July 15, 2016 |
Ever since Pope Francis' visit shut down Philadelphia streets, a group of cyclists and pedestrians have been clamoring for more car-free days. It appears their wish is going to come true. City officials have confirmed that on Sept. 24 they will temporarily close a swath of the city from South Street to Fairmount Park to vehicular traffic. Clarena Tolson, deputy managing director for infrastructure and transportation, on Tuesday gave residents of the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association a heads-up about plans for the first Philly Free Streets event, according to Mike Dunn, city spokesman.
June 13, 2016
CELEBRATING AMERICA'S best beer-drinking city, Philly Beer Week began Sunday and finishes up this weekend after 10 days of pub crawls, tap takeovers, beer-themed game shows, and block parties. Here are some featured venues as the fun continues through the weekend. (Go to phillybeerweek.org for full schedule.) Bikes, Beers & Bluegrass Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill at 16th & South Streets is hosting a Bike Stop on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. featuring a Keystone Mountain Boys concert to drive awareness and support for the Schuylkill River Trail.
May 20, 2016 |
From writers to dancers, filmmakers, musicians, poets and more, Philadelphians are getting the chance to experience many types of art this month during the Celebration of Black Arts Festival. Formerly known as the Celebration of Black Writing, the annual event is hosted by the Art Sanctuary of Philadelphia and looks to celebrate local known and rising authors, dancers, musicians, singers, poets, and other artists. The festival's name was changed earlier this year. "We've been expanding how we look at writing and its connection to arts - period," Art Sanctuary executive director Valerie Gay said.
April 6, 2016
Paper Planet The long: PIFA not for kids? Pish posh. The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts' preeminent must-do for wee-nagers is on the Kimmel Center's top floor: a fantastical, pop-up, all-paper, explorable forest. The short: If they like an empty cardboard box, they'll love this. The background: Aussie kids' theater company Polyglot builds and rebuilds its best-known, all-recyclable, totally interactive performance space, inviting littler Yanks to explore, craft, and listen to the paper trees in the Kimmel's airy, enclosed Hamilton Garden.
August 4, 2015 |
Almost 40,000 festivalgoers came out Sunday to celebrate the seventh-annual Northern Liberties Second Street Festival on North Second and Green Streets and Germantown Avenue. The festival began in 2008 after local property owners Owen Kamihira, of Bar Ferdinand and El Camino Real; Oron Daskal, of North Bowl pub; and William Reed, owner of the Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda's, came together to celebrate their neighborhood. The festival has grown in popularity every year since, gaining about 5,000 festivalgoers each time it is held.
June 16, 2015 |
A DASH OF discontent accompanied the music, food and dancing at the 40th anniversary of the Odunde street festival on South Street yesterday. The festival, which hosted nearly 500,000 attendees, is an annual celebration of African-American culture and tradition. It was founded in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur, who based it on a celebration by the Yoruba people of Nigeria - who celebrated the coming of another year with offerings to Oshun, the goddess of the river. Colorful vendors lit up South Street from 21st to 23rd all day, as sellers peddled cotton candy and funnel cake alongside traditional African drums and gowns.
June 16, 2015 |
As the 40th Odunde Festival got underway Sunday in Center City, a steady stream of women admired the African clothing that Nana Maindoo-Yeboah was selling from her booth on South Street. One tried on a gold-colored gele, a piece of traditional Nigerian headgear, while others complimented Maindoo-Yeboah's cotton wax print dress, which flared below the hips. Maindoo-Yeboah left her corporate job 20 years ago to sell the clothing, often at festivals such as Odunde, which organizers say is the largest African American street festival in the country.
May 12, 2015 |
Gus Sarno still makes cakes in the basement of the South Philadelphia rowhouse his grandfather bought in 1904 and turned into Isgro Pastries. He still stacks cookies into boxes at the dining room table where his family ate supper 60 years ago when the doorbell to the shop wasn't ringing. Sarno still sells cannolis out of glass cases a few steps from his grandmother's original kitchen. The bakery at 1009 Christian St., in other words, has seen a lot come and go at the Italian Market - good times, bad times, so-so times.
May 4, 2015 |
A FISTFUL OF FREE comics, an earful of 40 live bands, a street full of 100 vendors, an eyeful of 27 artists, a mouthful of 30 eateries, a mugful of German beer and a pop-up lawn of family fun stuff may draw crowds of 30,000 to today's free South Street Spring Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. "South Street is like the boardwalk of Philadelphia," said restaurateur Daniel Christensen, who co-owns Copabanana and Redwood bistro, and chairs the South Street...
July 19, 2013
Food Calendar Saturday, July 20 "Sidework Series II" art exhibition , at Metropolitan Gallery 250, featuring pieces from artists working at local restaurants such as Oyster House, Continental Midtown, Milk & Honey, and more. Viewing hours are Saturdays and Sundays through August 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, blog.metropolitanbakery.com; Metropolitan Gallery 250, 250 S. 18th St. Wednesday, July 24 "Sip, Socialize and Serve" by ACHIEVEability , taking place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Brauhaus Schmitz, following Center City Sips.