February 25th, 2015 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager
With nearly 400 students from 28 colleges and universities attending 24 workshops and a great keynote speech from Carlos Ojeda Jr., the Inclusive Leadership Conference that took place on February 14 at Temple University was a great success. The conference was produced in partnership by Temple University Office of Leadership Development, Temple University Housing and Residential Life and Campus Philly with support from Vanguard.
Did you attend the conference and want to keep up the conversation about collaboration and diversity in student leadership? Use #CollaboratePHL to connect! Also, be sure to fill out this survey about your conference experience for a chance to win a $50 gift card.
And now for the photos and social media of the day:
Want to see more photos? Check out our Facebook album! Thanks to everyone who came to ILC and hope to see you next year!
Photos courtesy of Al B. For and Jackie Papanier.
February 24th, 2015 by Kathryn Connolly, Villanova '15
Pencil it into your planner, mark it on your wall calendar, set a reminder on your phone—whatever you do, don’t forget May 19. No, it’s not the last day of finals or the start of your summer vacation trip. Election Day is rolling into Philly, and that means that it’s time for your civic voice to be heard. Philadelphia’s primary elections are scheduled for May 19th, and will decide the city’s mayor, city council, and other positions.
Whether you’re currently politically engaged or not, you should care — care about this date, this duty, and its implications for the city and its inhabitants. Young people are the largest population in the city, which means that you decide who is elected and how the city’s future is shaped.
So how should you navigate this election season? Most importantly, you should strive to become an informed voter. From gathering information to interacting with the candidates themselves, here are a few ways that you can grow politically aware and cultivate your own decisions about the election and its participants.
Temple Has the Story
Temple University’s Center for Public Interest Journalism has joined Philadelphia Media Network and others to provide high-quality reporting on the mayoral campaign. The project, known as “The Next Mayor” project, focuses on the major issues facing the city and reports on more than just the typical political rhetoric and campaign commercials. The coverage is not only provided by various columnists and contributors such as reporters from The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News — original multimedia content is produced by Temple undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Media and Communication. The collaboration, funded by the Wyncote Foundation, offers accurate and in-depth election coverage and also features helpful data graphics and candidate information.
This is a great information hub for students, (in part) by students. It is a centralized space for updates on candidate positions and news regarding the campaign that you should check up on.
Know the Candidates
Sometimes we need to do more than click through articles to be informed. In order to decide who deserves our vote, sometime we need to see for ourselves exactly what people are saying and how they respond to questions on the spot. Luckily there are many upcoming opportunities for you to witness the candidates and even meet them.
The first of these events is Next Great City Coalition’s Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on March 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. The discussion will focus on the Next Great City Coalition’s 2015 policy agenda, a plan that envisions every Philly neighborhood as clean, safe, and efficient. This discussion is a great chance to hear the candidates’ stances on the initiative and other issues. The forum is free and open to the public, but you can email email@example.com at Campus Philly to be included in our student group for the event.
On March 30, you can get even closer to the issues at “In conversation with Philadelphia: A discussion between the mayoral candidates, the media and the city.” While the candidates will field questions from the journalists selected for the event, they’ll also be taking questions from you via Twitter. This interactive conversation will allow you to ask the candidates questions that interest you — how are you going to continue to retain the surging millennial population? How will you empower minority groups across the city? Come up with some questions and head over to this free event where you can have an active part (space is limited, so be sure to register).
Lastly, Young Involved Philadelphia, WHYY, and the Committee of Seventy will hold a City Council candidate meet and greet. All of the city council candidates will be present to meet with young voters. You’ll have the unique opportunity to talk with the candidates in person and ask them the specific questions that an article online might not cover.
Learn the Process
Being informed about candidate stances and their plans is imperative to voting smartly. But you also have to be knowledgeable about how to vote, too. First of all, you’ll need to register to vote. Young Involved Philadelphia’s Millennial Citizen’s Guide is an excellent resource for understanding the city’s political structure and voting process. Beyond your vote, you can become involved in the electoral process as a volunteer or committeeperson.
So get ready to get informed, learn about the candidates, and have your voice heard this primary season!
