Arts and Entertainment

 By Ashleigh Gray

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

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

[vimeo 80979879] 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 […]

 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

[vimeo 79430225] 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 […]

 By Ashleigh Gray, Alex Keller, and Gennie Depass

Powelton Village: Tiberino Memorial Museum Going Strong

Powelton Village: Tiberino Memorial Museum Going Strong

[vimeo 75887874] 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.” […]

 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 […]

 By Christine Mattson and Aaron Stevens

Chestnut Hill: Bothy Club Open Mic at The Mermaid Inn

Chestnut Hill: Bothy Club Open Mic at The Mermaid Inn

Folk music is alive and well in what Chestnut Hill residents consider a special venue. The Mermaid Inn, built in 1734, embodies the area’s characteristics: art, history and acceptance. A collection of musicians, known as the Bothy Club, meets monthly at the Mermaid Inn to host an Open Mic Night. One of the Inn’s most […]

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