Archive for the ‘Arts & Culture’ Category

February 28th, 2017 by Lindsay Allen

Philly Field Trip: Fairmount

Saturday morning, I woke up to the sound of the birds chirping and the fresh air drifting into my room, right then I knew I wanted to spend as much time as I could in this unseasonably gorgeous weather. My roommate and I quickly got ready, packed some snacks, grabbed a blanket, and headed down to Fairmount.

In hopes to make the most of the day, we headed straight down to Fairmount Park to relax by the Schuylkill River. We were determined to get as close as we could to the water, but we also had to be conscious of the geese who were also enjoying the nice weather. With the right book and some good music, you’re set for the day and that is where we spent most of our time.

A bibliophile’s dream at Book Haven!

There was a storm in the forecast so we decided to head back and pop into some of the shops on our way. Our first stop was a Book Haven, a mesmerizing book store, filled from top to bottom. In hopes to find the film section, we were surprised by something else–a cat emerged from the back room and rubbed up against us for a nice back scratch.

Looking at books can work up an appetite! We decided to go OCF Coffee House to enjoy some coffee, a delicious breakfast sandwich, and the view of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Despite the clouds covering the sun, we sat outside and were greeted by another (!!!)  cat, except this one was orange and wearing a nice gold bow. He sat at my feet and persistently begged with his puppy kitty eyes for some of my food, however, I quickly apologized because I wasn’t going to give up my sandwich.

We continued our stroll down Fairmount Ave. to find ourselves in Philly Flavors ordering some water ice. We wanted to celebrate this “swinter” day as best as we could, and this treat was the cherry on top. With water ice in hand, we  headed back to campus. As we left Fairmount, we also said good bye to all the animals we had seen throughout the day. If you’re like me and need that furry, four legged fix, just make your way to Fairmount—just be aware of the geese!

February 23rd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Philly To-Do: TGI…Final Friday in February!

Friday’s Forecast: 70 degrees and 100% chance of  free pizza and great events.

Free Friday at SliCE Pizza! 

SliCE gives away free pizza no purchase req’d, 1 per person. 
At all 4 locations
Friday, Feb 24 from 11am-1pm

“Person of the Crowd” Opening Party
What? Come decked out in your best 1920s garb, check out the exhibition, and look for the strolling performers.
Where? The Barnes Foundation,  2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When? Friday, February 24 starting at 6pm
Deal: FREE for college students with valid student ID (walk-up only)

International House Carnival Celebration
What? This vibrant festival includes Brazilian and Caribbean cuisine and beverages, Brazilian and Caribbean dance music, samba dance performances by the Greater Philadelphia Caribbean Cultural Organization Masqueraders, and an evening of drumming in the Caribbean tradition by One Nation Ensemble.
Where? International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
When? Friday, February 24 starting at 7 pm
Where? International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Deal:$10 general public; $5 for members and free for International House residents

Final Fridays: Lonely Hearts Club at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
What?  Craft love notes, dance to your own silent disco in the galleries (head phones on) and enjoy live music at the last Art After 5 Friday in February.
Where? Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When? Friday, February 24, 2017 from 5 pm – 8:45 pm
Deal: $14 for students with valid ID



February 22nd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Deal of the Day: “Person of the Crowd” Opening Party

Break out your top hats and beaded dresses! We have your Friday night plans for you– “Person of the Crowd” opening party at The Barnes Foundation! Come decked out in your best 1920s garb, check out the exhibition, and look for the strolling performers.

It’s our Deal of the Day because it’s FREE for college students with valid student ID (walk-up only)! You can Charleston your way through the doors starting at 6pm. See you there! 

February 21st, 2017 by Dan Jacob

Philly To-Do: Intern Dan’s Picks

The weather in Philadelphia can be erratic, one day the sun is shining, the next day you’re wearing your winter coat. Who knows what will happen? So, this week get a glimpse of spring and enjoy the warm weather while you can. With a slew of upcoming events to close out the month, here are just a few things I’m looking forward to as February draws to a close.