February 23rd, 2015 by Kathryn Connolly, Villanova '15
This week’s Top 5 Events all tie to an artistic sensibility. Whether it’s viewing historic photos, learning about video game design, or watching films, your right-brain will be getting some exercise. But that doesn’t mean that if you’re not interested in artistic pursuits, you won’t find anything to do–there’s history, contemporary hobbies, and science here too! Take this week to dabble in areas that you may not be familiar with, whether it’s film (and the bad science behind bad films), sunprints, or female video game designers. You’ll gain new perspectives or skills from all of these events!
Creating Camelot at the National Constitution Center
When: Now through September Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia Cost: $13 admission
Creating Camelot: The Photography of Jacques Lowe features iconic and intimate photos of the Kennedy family. “Camelot” refers to the legacy of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, evoking images of myth and fairy-tale and the hope that accompanied Kennedy’s inauguration. While this is the legacy of the president, the Constitution Center exhibit explores the man, the family, and the moments behind it. Restored photos taken by personal photographer Jacques Lowe showcase the private and public life of the Kennedys and explore how the images were used in newspapers and magazines. A large touch-screen monitor featuring more than two dozen of Lowe’s original contact sheets and a film about Lowe’s connection to the family provide extra highlights at the exhibit. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a more nuanced view of one of America’s most well-regarded presidents through the lens of Jacques Lowe.
Mega-Bad Movie Night: Anaconda
When: February 26, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: $15-$25
After hours at the Academy of Natural Sciences will feature the “awesomely awful” 1997 classic Anaconda featuring Jennifer Lopez. While the film is showing, experts will be onstage to provide quips and funny comments on the scientific absurdities of the film. After the showing, you can wander through the Academy’s exhibits, including Dinosaur Hall and Butterflies!, with no crowds and kids running around. There will also be snacks and drinks (21+), live animals, and entertaining hands-on activities. So if you’ve got a nerdy side or are looking to tap into your scientific side, this is a great place to hang out and meet other people!
Salvage and Sunprints: Experimenting with Cyanotypes
When: March 1, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: The Resource Exchange, 1701 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia Cost: $5
The Resource Exchange reCreate featured artist Catherine Nelson will be demonstrating how to make sunprints with reclaimed materials at this unique workshop. Participants will learn how to make film positives and expose cyanotypes by drawing and laying objects on photographic paper. After exposing the print to the sun and drying them, you’ll be left with awesome-looking sunprints! Each person will make three at the workshop. All the materials will be provided by the Resources Exchange, but participants are encouraged to bring weirdly-shaped objects from home to “photograph.” This event is a fun way to get your creative juices flowing and to learn a new artistic technique. And you’ll go home with new artwork for your dorm or apartment, as well!
Game Changers: Women Making Games
When: March 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Stewart Auditorium, Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street and the Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!
Moore College of Art and Design is hosting a night to celebrate the success of women creating video games and animation and working in the video game industry. Three contemporary artists will share their experiences and provide an insider’s view of the gaming industry. The panelists will include: Alison Carrier, a UI/UX designer who currently works at Electronic Arts; Katy Farina, who works at Hullabalu and does freelance work for BOOM! Studios; and Casey Uhelski, a children’s book illustrator and T-shirt designer for The Yetee, which specializes in pop culture and video game T-shirts. This event is a great chance to learn about the video game industry and the women who are making their mark there!
Penn Humanities Forum: “Mississippi Damned” Screening
When: March 4, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free!
The Penn Humanities Forum’s series featuring New Black Cinematography continues this week with a free screening of the 2009 film Mississippi Damned. This cinema series honors the work of Bradford Young, the acclaimed cinematographer whose work captures visions of African-American communities from New York City to Mississippi (including his recent work in the Oscar-nominated film Selma). He again presents a visual masterpiece in Mississippi Damned, which tells the story of three sisters who grow up in a small rural Mississippi town and struggle to break out of their family dysfunction. Enjoy a night of film at this FREE screening!
February 23rd, 2015 by Tiffany Curtis, Rosemont '15
This week’s Top 5 Careers are about working with numbers and opportunities to work for unique organizations. Maximize your creativity by being a graphic design intern, crunch some numbers as a tax assistant intern, or be an associate and work with finances and nonprofit organizations. Want to know more? Check out this week’s Top 5!
