TEDxPhoenixville Hosts a Free TEDTalks Salon on April 19, 2011 at 7pm at the Colonial Theatre

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The TEDxPhoenixville organizing committee has announced that their April TEDTalks Salon will take place in the Colonial’s 650-seat main auditorium and will be FREE! Everyone is invited to participate in this unique event on Tuesday April 19, 2011 at 7PM.

The TEDxPhoenixville organizing committee has announced that their April TEDTalks Salon will take place in the Colonial’s 650-seat main auditorium (instead of the 50-seat screening room) and will be FREE! Everyone is invited to participate in this unique event on Tuesday April 19, 2011 at 7PM. TEDTalks Salons combine pre-recorded TED talks with one live speaker to spark engaged conversation and ideas among participants. No talk is longer than 18 minutes so the pace is lively and eclectic. The live speaker on April 19 will be artist and West Collection Director Lee Stoetzel, who will speak about his own artwork. The pre-recorded TEDTalks will include committee favorites from the TED2011 conference in Long Beach, CA held in March.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

About TEDx
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

About TEDxPhoenixville
In the northwestern suburbs of one of the country's arts and culture epicenters is a community forged by a colorful history and poised for a promising future. Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, thirty miles from Philadelphia (reachable by automobile, kayak or bicycle), is a thriving community full of individuals interested in learning, growing, evolving. It’s the perfect place for spreading positive ideas!

TEDxPhoenixville celebrates the creative, innovative and inspiring happening right here and all around the world. Our objective is to present thought-provoking ideas via an annual day-long event featuring compelling, groundbreaking and even revolutionary speakers and performers. The live event is preceded by monthly TEDTalks Salons that educate people about TEDxPhoenixville, promote discussion and point us all toward a more engaged and purposeful future.

This year’s day-long, live event is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 24, 2011, 10AM – 3PM. The organizing committee has playfully labeled this year’s conference MindBlender, reflecting their interest in exploring how the brain and the mind work via the arts, science and technology. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for members of the Colonial Theatre at the producer level and above, and $20 for seniors, students and children. Purchase tickets and learn more at http://www.TEDxPhoenixville.com. Or email the committee at ideaville(at)tedxphoenixville(dot)com. A review of the 2010 event, Joy Ride, can be found at http://www.TEDxPhoenixville.com.

The TEDxPhoenixville organizing committee includes Kirsten Van Vlandren, Assistant Director, The Colonial Theatre; LuAnn Roth, Patron Services Director, The Colonial Theatre; Kelly Stoetzel, TED Content Producer; Todd Palmer, advertising agency Creative Director; community members and TED enthusiasts Jay Brown and Tyler Donald; and Kimberton Waldorf School student Julian Romano.

About The Colonial Theatre
The Colonial Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania at 227 Bridge Street. Opened in 1903, the Colonial is the last surviving of four theatres once existing in the borough and is the only theatre of its kind in Chester County. In its early days, the Colonial was home to live stage shows, vaudeville acts and musicals including appearances by Harry Houdini and Mary Pickford. Real movie buffs know that the Colonial was featured in the 1958 science fiction classic, “The Blob,” starring Steve McQueen and filmed in and around Phoenixville.

The theatre is owned and operated by the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit corporation, which re-opened the theatre in 1999. The Colonial’s programming includes art and independent films seven nights a week, classic films, children’s programs, live concerts, and community events. ACT is committed to the full restoration of the Colonial as a cultural arts center. ACT is currently fundraising for Phase IV of the theatre’s restoration that will include a renovation of the third floor as a community room, allowing ACT to present additional film screenings, lectures, classes and special events. Find out more about the Colonial at http://www.thecolonialtheatre.com. The mission of the Association for the Colonial Theatre is to enhance the collective well-being of our region by restoring the landmark Colonial Theatre and promoting cultural, economic and civic life. To that end, ACT presents film, live theatre, music, dance and other community events in the heart of Phoenixville’s historic business district.

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