Top 5 Events: Sounds of Philly

Enjoy the sounds of the city this week, which range from traditional Christmas hymns to folk and blues music. Whether you’re interested in enjoying festive seasonal song or rock anthems, there’s a musical event for everyone in Philly this week.

Christmas Posada
When: December 18, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Where: The Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Las Posadas are celebrated in Mexico during the nine days before Christmas, and recall Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. This Mexican Christmas festivity will be on display in Philly at Christmas Posada at the Kimmel Center. Featuring the works of everyone from Shubert and Bach to Moncayo and Ponce, a performance by renowned Mexican pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas will highlight this event. The audience will have the chance to partake in traditional songs, and the audience will be surrounded by colorful poinsettias and traditional piñatas. Celebrate the spirit of Christmas in Mexico by enjoying this musical event!

Bobby Long at World Cafe Live
When: December 19, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $15

Bobby Long is an accomplished British singer and songwriter who’s folk rock and blues leanings nonetheless match the sounds of the American South perfectly. This special holiday show will feature his mostly acoustic-based style and folk roots, which will sound even more compelling when paired with the festive songs that everyone knows and loves. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30–get there early and grab a bite to eat before the show, or just come out for this exciting and unique performance!

The Legendary Dobbs: The Legend Series and Food Drive
When: December 21, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: The Legendary Dobbs, 204 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10

The Legendary Dobbs has featured numerous now-famous artists in the course of their almost 40-year history, including Pearl Jam, The Roots, The Smashing Pumpkins, and more. At this series, each musicians will play a single cover song by one of the many successful acts that have passed through the venue, in addition to their regular set. To make the night even more legendary, the rock club has partnered with Philabundance to hold a food drive in conjunction with the show. You can waive your admission fee if you  donate a non-perishable food item and make sure someone doesn’t go hungry this holiday season. So sign up to perform, or just enjoy the night of quality music! This event is 21+.

Art After 5: Festival of Lights
When: December 21, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia Cost: Free with admission

Kick off the weekend with a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Art After 5, where the Great Stair Hall is transformed into a cabaret space for performances. This week’s Art After 5 is the Festival of Lights, a night of fun with a holiday twist. Festive grooves will be provided by DeLeon, a band from New York that innovatively  modernizes Sephardic folk music, creating a sound that is simultaneously old and new. You can enjoy the music while snacks, supper, and drinks (21+) are served to your table. Guided gallery tours are also offered with admission!

Lessons and Carols
When: December 21, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 East Chestnut Hill Avenue,  Philadelphia Cost: Free!

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the traditional sounds of Christmas at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. A candlelight service will feature Nine Lessons and Carols sung by the Choristers and Adult Choir of the church. One of the most popular offerings of the year in the neighborhood, the night consists of readings that retell the Christmas story, choral anthems, and carols sung by the choir and congregation. Some of the music will include A Spotless Rose, What Sweeter Music, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, and more.  A reception will follow the show.

Top 5 Careers: Writing & Creativity

Wordsmiths and creative types will rejoice this week, because it seems the whole of the creative, public relations, and communications world of Philadelphia is looking for interns. For those of you who are good with words, Allen & Gerritsen is looking for a copywriter and the Uncommon Individual Foundation needs someone to assist with grant writing. PR peeps should check out the internships from Paige Wolf Media & Public Relations and Here’s My Chance. Finally, students of all work backgrounds should look at the internship opportunities from Ardmore Initiative.

Allen & Gerritsen: Copywriting Internship
Word nerds, this one’s for you — Allen & Gerritsen is looking for a copywriter. So if you’re the kind of person who appreciated that I used the correct form of “you’re” in the beginning of this sentence, check out this internship opportunity. Candidates should have a can-do attitude with a solid sense of humor, strong interpersonal and communication skills (be able to carry a decent, not-totally-awkward conversation at the water cooler), and be a reliable and dedicated team player.

Ardmore Initiative: Ardmore Initiative Internship Opportunities
Want to experience firsthand how economic development in a suburb of Philadelphia works? The Ardmore Initiative is responsible for economic development, advocacy, business recruitment and retention, marketing and promotions, streetscape amenities, and oversight of various grant programs within Ardmore’s central business district. They have several internship opportunities available, from marketing and advertising to software development and research.

