Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why This Is Lynne Abraham's Moment

Lynne Abraham's whole life has been about public service, in the best way possible.
And through it all, never has there been a scintilla of evidence that would in any way blemish her record of service. That’s practically unprecedented in Philadelphia.
Her reputation for integrity and fearless service to the city and its residents is impeccable.
At every term — as a trailblazing woman — Lynne Abraham has had to work harder and hold herself to a higher standard to succeed. And she understood that. She didn’t complain about it. She simply did it.
When she was the first woman Municipal Court judge, it wasn’t enough for her to be above reproach — she had to be the veritable definition of the term. Likewise when she ascended to the Common Pleas court bench.
When she was the first woman DA, she couldn’t simply be tough; she had to be tougher than tough.
All along she had to maintain a certain demeanor because she really had no choice. She was “it” and all eyes were on her. And always, she rose to the challenge -- earning and retaining the trust of the people again and again.
Though she's always been authentic, now that she's running for mayor and now that, as a woman, she's reaping some (not all, but some) of the changes and advances that she helped to create, she can open up more. She can show the public a softer side; she can be more emotional, more caring (dare we say kindler, gentler) without compromising any of the rest.
And that's exactly what Lynne Abraham is doing.
It's a wonderful time for her and she's enjoying it.
Because, now more than ever,  she has nothing to hide (her life of public service is an open book) and nothing to lose.
It’s the other candidates (and their cohorts) who have to be more circumspect — the deceivers, the connivers, the inauthentic ones — the ones who are owned by others.
Lynne Abraham is who she is. Nobody owns her. She doesn't need to be packaged or programmed or branded. She is the brand.
And now, because she's been true to herself and her principles and true to Philadelphians, this really is her moment.
Count on it: She'll be nobody's mayor but yours!

Abraham Holds Big Lead In Philly Mayor's Race


Lynne Abraham holds a commanding lead in the race to become Philadelphia's next mayor according to a poll just released by the widely-respected Mellman Group.
And, in addition to her double-digit lead Abraham has "a substantial image advantage" over her opponents.
Here's are some of the highlights of the poll:
  • Abraham's lead is a significant 16% over each of her nearest opponents in the all-important Democrat primary.
  • Abraham has more than twice the support of either of her nearest opponents.
  • Lynne Abraham leads across all major groups.
  • Abraham also leads across all sections of the city.
  • Her strength is grounded in the strong image that people have of her and the high degree of trust they place in her. Her favorable ratings are more than 20% higher than those of each of her nearest opponents.
  • Large majorities of voters say Abraham is tough on crime (80%), is a strong leader (69%), has the integrity we need (66%) and has the experience to be mayor (64%).
Lynne Abraham is well-positioned going into this race. But her opponents are backed by powerful vested-interests and they are already spending big bucks to defeat her. They will spend more. In fact, it's a good bet that they will stop at nothing to derail her campaign and bring her down.

That's why it's important for all of us -- all of us who care about Philadelphia and its future -- to get behind Lynne Abraham now.

Don't delay! Click here now to become part of the Lynne Abraham campaign!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Christie To Host 133rd NJ Town Hall

 Next Tuesday, Governor Chris Christie will travel to Kenilworth to host his 133rd Town Hall Meeting. Governor Christie will speak about his proposed budget and reform initiatives for New Jersey, in addition to answering questions from members of the audience.

Residents can RSVP to Townhall.Kenilworth@nj.gov. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first serve basis and open to the public. No bags of any kind are permitted in the venue and personal items are subject to search. Due to safety requirements, law enforcement officers will be in attendance and will wand all attendees.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

UNION COUNTY

WHO:               Governor Chris Christie

WHAT:             133rd Town Hall

WHEN:             3:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Harding Elementary School
426 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ

Cherry Hill Mayor Cahn To Seek Re-Election

Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn announced last night that he will seek a second term, promising to continue his record of efficient and effective governing.  Council members Brian Bauerle, Melinda Kane and Sara Lipsett will join Cahn on the ticket.

There had been some speculation that Cahn would not seek re-election but that all came to an end with this announcement.

"When the voters elected me as Mayor four years ago, I pledged to work full-time to run Cherry Hill like a business, ensure fiscal responsibility, promote economic development and keep our neighborhoods safe and vibrant," Cahn said. "I've kept those promises and look forward to continuing our record of success for another four years."

