Arts and Entertainment

 

Arts and Entertainment: Five Local Theater Companies You Should Have on Your Radar

Arts and Entertainment: Five Local Theater Companies You Should Have on Your Radar

With theatrical roots originating in the early 1800s, Philadelphia has flourished into a dynamic hub of live theater production. There are a multitude of theaters around the city offering fantastic performances well beyond the famed Walnut Street Theatre. From the hilarious antics of  The 1812 Game Show Spectacular! to Theatre Exile’s hard-hitting drama Lost Girls, the city offers a diverse catalogue of venues […]

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South Philadelphia: The Electric Street Mural Brings Community Together

South Philadelphia: The Electric Street Mural Brings Community Together

In an alley on Percy Street, just a few blocks away from Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, a mural attracts events such as music video tapings, parties and even church revivals. The Electric Street Mural, combining lighting and paint, is a street art piece created by street artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau. The […]

 

North Philadelphia: Free Library, Other Organizations Strive to Make a Literacy Connection

North Philadelphia: Free Library, Other Organizations Strive to Make a Literacy Connection

Philadelphia is struggling with a huge literacy deficit: roughly two-thirds of adults are considered low-literate and don’t maintain basic literacy skills, according to the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. In the face of this deficit, there has been an overwhelming response by both the community and institutions fighting to promote literacy in the city. The Free Library […]

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South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

Roger Artigiani talks about his arena like he is showing off a prized possession. “This is what we have planned for the one wall,” he said while proudly showing a picture of a mural of the Walt Whitman Bridge. “It’s gonna look great.” The mural will soon become one of the many changes Artigiani has […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Road Closures Planned For Harry Potter Festival

Chestnut Hill: Road Closures Planned For Harry Potter Festival

The community’s annual Harry Potter Festival has become so popular that officials have decided to close a portion of Germantown Avenue during the event, which runs this year from Oct. 21-22. According to Chestnut Hill Local editor Pete Mazzaccaro, the neighborhood’s business association expects about 60,000 people to attend, which requires more planning and preparations in order for the […]

 

West Philadelphia: Free Library Book Bike Rolls into Local Events

West Philadelphia: Free Library Book Bike Rolls into Local Events

The Free Library of Philadelphia has a new branch, but this one has rims, wheels, brakes and a box full of books above a three-speed handlebar. Known as a “Book Bike,” this new outreach initiative is a fully functioning mobile library that attends events around the city. Employees hope to inspire the public to more fully embrace […]

 

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

In 2011, the Brewerytown CDC and the Fairmount CDC collaborated to turn an abandoned lot into a space the two neighborhoods could put to use, creating the foundation for the community run Girard-Dream Garden. With the help of a grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Fairmount CDC was able to select and […]

 

Old City: The Clay Studio Molds Ceramic Artists, Young and Older

Old City: The Clay Studio Molds Ceramic Artists, Young and Older

The Clay Studio has been a pivotal part of the Old City Art scene for more than 40 years. The Clay Studio welcomes both professionals and new comers alike to experience the ceramic arts in Philadelphia. Founded in 1974, the original mission of The Clay Studio was to provide the necessary space and materials for […]

 

Society Hill: The Head & The Hand Press Provides Indie Publishing for Writers

Society Hill: The Head & The Hand Press Provides Indie Publishing for Writers

Based out of the historic Physick House in Society Hill, The Head & the Hand Press is providing an opportunity for Philadelphia writers to make history of their own. Founded in 2012 by Nic Esposito, an urban farmer, author and entrepreneur, the Head & the Hand’s mission is to provide both established writers and up-and-comers […]

 

Tacony: Museum’s Inside Out Program Brings Art To Community’s Doorstep

Tacony: Museum’s Inside Out Program Brings Art To Community’s Doorstep

For the first time in Northeast Philadelphia’s history, you can pass by an Andy Warhol painting on your commute home. Yes, you read that right – exciting things do happen there. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has teamed up with the Tacony Community Development Corporation (CDC) and local businesses for Inside Out, a project that […]

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