February 4th, 2016 by Kristen Willie
A college student’s schedule may be busy, but you all need a break from your studies to enjoy the sights and sounds of Philly. Free Time Frenzy is just the place to find quick entertainment, dining, and Philly must-sees in under an hour. If you have any suggestions for future Free Time Frenzies use the hashtag #CPFreeTimeFrenzy and we will be sure to document your fun Philly Free Time activities.
Here are some of my favorite options to get a taste of the city in just under an hour: (remember to bring a camera!)
The Art Museum “Rocky” Steps:
If you have ever seen the Rocky movies or even if you haven’t, you know what the steps are. The second most famous movie location in the world has created a pretty important attraction in Philly. The steps are a Philadelphia must-see, so be prepared and make sure you wear your running shoes to race your friends to the top. Once you make it to the very top, your view of Philadelphia will be breathtaking.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum:
For a free museum tour, check out this exciting museum on 1214 Arch Street. The Fabric Workshop and Museum offers a chance to experience contemporary art and the exhibits change every few months, so you can go back multiple times throughout the semester. Right now the FWM has an exhibit called, “Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit” that displays works from FWM staff. Be sure to check it out.
P.S. If you’re hungry, Reading Terminal Market is only a block away!
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens:
“Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens inspires creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art.” This indoor and outdoor art installation spans half of a block on one of Philadelphia’s famous streets, South Street. PMG and the artist Isaiah Zagar, have created a world of mosaics right at 1020 South Street. They are open Wednesday to Monday 11am- 6pm in the winter months.
January 26th, 2016 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
Movies at the Market
This winter, historic Reading Terminal Market debuts a very fresh series to allow more people to take advantage of the great space that is the market — this time, after hours.
When: Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m.
Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street / Cost: FREE
Museum Rx at Philadelphia Museum of Art
This Wednesday Night is just what the doctor ordered. Explore medical themes through theater, games, and hands-on activities
When: Wednesday, January 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: PMA, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy / Cost: FREE after Pay What You Wish
Art Dept: Go Figure! Drawing Club
When: Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: The Art Dept., 1638 E. Berks St. / Cost: $15 per adult
The Barnes Foundation’s Young Professionals Night: Into the Blue
Why fight the winter blues when you can own it? Join hundreds of Philly’s young art lovers and industry leaders and make a bold and beautiful statement in blue at our eighth young professionals night.
When: Friday, January 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The Barnes, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $30; members $15; Contemporaries free
Paradigm Gallery + Studio presents #StreetsDeptTurns5
#StreetsDeptTurns5 is a show aimed at celebrating artists in Philadelphia who put their work up on the streets, as well as the 5th anniversary of StreetsDept.com. To do so, Conrad has asked 10 of his favorite inspiring artists that he’s documented over the last 5 years to show together at Paradigm Gallery.
Exhibition Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Paradigm Gallery + Studio, 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor
An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas
Rowan is hosting the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and immigration rights activist and screening his film, Documented.
When: Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
Where: Chamberlain Student Center, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028
When: Thursday Feb 4, 2016 / Doors: 7:15 PM at Show: 8 PM
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. / Tickets here.
March 21st, 2014 by Jayson Flores
Want to go thrifting in the city, but not sure where to start? No worries! We’ve written up everything you need to know for a day of thrift shopping, including a pre-shopping sushi meal!
Starting in Suburban Station, follow the directional signs to the 18th Street exit. Once there, make your exit. You’ll be on 18th and JFK. Make a left at the end of 18th and JFK and you’ll hit 18th and Market. Continue on Market until 20th, and then make another left. From this point on you will walk until you reach Mizu Sushi Bar on 133 S. 20th Street.
Why it’s Great: It’s a smaller, lower-key spot with amazing food. You won’t have to deal with the noise or high prices of a crowded restaurant. The menu is expansive and the food is steaming fresh every time. Plus, the staff is very friendly!
