June 18, 2013
Want to be Philadelphia’s next top model? Come out to Frankford Hall tonight.
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation is looking for real-life Philadelphians to try their hand at modeling in a series of photo shoots throughout the neighborhoods of Philadelphia this summer.
Come out to one of two casting call opportunities this month to meet representatives from the organization, have your picture taken and enjoy a snack.
No modeling experience is required!
Families, couples, singles, kids (ages five and above) and grandparents are encouraged to come out and bring their best smiles. No one is excluded! Visit Philly is looking for Philadelphians of all sexes, races and orientations.
If you’re selected to participate in a photo shoot, you’ll get to spend a couple hours at a regional attraction, restaurant or shop, and you’ll make a few extra dollars while you’re at it.
Plus, your face could appear on ads, in newspapers, on websites — maybe even on a billboard.
Just pick the date and location that works best for you (see below), RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, all you need to do is show up and smile for the camera!
Casting Call #1: Fishtown
When: June 18, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Casting Call #2: Bella Vista
When: June 25, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street
June 18, 2013
As the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania turns up the heat on its summer concerts.
To ring in summer on the eve of the summer solstice, the arboretum hosts a Summer Solstice Salsa Party this Thursday, June 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Grab a lawn chair, pack a picnic and bring your best dance partner to shimmy to the sounds of salsa and Latin jazz group Café Con Pan Band, set to perform from 7 to 8 p.m.
Show up early, though, to pick up new dance moves. Before the concert, from 6 to 7 p.m. Cheryl Ingram, owner of Lace It Up Dance Studio, will offer free salsa dance lessons.
Plus, sample craft brews from nearby Iron Hill Brewery in Chestnut Hill and fresh salsas.
Parking is limited, so advance purchase and carpooling are recommended. Tickets are per car, not per person, and are $25 per car in advance, and $30 per car at the door. Members receive a $5 discount.
Purchase tickets online now to save $5 on admission.
Summer Solstice Salsa Party at Morris Arboretum
When: Thursday, June 20, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost: $25 per car in advance; $30 per car at the door
More info: www.morrisarboretum.org
June 18, 2013
This Friday is the official first day of summer, and what better way to celebrate than with an excellent outdoor event.
Free film screenings and food truck fare join forces this Friday, June 21, at Mt. Airy’s first Moonlight Movies and Dining Under The Stars event of the summer.
Bring out your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to Lovett Library Park for a free screening of Life of Pi, a recent box office hit. The film begins at 8:30 p.m.
Before the movie, local restuarnat Zea May’s Kitchen will be on hand to provide Native American-inspired eats and a large supply of vegetarian and vegan fare. Enjoy your fair share of legumes, bison, empanadas and a variety of soup.
For a sweet snack, Little Baby’s Ice Cream is slated to provide its deliciously off-the-wall dairy and non-dairy frozen treats.
The food trucks serve hungry patrons from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The summer series continues through Friday, August 16. Films range in type from classic films to recent blockbusters, consult the film schedule here and below to catch your favorite summer flick.
Each screening sees a rotation of food trucks, so eats of all sort can be sampled.
In the case of rain, head to the Cliveden Carriage House for an indoor screening.
Moonlight Movies and Dining Under The Stars
When: Fridays, June 21-August 16, Food Trucks, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Film, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lovett Library Park, 6945 Germantown Avenue
More info: www.gomtairy.com
June 18, 2013
You’ve read her column, “The Buzz,” in In Touch Weekly, seen her rocking the red carpet for E! News at top award shows and might be lost if it weren’t for the fashion and beauty tips she shares as Style Editor for NBC’s The Today Show.
And now, you can have Bobbie Thomas’ style secrets at your fingertips with her brand-new book, The Power of Style.
As if that weren’t exciting enough, this fabulous fashion guru is paying a visit to Philadelphia for a special girls night out book signing event this week. The best part? You’re invited.
Join Skai Blue Media at its Midtown Village space for a festive meet and greet and Q&A session with Thomas hosted by Philadelphia Style magazine’s editor in chief, Kristine Detterline, this Wednesday, June 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy cocktails and sweet treats, indulge in mini manicures and blow outs at the complimentary beauty bar and get the chance for Thomas to autograph your favorite page of the book.
If you don’t already own her new style bible, don’t worry, copies will be available for purchase at the event.
Girl’s Night Out: The Power of Style & Bobbie Thomas
When: Wednesday, June 19, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Skai Blue Media, 109 S. 13th Street, Suite 119A
More info: www.skaibluemedia.com
June 17, 2013
We spent some quality time at Merion for the U.S. Open over the last week and it was a pretty great experience. We’d been looking forward to the tournament coming to town for a while now and it did not let us down. Not only were we excited for the golf, but for the entire experience: the history, the economic impact, the city getting into it, and all the attention it was bringing to Philadelphia.
