March 29th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
As Mayor of this incredible city, my mission every single day is to make Philadelphia a place where people want to live and work. With the spring semester fully underway, I’d like to extend an invitation, share some advice, and make a request to all of you as you make your summer plans.
I invite you to spend your summer living and working here in Philadelphia. As you know, this is a great place to go to school, but it’s an even better place to live and work. I’d love for you to get a taste of that this summer with an internship or, if you’re about to graduate, your first job after college.
While you’re here, my advice to you is to make time to get to know the city. Campus Philly is here to help you do that. Look out for their My Philly Summer program for summer interns and sign up for their newsletter. Plus, there is plenty for you to see, do and experience while you are in Philadelphia. Make sure you check out the great arts and culture this city has to offer. Stop by Reading Terminal Market or one of the unique restaurants in your own neighborhood. Join a few hundred thousand of your closest friends on the Ben Franklin Parkway for the July 4th fireworks. Take in a game at Citizens Bank Park.
And finally, my ask. Consider committing to Philadelphia – staying here, making a difference here, and building a future here. Our city is full of opportunity for young people. Not only are there amazing jobs available, but we also have a vibrant environment and high quality of life at a lower cost than many other cities. Selfishly, I know that Philadelphia needs you – your energy, your creativity, your great minds and your hearts to help us thrive and to address some of the challenges that lie ahead.
I hope to see you around this summer!
Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Learn about Campus Philly’s Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31 and launching in Philly at campusphilly.org/launchevents.
March 16th, 2017 by Dan Jacob
Music, food, events, and activities coupled with great weather is a recipe for an amazing summer. Philly has all the components to keep you occupied while you enjoy your well-deserved break.
Starting with music, Philly is no slouch when it comes to concerts. The Roots host their eponymous picnic concert every year at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The lineup this summer for The Roots Picnic is filled with big names such as Pharrell, Solange, and Lil’ Wayne and many more. Keeping up with tradition, Jay-Z’s Made in America concert has quickly become a Philly favorite. Held on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Made in America celebrates 4th of July weekend in the birthplace of America. Acts like Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, and Coldplay will be performing amongst many others.
On the outside, the Art Museum serves as the venue for Made in America, but on the inside the Art Museum will continue to feature exhibits throughout the summer. Such as a photographic exhibit – Wild: Michael Nichols, Philadelphia Assembled an exhibit that intertwines art and civic engagement, and Phulkari a collection of embroidered textiles from Punjab. Art deserves its own festival too, thankfully the artful neighborhood that is Manayunk hosts the Manayunk Arts Festival where for two days, hundreds of artists come to sell their own paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry and more.
Of course, we have to talk about food. Philly is a foodie haven, in the summer we turn it up a notch. The Night Market alone is enough to get you excited, imagine your favorite food trucks on campus, now picture a full block of them, uninterrupted by traffic each serving up their own delicious creations. Everyone gets in on the action, local giant Wawa hosts their Wawa Welcome America Party every year. From June 29th, up until 4th of July. Enjoy music, events, performances and lots and lots of food. Finally, the most notable Philly delicacy: the Philly cheesesteak is getting the fest it deserves. Held at Citizen’s Bank Park, the Cheesesteak & Food Fest offers samples of other local delicacies like hoagies and pretzels, along with games, competitions, and well – cheesesteaks!
Spending time with good people in great weather is an event in itself. Some of my personal favorite outdoor chill spots include: Penn’s Landing, where you get a great view of the Delaware River and Harbor Park an extension of Penn’s Landing which illuminates the pier of Penn’s Landing literally. Hanging light crystals adorn the trees along the walkway, along with hammocks, and food shacks. And my personal favorite- The Art Museum. With a view of the city right down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the steps of the Art Museum are a prime location for kickin’ back and basking in the great weather.
I can go on forever but enough about my summer in Philly! Let’s make sure you’re here to experience it for yourself. Start your planning with Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31, and apply to jobs and internships right here in Philadelphia.
February 13th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
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 Philly.com 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!
January 31st, 2017 by Lindsay Allen
It was time to rip off the band aid and do what I came to Philly for: explore and broaden my knowledge with real experiences. I wanted to go beyond the walls and halls of my campus to divulge myself in the culture of Philadelphia.
I gathered my friends, charged my camera, searched for that last SEPTA token in my wallet, and then set off for a day meandering up and down South Street. We were all ecstatic and ready to complete our “must-see” to do list. Our first mission was food, and we soon realized this was going to be an easy find, but a very hard decision.
