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December 2015



At cafe, “Game of Thrones” comes alive for fans

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By Madison Hall

Maxine Kramer’s piece “The Night is Dark and Full of Tarots”, stands out among the somber style of artwork on the café walls. Featuring brightly colored tarot cards, each card represents power, strength, family and death.

Kramer’s piece was part of Milk and Honey’s second themed-art show, “The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors,” based on “Game of Thrones,” transforming the quiet, urban café into a medieval fantasy land.

Kate Eagle, a 2011 University of the Arts illustration alumna, hosted the event and displayed her artwork, “Damaged Survivors.” Based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” centers on nine noble families trying to overthrow each other in order to claim the throne. There’s power, betrayal, sex and violence.

“It’s everything you want in a show,” Eagle said. “With everything uncensored, it ends up being a screwed-up series, but that’s what makes it appealing. Your entire world will turn upside down.”

After the success of the first themed exhibit based on “Harry Potter,” Eagle decided to host a similar show, and the “Game of Thrones” exhibit was born. She invited artists from the previous exhibit, along with friends she had made during her time at the University of the Arts.

The only guidelines for artists was staying with the “Game of Thrones” theme and creating work under 16 inches. From paper-cut to water color, the show featured work from Annebelle Buck, Maria DiLeva and Alex Eckman-Lawn.

Eckman-Lawn, a friend of Eagle, featured his work in the Harry Potter exhibit and saw “The Night is Dark” as an opportunity to showcase his work to a broad audience.

Based on the theme of impending doom, Eckman-Lawn created his paper cut design “Doom Fortold.” Encased in a small, black frame, the piece features six dire wolves and a three-eyed crow, imagery relating to both the theme and Eckman-Lawn’s artistic aesthetic.

Buck, a 2011 English alumna, featured her watercolor work, “The Death of Lady Stark” and helped coordinate the event with Eagle. While Eagle created a social media platform for the event and corresponded with artists, Buck repainted the cafe walls, hung the artwork and shared her ideas.

The pair also created artwork on the windows, using shades of grey and white paint to depict a dire wolf and a dragon.

The exhibit will be on display until January. Artwork is available for purchase online at the Milk and Honey Facebook page. The cafe plans to hold their third themed art show in late spring based on “Alice in Wonderland.”

Madison Hall can be reached at



September 2015



Out and About: September 7, 2015

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Tour the Haunted USS Olympia
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Looking to start Halloween festivities early? Ghost Tours of Philadelphia is offering tours of the haunted USS Olympia.  Now docked on the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, served as both a training ship and a battleship during World War I. Featured on shows such as Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel) and Ghost Hunters (Sci-Fi Channel), the over 100 year old ship is said to be haunted by the ghosts of past sailors. The 75-90 minute tour will takes visitors through the interior of the maze-like ship, passing through locations such as the captain’s cabins and the spot where the ship’s most prominent ghost, “Gunner” Johnson, is often seen. Reservations required. More information can be found at

When: Every Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m., Oct. 2 – Nov.1
Penn’s Landing, S. Columbus Blvd. near Spruce 
$19 here

– Tiana Timmerberg


End of Summer Sale in Northern Liberties


Boutiques in Northern Liberties will host a two-day end-of-summer sale  Sept. 12-13. SWAG Boutique will have $1, $5, $10 and $15 clearance bins that include jewelry, stationery and home goods. Ritual Ritual will have $25 sidewalk merchandise and 25 percent off retail price in-store. The event is hosted by Art Star, a gallery and boutique located on 2nd Street near Spring Garden and Fairmount Ave. More information is available at

When: Sept. 12 – Sept. 13, hours vary
WhereVarious locations in Northern Liberties
Cost: Pay as you go

– Emily Scott


Student-Produced Musical at Asian Arts Initiative


In Tale of the Phantom Ship, an out-of-towner encounters folks gathered at 19th-century tavern in Charlottetown, Canada where the locals tell a tale of the legendary Ghost Ship of Northumberland Strait. In this story-within-story, songs, dances, boos and brawls are used to embody the story of a young fisherman who faces the eerie mysteries of St. John’s Island in 1774. Accompanied by the sounds of a four-piece Celtic band, this new, student-produced musical features 11 students from Temple’s Theater Sidestage Season. More information can be found at

