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October 3, 2013

The Mural Arts Program Presents A Dinner For 900 Guests, 70 x 7 The Meal, Act XXXIV, This Saturday, October 5 At New Location, Thomas Paine Plaza At The Municipal Services Building

Mural Arts' dinner for 900, 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV, will be held this Saturday, October 5 at Municipal Services Building, Thomas Paine Plaza. (Images courtesy Mural Arts Program)

This Saturday, October 5 the Mural Arts Program’s six-month-long public art venture, What We Sow, culminates in a grand outdoor performance piece and dinner, 70X7 The Meal, act XXXIV.

Originally slated to take place on Independence Mall, due to the federal government shutdown, The Meal will now be held Municipal Services Building Thomas Paine Plaza with Philadelphia City Hall as a backdrop.

70X7 The Meal, act XXXIV will gather 900 diners around a huge communal table on Thomas Paine Plaza to engage in conversation about the issues of heirloom foods and dine on a simple menu of heirloom produce created by chef Marc Vetri and catered by Cescaphe Event Group.

An incredible collaboration with Paris-based artists Lucy and Jorge Orta, 70X7 The Meal, act XXXIV will be the largest version yet of 70×7 The Meal, an ongoing series of visual and performance art pieces staged by the Ortas throughout the world that gather people around a communal table to engage in dialogue around a chosen theme.

Note that the event is not open to new participants at this time. Ticket holders participated in a public lottery system this past summer at the numerous What We Sow events for the chance at two tickets per person.

Working in partnership with The Food Trust, Farm to City and more than a dozen additional community partners, The Meal in Philadelphia will focus on food equity and sustainability — and serve to kick-off the 30th anniversary of the Mural Arts Program.

So, even if you’re not one of the lucky attendees, be on the look out for 900 diners in this public art venture — it ought to be a phenomenal sight!

What We Sow: 70X7 The Meal, act XXXIV
When: Saturday, October 5, 4 p.m.; Rain date, Sunday, October 6, 4 p.m.
Where: Municipal Services Building Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost: Free
More info: www.muralarts.org

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