Price Range: $$ (out of four) according to Google
Make your way down to 20th and Sansom. Make a right, and continue down a block past Moravian Street. You’ll find Sophisticated Seconds only moments after passing Moravian Street, on 2019 Sansom Street.
Why it’s Great: A smaller-sized store, Sophisticated Seconds has a charm that will pull you in, but it’s the unbelievable deals that will keep you there. The price in the store start low, but depending on the color of the price tag, you could get an even larger discount. This is a location you don’t want to miss. The store has both a men and women’s section.
Price Range: $
Head east on Sansom Street toward S 20th Street. Turn left onto S 19th Street, and then make a right onto Chestnut Street. Walk for a little bit, and you’ll find Second Time Around at 1728 Chestnut Street.
Why it’s Great: Don’t expect dirt-cheap deals in Second Time Around. However, like in Sophisticated Seconds, there are colored tags that can help lower the price. This is a higher-end consignment shop where you can find some great designers and brands. This is a wonderful place to buy formal wear or business casual wear. The store only sells women’s clothing.
Price Range: Between $$ and $$$
Cross the street and walk further down and you’ll find Buffalo Exchange on the same street, 1713 Chestnut Street to be specific.
Why it’s Great: The style in Buffalo Exchange is bold. The moment you walk in you’re treated to fiercely styled mannequins that give you a taste of what you can find within the store. Sometimes you’ll be wishing you could take the outfits right off of the mannequins. The pricing is really good, especially for the fabulous pieces that you can uncover. This is the perfect way for any thrifter to end the day. The store has a men and women’s section.
Price Range: $
February 10th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager
Want to brush up on your bomb-defusing skills while enjoying your favorite cocktail? Look no further than MacGyver Night at the Museum this Tuesday, February 11th at the Franklin Institute. This hands-on, stimulating event features 20+ interactive activities on the second floor of the Institute as well as a cash bar, making it a great night out! For the 21-and-over crowd only.
You, your friends, and anyone interested in the science behind MacGyver, the hit 80s TV show where secret agent Angus MacGyver used little more than his wits, a Swiss Army knife, and some duct tape to get himself and his companions out of sticky situations. Bring a friend and do the Egg Drop Parachute challenge to see if you can build a contraption that will keep an egg safe during a 35-foot plunge.
MacGyver-inspired activities and your favorite drinks. Make LED Throwies, colorful lights made from a diffused LED, lithium battery, and rare-earth magnet taped together, which can then be attached to any magnetic surfaces to add a splash of color. Come experience a Live BOOM! Show, featuring all things explosive (the show is performed three times throughout the night). Marvel at the Superconductor Cart, an ongoing science demonstration featuring a disk levitated by liquid nitrogen, all while sipping a Manhattan. All this plus many more activities!
The Franklin Institute at 222 North 20th Street. For a map of the area, please click here.
Tuesday, February 11th from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Because who doesn’t love MacGyver and explosions! You’ll be in for a night of science-inspired fun at the Franklin Institute. MacGyver mullets are optional.
Students can get the special $13 ticket price by using the the Campus Philly discount code CAMPUS. Important note: there is a $5 service fee if you buy online, so be sure to buy your ticket at the door and mention the code CAMPUS to get the discount! This ticket price covers the entrance fee to the event, and gives you access to the Airshow, Electricity, and Changing Earth exhibits in addition to the MacGyver Night event. For more information about the event, click here.
January 27th, 2014 by Danielle Hagerty, Temple University '15
Calling all techies! NET/WORK is a job fair for students and recent grads targeted towards those looking to work in the technology field. Campus Philly is collaborating with Technical.ly Philly to provide a job fair for people searching for full or part-time work in programming, engineering, and other tech-related fields. Come to this fair for networking, job, and internship opportunities.
The NET/WORK event will be held at Union Transfer, a seemingly unusual but surprisingly awesome place for a job fair. Good news: the event is free for all students and recent (within a year) graduates! Just bring your student ID along with you. $10 will get you in otherwise. You can get your ticket here.
