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Homegrown Star Kevin Bacon Pays a Return Visit to Philadelphia

By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Local fans, especially students, have an opportunity to get a few degrees closer to actor Kevin Bacon tomorrow night.  He's the guest for a question-and-answer session at the Kimmel Center, the kickoff for his year as spokesman for the center's tenth anniversary season.

Bacon has never forgotten his Philadelphia roots. "It's where I started," he tells KYW Newsradio, and it's the city his father, urban planner Ed Bacon, helped mold.

Kevin Bacon says he's returning to the Kimmel Center in hopes of sharing what the city has given him.

"When I started out, there were theatres, there were opportunities in school, there was music being taught in schools," he recalls, "and I think that gets harder and harder with programs being cut. And it's an important part of life."

Bacon will be interviewed by film critic Carrie Rickey, who will show clips from his movies -- from Footloose to X-Men -- and he'll take questions from the audience.

Tickets for students are just $5.00, so he's hoping a lot will come to meet him.

"It's corny, but young people (are) the future and that's what I'm really interested in," he says.

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Bacon will be in the Perelman auditorium from 7:30 to 9pm.

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