Olney: Programming Promotes Neighborhood Diversity

Olney: Programming Promotes Neighborhood Diversity

This summer, the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project is working to develop and encourage numerous cultural heritages of residents in Olney through free local programming.  “Our diversity is our greatest asset,” said Stephanie Michel, assistant director of the organization. “We celebrate that and introduce neighbors to various cultural activities. We offer the activities for free because Olney […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Rock To The Future Providing More Than Music Education to Philly Youth

Arts & Entertainment: Rock To The Future Providing More Than Music Education to Philly Youth

When Rock to the Future was started seven years ago, it had one clear goal in mind. The Kensington-based non-profit wanted to provide Philly youth an opportunity to learn instruments with after-school programs and summer camps, but the work has gone further than teaching children ins and outs of rock ‘n’ roll. “We saw the need in […]

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Fishtown: Get Up’s Gettin’ it in the Park

Fishtown: Get Up’s Gettin’ it in the Park

Anyone who has been to the Electric Factory in the Callowhill neighborhood has seen local artist Get Up’s creations on the walls inside. The 31-year-old Kensington native has been creating street art in the city since 2012, after living and working in Oakland for six years. Get Up is not only a street artist, he is a musician and […]

 

South Street: Philly’s One Stop Music Shop

South Street: Philly’s One Stop Music Shop

BridgeSet Sound is a music head’s dream. Whether you are looking for vinyl records, musical instruments of all kinds or even lessons, BridgeSet Sound, located at 710 South St., is the place to go. Steven Harner (left, above) and his wife Thao wanted to create a music shop that they personally would have liked to go to. While some […]

 

Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

People of Irish descent in Philadelphia have a history dating back to the pre-American Revolution era. According to the Global Philadelphia Association (GPA), Irish Americans make up the largest ethnic group in the Philadelphia area. The 2000 U.S. Census lists the population of people of Irish descent in Philadelphia as more than 206,000. However, this […]

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Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

In the madcap world of the Philadelphia music scene, Tom McHugh earned a spot in his band under the most unusual circumstances. “I actually auditioned via Craigslist,” the 22-year-old guitarist said. “The original guitarist, unbeknownst to me, ended up being my girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, which was pretty awkward when we all found that out.” McHugh has […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Record Label, Store Boost Metal Scene In Philly And Beyond

Arts & Entertainment: Record Label, Store Boost Metal Scene In Philly And Beyond

Beyond its popular and busy live music scene, Philadelphia has a number of small labels and record stores that stand behind heavy metal artists. These labels help to build artists, local and otherwise, from inside the city. One such entity is metal label Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. The brainchild of Mike Juliano, the label […]

 

Fishtown: Recording Studio Quietly Making Its Name In Variety Of Genres

Fishtown: Recording Studio Quietly Making Its Name In Variety Of Genres

Spice House Sound opened its doors in Fishtown two years ago, and has been quietly building itself since then. A studio partially owned by Alex Santilli with the intention of providing high quality services, Spice House has worked with a large variety of artists. “Even in rock there’s a huge variety of different-sounding rock records, […]

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South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

Roger Artigiani talks about his arena like he is showing off a prized possession. “This is what we have planned for the one wall,” he said while proudly showing a picture of a mural of the Walt Whitman Bridge. “It’s gonna look great.” The mural will soon become one of the many changes Artigiani has […]

 

Newbold: A Love For Argentine Tango Dancing

Newbold: A Love For Argentine Tango Dancing

Sarah Chung and Damian Lobato are professional Argentine Tango dancers. The two teach their own private and group dance lessons at their home on South 19th Street and at a studio in Center City. Chung was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington but moved to Philadelphia in 2002 to attend the University of Pennsylvania. She started […]

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