As you probably recall, back on April 6, a devastating fire broke out at 4th and Fitzwater streets along Fabric Row, destroying two businesses, leaving 17 people homeless and killing Fire Captain Michael Goodwin.
Almost immediately, the community rallied together to create the Friends of 4th Street Fire Relief Fund, which has already raised nearly $7,000 to benefit those directly affected by the blaze.
To edge them closer to their $15,000 goal, this Wednesday, over 60 sponsoring businesses throughout the South Street/Headhouse and Queen Village neighborhoods, along with a few in Old City and NoLibs, will be taking part in a special, daylong benefit event, donating 10-20 percent of their sales to the fund as well as proceeds from raffles and cover charges.
The long list of participating merchants include American Mortals Hair Salon, Philly AIDS Thrift, Sweet Box, Urban Princess Boutique, Paper Moon, Old City Tattoo, Pet Snobs Boutique, Royal Tavern, P.O.P.E, and BUS STOP Boutique.
After you shop, eat, get your hair did and/or get a new tatty, you can also enjoy some live entertainment for a good cause:
South Street Magic – Super awesome magic show starring Dan Hauss and Captain Swirly. (7pm, $10. 519 S. Fourth St.)
Tattooed Mom’s – DJ Foxx Boogie, $3 dollar burgers and veggie burgers, $2 dollar Narragansett tall boys, half priced drafts from 10-11pm, and tons of raffle prizes, including art donated by Qcknd, Harlequinade, Kid Hazo, Linx, and Joe Boruchow. (8-11pm, Free. 530 South St.)
DOBBS – Raffle prizes all night long and live music from Slo N’ Shakey, The Sideshow Prophets and Atomic Sky. (8pm-1am, $5. 304 South St.)
If you can’t make it out on Wednesday, be sure to make your way over to Fourth Street for their Fourth Friday events.
Taking into account the possibility that our time here on Earth might be limited, the indie weekly comedy event otherwise known as The Sideshow is going to entertain audiences with a variety of performances and as quickly as they possibly can. All of the evening’s acts will get no more than 15 minutes to showcase their talents, most having to do their thang in just roughly 5-8 minutes. This includes, Martha Cooney (storytelling), Alison Zeideman (standup), The Kevin McDonald Experience (sketch) and local improv vet Mike Marbach’s reimagined rendition of “The Night Before Christmas.” I don’t know about you, but if shit does indeed happen to hit the fan at some point tonight, I’d like to go out with a smile on my face. Friday, 8-10pm. The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St.
This will be the last craft event happening around these here parts before Christmas, so if you’ve yet to purchase any handcrafted, local gifts, now is the time. Over 45 handmade and vintage vendors will be in attendance selling everything across the craft spectrum—from ceramics and letterpress items to knitted accessories and silk-screened apparel. There will also be plenty of refreshments courtesy of PBR and performances from four Philly musical acts: The Swinging Foxes, Hezekiah Jones, The Spinning Leaves and Jason Ferraro of the Homophones. Saturday, 12-7pm. $0-$2. 2424 Studios, E. York St.
Once home to the cast of MTV’s Real World, all this weekend TRUST will be transformed into Old City’s North Pole, hosting a slew of family-friendly activities each day. While checking out a colorful new exhibit inside the venue, guests can sample seasonal food and drinks, decorate ornaments and enjoy live music. For the kiddies, The Arden Theater will be offering free princess makeovers in addition to hosting several special performances of Cinderella. Also worth noting: gift wrapping and valet parking will be available, both helping to benefit PAWS, Philly’s largest no-kill animal shelter. Fri., 5-10pm. Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. Free. TRUST, 249 Arch St.
Tomorrow, several members of the always awesome and off-beat local artist collective will be essentially clearing house, slashing prices on a slew of their original artworks, both old and new. From t-shirts and screenprints to records and zines, there’s really no telling what sort of cool shit you’ll find. Participating artists include Max Seckel, Emilia Brintnall, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Will Laren and many, many more. So come, pick up a few one-of-a-kind creations, and help these talented emerging local artists make room in their studios for whatever masterpieces they might have in store for the coming year. Saturday, 12-5pm. Free. Space 1026, 1026 Arch St.
Marking his official return to the local quizzo scene, Philly’s own entertainment maverick, James Bradford is putting a fun new spin on the traditional quizzo format with a night of thematic trivia that includes various special rounds and one final “impossible question.” The theme for the debut night is eras. That’s right, each round will be assigned a different decade (80s-today) with the featured questions covering TV, movies, music, sports and history/current events. Several local retailers will be offering up prizes including Philly Aids Thrift and Passional Boutique. Sunday, 7-11pm. Free. The HeadHouse, 122 Lombard St.
Much to the excitement of pretty much every secondhand-loving local, Philly AIDS Thrift will soon be getting even bigger and even better. To help raise money for their impending expansion, the store is inviting folks to join them for a summertime bash featuring delicious food and drink, prizes and a silent auction as well as live music from Dangerous Ponies and DJ TransAM. Though the event will be held inside the magnificent work of art that is Philly Magic Gardens, tickets are on sale at PAT (710 S. 5th St.) for $25. Pay an extra $25 guests and you’ll have access to an open bar. Friday, 5-9pm. $25-$50. @ Philadelphia Magic Gardens (1020 South St.)
