The WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth St., has launched a $350,000 capital campaign to improve building accessibility before its 20th anniversary in 2024.
“We are ready to embark on our WCR Accessibility Campaign, which will further open our doors and enable the WCR Center for the Arts to play a greater role in Reading’s town center arts community,” said Jayme Rhoads , Chairman of the Board of Directors. “You may not know that behind the charming North Fifth Street main entrance is a grand 250-seat auditorium with exceptional acoustics and elegant historic architecture. Our planned accessibility project will empower our mobility impaired viewers to enjoy the variety of shows housed in our building. »
The project will maintain the historical integrity of the building and the front facade will remain intact. The funds will be used to construct a two-stop elevator that will be inside a stair tower attached to the exterior of the rear of the building, incorporating the new elevator into the existing structure. This addition will improve access to the main public floor and washrooms, while complementing the historic beauty of the front façade and interior design.
To date, WCR has received project-related donations from the Presser Foundation, Holleran DonorAdvised Fund of Berks County Community Foundation, Customers Bank, Reading Elevator and the International Union of Elevator Builders Local 5, “Lift for a Vet” program.
Donations can be mailed to William G. Koch & Associates, 2650 Westview Drive, Wyomissing, PA 19610. Checks can be made payable to WCR Center for the Arts.
The Woman’s Club of Reading was formed in 1896 and acquired the property in historic Callowhill in 1919. The leaders of the Woman’s Club then had a large auditorium built. The building has been home to the Friends of Chamber Music for over 50 years.
For several decades, membership declined and there was a gradual deterioration of the building. In 2004, a group of community leaders came together to save the structure, resulting in the creation of the WCR Center for the Arts, which aims to preserve, revitalize, honor and transform the facility into an events center cultural, social and commercial. , with a particular focus on the performing arts. For more information, visit www.wcrcenter.org.
The Reading Royals hockey team announced on Monday that the Spin Doctors will perform at the Opening Night Block Party ahead of the team’s home opener against Indy Fuel on Oct. 29 at Santander Arena.
The Spin Doctors are an American alternative rock band from New York. The band started in the late 1980s and consists of vocalist Chris Barron, guitarist Eric Shankman and bassist and percussionist Aaron Corness.
The group is best known for their early 1990s hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”, which charted at No. 7 and No. 17 on the Billboard Top 100, respectively. Additionally, the group was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Two Princes”.
The concert is a free show during the team’s pre-game block party. Tickets for the match, which begins at 7 p.m., can be purchased by visiting the Royals box office at Santander Arena or by calling 610-898-7825.
An unveiling reception will be held on September 15 in the European Gallery of the Reading Public Museum for two stained glass and painted panels depicting the Crucifixion and the Virgin and Child which have been part of the museum’s collection since their purchase in 1933.
The panels will be displayed in custom-built light boxes and accompanied by text detailing their newly discovered history and attribution.
The windows were last displayed in 2012 in the museum’s Arms and Armor Gallery, before being removed for gallery renovations. At that time they were described as “16th century Baumgartner panels from Nuremberg” with the artist unknown and the patron only identified by surname.
In early 2022, in preparation for the reintroduction of windows to the galleries, research was undertaken to determine if more information could be learned using the panel inscriptions and known provenance as clues.
Catharine Ingersoll, Ph.D., associate professor of art history at the Virginia Military Institute and scholar whose research focuses on the visual and material culture of southern Germany in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, was contacted to provide its professional opinion.
Ingersoll confirmed the attribution of the museum to Hans Wertinger and was able to propose identities to the patrons. According to Ingersoll, the panels were probably made by Hans Wertinger alone or with his workshop, in Landshut, Germany. They were commissioned by Peter Baumgartner and his wife Anna von Trenbach for their family burial chapel in the parish church of Mining, Austria, and completed in 1524.
At the unveiling, Ingersoll will speak about the rediscovery and attribution of the windows, the Baumgartner family and the making of stained glass in 16th century Europe. The reception and lecture will be open to all and cost $10 for museum members and $20 for non-members. It will include German-style beer tastings. Contact Lindsay Crist at Lindsay.Crist@readingpublicmuseum.org to register.
Art Plus Gallery, West Reading, is hosting the exhibition ‘Memories of Distant Lands’, watercolors and oils by Mary Burke, inspired by the coasts of Maine and Ireland, until September 30, with a reception on September 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Abstract yet deeply evocative of their subjects, Burke’s paintings have an extraordinary way of taking us to the heart and soul of his native Ireland and the beloved coast of Maine. Her unique style has been hailed for its “vibrant energy” and “ethereal air” and called “hauntingly beautiful”.
ReadingFilm, in conjunction with local mental health organizations, has announced two free film screenings in support of Suicide Awareness Month: The documentary “Hell or High Seas” will screen Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boscov Theater in the Goggleworks Center for the Arts and “Wake Up: Stories From the Front Lines of Suicide Prevention” will be presented Wednesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. in Perkins Auditorium at Penn State Berks.
“Hell or High Seas” follows U.S. Navy veteran Taylor Grieger and writer Stephen O’Shea as they sail around Cape Horn, the world’s most treacherous ocean waters. A discussion will follow. Register on eventbrite.com.
“Wake Up” highlights four different groups with varying stories to tell about suicide: American veterans, members of the LGBT community, college students and gun owners. Through their testimonies, the film weaves a mosaic of diverse experiences into a multi-faceted tale of the heroes on the front lines.
The Reading Theater Project has announced auditions for its fall production, “Present, Future, Past,” three one-act plays about Reading’s past, present and future, written by regional playwrights.
Auditions will be Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m., with encores (if needed) Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m., at Holy Cross United Methodist Church, 529 N. Fifth St., while reading. Free parking and the entrance are accessible at the back of the building, next to Church Street.
More information about the roles, plays, directors and overall production, as well as the audition registration form, are posted at readingtheatreproject.org. Email email@example.com or call 484-706-9719 with any questions.