PREIT: Part Time Tax Assistant Intern
Want to get hands-on experience working in the finance industry? Learn the ins and outs of working with taxes and administrative work. As a tax assistant intern you will process tax returns, provide administrative support to the tax department and assist with the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) Charitable Fund duties.
USA250: Research and Communications Internship, Spring 2015
USA250 is on the hunt for someone who can blend together strong writing skills, social media savvy, and creative-problem solving to be their research and communications intern. The organization is prepping for the 250th anniversary of America’s independence, and needs interns to research upcoming events and perform outreach, as well as work with social media and donors. Candidates should have an “entrepreneurial spirit” and a can-do attitude.
Ycenter: Graphic Design Intern
If you have a vivid imagination and technical skills, then you will fit right in as the graphic design intern for Ycenter. Be a part of a project that will have an international impact in places like India and Africa by using your skills to help build a training kit that will be used for Ycenter students. Interns can work from home, with weekly meetings at the Philadelphia office.
InterAct Theatre Company: Production Apprenticeship
Recent graduates can take part in production apprenticeships with InterAct Theatre Company, where you will provide support on main stage productions, props construction, and administrative work. There will also be additional opportunities to work with educational outreach and play development and casting.
Opportunity Finance Network: Associate of Knowledge Sharing
All about research and numbers? As the Associate of Knowledge Sharing for the Opportunity Finance Network you will implement online surveys, research topics, and help with various publications.
February 20th, 2015 by Tiffany Curtis, Rosemont '15
While the view outside may still scream “winter,” it’s time to get in a spring state of mind, and that means getting ready to rock the vote with this year’s primary elections. The elections will take place on May 19, 2015, and that means that anyone who is registered to vote can use their powers for good and nominate local Philadelphia candidates for Mayor, City Council, City Commission, and Sheriff as well as other official state positions. While it is often all too easy to get swept up and swept away in the promises, campaign rhetoric, and frenzy that can surround politics, it is important to keep the emphasis on the issues and the people who are affected by them.
That’s where organizations like the Committee of Seventy, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization, come in. Established in 1904 to combat corruption in Philadelphia, the organization now functions as a good government group that aims to inform citizens and to fight for transparent government.
Committee of Seventy’s Senior Policy Analyst, Patrick Christmas, shared some insight into his work with the organization and their mission.
Christmas is unique in that his transition into the political sphere was an unexpected one. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2008, he worked as a science teacher at Fels High School in Northeast Philadelphia for five years. How did he make the leap from classroom to politics?
“During my time there, it seemed to me that politics and the way our government functions is as significant an impediment to our schools doing well as anything else…I wound up studying government in grad school and through my graduate studies found out about the Committee of Seventy and the work that it does,” said Christmas.
After interning at the Committee of Seventy in the summer of 2012, Christmas went on to snag the position of Senior Policy Analyst, where a typical workday consists of “checking up on the news” and “getting up to speed, because for any of our work to be impactful, we have to know what’s happening out there in the world,” said Christmas.
The organization strives to keep citizens up-to-date about upcoming elections and voting, as well as implementing initiatives that fight for fair elections and ethical politics. Some of these initiatives have included getting political candidates to be more detailed in their solutions to the city and state education crises and leading a coalition of 185 groups to educate voters on how to be prepared for voter ID laws. In one sentence, the mission of the organization is to “work for better and more honest government.”
As college students, many of us are just beginning to realize the great impact that our voting and voice can have in shaping and positively influencing the political landscape on both a local and national level, but sometimes the demands of being a college student and a millennial can eclipse our engagement with politics.
As a self-professed former “casual observer” of politics, Christmas says that in regards to this, college students “are so in tune with what is happening with your classes and on your own campus…there’s so many distractions going on…that you may not be paying attention to government politics on the local, state or federal level.”
College students definitely inhabit their own bubbles that are filled with millennial priorities, and younger audiences may feel that politics are a part of a world that is too adult to really grasp, but organizations like Committee of Seventy provide opportunities to get young adults involved and active as agents of social change.
Students can work with their Election Program, which “recruits volunteers to get out there on election day and visit polls.” These volunteers are educated on voter laws and registration information so that can help answer voters’ questions at the polls or through a hotline.