When: Sept 10-14; times vary
Where: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost: $15 at door; current Temple students can get free entry at

– Grace Maiorano


Experimental Opera on Scientific History Premieres at Fringe Festival


September marks the season of autumn, the start of classes, and for most Philadelphia residents, it is the month to celebrate the seventeen day FringeArts Festival. This year, “Jump the Moon,” a production by Philadelphia Opera Collective, will focus on the silenced women in scientific history through its three protagonists Williamina Fleming, Annie Jump Cannon and Antonia Maury. More information can be found at

When: Sept. 16-19, nightly at 8 p.m.
Where: The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom Street
Cost: $20

– Tatyana Turner


Twenty One Pilots to Perform at Penn’s Landing


Indie-pop/alternative hip-hop duo Twenty One Pilots will perform at Penn’s Landing’s Festival Pier this Friday. Riding the success of their latest album, “Blurryface”, the group was nominated this year for “Best Live Band” at the Alternative Press Music Awards. More information is available at

When: Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Blvd.
Cost: $48.60

– Eamon Dreisbach


Battle of the Burger Returns


Philadelphia Magazine’s third annual Battle of the Burger, sponsored by Budweiser, will be held Monday. 20 of Philly’s top restaurants will compete to determine who has the best burger in the city. Attendees (must be 21+) can enjoy a taste of each eatery’s signature patty in addition to complimentary Budweiser products and wine. More information is available at

When: Sept. 14, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: 23rd St. Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.
Cost: $50

– Eamon Dreisbach





September 2015



Around Campus [09.08.15]

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Student Center Operations will host games of ping pong at the Bell Tower today from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

According to, students can stop by the Bell Tower in between classes to play some ping pong, learn about the activities at the Student Center’s Game Room and Cinema and “score some free swag!”

– Michaela Winberg


Randi Levitt, career coach at Temple’s Career Center, will hold a workshop tomorrow to help students develop their leadership skills. Students with leadership experience who are unsure of how to translate it into internships and employment are encouraged to join Levitt, who will focus on turning experiences into clear, result-focused bullet points.

The workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in room 223 in the Howard Gittis Student Center. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

– Olivia Zarzycki


Chipotle Mexican Grill will host its first ever National Career Day on Wednesday. From 8 to 11 a.m., every Chipotle in the United States will host about 60 group and individual interviews for potential employees. The restaurant plans to hire at least 4,000 new employees.

To register for an interview at the Temple location, applicants can visit

– Michaela Winberg


As a continuation of The Film Series at The Reel, “Ted 2” will be shown Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Reel is a student-run movie theater located in the Lower Level of the Student Center South, and it shows movies two weekends per month during the semester.

The Box Office will sell tickets for $2 with an Owl Card and $4 for others. Students can stop by the Box Office to purchase tickets Wednesday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m.

Michaela Winberg


To honor the United States Military, Police, Fire and Emergency Services as part of a Sept. 11 memorial, Campus Recreation will host a flag T-shirt raffle all day on Friday. The event will occur in Suite 303 of Pearson Hall, and all students and faculty with Rec Center access are welcome to attend.

– Michaela Winberg


On Friday at 5 p.m., Rogerio Souza and Edinho Gerber, Brazilian guitarists, will hold a performance and conduct a lecture at Temple’s Rock Hall Auditorium. This event is open to all students, and will also satisfy the World Music requirement for Boyer undergraduate students.

– Olivia Zarzycki


On Monday, a guest from Temple’s partner in D.C., the Washington Center, will be speaking at an information session for anyone interested in the semester-long internships in Washington, D.C and Harrisburg by Temple’s Institute for Public Affairs.

The session will take place from to 2 to 4 p.m. in room 821 in Anderson Hall. These internships are open to Temple students of all majors and colleges in a wide range of positions in the public and private sector.

