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Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

After graduating from Temple University in 2008 with a degree in music, Joe Primavera taught private guitar and piano lessons throughout Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, he founded Philly Music Lessons, working out of a small recording studio in the basement of his Fishtown home. Soon after hiring a few close friends to teach […]

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Arts and Entertainment: Five Murals To Put On Your Radar for Fall 2017

Arts and Entertainment: Five Murals To Put On Your Radar for Fall 2017

Philadelphia is a city where you can find murals and street art in many neighborhoods. From Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens in South Philly to the “wicked” Philly-style graffiti seen around the city, the street art scene is constantly being evolving. Here are five works to keep an eye out for in fall 2017:   Curing […]

 

Olney: Arts-and-Culture Project Turns into Seven-Year Commitment

Olney: Arts-and-Culture Project Turns into Seven-Year Commitment

Ambrose Liu, founder and project director of the Olney Culture Lab, an initiative sponsored by CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, has been working in the Olney neighborhood for the past seven years organizing arts and culture events for the neighborhood. Olney Culture Lab’s signature event, the Olney Youth Arts Festival, is an annual multicultural dance festival and something […]

 

Immigration: Using Art to Share the Asian American Migration Experience

Immigration: Using Art to Share the Asian American Migration Experience

Through the power of art, even the most complex stories of immigration and assimilation can be expressed. Located on the 1200 block of Vine Street, the Asian Arts Initiative has linked art and communities since 1993. AAI is a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to exploring experiences of Asian Americans and bridging dialogue with diverse communities. […]

 

Point Breeze: The Pharmacy Serves Up Fresh Coffee And Indie Music

Point Breeze: The Pharmacy Serves Up Fresh Coffee And Indie Music

While walking through Point Breeze, it isn’t difficult to spot The Pharmacy, a coffeehouse on the corner of 18th and Wharton streets. On its outside wall, a large orange head spouting the number “1300” can be seen, signifying the shop’s 1300 S. 18th St. address. A closer inspection reveals a sign that reads “Black and […]

 

Mayfair: Bugs, Concerts, Donuts And Free Movies This Week

Mayfair: Bugs, Concerts, Donuts And Free Movies This Week

Looking to find out what’s going on in Mayfair this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood. Senior Night: Monday, Aug. 14, 5-7 p.m., Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion (8046 Frankford Ave.)  Mike LeCompt concert: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Pennypack Park Music Festival (see our recent story on the concert […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Rock To The Future Providing More Than Music Education to Philly Youth

Arts & Entertainment: Rock To The Future Providing More Than Music Education to Philly Youth

When Rock to the Future was started seven years ago, it had one clear goal in mind. The Kensington-based non-profit wanted to provide Philly youth an opportunity to learn instruments with after-school programs and summer camps, but the work has gone further than teaching children ins and outs of rock ‘n’ roll. “We saw the need in […]

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Fishtown: Get Up’s Gettin’ it in the Park

Fishtown: Get Up’s Gettin’ it in the Park

Anyone who has been to the Electric Factory in the Callowhill neighborhood has seen local artist Get Up’s creations on the walls inside. The 31-year-old Kensington native has been creating street art in the city since 2012, after living and working in Oakland for six years. Get Up is not only a street artist, he is a musician and […]

 

South Street: Philly’s One Stop Music Shop

South Street: Philly’s One Stop Music Shop

BridgeSet Sound is a music head’s dream. Whether you are looking for vinyl records, musical instruments of all kinds or even lessons, BridgeSet Sound, located at 710 South St., is the place to go. Steven Harner (left, above) and his wife Thao wanted to create a music shop that they personally would have liked to go to. While some […]

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Point Breeze: Hand-Poke Tattoos Driven By Ancient Spirituality

Point Breeze: Hand-Poke Tattoos Driven By Ancient Spirituality

Cultural appropriation is a hot topic in today’s world as people become more and more aware of diversity and the challenges faced by minority groups all around the globe. And the world of tattooing is no exception. Tattoo artist Eliza Mae uses their art form as a way to transform a practice sometimes accused of […]

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