Paige Wolf Media & Public Relations: Public Relations Intern Starting January 2015
Anyone interested in a career in public relations and sustainability should definitely look into this opportunity from Paige Wolf Media & Public Relations. The only B Certified public relations firm in the Philadelphia area, Paige Wolf Media & Public Relations works closely with clients to craft communications in an ecologically sound way. Intern candidates should be able to work 10-15 hours a week starting in January.

Uncommon Individual Foundation: Entrepreneur Program Intern

The Uncommon Individual Foundation works to help individuals become entrepreneurs of their own lives. They are currently seeking an intern for their entrepreneur program who will assist them with grant research and writing, organizational archiving and planning, and social media management. This is a paid internship, and the intern will be expected to work 8-12 hours per week for 4-6 months.

Here’s My Chance: Research Intern Spring 2015
More opportunities for people interested in public relations and creativity! Here’s My Chance needs some fresh faces for their Spring 2015 internship program working within their research department. Responsibilities for this internship will include researching and writing competitive analysis for existing clients, researching potential creative concepts prior to presentations
and searching for background information on potential clients and new clients. 

Battle on Broad: Inspiring Change

Battle on Broad, a dance competition featuring local collegiate dancers, was held on Tuesday, December 9, at the Temple Performing Arts Center.  But what was the story behind this exciting dance competition?

One of the greatest ways to bring people together is through dance. At a wedding, two families become one on the dance floor; the best nights out with friends involve some form of dance; and dances are great places to socialize (if you step out of your comfort zone). But Aubrey Lynch hints at the art form’s more powerful assets: “To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance.” Battle on Broad united both of these ideas—it sought to bring people together in a night of entertainment, and it sought to inspire support for metastatic cancer research.

Battle on Broad, presented by the Temple Student Government, was a 2-round dance competition and fundraiser that united the collegiate dance community of Philly. It also raised money in partnership with The Lucy Fund, which is operated by the co-chairs of the event, Jalen Blot and Nick Stanovick. The fund was started in 2012 by Nick’s mother, Lucy, and works to fund research focused on metastatic cancer (cancer that spreads from its original location to vital organs within the body). After Lucy passed away in 2012, Nick and his best friend, Jalen, who are both seniors at Temple University this year, took over the fund and continue to run it today. According to its website, The Lucy Fund is focused on “lessening [the] statistical discrepancy” between the amount of deaths from metastasized cancer (90%) and the funding for research about metastasis (5%). According to Jalen, making metastatic disease a chronic disease, rather than a deadly one, is something that both he and Nick hope to see in their lifetime. “This event honors Lucy’s memory,” says Jalen. “But [it] also raises funds to fight the statistical data.”

So how did it all come together? “Battle on Broad is comprised of dance teams from the Philadelphia area who are passionate about sharing their art,” according to Jalen. He also notes that it was a group of dancers “enthusiastic about participating in an event that raises money for cancer research.” So any local team who is passionate about dance and fundraising could register to compete. The competition was an “All-Style Battle,” meaning that the audience could see a wide spectrum of dance mediums from the skilled and diverse dance teams in the area. An added incentive to attend the event was a raffle featuring a free Edge Apartment giveaway.

Since it was run by young people, Battle on Broad could effortlessly tap into its audience and create a good time. “We have tailored our event to fulfill the needs of youth both in terms of entertainment and education,” Jalen pointed out. He also notes that while he and Nick wanted young people to gain a night of excitement and entertainment, they both also hoped the event would cultivate a passion in its audience. “We are hoping that young people will come away from the event interested in either further practicing their love of dance, or [in becoming] empowered to be the change they wish to see in the world—or both.”

             “Battle on Broad is comprised of dance teams…who are passionate about sharing their art, and enthusiastic about participating in an event that raises money for cancer research.”
– Jalen Blot, Co-Chair

This event undoubtedly possessed a moving story and a noble cause, and it was an evening that entertained and inspired in the way that only dance can. “Dance provides the means for people to express all different types of emotions,” Jalen says. “It is always inspiring and entertaining to watch people perform an art form that they are both passionate about and talented at.”