– Olivia Zarzycki



July 2015



Out and About: July 27, 2015

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Shakespeare in Clark Park
(photo by Kyle Cassidy)

For its tenth season, Shakespeare in Clark Park will return with a production of The Winter’s Tale, a “tragic fable wrapped in romantic comedy.” The five-performance run will be directed by Kittson O’Neill and feature puppetry by Aaron Cromie and choral direction by Christina May. More information can be found at

When: Wednesday, July 29 through Sunday, August 2 at 7 p.m. nightly
Where: Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore Streets
Cost: Free

BlackStar Film Festival
(photo courtesy of BlackStar Film Festival)
This “celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context” returns to Philadelphia for its fourth year. Featuring world premieres, short film series, interviews with industry professionals and free events, the festival centered in University City is a must-see for any film buff. More information can be found at

When: Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2; times vary
Where: Venues vary; check schedules or
Cost: $8 – $150; check

Crane Arts presents Philadelphia Mobile Home Rally

Hosted by Crane Arts in the Icebox Project Space, this one-day arts exhibition “promises all the excitement of seeing dirty, used and abused artists’ pickups as objects of beauty.” Entries will be judged on the concept of “Mobile Home.” More information can be found at

When: Saturday, August 1; time to be announced
Where: Crane Arts Icebox, 1400 N. American Street
Cost: Free

A Little Summer Madness


This sampling of poets by Philadelphia mainstay, the Mad Poets Society, will feature the 34th Street Poets and singer/songwriter Steve Paskiet. An open mic will follow, if time allows. More information can be found at

When: Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
Where: Mansion Parlor, Media Borough Hall, 3rd and Jackson Streets, Media, PA 19063
Cost: Free

Center City restaurant week begins
(photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Restaurant Week returns to Center City again, offering meals from some of Philadelphia’s best kitchens at affordable prices. More than 120 restaurants in Center City will offer discounted three-plate courses. More information can be found at

When: Sunday, August 2 through Friday, August 7 & Sunday, August 9 through Friday, August 14
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $20-30



July 2015



Out and About: July 20, 2015

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Barnes Foundation offering arboretum tours
Explore the Barnes’ outdoor space in Merion before summer slips away. The Arboretum features 31 state champion trees and a “remarkable example of 20th century landscape design.” More information can be found at
When: Now through late September
Where: Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion
Cost: $5 for non-members, free for members

Old City restaurant week
Experience some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants at a discounted rate. Some of the dining destination’s participating restaurants include Amada, Positano Coast, and Wedge + Fig. More information is available at
When: Now through July 25
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $15, $25, and $35 (not including gratuity or taxes)

Come Together Dance Festival returns to Philly
Presented by Koresh Dance and the Knight Foundation, 33 companies will unite for 5 days to display the best of Philadelphia dance. The third annual festival will have a bit of everything, from contemporary to tap, ballet to physical theater. More information is available at
When: Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26; performance times vary
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
Cost: $25-35 for tickets; $49-99 for passes

“Ingress Egress” opening reception
Paradigm Gallery + Studio will be presenting new works by Hannah Stouffer and Hillary White. Both are 3-D, mixed media artists known for their use of imagery and colors. More information is available at
When: July 24 at 5:30 p.m.; exhibit is open until September 12
Where: Paradigm Gallery + Studio, 746 S. 4th Street
Cost: Free



July 2015



Out and About: July 13, 2015

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Michelle Avery Konczyk: Entropy


