Friday, September 19, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:00 AM
Park(ing) Day is an annual event that local Philadelphia business and organizations take part in to encourage the city to use parking spaces for new creative purposes for the residents of Philadelphia. (Ashlee Espinal / Staff Photographer)

I can smell your excitement.

For (yet another) pop-up: This one’s pretty cool though. Artists and designers will transform metered parking spots into one-day only parks today all across the city as a part of Park(ing) Day. See what creative minds can do with 170 square feet until 5 p.m., when a party starts at Philadelphia Center for Architecture (1218 Arch St.)

For fitspiration: Ahead of this weekend’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.) welcomes over 60 exhibitors for a pre-race expo, where runners can pick up their race information and other fitness enthusiasts can check out the goodies for sale. The expo runs from noon until 7 p.m. today and features exhibitors like Fairmount Running Club, Jelly Belly Sport Beans and Pinnacle Performance Eyewear.

POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 4:41 PM
Janet Echelman's "Pulse" will be installed in Dilworth Park in 2015. (Design by OLIN courtesy of Moore College of Art and Design)

Since its opening on Sept. 4, the newly renovated Dilworth Park has drawn many a visitor. While there’s a ton to see and do (with event programming occurring almost every night of the week), there are still additional developments — like an ice skating rink and lawns and walkways — including the installation of Janet Echelman’s sculpture, “Pulse.”

Having created a piece for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Echelman brings an addition to Dilworth Park, coming in 2015, that will reside in the space’s fountain and will create mist that traces in real time the paths of the subway lines below.

Prior to the debut of the sculpture, the artist comes to Moore College of Art and Design’s Stewart Auditorium (20th St. and the Parkway) on Friday, Sept. 19 to talk with Daniel Tucker, Graduate Program Manager in Social and Studio Practice at 6:30 p.m. about her body of work and additional behind-the-scenes details.

POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 2:12 PM
The Peddler's Village Scarecrow Festival is this weekend. (iStock Photo)

This is it. Summer’s last hoorah. Throw on your flip-flops (if you so please) and embrace the last weekend of what can be considered the best season. (OK, that’s open for debate.)

Starting Friday, Sept. 19, over 120 local, student and professional artists — like Sarah Pollock, Brian Eppley and Arlene Steinberg — post up along Rittenhouse Square (18th and Walnut Streets) for a three-day Fine Art Show that extends to Sunday, Sept. 21. A streetside café and farmers market round things out on Sunday. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.

It’s never too early for a good scare. Strap on your straightjacket and prepare for the six horror-inducing attractions at Eastern State Penitentiary’s (22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue) Terror Behind the Walls, which welcomes terror-chasing fans for opening weekend from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20.

POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:08 PM

Philadelphia’s urban beach received the go-ahead to stay open until Sept. 28, and with only two more weeks of hammock swinging and entertainment, two weekend celebrations are set to take place.

Starting on Friday, Sept. 19 and running through Sunday, Sept. 21, Spruce Street Harbor Park (Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street) welcomes the change of season during a Fall Festival full of events to enjoy.

Craft beer drinkers know that when September hits, one of the most beloved brew flavors is in full swing: pumpkin. During Fall Fest, the beer selections at the Blue Anchor, the park’s resident foodery, will represent a different mid-Atlantic area each day. On Friday, enjoy fall-themed foods and harvest beers in season from New Jersey and Delaware. On Saturday, local Pennsylvania beers will take over the park, followed by Maryland pours on Sunday.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 11:04 AM
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys perform at Citi presents exclusive performance by The Black Keys for Citi cardmembers as part of the Evenings with Legends Series at Roseland Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

What we’re checking out this week!

Friday, September 19: Lily Allen

In some ways, I feel like Lily Allen and I are kindred spirits: we’re both small, creative, music-loving brunettes, born within 2 months of each other (she’s a smidge older); we both had trouble fitting in at school (although she seems to have had a rougher time); we were both obsessed with Myspace in an era of Myspace obsession (but then again, who wasn’t). The difference of course is that she’s a major pop star whose quirky, candid tunes have touched millions worldwide — and whose personal life has come under intense scrutiny as a result. The scrutiny got so bad that she almost retired from music altogether a few years back — and in that way, her new record Sheezus (yes, that’s a Kanye shout-out) feels like a triumph. It’s also damn good — mixing her signature off-kilter pop with deceptively smart lyrics about the media’s view of female performers and overcoming drug use. This Friday, she brings her snarky pop to the Electric Factory for her first local show in 5 years. Come see her now lest she disappear again!

POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:45 PM
The Philadelphia Collection, eight days of fashion events, starts Wednesday. (RYAN S. GREENBERG / Staff Photographer)

Following New York City’s jam-packed Fashion Week, we here in Philadelphia are spotlighting our own style community through a week of runway shows, pop-up shops and cocktail parties via the Philadelphia Collection, running Wednesday, Sept. 17 through Wednesday, Sept. 24. Now in its fifth year, the event celebrates the city’s “collection” of retailers, boutiques, designers and fashion students.

With over 45 events happening throughout the seven-day soiree, here’s where you’ll find us channeling our best Anna Wintour.

Phashion Phest would be a good start. Helping to kick off the week on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., the evening features a fashion show, student designer showcase, and a cocktail reception at the Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St).

POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:14 PM
Peace Day Philly is a local initiative for the International Day of Peace. (Photo via Peace Day Philly)

Starting Monday, Sept. 15, for the third year, dozens of organizations and venues across the city will participate in Peace Day Philly, a week of concerts, gatherings and discussions, promoting peace. Culminating on Sunday, Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace, Peace Day Philly aims to bring the sentiment of the national event on a local level.

Eddie Conway and Dominique Stevenson, co-founders of the prison mentoring program Friend of a Friend will elaborate on prison programs that can help turn prisons into a more peaceful setting — and the politics that go along with it on Tuesday, Sept. 16. They speak from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the American Friends Service Committee (1501 Cherry St.).

Start the day on a green note on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Philadelphia Urban Creators (11th and York Streets) as the community gathers to work on the garden from 9 a.m. until noon. Bring your garden tools and any other supplies — they’re taking donations.

POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:44 PM
The Mexican Independence Festival on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Sunday, September 16, 2013 in Philadelphia. (Photo by (Douglas Bovitt)

Over the next month, Philadelphia lights up with the sights, sounds and flavors of Latino culture for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Beginning officially on Monday, Sept. 15 (the day before Mexico’s Independence Day), the festivities continue into October.

Things get started a day early on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard) with a fiesta in honor of Mexican Independence. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., get your fill on authentic cuisine (including the Best Taco in the Delaware Valley contest!), mariachi bands, dancers and crafts.

Work up an appetite for worldly cuisine and music on Sunday, Sept. 14 as Puerto Rican singer Rosa Diaz performs for two hours at Reading Terminal Market’s (1200 Arch St.) Center Court seating area starting at noon.

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