Under the Radar: Winter 2012

Break Science & Michal Menert, Papadosio & Dopapod, Water Tower Craft Show, Holiday Trunk Fashion Show.

Break Science & Michal Menert

Wednesday, Dec. 5
9 p.m. 
The Blockley
38th and Chestnut streets

What better way to close out the fall semester than with an appearance from the core of Pretty Lights Music? Paul Basic, Break Science and Michal Menert will be packing in one of the tightest venues Philadelphia has to offer. Held under the arm of the musical master Derek Vincent Smith, all three of these composers carry on a unique beat and style. An electronic backbone, instruments and samples dress the music, producing an ensemble of sounds. Bringing together the harmony and heart of Colorado, these artists will collaborate as well as perform individually. Break Science sets himself apart from the other two performers, incorporating a drummer in his live performance. On his latest release, “Twilight Frequency, he partners with Smith’s prodigy, Menert. Menert, having had a childhood filled with music, takes a unique approach when producing his work. Co-producing under Pretty Light’s “Taking Up Your Precious Time,” Menert is known for producing feel good tunes that get audiences grooving.

Papadosio & Dopapod

Sunday. Dec. 30
8 p.m. 
The Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St.

Start the festivities early and ring in the new year with a new type of groove and funk produced by a multi-talented group of young peple. Papadosio is a new addition to the musical world and has been making big moves in a very short amount of time. Last year, Papadosio played two shows at the Blockley, both of which sold out before the night came to a close. This time around, it’s back with a bigger event, and a bigger venue to fill all the “‘dosio” fans. Papadosio’s NYE run stops first at the Troc, and continues down the East Coast to close off the new year at The National, in Richmond, Va. Their music is all about unexpected combinations, featuring aspects of rock, jazz and breaks to keep their music even more intriguing.

Water Tower Craft Show

Saturday, Dec. 8 
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9 
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Watertower Rec. Center of Chestnut Hill
8200 Germantown Ave.

Embrace the culture of Philadelphia to support local artists and appreciate hand crafted custom jewelry. Held in historic Chestnut Hill, more than 50 juried crafters come together and present decorations to dress yourself and your home. Admission for the exhibition is free, and food and drinks will be provided around the perimeter of the event. A wide variety of rock, crystal and pearl wire wrappings will be available for purchase as well as wind chimes and glass fixtures that project light. Panelists and judges will pick their favorite artist and gallery of work, and awards will be given for those looking to expand into shops and boutiques. These artists bring their roots into what the produce, making these crafts inspired from places and cultures all around the world. Add some light to your everyday life and immerse yourself in the local art culture of Philadelphia.

Holiday Trunk Fashion Show

Wednesday. Dec. 5
6 p.m. 
Smokin’ Betty’s 
116 S. 11th St.

Focus on your holiday fun and benefit from fashion in the holiday trunk fashion show. Local Philadelphian artists, jewelers and merchants combine together for raffles, giveaways and prizes to support the mission for the nonprofit Dress for Success. This organization promotes independence for disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, networking and career development tools that some may not have access to. Thrifty attire and accommodating accessories can build your wardrobe and benefit those who need it most. The fashion show will feature clothing from the past and what is in store for the upcoming year, giving viewers insight in what to look for next. Purchase tickets before going to the event for as ticket prices will rise to $35 at the door. Give those hard working, independent women the ability to work again, and shape their lives. This event is all about what fashion has done, and what it holds for those in the future. Join in for something you love and browse from a collection of customized fashion.

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