So the tournament was great, and Merion and Philadelphia both shined… despite less than 100% cooperation from Mother Nature. But we’d be lying if we said that, in the end, we weren’t a little disappointed when Phil didn’t win his first U.S. Open Championship on Sunday here at Merion. He was in the lead after the first, second and third rounds, but after a round on Sunday during which he couldn’t get any of his putts to drop, he finished second to England’s Justin Rose. This is the sixth time Mickelson has finished runner-up at the U.S. Open, which is a record.
It just felt like this was Phil’s week. (Like when he did this on the 9th hole on Thursday. And this on the 18th hole on Thursday. And this on the 17th hole on Saturday. And this on the 10th hole on Sunday.)
And Phil felt it too. In a post-round interview, he talked about his love for Merion and Philadelphia, and how much coming so close this time only to come up short hurt.
Question: Playing here in the Philly area and hearing the happy birthdays all around, did you get a special feeling they were behind you?
Phil, Answer: Yeah, the people here have been fabulous. And to look at the members and what they’ve done and the homeowners, what they’ve sacrificed to allow this tournament to come back is pretty cool. The way the community has wanted this and supports this tournament, more so than just about any place we’ve ever been.
We’ve played U.S. Opens at great golf courses where the membership voted not to have us back. Here they want us back, they’re opening their homes to the USGA for the infrastructure. Coming out when they can’t really see too much, coming out to be a part of the tournament. It’s great the way the city of Philadelphia has supported this tournament. I hope we have a chance to come back.
Us too, Phil. Us too. (And hopefully the USGA doesn’t wait 32 years next time to bring it back.)
Check out a few more quotes from Phil about his love for the course below, plus a video of his amazing eagle on 10 on Sunday.
June 17, 2013
The phenomenal Parisian-imported pop-up fete, Dîner en Blanc returns to Philadelphia this August for its second year of intriguing white-clad celebrations.
On Thursday, August 22, 2300 participants will take over an iconic Philadelphia public space for an evening of dining, drinking, dancing, fashion, music and pageantry.
Dîner en Blanc started as a casual reunion for a small group of Parisian friends, who all wore white (hence the “blanc”) to ensure easy recognition of one another. That was 1988.
In 2013, the worldwide event celebrates its 25th anniversary with tens of thousands of white-clad revelers attending private, pop-up picnic parties at to-be-disclosed, highly visible locations in 40 of cities across the globe — including Philadelphia.
Last year, the Dîner made its debut in Philly when 1300 guests descended upon the secret pop-up location that was revealed the night of the event to be Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Circle.
Joining the Dîner — which is part impromptu dinner party, part top-secret scavenger hunt and part elegant soiree — takes a lot of enthusiasm and a bit of determination, especially for those who did not attend last year. There are a number of steps to take and rules to follow, not the least of which is to wear only white.
If you didn’t join the party last year, register now to get on the waiting list and secure an official invitation. The waiting list is now open here.
For those who attended last year, you will receive an invitation to re-activate your membership when you are notified to register in July. Registered members are invited automatically in phase one, and then will have an opportunity to sponsor a friend in phase two.
For more information and to sign up for the waiting list, click here.
Stay tuned for more details and tips as the pop-up picnic nears, but take our advice start planning what to to wear and how to pack now. A few tips: Pack light, wear comfortable (white) shoes and bring extra sparklers.
Get ready for a little joie de vivre!
Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia
When: Thursday, August 22
Cost: $50 per couple; plus $5 membership for new attendees
More info: www.philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info
June 17, 2013
Big news, food fans. The ever-expanding restaurant empire of Philadelphia super chef Marc Vetri continues to grow with today’s announcement that Vetri has just signed the lease for a new restaurant space at The Navy Yard slated to open next summer.
With the upcoming Pizzeria Vetri opening at 20th and Callowhill streets on track to open later this summer, it was only a matter of time before Vetri settled on his next project.
Announced via a casual photo on Instagram and then confirmed on Twitter, Vetri will open a full-service restaurant and bar in Building 500, a 4,700-square-foot former gatehouse located at 4501 S. Broad Street at the entrance to The Navy Yard.
Though most details are still in the works, this seventh restaurant in the Vetri Family of Restaurants and will be, naturally, based on a neighborhood Italian trattoria, and is slated to feature around 150 seats inside, plus a large outdoor dining patio. The name of the forthcoming restaurant will be The Brig, a reference to its location at the Navy Yard. The new space will be open after normal Navy Yard business hours, too, opening up the complex in a brand-new way.
For those who work at The Navy Yard, residents of South Philly and visitors to the nearby Sports Complex, Vetri’s new restaurant will provide a much-needed dining addition to the neighborhood, which is fast developing.
