I got a rare opportunity today. Disclaimer: my friend, Jestis Deuerlein, is going to be a major player in this exciting cultural movement coming to Northern Liberties. She’s going to be helming some event planning and has a ton of infectious enthusiasm about the space, what’s going to go down there and how so many Philadelphians are going to reap the boundless potential of this incredibly multi-functioning space. Before I get down to the virtual tour, feel free to do a little reading up on exactly what 3rd Ward is. Here’s the two-second version of what they do from the horse’s mouth:
“3rd Ward is a multi-disciplinary workspace and education center. Here, you can take advantage of our Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Photo Studios, Jewelry Studios and Coworking Space, as well as learn new skills in one of our many classes. Whether you’re a beginner looking for a creative outlet, or a seasoned professional in search of a full-time workspace solution, 3rd Ward can help.”
And they’re bringing this spirit of creativity and community to Philadelphia in a matter of months. We won’t try to name a date at this time but you can bet you’ll be kept abreast of the space’s grand opening (almost definitely with a big, fat party).
For one, as a music journalist, I’m pumped about this as a space for dance parties, music events, performances and art parties. There will basically be two performance/event spaces; one on the first and one on the second floor which extends out onto an open-air roof-top deck. The third floor is a sickeningly sprawling and beautiful co-work space, but more on that later.
This is a pretty odd neighborhood, let’s be real. I used to live over here. Just a few blocks north of Girard and west of Front isn’t what you’d call a vibrant or distinct neighborhood. Sure, there’s a bunch of great things in this odd mix of Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Kensington and North Philly: the robust strip of 2nd Street between Girard and Spring Garden, the newly-bustling Super Fresh, and stuff like Johnny Brenda’s, Kung Fu Necktie, El Bar and Fishtown Tavern. This is all to say ‘This space is going to do good by lots of people, including the neighborhood.’
So let’s start at the ground floor. The two main entrances will open up to a big combo restuarant/cafe/performance/art show space (above, left) and to a reception-y welcome center. Curious about the restaurant space? Check out Stone Park Cafe in Brooklyn – they’ll be related. In the back is a massive metal and wood shop. The cafe space will also feature loads of outdoor seating, perfect for its slated summer opening. The second floor is a home for a handful of classroomy spaces including what will be a huge work kitchen, and, perhaps the crown jewel of this whole endeavor, a lovely small/mid-sized outdoor patio (above, right) with room for a projection wall, maybe a small bar, a DJ booth and around 100 people. I can already see the artsy folk in their shorts and sun dresses mingling under the stars.
Upstairs, on the top and third floor, is one of the biggest and most beautiful co-op/co-work spaces I’ve ever seen. This puts the Flavorpill office in SoHo where I interned five years ago to shame. Beautifully restored finishes and wood floors, endless snaking cubicles and phone call booths will make this one whacky-ass floor full of people looking for a home base for their young company or their freelancing needs. As our economy still figures out what’s going on and young folks are smacked in the face with the reality that freelancing is the future, not staff jobs, it’s possible this space will be a bustling and thriving epicenter of Philadelphia’s already-strong-but-still-blossoming intellectual and literary culture. Not to mention all the artists/crafters/designers/printers/tech nerds that’ll benefit from work spaces and opportunites to get their work seen (and bought).
The space is freakin’ 27,000 square feet. PW will definitely be keeping an eye on the opening, the class and events lineup and welcome newly-hired members of a powerful 3rd Ward team.
If the selection of vintage clothing, accessories and housewares available on their Etsy shop is any indication, you’re definitely going to want to get your ass over to Fishtown at some point this weekend where the local founders of Snowbird Vintage will be temporarily occupying the entire space just above Adorn Boutique. These ladies clearly have a good eye for vintage fashion. Most of the items fall into either the “super-trendy” category or “stunningly classic” category. Personally, I’m really digging this 1970s wine-colored floor-length dress with crochet detailing. It’s like classy-Bohemian. Best of all, there’s even more awesome items downstairs. Friday, 11am-8pm. Daily through Sun/16. Free. Adorn Boutique, 1314 Frankford Ave.
If you missed Crafty Balboa last weekend, this may be the closest craft event to it. More than 15 local artisans and craftspeople will be in attendance selling an array of fine handmade jewelry and vintage treasures, including those of SquidWhale Designs, Dahling Accessories and MADEBYHANK. Oh, and you can even get a portrait of yourself sitting on the moon. That alone makes it worth the trip. Saturday, 12-6pm. Free. 1241 Carpenter St.
