Entertainment

 By Patrick McCloskey

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

Hairstylists Tiffany Bryant, Lisa Woodley and Chanta Barrett put the finishing touches on their models’ makeup and hair behind a big curtain Saturday night right before their models took the stage. Soon thereafter, the youthful participants strutted down the aisles and onto the runway at the second annual Hair Fashion Show. The event, which was […]

 By Anna Palij

A South Philadelphia Tradition: The Mummers

A South Philadelphia Tradition: The Mummers

The quirky sequined outfits and jig-like dance routines that some South Philadelphia men adorn and parade on New Year’s Day may look strange to outsiders. But to Philadelphians, it’s tradition. On the 1900 block of South Third Street, between Mifflin and McKean streets, sit three of the Mummers String Bands and two of the Fancy […]

 By Maria Konidaris and Jennifer Reardon

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

Jean Pleis volunteers with Lawncrest’s Fourth of July Celebration Committee because her father, Gene Mansdoerfer, or “Mr. Olney,” did the same in his community. “He got me involved right away and drilled the Fourth of July into me,” Pleis said. “I wish I could do more in his memory to honor him.” Gary Weaver, the […]

 By Christanna Ciabattoni and Jocelyn McArthur

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

Last Saturday, 2-year-old  Maeve Cooper made her acting debut.  “I was a dog–a girl dog. Woof, woof!” She also witnessed a cockroach give her legs in marriage and a confused cat realize he was not a Chihuahua. The Family Theatre Series, an interactive storytelling performance held at the Walking Fish Theatre, gives children the opportunity to creatively […]

 By Leah Mafrica

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

A loudspeaker on the sidewalk blares a heavy bass line outside a building that blends with various shops and markets on South 52nd Street in West Philadelphia. A hand-written welcome on a sheet of white paper is taped to the door, and faulty-looking windows house cheap-looking curtains. The entrance does not seem like a likely […]

 By Maureen Costello

The Peek-a-boo Revue: Philadelphia’s Neo-Burlesque Troupe

The Peek-a-boo Revue: Philadelphia’s Neo-Burlesque Troupe

There’s a certain connotation that comes with the term burlesque and what exactly that can mean. In the early 1900s, it was as simple as a strip tease or a lewd comedic performance. But the modern era holds the true definition of burlesque to a higher standard. Down off the corner of 15th and Brandywine […]

 By Ben T. Levy

New Law for ‘Healthy’ Eating

New Law for ‘Healthy’ Eating

Patrons of fast food restaurants and other major chain eateries embarked on a slightly more self-aware dining experience today, as Philadelphia’s new menu-labeling law went into effect. The regulation requires all establishments with 15 or more locations in the city to clearly show the calorie count of every menu item. The regulation is clearly designed […]

 By Naima Abdi

Fairmount: Break Dancing Culture

Fairmount: Break Dancing Culture

For most people a typical night around town doesn’t include spinning on the floor, flipping in the air and standing on their heads. But for Philly’s B-boys and girls it’s practically an every day (and night) occurrence. Last Saturday night at the Performance Garage in Fairmount, 10 local breaking crews battled in the National Breakin’ […]

 By Ariela Rose

West Philly: Vegan and Yoga Create a Gathering Space

West Philly: Vegan and Yoga Create a Gathering Space

Nestled above Fiesta Pizza and Valentino African Food Store is a 5,000-square-foot yoga studio that offers more than a good stretch and a reiki massage. On the last Sunday of every month Studio 34 Yoga, Healing and Arts hosts a vegan brunch. The idea for the brunch was conceived by friends and Studio 34 volunteers […]

 By Nicole Finkbiner

Mantua: A Rainy Day Peoplehood Parade

Mantua: A Rainy Day Peoplehood Parade

The forecast called for one very wet and mucky Saturday afternoon. But after having already been postponed a week, Spiral Q Puppet Theater’s “10th Annual Peoplehood Parade and Pageant” in West Philadelphia went on as planned. As part of their Parade and Pageant Program, each year Spiral Q artists hold workshops in the city’s most […]