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Arts, entertainment groups tap Reading's unconventional venues

August 06,2017 11:17

Playwright Lynn Nottage's art installation "This Is Reading" occupied the landmark Franklin Street Station in the city for three straight weekends. The mixed-media performance utilized the long-unused station as its stage and carried on a Reading ...and more »



Reading Eagle: Carl Fonticella | Closing night of "This Is Reading" inside the Franklin Street Station.

Sunday August 6, 2017 12:01 AM
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Playwright Lynn Nottage's art installation "This Is Reading" occupied the landmark Franklin Street Station in the city for three straight weekends.
The mixed-media performance utilized the long-unused station as its stage and carried on a Reading tradition of having unconventional venues for the arts.In recent years, other events in the city have tapped Reading's architecture for housing entertainment, arts and seasonal celebrations.Barrio Alegria Dance Co. filmed a dance video at the station in 2014.More recently Barrio Alegria and the Reading Public Library hosted "Odyssey" in July 2016 and "Rosa Dances With Wolves" on the steps of the library at Fifth and Franklin streets.The performances were part of the Storytelling Through Dance series.This past holiday season, Reading Mayor Wally Scott decorated three vacant buildings along the north side of the 400 block of Penn Street. Passers-by could see the illuminated interiors of the buildings, which were filled with Christmas decorations.Artist Ed Terrell did a plein air painting on the 400 block of Penn Street in 2016.Top of the Block events utilized the top floor of what is now the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel parking garage.The events were held in 2011 and 2012 and drew sizable crowds, dozens of vendors and a range of musical acts. The event was put on by Penn Corridor Initiative, which aimed to promote Penn Street and Penn Avenue in West Reading.That initiative suspended operations in 2014.
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