While you may never be able to enjoy Christmas with the same unbridled enthusiasm that you did as a child, why not at least try? Plop down on Santa’s lap, decorate cookies, marvel at an array of shinny seasonal arts and crafts, rock out to your favorite Christmas song with Frosty and maybe even partake in a little holiday treasure hunting. If this all sounds incredibly embarrassing, then offer to babysit a niece or nephew and relive your youth through them. Saturday, 11am-2pm. Sister Cities Park, Logan Square, 18th & Ben Franklin Pkwy.
You didn’t think the holiday season was going to go by without a GO WEST craft extravaganza, did ya? Regardless of who it is that you need to crossed off your list, chances are one of the 40 local vendors at this year’s event will have the ideal gift—one that you probably would have never thought of yourself. For instance, how about a cozy hand knitted or crocheted winter accessory for your bestie living in Chicago? Or how about a clever screen-printed tee for you’re little bro? Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.
Once again, Three Sirens Boutique is partnering with Nawrocki Fitness for a special shopping event, this time with a portion of the proceeds helping to benefit Moss Rehab. In addition to accessories and handbags by Urban Expressions and apparel from RD Style and Press, befittingly, the boutique will be bringing along their selection of Hardtail workout gear as well. RVSP to the Facebook event or bring your student ID and you’ll receive an additional 10 percent off. Sunday, 12-5pm. Free. Nawrocki Fitness, 1500 Locust St.
By now, every woman in Philadelphia should be familiar with local jewelry designer Sarah Lewis, owner of Adorn Boutique in Fishtown (1314 Frankford Ave.). If not, you seriously need to get with the program, especially since Lewis has just launched a photo contest giving you a chance to win a $100 gift card.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Purchase one of Lewis’ amazing pieces of handcrafted jewelry, whether it’s one of her signature crystal necklaces, sterling silver feather ring, moonstone drop earrings or patchwork chain bag. Any item will do. If you already own one, you can skip to step two….
2. Take a photo of said jewelry either by itself or with you/a friend wearing it. Be as creative as possible.
3. Upload your photo to either Adorn’s Web site or Facebook page.
4. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, lovers, complete strangers, etc. to vote for your photo because the one with the most votes wins.
Pretty simple, huh? The hardest part is going to be selecting which of the collection’s functional, timeless pieces you absolutely must have. Only 11 people have entered thus far, so you’re chances are looking pretty good. And although the contest doesn’t end till January 1, the sooner you submit the photo, the longer it has to receive votes.
With all-day festivities spanning a whopping six Center City blocks, this annual event is really a local driver’s worst nightmare. But for those who like to have fun, it’s the must-attend event of the weekend. In short, the annual fall block party will have everything you’d expect, plus some—food and libations from the many beloved neighborhood restaurants, live music, photo ops, contests, giveaways, local merchants, kid’s activities and even a mechanical bull (near Finn McCool’s). Perhaps most impressive are the two giant beer gardens: one at McGillin’s Olde Ale House with German beers and food and karaoke, the other outside of Smokin’ Betty’s featuring a special priced BBQ menu. Meanwhile, neighborhood shops will be taking their wares out onto the sidewalk and offering some sweet one-day-only deals including, Absolute Abstract (buy one, get one 50 percent off) and Duross & Langel (beer soaps). New this year: dunk tanks where you can soak the Presidential candidate of your choice, all to benefit the Philly Fire Department. Saturday, 12-8pm. Free. Various Locations along 13th St. between Chestnut & Locust Sts.
As of today, Kembrel has officially converted their headquarters into a boys-only shopping haven. Much like their Center City pop-up location, the showroom will be offering a selection of trendy apparel and accessories from a mix of local, independent and established designers. To celebrate, tonight fellas can enjoy a complimentary shave and cigar as well as appetizers and drinks. Friday, 5-9pm. Free. Kembrel, 1219 Locust St.
In honor of one of Philly’s most innovative architects, Frank Furness, Streets Dept has enlisted four of our finest local street artists—Ishknits, NoseGo, Nom Now and Harlequinade—to canvas the city with works of art commemorating the banks of Furness. This is all apart of the month long, city-wide Furness Festival, which includes exhibits at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and more. Tonight, Streets Dept will be revealing the locations of the pieces in addition to showcasing photos from the artists’ instillations. Art in the Age will also be serving up free libations. Friday, 6-8pm. Free. Art In The Age, 116 N. Third St.
Now in its fifth year, this annual Fishtown celebration will kick off with a Fun Run around the neighborhood followed by an entire afternoon of non-stop activities. In addition to an array of local food and craft vendors, local musicians will be performing every hour including, The Snails, Rock to the Future, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline and The John Byrne Band. There will also be a “Wellness Tent,” beer garden, moon bounce, kid’s activities and a performance by the eight-woman circus company, Tangle Movement Arts. Saturday, 12-5pm. Free. Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave.