Fishtown’s The Art Dept. opened a new exhibit this past Friday with watercolor artist Konczyk. The artist refers to her work as her “journal in picture form,” representative of separate experiences. More information is available at
When: Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12 p.m. through 7 p.m.
Where: The Art Dept., 1638 E. Berks Street
Cost: Free
Summer Kaleidoscope at the Oval
Beginning this Wednesday, Fairmount Parks Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation will host free, day-to-night activities throughout the rest of the summer. There are various events at the “quintessential meeting place on the Parkway,” from “Wellness Wednesdays” to “Arts & Culture Thursdays.” More information is available at
When: Starting Wednesday, July 15; various times
Where: Eakins Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free
Low Country Boil
The second edition of Chef Kevin Sbraga’s brings summertime, Southern-style seafood to Philly at The Fat Ham in University City. This family-style meal will feature shrimp boil, clams with tasso, country bread and much more. More information can be found at
WhenWednesday, July 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Fat Ham, 3131 Walnut Street
Cost: $45, tickets available at Eventbrite
Chef Eli Kulp Benefit Dinner
On the day declared “Eli Kulp Day” last year by Mayor Nutter, the city’s top chefs will band together to raise money for Kulp, who was injured in the Amtrak derailment. Amis, Eclat Chocolate, Lacroix, Laurel, Vedge and many other A-list restaurants will chip in to to benefit the influential chef’s medical expenses. More information can be found at
WhenThursday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fork, 306 Market Street
Cost: $200



July 2015



Out and About: July 7, 2015

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Longwood Gardens Nightscape
(photo by Hank Davis for Longwood Gardens)
The legendary gardens are teaming up with Klip Collective for a new display of light and sound, starting when the sun sets. More information is available at
When: July 1 – October 31, various times
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: $17-27 at

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art: Traction Company
(photo by Barbara Katus)
Traction Company, an artist collective founded and composed of PAFA alumni and staff, is currently showing an installation at the Academy. The exhibition will feature both individual and group projects. More information at
When: July 1 – October 11, various times
Where: 118-128 North Broad Street
Cost: $8-15 at door

Mad Poets Critique Circle

Hosted by Amy Laub, this critique circle provides supportive feedback for poetry. Attendees should bring 15 copies of their drafts for “roundtable critique and discussion.” More information at 
When: Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford
Cost: Free

Arch Enemy Arts Opening

The Old City gallery will host an artist spotlight on Veks Van Hillik in an exhibition titled “Animal Anomalie” and Scott Kirschner in “Transgressions of Conscience.” More information at
When: July 10, time TBA
Where: Arch Enemy Arts, 109 + 111 Arch Street
Cost: Free



June 2015



Out and About: June 29, 2015

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Poetry workshop with Leonard Gontarek
Students can work with Philadelphia poet, Leonard Gontarek, to better learn a “sense of place” within poetry. The workshop is focused on developing a rich, textural voice, and is suitable for poets of all levels. More information can be found at:
When: July 1, 8, 15, 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Walnut Street West Library, 40th and Walnut Streets
Cost: Free, but must register at

“Projections” by Keith Sharp
In this new body of work opening this First Friday, July 3, artist Keith Sharp returns to nature. “Sharp used photographs of natural scenes, a digital projector, and a laptop to project natural images onto the sides of houses at night or onto himself that he then extracted and in which he placed the figure back into the natural scene being projected.” More information is available at 
When: Friday, July 3 at 5 p.m.
Where: 3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Free

Wawa Hoagie Day
As part of the Wawa-sponored event, Wawa Welcomes America, visitors to the Independence Mall will receive free lunch. This special event is part of Wawa’s salute to to the military and first responders throughout the nation. More information is available at:
When: Thursday, July 2 at noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street
Cost: Free

Independence Day Parade
(photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
This well-known parade kicks off Philadelphia’s July 4th festivities with a nod to the city’s historic past. With more than 6,000 participants beginning at Independence Hall, the parade continues down some of Philadelphia’s oldest streets with “floats, marching bands and antique cars” in tow. More information is available at
When: Saturday, July 4 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Starts at 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: Free

Party on the Parkway
(photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
One of the largest free concerts in the country celebrates in America’s birthplace on Benjamin Franklin Parkway with “food, fun and entertainment all day long.” The daytime celebration includes food and refreshments from vendors and food trucks, as well as “interactive fun.” The festivities lead up to the grand finale of fireworks and a special performance from local favorite, The Roots. More information can be found at
When: Saturday, July 4, noon to 11 p.m.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 20th Street to Eakins Oval
Cost: Free



