July 27, 2013
Jamie Lokoff and Tommy Joyner, the musicians turned coffee shop owners turned movie producers, have sold their MilkBoy coffee shop in Ardmore. With the sale of a smaller coffee shop next to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in 2011 - now called HotHouse Coffee - the Main Line entrepreneurs have officially left the area. "It was time, we have a lot of stuff going on in the city and our energies have shifted focus," said Lokoff. The new MilkBoy owners, Mark and Cathy Roy, plan to keep the space the same for now until they get to know the business better, he said.
June 24, 2013
In a story Sunday about yoga's prominence in Philadelphia, studio owner Corina Benner's name was misspelled. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
June 24, 2013 |
At 6:15 a.m., with the streets blinking awake, Eden Silverstein and Jacki Silva groggily made their way up to the 2000 block of Walnut Street. Slipping through an obscure door, they climbed stairs to a room where they spent the next hour wringing out their bodies to clear their heads. Across the city, throughout the day and well past dark, many others would make similar pilgrimages. The Philadelphia yogis are everywhere lately and steadily gaining in numbers. They are young, mostly, thin, mostly, and calm, relatively - their rolled mats sheathed in hemp, canvas, or Lululemon Namaste Mesh, slung over shoulders, as they wend their way through the city's pandemonium.
June 6, 2013
AMY VOLOSHIN OF Fishtown is co-owner and art director of Printfresh, which sells digital prints - original designs and vintage textiles - to major clothing brands. It occupies 6,000 square feet in a former box factory in North Philadelphia that Voloshin, 32, and husband Leo, 31, bought and renovated. The business, started with $25,000 from personal savings and family, ranked No. 23 on the 2013 Inner City 100 list of fast-growing small businesses compiled by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.
May 22, 2013 |
So often in the fine arts these days, everything has to be called a "project," always sounding a bit more like research or fact-finding than anything creative. But in the case of Simpatico Theatre Project's premiere, The Lysistrata Project, at Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 5, the creators perhaps didn't know what else to call it. Part update, part adaptation, part new play, part political theater, this Aristophanes play is no longer about Greek women withholding sex until their husbands make a peace treaty to end one of their eternal wars.
May 21, 2013
Through June 2 at the Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 5, Ninth and Walnut Streets. Tickets: $17-$22. 215-423-0254 or www.simpatico.org
April 17, 2013 |
In the Studio 34 performance space in West Philadelphia, I watched a brand-new local band bask in the afterglow of its first performance. As an ardent music fan, I'd witnessed this scene hundreds of times before. But on this night, an unfamiliar feeling lurched in my stomach, an addictive combination of nerves, excitement, and fear. My band, Youth Decay, was taking the stage next. After decades of harboring a dream to rock out on stage, my moment had arrived, thanks to Ladies Rock Camp.
April 6, 2013
Amid the vast and growing array of online platforms, musicians and bands may never have to pass out fliers again. Through technology and social media, publicizing an artistic endeavor is much easier and appealing. Social media and technology have made it so much easier for musicians to share their music, as it cuts out the complex and strenuous process of going through studios, agents, and promotion people. Making music is basically the same as it always has been. Musicians need to be gifted with some God-given talent, they must hone their skills over countless hours of practice and rehearsals, and finally they must master their instrument.
March 24, 2013 |
Was Phil Spector actually guilty of the Feb. 3, 2003, murder of Lana Clarkson? That question was posed repeatedly by the media in increasing tones of hysteria over the six years it took for Spector to be tried, retried, found guilty, and sentenced to serve 19 years to life in prison. It's raised yet again in Phil Spector , a fascinating, maddening, and ultimately unsatisfying 90-minute biopic starring Al Pacino as the music producer and Helen Mirren as one of his attorneys, Linda Kenney Baden.
January 16, 2013 |
Stephen Anthony "Tony" Gaye, 65, of Northern Liberties, a commercial and fine-art photographer who had studios in and around Philadelphia for about 30 years, died Thursday, Dec. 13, of a heart attack at his home. Mr. Gaye, who described himself as a "studio still-life photographer," was known for his work for advertisers and his fine-art work in galleries, said Frank Bolling, a longtime friend. "He did the photographs for the most recent Campbell's annual report," Bolling said.