You have about seven more hours to make your mark on Greater Philly Photo Day, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s initiative to capture a full day in the Greater Philadelphia region via a hodgepodge of photos. After midnight, AAI will begin collecting all the images and putting them together for a special exhibition opening November 12th. They’ll also choose three of the best images to display on billboards in SEPTA stations around town, which is obviously what we’re all shooting for here. To help you get that prize-winning shot, we asked Philly Mag staffers to help us come up with a list of quintessential, impossible-to-beat spots to nab that perfect selfie. Here’s what we came up with:
LOVE Statue on UPenn’s Campus
It’s not the one you’re used to, but this one has trees!
It’s been a long time coming, but the film version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the ghoulish adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, finally has a release date and its first trailer (below).
The book it’s based on was published in 2009 by Philadelphia publishing company Quirk. The million-seller stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 50 weeks, and has been translated into 25 languages. Quirk explains the plot on their website:
I got word from Delaware River Waterfront Corporation today that its annual Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest—the chillier version of its summer outdoor skating rink—will open for the fall/winter season on November 27th.
Details about added features at this year’s Winterfest are nil as of yet, but you can be sure to expect some staples from years past, like a giant tree likely draped in lights from Spruce Street Harbor Park, two tents—one for kid-friendly activities and another with food and drinks (and fire pits!) for adults—and of course all the ice skating your holiday heart desires.
Get your camera ready, Philadelphia. Tomorrow is Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC)’s Greater Philly Photo Day, an initiative to capture what 24 hours living in Philadelphia looks like in photo form (and a way to have one of your pics included in a real-life exhibition—no matter what your skill level).
Taking part is easy-breezy. Just snap a photo between midnight and 11:59 pm on Friday, October 9th, and upload it to PPAC’s website. The only rules are that you have to capture the photo on October 9, 2015, and you have to have taken it within one of the 11 counties making up the Greater Philadelphia Region. You have until October 14th to upload it onto PPAC’s site here.
As sterile as it now looks on the outside, the gaudy men’s department store lives on via a series of tasteful wall murals that decorate the building’s lobby and some elevator walls on the upper levels. Local artist Julia Blaukopf created the black-and-white murals after researching images of the original Shirt Corner at City Hall. There she dug up photographs and blueprints that dated back to the 1800s.
French artist JR works on his 15-story photographic creation. | Photo by Steve Weinik
After more than 30 years in Philadelphia, the ambitious MuralArtsProgram has racked up its share of hits and misses, as we’ve dutifully chronicled. But we have a feeling October’s “Open Source” project will find its place in history among the winners.
Throughout the next month, Philadelphia will be home to nine visiting artists who will leave mementos of their stays on skyscrapers, hotels, skate parks and shuttered schools around the city. As Mural Arts doyenne JaneGolden sees it, “Open Source” continues to advance Philadelphia on its track toward becoming a world-renowned hub for arts, culture and innovation. Several local artists are participating as well.
Philadelphia was to play host to two of the world’s top spiritual leaders this fall (we got the pope, the Dalai Lama canceled), so, in the spirit of keeping the holiness flowing, the City and nonprofit organization A Day of Kindness have teamed up for “A Day of Kindness” on October 27th. (History buffs may recognize that date as the birthday of Philadelphia—its 333rd.)
“We are working to bring out the spirit of kindness William Penn envisioned when he founded Philadelphia,” say reps from A Day of Kindness. “Our intention is to invite the best of the human spirit to be more present by facilitating acts and expressions of kindness. We are reaching out to the diverse communities, faiths, celebrities and underserved populations of the city to reacquaint each other with the kindness that lives inside all of us.”
Philly-born comedian Abbi Jacobson will sit down with local author/producer Jennifer Weiner during ThinkFest to chat about her journey from Philadelphia to becoming one of the most talked about—and laughed at—personalities on TV.
Jacobson was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania, where she attended Valley Forge Middle School and Conestoga High School. From there, she went on to study comedy at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Later, after moving to New York, she honed her skills with the Upright Citizens Brigade, where she met fellow comedian IllanaGlazer. LOLs ensued.
The DalaiLamawas supposed to come to Philadelphia at the end of this month to receive the National Constitution Center‘s 2015 Liberty Medal. A few weeks before his arrival, however, we got the bummer news that the 80-year-old spiritual leader had to cancel to fulfill a doctor’s orders to rest up for a few weeks.
According to a video Red Bull put on YouTube, the projection mapping was screened across all 300 feet of the west-facing facade of City Hall. “Via a custom control board, attendees were able to create audio-visual designs that were then projected directly onto the landmark building in real time,” the description read.