in history, culture, art, nature, music, dance, theater, science, film, opera, museums, literature, and much more.

This special promotion is only available for purchase online from September 5th – September 28th
and offers are limited, so claim yours today.

Please note: Funsavers Fun Pack discounts apply to the stated offer price only and exclude any additional service, handling and/or facility fees. Each offer listed is available online only. Purchasing instructions are listed below and offers can only be redeemed by following those instructions.

Thanks to the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for organizing the vast (and sortable) information on thousands of upcoming cultural, entertainment and sporting events (including accessibility details) at the phillyfunguide.

Artist + Entrepreneur Lecture at UArts – Sep 13

The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts with GoodCompany Group presents:

Artists and Entrepreneurs Lecture Series: When you know you have a good business idea

Thursday, September 13: 7:30 – 9 pm
Room 511-13, Terra Hall, The University of the Arts
211 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Free for UArts students, alumni and the general public. Seating is limited, registration required. RSVP at

Featured speaker Richard Binswanger is an entrepreneur and teacher working on new approaches to creativity and innovation.  Founder of Innovadium, a program to support teaching innovation to children, he will discuss how to narrow the gap between a good idea and a good business idea.  Time for Q&A will follow the program.

This program is linked to a Saturday workshop (Sept. 15) to allow a deeper dive into the subject.  Lecture attendance is required for those interested in the workshop. Admission to the workshop is by application and fee  — with limited seating.

For more information email

Look for other Artist/Entrepreneur lectures and workshops in this series: entrepreneurial topics in overview lectures combined with hands-on intensive workshops.  This fall, they will present three Thursday evening lectures each linked to a Saturday workshop.

Business Opportunities

  • Lecture: Thursday, September 13, 7:15 to 8:30 pm.  Free and open to the public.
  • Workshop: Saturday, September 15, 10 am to 2:30 pm.  By application only.

Value Proposition

  • Lecture: Thursday, November 1, 7:15 to 8:30 pm.  Free and open to the public.
  • Workshop: Saturday, November 3, 10 am to 2:30 pm.  By application only.

Marketing Strategies

  • Lecture: Thursday, November 15, 7:15 to 8:30 pm.  Free and open to the public.
  • Workshop: Saturday, November 17, 10 am to 2:30 pm.  By application only.

Lectures: Free and open to the public; registration is required. These lectures will be live streamed and recorded.

Workshops: Participation is limited and by application only.  Each workshop will include group discussion, group exercises, one-on-one time with the presenter and a lunch break. Applications will be distributed at the A/E lecture, and they must be submitted by noon the following day.

Workshop attendance carries a modest fee:  $5 for current students; $10 for UArts alumni; and $20 for all others. Cash payment at the door.