Should you go to the RiverCity Festival, be sure to swing by Kensington and check out Greensgrow Farms where they’ll be celebrating everything that makes autumn so awesome. During a slew of great free workshops, locals can make everything from a gourd birdfeeder and harvest holiday centerpiece in addition to carving pumpkins, harvesting honey and pressing some cider. When your belly starts rumbling, join award-winning local chef George Sabatino for a demo and tasting, sample author Robyn Jasko’s “heirloom cocktail” or simply see what the local food vendors are serving up (hint: pierogies, cookies, ice cream). Finally, relax to some live tunes as you peruse a craft bazaar featuring handmade goods from Craft Foundry, DA Crochet, Ecobota, Hydro Graphic Apparel, Jewelry With Me, PunkRocKnits and more. Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St.
Be one of the first to see the premiere issue of Stardust Magazine, Philly’s first ever online fashion art magazine featuring undiscovered local and international talents from the worlds of art, music, fashion, photography and home design. The party will include beer, cupcakes and music. Friday, 7-10pm. Free. Curated Goods, 421 Fairmount Ave.
In honor of Earth Day, Arcadia Boutique is offering 15 percent off all their sustainable clothes and shoes. The sale only lasts today both in stores and online (code: EARTH DAY). It just so happens that they’re also carrying spring fashions from several new designers including, Collina Strada, Oliveve, Jane Oh and Margarita Saplala. I should note that, even at 15 percent off, most of their dresses are still quite pricey. But you might feel a little better about spending half your week’s income knowing that the boutique is donating 5 percent of their sales from today towards the planting of a new tree in Fairmount Park.
Get one of the first wiffs of Philadelphia Potion Perfume tonight when it officially launches with a party at Franklin Square Boutique in Old City. Local designer and photographer, Rene Micheli is the brains behind the new fragrance line which will include bath products and custom, personalized perfumes. There aren’t many details about what sort of scents you can expect, but I can tell you they are beautifully packaged. Perhaps you’ll find a perfect mother’s day gift. The party goes from 6-9 p.m and will include a live performance by Woodsman and Tjutjuna.
Tomorrow you won’t want to miss the Third Annual Fishtown Shad Fest going down at Penn Treaty Park. In addition to live music from the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Girls Rock Philly and three other acts, there will be a slew of great food vendors including, Johnny Brenda’s, D’Ascenzo Gelato and Philadelphia Brewing Co. Topping it all off, over 50 arts and crafts vendors will be there selling a whole lotta awesome, one-of-a-kind items. There’s so many in fact, I can only highlight a few:
Night Owl Designs: My favorite vendor at the last Punk Rock Flea Market! I continue to adore the awesome Golden Girls earrings I got from from them. Their pop-culture inspired pieces are a must see.
Homemade Pop: original illustrations and prints of nostalgic/everyday products. Their drawings are all really cute and colorful.
Real Fruit Jewelry: If their name didn’t give it away, they make jewelry out of real slices of fruit (covered in hard, waterproof coating). This may sound tacky, but I think they’re pretty fun.
Nommaddicts: A line of apparel and accessories incorporating the different styles and cultures that designer Victoria Chan has observed traveling around the world. Her utility belts and gauntlets are particularly badass.
Fox Glove Factory: handmade, vintage accessories by local designer Julie Mullin Raboczi. Her collection of adorable button earrings also won my attention at the Punk Rock Flea Market.
How is everyone doing this week? Feeling insane yet? School getting you in a tizzy? Year-end plans already feeling hectic? Take a chill pill my man! Our great city is full of music and lights and art! Like for real, read the blog and find out! This week’s interview comes from Highwire Gallery, where I went to see a friend’s amazing acapella group (think beautiful haunting folk melodies, not Rockapella) and found this amazingly dressed person. How often do you see such good layering of patterns like this? I also have a thing for people with curly hair that make their curls work for them. Shall we continue?
“My name is Helena and I live in Philadelphia.”
How would you describe your style and dress? What informs what you look like, or would like to look like?
“I just like colors and patterns and especially a lot of different patterns and colors thrown together.”
Are there certain places that you find inspiration from, like magazines or people on the street?