Philly Fashion Week
Philly has a Fashion Week? I had no idea. This Wednesday, February 22nd, RSVP to The Trend VIP Party. A fashion, food, and networking event located at The Granary. The event is FREE with RSVP and a great way to leadup to Night 2 of the Runway show on February 24th, get your tickets now before it’s too late!

Black Thought Presents: Delirious
Member of the legendary Philadelphia group The Roots; Black Thought hosts an ensemble of comedians on the rise on the east coast this Thursday February 23rd located at The Punchline Philly. Many household names have gotten their start performing at The Punchline, you could be witnessing the start of something special!

From Home to Hopper
Venture into Philadelphia’s surrounding areas by visiting the Brandywine River Museum this Saturday, February 25th. The Brandywine River Museum presents From Homer to Hopper, an exhibition of over 50 paintings by revolutionary American artists such as Winslow Homer, Georgia O’ Keefe, Edward Hopper, and Thomas Eakins. The event is only $6 for students with ID!

There’s absolutely no shortage of events in Philly, especially concerning the arts. The weather is on your side this week, make sure to take advantage!

February 20th, 2017 by Lindsay Allen

Philly To-Do: Intern Lindsay’s Picks

My main reason for coming to school in Philly was the unlimited access I would have to events and happenings around the city. I am always looking for ways to spruce up my week and get off campus, and here are my picks for this upcoming week.

    My favorite part about this city is that there is never a dull moment, one adventure leads to another. Share your adventures, tag @CampusPhilly on Twitter or Instagram!

There’s never a shortage of things to do and places to explore in the city of Brotherly Love. However, knowing where to start on your Philly adventure can be a daunting task, enter Philly Passport! The Passport provides a checklist of places to go that you can turn into your personal itinerary filled with things to do around the city. Instead of giving you the stereotypical Philly guide, we focused on visiting neighborhoods that contribute Philly’s diverse scene.

So, teaming up with my fellow intern, Haley and I set out to explore the city and check some things off the passport. Beginning the adventure in Chinatown! Chinatown poses an interesting mix between old and new. There are new restaurants sprouting seemingly every day, bubble tea spots, and noodle houses that cater to younger audiences. But there are also traditional staples that bring you a more original taste of China. You would be remiss to leave here without getting a picture at the Friendship Arch.

Conveniently located near Chinatown, and next on the passport was the Reading Terminal Market. The best thing about Reading Terminal is that there’s so many options for food, the worst part? Deciding what you want. I opted for Hunger Burger which was phenomenal, while Haley went with Profi’s Creperie. The Reading Terminal Market is sure to be a go-to spot, it’s affordable, fun, and filled with choices.

With our stomachs filled, we headed over to the Italian Market. The streets of the Italian Market are adorned with open air markets, delis, and boutique shops. This neighborhood like many others in Philly has deep roots in the Philadelphia community. It’s where the Di Bruno Bros. got their start and became a household name. It’s a quaint neighborhood that’s perfect for taking a stroll.

Just a short walk away, we entered Little Saigon, where we recapped the day over some Vietnamese coffee. Little Saigon is home to Asian supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes. If you like cooking up some Asian inspired dishes, I’d strongly recommend taking a trip down to Little Saigon.

Watch us complete the Philly Passport:

Campus Philly Passport! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

It should be noted that although each neighborhood was different, one thing they had in common were beautiful murals. Philly is known for being an artistic hub, be sure to keep a look out on the facades of many buildings. Added to the beauty, is the ease of navigation. Walking from neighborhood to neighborhood is certainly doable as Philly is a “walking city.” Grab your camera and some comfortable footwear and you’ll be well on your way to perusing the city with your Philly Passport! Get yours here and watch how to fold it here.

P.S. Once you’ve completed the Passport, play some Campus Philly BINGO!

February 20th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Deal of the Day: Free Student Ticket to Center for Architecture & Design Event

Get your FREE student ticket [$20 discount!] to the Center for Architecture and Design’s March 8 lecture featuring Theaster Gates at the BOK.

The Event:
Center for Architecture and Design in honoring Theaster Gates, winner of the 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Prize for his career spent developing properties which engage local communities with their neighbors and neighborhoods through culture and art. Gates, a Chicago-based artist and founder of the Rebuild Foundation, has spearheaded the creation of nearly a dozen community and culture centers, each with a specific focus – from African American cinema to small, community-based creative manufacturing companies.

