Nearly half a century ago, the Rosenbach Museum and Library began building a relationship with the young author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who very quickly started using the townhouse museum on Delancey Place as a repository for his original drawings, manuscripts, proofs, and rare editions.
Sunday Chamber music The sensational Serafin String Quartet plays works by Janacek, Grieg, Debussy, Haydn, Mozart, and Andrew Norman at 1 p.m. at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $18. Call 215-222-1400.
Even during lean years, Opera Philadelphia could manage at least a klieg light for its season opener. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary with financial stability and grand plans for seasons to come, Opera Philadelphia had two lanes of Broad Street blocked Friday with a climate-controlled tent to house a catered dinner. First, there was an intimate conce
Fringe Festival, Week 2 Presented Fringe offers The Four Seasons Restaurant from ambitious Italian director Romeo Castellucci and choreographer Trajal Harrell's hommage to the Harlem balls of the '60s, Antigone Sr. Meanwhile, Neighborhood Fringe does its own fabulously multifaceted thing. For schedules, show information and tickets, go to www.fringearts.com.
At the gala opening of the spectacular new FringeArts building on Columbus Boulevard on Friday night, the air was charged with so much electricity I was glad the place was no longer in use as a pumping station. Though there was no danger of electrocution, the crowd, there to see the Pennsylvania Ballet in new works, could have crushed you.
One of those wonderful Fringe surprises: A show running only two nights with the unprepossessing title Speed Dating Tonight! turns out to be so good in such unexpected and charming ways.
The world is so used to artists craving recognition that audiences might initially be nonplussed by those who fight you off with a stick and then run.
Fringe Festival, Week 3 In the final week of this year's festival, Wetland is still rocking gently on the Delaware, White Rabbit Red Rabbit starts fresh every night, and Pig Iron breaks up repeatedly. New this week: In the Pony Palace's all-female football and 100% Philadelphia with an all-star cast of . . . you! For schedules, show information and tickets, go to www.fringearts.com.