February 28th, 2017 by Dan Jacob
This week get out and celebrate finales, grand openings, free admissions and a neighborhood’s twist on Restaurant Week!
Black History Month Finale
Today marks the last day of Black History Month. Throughout the month, there have been many events at various locations, it’s not too late to partake in the festivities. Black History Untold wraps up their month-long event tonight at WHYY Studios, and workshops such as A Taste of African Heritage at the Parkway Central Library
Museum galore this Sunday
This Sunday at The Barnes Foundation will be completely free as part of their Free First Sunday! Every first Sunday of each month traverse the galleries and check out the Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie exhibit, all for free!
If, the Barnes wasn’t enough to satisfy your art craving, the Philadelphia Museum of Art kicks off their Pay-What-You-Wish Sundays this week. Every first Sunday of each month, visitors will be able to pay as much as they wish to enjoy exhibits like American Watercolor.
Spring is in the air, with Franklin Square officially opening March 1st . Franklin Square is a great spot to hangout and enjoy the great weather with food, drinks, mini-golf and more.
East Passyunk Restaurant Week
And you thought restaurant week was over. This week reserve your table at a number of restaurants participating in East Passyunk Restaurant Week . For just $15, $25, or $35 experience a 3 course meal on a range of diverse foods!
February 22nd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
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 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 20th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
With the first week of classes under your belt, you deserve a great weekend. We hope our event picks inspire you to try new things and explore your extended campus, Philadelphia!
— See a classic at a classic! Check out a midnight viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Ritz at the Bourse.
— Dance, jam or rock out with your friends at one of these music events happening in the city.
— Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Penn Museum, Reading Terminal Market, Bing Bing Dim Sum and more!
— For 21+’ers — Lace up your ice skates and grab a pint at Blue Cross RiverRink’s Third Annual Winterfest Brewfest.
— FYI! Thousands are expected to attend Saturday’s Women’s March on Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Find out more here.
— Get out and dine in! Sunday marks the beginning of Center City District’s Restaurant Week. It’s the most delicious way to get out and explore. Closer to Ambler? Check out the Ambler Restaurant Week, happening until Monday, January 23.
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.
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 14th, 2016 by Zipporah Dixon
It’s a new week, which means fresh starts, new opportunities, more classes and most importantly, my– a.k.a. ‘Z’s’– Weekly Picks! Looking for events and places to head to this week, look no further, I have you covered on all things Philadelphia this week.
Have fun, be safe and enjoy everything the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection has to offer.
Simmons is one of three founders of Rush Arts Gallery and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which originally started in New York City, but Simmons has decided to relocate to our wonderful city in order to open another Rush Arts Gallery here. Danny Simmons paints as well, and his exhibit at Art Sanctuary shows off his abstract expressionist style of art, most of which was done after the move to Philly (get it…Mostly Philly!)
Round up your friends, bundle up in your warmest clothing, and grab a hot chocolate! This event has awesome treats, lights, cheer and it’s completely free (a college student’s favorite word). There’s also a few other events going on at Franklin Square including some delicious eats from SquareBurger, a holiday express train, and a beer garden for those of you that are of age.
Now is the time to head City Hall and test out your ice skating skills on Rothman Ice Rink! Tuesday, November 16– and every Tuesday night until Feb. 21– is College Night at the Rink. Grab your buds and head to Fado Irish Pub on Locust Street to have a bite to eat in an awesome Irish Pub and warm up before heading to City Hall for some fun on ice. College Night lets students get in for $2, not including renting the skates.
This annual event has people come from all over to share their stories and experiences on stage. Past participants of this festival have included people such as musicians Toni Morrison and Talib Kweli, activist Angela Davis, celebrity chef, Marcus Samuelsson, and actress Janeane Garofalo. Come out and share your stories with others ready to listen and learn as well as talk about their experiences as well!
If you need to re-up on feeling good, head out to this weekend’s Philadelphia Marathon weekend and cheer runners on! From Boathouse Row, historic downtown, to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, you can send words of encouragement to 60,000+ runners from all over the world.