2016 Fringe Festival

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Dates:
September 9-24, 2016

Each year, the Fringe Festival brings local, national and international art to Philadelphia with a more than two-week-long extravaganza drawing upwards of 40,000 people.

For its 20th year, the 2016 festival will run from September 9-24 at more than a dozen neighborhoods in and around the city.

This year’s lineup features more artists than ever before with 15 world-class productions curated by festival organizer FringeArts, over 150 independently produced shows, a full-slate of late night entertainment (much of it free!) and an ever-larger selection of online-only artwork. Most of this year’s shows have never been seen before.

The excitement touches every corner of the city, spreading from the FringeArts headquarters along the Delaware River to South Philly, the Northwest, Kensington and every neighborhood in between. Acclaimed international performers bring progressive performances to Philadelphia’s largest stages. Meanwhile, much-loved and up-and-coming local artists present expansive low-cost art at venues ranging from the conventional to the unlikely.

The 2016 Fringe Festival also has a strong focus on visual art, including collaborations with major art museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation and The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Feastival

Each year, Feastival brings together Philadelphia’s top culinary artists in support of FringeArts and the Fringe Festival. One of the top events of the year, Feastival features more than 70 area restaurants, live entertainment and hundreds of guests.

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FERNANDO ORELLANA

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Opening Reception: September 7-6 – 8 p.m.

Fernando Orellana will continue his investigation of the paranormal for his site-specific installation in PAFA’s Morris Gallery located just over a mile from the Cornerstone B&B. Fernando Orellana: His Study of Life, featuring four robotic machines that will attempt to interact with the ghost of Thomas Eakins a century after his death.

Orellana took inspiration from PAFA’s long-standing tradition of working from the figure, and its wealth of Eakins’ archival materials, to create the installation for the museum’s Morris Gallery exhibition series.

His Study of Life is comprised of four robotic machines outfitted with electromagnetic field (EMF), temperature, and infrared (IR) monitors — tools used by ghost hunters to detect paranormal activity — as well as some of Eakins’ personal possessions from PAFA’s archives. When the monitors sense fluctuations in PAFA’s Morris Gallery, each robot will help Eakins’ ghost carry out a specific action.

The first robot will allow the ghost to open and inspect Eakins’ watercolor box, which includes the artist’s paints and brushes; the second will rotate a red armchair often used as a prop in Eakins’ portraits; and the third will use a series of LED matrices to activate Eakins’ own painting palette and allow his ghost to select and mix his colors.

The fourth and most elaborate robot will allow Eakins to create ghostly drawings of either the photographs that he made when he was alive or new renderings made by his ghost’s direct navigation of the drawing robot.

Given that Eakins’ primary subject was the human figure, the installation will include figure models who will pose for Eakins as they would have done more than 130 years ago in the very same building. While standing in the installation, the figure models will cycle through various poses that Eakins captured in his photography, thereby creating a type of life drawing study for the dead.

(During the hours below, this exhibition will include a nude figure model. No photography of the installation is permitted when the models are in the Morris Gallery.)

Tuesdays: 1 – 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2 – 8 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 – 5 p.m.
Fridays: 1 – 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 1 – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m.

His Study of Life is the latest in Orellana’s recent series of interactive ghost machines, and the first involving a widely-known person. He has previously created work in which personal objects like bells, candlesticks, books, and childhood toys acquired from estate sales of the recently departed would animate when triggered by the presence of their former owner.
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), who taught and exhibited at PAFA in the late 1800s, is inextricably linked with its history and with groundbreaking artistic practices in 19th-century America. As influential as he was controversial, Eakins’ teaching ideas led to a much greater emphasis on the study of human anatomy, including students working from dissections of human cadavers and from the nude model, a practice that had not previously existed in American art schools. Eakins, who also attended PAFA as a student, was dismissed from the faculty in 1886 for what was seen as his over-emphasis on the use of the nude. However, working from the model and other Eakins-era innovations remain central to PAFA’s curriculum even a century after his death.

The upcoming exhibition Thomas Eakins: Photographer, honoring the centenary of Eakins’ death and opening October 19, will present over 60 of his photographs, paintings, and sculpture exploring issues of representation, gender, and sexuality that are as relevant today as when they were made.

