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Immigration: On A Student Visa, Manish Walia Studies More Than Just Chemistry

Immigration: On A Student Visa, Manish Walia Studies More Than Just Chemistry

Manish Walia, 29, grew up in New Delhi, India but he didn’t dream of the United States, even as he watched Spider-Man and X-men cartoons as a child. Then he came to the United States three years ago to attain a Ph.D. Walia has a brother living in Maryland with Permanent Resident status, and his […]

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Arts & Entertainment: Accomplished Comedian Finds Home in Philadelphia’s Blossoming Comedy Community

Arts & Entertainment: Accomplished Comedian Finds Home in Philadelphia’s Blossoming Comedy Community

A creator, teacher and a comedian, Justin Jain is one of the founding members of The Berserker Residents, a professor at the University of the Arts, and a well-known face in Philadelphia’s theatre community. Like many theatre artists, Jain’s beginnings were early. His career started when he was 4 years old as a ballet dancer. […]

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University City: Where Diverse Tastes Meet Ethnic Cuisine

University City: Where Diverse Tastes Meet Ethnic Cuisine

University City not only has an eccentric personality from its local shops and architecture, it also provides an array of restaurants. Within just a few blocks, University City provides ethnic cuisine ranging from Japanese and Italian to American and Mexican.    Zavino Zavino (pictured above) is a Southern Italian cuisine restaurant located at 3200 Chestnut St. […]

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Comedy: Laughing Matters

Comedy: Laughing Matters

“I was wondering why stand-up is good,” said Shane Gillis, a stand-up comedian who has been performing for about six years. “It’s just because you get to pay money to sit in a room and hear a guy tell the truth and you don’t see that anywhere else.” When people go to a comedy show […]

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Comedy: Chris Wood Makes Fun of Life

Comedy: Chris Wood Makes Fun of Life

Chris Wood is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian that grew up in West Deptford, New Jersey and has been making a name for himself in the Philadelphia comedy scene. While working in an auto body repair shop during the day, he performs as a stand-up comedian at night at open mics and showcases around the city. […]

 

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Improv comedy is a relatively new art form in which many of its performers advocate the benefits which extend far beyond the stage. The National Alliance on Mental Illness indicates that one in five American adults experience mental illness every year. While improv comedy has become therapeutic to many, role play wasn’t officially established in […]

 

Brewerytown: Local Business Owner Embraces Changing Landscape

Brewerytown: Local Business Owner Embraces Changing Landscape

Max Ochester, owner of Brewerytown Beats at 27th Street and Girard Avenue, moved to Brewerytown in 2010, a few years before it became the “up-and-coming” neighborhood that it is now. In late 2014, Ochester’s developer friends bought a property in Brewerytown and asked if he would like to open a small business in the location. He […]

 

Germantown: Club LaRose Has Turned Into A Home And Hub For All

Germantown: Club LaRose Has Turned Into A Home And Hub For All

Chenet LaRose’s dream was to open a community hub in Philadelphia where he could teach people about his Haitian heritage, but his Club LaRose quickly turned into a popular jazz club. LaRose, a retired dentist, never played music himself but he still calls the jazz club a second home, as do many of his regular […]

 

Comedy: Former Ohio Comics Now Contributing To Local Communities

Comedy: Former Ohio Comics Now Contributing To Local Communities

Dorian Vasquez and Setoiyo Ekpo are both Philadelphia-based comedians by way of Columbus, Ohio. Each giving back to North Philadelphia residents in their own way, they just happen — by coincidence — to be helping people on different ends of the age spectrum. Vasquez is as a career specialist, helping find jobs for graduates at […]

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Comedy: Good Good Comedy Theatre’s Kate Banford Making Philly Fun

Comedy: Good Good Comedy Theatre’s Kate Banford Making Philly Fun

Kate Banford is the co-founder of Good Good Comedy Theatre, located near 11th and Race streets in Chinatown. Constantly trying out new shows with the reoccurring “Five Dollar Comedy Week,” Good Good Comedy strives to put on a variety of quality shows at an affordable price. Opening the theatre in 2016 after a Kickstarter campaign […]

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