Entertainment

 By Chelsea Calhoun

West Philadelphia: One of Philly’s Last-Remaining Arcades Has 33-Year History

West Philadelphia: One of Philly’s Last-Remaining Arcades Has 33-Year History

For Christopher L. Smith, visiting University Pinball at 40th and Spruce streets is a tradition for this Southwest Philadelphia resident that is more than a decade in the making. “My father used to take me here,” said Smith, who has spent time – and quarters – at the West Philadelphia arcade since he was 12-years-old. […]

 By Michael Bixler

Philly Lolitas: Japanese Street Fashion

Philly Lolitas: Japanese Street Fashion

[vimeo 18392300] “Lolita” is a Japanese fashion subculture that blends Victorian-style clothing with real-life Japanese animation flair. The style’s origins are heavily debated within the community but gained  significant popularity in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in the early 1990s. The “Lolita” and “Goth Lolita” style have cultivated a substantial amount of  global exposure in the past decade […]

 By Patrick McCloskey

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

[vimeo 18393112] 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, […]

 By Anna Palij

A South Philadelphia Tradition: The Mummers

A South Philadelphia Tradition: The Mummers

[vimeo 18642400] 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 […]

 By Maria Konidaris and Jennifer Reardon

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

[vimeo 18393073] 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 […]

 By Christanna Ciabattoni and Jocelyn McArthur

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

[vimeo 18393602] 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 […]

 By Leah Mafrica

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

[vimeo 18391931] 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 […]

 By Maureen Costello

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

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

[vimeo 18641663] 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 […]

 By Ben T. Levy

New Law for ‘Healthy’ Eating

New Law for ‘Healthy’ Eating

[vimeo 18394181] 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 […]

 By Naima Abdi

Fairmount: Break Dancing Culture

Fairmount: Break Dancing Culture

[vimeo 18394663] 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 […]