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Rittenhouse Square: Gallery Owner Brings Communities Together With Art

Rittenhouse Square: Gallery Owner Brings Communities Together With Art

As dog-walkers or window shoppers get their evening fresh air, it’s hard to resist stopping to admire the gorgeous paintings that hang from the walls inside Twenty-Two Gallery. Owner Shawn Murray said he keeps the door open and the dog bowl filled, welcoming all “well-behaved people and dogs” to his peaceful little gallery at 236 S. […]

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Rittenhouse Square: Leader Of Humanist Group Works For Social Justice

Rittenhouse Square: Leader Of Humanist Group Works For Social Justice

The Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia echoes the traditional ideas of humanism, which is the philosophy that highlights the importance of all human beings. In general, most humanists prefer to think analytically and critically, relying on evidence rather than simple acceptance.    Hugh Taft-Morales serves as the clergyman for the Rittenhouse Square-based fellowship. Taft-Morales is a […]

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Center City: Five Parks That Make You Forget You’re In Philadelphia

Center City: Five Parks That Make You Forget You’re In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is full of parks and lush gardens that make it easy to forget it’s a large city on the East Coast. Rittenhouse, Graduate Hospital and Logan Square are three neighborhoods within walking distance of each other and include some of the most walker- and biker-friendly areas in Center City. They’re home to some of the […]

 

Rittenhouse: Curtis Institute of Music Thrives in Tradition

Rittenhouse: Curtis Institute of Music Thrives in Tradition

With a music teacher mother, an older sister who played the violin and an aunt who also attended the school, Erika Gray (above), a second-year viola student at the Curtis Institute of Music, decided it was only fitting for her to follow in her family’s footsteps. “I saw [my mom and sister] playing and I […]

 

Rittenhouse: Q&A with Kate Kosarek, Executive Director of Friends of Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse: Q&A with Kate Kosarek, Executive Director of Friends of Rittenhouse Square

Kate Kosarek is the Executive Director of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square, a volunteer organization that maintains the fountains, statues and foliage of Rittenhouse Square. They also host a number of events within the square throughout the year, including the annual Ball on The Square fundraiser. Who are you, and what is your role within the Friends […]

 

Sports: Five Bars for Fans of Out-of-Town Sports Teams

Sports: Five Bars for Fans of Out-of-Town Sports Teams

Philadelphia is known for having some of the most passionate fans in sports. Sometimes that’s a compliment. Other times, Philadelphians intimidate other team’s fans. For Philadelphia residents who are fans of out-of-town teams, gameday can present a dilemma. Is their team’s game being shown on their TV? Which bar might be showing the game they […]

 

Rittenhouse Square: Koresh Dance Company Jetés Out Of Recession

Rittenhouse Square: Koresh Dance Company Jetés Out Of Recession

During a time when many cultural organizations were snuffed out by a dismal economic climate, the Koresh Dance Company in Rittenhouse Square was able to weather the storm. Now in the wake of the Great Recession, the company continues to grow. For Alon Koresh, executive director of the Koresh, it was simply a matter of […]

 

North Philadelphia: PURP Leads Protest After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

North Philadelphia: PURP Leads Protest After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

On the evening of the grand jury’s decision in St. Louis to not bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in August, protests took place in cities across the United States. In Philadelphia, People Utilizing Real Power, which describes itself as “an all of the above activist organization based […]

 

Sports Beat: Five of the Best Places to Catch a Game

Sports Beat: Five of the Best Places to Catch a Game

Philadelphia’s vibrant bar scene may seem like too much too handle. So, we searched high and low for the five best sports bars in the city. Buffalo Billiards (118 Chestnut Street) Buffalo Billiards is located in historic Old City. This billiards-based bar provides a competitive atmosphere for its patrons. And if a game of 8-ball […]

 By Tyler Sablich and Maxwell Reil

Arts & Entertainment: Five People Making a Difference

Arts & Entertainment: Five People Making a Difference

Philadelphia presents itself as a city where artists can not only do what they love as a career, but they can also live comfortably while doing so. Without the people who help network, teach and spotlight these artists, that may not be the case. 1. Carl David (above) is the president of David David Gallery, […]