Cahn, who donates his salary back to taxpayers, has used his business experience to improve government efficiency and pave the way for three consecutive years without a municipal tax increase.  At the same time, the Township has made smart investments in infrastructure and municipal services that have helped attract and retain young families, while making the community an affordable, attractive place for seniors to live.

Other accomplishments during Cahn's term include:
         --Making smart investments in roads, sewers, public safety, and recreation.
         --Leading the fight to preserve open space throughout Cherry Hill, including the historic Woodcrest Country Club property.
         --Continuing the commitment to work hand-in-hand with the Cherry Hill Police Department to keep Cherry Hill residents, businesses, visitors, and roadways safe. 
          --Adopting property maintenance regulations designed to keep our neighborhoods clean and attractive, including a registration requirement for owners of vacant properties to ensure they are properly secured and maintained.
         --Securing nearly $4 million in grant funding, allowing the Township to maintain high-quality services without spending tax dollars.
         --Aggressively managing the Township's debt and working to minimize new debt to save taxpayers millions of dollars.
         --Implementing a ban on smoking in public parks and playgrounds to improve air quality, reduce litter and promote public health and welfare.  
         --Committing to making Cherry Hill one of the most sustainable communities in New Jersey, creating a Township Green Team, adopting a bike and pedestrian master plan to make the Township safer and easier to navigate, and drafting a comprehensive Sustainability Master Plan. These efforts earned Cherry Hill a "Sustainability Champion" award in 2014 and made it the only town in South Jersey to be designated a "Healthy Town" by the NJ Mayor's Wellness Campaign.
         --Making government more accessible to constituents through the launch of a new website and expanded electronic services.
         --Enhancing constituent services and community outreach by expanding the Township's presence on social media, and launching the Cherry Hill Citizens Cabinet and Business Council to more effectively address the needs of residents and businesses.
         --Working closely with Swim Club leaders to help them streamline costs and increase efficiencies, helping these facilities to remain solvent and continue to thrive.
         --Building strong relationships with Cherry Hill Public Schools to improve education.

"Working together with Council, we are well positioned to build on our record of accomplishment," Cahn said. "As Mayor, I will continue to work closely with our residents and other community stakeholders to ensure Cherry Hill remains a strong, vibrant place to live, work and raise a family."

Philly PR Pros To Celebrate 4/23 - Join Us!

The Kickoff of PPRA's 70th Anniversary Year
Thursday, April 23, 2015
  

A Celebration of Reinvention
 
Keynote with William J. Marrazzo  
Chief Executive Officer and President of WHYY, Inc.
A pioneering Philadelphia corporate leader, Bill Marrazzo has helped reimagine public broadcasting, turning WHYY into the region's largest and most successful public media provider. He'll explain how WHYY anticipates change and uses on-air and online content to drive audience engagement and remain an industry leader even as it begins its 61st year.

Panel Discussion on  
"The Art and Craft of Reinvention: Why, How and When"
A group of pros who have reinvented themselves and/or clients gives you the lowdown on this critical key to survival. Learn how to adapt, renew and thrive in any environment.

Confirmed Panelists:
  • Marc Brownstein - President and CEO of the Brownstein Group, one of Philadelphia's oldest and most-respected public relations and branding agencies which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
  • Danny Cevallos - CNN and HLN legal analyst and online columnist who is a successful criminal defense attorney. He's also guest hosted Court TV's "In Session" program.
  • Peggy Giordano - Former Director of Programming at CNBC and former Executive Producer at Bloomberg News, she began her career as a teacher and is now a media consultant.
  • Dan Gross - President of Gross Communications, specializing in strategic and crisis communications, social media, media training and labor relations. Formerly a Philadelphia Daily News columnist, he was President of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia.
  • Gina F. Rubel - An attorney and President, CEO and founder of  Furia-Rubel Communications, a full-service marketing and public relations shop listed among the top firms by the Philadelphia Business Journal for 10+ years. 
  • Moderated by  Dr. Ross Brinkert - Associate Professor of Corporate Communication, Penn State University. Dr. Brinkert's specialties include personal branding and organizational change.

Join us for a cocktail reception immediately following the program. Beer/wine bar and plentiful treats as we network, share our anniversary kickoff with our distinguished guests and toast the future of our association and our profession!

CLICK HERE NOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM!

