Entertainment

 By Maria Santilli

Fishtown: Art Aficionados and Strange Vehicles

Fishtown: Art Aficionados and Strange Vehicles

For the fourth year in a row the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby this past weekend featured art, rock music and really weird vehicles. Each year since 2007, contestants come together to show off their innovative human-powered vehicles. These kinetic sculptures also have artistic themes, allowing contestants to show their personality through art and ingenuity. Moreover, […]

 By Nicholas Deroose

Nicetown: The Best Cheese Steak in Philly?

Nicetown: The Best Cheese Steak in Philly?

For more than 10 years Robert Douglas has been behind the counter of Max’s Steaks frying up to 100 cheese steaks a day, six days a week. A well-known face in the community of Nicetown, Douglas has served famous rappers and football players as they trek up to North Philadelphia in search of the perfect […]

 By Dan Newman and Phil Neuffer

Technically Philly: Gameloop Unconference Comes to Philly

Technically Philly: Gameloop Unconference Comes to Philly

San Francisco. Austin. Seattle. These are the types of cities that are generally associated with game development in the United States. Unfortunately, Philadelphia isn’t widely considered part of this elite group, but local game developers are trying to combat that stigma. On Saturday, May 21, over 80 game developers, designers and programmers gathered at the […]

 By Amay Smith and Christina Trinh

Port Richmond: Locals Young and Old Gather at Donna’s Bar

Port Richmond: Locals Young and Old Gather at Donna’s Bar

Joan Aichrath gets to work at 6 a.m. six days a week to open Donna’s Bar on 2732 East Allegheny Ave., a pub that has served as a neighborhood drinking well for 25 years. Aichrath, a life-long resident of Port Richmond and granddaughter of Polish immigrants, has served as bartender at Donna’s for 15 years. […]

 By Michael Gaudini and Bianca Brown

Manayunk: Recovering Comic Book Writer Visits Local Book Store

Manayunk: Recovering Comic Book Writer Visits Local Book Store

The last thing Louis Pecsi thought he would be doing after a debilitating car accident was writing comics. At the time, he could barely think at all. “I couldn’t remember anything,” Pecsi said, recalling the moment four years ago when he awoke in an ambulance after another driver slammed into his car. He was just […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: A Social Setting for Beer Lovers

Manayunk: A Social Setting for Beer Lovers

When locals talk about Manayunk, images of fumbling beer bottles and intoxicated college students often come to mind. But a handful of beer connoisseurs at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant attended this weekend’s Brew Fest to contest the area’s common misconception of being a party town. The event, which took place outside of the establishment at 4120 […]

 

Port Richmond: A Community Passionate About Theater

Port Richmond: A Community Passionate About Theater

In 1984, a community theater was born in Port Richmond at the Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary parish.  Seven years later this company moved further down Allegheny Avenue towards the Delaware River to the Lithuanian Music Hall, 2715 E. Allegheny Avenue.  The Theatre Company of Port Richmond has been performing for audiences twice a year since […]

 By Kellie Meyer

Ludlow: A Glimmer of Tinseltown on Oxford Street

Ludlow: A Glimmer of Tinseltown on Oxford Street

A movie clapboard snapped as someone yelled “take three” from on set. A camera started recording as a familiar actor began his performance. This might sound like something from a typical Hollywood production, but it actually happened to be from a scene filmed right in Philadelphia’s backyard. Invincible Pictures and Philadelphia Soundstages is a full-scale […]

 By Passion Rutledge

North Central: For Radio Host, Music is More than Entertainment

North Central: For Radio Host, Music is More than Entertainment

  The dim studio suddenly went quiet dissipating the sound of an alto saxophone. A sign above the door flashed “on air” repeatedly and a smooth voice floated over the airwaves. The show had just begun. By Friday, most people would do anything to avoid going to work. But Fridays for J. Michael Harrison, 50, […]

 By Matthew Cohen

Kensington: No Mistaking Walking Fish Theatre’s Charity

Kensington: No Mistaking Walking Fish Theatre’s Charity

Stan Heleva, the producing artistic director at the  Walking Fish Theatre , loves being a cornerstone of the Kensington art community. “We are constantly introducing ourselves to the neighborhood, and introducing art to the neighborhood. A lot of the people who come through here experienced their first very first show right in our theater,” Heleva said. Located […]

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