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Road Closures, Transit Detours and Public Safety Information Announced for Biden Kick Off Rally

PHILADELPHIA — On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Joe Biden presidential campaign will host a rally on Eakins Oval (2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway). The event is open to the public, and guests are encouraged to register online using the campaign’s website.

To ensure the safety of participants and the public, road closures and parking restrictions will be implemented. Delays can be expected during the course of the event. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event. Double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal, will be strictly enforced.

Road Closures
The event will commence at 1:00 p.m., with gates opening to the public at 11:00 a.m.  It is scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m.

The following streets will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18:

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and 22nd Street — center lanes only
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 22nd Street and Eakins Oval — all lanes
  • 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
  • Kelly Drive (inbound) between 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue — local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive via 25th Street
  • Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Sweetbriar Drive
  • Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street — local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive

Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, inbound (eastbound) traffic on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Benjamin Franklin Parkway cross traffic will be permitted on numbered streets as conditions allow.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and other Parkway institutions will remain OPEN for business on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Visitors are encouraged to check individual websites for hours of operation.

Those wishing to access the west side of the Philadelphia Museum of Art must turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue from Fairmount Avenue, turn right on 25th Street and continue onto Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive. Those wishing to access the Barnes Foundation should follow Fairmount Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn right, following Pennsylvania Avenue to 21st Street—then, turn right at 21st Street and make the first left onto Callowhill Street to access the Barnes Foundation parking lot.

Streets will be serviced and reopened as attendees disperse. It is expected that a number of the affected streets listed above will be opened to vehicular traffic prior to 4:00 p.m.

Attendees are advised to use caution when crossing streets, follow traffic signals, and obey instructions provided by the Philadelphia Police Department.

Parking Restrictions
The following streets will be posted as “Temporary No Parking” zones from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18:

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval — all lanes, both sides
  • 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street — both sides
  • 2100-2200 Spring Garden Street — both sides

All “Temporary No Parking” signs must be obeyed. Vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours will be relocated.

Public Transportation
SEPTA bus routes will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 through approximately 4:00 p.m. Detours will be posted, and specific route changes are available on the System Status page at septa.org.

It is recommended that guests utilize public transportation options for travel to and from the event. If driving into Center City is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages are conveniently located near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Eakins Oval. Attendees should contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at philapark.org for a list of parking options.

Entry Information and ADA Drop-Offs
The general admission entry gate to the rally will be located on the north side of Eakins Oval. Due to event-related road closures, it is recommended that guests with mobility issues arrange for drop-off in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue and Spring Garden Street. This will provide the most direct route to the rally location at Eakins Oval. After drop-off, proceed southwest on Spring Garden Street towards Eakins Oval, and volunteers will direct you to the closest entry gate.

Public Safety Information
Drones and any other small, unmanned aircraft are not permitted. The full list of prohibited items includes:

  • Purses or bags larger than 4’’x6’’
  • Backpacks (clear bags permitted)
  • Cinch bags
  • Briefcases
  • Coolers
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Placards
  • Homemade signs and banners
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Umbrellas
  • Flags
  • Drones/UAS
  • Weapons of any kind

Leave no bags or items unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item—such as a backpack, package or container—notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.

The public should expect congestion in the area. Individuals attending the event should make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, and supervision of children. Attendees should also be prepared to wait to enter and exit the event area. It is recommended that attendees wear comfortable, weather-appropriate attire.

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Swan Lake – Luncheon, Dress Rehearsal – Sledding on the Art Museum Steps A Snow Story

Yesterday we finally got the significant snow storm that had been predicted a handful of times this winter but never materialized.

Although the storm closed schools and the mayor enacted the emergency snow route, which really cut down on the traffic in Center City, there were some people out and about doing business as usual.

I headed to Estia the delicious Greek restaurant located on Locust Street across from the Academy of Music. Thursday was the Swan Lake Luncheon and Dress Rehearsal.
The luncheon was lovely, and it was nice to see many ballet fans make it to the event. The luncheons are open to the general public for a low ticket price. They include a ballet talk, as well as a ticket to see the dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal is a neat experience, as often the Angel and others are still advising the dancers as well as working with the orchestra artistically.
 For those who didn’t live in Center City they took public transportation without too many delays.
The Pennsylvania Ballet has promoted David Gray to executive director.  Gray was chosen due to his leadership style and experience in ballet, nonprofit and financial communities, the Philadelphia-based organization’s Board of Trustees announced Thursday. (source)
  Dr. Laura Katz Rizzo is the Program Director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Dance and an Assistant Professor of Dance at Temple University and


author of “Dancing the Fairy Tale.” She spoke of the history of Philadelphia Ballet, which is covered in the book.

Ángel Corolla, Pa Ballet Artistic Director and ballet patron Jane Al Mashat @estia before dress rehearsal of Swan Lake. 