Christmas’ parting advice for understanding and engaging in politics? “To keep it simple, I would just urge young folks to pay attention…to get involved because you can have real power in what happens in our community.”
February 18th, 2015 by Kathryn Connolly, Villanova '15
This week’s Top 5 cover a variety of events—you can crowd the streets for the Chinese New Year, create poetry inspired by massive sculptures, or grab some pizza and learn about ballet. And best of all, every event this week is FREE! So don’t worry about your wallet taking a hit; drop that cash in your piggy bank or get dinner before an event instead. Grab a friend (or a bunch of friends) and enjoy all the fun for no charge!
Verbal Sculpture: A Poetic Gallery Tour by The Philly Pigeon
When: February 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, URBN Center Annex, Drexel University, 3401 Filbert Street Cost: FREE!
Get your creative juices flowing! Verbal Sculpture is a slam poetry gallery tour conceived and performed by The Philly Pigeon, a local nonprofit poetry organization. The setting is American sculptor Chakaia Booker’s exhibition Are We There Yet?, featuring large-scale sculptures crafted from recycled tires. Local poets will create poems, or “verbal sculptures,” that are inspired by the artwork (which also includes paintings and prints). And you can be a part of the poetic pulse of the night. At 6:30, a writers’ open studio will be held where you can respond to prompts written by the resident poets. After observing the various themes of Booker’s work, you can create your own spoken word pieces about the art. Then at 7:00, four of the top poets from The Philly Pigeon will present a curated tour-performance of the Booker exhibition. Don’t miss this fun night of creative discourse and art!
Midnight Lion Dance Performance
When: February 18, 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Where: 10th and Race Streets, Chinatown Philadelphia Cost: FREE!
If you don’t have to be up early Thursday morning, enjoy a night in Chinatown to ring in the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Horse will make way for the Year of the Sheep, and firecrackers will burst on the streets. The Chinese New Year Midnight Parade will be led by the Philadelphia Suns lion dancers. Can’t make it out that night? Don’t worry; there are other ways to celebrate around the city. A Year of the Sheep Parade will be held on the 22nd, or there are various events being held at International House, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or Independence Seaport Museum.
February Japanese Film Festival
When: February 19 & 26, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: Room B6 Stiteler Hall, UPenn, 208 S 37th Street, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!
This year’s Japanese Film Festival at UPenn is centered on dreams and dreaming. So leave your realistic expectations at the door, and step into cinematic worlds of imagination and Japanese culture. Two films are left in the series: Ten Nights of Dreams will be shown on February 19 and Jiro Dreams of Sushi on the 26. Ten Nights of Dreams is based on the novel by Natsume Sōseki and features ten vignettes that dip into the subconscious and present fantastical and weird visions. Sometimes wacky and sometimes nightmarish, this film is an imaginative exploration of the real and unreal. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is more rooted in reality—the documentary follows 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono. Jiro, considered to be the world’s greatest sushi chef, is still on a quest to perfect the art of sushi despite his acclaim and his age. Despite its realism, Jiro Dream of Sushi is a film about chasing dreams and capturing perfection. And, the spectacle of beautiful image after beautiful image of sushi will leave your mouth watering by the end. These great films showings are FREE, so don’t miss them!
A Conversation with Signe Wilkinson
When: February 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Kelly Writers House Arts Cafe, UPenn, 3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!
Enjoy an afternoon of conversation with editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson. Wilkinson is best known for her work at the Philadelphia Daily News, and drew a syndicated daily comic strip for United Media from 2007 to 2011. She was the first female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, served as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists from 1994-1995, and received a Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art & Design. Wilkinson’s talk will focus on “Redrawing Stereotypes” in cartoons. Whether you’re into comic books or the Sunday funnies, this discussion will be an interesting discourse on editorial cartoons, their messages, and their place in the media today. And it’s a great chance to hear from an acclaimed artist in the field for FREE!
