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Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

In the madcap world of the Philadelphia music scene, Tom McHugh earned a spot in his band under the most unusual circumstances. “I actually auditioned via Craigslist,” the 22-year-old guitarist said. “The original guitarist, unbeknownst to me, ended up being my girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, which was pretty awkward when we all found that out.” McHugh has […]

 

Poplar: Gun Range Owner Aims to Offer Safe, Social, Inclusive Environment

Poplar: Gun Range Owner Aims to Offer Safe, Social, Inclusive Environment

The owner of The Gun Range greets all of his customers at the door, a welcome underscored with the faintest hint of an accent that originates somewhere between Russia and Israel. After a tumultuous childhood spent partly in the former Soviet Union, Yuri Zalzman came to the United States as a teenager. He later obtained an undergraduate degree in history […]

 

Rittenhouse Square: Innovative ‘Two Piece Fest’ Finds Home In Church’s Underground Music Scene

Rittenhouse Square: Innovative ‘Two Piece Fest’ Finds Home In Church’s Underground Music Scene

Rittenhouse Square is home to upscale apartments, boutiques, a five-star hotel, popular restaurants – and underground music. Independent music concerts in Philadelphia are often in less residential and less commercial areas than Center City. The contrast to the upscale neighborhood is interesting but is nothing new. The First Unitarian Church and R5 Productions have been bringing independent […]

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Center City West: Five Healthy Spots to Eat

Center City West: Five Healthy Spots to Eat

Center City West is home to several chains focused on healthy eating. After much investigation and considerable amount of taste testing (for research purposes, of course) here are the five best healthy finds in the neighborhood.   Sweetgreen Sweetgreen has several Center City locations, including 1821 Chestnut St. All feature bread baked in-house and fresh salads made […]

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Rittenhouse Square: As the Decades Pass, Clothing Store Owner Keeps Pace With Changing Fashions

Rittenhouse Square: As the Decades Pass, Clothing Store Owner Keeps Pace With Changing Fashions

The visually stunning windows of Sophy Curson on the corner of 19th and Sansom streets stand out in the sea of industrial and vintage-looking storefronts. The slanted tile roof and floor to ceiling windows are inviting and intriguing – much like store itself.  Sophy Curson has been in business since 1929. According to family lore, […]

 

Chinatown: Officials Weigh Competing Proposals for Development at Parking Lot Site

Chinatown: Officials Weigh Competing Proposals for Development at Parking Lot Site

Cecilia Yep has served the Chinatown community for decades. As one of the founders of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., she has fought what she considers intrusive development, including a proposed stadium near the Vine Street Expressway and Chinatown’s northern border. And on March 6, in a overflowing meeting room at 1234 Market St., Yep […]

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Passyunk Square: KYL/D Director Uses Dance as a Means of Self-Discovery

Passyunk Square: KYL/D Director Uses Dance as a Means of Self-Discovery

“One, two, three, two, two, three and go!” Kun-Yang Lin said as he stood in front of his ensemble of professional dancers at CHI Movement Arts Center (CHI MAC) and gave notes during rehearsal of a restaged piece, “ONE/Immortal Game.” The dancers portrayed human sized chess pieces and moved in a grid-like pattern to emulate a chess […]

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Northwest Philadelphia: Entrepreneur Doing Well By Doing Good for the Community

Northwest Philadelphia: Entrepreneur Doing Well By Doing Good for the Community

For Ken Weinstein (above), passion is more than just a cliche, it is the driving factor that has motivated him to become the successful real estate developer, entrepreneur, and benefactor he is today.   “Passion isn’t just about making money or going to a job everyday, it’s doing what you love to do,” said Weinstein. […]

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Hunting Park: Chess Instructor Inspires Kids To Reach Their Full Potential

Hunting Park: Chess Instructor Inspires Kids To Reach Their Full Potential

Young children played and screamed happily at the Lenfest Center on N. 10th St in Hunting Park as Gil Motley arrived for his chess club. His infectious smile and personality captivated the space as he walked through the door to Classroom A, where his club will soon commence. As Motley entered the room, he reached […]

 

North Philadelphia: Malcolm Kenyatta Promotes LGBT Representation in Government

North Philadelphia: Malcolm Kenyatta Promotes LGBT Representation in Government

Malcolm Kenyatta grew up in North Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University. He is now the member engagement coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the youngest member of the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club. He described himself as North Philly’s biggest fan. Kenyatta’s work has reached a higher level of importance and urgency […]

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