Where Religion, History and Art Meet in Philadelphia

Christ Neighborhood Church is located in the perfect nook for a historical building to grow vines and rest for centuries unseen. Just half a block from second and Market st., Christ Neighborhood would be a great spot for “adventurous” tourists to sneak back and take photos of, but this location is not an abandoned spot in the historical neighborhood and it is not primarily snatching up tourists. The building, renovated in 2010, serves as a host to experimental artists and churchgoers alike: a conglomerate of daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, contemporary performances and holy practice in an office space meets American foundation building.



After the 2010 renovation, Anna Drozdowski joined the neighborhood church as the director of programs. “People have been using the neighborhood house since the ’80s,” she notes. “More often we do new and experimental work. The majority of the people that we have here rent the space.” Continue reading

Tangle Movement Arts: Feminism In Action

Tangle Movement Arts is seven-person circus that combines movement with themes of passion and diversity.

The Philadelphia-based group just performed Timelines, which suspends the audience from all predisposed conception of time and reality. The group will performing again on May 3rd, 2014.

Tangle Movement Arts from Greta Iverson on Vimeo.




First Friday? Pshhhh Who Needs That When You Have Cut ‘N’ Paste!

First Friday is a Philly thing. It’s just one of those things, you know? But, after the 5 – 9 p.m. event  in old city, there is plenty do to before either: A. clogging up the expensive old city bars or, B. calling it quits for the night.

Yes, Old City will stay open to accommodate your drinking needs, so fear not if you don’t feel like walking, like, 8 blocks to a different part of the city. Just know that lodged in between the Locust, Walnut, 11th and 12th street, there is a small dive bar that opens its doors to all communities once a month.

This Photo Belongs To Ally Jeanne On Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/theultimateforce/

This Photo Belongs To Ally Jeanne On Flickr.

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Teacher Gains Attention For FaceTiming During That Terrible Accident On The Turnpike

A 50 – 100 car pile-up on the Penn. Turnpike on Feb. 14, 2014 made it impossible for most people to get to work on time, One dedicated New Jersey teacher was able to impress not only her students but her colleagues with her dedication to teaching and her savvy implementation of both social networking and communicative technology.

Photo courtesy of Maureen Leming. the Hun School in Princeton

Photo courtesy of Maureen Leming. the Hun School in Princeton

A Delayed Opening Was Already Too Much

Lynn McNulty usually gets to school at 7 a.m., but had to change her routine according to the delayed opening at the Hun School in Princeton, NJ. Like so many, McNulty relies on the Penn. Turnpike to get to work, but the devastating accident on the morning of Valentine’s day essentially froze her commute to work.

After emergency responders took control and initial damages were assessed, the pile-up became more of an inconvenience to those who weren’t in immediate danger, surrounded by immobile vehicles and minor collisions. “Two cars right next to me collided,” recalls McNulty. “There were little pocket accidents.”

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Press Release Assignment, MMS



PHILADELPHIA, PA – Beginning Feb. 12, 2014, Temple University students Chelsea Finn, Andrea Iezzi and Greta Iverson will be reporting on events in the city of Philadelphia that relate to or engage in the city’s arts and entertainment culture.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, West End, Fall of 2013 (Photo by Chelsea Finn)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, West End, Fall of 2013 (Photo by Chelsea Finn)

As one of the most historic cities in the United States and one of the largest metropolitan areas on the East Coast, Philadelphia has a large art and music scene. Drawing in people from all different regions and countries, the city needs to meet the entertainment needs to approximately 1.5 million residents, as well as those visiting from their own towns.

The website Visit Philly is a useful site to keep in mind in conjunction with the arts and entertainment scene in the city. The website even has a ‘Music and Art’ section as well as a ‘Museum and Attractions’ section, both of which will be useful for those who seek comprehensive coverage of Philadelphia’s A&E

The website Uwishunu currently holds a spot for Philadelphia’s Arts and Entertainment as well. Updating almost every day, the website tells visitors of both high-and-low key events going on in the city of Philadelphia.

The city also plays host to many talented musicians. Major artists book tours in the same buildings as up-and-coming groups in Philadelphia.

Websites like The Swollen Fox and Jump Philly are fantastic resources to keep in mind when looking for young new artists or local shows. These sites, along with different venue calendars like that of Union Transfer, Underground Arts, and Boot and Saddle, serve as excellent tools for keeping up with the Philadelphia music scene.

Profiling a venue is always a unique story opportunity. Boot and Saddle just reopened with help from Union Transfer after years of being a popular venue and bar in the area. The venue seemed to have sprung up out of no where just a few months ago and would make a great subject to a Philadelphia music story.

Philadelphia has a thriving art community. The city is a combination of historic architecture and new upcoming artists. Philly.com has a “Things to Do” section that has a list of events and activities coming up around the entire city, including some that celebrate the arts.

One story idea that celebrates the arts in Philadelphia is First Friday. Doing a profile on an artist and their gallery during first Friday would showcase their art and incorporate background about First Friday. Covering some street vendors on First Friday is another story idea that would celebrate the city’s eclectic art and diversity. The “Things to Do” section covers many events, including First Friday. This section presents a handful of galleries that are must-sees at the upcoming First Friday.