BalletX: A Pie, A Pint, & The Process
When: February 21, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Where: Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch Street, Philadelphia Cost: FREE! (for Open Arts members)
So you know that en pointe is when ballet dancers are on the tips of their feet, right? But do you know how they do it? Or about the pointe shoe, and how it has been redesigned to allow dancers to stay en pointe for longer periods of time? Head to BalletX to learn about the evolution of the pointe show and contemporary ballet from the artistic staff, including artistic director Christine Cox, choreographer Norbert De La Cruz III, and Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Lauren Fadeley. And you can enjoy some pizza and beer (21+) too! This afternoon of audience engagement is great for everyone to enjoy, whether you known what a toe box is or not. It will also feature a demonstration by dancer Andrea Yorita. Be sure to check out BalletX’s Winter Series—discounted student tickets are just $25!
February 11th, 2015 by Kathryn Connolly, Villanova '15
When you find yourself in a city, you might not know which way to turn first. Philadelphia is no different—you know about the historical sightseeing spots and the popular tourist locales, but what if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path? Well, no compilation or list will cover everything that Philly has to offer (because, if you didn’t know, there’s a ton), but we can at least start somewhere. Check out these colorful places in the city that are just some of my favorites.
Location: 3025 Walnut Street
You can hear everyone from well-known artists to local performers at World Cafe Live, one of the best places in Philly to enjoy good sounds. This multi-level venue, home to the renowned WXPN radio show, is a converted Art Deco factory building that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Downstairs Live’s contemporary design and top-notch sound system make it the perfect concert hall for nationally-renowned artists. Upstairs Live is a smaller, more intimate space with an urban chic atmosphere where local acts can showcase their talent. Weekly Monday Night Jazz Jams and Philly Rising open mic nights highlight WCL’s commitment to local talent—both offer artists from the Philadelphia area an opportunity to get on stage and perform. Other awesome artists who have passed through World Cafe Live are David Cook, Melanie Martinez, and No Good Sister. Check out their extensive full lineup here and be sure to see a show!
In the area: Both levels offer food and drinks, but for something different Koreana Food (which offers michi, bubble tea, and more) and Pizza Rustica (featuring wood-fired pizza, paninis, and charming white-and-red-checkered tablecloths) are good options. The Institute of Contemporary Art is nearby too, so check out some of the awesome art there for FREE!
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Location: 1020 South Street
Yes, odds are that you’ve heard of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens before or you’ve been already. But who’s to say you can’t go again? And if you haven’t already, it’s a must-see. “It’s such a unique place with so much to offer every time you go there,” says Tara More, a freshman at Villanova University. “It was awesome to see that an artist had a vision to take someone’s trash or recyclables and turn it into a beautiful piece of art.” The outdoor and indoor space, covered in glistening mosaics, was designed by local artist Isaiah Zagar. He constructed the madly imaginative space out of cement and funky pieces like bicycle spokes and shards of ceramic. The result is an inspiring creative labyrinth that can be viewed during the day or at night. In addition to tours, there are exhibitions and mosaic workshops. The admission is only $5 for students, and tours are available throughout the year!
Fishtown is a Catch
Location: Fishtown neighborhood
There’s too much in this flourishing Philly neighborhood to highlight just one space, so here are just a few must-see spots. Johnny Brenda’s is another awesome venue to enjoy good food and music; the menu, which changes so often that it’s only scrawled across chalk boards, features delicious locally-grown food and craft brews from the Philadelphia region (21+). Local bands representing the city’s extensive indie rock scene love to perform upstairs in the restored two-tier concert hall. If you’re less inclined to a music space, check out “hole-in-the-wall” Sketch , an art-themed burger joint that boasts meat and vegan options and an extensive toppings list (I personally recommend the smashed onion burger and their milkshakes). While you wait for your delicious patty, you can doodle and create your own artwork too! Or maybe Mexican is more your style—Loco Pez is another spot with character. It’s an affordable taqueria inspired by taco trucks in Los Angeles, and it features wallpapering with Mexican comics and a jukebox full of classic hits. For an even more relaxed scene, you should stop by Barcade (21+). It’s exactly what it sounds like: a bar and an arcade fused into one. You can grab a drink and enjoy over forty classic arcade games (with classic prices of only a quarter a game).
February 11th, 2015 by Tiffany Curtis, Rosemont '15
This week’s Top 5 Careers are all about being goal-oriented and friendly, whether it means nailing your dream internship or building your skills as a salesperson. Interested in customer service? Be a part of a sales team. Or put your talent for all things theatrical to use as a theater apprentice. Check out all the ways you can boost your skills through internships or help companies boost their sales in this week’s Top 5 below!
