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DesignPhilly 2012: Weekend Roundup

Wondering what DesignPhiladelphia has in store for the weekend? Well, here are some events going down that you might be interested in.

FRIDAY

quirk_booksAlternative Book Covers: Ever read a book and wonder why they ended up with the cover image they did? Well, the Philly-based publishing house, Quirk Books is teaming up with Drink Philly to show you a gallery full of alternative covers—both actual designs that didn’t make the cut and new works inspired by older titles. 5-9pm. Free. Drink Philly, 239 Chestnut St., 2nd Fl., Unit B

Fashion Styling Studio: Enjoy cocktails and a fashion presentation with guest stylist Alice Selverian and photographer Dana Romano in which you’ll learn how to save on the major trends this fall and rock them properly. The Old City boutique will also be giving out a few prizes including a $50 gift card, free portrait session and a free three-hour style consultation. 7-8:30pm. Free. Three Sirens Boutique, 134 N. Third St.

Tales The Cocktails Tells: In addition to a display of vintage and contemporary cocktail accessories, guests will learn fashion_styling_studiohow to design a great cocktail party with various tips and delicious drink recipes. If you yourself have a stellar signature concoction, submit it to morethanold@comcast.net for possible inclusion in the favorite drink contest. 6-9pm. Free. More Than Old, 144 N. Third St.

Art Market at Tyler: Peruse an array of original fine art and crafts from Tyler alum, faculty, students and other local artists during this two-day sale on Temple’s campus. You can expect everything from paintings and photography to jewelry and fabric arts. 11am-7pm. Free. Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St.

SATURDAY

four_corners_design_phillyFour Corners: Design From Philly Surrounds Opening Reception: What is Philadelphia design today? That’s exactly the question this current exhibit aims to answer with its collection of furniture and décor by a slew of designers and brands based in and around the city. All of the featured items are appropriately showcased in the familiar context of a lived-in loft apartment. Needless to say, it’s likely to be one of the coolest lofts you’ve ever seen. 6-10pm. Through Oct. 20. Free. Minima Gallery, 118 N. Third St.

Second Saturday: In honor of the festival, practically every shop and business along E. Passyunk Avenue will be hosting special events throughout the day, events above and beyond those normally apart of their Second Saturday festivities. There’s actually too many to cover, but here’s just a few to give you an idea:

Simple Reupholstering Workshop: Grab that old dining chair and quickly bring new life to it during this easy hands-on demo. 6-7pm. Free. Era*Atomica, 1726 EPA.

Jewelry Repair & Restoration: I don’t know about you, but I’d love to know what to do with all my grandmother’s old, and mostly broken jewelry. During a live demo   you’ll watch as a true jewelry craftsman restore family heirlooms and recycle old rings. You’ll also receive a complimentary inspection and cleaning on one item of jewelry. 12-5pm. Free. Sermania Jewelry, 1719 EPA.

Music + Design: Record and design your own personal CD and custom design your own guitar anytime throughout the day and at 1 p.m., catch a live performance by The Quaker City Mummer String Band. During the show, kids can take part in a “design the most imaginative mummers contest” for a chance to win four free music lessons or a $50 gift certificate. 11am-9pm. Free. Kings Music, 1828 EPA.

urban_jungleGreen Wall Design: Learn how to design, prepare and build a living green wall for either the interior or exterior of your home during a live demo. 4-5:30pm. Free. Urban Jungle, 1526 EPA.

Instagram Accordion Book: Finally, something to do with all those Instagram pics! Learn how create a 5×5 accordion book, perfect for organizing mail, bills and other important documents that showcases your best mobile shots. In addition to written instructions, mimosas and baked goods will be served. To ensure you can get a spot, RSVP to 267.761.9149 or hello@casapapel.com. 11am-1pm. $20. Casa Papel, 804 N. Second St.

How To Create A Custom Design Look for Your Home: Although helpful, taking tips from interior design shows doesn’t quite compare to receiving actual one-on-one guidance from a professional. During an hour presentation, celebrity designer Joey Jagod will show you how to customize your furniture and home accessories by finding the perfect fabrics and fit. If you have any magazine clippings of rooms you love, bring them along and Joey will show how to use them as inspiration.  Guests can also enjoy a free lunch and a Q&A with Luxe interior designers. 11am-12pm. Free. Luxe Home Philadelphia, 1308 Chestnut St.

Sustainable Streets Scavenger Hunt: Explore some of Philadelphia’s most innovative street design features while partaking in a little bit of friendly competition. Come with a crew anytime between 11 a.m.-12 p.m., grab your checklist then set out on the town. High scoring teams will have a chance to win earth-friendly prizes such as a bicycle rack and a rain barrel. The winners will be announced during a special happy hour at Los Caballitos (1651 E. Passyunk Ave.). 11am-3:30pm. Columbus Recreation Center, 1200 Warton St.

Switched_On_Garden_0021SUNDAY

The Switched-On Garden 002: Hosted by Data Garden, this second annual interactive art and music festival welcomes locals to roam the beautiful 45 acres of Bartram’s Garden while connecting with their natural environment through live music, performance and several bio-interactive sound instillations that “blend the distinction between biological and digital worlds.” While I’m not sure what exactly that means, I’m most certainly intrigued. I highly recommend reading the descriptions of the featured artworks. Furthermore, a gang of local food and drink vendors will be in attendance and the featured musicians set to take the stage during the event include successful Philly producers/composes/performers King Britt and Spaceship Aloha. 2-8pm. Free. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindberg Blvd.

The Rolling Stones: Portraits and Performance Photographs: If you’re a Stones fan, this is clearly right up your alley. The collection features original photo portraits and concert photographs of the rock n’ roll legends, taken by several celebrated photographers. This includes iconic images that appeared in Vogue and Rolling Stone magazine. 1-5pm. Free. Calderwood Gallery, 631 N. Broad St.


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