 

 

 

The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

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It’s beer garden season in Philadelphia again and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Beer gardens are the ultimate summertime hangout. Why? For so many reasons. For one, it’s hard to beat being outside drinking beer. But one of the biggest reasons we love beer gardens so much is their versatility. Think about it: The open-air hangouts are perfect for a night out with friends, a happy hour with co-workers, dinner and drinks with the family and even a daytime hang with kids. Seriously, many beer gardens become stroller-central during the daytime. And that’s awesome.

Fortunately, Philadelphia has numerous beer gardens for one and all to enjoy. There are the established favorites like Frankford Hall and Morgan’s Pier, as well as new additions and pop-ups like the Spruce Street Harbor Park, The Oval and the PHS Pop-Up Garden.

So whether you’re looking for a litre of draft beer served in an authentic German beer stein (Frankford Hall) or looking to enjoy a local beer in a waterfront hammock garden (Spruce Street Harbor Park), Philadelphia’s beer gardens have you covered.

Below are some of this summers hottest places to down a pint to beat the Philadelphia heat.

Spruce Street Harbor Park
The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s (DRWC) Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for a third year, attracting delighted visitors. Along with ample outdoor seating (including nets suspended over the river), local beer and higher-end grab-and-go food available from cargo containers, the seasonal park features an expanded hammock garden, more arcade games, an urban beach, fountains and a series of barges with lily pad water gardens.

PHS Pop Up Garden On South Street
Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more

June 1 – September 30, 2016
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) offers two Pop Up Gardens in 2016, each with a different vibe via foliage that helps set the mood. One returns to the South Street lot next to Jamaican Jerk Hut, where fragrant herbs, crape myrtles, climbing vines and a tall mulberry tree set a soothing tone. The Khyber Pass Pub oversees the beer and cocktail program, which features a botanical bar, frozen daiquiris and brewery favorites. The menu reflects the diversity of South Philly’s residents via sweet potato summer rolls, Italian charcuterie, and bacon guacamole.

PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park

June 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
New this year, Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park is the second Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden. Landscape architect Walter Hood has merged post-industrial structures with urban green space, blending art, history and red cedars and staghorn sumac. Chefs Jason Cichonski of Ela and The Gaslight and Sylva Senat of Dos Tacos and Maison helm the Bun Box, serving steamed bao and other buns stuffed with tikka masala, Buffalo chicken and more. The garden bar will have six beers on tap (including a special PHS beer from Victory Brewing Co.), canned beers and throwback-to-modern cocktails, from Fish House Punch to blood orange margaritas.

Frankford Hall
A little slice of Munich in Fishtown

Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall seats up to 240 people outside. The space is simple by Starr standards, complete with exposed brick walls, reclaimed industrial materials and ping-pong tables. Classic German foods — pretzels, bratwurst, spätzle — are available at a walk-up counter, as is a hefty beer menu that includes everything from traditional German beers to craft specialties available by the half-liter or liter.

 

Where to Find the Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

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Here in Philly, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. Often imitated around the world, the cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia.

Everyone agrees that the cheesesteak, the celebrated Philadelphia sandwich invented by Pat Olivieri in 1930, should be made with chopped beef and melted cheese. But opinions are strong when it comes to personal preferences about the degree to which said beef is chopped, the type of cheese to be melted, the bread used to make the sandwich, etc.

Those who prefer thinly sliced and finely chopped beef on a light roll often cite Roxborough’s Dalessandro’s as cheesesteak perfection. Others who prefer more coarsely chopped beef topped with gooey Cheez Whiz swear by Pat’s on Passyunk Avenue.

And still others refuse to even consider that a finer sandwich could exist than the thick, extra-cheesy steak sandwich from John’s Roast Pork in South Philadelphia.

The good news is that wherever you decide to go while you’re in town, you’ll definitely be experiencing an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. And no matter if it’s your first or your 101st, each bite is always worth savoring.

HOW TO ORDER A PHILLY CHEESESTEAK

When ordering a cheesesteak, the idea is to let the cashier know a.) that you would like a cheesesteak, b.) what type of cheese you want (American, Provolone or Cheez Whiz), and c.) whether or not you want fried onions. And you have to be as concise as possible while doing so.

Locals have become so adept at this practice that they basically have it down to three words: saying “one whiz with” to the person behind the counter means that you would like one cheesesteak topped with Cheez Whiz and fried onions.

Where to find them:

Pat’s King of Steaks

Pat’s claim to fame is that its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich in 1930. Since then, Pat’s has grown from a little stand at the southern end of South Philly’s Italian Market to one of the most famous cheesesteak shops in the world, albeit still in the same location (and still the only location).

