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The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the new home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Accommodated within the center is Verizon Hall for orchestral presentations, the Perelman Theater for chamber music concerts, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. A variety of Philadelphia's performing arts groups serve as resident companies, presenting their artistry each season along with performances by visiting guest artists and ensembles.
Some nights Bob Dylan plays here, some nights there's reggae, and a lot of nights there are very loud bands playing to young audiences. Some of these acts, such as Southern Culture on the Skids, are well known from college radio. This former burlesque theater holds 1,000. Upstairs, the Balcony room has a separate music schedule, usually starting late, after the show in the main room is done. Admission varies according to performance.
Portland has a claim to fame in the World Cafe Live on Walnut Street. The Cafe has innumerable world class artists and troupes performing every night. Talent from all over the world is showcased on its stage, varying from belly-dancers to fusion musicians and many, many more. World Cafe Live is the best place in Philly to see and be seen. This is also a great place to host private parties the Upstairs level and the lower Mezzanine are available for use separately. Open Monday to Friday 11am onwards and Saturday to Sunday 5pm onwards.
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts was founded in 1971. This non-profit venue offers more than a hundred performances every year including theatre, music, dance, film and festivals, such as the annual International Children's Theatre Festival held in Spring. Check the website for a complete list of events.
Sit on the sloping lawn or in the reserved boxes under the high shed awning. Pick up a drink or some food from the stalls by the back fence—everything from hot dogs to a full-course salmon dinner served by waiters. This outdoor stage is the summer home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, plus a schedule of jazz, rock, big band, the Philly Pops, opera, theatre, and dance. The acoustics can be unreliable and Philadelphia's erratic weather can be a problem, but you can sit in Fairmount Park, hear a good show, and look at the soft night lights of the downtown skyline.