Walk-in and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be emailed to info@ppra.net by April 21, 2015. No-shows who have registered by fax, mail or via the web, who have not cancelled their reservations will be charged the registration fee.  No refunds after April 21, 2015.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: 
Thursday, April 23
Time:
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Registration & Networking

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Keynote Remarks
 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

Location:
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District 
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA19106

Registration Fees:
$49 for PPRA Members
$69 for Non-members
$35 for Students
Additional $5 for Walk-in Registrations

QUICK LINKS

Online Registration

Printable Registration Form

PPRA Website

Win AC Dinner/Concert Package Now!

Summer 2015 is almost here and Atlantic City is ready to entertain with more than 1,000 DJ sets, 84 headliner concerts (and counting), three beach dance events, live music at the beach bars and on the Boardwalk, food and wine festivals, sporting events, showroom revues and parades. DO AC wants loyal fans and followers to be part of the action through the #DOAC Unforgettable Night Sweepstakes.

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With visits by Madonna at Boardwalk Hall, Bob Dylan at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Boyz II Men at Tropicana Casino & Resort, and cover bands on the beach at Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts Casino Hotel – DO AC declares Atlantic City the Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore for summer 2015.

The Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) is the destination marketing organization for Atlantic City, New Jersey dedicated to diversifying the visitor economy by increasing the number of leisure visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do. The ACA is a non-membership, private non-profit organization that accomplishes its mission through the “Do AC” marketing campaign, producing citywide events and destination image building by working with the media globally. Atlantic City’s official visitor web site along with DO AC social media channels and the DO AC consumer database are the go-to sources with travel deals, entertainment lineups, compelling photography, videos and visitor information that maximize travel and tourism opportunities encouraging visits to Atlantic City year-round.
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Vatican: Shroud Of Turin To Be Exhibited

This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the upcoming exhibition of the Holy Shroud of Turin (Turin, 19 April – 24 June 2015), on the occasion of the second centenary of the birth of St. John Bosco, which will be specially dedicated to the young and to those who suffer. The Pope will also make a pilgrimage to Turin from 21 to 22 June.

The speakers at the conference were the archbishop of Turin, Cesare Nosaglia, papal guardian of the Shroud; Elide Tisi, mayor of the city; Roberto Gottardo, president of the diocesan commission for the Shroud; and Rev. Luca Ramello, director of youth pastoral ministry for the diocese.

Archbishop Nosaglia explained that the Shroud represents, for the Universal Church, a point of reference of the first order for the life of the faith of many people and communities, who in this image recognise the signs of the Lord's passion, of Jesus who “inspires our lives and challenges us to fully realise our deepest vocation. Therefore”, he added “the theme I have chosen for the next exhibition is 'The Greatest Love': the gift of salvation which is made visible in our response, the worship of God and service to our brothers”.

“The Pope's trip, like the exhibition as a whole, is also intended to give thanks for 'the Saint of youth', and for the service that the Salesian family carries out in Turin and throughout the world in the fields of education, mission, sport and communication. … The world of youth is particularly involved in the Salesian mission, and during the Pope's visit there will be a sort of mini Youth Day, a series of meetings, encounters, prayer, moments of celebration that help resume contact with the young. An extraordinary sign will be the presence of the Word Youth Day Cross, which will make a stop in Turin during its journey to Krakow”.

Another peculiarity of this exhibition is attention to the world of those who suffer, and therefore this year sick or disabled pilgrims and those who accompany them will be able to benefit from new hospitality structures based on the model of the “Accueil” in Lourdes. It is also hoped that the Pilgrimage to the Shroud will offer an opportunity to partake in the sacrament of Reconciliation, as a “concrete sign of forgiveness” and, as on previous occasions, “in various places priests will hear the confessions of the faithful in all the world's major languages”.

The prelate emphasised that the 2015 exhibition has been organised according to the criterion of austerity, in a period of severe economic and social crisis throughout the area, and he thanked those entities that have offered their cooperation to help limit costs as far as possible. He also announced that during the display of the Shroud, Beato Angelico's celebrated “Lamentation over the Dead Christ” will be exhibited in the diocesan museum, on loan for the occasion from the city of Florence.

“As you are aware, visiting the Shroud is completely free. Traditionally many pilgrims at the leave a simple offering at the end of their journey, deposited with full discretion at the exit of the Cathedral and in the places of confession. On this occasion all the offerings will be given to the Pope when he is with us in Turin on 21 June. We will ask him to use them, naturally with full freedom, for a work, or a project to assist the poorest or neediest”.

