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Pen & Pencil Club is the world's second oldest press club and the oldest one in continuous operation in the United States. Founded in 1892, it has seen the likes of sportswriter Red Smith, authors George Michael Cohan and Alfred Damon Runyon, and William Howard Taft, 27th American President, as members or visitors. This private club is composed of outstanding journalists working for prestigious newspapers and journals. While full membership is only open to active journalists, their group of associate members include teachers, artists, politicians and singers. Its “off the record” sessions, private parties and bar are open to members only. However, the general public may visit at the club's discretion, especially if they are accompanied by a member.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church was dedicated in 1850 and is one of Philadelphia's most attractive churches. The architect was John Notman, who also designed the Athenaeum and the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square. Built in the Gothic Revival style, the beauty and elegance of the parish buildings and garden are reminiscent of those found in England. A notable feature of St. Mark's Church is the silver altar in the chapel.
William Way Community Center serves the LGBT community of the region. By conducting different cultural programs, social gatherings and exhibiting LGBT community records, the center tries to create acceptance for them. It also has meeting wherein the people of this community gather and have counselling sessions for their problems. Additionally, their event ready space can be rented for a private party, wedding ceremonies or business meetings.
There are a lot of people coming down from New York to see productions at the Wilma these days. Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love" had its East Coast premiere here, and there are usually at least two new plays commissioned every season. Also look for new versions of classics like "The Threepenny Opera." In 1996, the Wilma opened its new 296-seat facility on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.
Come by if you want to know more about one of the lesser exhibited arts. This non-profit organization aims at giving print art its due. Have a look at contemporary work in print and photography since 1915 on display. Various events take place throughout the year, and one worth the visit is the Annual International Competition: Photography. You can also purchase artwork from the store located at the gallery. With the work of 90 artists on sale—including artists, such as Art Spiegelman, Katja Oxman, Katja Oxman–you are sure to find something that appeals to you.
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.