Also honored at this ceremony will be the winners of the 2017 Better Philadelphia Challenge. This year’s urban design challenge asked students to develop plans to transform the abandoned City Branch rail tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue into a recreational trail and cultural destination. This year’s competition was produced in partnership with The Rail Park.

The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception. FREE valet parking will be available.

The Ticket:
All you have to do is use the code “EB17CP”  (Redeemable ONLY on the regular $20 ticket” at the site:



February 14th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Philly To-Do: Tuesday’s College Night Skate at Rothman Rink

Tuesday nights this winterCollege Night at Rothman Rink! What does that mean for you? College students pay $2 for admission (skate rental not included) for an evening of fun with friends! This cool event will be happening every Tuesday until February 21st.

Between doing a gazillion laps around the rink and stopping by the Center City hot spots listed below, you’ll definitely be nice and toasty! Enjoy food and drink from the Rothman Rink cabin or warm your bones with a frothy cappuccino from the neighboring La Colombe. For of age skaters, check out cozy classics, Oscar’s and Good Dog.

Rothman Rink Cabin
Just steps from the north side of the Rothman Ice Rink, the new Rothman Cabin features Cuban burgers, French fries, hot chocolate, coffee, and much more! Skaters will be able to leave the ice without removing their skates to warm up and get food and drink.

La Colombe | 1414 S Penn Square
Get a coffee “for here” and take a seat in their cafe. If you’re into people watching, put this place on your list.

Max Brenner | 1500 Walnut St. 
If you’re all about chocolate, go here.

Good Dog Bar | 224 S. 15th St.| 21+
Sometimes after a long day, you need to sit yourself down in a cozy booth and eat a good burger. Dog lovers, you’ll get your fill of dog decor at this place!

Oscar’s Tavern | 1524 Sansom St. | 21+
Two things: Bar food & Bill Murray. The retro paper placemats, the jukebox and the dimly lit atmosphere will place you in the best time warp ever.

February 13th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Intern-view: A Sit Down With Anthony Tidd, Curator of Sittin’ In

By Dan Jacob, Campus Philly Editorial Intern

This Wednesday, February 15, you have a FREE chance to be part of  a live show, jam session, dance party that features the hottest talent on the scene! Join the Kimmel Center for the 5th Annviersary Sittin’ In hosted by the founder Anothony Tidd and featuring some of Sittin’ In’s favorite regulars.

Last week, we were lucky enough to land an interview with  the man behind the show, Anthony Tidd. Below learn more about Wednesday’s event and why you should go!

Before we jump into Sittin’ In, I wanted to know about you. Could you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself and your journey to Philadelphia?

Anthony: I am originally from London, I came to Philly 16 years ago, I’m a bass player, I’ve performed all over the world for various artists, I’m the Creative Music Program Director at The Kimmel Center, and the curator of Sittin In’.

So, what is Sittin’ In and how did it come about?

Anthony:  Years ago, I was just getting settled in at The Kimmel, from my experience in Philly there were no venues or very few. At the time, a well-known jam session had just ended. At The Kimmel Center, we were dealing with trying to bring in new artists that wouldn’t traditionally go there, it was a monthly series that included a jam session, that was primarily geared towards people into jazz and soul, which wasn’t being represented well. We started off with a group jam session; it featured James Poyser of The Roots, Matt Cappy, a very well-known trumpet player in Philly, also drummer Steven Mckie. The first one was a great success, eventually, it built up a nice following, of musicians and artists.

One thing that caught my attention about Sittin In’ was that the lineup is pretty eclectic, ranging from vocalists to MCs. Was that by design or did that kind of just happen?

Anthony: It was by design, the thing that makes Sittin In’ different is that it is curated by me. I tour a lot so I know a lot people, I bring out people, the other thing is; I specifically go on scouting runs in New York or D.C. So, over the years we’ve had a very eclectic lineup you’re right, we’ve done folk, jazz, hip hop, electro, Brazilian, salsa (etc.).

You’re obviously an experienced musician whose worked with talent at many levels throughout the world. Is there anything unique about the Philly music scene?