Pope to Visit Turin:
On Sunday 21 June the Pope will visit Turin. Francis will arrive in the Italian city at 8 a.m. and, half an hour later, will meet with representatives of the world of work in the Piazzetta Reale. From there, he will move on to the Cathedral where he will pray before the Holy Shroud and before the altar of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. At 10.45 a.m. he will celebrate the Eucharist in Piazza Vittorio and will recite the Sunday Angelus prayer.

Following Mass, the Pope will proceed to the Archbishop's residence to lunch with young detainees from the “Ferrante Aporti” penitentiary for minors, several immigrants and homeless people, and a Rom family.

At 2.40 p.m. he will visit the Sanctuary of the Consolata, where he will withdraw for a few minutes in private prayer. At 3 p.m., in the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, where he will meet with Salesians and the Daughters of Our Lady Help of Christians. An hour later, in the Church of Cottolengo, he will meet with the sick and disabled.

Back in Piazza Vittorio, at 6 p.m., he will meet with young people of the city, after which he will retire to the archbishop's residence.

On Monday 22, at 9 a.m., he will visit the Valdese Temple. Upon returning to the archbishop's residence, where he will meet privately with some of his relatives. He will celebrate a Holy Mass with them in the Chapel and will lunch with them. Before his departure from “Torino Caselle” airport, he will pay a short visit to the members of the Committee of the Shroud, the organisers and supporters of his visit.

Christie On Pensions: 'We Don't Have The Money!'


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Israel: The Facts You Need To Know!


Macy's Art In Bloom - A Free Spectacle Right Now!

We keep telling people that some of New York City's greatest attractions are free.
Yes, you got that right - absolutely free.
And one of them is underway right now.
It's Macy's annual spring Flower Show at the main store right on Herald Square in Manhattan just a couple of blocks from Penn Station.
This event is always spectacular, featuring thousands of abundant blooms from around the world. This year the theme is Art in Bloom and the show will run through Saturday, April 4.
And, more good news -- Macy's Flower Show is also on in Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco at their main store in each of those cities.
Macy's Flower Show is a wondrous spectacle! Look over the displays (below) and see if you can identify which artist or artistic style/era is being represented. But, better yet -- get out to see the show. Hurry, before it closes!

























Twentieth Century Dazzles; 'Wagon' Rolls Forward

This year Broadway is having a love affair with grand revivals and musicals based on stories from other sources, most notably earlier plays, movies and books. Recently, two road-themed revivals opened.



On the Twentieth Century with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman is a big, madcap musical that's part operetta, part farce and part screwball comedy. The story involves the behind-the-scenes relationship between Lily, a temperamental actress and Oscar, a bankrupt theatre producer. On a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York (The Twentieth Century), Oscar tries to cajole the glamorous Hollywood star into playing the lead in his new, but not-yet-written drama, and perhaps to rekindle their romance.
Comden and Green reportedly based the musical on three works: the 1934 Howard Hawks film Twentieth Century; the original 1932 play of the same name by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur; and Hecht's and MacArthur's inspiration, Charles Bruce Millholland's unproduced play about his experiences working for theater producer David Belasco, Napoleon of Broadway.
The musical debuted on Broadway in 1978 and now, after 37 years, has returned thanks to a spectacular new production from the Roundabout Theater Company starring Krstin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker and Mary Louise Wilson.
On the Twentieth Century teems with giddy appeal from the toe-tapping opening scene right on through to the celebratory closing number as we whisk along on the art-deco inspired train that defined luxe rail travel between two great cities long before the jet age. And the train (which dominates the stage) is a big part of the action as are numerous singing and dancing members of the chorus.
For the principals, this is a tough show to sing because huge parts of it are sung-through and much of it is done in the style of Sgmund Ronberg and Rudolf Friml. That's the way Cy Coleman wrote it. He wanted it to be a comic pop opera. But the variation of high and low notes and breathless pace of the songs make it hard for even the best actors and singers to master. Indeed, Madeline Kahn dropped out of the original Broadway production after a few weeks with vocal chord problems and Peter Gallagher missed several previews in the current production due to a sinus infection.
The show can play havoc with your pipes, not to mention your muscles, joints and bones since there's a good deal of physical comedy throughout.
But now the entire fine cast is in place and all are at the top of their game, so much so that On the Twentieth Century positively glistens with the look and feel of a certifiable Broadway smash.
Chenoweth and Gallagher are superb together in a bravura display of clashing theatrical egos. Their timing is impeccable and they're clearly having fun. Much like the characters in Kiss Me Kate, they simply don't understand where the stage ends and real life begins; it's all a crazy jumble.
As the dashing, ambitious, young and virile "other man," Andy Karl seems surprisingly naive one minute and positively scheming the next. You know that Chenoweth will not trust him but you can still understand the animal attraction.
Mark Linn-Baker and Michael McGrath are spot-on as Gallagher's assistants, like two fast-talking Runyonesque raconteurs. And as the nutty Letitia Peabody Primrose, Marie Louise Wilson gives us another memorable performance in a role that was heretofore owned by Imogene Coca.
This show is a delightful confection -- a wild ride into the hearts, minds (and over-sized egos) of some of the zaniest characters you'll ever meet. And it's all carried off with great panache!
And, one more thing: Peter Gallagher has the best hair on Broadway.

