PIFA Opening Night Gala Presented by Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

It’s here…after years of planning the vision of Leonore Annenberg’s City celebration of arts and culture has come to fruition with the kick off gala at the Kimmel Center last night. The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts April 7, 2011 – May 1, 2011 is a collaboration of over 100 performances and events throughout the region, the month-long festival promises to create a city inspired. Join the moment.
Many notable people were in attendance like Sharon Pinkenson and Joe Weiss
Jane Pepper and Andrew Greenblatt, although not together that’s him in the back with the shades on
Anna Bedic, PAB, Larae Junior, Kimmel Center, and Sally Eckhoff, Tyler School of ArtMrs. Suzanne Roberts
Anthony Clifton, Review Publishing and Catherine R. Clifton currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Kimmel Center Board of Directors and Chairs its Education and Audience Development Committee, Rosemary Hankowsky, Lex Norcross and William Hankowsky, Chairman, president and CEO, Liberty Property Trust (KCI Board Chair)
Tia Bianchini and Andrew McQuiston
Ed Salvato, Linda Pham-Vertleih, Frugal Philly Mom, and Aaron Stella, Philly Broadcaster
Heeseung Lee and Aaron Ashley
Judge Rendell, Jesse Rendell, Gov Rendell and Beka Rendell. Beka was so excited yesterday telling me she has discovered a roof deck at her new offices of Style Creative in Old City. I have an open invite – yippee!!
Donald Carter and volunteer of the century Pearl
Then it was into the Kimmel Center for the gala performance. Anne Ewers, CEO of Kimmel, welcomes.
The night also included a dinner by Wolfgang Puck in honor of Chef Georges Perrier who was presented a gift on stage before the concert.

Brian Kappra, of Evantine Designs puts the finishing touches on the table settings. I ran into someone last night who asked me my opinion of his decorations and I said the proof is in the pictures, he’s fantastic. So she’ll be booking him for her daughters wedding.
Here’s the exquisitely designed table settings from last nights event.

Mural Arts first projection project! Isn’t it pretty?
Checking out the digital mural arts project was Margie Green (Councilman Bill Green’s lovely wife)and Patricia Benitez.
Inside the concert was over and people began to gather for the dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck catering.
Dining was Kristina Jenkins Where Magazine Editor, with former Where Magazine publisher, Laura Burkhardt

Chris Chimicles and Kate Wilhelm, Senior Vice President of Business Development at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Coming up for them on May 4 is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 2011 Party in the Garden. So much fun and beautiful. See you there.
Bruce and Cara are preparing for their summer wedding? So exciting!
Philadelphia Daily News Editor Larry Platt and Bet Mizgala-Platt. I can’t think how much fun it is for him to run around town in his new influential position after some folks probably thought that he was down for the count after leaving Philly Magazine.
Drew Becher, the 36th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, guest and Eric

Dessert was served on these “balloon trays” which added to the Parisian theme of the night and
inclusive of the dessert entertainment by the performance by Grounded Aerial.

The show was unbelievable, and scary for someone like me who is afraid of heights.

I left around 11:30 PM and the party was just winding down, but the festival was just getting started. Check the website for upcoming scheduled events. Some events are ticketed at affordable prices, but there are free events too and here’s a great list at of free events
This post is brought to you with the support of PIFA, but the photos and editorial writing is my own.