“The Merry Wives of Windsor” in Clark Park, July 25 through July 29

We hear you, University City renters: you love West Philly, but sometimes it seems like many of Philadelphia's most interesting cultural events take place across the river in Center City neighborhoods. Fairmount now has the Barnes and many other museums; Rittenhouse Square has hidden treasures like the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater; the Avenue of the Arts has the Kimmel Center.

But renters in University City do get to experience some great cultural spaces and events, right outside their front doors: place like the ICA, the International House, the Annenberg Center, and the World Cafe. A little further out in West Philly, Clark Park also hosts some interesting performances throughout the year.

And one local favorite is the annual "Shakespeare in Clark Park," a nearly week-long set of performances of some of the Bard's most important plays. This year, Shakespeare in Clark Park returns with a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. The Merry Wives is a comedy featuring one of Shakespeare's best-loved characters, Falstaff.

Best of all? The shows are free! Performances begin in the bowl at Clark Park at 7 p.m. each night on July 25th through July 29th. Click here for more info on Shakespeare in Clark Park.

The Barnes Foundation Gallery Opens This May In Philadelphia

In case you didn't already know: in May the Barnes Foundation gallery opens at its new home on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia's Art Museum district.

Never heard of the Barnes Foundation? It's a unique and important cultural organization established in Lower Merion by Albert C. Barnes in 1922. Barnes collected paintings by then-active modernist masters like Picasso and Van Gogh. The space was intended primarily as an educational site. The public was allowed in the Main Line gallery just two days a week, while students could visit more frequently. The collection has always been important for gathering treasured works of art; the gallery was notable, too, for its unique arrangement and curation.

After skirmishes in Pennsylvania courts and a major fundraising effort lasting several years, the Barnes Foundation gallery will finally open its new Benjamin Franklin Parkway location on May 19th, giving Philadelphia city-dwellers better ability to see this important and unique collection! Last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that tickets for the gallery's first week were going fast. To learn more about the opening of the Barnes Foundation's Philadelphia gallery, click here.

The Barnes Foundation Gallery
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 640-0171

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