The winners of the competition were Dare 2 Dance, a dance company at Temple University that is dedicated to creating a better community through dance and introducing (or reintroducing) people to the joy that dance can bring to their lives. Check out this awesome video to get a sense of the talent that this group has. Interested in more dance-related activities in Philly? has got you covered.

Top 5 Careers: Expanding Resumes

This week’s Top 5 Careers revolve around internships that each have something special to put on a resume. The Social Enrichment Center’s internship is interesting because it has students helping children and adolescents. If you’re looking for an internship that will show off your creativity, the internships at Allen & Gerristen, WHYY, and especially Philadelphia Films all provide a chance to use those skills. Karr Barth Associates Inc’s internship is unique in the fact that it offers a full-fledged mentorship to its interns. To learn more details about each internship, read on!

Allen & Gerritsen: Marketing and Business Development Internship
Allen & Gerritsen is happy to start their search for a Marketing and Business Development Intern for the spring. They are a group of creatively unique artists, inventors, makers, and storytellers that help businesses figure out their next step in their company. In their internship position, you will be included in the process of pitching to clients as well as creating strategies, outreach objects, proposals, and anything else that might come up. A&G wants their intern to feel as though they are truly part of their team. Characteristics they are looking for in an intern include eagerness to learn, grown, and become leaders but most of all someone who wants to leave a positive mark at their company.

Karr Barth Associates Inc.: Financial Advisor Mentorship Program
Always wondered what it would be like to have a mentor to help you think about your future career? AXA Advisors, LLC, a leader in financial services located in Bala Cynwyd, has an internship that helps students get just that opportunity. Your specific talents and previous knowledge will help them to partner the intern with a skilled and successful professional. This formal program gives students an chance to build long-term relationships that help to focus them on financial strategies to help future consumers. AXA Advisors, LLC prides itself on their ability to provide their interns a look at how a company works to have an edge in today’s marketplace.

WHYY, Inc.: NewsWorks Health and Science The Pulse
If you have a knack for story telling, you should check out the internship open for next semester at The Pulse radio show connected with WHYY. They are looking for someone who will can research health and science related story ideas directly connected with Philadelphia.  The intern will be responsible for pitching stories, researching, attending news meetings and press events, transcribing interviews, writing news spots, sending out weekly online media kits to promote coverage, and assisting H&S reporters and producers with weekly production tasks. The intern should have excellent writing skills (with audio recording and producing skills as a plus) and be able to devote two full days a week to the internship.

Philadelphia Films: Producer Internship
Philadelphia Films, in Newtown Square, is looking to find an intern to assist with activities next semester. Specific duties for the job will include helping the owner and executive producer with film production activities related to a documentary film, be part in launching a pilot program, and have a hand in producing a weekly podcast and social media campaigns. This job is a great opportunity  to gain real life skills in the production of films, as well as a chance to learn how to do research and be able to communicate it through film. Students interested in applying should have excellent communications (verbal and written) and computer skills. The best part is that there is a possibility for employment following the internship period.

Social Enrichment Center: Intern
Love interacting with kids? The Social Enrichment Center in Springfield might have an internship for you next semester.  They are an organization that offers programs to help the betterment of adolescents. The Center is looking to connect with an undergraduate student who is interested in gaining experience with special needs children. The Center’s intern will provide direct care to these children and adolescents by helping to build their social skills. Skills sought in the intern include being able to deal with administrative tasks as well as hands on facilitation with children.

Top 5 Events: Holiday Fun, Part 2

Philly is still bursting with holiday cheer! Take a break from studying and get out into the city for some much-needed solace and fun. This week’s Top 5 Events will give you even more ways to celebrating the holidays in Philly–from making your own holiday cards to strolling through magical Christmas gardens, there’s merriment and joy for everyone. So drop the books for an hour or two, and enjoy the holiday season!

Holiday Card Printing
When: December 10, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: The Art Dept, 1638 E Berks Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10 if you bring a friend

The Art Dept is a gallery and workshop that believes in the importance of inspiration, creativity, and support when making art. A holiday workshop featuring BYO Print will be held on December 10 and will include festive drinks, music, and print making. You can learn the ins and outs of a printing press, and by the end of the night you’ll have created your own holiday cards! These homemade cards are perfect to share with friends and family. No experience is necessary, and all of the printing materials are provided. Just buy your tickets in advance, show up and learn a little bit, and have a good time!