At NET/WORK, Campus Philly and Bentley Systems will host the Expert Hub, a room full of professional development resources to help you with your job search. Within the Expert Hub, there will be career counselors who will provide resume reviews, 15-minute counseling sessions, interview and resume tips, and much more.
Although this event is targeted towards tech students, all are welcome. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get a new job or internship!
For more info, contact Danielle Hagerty at email@example.com.
January 15th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw
What: Open Arts College Night
When: January 30th, 5 pm- 10:30 pm
Where: The Blue Cross RiverRink – 101 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
Get excited, because Open Arts College Night is back! Students got to meet the city during the day at College Day, and now you can get familiar with Philly nightlife during College Night. Grab some skates and hit the ice, or cozy up by the fire pits! The Lodge, a pop-up restaurant, will be serving great food, craft beer (for those 21+), hot chocolate, and s’mores kits to make over the fire. This special event has free admission for students — just pay $10 for skate rentals and be sure to bring your student ID. You won’t want to miss this!
Skating sessions are:
5 – 6:30 p.m.
7 – 8:30 p.m.
9 – 10:30 p.m.
You can contact Simona DeDominicis for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 14th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw
Center City Restaurant Week happens every year, and it’s a great opportunity to check out new restaurants at a good price! For $35, you can get a three-course dinner (and in some cases, four or five!) or a three-course lunch for $20. Make your reservations between January 19 – 24 and 26 – 31. Take this chance to get out there with friends, family, or a date and take advantage of all the great food that Center City has to offer.
Need a place to bring the family? Going on a first date? Or are you just looking for a fun thing to do with friends? Check out these restaurants and you’ll definitely be leaving satisfied!
Date Night: The Melting Pot
Who doesn’t love fondue? Snuggle up with a date at The Melting Pot in Center City. Choose a cheese fondue appetizer, a salad, a cooking style or your choice of entree, and a chocolate fondue for dessert. My favorite is the cheese fondue: get the classic cheddar or branch out and try the Wisconsin cheese trio!
Check out their dinner menu here!
Suit and Tie: The Capital Grille
I don’t know about you, but as a student The Capital Grille is normally pretty far outside my budget range. Get all dressed up and fancy and grab the chance to eat at this restaurant at a discounted price! This would be a great place to impress your boss by taking them to lunch. Try their lobster and crab burger for lunch or stop by later to taste the Kona-crusted sirloin with shallot butter at dinner.
A Night Out: Fire and Ice Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
This restaurant combines great food and the nightlife atmosphere in a unique way. This is a great place to bring a group of friends for an exciting night out! Their menu fuses Vietnamese and Thai cuisines with some popular American dishes. Standing out on their menu is the Dirty Bananas dessert — it comes with Kahlua and cinnamon in a crepe topped with vanilla ice cream.
View their dinner menu!
Family Dinner: Bistro Romano
Bring out the whole gang for a classic Italian family dinner at Bistro Romano. There are plenty of entrees to choose from, so there will be something for even the pickiest eaters in your family. I’m partial to their pescatore — it comes with shrimp, mussels, clams, and calamari.
See what they’re serving for dinner!
Try Something New: Sampan
Sampan is one of the coolest restaurants around. They have a lot of interesting dishes that you probably won’t get to to try anywhere else! This Asian restaurant also has vegetarian and gluten free options available. If you like seafood, try their Vietnamese fish and chips.
Here is their dinner menu!
For more information on Restaurant Week and the full list of participating restaurants, check out their website.
You can contact Simona DeDominicis for more info at email@example.com.
December 3rd, 2013 by Jeffrey Urbano
Hey there CP readers! Do you smell what’s in the air? Could it be the smell of late night cram sessions in the library? Maybe it’s the smell of caffeine in the morning. Either way, this means Finals Week is upon university students, which means stressing, cramming, and procrastination. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Campus Philly is here to share its tips on tackling Final Exams Week.