Anthony: Well, I don’t know about unique- it is just respectable all over the world. Many, many, musicians have come out, either lived in Philadelphia or came from Philly. Philly also- up until the last ten years had a very very strong jazz club and dancing culture. The other thing Philly is known for, it’s another one of those regions- like Detroit or Chicago, its recording history- take Gamble and Huff, it’s always been a very musical city.

This is the 5th Anniversary of Sittin’ In. What do you think has been the catalyst for its success?

Anthony: Honestly, I think -Philadelphia, Philadelphia has always had a great and very appreciative audience, it’s known for that around the world. Record companies would always send their acts to Philly. So, because of that appreciation for music, there’s hunger for people to get out and experience talent, I think that was part of it. Sittin In, looks like another event I was involved in- Back to Basics, another jam session, I was involved in Black louie by the Roots, about 12 years ago, so you know it’s been a continued tradition, Sittin In’ is the latest one to follow in tradition.

Right, so it’s a continuation of a tradition, with you doing your best part to keep that going.

Anthony: Right. Every year, there’s a new generation of musicians, but I think the difference is about Sittin In- it’s split between a serious event and a concert series, serious artists perform but it also features impromptu features and performances.

Campus Philly’s goal this month is to get students to be more involved with the all the things happening in Philadelphia, what would be your elevator pitch to get students to come out to Sittin’ In?

Anthony: I would just say Sittin In’ is great because it’s for everybody, music, cultures, the best DJs in the city, great live music, creative live music, for over 5 years we’ve built a reputation for putting on the best show, and lastly it’s free. You can’t go wrong there.

What artists have influenced your musical career?

Anthony: Influences, well I started in London, but my great American influences are partially contemporary- Steve Coleman, saxophonist- for over 22 years, he’s been a great influence my life.  And The Roots, they are part of the reason I moved to the states.

[Anthony has written about Steve Coleman’s influence on him for definitely worth the read]

Do you have any tips for students looking to get more involved in Philadelphia’s musical community?

Anthony: Tips..yes- my tip is : If you want to be part of the music scene, find a great musician, you know? I would usually recommend an older musician. When I was 18, I was playing with musicians who were 30-45, get in with someone like that and follow them around-  it requires, navigation, they’ve done it all before. In terms of their craft, if it’s a great musician, mirror them. Also, get out and explore, don’t just sit and rehearse all day. Well do that, but also explore.

And last, but not least, what have you been listening to lately?

Anthony: That’s a really hard question. So much going on, it’s hard to say, most people I’m used to were written and recorded 50 years ago, some contemporary artists, so one thing- a lot of Afrobeats, but I’ve been checking out more of that kind of thing, I’ve also been checking out A Tribe Called Quest’s new album. I’m actually a collector of vinyl, so a lot of old school music.

Oh wait, I forgot to ask: Do you know of any artists on the rise in Philly?

Anthony: The artist on the rise, well she couldn’t, make it this time- Lee Mo, and also one Chartel Findlater, Laurin Talese, young singers who have different stuff on the scene. Those two will be at the show.

Great! Well it was great talking to you, thank you so much for your time!

 Sittin’ In is this Wednesday February 15th 8:00pm @ The Kimmel Center and is free to attend! Get your tickets here

P.S. Anthony’s birthday is also February 15th be sure to send him well wishes!

February 10th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Philly To-Do: Weekend Edition

Well, that snow storm was a bust! Lucky for you that means that the sidewalks will be clear for all your weekend adventures. Below we’re giving you some inspiration to get off campus and out into the Philadelphia streets.

–For one night only! Grab a FREE cake shake at P’unk Burger!

–Whether you have one sweetheart or a whole crew of Galentines, you’re bound to find a Valentine’s event to hit up.

— From traditional Mexican to spaghetti and meatballs,  discover international flavors locally! If you’re feeling generous, check out Philly spots who donate to good causes. 

— Round up your roommates and plan a Philly field trip to South Street or Center City.

— Check out the many ways you can celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia.

Whatever you do this weekend, remember that there’s no right or wrong way to create memories in this great city! If you want to share your adventures, tag @CampusPhilly on Twitter or Instagram.