Just about a dozen blocks north of 42nd Street (where the Twentieth Century holds forth), City Center's Encores Series recently presented another overdue revival, Lerner and Lowe's Paint Your Wagon. Here, however we're talking about an original story written for the stage by by Alan J. Lerner himself. The show takes on the wild days of America's move west in search of gold,
The story centers on a miner and his daughter and follows the lives and loves of the people in a mining camp in California. The music in this show is melodic and unforgettable including popular songs such as Wand'rin' Star, I Talk to the Trees, They Call the Wind Maria and the title song.
A huge cast performed Paint Your Wagon with the City Center Orchestra up on stage providing the lush sound that is a hallmark of these shows.
Paint Your Wagon is a robust American story - a show that captures America's sense of adventure and promise. It's the sort of full-throated show (with rich, manly choral singing) that we don't see enough of anymore. And it delivers a powerful message of openness and understanding without being the least bit preachy. 
One of our favorite Broadway stars, Keith Carradine, played Ben Rumson, the gruff, tough-talking father with a tender heart. Alexandra Socha played his daughter, Jennifer who falls for Julio Valveras, played by Justin Guarini. Carradine set just the right tone as the man born under a wandering star and torn between his family and his dreams. Socha's character required her to search and mature in the course of the play and she proved more than up to the task. As for Guarini, his role gave him ample opportunity to show off his extraordinary vocal talents which were on brilliant display in numbers such as I Talk to the Trees and Carino Mio. It's clear Guarini is mastering his craft and emerging as a major talent. And lets not forget Nathaniel Hackmann who delivered They Call the Wind Maria -- a real show-stopper. Hackmann is a formidable presence.
Add to this the incredible dance sequences inspired by the original Agnes deMille choreography, and you have  the makings of a classic.
While Paint Your Wagon was not a huge hit for Lerner and Lowe when it debuted in 1951, it has endured because it contains those lasting elements of a great American musicals: story, characters and song woven together by a Big Dream.
The show also forces us to slow down and consider the power of our shared heritage -- who we are, what we're all about and where we're headed.
An album of the show will be produced with the City Center cast. Let's hope a long-running Broadway production follows!

Fleisher To Present Annual Founder's Award 6/16

Philadelphia's Fleisher Art Memorial  will present its 26th annual Founder's Award on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, to faculty member Louise Clement-Hoff.

The Founder's Award recognizes individuals whose significant commitment to providing access to the arts, promoting excellence in creative expression, and enriching Philadelphia's cultural resources reflects the values of our founder, Samuel S. Fleisher.

Since 1954, Louise Clement-Hoff has been a beloved instructor of figure drawing, still life composition, sculpture, and painting at Fleisher. A renowned painter and educator who has also taught at the Hussian School of Art, Woodmere Art Museum, and West Chester University, Louise is likely best known for teaching oil painting to countless parents of children enrolled in Fleisher's Saturday Young Artists Program.

Louise has been honored with an impressive retrospective exhibition that surveyed 20 years of her work at the McKinney Gallery of West Chester University. Additionally, she received a Fred & Naomi Hazell Faculty Fellowship at Fleisher and was included in the Senior Artists Initiative exhibition at the Woodmere Art Museum. Louise has also shown her paintings at the Hahn Gallery and Atlantic City Art Center.