June 2015



Out and About: June 22, 2015

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Tchaikovsky with Fireworks
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The residency at the Mann Center begins with this Philadelphia favorite. Cristian Măcelaru, conductor, and Hai-Ye Ni, primary cello, will perform some of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved work, like Swan Lake, while fireworks light up the sky. More information is available at 
When: Tuesday, June 23 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center lawn, 52nd and Parkside Street
Cost: $20-$35 on Ticketmaster

Dinner and a Movie at Headhouse Square
The Shambles is hosting a new, free movie series over the summer. The monthly series also features an ever-changing list of local restaurants and food trucks to complete the outdoor event with alfresco dinner. The Muppets Take Manhattan will kick off the screening series. More information can be found at
When: June 24 at 6 p.m.
Where: Headhouse Square Shambles, 2nd and Lombard Streets
Cost: screening is free; food is pay-as-you-go

Dinner with the European Masters of Cheese
Designed to honor Daphne Zepos, a trailblazer in the global cheese community, this one-of-a-kind event allows participants to speak with some of the world’s greatest cheese experts and makers. “It will be a night of learning about all things cheese and enjoying a selection of delectable dishes prepared by Di Bruno Bros” with a line-up featuring José Luis Martin, Giorgio Cravero, Phillipe Goux, Betty Koster, Todd and Maugan Threthowan and Stacey Hedges. More information can be found at
When: Thursday, June 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 1730 Chestnut Street, second floor
Cost: $75 for entry and dinner

Supper, People on the Move
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 (photo by Jennifer Baker)
Featuring new work by choreographer Silvana Cardell, this performance is inspired by migration and “explores the complex experience of dislocation.” The dance focuses on the human experience throughout the world and the journey of immigrants. In addition to the performances at Crane Arts, there is an accompanying exhibit at Independence National Historical Park focusing on area immigrants with a free screening of the dance performance. More information can be found at
When: Thursday, June 25 at 8 p.m. (opening)
Where: Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts, 1400 North American Street
Cost: $20/$15 for students at

Poor Richard
Philadelphia artists Kelly Franklin and Carol Jarvis explore the wit and timelessness behind Benjamin Franklin’s phrases written under the pseudonym “Poor Richard.” The opening reception for the show, a translation of Franklin’s “text with symbolism and a deep-rooted love of nature,” is this Friday. Both artists will be attendance. More information can be found at
When: Friday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Paradigm Gallery, 746 S 4th Street
Cost: Free



June 2015



Out and About: June 15, 2015

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Author Talk with Stephanie Feldman
The Barnard Club of Philadelphia will host Feldman, a fiction author, for a discussion on her career. Feldman will read a brief except from her 2014 publication, The Angel of Losses, and take questions – “the perfect event for book lovers, aspiring authors and publishing professionals.” More information can be found at
When: Thursday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
Where: Head House Books, 619 S. 2nd Street
Cost: Free

Summer Reading List
Arch Enemy Arts is kicking off the summer show season with an exhibit centered on “the most beloved classic novels of all time.” The exhibit will open this Friday, featuring the work of multiple artists inspired by a particular book. More information can be found at
When: Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m.
Where: Arch Enemy Arts, 109 Arch Street
Cost: Free

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Previously known as the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival, the event showcases “the extraordinary and innovative work of established and emerging Latin American and Latinx filmmakers.” The Festival includes screenings, discussions, workshops and lectures, all designed to connect diverse communities “through the universal language of film.” The event opens this Friday night. More information can be found at
When: Friday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: $12 – $150 at

Manayunk Arts Festival
One of the region’s largest outdoor festivals returns this coming weekend with over 300 artists and vendors. In addition to the opportunity to see and purchase art in mediums like fiber, glass, ceramics, photography, painting and mixed media, many of Manayunk’s restaurants will offer alfresco dining along the street. More information can be found at
When: Saturday, June 2o from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Main Street and Levering Street
Cost: Free entry

Make Music Philly
Returning for its third year, Make Music Philly offers organized concerts and informal performances by professional and amateur musicians of all ages. The special event is Philadelphia’s only free, “do it yourself” music festival. More information can be found at
When: Various times, check
Where: Various locations, check
Cost: Free