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Old City: Arch Enemy Forming Alliances with Local Artists

Old City: Arch Enemy Forming Alliances with Local Artists

In the midst of inspecting the new paintings to adorn his walls, art director Patrick Shillenn snapped his fingers in revelation and then stepped back behind a wall to adjust the room lighting to properly complement the mood of the latest themed gallery. “We reach out to a lot of artists,” Shillenn stated. “We try to stay […]

 

Old City: Where You’re Never Too Spoiled

Old City: Where You’re Never Too Spoiled

Rene Galvin opened Never Too Spoiled in 2008 as a seasonal shop in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner’s Basin. Galvin opened the small storefront mostly to run Internet sales out of but after falling in love with it, she decided to make it a more permanent business. The little shop down the shore blossomed into a quirky and vibrant boutique […]

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Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

In 2006, the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) euthanized 90 percent of the animals that were brought to them. In an effort to ratify the high frequency of euthanasia and provide a better alternative, Dana Spain founded the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) as PACCA’s life-saving department.  In 2009, PAWS broke away from PACCA, […]

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Old City: Carriage Driver Turned Teacher

Old City: Carriage Driver Turned Teacher

Kelly Filbert is a horse carriage driver in Old City. Being a horse carriage driver has made her find a love for history. She wants to pass her knowledge on to everyone who steps into her carriage.   Can you explain the difference between this job and other jobs you have worked? This job is […]

 

Old City: Miles Butler Builds Community to Save The Planet

Old City: Miles Butler Builds Community to Save The Planet

As a lifelong activist and a current leader in Philadelphia’s sustainability community, Miles Butler has dedicated most of his life toward spreading knowledge and awareness of environmental protection. Raised in Mt. Airy, Butler lived in Massachusetts for a few years, then moved back to Philly to pursue his passion as a musician and environmentalist. In 2014, […]

 

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 […]

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Northern Liberties: Gift of Life Helps Change Lives Through Organ Donation

Northern Liberties: Gift of Life Helps Change Lives Through Organ Donation

An average of nearly 500 people die annually waiting for an organ transplant in Pennsylvania. The Gift of Life Donor program, located in Northern Liberties, helps connect thousands of patients in eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey with matching organs that could potentially save their life. “The success rate is about 93 percent, meaning about […]

 

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 […]

 

Old City: Gallery Highlights Unique Art of Wood Turning

Old City: Gallery Highlights Unique Art of Wood Turning

As a lathe rotates the wood, an artist applies a carving tool to shape his or her masterpiece, careful not to make a mistake and have to change the piece or start over again. This subtractive art is known as wood turning. “We’re the only organization in the world that focuses on wood turning through exhibitions, symposiums […]

 

LGBTQ: Mauckingbird Theatre Company Presents Classic Plays With a Twist

LGBTQ: Mauckingbird Theatre Company Presents Classic Plays With a Twist

A recent production by Mauckingbird Theatre Company was set in the 17th century, complete with all the attire, mannerisms and dialogue of the day — and a cell phone. It’s that type of modern twist on classic plays that reflects the origin and mission of the group. “Mauckingbird Theatre Company produces innovative, affordable gay-themed theatre,” said Peter Reynolds, the artistic director of […]