Friday, January 4, 2013
Take in the initial First Friday of 2013.
Manayunk continues its First Friday festivities with its first, First Friday of 2013 Jan. 4. The monthly arts and business event has a Facebook page with all the details, which people can check out here. Here are five specific events or give-aways that Patch thought noteworthy. The Wall Cycling Studio—Free class starting at 6 p.m. Facebook. The Attic—All store items are marked 10 percent off. Facebook. The Spiral Bookcase—Abstract painter Nicole Cournoyer kicks off her month-long exhibition. Facebook. Starshine Salon—For new clients, $5 blowouts from 2-6 p.m., then, $10 blowouts from 6-9 p.m. for anyone. Facebook. Manayunk Brewery—Free Pizza bar from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Facebook.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Lisa Regan releases book, and hosts signing at Applebee’s Thursday.
Novelists with diverse life experience can often produce realistic, captivating works. For Roxborough's Lisa Regan, the author's debut crime novel hopes to do just that. The writer, paralegal, former martial arts instructor, former certified nursing assistant, former bookstore manager, mother, and wife releases her first published novel Thursday when Finding Claire Fletcher—a crime story—hits the shelves. Regan was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Roxborough, where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Sapphire Star Publishing will release this book, with another novel, Aberration, set for print June 6, 2013. Finding Claire Fletcher parallels true events, like abducted children Elizabeth Smart or Jaycee Lee Dugard. Below is a …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Roxborough magnet school participates in national recitation challenge.
Players patiently partook in poetic performances, as Lankenau High School participated in a national public speaking contest. Poetry Out Loud invites young people throughout the nation to memorize and publicly recite from selected famous poems in front of their peers and friends. More than 30 students, mostly freshman and sophomores, bravely took the microphone at the environmental science magnet school in Upper Roxborough and gave dramatic readings of classic poetry. The teenagers tackled works from Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Lord Byron and others, and were judged on their abilities of memorization, projection, vocal expression and stage presence. One ultimate winner from Lankenau will go on to face peers from other city schools in a …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Atlanta-based CARE, Habitat for Humanity and Project GRAD Atlanta are among the nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.
Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season? A partnership of nonprofits hopes so. For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week. Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet _ Giving Tuesday. The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations." …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thanksgiving isn't the reason for the high price of this turkey. Find out what makes this bird so pricey.
As Thanksgiving draws closer by the day, you may be preparing to buy your bird and wondering what the turkey will cost you. In Chestnut Hill, they have a very special turkey that will cost you $28,000. At the Philadelphia Print Shop, an 1860 chromolithograph of a turkey by John James Audobon titled “Wild Turkey. Male. American Cane" hangs prominently on the wall. Even though the print is a second edition, it is actually more rare than the first edition, according to Jane Toczek, who works in the shop. "The first edition in the same size was made in London. The second was made in New York in 1860, but the printing was never completed because most of the clients for this type of print lived in the South," Tozcek said. "New York couldn't do …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Philadelphia neighborhoods play prominent role in the production.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
In November, the Mt. Airy-based Philadelphia Dance Theatre will kick off the holiday season with "A Philadelphia Nutcracker" presented at Penn Charter Performing Arts Center in East Falls the weekend of Thanksgiving. Ballerinas from all over the area—including Hope Blackburn of Lafayette Hill, Thuy Wyckoff of Gwynedd Valley, Julia Harden and Nicole diGiovanni of Roxborough, and Amelia Marion of Wyndmoor—will star in the performance. Different from previous years' installments of the traditional ballet, the Philadelphia Dance Theatre will incorporate Northwest Philadelphia into the production. PDT artistic director Joy Delaney Capponi, of Mt. Airy, updated this seasonal favorite last year to reflect the rich history of these Northwest …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Manayunk music venue hosts Friday night cult classic screening/party.
Put your best Riff Raff, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Brad/Janet costumes on and get ready for a rollicking drag night as The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to Manayunk Friday. For the second consecutive year, the Grape Room invites patrons to a take in a "Science Fiction/Double Feature" with a Rocky Horror-themed party, just in time for Halloween. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the venue screens the cult classic. That's a predecessor to the live "Rocky Horror" experience. Various singers and performers from the groups The SlotCars, Virtual Machine and Surrender Friday plan live renditions of Richard O'Brien's iconic soundtrack. Promised songs include "The Time Warp" and "Sweet Transvestite," plus more. The bands play from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Rocky …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Manayunk park hosts First Friday event starting at 6 p.m.
The Friends of Pretzel Park close their First Friday summer concert series with one fall jam Oct. 5 in Manayunk. Live to the Pretzel Park stage week are two local bands—Harper and Zorro Gato. The free concert starts at 6 p.m. and goes along with the First Friday events happening on Main Street below. According to the Pretzel Park website, Harper is a four-piece blues rock band and Zorro Gato performs "a funky brand of blues-rock that is not afraid to explore new territories." Check out the Zorro Gato cover of The Cure and (more recently) 311 hit, "Love Song." And be sure to mark your calendars for the Oct. 27 Pretzel Park Fall Festival. Find out more concert information at the park's website here.
Tegan Bellitta works as store artist at Plymouth Meeting grocery store.
Tegan Bellitta proves that there are careers in the arts. The Roxborough resident combines her creative skills honed at the Moore College of Art and Design on a daily basis as the store artist for Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting. "They give me liberty to be creative with whatever I do, and they trust that I will make it good," she said. Bellitta began chalkboard art full-time for Whole Foods in 2006 in North Wales. Her job—to creatively illustrate the boards around the store, spotlighting sales and brightening other areas with her art. From there, she moved on to prime time—the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods. The gig enabled her to work with another artist, get her own office and tackle the many signs—from bakery listings to salmon sales—…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Roxborough Development Corporation host free art event Oct. 6-7.
Continuing an influx of art to Ridge Avenue, the Roxborough Development Corporation hosts a regional touring art studio next weekend. On Oct. 6 and 7, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), brings internationally renowned artists to the Roxborough Development Corporation's office for a free gallery. "The RDC envisions a neighborhood that warmly embraces the eclectic spirit of our local artists," RDC Executive Director Bernard Guet said in a news release. "Through the creation of our RoxArt Gallery, visitors can experience the visual art scene in our small village atmosphere". Guet credited event sponsor, East River Bank, and the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center for aiding the RDC in promoting art on and along Ridge Avenue. The event runs …