WATCH: Summer Solstice Festival at Kimmel Center

On Saturday, June 21st, Kimmel Center celebrated the first day of summer with Solstice in the City. This extravaganza from 8 p.m. till 2 a.m., and featured performances by indie bands Beverly, San Fermin and Real Estate in Verizon Hall. Jazz residency artists Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate, Josh Lawrence and the Fresh Cut Orchestra, and Bobby Zankel, Raphael Xavier, and Francois Zayas performed in the SEI Innovation Studio to packed houses.

We were there Saturday night to kick off summer with The Kimmel. Check out the video above for a chat with organizer Zach Blackwood, and scenes from some of the aforementioned performances.

One of Philly’s Most Beloved Visiting Drag Queens, Maddox Madison, Dies After Battle With Skin Cancer

Maddox at Tabu last August. Photo by Garrett Matthew.

Maddox Madison at Tabu last August. Photo by Garrett Matthew.

Maddöx Madison, a drag queen staple of the New York nightlife scene, passed away yesterday after a two-month battle with skin cancer. The performer and makeup connoisseur performed here in Philadelphia frequently. While I didn’t know her very well (when I did meet her, she was so sweet), many queens from Philadelphia did. Here are some of their reactions via social media.

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Street Style: How to Shop Local Like a Pro


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Julia Sherwood Murphy

Hood: Rittenhouse Square

Day Job: Director of client services at Commonwealth Proper in Rittenhouse

Where We Found Her: On her way to North Shore Beach Club

What She’s Wearing: Von Vonni dress (“Interesting fact:  There are four seams on the dress, all of which are produced by the same machine. This company is a model of how to produce in America. Its innovation and the brilliance in its approach are rarely given the attention and recognition deserved.”); Prada bag; Alexis Bittar necklace (” “The necklace was a gift from ‘E. Bunny’—Easter bunny.  My mother, love her, is a Jew who loves Easter, and this was her gift to me this year.  The enclosure: ‘Believe in me, or else. – E. Bunny.’ She’s a funny one.”); Schutz espadrilles; Nina Ricci sunglasses.

Check out her impressive must-shop-in-Philly list here.

Street Style: This is the Coolest Bag We’ve Ever Seen


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Myra

‘Hood: Lower Merion

Day Job: Interior designer

Where We Found Her: On her way back from a luncheon birthday party for a friend at Estia. “This day was so divine that I had to come to Rittenhouse. I use to live at the Dorchester and I just wanted to be in this glorious sunshine. You can’t help but fall in love with Philadelphia on a day like today. Everyone just seems so happy.


What She’s Wearing:  Ellen Tracy shoes; shirt and pants from Julie’s Bottega in Bala Cynwyd; Hermes bracelets and necklace; purse bought while she was traveling in Shanghai; hair cut by Sharon at Millennium Hair & Day Spa in Wynnewood.

See more of that bag here.

Street Style: How a Military Vet Found Color — and Her Personal Style


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Nena


Hood: Rittenhouse

Day Job: Style blogger for Beauty & Britches; licensed social worker, and soon launching an independent project focused on mental health and wellness for women of color.

Where We Found Her: On her way home from Coffee Bar, where she was writing with her fiance, author and blogger Eric Smith. “Writing with him helps me stay focused and also is a chance to spend time together.” [Ed. note: We totally stalked and found an adorable photo of their engagement!]

What She’s Wearing: Flats from Moda in Rittenhouse (“I have been mostly heel-free for two years. Someone asked me if I was making a statement by not wearing heels, but it is purely because my feet don’t want to deal with them anymore”); jeans and top from H&M; Pennsylvania necklace Smak Parlour in Old City; initial necklace from Tselaine in Rittenhouse; cardigan from Philadelphia Flea Market (“It was made by Corner House, which used to be a brand in Quakertown”); Scout and Boo necklace by Out of Print (“They partner with Books for Africa to donate a book for each item sold”).

See more here.

PHOTOS: BalletX Premier Party

On Wednesday night, local ballet-with-a-bite company BalletX hosted its annual Premier Party to raise funds for future projects, and offer guests a sneak peek into the upcoming season, including Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan’s much-anticipated Sunset: o639 Hours. The stunning work — inspired by one of the first pilots to cross the South Pacific — is scored by award-winning New Zealand composer Rosie Langabeer, who was also in attendance at this week’s soiree.

We were there to ogle hobnob with some of the dancers and players behind BalletX. Check out our photos from the evening below.

InterAct Debuts New Gay-Themed Play, Ritu Comes Home

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David Bardeen and Jered McLeniga in “Ritu Comes Home.” Photos by Plate 3/Kathryn Raines.

Last night, InterAct Theatre Company world-premiered its latest show, Ritu Comes Home, at the Adrienne Theater. The story follows Brendan and David, an affluent gay couple who live happy, carefree lives in Bryn Mawr, well, until their Bangladeshi “adopt a day” daughter Ritu shows up.

I had a chance to sit down with Brooklyn-via-New Jersey playwright Peter Gil-Sheridan over the weekend to chat about the show, why he set in Philly, where the inspiration comes from, and then we make some funnies about Venture Inn.

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Street Style: Hats, Creepers and High-Waisted Shorts


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Scoutt Rose

‘Hood: Northeast Philly

Day Job: David’s Bridal, Way Out piercing shop, photography and part-time modeling.

Where We Found Her: Shooting with her friend, a local photographer.

What She’s Wearing: Hat, stockings and thigh-highs from Forever 21; glasses from unknown South Street store; crop top, cardigan and shorts from Garage; creepers from Bare Feet Shoes.

Where She Shops: Crash Bang Boom on South 4th Street, random thrift shops.

Sound Bite: “I go from wearing bell bottoms and sunflower head crowns to a darker style with lots of blacks and more edgy accessories. I don’t limit myself to one set look, I love being able to just wake up and transform myself into whatever I want.”


Street Style: Where to Get the Best Women’s Button-Ups in Town


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Anne Scotti

‘Hood: Center City

Day Job: Executive Recruiter at AC Lordi Search

Where We Found Her: Leaving brunch with friends; on her way to shop.

What She’s Wearing: Christian Louboutin pumps, Gap jeans, custom Commonwealth Proper shirt, Chanel bag, Hermès belt, Isabel Marant for Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

See more here.

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