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Making a Homeplace: Stories from the Historically Black Neighborhood of Swarthmore

A video series by Jeannine Osayande (Nina Simone: Four Women; Fences), part of an ongoing collection of oral history and identity stories from the Historically Black Neighborhood in Swarthmore, PA.

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home

Thursday, September 3, 7:30pm

Back for Labor Day weekend by popular demand! Fan-favorite troubadour David M. Lutken leads an ensemble of musicians for a virtual hootenanny - and y'all are invited!

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home (REPLAY)

Sunday, September 6, 2pm

This will be a replay of the hootenanny on September 3, with live chat capabilities so you can virtually gather and celebrate with fellow music fans. 

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20/20 Vision

A short film by Steve H. Broadnax III (Bayard Rustin: Inside Ashland, Mud Row), starring Eric B. Robinson Jr. (Mud Row). After witnessing on video the murder of George Floyd by police officers, a young Black father contemplates how he can participate in the Black Lives Matter movement and secure his family's safety.

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Brotha George

The final track on her new EP Alter EGO, "Brotha George" is actor-musician Miriam A. Hyman's tribute to the Black and brown lives taken by police brutality. A music video will be released later this summer.

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Porch Songs: Dito van Reigersberg, Maggie Siff, Alex Bechtel

Dito van Reigersberg recruited long and short distance pals Maggie Siff (400 miles away!) and Alex Bechtel (just down the street :D) to perform "Dream Operator" by The Talking Heads

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Behind the Scenes: A Hoot How-to

David Lutken and "The Seat of the Pants Band" are back this week for another virtual hootenanny – but what does it actually take to make these folk fests sing?

(hint: it's a bit trickier than your average Zoom call)

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Porch Songs

An ongoing series of self-recorded musical performances by People’s Light artists on their porches, decks, patios, balconies, backyards—or simply by an open window or door.

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home (REPLAY)

Sunday, July 5, 2pm

This will be a replay of the hootenanny on July 2, with live chat capabilities so you can virtually gather and celebrate with fellow music fans. 

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Welcome to Domestic Blitz

Dispatches from parent-artists around the country juggling 24/7 domestic immersion with creative aspirations. We hired these artists to submit haikus, recipes for sanity, video cries for help, you name it!

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Porch Songs: Dana Saleh Omar

Dana Saleh Omar performs: "The World Spins Madly On" by The Weepies

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Watch Community Matters 2020

Missed this year's event? Want to re-watch or share with friends? A recording of the live Zoom performance & discussion is now available through Monday, 6/29.

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home

Thursday, July 2, 7:30pm

Back by popular demand! Fan-favorite troubadour David M. Lutken leads an ensemble of musicians for a virtual hootenanny - and y'all are invited!

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Porch Songs: Zonya Love

Zonya Love performs: "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, and a gospel song

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Long Live Queen Juliet!

While our theatres were unusually quiet, a few (...thousand) new friends tried to move in. Cue Rough & Tumble Honey.

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Porch Songs: Christopher Colucci

Christopher Colucci performs: "Up On The Roof" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King

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Porch Songs: Georgina Escobar

Georgina Escobar performs: "La Cigarra" by Raymundo Pérez y Soto

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David Lutken's Hootenanny at Home

Thursday, May 14, 7:30pm

Fan-favorite troubadour David M. Lutken leads an ensemble of musicians for a virtual hootenanny - and y'all are invited!

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David Lutken's Hootennany at Home

Sunday, May 17, 2pm

Fan-favorite troubadour David M. Lutken leads an ensemble of musicians for a virtual hootenanny - and y'all are invited!

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Porch Songs: Pearl Rhein

Pearl Rhein performs: "The Ballad of Laurette Taylor, Peg Entwistle & Bette Davis" or, "The Lemon Song"

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Making PPE for Front Line Workers

A behind-the-scenes look at our partnership with Main Line Health, providing almost 500 masks to local hospitals every week.

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Porch Songs: Jessie Fisher and Erik Hellman

Jessie Fisher and Erik Hellman perform: "I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll" by Gillian Welch

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Porch Songs: Amanda Morton and Josh Totora

Amanda Morton and Josh Totora perform: "Across the Universe" by the Beatles

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Hold These Truths on film

Stream a full-length performance of Hold These Truths through May 10.

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Porch Songs: Andrew Kane

Andrew Kane performs: "Purple Heather" or "Wild Mountain Thyme" or "Will Ye Go Lassie, Go" depending on whom you ask. (It's a traditional song.)

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Art and Community from Afar

Even though we can't be with each other, we can still be there for each other. 

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Porch Songs: Angel Desai

"Rainbow Connection" by The Muppets (music and lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher) with Nic Adams on Guitar and Video

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Theatre School Online

Our signature Saturday classes for ages 5-18 are underway online, with future plans in the works. See sample classes on our website.

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Porch Songs: Susan McKey

Susan McKey performs: "God's Teeth" by Stephen Smith with Stephen Smith on bass

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Porch Songs: Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke performs: "Scars"

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NPF Spotlight: THE GAME AND THE CHANGE

Laura Schellhardt’s play-in-progress, The Game and the Change, draws inspiration from young activists with the Coatesville Youth Initiative, a local organization committed to youth-led, transformational community change.

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Porch Songs: David M. Lutken

David M. Lutken performs: "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie

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Porch Songs: Pax Ressler

Pax Ressler performs: "The Heart of the Matter" by The Eagles

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Original Music from Shakespeare in Love

Whether you missed Shakespeare in Love, want to relive it, or just need more gorgeous music in your life, good news – Alex Bechtel's original score is now on his Bandcamp!

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Hirabayashi's Legacy

Gordan Hirabayashi took a stand more than 70 years ago – and left a strong legacy of civil rights activism that continues today.

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