Frontline Technologies: Product Management Intern
Are you a fan of research and having the chance to interact with diverse groups of people on a regular basis? Take on the role of intern with Frontline Technologies, where you will get to perform market research and interview customers. This is also a great opportunity to shadow the owner of the business and enhance your professional network.
Arden Theatre Company: Arden Professional Apprentice
Whether you’re a burgeoning actor or are interested in teaching and the arts, get inside access to working life and theater as a professional apprentice for the Arden Theatre Company. As an apprentice, you will gain experience in all aspects of theater operations by working with the box office, production, stage management, finance and other areas. This position is a perfect fit for anyone looking to gain hands-on experience and education in theater operations. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree.
Altios International: Sales Support Administrator
Interested in leadership and customer service? As the sales support administrator, you will be in charge of the customer service for a small sales team and get to work with clients handling sales and support. Altios International is located in New York, but this position requires working closer to Philadelphia.
At Media: Web Development Intern
Perfect for the tech-savvy and the computer aficionado, At Media is currently seeking candidates who have a keen eye for design and strong skills in HTML, CSS, as well as knowledge of WordPress. Try your hand as a web development intern and build up your creativity and tech talents. Those who apply for the position should also be intermediate at Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Philadelphia Freedoms: Marketing and Sales Internship
On a quest to improve your sales skills and complete an internship? The Philadelphia Freedoms are on the hunt for “outgoing, confident, high achieving interns” who are interested in a career in professional sports and marketing. Interns will assist the social media team, create and implement email marketing campaigns, and assist the sales team, as well as other responsibilities
February 9th, 2015 by Kathryn Connolly, Villanova '15
Love Park, the City of Brotherly Love…Philly has a knack for love, making it the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day—and we’ve got you covered! There are plenty of events around the city to celebrate, so we’ve picked out some of the more inexpensive options that are perfect for couples, singles, or friends alike. So grab a bit to eat somewhere, (if you need some inspiration, there’s always heart-shaped pizzas) head out, and enjoy the city with the people you want to be around.
A Night at the Opera: Oscar
When: February 11, 13 & 15, time varies Where: Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!
If you haven’t heard about Oscar yet, you’re missing out! The rollicking operatic portrayal of the life of legendary Oscar Wilde is making a splash in Philly, and what better way to celebrate the holiday of love than by getting a dressed up and heading to the opera (don’t be nervous—the opera isn’t as intimidating as you think). The show chronicles Wilde’s trial and incarceration over his scandalous love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas. Celebrate Wilde’s career and personal story with this sweeping art form, and enjoy taking part in the cultural fun with a friend or significant other. Open Arts members can get tickets for FREE, so sign up if you haven’t already (and when the free tickets are gone, you can get advanced student rush tickets for only $10). Read more about the play and experience here.
Magic Gardens Valentine’s Date Night Tours
When: February 13th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $15
If you’re over 21, this is a great night of colors and lights to share with someone you care about. Magic Gardens is already a unique destination wrapped in enchantment and creative splendor (our editorial intern last semester wrote a love note to the Gardens); but if you add some wine and a private candlelit tour, it’s somehow transformed into an even more captivating space. On the tour you can view the more romantic aspects of the mosaic galleries and labyrinth, such as hidden symbols of love around the gardens. You’ll also learn about the love story of Magic Garden’s creator Isaiah Zagar and his wife Julia and its influence on his work. Couples even have the chance to view the mosaiced basement that is not open to the general public. So grab a date (or a friend), and experience the magic! Ticket price includes wine, and reservations are required so get your tickets now!