From pizza to BBQ, they had it all—and we finally decided on Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop for mind-blowing sandwiches and incredible house cut fries and truffle whiz. I am a sucker for meatball subs, and let me tell you, this did NOT disappoint. As I bit into the toasted garlic roll, it all simply melted into my taste buds and left me wanting more. But wait, it gets better, the crispy home cut fries were already perfect, then you dipped in the homemade truffle whiz—yum! I am always hesitant to spend money on food, but in the end, it’s always worth it, especially in Philly. If you ever find yourself wandering up and down South Street, make sure you wander yourself over to Woodrow’s.
After we filled our bellies and washed down the goodness with some chai from the Bean Cafe, we were ready to shop. If you’re a vintage junkie like myself, then South Street is your go to place. As we walked down the street, I would stop all the girls and send them into every vintage shop we saw. The one that stood out the most to me and one I will be visiting often was Retrospect Vintage. Not only did it have an assortment of clothes, but furniture, jewelry, trinkets, and much more. The history and stories collected into this one store was amazing and overwhelming, and I plan to go back soon and seek out every inch!
While making our way back to the South Street SEPTA station, we made one last stop– Big Gay Ice Cream! Why not finish our perfect day with a cherry on top? The options array to satisfy every craving out there. In addition to the delectable ice cream, the vibe of this place is one-of-a- kind and a must see for yourself place.
As a college student living and going to school in Philadelphia, it is so important that I take advantage of my surroundings and the city that is my extended campus. The opportunities are endless, the memories made are priceless, and the places to take pictures are bottomless!
Gather your friends and get out there, I promise you it is worth it.
January 12th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
The simple act of making a dinner reservation can spark a Philadelphia adventure. So far, I’ve made two– Osteria and Sampan– for the end of the month during Restaurant Week!
Want to get in on the Restaurant Week action? From January 22-27 and January 29-February 3, participating restaurants will offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person. In addition, many participating restaurants will also offer a three-course lunch for $20.Use m.CenterCityPhila.org to search participating restaurants, check menus and make reservations on your phone.
And don’t let the fun stop after your feast, make a night of it!
–For dinner and a show, check out our Open Arts calendar for great musical and theatrical deals. P.S. If you aren’t a OA member yet, use this promo code: social1617 to become one.
–Go ice skating at Rothman Rink! City Hall acts as a fantastic backdrop for a memorable skate session. If you happen to be going on a Tuesday, you’re in luck! Tuesday = College Skate Night at the Rink.
It’s no surprise that Restaurant Week is such popular affair. We don’t want you to be a sad, tableless person, so make your reservations today! And of course, bon appétit!
December 8th, 2016 by Zipporah Dixon
“Students of Philadelphia” showcases just a few of the many talented and creative students that inhabit our amazing city. In this mini series, we will introduce you to some of Philly’s young, talented and ambitious students.
Meet Campus Philly interns, Zipporah Dixon and Nakie Uzeiri from Arcadia University:
Now that you have a feel for some of the creative students all around Philadelphia, we thought you may like to know about the people who’ve brought Students of Philadelphia to you. We are two of Campus Philly’s interns, Zipporah Dixon and Nakie Uzeiri. We came up with the idea for this piece, because as two seniors in college, we both realize how amazing it has been to be able to be in Philly for the past four years. We wanted to celebrate people we know, people we don’t know, things we love and things that are special to us that many people don’t notice in the city. We’ve interviewed others about the City of Brotherly Love, so now we want you to know a little bit about us:
Zipporah Dixon: So Nakie, is there anything you learned while we’ve interned here at Campus Philly?
Nakie Uzeiri: Campus Philly was more than just an internship experience for me. I learned more about what I want to do post-graduation and definitely did more than just ‘gain experience.’ I was able to connect with the city of Philadelphia in a way I honestly had never done before. I was given opportunities to explore different neighborhoods in Philly and different museums, which allowed me to see a different side of the art scene throughout the city. I really enjoyed the work I did while here; video editing, blogging and representing the ‘student view’ of Philly. In my eyes, Students of Philadelphia was a huge success and if it is continued after I’m gone, I will definitely keep an eye out for it! The best thing about my past semester here would have to be everyone in the office. This is one of the most welcoming working environments I have ever been in and the entire staff cares so deeply about what they do. Seeing people extremely passionate and considerate for the students of Philadelphia is inspiring to see as young professional, and it is how I strive to be when I enter the professional world.
