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It Gets Better
Perelman Theater
Saturday, November 8
7:30pm

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Written and directed by Speak Theater Arts’ Liesel Reinhart, It Gets Better is infused with the dynamic musical energy of The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and the internationally recognized branding of the It Gets Better Project™. It Gets Better provides a performing arts response to the difficult issue of bullying, one of the most challenging issues among today’s young adults and adolescents. 

The It Gets Better Project™ was founded in September, 2010, when the first it gets better video was uploaded to YouTube, igniting a worldwide phenomenon. That video offered a desperately needed message of hope to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. It urged them to tough it out through the bullying and other challenges that confronted them in their teenage years, and described the positive future they could experience as adults. It told them that no matter how difficult things may be today, it gets better. Today, the mission of the It Gets Better Project™ is to communicate to LGBT youth around the world that it gets better, and to help effect the changes necessary to make it so. The team at the It Gets Better Project collaborated with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles in bringing the it gets better message to the stage. 

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On Nov 8 @ItGetsBetter will inspire @kimmelcenter following a week of community residency. All Tix $21, Learn more: http://kimmelcenter.org/events/?id=4951

 .@kimmelcenter, @GMCLA, @ItGetsBetter for a week-long community residency and culminating concert Nov 8! Learn more: http://kimmelcenter.org/events/?id=4951

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

  • Anna Crusis Philadelphia Woman’s Choir
  • Association for Suicide Prevention - Philadelphia Chapter
  • Athlete Ally
  • CHOICE Hotline
  • City of Brotherly Love Softball League
  • Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
  • Dr. Damon Constantinides
  • Falcons Soccer Club 
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  • HRC Greater Philadelphia
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  • PA Student Equality Coalition
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  • Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Philadelphia Union
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  • Philadelphia Young Playwrights
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  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Sister Cities Girl Choir
  • State Rep. Brian K. Sims
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  • The Attic Youth Center
  • The Leeway Foundation
  • The Tyler Clementi Foundation
  • The William Way LGBT Community Center
  • UPENN LGBTQ Student Union
  • Women’s Therapy Center

Calle 13 
MultiViral Tour
Sep 27 | 8PM | Merriam Theater

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'God help you if you have not heard of Calle 13.'

New York Daily News 

Calle 13 is literally changing the discourse about Latin America—artistically, politically, and socially. Half-brothers Residente (René Pérez Joglar) and Visitante (Eduardo Cabra Martínez) are internationally adored for their uncompromising artistry and unbridled honesty. Winners of a record-breaking 19 Latin Grammys and 2 Grammys, Calle 13 continues to evolve, pushing the creative envelope while staying true to their fiercely loyal fan base. Don’t miss their hotly anticipated Philly debut! 

In association with AfroTaino Productions.

Next week, legendary The Who frontman Roger Daltrey will rock the Verizon Hall stage as part of a concert for Teen Cancer America to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Recently Mr. Daltrey sat down with for a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where fans from across the globe had an opportunity to get answers to their most pressing questions, including those that wanted to know more about the benefit concert in Philly, his involvement with Teen Cancer America, and his friendship with rocker Joan Jett. 
Q. (via Reddit user Frogginfish): So, how did you start getting involved with Teen Cancer America?
A. Teen Cancer America is something I’ve been trying to get started in America for 12, 13 years. And I’ve been banging on doors, talking to professional people, doctors and people in the medical world, that there was something greatly lacking in your country, which we in Britain recognized over 20 years ago. And we formed a charity which is called Teenage Cancer Trust, and in Britain, in that 25 years, we have built by the end of next year, we’ll have built, we have 29 at the moment, but by the end of next year we will have 32 hospital wards built especially for the ages of 13-23. Because we recognize in this age group, they are certainly not children, and they are certainly not adults. They are very, very different. […] So there’s a lot of reasons why they deserve something special at this age. Pyschologically it’s very different for a teen-ager getting diagnosed with cancer rather than a child. For a teen-ager, they know exactly the ramifications of having cancer. And they’ve had no life. They’re a flower about to blossom. […] You have fabulous medicine. But this part of your care system could be improved greatly with a lot of goodwill from the administrations and the oncologists, pediatric and adult, of course. It’s just goodwill and understanding that you will get much, much better results by making this facility available.
Q. (via Reddit user Hpholly): What is your favourite song to perform live?
A. I enjoy performing all of ‘em. There’s only one song that I’m a little bit not bored with, because I find it just a harder to get into than any of the others, and that is Won’t Get Fooled Again. I’m not tired of the song, because I do perform it in different ways, I’ve done a gospel version of it and all kinds, I’m just a bit bored of it with the length on the piece as the record. As a singer it’s the one song - maybe it’s because I can’t do the scream like I used to! But all the other songs, I love singing them. Especially when it’s a good night, and the voice is good, and the show is going well. I try to sing them as if they’re the first time I’m singing in my life. Hopefully I succeed sometimes. But that’s how I feel about it.
Q. (via Reddit user Bluth_man_group): … I’m hoping to finally come see you perform in Philly! Is there anything cool you can tell us about the concert?
A. Well, I’ve known Joan Jett obviously for years. She’s a real rocker and she still cuts it, really cuts it. Well what I can tell you about the concert is that it’s a fundraiser to build one of our spaces at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia so all the proceeds are going to that, and that wing will obviously have these facilities in it. And I should be playing Who Songs, and some of my songs. It’s going to be a fun night. There are meet and greet packages, we are just trying to raise as much money as we can.
A Concert for Teen Cancer America to Benefit CHOPRoger Daltreyperforming The Who Hits and More!with special guest Joan Jett and The Blackhearts 
Mon, Jul 28  |  Verizon HallBUY TICKETS

