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Country music show part of Fringe Festival

REV Theatre Company will present “Honky Tonkin – A Country Music Show” as part of the Fringe Arts Festival at several locations, including three South Philly parks. 

Free shows will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Hawthorne Park on Catharine Street; Sept. 15 at Campbell Square Park on Allegheny Avenue; Sept. 17 at Drexel Square Park in University City; Sept. 25 at Dickinson Square Park on Moyamensing Avenue; and Sept. 29 at Bardascino Park on S. 10th Street.

The Women’s Film Festival returns this month

The Women’s Film Festival is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a lineup of films and events September 16-26.

The 10-day festival features films from around the globe that are “By, For or About Women.”

The festival includes several powerful feature documentaries, short films and animated programs. The festival begins at the Suzanne Roberts Theater and continues with screenings at the Fleisher Art Memorial, The Neighborhood House Performance Venue and the Great Hall at the Masonic Temple. There will be special events, performances, panels, and plenty of chances for filmgoers to meet the actors and filmmakers attending the festival.

Tickets can be purchased through the TWFF website at www.thewomensfilmfestival.org.

Library exhibition explores the New Deal

The Free Library of Philadelphia welcomes all to explore how people came together in the wake of the Great Depression in a new exhibition, For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited. The exhibition opened in the third-floor gallery of the Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. and offers a look at the art and objects funded by the New Deal.

Objects on view in the gallery include artwork, books, maps, models, musical instruments, photographs and interactive features, from across the Parkway Central Library’s vast research departments and special collections. Find more information on programs and objects at freelibrary.org/greatestnumber.

It will be available to visit in person through Feb. 4, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Bus Revolution seeks public input

Throughout September and October, SEPTA will host a series of in-person pop-up events and virtual meetings on Bus Revolution, the Authority’s comprehensive redesign of the bus network. Bus Revolution is a key initiative of SEPTA Forward, SEPTA’s Strategic Plan, and the Authority’s efforts to revamp its service and better connect people across the region.​ 

SEPTA’s stop in South Philly will be on Nov. 7 at Marconi Plaza at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue from 2-5 p.m.

The outreach series will be an opportunity to share some preliminary project findings, engage in educational conversations, inform participants of the October launch of a public survey, and to introduce a series of transit trade-offs. SEPTA will use the results of all this engagement and analysis to inform changes to the bus network. This is the first of multiple public participation phases of the Bus Revolution project, which started in 2021 and will result in implementation of a new bus network in 2023. Each Bus Revolution in-person pop-up event will be held outside and staffed by SEPTA and project team members who will engage in conversations with riders. COVID-19 precautions will be taken throughout the pop-ups. For more information, visit https://SEPTAbusRevolution.com.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show returns

More than 100 artists from around the country return to Rittenhouse Square from Sept. 17-19, for one of the nation’s best juried fine art shows. The show returns in person after a year of presenting fine art shows online for art patrons.

“We’re thrilled to be back on the Square. A year and a half of virtual everything has given us all a renewed appreciation for such treasures as Rittenhouse Square and the arts,” said Sandra Sedmak Engel, professional artist and Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Association Board of Directors chair. “It’s our mission to share fine art and the exceptional artists who create it, and we’re delighted to be back.”

The show takes place Sept. 17 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, and Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rittenhouse Square Park.

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