ZD: I’m glad you got a lot out of our time here! I definitely think we landed an awesome place to have an internship.
NU: Yeah me too, what about you, Zeph?
ZD: While being an intern at Campus Philly, I definitely learned a lot about myself not only professionally, but also personally. As corny as it may sound, it’s given me the chance to go out and explore Philadelphia and see all the neighborhoods that I’ve been saying I’d go see. I love art and museums, so I got to go to some ones I’d never even heard of before. I had the chance to just go and find some places around the city that I really love. As Campus Philly’s editorial intern, I’ve been reassured that I really do love writing and reviewing places. I looked forward to doing my “Weekly Picks,” reviewing events or seeing things I thought other college kids would be interested in. I liked being able to give my opinion on things and inform people about what’s going on around the city. I also just really loved everyone at the Campus Philly office, everyone is so nice and helpful and really funny, I’m definitely going to miss coming into the office every week!
ZD & NU: Well, we’re signing off, folks. This has been a great experience and we hope you enjoyed learning about people just like you, the students of Philadelphia!
We will miss you, Nakie and Zipporah! The special thing about interning at Campus Philly? You can always come back and visit. We look forward to getting our first post-intern visit from them! Do you know an inspiring, Philadelphia-based student who we should keep our eye on for a future profile? Send them our way!
December 5th, 2016 by Zipporah Dixon
All these holiday events happening around Philly make it easy AND hard for me to put my weekly picks, a.k.a. “Z’s Picks,” together. Easy because there are so many events; hard because they’re all good! Below you’ll find what I have my eye on for this week. Whatever you decide to do, we know you’re going to have a great time exploring your extended campus, the City of Philadelphia!
Q102’s Jingle Ball | Wednesday, December 7
Calling all music lovers! With performers such as Tove Lo, Shawn Mendes, DNCE, Fifth Harmony and Ellie Goudling, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Grab your buds, and head to the Wells Fargo Center for a night of the hottest songs on the radio right now.
‘Hairspray Live!’ Viewing Party | Wednesday, December 7 | 21+
If you’re like me, you’re super excited for Hairspray Live! to air on television. On Wednesday, join all the other excited people at Tavern on Camac for a free viewing party! Drinks will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis, and the show will be projected on a large screen.
Historic Holiday Nights in Old City | Thursday, December 8
Head to Old City this Thursday for Historic Holiday Nights, which runs every Thursday until December 22nd. 45 shops, restaurants and museums open up their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. with special deals and an extended happy hour for those of age. This is a great way to explore Old City, and cross a few people off of your Christmas list!
Johnson House Holiday Caroling and Food Basket Giveaway | Thursday, December 8
Looking to do some good this Holiday Season? Join some carolers who will be heading down the 6300 block of Germantown Ave. singing some classic holiday tunes. Following the caroling, the Germantown Business alliance will be delivering food baskets to families in need. Sweet ending alert: There will be cookies and hot apple cider at the Johnson House!
Pennsylvania Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” | Friday, December 9
This is a Philadelphia tradition that’s been going on for 48 years! Dancing snowflakes, sword-fighting mice and princesses in tutu’s retell George Balanchine’s classic tale. Starting December 9th, there will be various performances, so make like a dancing sugar plum and go see the show!
So there you have it– my picks for this week! If you have any comments or suggestions for any future events, don’t hesitate to let us know!
December 2nd, 2016 by Zipporah Dixon
“Students of Philadelphia” showcases just a few of the many talented and creative students that inhabit our amazing city. In this mini series, we will introduce you to some of Philly’s young, talented and ambitious students.
Meet Maura Weaver from Arcadia University:
MW: Hi! My name is Maura Weaver, I’m 21 years old, and I’m an international studies major (pre-law) at Arcadia University.
ZD: How do you like living in Philadelphia?
MW: I really like Philadelphia because I’ve been discovering really cool parts, like Spruce Street Harbor Park. Plus, it’s the most historically important city in America and I’m all about history.
ZD: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Philly? Do you have a special place in Philly that’s your special, (perhaps) getaway spot?
MW: My favorite spot in Philly is Rittenhouse Square because you can just sit, have a cup of coffee, and people watch.
ZD: Since you moved to Philadelphia, have you discovered something new about yourself?
MW: Since I’ve come to Philly and started at Arcadia, I’ve realized I have a talent and a knack for ceramics!
ZD: How has Philadelphia influenced your art form? Has the city inspired you in any way?
