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Mid-April 2016     Happenings Inside
IN Center City
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Yoga at City Hall? Yes!
Get a free workout with Spring Training in Dilworth Park! On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 26, we're hosting a variety of sports and fitness programs, conducted by experts in the field of personal fitness. Yoga, Zumba, fitness boot camp, running, kickboxing- it's all here to get you informed and in shape for spring and summer. Spring Training is made possible through the generous support of the Rothman Institute and Jefferson Health.
Get a complete schedule at DilworthPark.org


April 20
Common Touch: An Evening of Enlightening Entertainment and Conversation

The Gershman Y
401 South Broad St

April 21
Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf-
Most Blessed of the Patriarchs:
Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street

April 21
AL DIA Diverse Reads Author Series:
Carmen Maria Machado

Philadelphia History Museum
15 South 7th Street

April 22, 23
The Arden Cabaret Series: Kristine Fraelich

Hamilton Family Arts Center
62 North 2nd Street

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April 23, 26, 28, 30
An Evening of Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
& Il Tabarro

Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce Street

April 28-May 1
Yo-Yo Ma

Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center
Broad and Spruce Streets

April 29, May 1, 4, 6, 8
The Elixir of Love

Opera Philadelphia
Academy of Music
240 South Broad Street

April 30
Phila Flea Market

Sister Cities Park
18th Street and the
Benjamin Franklin Parkway

April 30
World Tai Chi Day

Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street


For the First Time in the Northeastern US
The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. For seven weeks, April 22-June 12, Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a huge Chinese dragon and much more, created using traditional Chinese methods and thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors. In addition to the gorgeous light installations, festival-goers will enjoy daily performances, culinary exploration, crafts by working artists, and still be able to play mini-golf, ride the carousel, and enjoy Franklin Square during the spring and all year long.
Franklin Square, 200 North Sixth Street, 215.629.4026, HistoricPhiladelphia.org/franklin-square/

Celebrate Earth Day with the National Constitution Center
On April 22, eco-friendly organizations from Philadelphia will be onsite at the museum to share information with visitors. Guests can also participate in a variety of interactive programs and activities- Meet President Theodore Roosevelt, test your National Park knowledge, create fun Earth Day arts and crafts and more! Discover what being “green” has to do with the Constitution.
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, 215.409.6700, ConstitutionCenter.org

End of PIFA Street Fair
The culminating event of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) festival transforms six blocks of Broad Street (between Chestnut and South Streets) into a free block party featuring dozens of performances, rides, a zip line, popular food vendors, and this year’s centerpiece – an enormous waterfall in the center of Broad Street across from the Academy of Music. The 2016 PIFA Street Fair will take place on April 23, from 11am-7pm. A featured performance is Squonk – Pittsburgh’s Squonk Opera presents Lady Pneumatica, a 40-foot tall inflatable accordion sculpture of a woman that plays music. More details are available at PIFA.org.
2016 PIFA Street Fair, Broad Street, between Chestnut and South Streets, 215.893.1999, PIFA.org

Three Hundred Years of Architecture in One Book
On April 27, 7-7:30pm, join the local architecture community for the launch of the Center / Architecture + Design's new guide book, Philadelphia Architecture, A Guide to the City (fourth edition), written by John Gallery. This compact guide covers more than 300 years of the buildings that make Philadelphia amongst one of the most unique American cities that has utilized nearly every style of architecture in the US.

Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch Street, 215.569.3186, PhiladelphiaCFA.org

Pay What You Wish for History
The Philadelphia History Museum is celebrating 75 years of being your hometown history museum. They're kicking off the celebration with a Pay What You Wish weekend, April 29-30, featuring exclusive membership offers, birthday cupcakes, children's activities, water ice in the museum's garden and more!
Philadelphia History Museum, 15 South 7th Street, 215.685.4830, PhiladelphiaHistory.org

Take Transit
Philadelphia's great transit system and pedestrian-friendly streets make car-free travel, shopping and dining easy in Center City! Get information on routes, fares, schedules and more, at SEPTA.org or RidePATCO.org.

Brought to you by the Center City District
and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
Public Ledger Building
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