Zoo Noel
When: Weekends through December 21, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free with admission

Head to the Philadelphia Zoo, where you can embark on a scavenger hunt and enjoy holiday treats! Life-size replicas of Santa will be around the museum as he travels through the rainforest, the arctic, and more. There will also be fun crafts and activities, as well as a holiday gift shop. Of course, you can see animals enjoying the winter too—red pandas, tigers, and polar bears are just a few that will be around. And when you’re worn out from all of that, visit the Hot Chocolate Bar and snag a delicious holiday treat. If you’re so inclined, snap a picture with Santa before you leave!

A Longwood Christmas
When: Now through January 11 Where: Longwood Gardesm 1001 Longwood Road, Kennet Square Cost: $10

Enjoy the beauty of the season outdoors, with colorful dancing fountains, shimmering snowflakes, and thousands of lights adorning the outdoor spaces of Longwood Gardens. The holiday display is bird-inspired, so nests will adorn the trees, topiary swans will grace the halls, and birdhouses, owls, and bald eagles will rest in the tree houses. A Peacock Masquerade Ball will decorate the Music Room, along with an 18-foot tall tree. Enjoy the floral beauty of the season at this spectacular exhibit!

Pennsylvania Ballet Nutcracker Market
When: December 11 – 14 Where: Kimmel Center, 3000 South Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

Discover this awesome collection of unique and hand-crafted gifts at the Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual Nutcracker Market. The market doubles as a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Ballet and The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and features over 70 exhibitors throughout the Kimmel Center. Pick holiday gifts for friends and family,  from ornaments, jewelry, photography, and dance-inspired goods. You  can also enjoy enjoy autographed items, visits from Nutcracker characters, giveaways, arts and crafts activities, and local performing groups. Cater to your sweet tooth at the Land of Sweets candy shop, or enjoy specialty food and drink by The Garces Group as you get your holiday shopping done!

Game Forge Holiday Social
When: December 12, 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Where: Philly Game Forge, 2A 239 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Do you love gaming? This is a great chance to socialize with the gaming and game development community of Philadelphia, and to play games created by some of the top local game developers. This charity event will feature food from Yards Brewing Company, music from DJ Cutman, and the chance to just hang out! The games for play will include the work of Cipher Prime, QuadraTron, PHL Collective, and more. The entrance fee is a new and unwrapped toy that will be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, but be sure to RSVP too.  So grab some friends, head over to the party and play some games, and take part in this great cause!

Top 5 Careers: Arts and Research

Spring is just around the corner, which means that if you are interested in an internship next semester you should start applying soon! Here are a small variety of options for people already getting a head start. If you are into the art scene or creating art, either of the internships open at Campus Philly as an Events and Marketing Intern or as a Graphic Designer might be just what you are looking for. Perhaps research is more your style? Here’s My Chance’s Research Internship, Frontline Technologies’ Business Development opening, or even the Social Media and Marketing Internship at ConKerr Cancer would be something you would enjoy. Read through below to find out more about each!

Campus Philly: Open Arts Events and Marketing Intern
If you have a love of the arts, especially about the scene in Philadelphia, you should take a look at the Open Arts Events and Marketing Internship here at Campus Philly. Open Arts is a program that essentially gives college students in Philadelphia the key to the artistic scene. The internship will require using creative skills to share information about arts and cultural events that are free or discounted for students.

Campus Philly: Graphic Design Internship Spring 2015
At Campus Philly, we believe that there are many ways to show your love of Philadelphia. One way to do it is through art. For the spring, we are in search of someone who is able to convey their passion for the city through their skills using typography and illustration. During the internship, you will design work for Campus Philly that will be published on online properties, print work in support of programs and events, email marketing, and social media campaigns.

Frontline Technologies: Business Development Representative
Looking for a real job opportunity? Frontline Technologies is ready to hire someone interested in an entry level position to their company. Requirements for the job include having a bachelor’s degree, 1-2 years of cold calling or sales experience, the ability to travel , being team oriented, multitasking skills, and the ability to creatively problem solve.  As an Business Development Representative, your responsibilities would include cold calling prospective leads for Field Sales Representatives, crafting sales campaigns, writing and proofreading contracts and proposals, preparing for and attending groups and conferences, and being part of two annul sales summits. The job is salary-based with the possibility for a bonus.