“No, not really. It’s funny, when I look at myself usually I realize that half of the stuff I wear are things that people have given me. Cause I have friends and family that are like [makes flouncy hands], and they think of me and they think, oh it would suit her. Like my mom made my dress, for instance. I can’t sew, unfortunately. But I know what I want her to sew, so I give her order instructions, and then she makes them for me. So a lot of my clothes are either from her or my grandma. Sometimes I actually use my grandma’s old clothes that are now like, probably forty years old or something. I really — cause she’s not around anymore, she died a few years ago — and when I wear her clothes, they’re awesome. They have a lot of good patterns.”
Are you wearing something awesome today that you really like?
“That I’m wearing today? I like these green boots. They’re really comfortable, and I like the color.”
Yeah, I like the offset — what is it, um, red and green are complimentary, so green and pink… Well, okay, is there anything about Philadelphia and the way people dress here that you think is particular or that you wish people would do less or more of?
“Hmm. Umm, wow. I don’t know. I guess I never look at fashion. I don’t care much about fashion. If somebody has something particularly awesome, I will notice it, but dress and style, it’s not really a huge concern to me.”
Word. Well, back in the day if I would ask this question on a college campus they would say, oh I wish they would put on some damn clothes and stop wearing sweatpants everywhere!
“Ah! Well, I do think sometimes that people are way too subdued in their clothing. Because what I respond to is usually when people have something really strong and vibrant, and patterns. So sometimes I wish for more of that.”
Yeah meee too. On that note, what’s your current obsession?
“Well I guess it’s music, always.”
Any particular kind that you wish other people listened to?
“It’s so hard! But I dunno, I play cello and so all the string music for me is amazing and incredible.”
Cool. Then finally, do you have any shout-outs for anyone or anything you want to say to Philadelphia?
“I don’t know. I’m kind of shy. I usually don’t feel like I have things to tell anybody. Thanks for asking.” [laughs]
Right afterward the interview, Helena’s friend, Derek, interjected and told me that she was completely not telling me about the fact that she’s the cellist in an ‘awesome heavy psychedelic band,’ Espers. Do you like psych folk? I hear they are good. Do you like cello music? Helena is playing at Highwire Gallery in Fishtown this Saturday the 4th with the lovely ethereal duo ARBOREA. Show starts at 8!
It’s crazy but without knowing it’d been assigned twice, Emily F and I each wrote a post and holy crap, we didn’t write about ANY of the same stuff so that just means TWICE the weekend to-do suggestions for you this week, you lucky ducks.
So, check it—It’s First Friday in addition to being the tail end of the Philadelphia Collection so events abound but my country-lovin-butt is off to Assateague Island for a weekend of camping with the wild ponies so report back and let me know what was good, what was bad and what was otherwise worth your time since I won’t be able to attend anything myself.
Today we suggest that anyone looking for a change when it comes to their hair takes a trip to Headhunters Hair Design on Passyunk Avenue. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today they will give a complimentary haircut with the purchase of any chemical service as part of the Philadelphia Collection. It’s fall now, why not got red and chop that mop into a pixie? Why not indeed! For more Philadelphia Collection Events and a plethora of trunk shows that will be happening this weekend click here (or see Emily F’s post)!
Headhunters Hair Design 1718 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-334-4001
Lets keep our fingers crossed that the rain clears for this next one. Tonight in the Piazza enjoy another outdoor movie care of PUFF (Philadelphia Underground Film Festival) with a showing of The Horde. They describe it as “An end of the world battle between gangsters, cops and zombies.” Um, yes please, could there possibly be a better way to start your October? Film starts at 9 p.m., get there early to scope out your spot and pick up a brew or two at The Foodery.
The Piazza North 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue
The Philadelphia Open Studios Tour is back this weekend for October 2 and 3. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take a peek into the spaces where Philadelphia’s finest create, explore and produce their artwork. This weekend attendees will have the chance to tour spaces west of Broad Street. The East Tours will take place October 9 and 10. Studios are open from noon to 6 p.m. For more information click here.
Head north and celebrate the land of fishes, I mean Fishtown at the Third Annual RiverCity Festival. This free fest includes a 5k run, local music, artists, food/vendors and even get a little history too! Events start at 10 a.m. and continue all day.
Penn Treaty Park 1199 N. Delaware Avenue
The Third Annual Philly Swap O Rama Rama will be taking place at the Urban Outfitters Building in the Philly Naval Yard on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The swap will not only feature a huge community clothing swap but also include local artists and designers who will help attendees with altering and jazzing up their finds. General entry fee is $20 plus a donation of clean, gently used clothing. Shuttle buses will be running from the Pattison Avenue SEPTA station to the event and free parking will also be available.
Urban Outfitters Building 543 at 5000 S. Broad Street in the Naval Yard