Inspired by car-less streets during the papal visit last year, the City of Philadelphia held Open Streets PHL, or Philly Free Streets Sept. 24. The program welcomed cyclists, walkers, musicians and artists to take advantage of an open South Street. Video is by Conor Humphries.
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Philly is home to an eclectic music scene, a creative arts community, and so much cultural diversity—the city gives us a lifetime of events each year to celebrate its history. With so many to choose from, here’s a look at 10 of this year’s coolest summer festivals you don’t want to miss!
A precursor to Restaurant Week, the Fall StrEAT Festival Sept. 18 drew quite a crowd of Philly foodies to Manayunk’s Main Street; those who couldn’t snag a table sat on the curb were with sushi burritos and pizza cones in hand. There were vendors, a farm stand, live music, even street magicians, but it was the lineup of over 50 acclaimed food trucks that stole the show. If you didn’t get a chance to sample some of the best mobile meals that Philly has to offer, look no further: profiled below are five standouts from the festival, parked on a street corner near you.
Written and Photos by: Brianna Baker
The first time I stopped by Philly Radness, the skateboarding-inspired exhibition at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, it was silent. Colorful, geometric projections framed an empty space. TV monitors played film reel without audio. There was no clack of wheels against floor, no grunts as skaters tumbled off boards. Knowing that the installation was built for interactivity made this vacancy feel desolate, even eerie.
Philly Radness is a mixed media show in two parts: the first is a pop-up indoor skatepark in the back of the gallery. Created by multimedia artist Eric Cade Schoenborn and professional skateboarder Ed Solego, the installation features trippy digital projections that respond to skaters’ motion and sound as they slide over a halfpipe and ledge.