PW readers sound off.
Regarding Tara Murtha’s recent story about the a new bill governing party promoters:
I regularly host Argentine tango dance and music events both in the city and the suburbs and I can assure you that if this bill passes there would be no more Tango dancing in the city. Last year, I worked with other promoters to bring Argentine electronic musicians Otros Aires to Philadelphia for a concert. If this bill had been in place, that event would not have happened.
This bill stands to kill numerous cultural activities in this city. Things that fall below the radar, sure, but the exact things that make this city a wonderful place to live, work and play.
After decades of a declining population, the last thing this city needs to do is destroy one of the last and best reasons for anyone to live here.
SAM WILSON via philadelphiaweekly.com
The cultural economy of Philadelphia would be absolutely crippled. Unbelievable ignorance of the live-arts community crafted this bill.
PETE via philadelphiaweekly.com
Thank you for writing about this ridiculous law, and especially for speaking to some of the independent artists, venue owners and promoters in Philadelphia. They are truly correct that the city does not have the bureaucratic capacity to support the policing of individual events in Philly’s huge live arts scene.
Having worked in the entertainment business in many capacities for over 15 years in Philadelphia, I too can attest that the institution of this law is unnecessary, overzealous and completely impractical. It will only hurt a struggling arts community, that are not doing anything illegal. Artists are not criminals, and parties are not a crime. They are big business, and the city will be taking money out of its own pocket through this bill. Don’t let it pass!
ELIZABETH FLYNN via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Peak Johnson’s story about alternative schools for troubled kids:
Wonderful article! It’s good to know the school district is working with programs like this to give special attention to kids who really need it! I wonder, though, if the program should be expanded—sounds like an environment that would benefit all the kids in the public school system, not just the ones with behavioral/learning issues!
N. BLALOCK via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Matt Prigge’s film review of Princess Ka’iulani :
Wow, your review sounds rather jaded and narrow minded. To begrudge a talent like Q’orianka Kilcher’s simply because the film might be mediocre seems misguided to me, but maybe their weren’t enough flying blue monkey aliens to please you.
RITA via philadelphiaweekly.com
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