Geno’s Steaks

Geno’s has been slinging its famous cheesesteaks from the same location here for more than forty years now and has never been more popular. Like Pat’s, Geno’s is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week so you can visit whenever you get the urge.

Jim’s Steaks

South Street’s eclectic mix of people makes for an excellent customer base for Jim’s Steaks, South Street’s premier cheesesteak shop. The crowds can often mean a bit of a wait before you actually get to taste one of Jim’s fine cheesesteak sandwiches, as the line at Jim’s on weekends can stretch out the front door and around the corner onto Fourth Street.

McNally’s Tavern

Not exactly a cheesesteak but something better. A favorite at McNally’s Tavern in Chestnut Hill for more than 40 years, The Schmitter® is packed with sliced beef, extra cheese, fried onions, tomato, grilled salami and special sauce all onto a flash-broiled Kaiser roll

Tony Luke’s in South Philly

More than just your typical Philadelphia cheesesteak joint, Tony Luke’s redefined the Philly sandwich experience with specialty favorites like the roast pork Italian and chicken cutlet. The cheesesteak was not on the menu originally; the city’s love for cheesesteak prompted the Luke’s to make their own version which has stayed a best seller since the addition to the menu in mid 1992. Tony Luke’s menu now includes chicken cheesesteaks, seasoned french fries, hamburgers and more.

 

2016 Manayunk Arts Festival

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About Manayunk Arts Festival

June 25th-26th

Manayunk Development Corporation is pleased to announce the 2016 27th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival. This year we invite you to share in the tradition of excellence at the tri-state’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival. Celebrating 27 years of presenting the best variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country, nearly 200,000 collectors, buyers, and designers will visit Main Street for this event. This year we have nearly 300 artists that will showcase their work along historic Main Street in Manayunk.

We will also once again feature for the fifth year, our Emerging Artist Tent! This year we will be featuring even more local talent. Whether they are young talent just getting into the business or artists who want to begin to make a name for themselves, you will see their wide range of talents all in one tent on the intersection of Main and Roxborough Streets!

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Philadelphia Beer Week!!

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June 3-12, 2016

Overview
The city of Philadelphia has been brewing beer for more than 300 years. So deep are its sudsy roots, Philadelphia has even been called “the best beer-drinking city in America.”

Lasting 10 days and nights, Philly Beer Week is the largest beer celebration with hundreds of festivals, beer-pairing dinners, spirited home-brew competitions, citywide pub crawls and meet-and-greets.

Philly Beer Week invites beer lovers to try special dinners and tastings, go on tours of Philadelphia’s best pubs and breweries, watch home-brewing technique demos, dance in a brewgrass hoedown and more.

The events provide great opportunities to sample local brews like Yards, Victory, Triumph and Sly Fox while experiencing Philly’s lively neighborhoods.

The official kick off to Philly Beer Week is on Friday, June 3rd at the Fillmore starting at 6 pm- the Hammer of Glory arrives at 7 pm to tap the first firkin of Brotherly Suds, setting the next ten days of great beer in motion. Live music. Food available for sale. VIP ticket holders enjoy a preview hour catered by Whole Foods and a private lounge featuring beers that can’t be found anywhere else.

Featured Breweries Opening Night: 

Allentown Brew Works, Barren Hill Brewery, Cape May Brewing, Conshohocken Brewing Co, Dock Street Brewery, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Evil Genius Brewing, Evolution Craft Beer, Fegley’s Brew Works, River Horse Brewing Company, Saint Benjamin Brewing, Shawnee Craft Brewing, Sly Fox Brewing Company, St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co, Stable 12 Brewery, Stoudts Brewing Company, SØLE Artisan Ales, Weyerbacher Brewing, Wyndridge Farm, Yards Brewing Company.

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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

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April 22 – June 12, 2016

Overview
As part of the celebration of Franklin Square’s 10th birthday, Historic Philadelphia is lighting up the landmark park with the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival to occur in the Northeast United States.

The square at 6th & Race streets is glowing with 25 illuminated lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. All creations were constructed by lantern artisans from China to make the park come alive each night.

In addition to admiring the radiant display, folks of all ages are invited to explore the park and all else that Franklin Square has to offer, such as the popular carousel and mini golf course. Craftsmen will set up in booths at different sections throughout the square and will create everything from edible sugar dragons to Chinese paintings of visitors’ names on site.

The festival also promises nightly entertainment to accompany the festival, with performances that are to include awe-inspiring acrobatics and balancing acts.

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