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Green Philly: Mural Arts makes Water Department Projects Visible, Above Ground

The Philadelphia Water Department and Mural Arts Program are teaming up to debunk the idea that art and engineering, like water and oil, do not mix.

The two organizations have partnered for about six years to call attention to the City’s clean water technology. Mural Arts commissions local artists to create public, water-themed pieces to educate Philly residents about PWD’s tools, which divert stormwater and prevent it from becoming runoff. PWD said that the two organizations have collaborated on a total of 10 to 20 projects.

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Philly Jesus: Philadelphia’s Born-again Prophet

The street preacher in the minds of many Americans, especially in the diverse northeastern metropolis, is often regarded as a wild-eyed evangelical with either a sign or megaphone, decrying those who defy the Lord who will supposedly receive eternal damnation. On Temple’s campus, visits by such preachers are a regular occurrence. Other merchants of spirituality and wisdom take on less ostentatious forms, distributing books or pamphlets or even simply engaging passersby in conversation.

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Creative Writing

Short Story: A First-person Confessional

Disclaimer: this story is purely fictional.

I like people. I enjoy their differences, their similarities and their stupid habits that make them them. When I wander the streets in search of that perfect oasis of liquor and darkness, I can’t help but be drawn to people. It’s a demented beauty really. Perceived only in the mind’s eye, this appreciation of the molded figures that are just so malleable. I really like people.

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Arts & Entertainment

A Passionate Past: Marcus/Emma by the Interact Theatre Company

What would you fight for? What would you fight against? These monumental questions were raised in the small hallways of The Drake before an anarchical display of the past. A collage of colored post-its guided playgoers, guiding them with beliefs, passions and fears into a small theatre where their beliefs were about to be challenged.

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Single for Valentine’s Day? Have no Fear: 14th Street is Here to Make Your Valentine’s Day a Little Sweeter

Valentine’s day is both the best day to own a chocolate shop and the worst day to be single, especially if you’re broke. Anyone who has been single for their fair share of Valentine’s Days is familiar with the sinking realization that your night to be spent watching Netflix, eating some candy and not texting your ex – really, don’t do it.

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Creative Writing

Half a Million Women, (Maybe) Ten Bathrooms: How I Ended Up Peeing in a Bag in Front of the Air and Space Museum

The night before the Women’s March on Washington Jan. 21, I sat with my mother and sister in our living room making picket signs for the occasion. My mom – the better artist – was putting the finishing touches on the globe she had drawn on my poster, which declared my reason for marching: Because I’m scared for our planet!

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1/21/2017: Women’s March on Washington Photo Gallery

The day after President Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, hundreds of thousands of men and women marched in Washington, D.C. and around the world in protest of the new president’s treatment of women and minorities. Reports say the march brought three times the amount of people to the Nation’s Capitol than the inauguration ceremony did. 14th Street writer Brianna Baker traveled to Washington and documented the historic march.

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Arts & Entertainment

Paint the Revolution: A Chilling Retrospective on Conflict and Destruction

Visitors to the Paint the Revolution exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art yearn for a fortunate opportunity to see, firsthand, famous pieces by painter-turned-pop-culture-icon Frida Kahlo or one of Diego Rivera’s renowned large-scale works. The front of the museum itself had been temporarily adorned with a self-portrait of Kahlo.

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Philly Foodie

Wahlburgers Proves Unexiting

Whether you love him or hate him, it’s safe to bet that you have at least heard of Mark Wahlberg. What many people haven’t heard, though, is that Mark’s brother, Paul Wahlberg (or Paulberg as I’ve nicknamed him), decided to rally the family and open a burger chain. It’s appropriately named Wahlburgers. Note: there is an entire TV show about this, which I was unaware of until arriving at the restaurant.

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