Next week, legendary The Who frontman Roger Daltrey will rock the Verizon Hall stage as part of a concert for Teen Cancer America to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Recently Mr. Daltrey sat down with for a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where fans from across the globe had an opportunity to get answers to their most pressing questions, including those that wanted to know more about the benefit concert in Philly, his involvement with Teen Cancer America, and his friendship with rocker Joan Jett. 

Q. (via Reddit user Frogginfish): So, how did you start getting involved with Teen Cancer America?

A. Teen Cancer America is something I’ve been trying to get started in America for 12, 13 years. And I’ve been banging on doors, talking to professional people, doctors and people in the medical world, that there was something greatly lacking in your country, which we in Britain recognized over 20 years ago. And we formed a charity which is called Teenage Cancer Trust, and in Britain, in that 25 years, we have built by the end of next year, we’ll have built, we have 29 at the moment, but by the end of next year we will have 32 hospital wards built especially for the ages of 13-23. Because we recognize in this age group, they are certainly not children, and they are certainly not adults. They are very, very different. […] So there’s a lot of reasons why they deserve something special at this age. Pyschologically it’s very different for a teen-ager getting diagnosed with cancer rather than a child. For a teen-ager, they know exactly the ramifications of having cancer. And they’ve had no life. They’re a flower about to blossom. […] You have fabulous medicine. But this part of your care system could be improved greatly with a lot of goodwill from the administrations and the oncologists, pediatric and adult, of course. It’s just goodwill and understanding that you will get much, much better results by making this facility available.

Q. (via Reddit user Hpholly): What is your favourite song to perform live?

A. I enjoy performing all of ‘em. There’s only one song that I’m a little bit not bored with, because I find it just a harder to get into than any of the others, and that is Won’t Get Fooled Again. I’m not tired of the song, because I do perform it in different ways, I’ve done a gospel version of it and all kinds, I’m just a bit bored of it with the length on the piece as the record. As a singer it’s the one song - maybe it’s because I can’t do the scream like I used to! But all the other songs, I love singing them. Especially when it’s a good night, and the voice is good, and the show is going well. I try to sing them as if they’re the first time I’m singing in my life. Hopefully I succeed sometimes. But that’s how I feel about it.

Q. (via Reddit user Bluth_man_group): … I’m hoping to finally come see you perform in Philly! Is there anything cool you can tell us about the concert?

A. Well, I’ve known Joan Jett obviously for years. She’s a real rocker and she still cuts it, really cuts it. Well what I can tell you about the concert is that it’s a fundraiser to build one of our spaces at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia so all the proceeds are going to that, and that wing will obviously have these facilities in it. And I should be playing Who Songs, and some of my songs. It’s going to be a fun night. There are meet and greet packages, we are just trying to raise as much money as we can.

A Concert for Teen Cancer America to Benefit CHOP
Roger Daltrey
performing The Who Hits and More!
with special guest Joan Jett and The Blackhearts 

Mon, Jul 28  |  Verizon Hall
BUY TICKETS

Yesterday, in partnership with Philadelphia Reads, over 70 students from pre-k through sixth grade, joined us for dance, mask-making, and storytelling! The classes were taught by Kimmel Center teaching artists and staff. 

This program is designed to connect literacy through the arts and provide fun-filled activities and learning for children.

Summer Reads, a program by Philadelphia Reads, is a 6-week literacy program where students work with teachers to sharpen their literacy skills, using the elements of reading, enrichment, the arts and development, in preparation for the upcoming school year.