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Art-filled POOL exhibit opens at Fairmount Water Works

Right before the Water Works’ new exhibition was supposed to open last September, Hurricane Ida swept through and flooded the space.

  • Called “POOL: A Social History of Segregation,” the exhibit finally launched this week at the former Kelly Natatorium, filling the underground space with stories and art.

Asha Prihar took a photo tour through the show, which focuses on ways Black swimmers have been able to succeed despite decades of systemic exclusion.

Rediscovered artwork: Albert Barnes as P.T. Barnum

Artist Lou Hirshman’s caricature of Albert Einstein is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but not many have seen his portrayal of Albert C. Barnes.

  • The cheeky 1937 caricature depicts Barnes — one of Philly’s best-known arts patrons, whose name and collection grace the Parkway museum — as a circus ringmaster.

Not previously available online, an image of the P.T. Barnum-inspired painting was provided to Avi Wolfman-Arent this month by the artist’s son.

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It’s a behind-the-scenes kind of week for Mayor Kenney, who is slated to give his annual budget address next Thursday.


? Bring the kids or just watch the fun at Smith Memorial Playground’s annual Play-A-Palooza, with science and art activities, a bookmobile, live performances, and food trucks. Tickets are $10. (12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26)

?? Women business owners discuss their experiences, challenges, and successes at a panel discussion and networking event at Society Hill Dance Academy on East Passyunk. Free with RSVP. (6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 28)

? Billy Penn partner event: Deputy editor Beatrice Forman helps moderate “Shift the Narrative: A Media Panel on Community-Centered Gun Violence Reporting,” presented by PCGVR, PABJ, Young Chances Foundation, and Philly Truce. (1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 1)