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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 […]

 

North Central: Philadelphia Celebrates Its Rich Jazz History

North Central: Philadelphia Celebrates Its Rich Jazz History

When Faye Anderson first saw Leroy Neiman’s painting “Big Band” at the National Museum of American History, she was struck by the musicians featured. “It’s a fantasy jam session featuring 18 jazz giants,” Anderson said. “Four of the 18 have Philadelphia roots – John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and Dizzy Gillespie.” The director of All […]

 

Center City: qFLIX Philadelphia Revives LGBTQ Film Scene with Festival

Center City: qFLIX Philadelphia Revives LGBTQ Film Scene with Festival

Philadelphia’s lone LGBTQ film festival evolved from necessity. “We put qFLIX Philadelphia together for one main reason — the previous festival was abandoned,” director and co-producer James Duggan (above) said. Founded in 2014 by Duggan and fellow director and co-producer Thom Cardwell (below), the festival provides a platform for the LGBTQ community to share their stories in […]

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Fairhill: Puerto Rican School of Music Reflects the Beat of the Community

Fairhill: Puerto Rican School of Music Reflects the Beat of the Community

The Puerto Rican Institute of Music sits on North 5th Street, a road surrounded by Latino influence. Walking by on any afternoon you might even hear the beat of plena – traditional Puerto Rican music – filtering out the upstairs windows. With only a couple of classrooms, the Puerto Rican Institute of Music has about 10 […]