You've seen him in the crosswalk, on the sides of buildings, and as a sticker. Stikman has been a friendly face in Philadelphia, surprising us by being in plain sight but in unexpected ways, for the past 20 years. Stikman says, "It was the spring of 1992 that I stuck a little man made of sticks to a wall of a derelict building on 3rd Street in Old City." Since then, the cityscape has changed and time has weathered his creations, though this is all part of his plan. Explaining the impulse behind this plan, he says, "I share this transient form of art to connect with a viewer whom I will never meet, in hopes that the joy of finding the unexpected has altered their consciousness."
Now, his mediums have expanded to include the stikman affixed and painted on numerous LP record covers, prints, book pages, cut paper paste-ups, hollow core doors and a variety of metal, wood, cloth and plastic objects. Some of his favorite pieces include stenciling images on ping pong balls, bricks, tiny slide viewers, and playing cards. However, the little stikman made of sticks never disappeared.
Out of Town Films is a group of friends dedicated to the art of music documentation that has collected nearly 50 video recordings of some of the best indie talent to pass through Philadelphia this year. Exclusive interviews and an intimate, front row seat to Dr. Dog, Nicos Gun, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Delta Rae, and Margot & The Nuclear So and So's, among many others, is just a taste of what is available on their Youtube page.
This Wednesday at Johnny Brenda's, Out of Town Films will be kicking-off their first in a series of showcase concerts featuring Free Energy and Edison. Out of Town Films' co-founder Michael James Murray plays lead guitar in Edison, so this night will truly be about celebrating. Plus, they will be streaming their debut album Living Room this week on SoundCloud so you can get a taste for the sweet tunes you can expect to hear. Stay up to date with Edison's other upcoming happenings by following their Tumblr and Twitter.
"Living Room" by edisonsvoice
In celebration of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Aoki Boutique will be hosting a charity event on Friday, October 19th from 6:00 - 9:00pm. Ilsa Loves Rick designer Gaby Russomagno will debut a new jewelry line, ILR for the Cure, created in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. 20% of all ILR for the Cure sales will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Aoki Boutique will also donate 20% of all sales to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer partnered with Wines by Design to create Celebrate, a mini line featuring a 2009 California Red and 2010 Chardonnay, which was created to raise money and awareness about the disease. Celebrate Wines is actively committed to fighting breast cancer and donates 20% of proceeds to support LBBC programs and services. There will be a tasting for the Celebrate wine at the event for guests 21 and over.
This Sunday, October 14th, make your way down to Bartram's Garden, the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, in West Philly to connect with nature in an awe-inducing and interactive way. Hosting the event is Data Garden, an online magazine and record label that encourages the discovery of electronic music through the windows of history, science and community. Data Garden also explores the synthesis of biological and digital technologies as a channel of human expression. Participants will have the opportunity to wander throughout Bartram’s Garden and connect with their natural environment through live music, performance and sculpture that blurs the distinction between biological and digital worlds.
Musicial performances for the evening include:
Tortoise & Blonde is a stylish and affordable eyewear brand out of New York that offers a variety of men’s and women’s prescription glasses and sunglasses. With so many frames and sunglasses retailers online, it can be impossible to pick just one pair, let alone anticipate what they will look like on your face! Tortoise & Blonde's collaboration with Urban Outfitters is a sigh of relief for glasses-wearers in need of a new look who prefer a more hands-on approach. Check out and try on Tortoise & Blonde's frames at their pop-up shop and, better yet, T&B can read the RX out of your current lenses and fill new frames on site! If you can't make it out to Center City on Sunday, they'll be in the area all weekend and are always available online. Cheers to a new you!
Urban Outfitters Walnut
1627 Walnut StreetPhiladelphia, PA
Are you ready to shake up your midweek and embark on an unusual voyage? Then join folks from Hendricks Gin at the Trust for a mysterious event as they welcome Hendricks Gin back to Philadelphia where it was developed by Steven Grasse. You know might know Mr. Grasse’s other liquors - Root, Snap, Rhuby Tea and SAGE - well, if you’re a fan of the Art in the Age First Friday events like I am.
This Wednesday, the 8th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival is set to begin with a fun-filled eveing featuring design exhibitions, a fashion showcase, and two parties. First, help support DesignPhiladelphia's year-round programming at their cocktail party + benefit from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Provenance Architecturals, a 10,000 square-foot salvage warehouse. A meet and greet with the 2012 Design Champion Award winner, fabulous fare from 12th Street Catering, and signature cocktails by Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction are included with each ticket.
The festivities will continue from 7:30 - 10:00pm with the free and open to the public PopUp Place Street Party. In addition to delicious food and beer from vendors Pitruco Pizza, Little Baby's Ice Cream, and Yards Brewery, you can also build an interactive architectural structure with Public Workshop, hangout in the pallet lounge by Bonzai Homes, catch the So Re Fa fashion show produced by Arcadia Boutique, experience /adaptations/- an exhibition on sustainable design, view outdoor projections by Matt Suib and Nadia Hironaka, and enjoy live music by Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey. SoReFa is a socially responsible fashion showcase which is set to feature favorite local and sustainable designers, hair and makeup by Moko, and Philadelphia Magazine editors Emily Goulet and Carrie Denny as the show's MCs. Check out their blog for more information. There will also be free giveaways from Vitamin Water. This event is seriously loaded with a ton of activities so make sure to stop by and show some love!
When it comes to shopping, women in Philly have a lot of options. Yet, there are very few shops made just for the boys, so it’s a good thing that Kembrel opened a dedicated menswear shop on 1219 Locust Street this past Friday. The Kembrel Men’s Shop is small boutique with a wonderfully curated selection of clothes for the guy who has a casual interest fashion, to the guy who reads GQ religiously and is up to date on all the latest trends.