Here’s My Chance:Research Intern Spring 2015
Here’s My Chance is a “creative agency for good” that help nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. For the spring, they are looking for an intern who is ready to jump head first into helping their research department. The intern for Here’s My Chance should expect to research and write analysis for clients,  research potential creative concepts for presentations, gain background about potential and new clients, research opportunities for HMC, and help with coordination throughout the office. The qualifications for the intern include marketing and research experience, proficiency in Word and Excel, excellent communication skills, and a self-reliant, resourceful, and independent attitude.

ConKerr Cancer: Social Media and Marketing Intern
If you have a heart for working for a good cause, you should take a look at the social media and marketing internship at ConKerr Cancer. The group is a not-for-profit organization fueled by volunteers who help children battling illness by providing them with cheery pillowcases. The internship with ConKerr Cancer would include assisting with marketing projects, managing social media content to engage and attract followers, tracking and reporting findings, and promoting the values of the organization’s brand. The internship would require between 10-15 hours weekly with occasional presence at events held by the organization.

Top 5 Events: Holiday Fun in Philly

Finals are right around the corner, but there’s still time to celebrate the holidays in Philly! Before the days filled with studying and  final papers set in, take some time to explore the city in all its magical, merry wonder. This Week’s Top 5 Events give you just a taste of all Philly has to offer during the holiday season!

When: Saturdays through December 20, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Sister Cities Park, 18th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Celebrate the holidays with music and fun at Sister Cities Park! Free carriage rides will take patrons around the park, ice carving demonstrations will be performed by Fear No Ice, and costumed carolers from the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol will entertain! You can also enjoy the Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science Show, Hot and Cold, and enjoy sweets and a hot chocolate bar from Logan Square Café. This festival is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon and to get in the holiday spirit!

Latkepalooza by Gershman Y
When: December 7, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: The Gersham Y, 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: $15

Do you love latkes? You’ve never tasted the potato pancakes like this–gourmet versions of this  Hanukkah staple will be made by some of Philly’s top chefs in the style of their restaurant at this annual event. Talula’s Garden, Estia, and London Grill are among the eclectic group of 10 restaurants that will serve up their delicious creations for you to enjoy. Hannukah crafts, sufganiyot, organic ice cream from Bareburger, and more are on tap for this delectable afternoon of eats and fun!

The Philly POPS: Christmas Spectacular
When: Now through December 20  Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall), 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: Varies

Conductor David Charles Abell will lead the Philly POPS’ traditional Christmas Spectacular show. Joining him will be vocalist Hugh Panaro, a Philadelphia native who currently plays the role of the Phantom in Broadway’s celebrated Phantom of the Opera, as well as a variety of talented choirs. Beloved Christmas songs with fresh arrangements will be performed by over 300 musicians at this entertaining show. Don’t miss this exciting display of holiday musical magic!

Christmas Village in LOVE Park
When: Now through December 28 Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch St., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Europe is known for its dazzling Christmas villages, but you don’t have to cross the pond to experience the same wonders. Center City has transformed into a German-inspired Christmas Village; Love Park has been taken over by quaint wooden booths. A variety of beautiful wares will be on display, with over 60 vendors from all over the world taking up shop in the heart of Philadelphia. Seasonal gifts, jewelry, and traditional German Christmas ornaments will be on display, and hot mulled wine, gingerbread, and bratwursts are just some of the refreshments available. Don’t miss your chance to peruse the assortment of goods and spend a festive afternoon in the city!

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
When: Now through March 1 Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, Market St. and Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia Cost: Varies

Head to the Delaware River waterfront for more holiday spirit! The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest features ice skating, food and drink, shopping, arcade games, and more along the waterfront. Dancing holiday lights across the park are synced to music, and a curated selection of gifts and handmade crafts fill a 40-foot-long shipping container. Enjoy skating at the rink, and then grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at The Lodge, the onsite restaurant that features indoor fireplaces and refreshments from Garces Events. There’s something for everyone at Winterfest, so grab your skates or head over for the light show and some delicious food!