We recently connected with a few Philly college students like yourself, who are here to share with you their experiences and advice to help you overcome the woes of Finals Week! We spoke with the following students:
- Toni Garcia – Junior, Criminal Justice, Drexel University
- Kara Itaas – Senior, Nursing, La Salle University
- Toni Logro – Grad student, Pharmacy, University of the Sciences
- Jaise John – Senior, Marketing/International Business, Drexel University
We all have our own formula to tackle finals. This might include treating yourself to a healthy meal or hitting the gym early in the morning. It could even involve spreading out one’s study habits. “I don’t like to study for everything the day before. I study a few days in advance and then change the subject based on which final is next. Spreading out the material makes it easier to review and retain all the information,” says Toni Garcia of Drexel.
Kara Itaas of La Salle adds on, “I also like to study in increments and then reward myself by watching an episode of one of my favorite shows on Netflix. It helps with keeping a clear mind, and it lowers anxiety.” Studying a little over time is a key to success.
Making a list of tasks to be done is valuable to prepare for final exams, too. Toni Garcia of Drexel says, “I usually make a list of everything I have to do. This way I can keep track of everything that has to be done. Plus, the feeling you get when you can cross something off the list is wonderful!” Making lists and sticking to them can alleviate stress and can help you prioritize better.
Each Philly university has its own resources available to students, whether it is a tutoring center or a 24-hour open library. “This is the place to be during finals week. I’ve actually seen students bring pillows and blankets into the library, like a huge slumber party, minus the party!” says Toni Logro of University of the Sciences.
However, what about non-traditional tools to help you prepare for final exams? For example, the University of the Sciences hosts a bubble wrap popping event, and Drexel University’s Campus Activities Board offers free back massages during finals week. Kara Itaas of La Salle points out, “Peer Educators at La Salle hosts a stress buster called Kissing and Petting, where faculty, staff, and students are able to bring their pets to campus during finals week and fawn over them. One year my professor even brought his ferret!” Whether it’s cuddly animals or not, find what helps you to distress.
How about the dreaded all-nighter? Is it really all that effective? Jaise John of Drexel had this to say, “All-nighters should be avoided. They only do more harm than good. If you simply organize your work and understand what needs to be studied a week in advance, you won’t underestimate the amount of work you have to get done.”
By pulling all-nighters, you miss out on some much needed sleep. “Sleep is your friend. Though pulling an all-nighter may seem like a good idea, you will probably spend half the time wishing you were asleep, which will make it more difficult to study. You can always wake up early and study more. You will thank yourself later!” says Toni Garcia of Drexel.
If you are a freshman, and you are prepping for your first set of final exams, take this helpful tip from Drexel’s Jaise John. “Don’t post on social media about how much you have to study. It only tells people you aren’t the best at time management.” So log out of Facebook, get off YouTube, and shut off your phone, and just focus on the work at hand.
All in all this finals season, find what works best for you to overcome finals stress. Whether it is walking around or grabbing a snack, find what makes you comfortable and relax. In closing, Toni Logro of University of the Sciences parted with this, “Finals, although very stressful, are just a small part of your college experience. College is the time to make your own decisions, understand yourself, and explore. Take what you learn, and apply it to the world around you in a way that no one else can.”
In the meantime, don’t miss out on this fun Campus Philly stress relieving event! On Tuesday, December 10, take a Study Break at Waterfront Winterfest at Blue Cross RiverRink of Penn’s Landing from 5pm to midnight, with 1 and 1/2 hour skate sessions. Waterfront Winterfest features ice skating, food and hot drinks by famed Philly Chef George Sabatino, a light show on the hour from 5-11PM, and fire pits to keep you warm and toasty. Admission is FREE with your student ID! Skate rentals are available if needed.
