ZIKA VIRUS HITS HOME
State health officials have confirmed that two women who live in Pennsylvania have tested positive for the Zika virus, and a third person is being treated in Delaware. In all three cases, the virus was contracted abroad, as have been all of the cases identified in the U.S. to date. The virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, is now prevalent in South America and the Caribbean. It is a real threat to babies in the womb, as it has been linked to the birth of infants with microcephaly, a condition characterized by an abnormally small head. Otherwise, the virus causes only brief and mild flu-like symptoms.
 
  • For more information on Zika, see the report from the Centers for Disease Control. 
 
SKATEBOARDERS GET SOME LOVE
A ban on skateboarding in Love Park has been temporarily lifted, effective immediately. Mayor Jim Kenney said skateboarders would be welcome until Feb. 15, when the park closes for renovations. During the year-long project, Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture will be moved to City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.
 
FAST FORWARD FOR PORT PLAN
The last obstacles to completion of a massive project to enhance the Port of Philadelphia’s competitiveness are about to be removed, according to an announcement from the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. A total $55 million in federal funds has been allocated for the final stage of the project, which involves deepening 102 miles of the Delaware River’s navigation channel to allow access by larger vessels. The money for the final stage, from Chester to Wilmington, Delaware, is included in President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget. Despite memories of past Congressional budget battles, a spokesman for Sen. Casey said “we don’t expect any hiccups” in getting this project through.
 
  • PlanPhilly.com has details of the Delaware River project.
 
 
 
  • A contest winner who picked Philadelphia as her “fantasy vacation” destination in 1991 has no regrets. ( Philly.com )
  • A team of Drexel students is competing to design the passenger pods for Elon Musk’s hyper-loop. ( Philly.com )
  • Two Philadelphia Freedom Fighters recall the 1960s fight to desegregate Girard College. ( Chestnut Hill Local )
   

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  Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Fetty Wap

Beatles Tribute Rain

Yefin Bronfman

Beethoven

Cold Mountain

MUSIC
 
 
Fetty Wap comes to The Fillmore on his Welcome to the Zoo tour. Pianist Yefim Bronfman and the Philadelphia Orchestra play Beethoven at Verizon Hall. Opera Philadelphia debuts Cold Mountain at the Academy of Music; Beatles tribute Rain  comes to the Kimmel Center.
 
 
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ART
 
" Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change” brings together 50 works that illuminate the dramatic fluctuations in his style during the period from 1912 to 1924.  
 
 
Also showing now:
 
  • Walter Robinson: Paintings and Other Indulgences” at The Galleries at The Moore;
  • Emil Lukas at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
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ON STAGE
 
It’s show tme for Funnyman at The Arden. Award-winning Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham takes us back to 1959, as an aging vaudevillian struggling to revive his career with a role in an avant-garde play.
 
 
 
 
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