Open Air, Do No Harm filming, Rittenhouse Row Party Sneak Peak

Last night was a busy busy busy night, between the PhillyStyle Mag party, The FBH Kick Off Party, the “Open Air Debut” and a big scene being filmed at the Franklin Institute for the TV show “Do Not Harm”. Let’s briefly check in with a few of the events I went to starting with the Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Show.

It was a smashing success. I was pleasantly surprised that the crowd was plentiful, and fashionable considering all the other events in town that night, but the Rittenhouse Row events have a stellar reputation of putting on a good party with lots of fun people. Check out Jesse Rendell strutting his stuff on the “runway” in Duke & Winston. Check out my column in Philly Mag Online on Monday for who else was there, what were they wearing and  favorite moments of the night.

I was feeling a little under the weather last night, so I headed home instead of going to any of the other events (today I feel better after piling on the vitamin C. I have no time to get sick, but for the next week or so it’s air kisses for me or Howie Mandell fist bump hellos.)  I found out on Tuesday that the TV show “Do Not Harm” was going to film a big black tie soiree, so that evening I started to do a reconnaissance checking out large, grand halls on where they could possibly hold such an event with 300 extras. The Franklin Institute had signs up, but I did think maybe the Kimmel Center or event the Please Touch Museum. When I realized it was the Franklin Institute I thought maybe because of the “Open Air” light show they choose that place.

 I realized I was wrong. That was the most insane part about picking the Franklin Institute, an additional 1000 people wanting to watch the scene being shot, and you know what

 no problems. In fact the producers thanked the crowd for letting them film in their City, and how much they’re enjoying themselves. He was glad we were able to watch what it takes to make the TC show, and hoped we would all tune into the mid-season show, which starts after football season in January. No flash photography, and none at all during the shooting of the scene, which had

 Steven Pasquale (in tux) running down the Franklin Institute stairs screaming after “Olivia” played by Ruta Gedmintas as she crosses the street and enters her waiting limo.

She looks like she has flats on. I wonder if that changes in the TV show and they digitally put stilettos on her.

This is the duo walking back up the stairs to do the scene again. I completely forgot to bring my zoom lens so we must do with these long shots. After shooting this scene for an hour or so, they shot interiors with the 300 extras; then it was back to work today in the hospital (ie the School Board Building on Broad Street, where they spend most of their time filming.)

 I did get to see “Open Air”.  The Association for Public Art‘s major world-premiere project this fall, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer‘s Open Air,
debuted last night on Philly’s Ben Franklin Parkway; thousands were in
attendance to see performances and presentations from the artist, Mayor Michael Nutter, human beatbox Rahzel, extreme vocalist David Moss and more, as the project went live and the full set of 24 searchlights lit up the night sky.

The project continues through October 14, with local community groups kicking off each evening; in addition, Rafael will talk about Open Air at select special events throughout the project’s run, including Sept. 22 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Oct. 2 at the Franklin Institute‘s “Planetarium on the Parkway.” – It was much more quiet than I thought. I’d like to see it on a cloudy day, also from a distance like the Camden Waterfront, 42Expressway right as you hit the crest in the road where Philly comes into sight and from Cooper River Park.

Performing Freedom: Art, Spectacle and Agency in Public
Saturday, September 22, 2 p.m., FREE (tickets required),
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Ben Franklin Parkway
A panel exploring the possibilities of technology in service of art to reinforce the public sphere as a site for
connective spectacle, alternative narratives and individual agency.
Open Air: Richard Sommer and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in Conversation
Wednesday, October 3, 6 p.m., FREE, register at
PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th St.
conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia and PennDesign, Richard Sommer,
Dean of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of
Toronto, in conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
Planetarium on the Parkway
Tuesday, October 2, 8:30 p.m., FREE,
Project Information Center at Eakins Oval
conjunction with the Franklin Institute, this interactive presentation
of Philadelphia’s night sky is hosted by Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts,
who will direct the robotic searchlights to highlight salient stellar
objects viewable from the Parkway. This is a free event, and amateur and
budding astronomers are welcome to bring their telescopes.
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