You can contact Jeffrey Urbano for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 14th, 2013 by Jeffrey Urbano
What’s kickin’ CP readers? Are you ready to laugh your pants off, support and cheer on thousands of runners, and even network with some top notch industry professionals? There is so much going on this week that we couldn’t just choose five events, so here are our top six! Check out the fun and exciting events Philly has in store for you this time around! Open Arts members, keep a special eye out below!
When: Fri, Nov. 15, 8pm – 11pm Where: Trocadero Theatre – 1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia Price: $16 – $17
Are you familiar with the ever so popular website, CollegeHumor.com? Would you like to see some of its comedians live and in person? Trocadero Theatre will be hosting CollegeHumor Live, featuring Jake & Amir, and Streeter Seidell. You are in for a night of sketch and standup comedy from the hilarious stars of the award-winning website! So grab some friends, and get ready to laugh like you have never laughed before!
When: Sun, Nov. 17, 7am – 5pm Where: 22nd and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Price: FREE
Have you ever attended a Philadelphia Marathon? Gather with hundreds of thousands of Philly locals and visitors for an all-day event of fun and racing! In its 20th year, the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon are bigger than ever! Come down to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway right in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to cheer on runners as they race through Center City and University City! Show your support also by volunteering. Spaces are still available to volunteer. Click HERE for more information about volunteering. Gear up for this annual anticipated event, and be prepared to cheer on 30,000 champions!
When: Sun, Nov. 17, 8:30pm – 10:30pm Where: World Café Live, Upstairs – 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia Price: $8
Are you a huge trivia buff? Would you like the chance to win up to $200 in cash? World Café Live is hosting The Big Quiz Thing on November 17. Quizmaster, Noah Tarnow, will present six rounds of live quiz action, with video and audio puzzles, the Lightning Round, the Text Message Challenge, the Buzzertastic Three Way Finale, and the best, most “figureoutable” trivia questions anywhere. Get ready to have your mind blown! Bring all your friends and get pumped for an all-around good time!
World Café Live is teaming up with Open Arts Philly, offering discounted tickets at just $5 for Open Arts members. Click HERE for tickets.
When: Tues, Nov. 19, 6pm – 8pm Where: The Shops at Liberty Place – 1625 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Price: FREE for YPN members; $20 for non-members
Have you updated your résumé? Are you all brushed up on your 20-second personal pitch? Then you are definitely ready to come and network with local business professionals in the Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place on November 19. This special event will feature smaller group networking sessions, where attendees will have the opportunity to share an in-depth look into their position as well as the benefits of their company. Presented by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network, this is sure to be a night of insight into the world of business.
When: Wed, Nov. 20, 7pm – 9pm Where: The Wilma Theater – 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia Price: $22
Are you an avid fan of contemporary ballet but haven’t had the time to see an awesome show this season yet? You are in luck! Philly’s own BalletX will be showcasing its Fall Series from November 20-24, kicking off with its Opening Night on Wednesday, the 20th. The show will feature three world premieres with BalletX’s 10 talented dancers. BalletX is partnering with Open Arts Philly, offering student discounted tickets for just $22! For tickets, click HERE.
On November 20, before the show make sure to attend “The X-Process,” where the audience will get intimate insight into the inspiration, preparation, and perspiration behind world premiere choreography as told by NYC dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer. Join this exclusive open discussion, and come out to support BalletX!
When: Wed, Nov. 20, 8pm Where: Philadelphia Art Alliance – 251 South 18th Street, Philadelphia Price: FREE for Open Arts members (limited number), $5 for non-members
Open Arts and Philadelphia Art Alliance are bringing you College Night with CaveCast: a series of live podcast hosted by Universal Cave, documenting the vibrant music scene of the Philadelphia DJs whose diggings and obsessions provide the soundtrack to the late night parties all around the city. Each program is a conversation with DJs about their craft. Come out to hear from DJ Apt One and stay to enjoy the music! While admission is $5, there are still some free tickets for Open Arts Members but it’s first come first serve!