Existing food options include Shop 543, the cafe at the Urban Outfitters headquarters, DiNic’s Roast Beef and Pork, Jharoka Cafe, and the weekly Lunch Truck Lineup food truck series. The addition of this amenity to The Navy Yard joins the growing plans for the sprawling campus, which include a restaurant and bar within the Courtyard by Marriott, and a cafe within Building 489 and a medical office building.
And now, we’re already looking forward to next summer.
June 17, 2013
This summer, some of Philly’s most talented local artists take the stage at the Race Street Pier for Third Thursdays Live and Local, a new free music series featuring both established and up-and-coming talent.
The first performance is this Thursday, June 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. and celebrates Black Music Month. This week, listen to the varied sounds of Dice Raw, Lushlife, Jade Alston, D’Vina and DJ Benz.
Performing musicians are hand-selected by local producers, artists and promoters, and presented by the good people at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.
The series continues throughout the summer on Thursday, July 18, August 15 and September 19, so stay tuned for more information on upcoming artists.
Each event centers around a varying genre of music. So, no matter your preference, an assortment of musical options are available.
Enjoy the cool breeze off the Delaware River while grooving to the music from Philly’s next big musicians.
Third Thursdays Live and Local at Race Street Pier
When: Thursdays, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
More info: www.delawareriverwaterfront.com
June 17, 2013
Get excited, Rolling Stones fans. Philadelphia is one of eight American cities selected to be a stop on the Rolling Stones’ 50 and Counting Tour.
The tour commemorates the band’s five decade history; from Gimme Shelter to Start Me Up to Satisfaction.
The iconic band is set to rock the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, June 18 and Friday, June 21.
In celebration of the Rolling Stones’ all-new tour, Mayor Michael Nutter and Comcast-Spectacor dub June 17 through 21 Rolling Stones Week in Philadelphia.
Celebrating Rolling Stones Week in Philadelphia is easy; residents and local business owners are encouraged to show their fandom by decorating their homes and businesses with Rolling Stones memorabilia, attending one of the concerts or renaming menu items to something Rolling Stones-centric.
The Rolling Stones’ history with Philadelphia is extensive. They were the final band to perform in the former JFK Stadium (now the Wells Fargo Center) and performed a record-breaking three concert “trifecta” in the City of Brotherly Love in 2002.
On Tuesday, June 18, country singer Brad Paisley, is slated to open the show.
Tickets for this week’s performances are available online.
Concert attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to donate to Philabundance.
The Rolling Stones’ 50 and Counting Tour
When: June 18 and 21, 8 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost: $67 and up
More info: www.comcasttix.com
June 17, 2013
Ready to tap into your creative side?
Brooklyn-born education, co-working and collaboration space 3rd Ward opened the doors of its brand-new Philadelphia outpost just last month, and creativity oozes from every brick of the three-story building.
The sprawling 27,000-square-foot space in South Kensington near Fishtown is a dynamic destination for enterprising lifetime learners, with inter-disciplinary classes in art, craftsmanship, photography, digital design, business development and more.
With nine fully equipped classrooms (Computer lab? Check. Wood shop? Coming soon.) and an ambitious schedule of around 65 classes a month, 3rd Ward aims to bring hands-on education to anyone with a desire to learn. Plus, with local teachers tapped to instruct, it’s more than an education center — it’s a community center.
Where do you sign up, you ask? Check out the full schedule of classes online.
Or, get involved in the 3rd Ward community right now by joining in Learn.Make.Inspire., an online competition and photo hunt that culminates in a show at 3rd Ward Philadelphia later this summer.
Share photos via Facebook and collect votes for a chance at $5,000 in prizes and a feature in 3rd Ward’s creative showcase this summer.
To participate, just share photos of what you’re learning, making or what you’re inspired by before July 2 at 4 p.m.
Then, anyone and everyone can vote through July 12 for which entries they find most inspiring for a chance at the prizes, which include $1,000 cash to $4,500 in classes at 3rd Ward and a spot in the showcase as a jury-selected participant or as a top-voted entrant.
Full disclosure, Uwishunu has been tapped to sit on the jury panel alongside such locals as Art Star Philly founders Megan Brewster and Erin Waxman, SideArts CEO and founder Todd Hestan, Philadelphia magazine arts and entertainment editor Victor Fiorillo, Design Philadelphia founder Hilary Jay, WHYY Newsworks innovations reporter Zack Seward and Technically Philly reporter Juliana Reyes.
Intrigued? Check out the current submissions here, then start snapping to share your creativity with 3rd Ward.
3rd Ward Philadelphia
When: Classes, ongoing; Contest entry through July 2
Where: 1227 N. 4th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.philly.3rdward.com