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By Maria Valetta Food & Wine Connoisseur

he French are undeni- ably lucky. They wake up in the morning, walk

out the front door and right there on the corner from their pied-à-terre, is a quaint little bakery where they can stop in for the most expressive coffee and light airy croissants. A morning meal that’s sure to make for good start to the day. There was a point in my life when I lived at 19th and Spruce here in Philadelphia. During my three years there, every morning I would go out to walk the dog and stop in my corner bakery––Met- ropolitan Bakery––for that exact French petit dejeuner. I didn’t realize how lucky I

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WEEKLYPRESS Zooming In: Van Gogh At Te PMA

By Dea Adria Mallin Contributing Writer


f you thought that you were “up close” to the marvelous portraits in the Van Gogh “Face

to Face” exhibition at the PMA about a decade ago, wait until you see Van Gogh Up Close at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in its only United States venue. From February 1 through May 6, PMA features 45 exceptional works by Van Gogh, where the paintings combine a quiet beauty with an exultation in nature, where the innovation in painting technique and style both dazzles and calms, simultaneously. This exhibition, organized by the PMA and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottowa, is beautifully mounted here by curators Joseph J. Rishel and Jennifer A. Thomp- son in the largest special exhibi- tions space. It concentrates on an intensely productive four years in

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Leah Stein Dance Com- pany cel- ebrates ten years of con- necting in- congruities

By Nicole Contosta Staff Reporter


ance has a long history of telling a story. In fact, many historians believe that be-

Vincent van Gogh was an artist of exceptional intensity, not only in his use of color and exuberant application of paint, but also in his personal life. Drawn powerfully to nature, his works--particularly those created in the years just before he took his own life--engage the viewer with the strength of his emotions. This exhibition focuses on these tumultuous years, a period of feverish artistic experimentation that began when van Gogh left Antwerp for Paris in 1886 and continued until his death in Auvers in 1890.

fore man used the written word to document events, ancient cultures used dance as a way to impart the stories found in myths and fables to audiences. It’s a tradition that still exists in the modern world when ballet companies perform time-honored fairytales like Cin- derella and Sleeping Beauty. Of course, a dances’ choreographer does not always want the perfor- mance to reenact a linear story. Sometimes a choreographer wants the performance to express some- thing abstract about the world or society. Enter Leah Stein’s Dance Company (LSDC). For the past decade, the LSDC’s has used dance as a way “to find an in- terconnection between things that do not seem to connect,” said Leah Stein, explaining that the perfor- mances will addresses themes such as vacant industry versus new de-

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