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Man forsakes free will for art

Would Chad Wanzek answer his phone Saturday as he walked around Philadelphia letting strangers control his day? Outlook not so good.As he asked his Mattel Magic 8-Ball if he should return my call, the triangular answer settling through blue-bubble goo, serendipity was on my side.…

Festival opens, brings artsy back to Philly

“In DiversCity”Dance, 90 Minutes – $15International House, 3701 Chestnut St.Prepare yourself for a night of intense Philly flavor when Indigenous Pitch performs “In DiversCity.” This 90-minute show isn’t your regular old stomp n’ clap routine.…

MakePhilly brings geeks and artists together to create

Words like “nanotechnology” and “BEAM robotics” are abstract concepts for many people. We know such things exist, but don’t think they can apply to our lifestyles. We leave the creative possibilities of technology to scientists and engineers who are trained to understand them.But brace yourselves for a radical notion: what if regular, everyday people used technology for fun?…

Wow! adds a little art to Passyunk

Passyunk Avenue isn’t known for it’s art galleries. But that didn’t leave Paul Kauffman too jaded to open one. Kauffman transformed his antique shop Century Cool on 20th Street into an art exhibit.…

Backyard art honors a family’s forward thinking message

The Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum isn’t your typical stuffy art gallery. Visiting the museum is more like hanging out at your cool older cousin’s house with his friends, except he and his friends are all amazing artists displaying their work on every wall and every corner.…

The Writing on the Wall

He tagged an elephant in the Philadelphia Zoo, and an airplane carrying the Jackson Five after it landed in Philadelphia. His wall name is “Cornbread,” the Philadelphia graffitist who started a movement that defines the modern day-graffiti artist- and he only started tagging to show his love interest for a girl.…

Painting a canvas made from stone and concrete

For Heath Stokes, a 57-year-old North Philadelphia resident, things seem to be getting better, slowly but surely. “That stuff used to be everywhere,” Stokes said from behind large sunglasses and a thin gray beard.…

Freedom of arts in Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties is an often overlooked mecca of art, music and construction. In this up-and-coming neighborhood, everyone knows your name and every corner is bursting at the seams with an array of things to do and see.…

Take time for a second impression of First Friday

I spent last semester in a sense of wonder. As a student studying abroad in London, everyday was literally an adventure. Sure, the occasional class got in the way, but the past few months were mostly spent discovering things that I had never been exposed to before.…