The event is all ages, ID is required for a drink wristband.
You can contact Jeffrey Urbano for more info at email@example.com.
November 14th, 2013 by Jeffrey Urbano
After they had finished up a morning practice, we sat down with three of BalletX’s prominent dancers, who will be performing in its upcoming Fall Series. BalletX is Philly’s premier contemporary ballet company, comprised of ten dancers, all in their early 20s. From November 20-24, Fall Series at The Wilma Theater will showcase three world-premieres from renowned choreographers Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb and Matthew Neenan.
CP spoke with Zachary Kapeluck, 22 [from Pittsburgh, now in South Philly], Caili Quan, 25 [originally from Guam, now in Chinatown], and Jaime Lennon, 25 [from West Chester], as well as Mari Kraske, Communications Manager at BalletX.
Let’s check out what they each had to share with Campus Philly as they gear up for Opening Night!
Campus Philly (CP): What do you love most about the city of Philadelphia?
Zachary Kapeluck (ZK): I really like living in cities; I’ve always been a city boy. I just like the feel of the downtown area with all the good restaurants, shops, and people.
CP: How did you end up becoming a part of BalletX?
Jaime Lennon (JL): I became a part of BalletX on a whim in 2010. They needed a replacement dancer at the time. Christine Cox, Co-Artistic and Executive Director, taught at the studio and asked if I wanted to dance with BalletX. I ended up filling in for a spot, and they eventually kept me. It was pretty sweet!
ZK: I got the job through a former dancer and choreographer at BalletX, Tobin Del Cuore, who I met while at Point Park University. When Tobin heard BalletX had an opening for a guy, he recommended me. I took a class with the company, and I got the job! Tobin is the reason I am here!
CP: How have you been preparing (mentally, physically, etc.) for your upcoming performances?
Caili Quan (CQ): The work is very new to me; I have never done movement like this before. I like to go over the choreography in the morning, then again when I am warming up.
JL: Since we are doing really grounded movement that we don’t normally do in ballet, we have to be more mindful to roll out and ice especially when we go home. Getting lots of sleep is important too!
CP: How has Philly and its resources influenced your dance career?
ZK: Matt Neenan, Artistic Director and one of the Fall Series choreographers and Christine Cox have strong connections to the Pennsylvania Ballet. Dancers will come over on their off time. It is good to have experienced dancers in the room with you!
CP: How does BalletX set itself apart from other dance companies?
JL: We are doing a lot of new work. We are having 6 world premieres this 2013-2014 season. It is quite unusual because it is unheard of to have this many premieres in just one season! But we are doing it!
CP: Since its launch 2 months ago, Campus Philly’s Open Arts Program has taken off, and Fall Series is your first event being promoted by the program. In the future, what do you hope to gain from your relationship with Open Arts Philly?
Mari Kraske (MK): The college audience is very important to BalletX. Getting access to those students, who really use word-of-mouth and social media, is important for us in terms of growing our audience. College students have a lot to offer. People, who don’t have exposure, will turn into fans almost instantly! We hope to introduce people to the company and turn them into life-long fans!
CP: Any final words for CP readers?
CQ: I would have to say a younger generation would enjoy watching our show. For example, friends of mine would relate more!
MK: It is going to be a varied program with 3 world-premieres, all being different. Audiences will definitely get a lot of bang for their buck. I can assure you they won’t be disappointed!
Thanks to Jaime, Zachary, Caili, and Mari for taking the time to share their stories and provide a glimpse into what to expect from Fall Series. Congrats on all their successes, and best of luck with their upcoming performances! In parting, Jaime had this to say: “Dance can give audiences a new way to love [the arts] but also helps them find something new that inspires them.” Come out to BalletX’s Fall Series, and find what inspires you!
BalletX is teaming up with CP’s Open Arts program, offering student discounted tickets for just $22! For tickets and more information, click HERE.
You can contact Jeffrey Urbano for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.