June 11, 2015 |
The L.A.-based street artist WRDSMTH wanted to come to Philly. To do some installations - to put up some work. So he called Conrad Benner. Of course he did. Who else would he call? For four years, Benner has tirelessly showcased Philly's robust street art scene though his enormously popular blog and Instagram feed, Streets Dept. He grew up in Fishtown enamored of graffiti and street art - from the Philly tradition dating to graffiti pioneer Cornbread through the Mural Arts programs and the new pieces he saw popping up all around him on an endless canvas of abandoned homes and factories.
June 21, 2013 |
ZOMBIES stomping up Broad Street. Screaming innocents stampeding through Center City. Brad Pitt strolling through Rittenhouse Square. That's what could have been - if the makers of "World War Z" had decided to shoot the flick in Philly, where part of the movie is set. What else could have been? At least $44 million in production expenses finding its way to city businesses and workers. And that's only the money spent that would have qualified for tax credits. Millions more would have been spent on the production that would not have qualified for rebates.
March 29, 2013 |
CHRIS O'DOWD sees himself as an actor more than a comedian, even if fans who first discovered him in "Bridesmaids" (after real fans discovered him in "The IT Crowd") don't see him that way. They got a different glimpse of the 33-year-old Irishman (he lives in London) as Jessa's husband in HBO's "Girls" and he'll soon be showing off his improv skills in the upcoming HBO Christopher Guest series, "Family Tree. " But this weekend, there's still another side of O'Dowd, in "The Sapphires," in which he plays a boozy, ambition-free musician who takes an Australian aborigine girl group to entertain U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1969.
December 13, 2012
Even if you never put pot to flame, this year's batch of cookbooks are so beautiful, you'll want to give or receive them just for the photos and the imagined flavors they produce. From Thomas Keller's baking primer Bouchon Bakery, with recipes for the boules and baguettes and croissants of your dreams, to Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton's invitation to their rustic table and their ragu Bolognese in Canal House Cooks Every Day , these books transport you to kitchens filled with the dishes and desserts you would love to make for your family and friends - if you were so inclined.
April 29, 2012 |
Informed in 2004 that her house in Newark, N.J., was soon to be demolished, the photographer Emma Wilcox exacted a kind of artistic revenge on the city's exercises of eminent domain. She began writing enormous, pithy texts in flour and paint on rooftops throughout the city and photographing them from a helicopter. (She knew, unlike many Internet users, that Google Earth does not function in real time.) Upstairs at the Print Center, where her documentary daytime aerial photographs from the series "Where It Falls" are paired with her mysterious nocturnal street scenes of Newark, from an ongoing series titled "Forensic Landscapes," Wilcox comes across as an activist and a romantic.
March 20, 2012 |
The artist Robert "Peanutbutter" Woodward has painted the guests' bodies at Cher's birthday party, played basketball with a French team in Tunisia, regaled Martha Stewart on her television show, exhibited his sculpture in some of the hippest galleries in the United States, and appeared publicly in costumes that would make Sacha Baron Cohen blush. His current project may be one of the most out-there (or rather, down-there) adventures yet. With a $150,000 grant from SEPTA, Woodward is transforming the Broad Street subway station at Girard Avenue into an interactive art gallery.
April 4, 2008 |
Tom Tikkanen comes from Calumet, Mich., a former copper mining outpost near Lake Superior where they report inches of snow the way we track traffic jams. The town's entire population couldn't fill the club seats at the Wachovia Center. And almost everyone is white. A place, in other words, that would seem to have nada in common with Philadelphia. Particularly the predominantly Puerto Rican Kensington section of North Philadelphia. This week, however, Tikkanen; his wife, Babette Jokela; and her 15-year-old son, Cory, discovered that, trite as it may sound, at their core, cities, like people, can be wondrously alike.
October 26, 2007
With Nicky Barnes, Thelma Grant, Jackie Hayden, Frank James, Louie Diaz and others. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures. 1 hour, 32 mins. No MPAA rating (profanity, drugs, adult themes). Playing at AMC Cherry Hill, AMC Franklin Mills, the Pearl and United Artists Cheltenham. Poised to capitalize on the presence, and star wattage (Denzel! Crowe!), of American Gangster in theaters next week, Mr. Untouchable is a talking-heads documentary set in the same lucrative, lurid world of drug-dealing 1970s New York.
March 8, 2000 |
For the last 26 years, William Hoffman's artistic inspiration has been Cooper Street and surrounding thoroughfares in Camden. "I was drawn to painting Camden because it has such a wealth of historic architecture and many varied neighborhoods," said Hoffman, 66, who has been a professor of art at Rutgers University-Camden since 1967. "Camden: Historical Impressions" - 24 of his paintings of buildings, some long demolished, and street scenes - will be displayed March 18 through April 20 at the Hopkins House Gallery of the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission in Haddon Township.
September 23, 1999 |
Don't worry. They're not tearing up another chunk of Center City. That construction site that had rush-hour traffic in a tizzy around the Convention Center in Philadelphia last night wasn't real. It was a runway. For the first time, Phashion Phest Philadelphia - the city's annual celebration of retail fashion in the city - took to the streets, setting up a runway along 12th Street between Arch and Race, the "tunnel" that runs beneath the Convention Center. All those hard hats, construction barrels and caution tapes were just part of the backdrop.