LEGO Model of Vatican Welcomes Pope to Philly

Many people have been looking forward to the Pope’s upcoming visit to Philly, especially Rev. Bob Simon from St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow, Penn., who spent about 10 months and used over half a million LEGO pieces to re-create a detailed LEGO replica of the Vatican. Simon’s creation is on display now at The Franklin Institute, a Goldstar partner. Read more about the replica here, and see it for yourself — if you’re in Philly — through mid-February as …

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#TBT: Extremely Public Displays of Privacy

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Extremely Public Displays of Privacy. I’ve written about the live industry in general (and theater and performing arts specifically) needing to find a way to broaden the business model by delivering content outside the confines of a live performance. I stumbled across New Paradise Laboratories in Philadelphia and had to mention it. They’ve done several things, but the one that I went through is called Extremely Public Displays of …

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Spotlight On … Vulcan Lyric

There’s a new arts organization in Philly: Vulcan Lyric. Maybe not exactly new, but after a two-year hiatus, Center City Opera is back with a new name and mission, according to David Patrick Stearns for The Inquirer. According to company general director Andrew Kurtz, the new name significantly omits the word opera because he plans to give equal time to musical theater. Last week, Vulcan Lyric kicked off its Summer Festival, offering four productions running through mid-August. Read more here …

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Chill on Playoff Blackouts

Bees found their way into the bonnets of a whole bunch of sportswriters over the last couple of days as the prospect of local blackouts on the broadcasts of three of the four NFL playoff games this weekend was narrowly avoided. First, let’s review the Blackout Rule (which I discussed recently here). It says that if the tickets to an NFL game are not sold out by 72 hours from kickoff, the broadcast will be blacked out in the local …

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