All proceeds from the Founder's Award celebration support Fleisher's award-winning art education programs and exhibits. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Melissa Phegley, Director of Development, at 215-922-3456 ext. 318 or mphegley@fleisher.org.

Playhouse Announces Spring Children's Series

Paper Mill Playhouse is proud to announce Children’s Theater programming for Spring 2015. The Children’s Theater Series hosts charming, delightful and educational performances filled with audience participation and adventure.

“What better way to spend a weekend morning than introducing your child to the live theater experience with characters and stories they love?” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director at Paper Mill Playhouse.

All shows take place on select Saturdays or Sundays at 10:00am.  All tickets are only $12.00 for any seat in the house. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org. Paper Mill Playhouse also offers gift cards available in any denomination. Gift cards can be purchased at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office and are good for any show or items at the gift shop. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.

The 2015 season of Children’s Programming is listed below. It will include a production of Junie B. Jones designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, and planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Playhouse’s Autism Advisory Team. The theater environment will be altered for this performance, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families.  Additionally, Paper Mill Playhouse will host a free Open House titled "Meet Your Seat!" six days before this performance.  This is an opportunity for children who are new to theater experiences to visit the theater space before the show. For more information, call the box office at 973-376-4343.

FLY GUY & OTHER STORIES
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 5 & up
A new musical revue based on favorite children's books including "Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl," "Diary of a Worm," "Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig," "Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores," "Kitten's First Full Moon," "Lilly's Big Day," and "Paper Bag Princess."

THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10AM

Theatreworks USA
Ages 7 & up

Adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
Saturday, April 19, 2015 at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 6 & up
Laugh and sing along with Alexander's misadventures in this hilarious musical, featuring book and lyrics by Judith Viorst, author of the best-selling calssic book. Discover along with Alexander that sometimes, everyone has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

MISS NELSON IS MISSING
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 6 & up
The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school - even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But when Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met: Miss Viola Swamp! A lighthearted musical that reminds us all to show appreciation to those that we value!

A SPECIAL AUTISM FRIENDLY PRESENTATION OF
JUNIE B. JONES
Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 5 & up
Hurray! Junie B. Jones is finally ready for first grade, at last! But getting used to the whole new group of friends a new teacher, and new glasses is challenging, even for irrepressible Junie B. Follow her adventures as she writes everything down in her "top-secret personal beeswax" journal.

“Meet Your Seat” Open House
Monday, June 1, 2015 from 4:00 –6:00 PM

CURIOUS GEORGE
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 5 & up
Join the inquisitive, loveable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical.

Major support for autism-friendly programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional generous support by C.R. Bard Foundation, The Karma Foundation, The Merck Company Foundation, and, MetLife Foundation.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lynne Abraham Tells It Like It Is - Video



Lynne Abraham is a true Philadelphia original.
She was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Germantown High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Temple University and (at a time when there were few women lawyers) a law degree from Temple Law School in 1965.
Her career reflects constant achievement, sound judgement, a love for the city and an unyielding commitment to serving her hometown.
She worked in the regional counsel’s office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and then served as executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. From there, she served as a judge on the city's municipal court and later the Court of Common Pleas before being elected District Attorney in 1991. Abraham served as District Attorney until 2010.
She was the first woman elected to Philadelphia Municipal Court and the first woman to be elected District Attorney. If elected, she would be Philadelphia's first woman mayor.
No current candidate for mayor has been elected more times city-wide than Lynne Abraham.Her appeal to the voters is simple: She's smart, honest, fearless, hard-working, caring and fair-minded.
Her unique ability to take on difficult executive level tasks while retaining an unblemished record couples with her devotion to fairness and justice speak volumes about her character.

John Fogerty At Mann 6/27; Tkts On Sale 4/3

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 @ 7:30PM
John Fogerty

American rock legend and chart-topper John Fogerty’s roots-rock is steeped in blues and gospel traditions.  In 1969, Fogerty wrote and produced three multi-platinum albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival that captured the spirit of our nation with the treasured enduring classics “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son” and more.  Fogerty celebrates this momentous year in history plus his catalogue of other all-time hits live at the Mann on Saturday, June 27th.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 3rd at 10AM via MannCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, AEGLive.com or the Mann Box Office.