With the weekend forecast calling for sunny skies and temps into the 80s, you’re definitely going to want to meander over to Old City at some point this weekend where over 50 stores, restaurants and galleries will be showcasing and selling their wares out into the streets. Several businesses will also be hosting special events such as exhibits, trunk shows, food and demonstrations. For instance, over at Three Sirens Boutique (134 N. 3rd St.), they’ll be offering shoppers treats and tasty margaritas for the adults (or lemonade for the kids) as well as a special clearance sale, 10-20 percent off select summer styles, jewelry and scarves and a buy-one-get-one-half-off deal on Mink summer dresses. Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. Free. @ Various locations around Old City.
By now, most of you are probably familiar with InLiquid’s annual art extravaganza (or at least you should be if you’ve read PW’s art column this week). But regardless of whether you’ve attended the much-anticipated summer event the past 13 years straight or are a total AFTCP virgin, this year’s edition is not to be missed. Besides food and live music, each day, there will be at least a 100 or so arts and craft vendors in attendance selling all sorts of affordable, one-of-a-kind items—from prints, paintings and sculpture to clothing, accessories and housewares. Having gone through the list of vendors, I can assure you AFTCP is the best possible thing you can do this weekend—and probably the cheapest. Sat. & Sun., 12-6pm. Free. @ InLiquid, Crane Arts Bldg. (1400 N. American St.)
I was originally going to offer you all some pretty awesome news regarding Philly Aids Thrift. Yesterday, I showed up to Philly’s favorite thrift store a little after it had closed, and a gentleman inside slipped a card under the door advertising P.A.T’s new location, which declared this location the first thrift department store in the city. I squealed in delight. Turns out, it was an old advertisement from the store’s previous relocation last summer, and he was only giving it to me because the store’s hours were listed. Womp.
So the good news is that P.A.T is still open at 710 S. Fifth St., but it won’t be moving anytime soon as far as we here at PW Style know. Don’t let the mustached hipster inside fool you.
In other relocation news, however, posh fashionista Brooke Dillon has moved her suburban vintage store, The Katacomb, to 1221 Locust St.
The store, which Dillon has fondly nicknamed “The Kat” allows shoppers – by appointment only – to peruse vintage era pieces, as well as rare Marc Jacobs, YSL and Dior sunglasses, clothing and accessories. But don’t think you’ll get off-the-rack stuff from Ms. Dillon; she’s a real hunter, exploring the far corners of Japan and Paris, and closer to home in L.A., New York and Canada for pieces she – and probably you, too – love.
Those in attendance at last night’s PFW event did not disappoint—they came to the glamorous affair appropriately dressed to the nines.
Held outside under the Headhouse Square pavillian, luckily the weather cooperated. Though, they should have given more thought about forcing women to walk on cobblestone in heels for two hours. After three influential voices and talents were awarded for their contributions to Philly’s fashion scene—including Inquirer fashion writer, Elizabeth Wellington—the runway show finally began…
First up were the vintage fashions of several local consignment/thrift shops including, Philly Aids Thrift, Twice Boutique , Green Street Consignment and some really sexy heels from Bus Stop Boutique.
Next, three local design students wowed the crowd…
And then guests were given a sneak peak at some of the upcoming PFW designers…
And then the grand finale! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch the names of the two lovely ladies who designed these incredible dresses and for whatever reason, they aren’t posted anywhere…
Oh, and I almost forgot–chef Dana “Sugar Daddy” Herbert from TLC’s The Next Great Baker brought some very fashionable treats…
Here were my two favorite looks from the night…
**All photos courtesy of Nicole Leyrer (who did her best despite having to compete with the incredibly bright lights and a group of wild photographers)
Philly local, Kim-Thao Nguyen of B.A.N.G, had an interesting idea. She wondered what you would get if you mixed a platform on nuclear awareness with couture/costumes/ wearable art.
Well, what do you get? A new form of activism, perhaps? Throw in local sponsors Philly AIDS Thrift and the answer happens to be pretty cool.
You get the Atomic Catwalk at the Philly Fringe Festival! More deets to come and hopefully an interview soon about this budding project.. check out the copy from the press release below:
“Livening up age-old tactics of tee-shirts and political buttons, BANG is taking fashion activism to a new level in their interactive performance, “The Atomic Catwalk.” Working with a collection of young artists, guided by nuclear experts from mother organization Project for Nuclear Awareness, BANG youth advocates will display customized “disarmament couture”…
Ban All Nukes Generation leader Kim-Thao Nguyen explains, “By combing art and theatre with policy, we hope that this unusual association will capture the vital attention that is needed in the complete abolition of nuclear weapons.”
I’m excited. I’m entering a piece or two, actually… and for all you ETSY/DIY folk, if you’d like to enter a piece too, or would like to find out more info,
email Kim-Thao at email@example.com