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The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s STAMP Day event will be at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) on Friday, February 14 from 3:30-5:30pm.

STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly) is a program of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, in partnership with 12 museums and attractions and a group of generous sponsors and community organizations, that aims to increase teens’ access to all of the incredible arts and culture Philadelphia has to offer. The event will coincide with the current exhibit by Mural Arts, Beyond the Paint. This event is free for STAMP Pass holders. If there any teens who are not yet enrolled in STAMP, they can sign up for a pass at the event!

The STAMP pass is open to any Philadelphia high school student, and is valid for one year of FREE admission to a selection of the city’s top museums and attractions. Pass holders also get access to special events throughout the year. For more information about the event and pass, visit


Remaining auditions:
Mon. January 27, 4pm-9pm
Tue. January 28, 4-9pm
Sat. February 1, 12-4pm

Project Arts, who brought you RENT: SCHOOL EDITION, is currently looking for youth actors, singers, and puppeteers for our upcoming production of Avenue Q School Edition. Please come prepared to sing two songs from the musical. They will have musical karaoke tracks for the auditions. Any level of experience is welcome.

Please email to register for an audition. 

Please note that they will be rehearsing every Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday from February 3 through March 18. They will have additional rehearsals on March 15, 16, 19, 20, and 21. The shows will take place on March 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30 at The Rotunda.

In addition to performers, they also need volunteers to help with marketing, outreach, and  a variety of other aspects of this project. Please email for info.

Project Arts is a community-based theater company and is free to those who participate. All of their productions have an educational and social justice component. For videos of past productions, please visit

Divided into four age groups (Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, Grades 10-12). The contest’s purpose is to recognize and promote excellence in poetry writing for local students! $50 First Place, $25 Second Place prizes will be given at a formal awards presentation by Editors of Poetry WITS at The Indian Valley Public Library on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1pm – 5pm.

To enter, click here.

Shannon A Thompson

Shannon, here, for an introduction: 

If you checked out my last post, then you know about my new series: “Writing Tips: Details: ____.” I will be periodically posting about the little things – how to choose something like a wardrobe for your character. Last time, I spoke about vehicles, and that’s when Charles E. Yallowitz blew me away in the comments. As a high fantasy writer, he doesn’t deal with cars, but he still took the time to see the correlations between the cars and other transportation methods he has had to decide. By broadening the discussions, I knew he had to have his own slot – his own posting – and I offered him today’s place. Below you will read tips from Charles E. Yallowitz – and who knows? – maybe your added commentary will be the next one chosen to keep the discussion going.

Fantasy Transportation:…

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Interesting Literature

1. The idea for The Hunger Games came to author Suzanne Collins while channel-hopping between coverage of the invasion of Iraq and a reality TV show. The idea began to form in her mind of a narrative which concerned a televised fight to the death. The theme of the series has led critics to draw comparisons with similar works, principally Battle Royale, a 1999 novel by Japanese author Koushun Takami, but the idea of a dystopian future world in which people fight each other as part of a television programme is found in a novel by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman), The Running Man (1982).

2. The author of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, was one of the writers on the 1990s teen TV show Clarissa Explains It AllCollins worked in television for many years during the 1990s; her other television writing credits included Clifford’s Puppy…

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