Usually for the dress rehearsal the auditorium is full of students, but the snow storm quashed that today. The rehearsal started promptly at 1PM and was very enjoyable.
In commissioning this work especially for its 40th Anniversary Season, Pennsylvania Ballet’s goal
was to create a signature version of Swan Lake that would achieve popular and critical success,
attract traditional ballet fans as well as new audience members, and build a lasting legacy in the
dance world to be enjoyed by generations to come. (PS my regular camera broke last week and I am shooting with my back up camera, the Nikon D7000. I think the photos of the ballet this month are so much better than the D610)
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)
Music: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
Costumes: Jean-Marc Puissant
Sets: Adrianne Lobel
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Running Time: Approximately 2:40 (four acts with two intermissions)

Pennsylvania Ballet History:
This is the largest and most expensive production ever created by the Company, but it is not its
first Swan Lake. Pennsylvania Ballet has performed several full-length versions of Swan Lake
(with choreography after Petipa/Ivanov) during its history. The Company also performed
George Balanchine’s Swan Lake, Act II in 1994 and 1998.

The Company made its international debut with Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake in August
2005 at the Edinburgh International Festival. The production had its world premiere at the Academy of Music in June 2004 and was performed by the Company in October 2005 and March 2011. Pennsylvania Ballet dancers performed in the feature film Black Swan, released in December 2010.

Pennsylvania Ballet brings the world’s most renowned ballet,
Swan Lake, to the Academy of Music stage, March 5-8 and 14-15, presented by Bank of America. In
addition, Zachary Hench, Principal Dancer, will also celebrate his formal retirement from Pennsylvania Ballet at the afternoon performance on March 8th.
The re-envisioning of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake has been supported by The Pew Center for   Arts & Heritage.  Pennsylvania Ballet’s season sponsors include DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, The Sporting Club at the   Bellevue, and US Airways.   Pennsylvania Ballet receives support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts – a state agency funded   by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency – and   The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.   Groups of 10 or more get discounts and great seats! Ask about special talks with staff and dancers and   dining options near the theater for your group. For tickets and more information, 
contact Group Sales   Manager Arajua Backman at 215.587.6921 or abackman@paballet.org.
 Swan Lake
DATES: March 5-15, 2015

VENUE: Academy of Music

TICKETS: $30 – $125, 215.893.1999 or paballet.org

After the show I headed home to see if folks were sledding on the Art Museum Steps
Snowy #Selfie

Parc is gearing up for spring, which is only 3 weeks away. Can’t wait.
Rittenhouse Square is always breathtaking.

A video posted by Adam Wallacavage (@adam_wallacavage) on Mar 5, 2015 at 5:41pm PST

I never made it to the art museum steps I was so cold, but I found this on the internet and thought what a hoot. As I usually say you need a good 6 – 8 inches of snow for a good ride on the steps. It seemed a little sparse, but it didn’t stop these folks.

Philadelphia

I was there when Katy Perry Climb The Rocky Steps, plus pixs from her concert & her look a like Fans & Her Dad

Katy Perry performed two sold out shows at the Wells Fargo Center This Week.(Katy Perry Runs Up The Rocky Steps photos are at the bottom of the page.)

 Thanks to Bentley Holdings for inviting me to hang with them Monday night in their box and catch the concert. Gregory Heinz, Daria Cuda, Morgan DeNicola, Cosmo DeNicola (co-owner of the Soul Football Team), Natalie Scarantino, Maura McGlone and Lauren Richardson

Before the show I captured a few of the Katy Perry fans. They were very excited to see her.

I ran into Katy Perry’s dad Keith Hudson who was more than happy to pose with fans.
A nice crowd was on hand for the concert.
There were lots of fun songs and costume changes

 an ode to Grace Jones
 At one point during the concert Katie stopped to take a selfie with a fan.
 I happen to know that guy, his name is Temple University student Ian Raymond. He’s a uber fan of everyone current and always seems gets to meet his favorites. This has to be one of those most memorable times.

Katy Perry enjoys a Ralph & Rickey pizza with a fan.

 Another fan interaction came when Katy Perry pulled up a local high school girl Madison for the Birthday Song. Madison’s bday is August 20.
    One of my favorite moments of the concert came when Katy Perry flew around the arena, she came very close to all sections and the song Happy Bithday ended like this..
Spectacular!!

Monday night Katy told the fans she’d be going to a few museums during her stay
 Tuesday she was more specific, saying on stage that she’d be going to the Philadelphia Art Museum to run up the Rocky Steps at midnight. She showed up (with a police escort) and so did about 200 fans.

as the night wore on more and more people showed up
Katy did her best to pose and chat with as many fans as possible during this crazy melee.The police did an amazing job with the crowd control. No matter how much the fans chanted run the steps, it wasn’t going to happen, there were way too many people.

Before I got there I heard Katy Perry had already run up the Rocky Steps and on her way down encountered the fans.


 but at some point it became overwhelming and the police started to lead her back to her car
 
I call this photo, Katy Perry realizes she’s being led to the wrong car, eventually they got it right and got her to her black Sterling Limousine rented SUV (it says that on the back of the car)
When she got safely back to the car she told the police and her handlers she’d pose for a few more photos with the kids.

 And she did, in her pizza Snuggie!!

I like how she checks afterwards to make sure the photo is perfect.
I keep my promises Philly!


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