MW: I never really saw Philly as an “art city,” but that changed very quickly after I moved here and went to all the awesome museums and cultural venues (a lot of them have great student discounts, by the way). Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on South Street really influenced my ceramics because I took a lot of what I saw in there and tried to add it into my own work.
ZD: So we know about the Cheesesteak scene here in Philadelphia, but where’s your favorite place in Philly to grab a bite to eat?
MW: I really love shawarma and there are some really good food trucks in Philly that serve it!
ZD: What’s your one piece of advice for those considering coming to Philly for school?
MW: My best advice for students in Philadelphia would just be to explore. Try things you’ve never tried! Random foods, different places you’ve never even thought of going to– that’s how I discovered Spruce Street Harbor Park! I just happened to stumble upon it one day because I was exploring.
You heard Maura– get out and explore your extended campus, the City of Philadelphia! If you know someone who should be featured, let us know.
November 29th, 2016 by Zipporah Dixon
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Did you sleep in? I sure did! Now that I’m (kind of) refreshed and ready for this week, it’s time for Z’s Weekly Picks! We’re officially in holiday season territory, and lots of festive events are coming up. Here are a few things to look forward to this week (besides all the leftover Thanksgiving foods, of course).
City Hall is your one stop shop for lights, trees, a holiday market and ice skating. With all that in one place, you can’t avoid being bit by the holiday cheer bug.
Grab a nice cup of coffee from Joe’s Coffee and round up your friends and head to Rittenhouse Square this Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the annual Christmas tree lighting! The 30 ft. twinkling tree sets the tone for people strolling through the very instagram-able Square.
This Wednesday, you can head to the Good King Tavern to help them celebrate their third anniversary with some great drink and food deals. If you’re in the mood for something different, they’ll be serving small French-fare plates. For a food lover, this pay-as-you-go event is great place to dip your toes into the Philly food scene!
If you’re looking to explore a little out of Center City, make your way to Chestnut Hill on Wednesday evening for the first Stag and Doe Night of the holiday season. You and your friends can enjoy some Christmas carolers, some holiday treats like roasted chestnuts (Chestnuts from Chestnut Hill!), tree lights and extended hours of the Chestnut Hill shops! You won’t want to miss one of the Hill’s oldest traditions.
Personally, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is wearing ugly Christmas sweaters! This Friday, climb the Rocky steps to get to the the ultimate Ugly Sweater Party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Imagine yourself in an awesome museum in your not so awesome holiday sweater sipping on hot chocolate (spiked hot chocolate if you’re of age), snapping selfies in a photobooth, and enjoying live performances. That. Could. Be. You.
So there you have it! Z’s Weekly picks up until December 4th. How is it December already?! If you have any suggestions or any feedback from these events, definitely let us know what’s happening around Philly! Tweet us @CampusPhilly.
November 21st, 2016 by Zipporah Dixon
As you’re all getting out your stretchy pants and gearing up to stuff your faces with some awesome food, don’t forget about all the amazing things there are to do in Philly this week! Sit back, relax, and enjoy a plateful of Z’s weekly picks!
Before you get your grub on, head out to Ben Franklin Parkway to see the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country. Celebrating its 97th year, head out to catch the 1.4 mile long parade, with some of your faves like Curious George, Mr. Potato Head, The Grinch and Kermit hitting the Parkway. If you can’t be there in person, you can catch all the festivities on 6ABC.
Head down to Dilworth Park next to City Hall for ice skating AND holiday shopping. Before or after you show off your moves on the ice, you can walk around and do a little shopping. Maybe even cross a few people off of your holiday shopping list!
If you’re out shopping on Friday, make your way to the Wanamaker Building on Market Street for the Macy’s Holiday Light Show. Shows occur daily, beginning on Thanksgiving, continuing to New Year’s Eve, and typically start around noon, and the finale of the day ends with a final light show and some awesome holiday music played on the famous Wanamaker Organ.
The Market is always chugging along the good food express but something else is on the tracks during the holiday season– Reading Terminal’s 500 ft Holiday Railroad! It runs about a third of a mile in length, and if you’re able to count them all, it features 17 train lines!
Looking for ice skating with a view? Head over to Penn’s Landing for the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, where you’ll discover an Olympic-sized skating rink, an indoor lodge for food and drinks, and an amazing view of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
So there you have it, my picks for the week! Let us know how everything was or if you have any suggestions! Tweet us @CampusPhilly.