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Fox Chase: The Actors’ Group Brings Broadway to Local Stage

Fox Chase: The Actors’ Group Brings Broadway to Local Stage

Fox Chase resident Joseph Laub’s love of theater began at age 5 when his parents took him to his first show in New York. “’Coco’ I think it was,” Laub said, “with Katharine Hepburn and that was awesome. I would be humming to the tunes down the street.” Laub eventually went on to major in business administration in […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

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University City: Keeping The Printed Page Alive

University City: Keeping The Printed Page Alive

Among the bright blue walls and posters full of literary puns, Kathleen Volk Miller (below) sits in a sea of papers and books. It’s a scene some might find overwhelming, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. As a writer, professor and the director of Drexel’s new graduate program in publishing, Miller says of all […]

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Arts and Entertainment: Five Nightlife Entertainment Venues in Philadelphia

Arts and Entertainment: Five Nightlife Entertainment Venues in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known for its top music venues, restaurants, open mic nights and things to do when it comes to nightlife in the City of Brotherly Love. However, there are hidden treasures within the brick walls and cobblestone streets of Philadelphia. Here are five places to check out next time you’re looking to hear some […]

 By Ashley Shackelford and Claire Voeglein

Burholme: André Porter Helps Create Community with ‘Where Itz At’ Radio

Burholme: André Porter Helps Create Community with ‘Where Itz At’ Radio

Hunched over the rectangular fold-up table in the back corner of Chase’s Hop Shop, 35-year-old Jamaican immigrant André Porter carefully adjusted the position of his laptop, its stand, and the soundboard in preparation for his two-hour radio show called “Where Itz At.” This episode of the biweekly, live broadcast happened to fall on the same […]

 By Jane Babian and Caralyn Dientsman

South Philadelphia: Rare Syndrome Won’t Keep Musician From Her Passion

South Philadelphia: Rare Syndrome Won’t Keep Musician From Her Passion

Before being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Kelianne Murray believed she had a normal childhood.  She enjoyed running around in the park, climbing trees and hanging off of monkey bars in her hometown of Ewing, New Jersey. She never realized something was wrong until her freshman year of college. Looking back, she realizes the signs were there […]

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Arts and Entertainment: Jennifer Logue Brings Light to the Local Music Scene

Arts and Entertainment: Jennifer Logue Brings Light to the Local Music Scene

Philadelphia is becoming a leading city for music lovers, from artists to concert-goers. With Vivid Seats rating Philadelphia the #1 city for live music, opportunities are also growing for local artists to get their foot in the door and start their musical career. Jennifer Logue is not only a singer/songwriter based in Philadelphia, but she is […]

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LGBTQ: Drew By Day, Drag By Night

LGBTQ: Drew By Day, Drag By Night

When the sun goes down, the transformation of Drew Gaver begins. “I started drag, in earnest, about three years ago,” said Gaver, who performs as BEV. “I dabbled around with just kind of goofing off with friends for about a year or two before that, but in terms of actually performing and being here in […]

 

Education: Young Playwrights’ Program Puts Spotlight on Student Voices

Education: Young Playwrights’ Program Puts Spotlight on Student Voices

Anthony Martinez-Briggs, 25, is a teaching artist at the Philadelphia Young Playwrights. He is a co-founder of the grassroots organization “I Love Living,” which stems from the local hip-hop band Ill Doots. He also teaches classes through the Arden Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, and will soon start teaching for the Wilma Theater. These organizations […]