1908: a nickelodeon opens on South Street under the name the Crystal Palace
1927: the movie theater is converted into a concert hall
1941: the concert hall is converted into a movie theater
1959: director Andre Gregory founds an avant-garde performance group in the theater, and gives it a new name?the Theatre of the Living Arts
1960?1968: the troupe's critically acclaimed shows, including The Critic?and?Poor Bitos, feature such future legends as Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, and Morgan Freeman
1976: years after the performance group goes bankrupt, a newly opened movie theater realizes it can pay its rent with weekly screenings of?Rocky Horror Picture Show
1988: after one final transformation, the Theatre of the Living Arts becomes a live performance venue once again
2013: now exclusively a music stage, the theater earns a spot on Complex's list of America's 50 best concert venues
Instructor Owen Biddle shares his passion for shutterbugging during small, personalized classes at his eponymous photography school. A photo artist himself, Owen doesn't separate composition from technical instruction; instead, he invites students to see the artistic possibilities in everything they do with their cameras. Besides photography classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced, he also leads photo salons and field trips to help his pupils hone their skills.
Najia has inspired audiences with her sensual Middle Eastern dance in Egypt and Jordan, as well as in restaurants, nightclubs, and Pearl Jam?s preshow. Building her diverse dancing resum?, she pilgrimages to the Middle East for two or three months each year to continue researching dances, garner inspiration for her Philadelphia Bellydance company, and make her passport more colorful. She calls upon all of her twirling know-how to lead series of four weekly classes, in which students learn to shimmy, hip drop, and send veils fluttering through the air or weave together basic moves for complex choreography. On the fifth week after class sessions, students meet for a confidence-inspiring Goddess Night that awakens inner beauty through dance workshops, vegan treats, and performances as guests mingle bedecked in veils, gems, and outer adornment.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats.
####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
Mainline Magazine escorts its readers down an upscale avenue of cultural happenings, unveiling pages of recommendations for dining, design, and shopping, as well as profiles of local personalities. While perusing the Early Summer 2011 issue, follow the tastemakers to the Pennsylvania Dutch region or learn how to spruce up a home with a few well-considered interior tweaks and one prominently displayed life-size-doll collection. High-quality paper stock and vibrant, stylish graphics make the bimonthly magazine's full-color spreads of interiors and events burst off the page like a pop-up book filled with active fireworks.
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