Philadelphia, Circus City

 

“Brian Lundar, 15, a student at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, performs on the steps of the Art Museum” | Photo: HughE Dillon, for Philadelphia magazine

“Brian Lundar, 15, a student at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, performs on the steps of the Art Museum” | Photo: HughE Dillon, for Philadelphia magazine

  • Philly mag’s Dan McQuade explains why Philadelphia was such an obvious choice for America’s first full-time school for modern circus arts, Circadium, whose founders announced today will open on September 5 of next year. Such fringe arts, needing 60-foot ceilings, can germinate only as close to Broadway as the real estate market will permit.
  • Flying Kite’s Alaina Mabaso sketches the sights, routines and personalties on display at the Kingsessing Recreation Center one recent summer evening. “Once you enter the unmarked red doorway and walk into the large east-facing lobby, with its brown-and-peach painted arches and worn black-and-white linoleum, you feel like you’re in Southwest Philly’s living room.” Volunteers assist neighbors in drafting resumés; the Roadrunners football team pick up life skills in between drills; and the Rev. Elvin Thompson runs a boxing program, 4-7PM, five nights a week.
  • Metro Philly reports on the Knight Foundation’s awarding of a research grant to Temple University Libraries earlier this summer for investigating how to best preserve historical data sets from online hubs such as Open Data Philly. “Data says a lot about the history of a place,” Knight Foundation Director of Media Innovation Program Chris Barr said. “There’s transparency and accountability, and how we understand the past as we make decisions for the future.”
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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