Arts and Entertainment

 By Tyler Sablich

Arts & Entertainment: DiPinto Makes Himself a Household Name in Guitar Manufacturing

Arts & Entertainment: DiPinto Makes Himself a Household Name in Guitar Manufacturing

Chris DiPinto’s reason for opening his own guitar shop was quite simple: He is left-handed. “It’s hard to find left-handed guitars,” DiPinto said. “You’ll see maybe four [left-handed guitars] out of the whole 80 guitars in here. When I started playing back in the ’80s, there were even less. And you couldn’t find anything interesting. So […]

 By Tyler Sablich and Maxwell Reil

Arts & Entertainment: Five People You Need to Know

Arts & Entertainment: Five People You Need to Know

Specializing in art forms from paper cuts to music and puppetry, there are numerous unknown artists in Philadelphia who perhaps do not deserve to be. Here are just five of those people you should familiarize yourself with. 1. Aaron Cromie (above) is a theater artist who has worked as a performer, designer, director, writer and […]

 

East Kensington: Five Places You Need To Know

East Kensington: Five Places You Need To Know

Easily accessible by public transportation, East Kensington is quickly becoming a destination for young creative types. In comparison to neighboring communities like Fishtown and Olde Richmond, East Kensington is more densely populated by families and—though predominantly white—is more ethnically diverse, with a significant amount of African American and Hispanic residents, according to 2010 Census data. […]

 

Arts and Entertainment: Five Places You Need To Know

Arts and Entertainment: Five Places You Need To Know

There’s a bounty of things to do in Philadelphia for entertainment. Often, some of the best spots are kept under the radar of non-Philadelphians or people who are unfamiliar with what lies beyond their neighborhood lines. Sometimes you just never make it to the joint down the street where you envision a particularly wonderful evening. […]

 By Ashleigh Gray

West Philly: Stanford Thompson, The Man Behind ‘Play On, Philly!’

West Philly: Stanford Thompson, The Man Behind ‘Play On, Philly!’

Stanford Thompson is a tender 26 years-old but has already established a program that is trying to change music education in the city of Philadelphia. With Play on, Philly!, Thompson is combining his education and music skills to create a dynamic performing arts program for local elementary and middle school students. “The vision for Play […]

 By Ashleigh Gray, Gennie Depass and Alexandra Keller

Citywide: Luba Patlakh And the Covenience of Online Shopping

Citywide: Luba Patlakh And the Covenience of Online Shopping

Online shopping is the new trip to the mall. With the rise of Internet commerce, business owners are capitalizing on digital opportunity. Luba Patlakh, a 26-year-old Ukraine-to-Philadelphia transplant, cut her slice of the pie with her fashion site Fluff Apparel. Patlakh has always been a go-getter. She graduated from high school six months early and went […]

 By Marian P. Dennis

Manayunk: The Art of Capability

Manayunk: The Art of Capability

Scattered among the various and sundry items in a store called Latitudes and Longitudes, on Main Street between Grape and Cotton streets, are an assortment of colorful artistic works featuring architecture, plant-life and some other personifications of the artistic mind.

Members and coordinators of the Creative HeARTS program were present at the event. Back, from left, Director Christy Cugno and member Marvin Walston. Bottom, from left, members Kim Smith, Sarah Bosco, Todd Meyer and Executive Director Maureen A. McGlinchey.

 By Ashleigh Gray

Germantown: Spotlight on Settlement Music School

Germantown: Spotlight on Settlement Music School

This year marks the fifty-fifth anniversary of the opening of Settlement Music School‘s (SMS) Germantown branch. The Settlement community as a whole has been operating for more than 100 years. The school serves as an educational institution dedicated to bettering musicians of all ages, talent levels and instrument interests. Students can begin classes after completing […]

 By Ashleigh Gray, Alex Keller, and Gennie Depass

Powelton Village: Tiberino Memorial Museum Going Strong

Powelton Village: Tiberino Memorial Museum Going Strong

The Tiberino dynasty has established an ongoing legacy in Philadelphia. As a familial collective of artists, they  have worked together to combat social issues and raise social awareness through their art. Most recently, that effort was visualized through their African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) exhibit, “Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle.” The display […]

 By Ashleigh Gray

Arts & Entertainment: Luis Marrero, A Powerful Voice

Arts & Entertainment: Luis Marrero, A Powerful Voice

Luis Marrero is making a name for himself in Philadelphia’s arts and entertainment community. It started in 2008, when Marrero took the stage in his first open-mic show at Center City’s Art Institute. From there he discovered his voice and natural talent. In 2011, he began a poetry collective called Voices in Power, which grew […]