“A Franklin for All Seasons and All Reasons”: Robling Portrays Founding Father with Intelligence and Passion

"When I talk to students—I emphasize that as soon as is possible for you, work at something you love. Many of us spend a lot of years not doing that. Eventually I was able to make a living doing what I love doing. It really makes a difference."~ Bill Robling, historic interpreter of Benjamin Franklin, [...]

Bloodrunners Has Something for Everyone to Sink Their Teeth Into

   Local actress, Kelly Buterbaugh, on the set of Bloodrunners, a locally-filmed movie. Blood. Prohibition. Vampires. Speakeasies. These are the themes that run thicker than blood through the new, locally-filmed movie, Bloodrunners. The film, which features Ice-T, the legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee and Law & Order SVU actor,  will be shown this weekend in Philadelphia [...]

Blood is Thicker than Water: Locally-filmed movie, Bloodrunners, Debuts at Private Actor’s Screening

Local actress, Julie Ek (left) with Airen Delamater, and Ice-T, on the set of Bloodrunners, a locally filmed movie.  Blood. Prohibition. Vampires. Speakeasies. These are the themes that run thicker than blood through the new, locally-filmed movie, Bloodrunners. The film, which features Ice-T, the legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee and Law & Order SVU actor,  will [...]

Surf-Rock Meets Alternative: Bel Heir Leaves Fresh Prints on Music World

  Seven years after graduating from North Penn High School, Patrick Mencel of Bel Heir had a contract with RCA records. Bel Heir's distinct sound,“The Police meets Red Hot Chili Peppers," as Mencel describes it-- a fusion of surf-rock elements with a gritty alternative feel--brings fresh perspective to the music world. Mencel and his Philadelphia-based band [...]

2016 Happening List Hall of Fame: The Expressive Hand

  The Expressive Hand 622 S 9th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 Winner: Crafting Vendor The Expressive Hand is a studio where you will enjoy spending time with family, friends, co-workers or dates! Create unique pieces. Throw a party. There’s no need to wait for classes or pay high prices! Walk-in customers are always welcome. Everyone [...]

Grease and the Grammys: The Philadelphia Connection

Philadelphia is not just about Rocky and Cheesesteaks.  Our city is filled with talent and many famous musicians got their start right here. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will premiere on CBS at 8pm on Monday February 15th, 2016 and in honor of that here are some famous artists, and their Grammy nods, who hail from [...]

World Café Hosts 2015 Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival

Music lovers will unite at Philadelphia’s World Café Live from August 18 through August 23 for Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival, a free week-long music festival featuring some of the region’s finest emerging songwriters. Culminating in a line-up of over 25 performances throughout the week, the festival serves as a showcase for industry professionals and [...]

New Grant Funds Art at Bartram’s in Southwest Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program announced today that it is among 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program. ArtPlace, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, is investing $415,000 in Southwest Philadelphia to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development. ArtPlace selected [...]

City Gets New Mural Honoring the Pope’s Visit

Earlier this month the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program announced plans to create a mural, sponsored by Wells Fargo & Company, honoring the World Meeting of Families and the historic visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015. Inspired by the theme of the World Meeting of [...]

Jay Z Returns to Philly for Made in America Music Festival

Jay Z will once again return to Philly on Labor Day for the Made in America Music Festival on September 5 and 6. The festival will feature three entrances: the main entrance at 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a second general admission entrance at 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, and a VIP entrance [...]