Friday, May 17, 2013
The Art Garage builds community through art.
When Linda Slodki started the Mt. Airy Art Garage she had one thing on her mind. “I wanted it to be a dream factory,” Slodki said. “I wanted it to be a place where we could build a community, and artists could make connections.” Slodki tells the story of a local bass player to illustrate her point. “Every week, we have a jazz jam,” Slodki said. “There was this bass player who came one week, and he kind of just sat back and watched.” Slodki added, “The next week he jumped in and now he’s part of the group. He told me that he’d been looking for a place to play for a long time. “ For Slodki, the art garage is as much about connections as it is about community. “A lot of artists feel isolated,” Slodki said. “But we try to give them a place…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Students and residents from all over Northwest Philadelphia paint rain barrels for distribution on Germantown Avenue.
Elexus Turner is a seventh grader at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Germantown. She has a paintbrush in her hand, and she’s concentrating—hard. “This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this,” Turner said. “It was challenging at first, but it eventually got easier.” What Turner is doing is painting a rain barrel. The rain barrel has an eye drawn on it with hands for eyelashes. The hands spell out “love” in sign language. I ask Turner if the barrel is a visual representation of how she and her classmates communicate with the world. “Exactly,” she says back to me in sign language. When Linda Slodki opened the Mt. Airy Art Garage, she imagined it as a community space. “I wanted to bring artists out of isolation,” Slodki…
Monday, April 22, 2013
A Chestnut Hill home known as an architectural landmark will be featured on an upcoming WHYY documentary.
Tucked away in Chestnut Hill is one the most significant pieces of architectural history in the country, if not the world. The Vanna Venturi House, located on the border of Pastorius Park, is regarded as one of the first works of postmodern architecture in the world. The home will be feautered on an upcoming documentary titled: 10 Buildings That Changed America. According to a WHYY press release: ...an hour-long PBS special that tells the story of ten influential works of American architecture and the people who imagined them. Premiering on WHYY-TV on Sunday, May 12 at 10 p.m, the Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill neighborhood is one of the ten buildings featured in the film. WHYY will also be hosting a preview screening …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Local writers and performers will stage a show modeled after 'Prairie Home Companion' in May.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Jon McGoran, former communications guru for Weavers Way Coop and editor of The Shuttle will read from his new novel to benefit the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment
Friday, April 12, 2013
Students from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy add an artistic flair to trash compactors in Manayunk.
Recently, students from the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy completed a project where they wrapped 14 of Manayunk's Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors in art. The freshly adorned trash compactors will make their debut this weekend as part of the Manayunk strEAT Festival. “Manayunk is the perfect town to implement this public art project that also promotes a green initiative, as it’s nestled right on the banks of the Schuylkill River.” President of the Manayunk Special Services District Dan Neducsin said in a press release. Here's more about the project from the Manayunk Special Services District: Each piece of art includes an animal indigenous to the Schuylkill River created in the style of a well known artist. For example, an Andy Warhol …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The grant would help the Woodmere Art Museum restore the 6-acre site and install a sculpture garden.
The Woodmere Art Museum received an endorsement from the Chestnut Hill Community Association on a grant application that would help create a world-class sculpture garden on the museum grounds. The grant money would come from the state, and it would help to restore and improve the museum’s 6-acre site. Not only would the museum use the money to install a sculpture garden, but the museum would also replace impervious surfaces on walkways and parking lots with pervious surface to help fix water runoff problems. Money from the grant would also be used to restore the estate by removing unwanted plant life such as brambles and restoring the 19th-century stone stable that would be used as education space. At the center of all this would be a …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The theater group wraps up its third season with two show runs in April.
The following is a press release from Quintessence. Quintessence Theatre Group finishes its third season with the Chocolate & Champagne Repertory: Shaw’s ARMS AND THE MAN in rotation with Martin Crimp’s adaptation of Molière’s THE MISANTHROPE, directed by Alexander Burns. ARMS AND THE MAN will begin previews on Wednesday, April 17 at 7pm and open on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm. THE MISANTHROPE will begin previews on Wednesday, April 17 at 7pm and open on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets, visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 1.877.238.5596. ARMS AND THE MAN by George Bernard Shaw April 17 – May 25, 2013; Opening Night: April…
A guide to tonight's pet-themed Final-ly Friday.
The Mt. Airy Bussiness Association is having another of its monthly neighborhood parties, Finally Friday, on, you guessed it, Friday, and a lot is going down. Here's a list of what's happening and where to see it. From the Mt. Airy Business Association: Earth Bread & Brewery: Enjoy a specially made Doggy Treats for your canine companion! Ground Zero Salon: Stop by for the special Finally Friday "Love. Mt Airy Style: The Pet Edition" Puppy Love Booth! 6-8 pm. Adopt a puppy, get a photo with your pet or a puppy for a $5 donation, and support Penn Vet Shelter Medicine Program, all while celebrating Ground Zero's One Year Anniversary in Mt. Airy! Refreshments and doggie treats provided. Quintessence: Come to a meet the cast reception to meet…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Crayola Experience in Easton will reopen in May with new features for kids to enjoy.
What will you get if you head to Easton, Northampton County to the new Crayola Experience? Ink that puffs up when you heat it. A 40-foot wall of crayon bins. An 85-foot water attraction. Those are all among the new features kids will be able to see and take part in when the Crayola Experience reopens in May. The children's tourist destination closed for renovations in mid-February, but on Tuesday, the company gave a tour of its soon-to-be-upgraded building to members of the media and local officials. "This really is going to be a reimagined facility," said Victoria Lozano, Crayola's VP of corporate strategy and development, who led the tour. Stops along the way included a look at a new two-story playground, and the Water Works, an 85-foot-…