When: February 14th, 7:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, 531 N. Columbus Boulevard, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia Cost: $20
This event is popular every year during the romantic holiday, so be sure to get your tickets early. The breeze off the Delaware River won’t seem so cold when you’re skating next to your sweetheart. You can enjoy a night of skating to favorite love songs played by the DJ, and then cozy up by the fireplace and firepits. A special light display will illuminate the rink and the Garces Group will provide delicious food and drink. The ticket price includes free photos as well as complimentary flowers and chocolates! (If you’re looking for a more centrally-located option, head to the Rothman Institute Ice Rink in Dilworth Park)
StorySlam: The Ex-Files
When: February 14th, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia Cost: $14
If you haven’t penciled in a candlelight dinner for February 14, grab a ticket to this hilarious night of self-deprecating humor. This annual storytelling competition asks audience members to step onto stage and share real-life tales of breakups and heartaches. If you want to participate, you just leave your name at the door. Ten storytellers are picked at random, and each contestant has five minutes to tell their tale. Then you judge each performance, and the highest-scoring participant wins $100 and a spot at First Person Arts’ annual Grand Slam! Get your tickets ($14) online fast before the prices go up or the show sells out!
Philadelphia Jazz Project: Love Notes
When: February 14, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch Street, Philadelphia Cost: $25
This romantic night of music will definitely be one that you and your date will enjoy. “Love Notes” is a special Valentine’s Day performance that is inspired by John Coltrane’s classic jazz balled “Naima,” which was written for his wife in 1959. The show one will feature a variety of Philly’s finest male vocalists and musicians, and you’ll be engaged in the musical themes of love, understanding, and passion. The ticket price (which is the pre-show price) includes refreshments, and vendors will also be selling Valentine gifts throughout the night. So come out and enjoy the smooth stylings of these jazz artists!
February 6th, 2015 by Tiffany Curtis, Rosemont '15
“Hear my soul speak:/The very instant that I saw you, did/my heart fly to your service”- Tempest, William Shakespeare
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of February, or if you are wishing for all things warm, the month has finally arrived. While winter may have us all under its cold spell, it serves as a reminder that spring is in the not-so-distant future. So while we wait for April showers to bring May flowers, take the time to revel in all things candy hearts and shades of red, by celebrating the month with all of the special people in your life. What better way to spend the 14th than by hanging out with friends, family, or a date at some of your favorite places and spaces in and around the city; or be adventurous and uncover some places you haven’t checked out yet. Don’t know where to start? Find out some of my top picks below!
As a local college student and Philadelphia native, there is no more poetic a way to show my love for my favorite places than with an ode, so here goes:
Ode to the Most Authentic Cuisine
With tastes of Chinese culture
And faraway feasts
That dance upon ivory porcelain
It lies at the center of hallowed halls and stone ivory
Where savory and sweet co-exist
Ode to the Best Bargain Hunting
Where upon each rack lies the artifacts
Of style, days past and clothes encounters
Where dollars stretch, from end to end
To hold all that awaits
As charity and good will reaps the rewards
Ode to the Most Eclectic Movie Theater
Roxy, with its long-forgotten sign and old age
And walls that tell stories of golden ages
Where independence and film occupy one space
Only those who do not fear the outside
Long to venture within
Curious about my three picks? Here are the reasons you should check them out:
Beijing Restaurant, located in the center of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, is tucked away along a sidewalk where you would never know that some of the most delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine was being prepared inside. Get there early, as the place tends to fill up fast, with good reason: their bubble teas, homemade juices, and crispy spring rolls are more than enough motivation to fall in love.
Philly Aids Thrift, located in the Queen Village neighborhood, just off of South Street has been responsible for my transformation from occasional thrifter to fully matured frugal fashionista. Where else in the city can you find a multi-level thrift store that houses vintage dresses, vinyl records, and a room filled with clothes that only cost a dollar? Even better, the store donates all its proceeds towards helping in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Perfect if you want to help fund a charitable organization and when you’re in the mood to sift through retro and wacky finds or if, like Macklemore, you plan on popping tags with only twenty dollars in your pocket.
The Roxy Theater, renamed the Philadelphia Film Society at the Roxy (PFS), is hidden along tiny Sansom Street in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia. If you didn’t know it was there, you would probably miss it. The two-screen theater was converted from two row homes in 1975, and has been showing independent movies and some mainstream flicks ever since. This tiny, nostalgic theater instantly became my favorite place to have an off-the-beaten-path movie experience after I saw The Fault in Our Stars there this past summer. Plus, the concession stand sells retro candy and snacks and the atmosphere beats the crowds and the noise of larger theaters any day. Whether you’re an indie movie buff or just looking for something new to watch, give the Roxy a visit this month.