“We set a record: four minutes and forty seconds,” Kelly said. “We got everybody — the entire team, every position group, the coaches and the training staff done in four minutes and forty seconds,” said Kelly. “Oh, it was tempo. And I would challenge anybody [to match that].”
Kelly later added: “We had to coach the photographers a little bit because… one of the guys thought he was Ansel Adams. We said ‘Let’s get this thing taken and let’s go,’ you know what I mean? It’s not like it’s going to be hanging in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”
Neil Young October 8th and 9th Academy of Music
The gritty Canadian singer and guitarist has always had a huge Philadelphia fan base, and his shows here are the stuff of legend. He performed a solo set and one with Crosby, Stills and Nash at Live Aid, he headlined a special 2008 concert to commemorate the end of the Spectrum, and his 2007 Tower shows were memorialized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the documentary Neil Young Trunk Show. If you don’t catch at least one of his two performances here this month, you’ll be missing out.
From Foobooz: Cheu Noodle Bar, home to some of Philly’s most beloved noodles, is hosting its fourth Ramen Rumble on Monday, September 29th at 6 p.m. And this one looks to be an epic battle. Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink will rumble with Nick Elmi of Laurel Restaurant to produce the best noodles of the night. More here.
Charles Blow is a New York Times columnist, television commentator, and The Root magazine's 11th most influential African American in the world. Join him as he reads from his memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, a reflection of his difficult childhood in Louisiana and the memories that have followed him. The event is free and open to the public. Tuesday, September 30th, 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 1901 Vine Street.
Not only can you Pay-What-You-Wish and explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art after hours on Wednesday nights, you can also channel creative energy with Make Stuff, a drop-in art-making workshop. This Wednesday, Philadelphia Brewing Company will teach you how to make your own delicious beer. A schedule of upcoming workshops, which are free after admission, can be found here. For more information about Wednesday evening programming, click here. Wednesday, October 1st, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund hosts this event to celebrate "those who have used their passion for skateboarding to become leaders and role models, and to positively impact communities throughout the world." Honorees include Oliver Percovich (pictured), whose program Skatistan uses skateboarding to help youth in Afghanistan, Joel Zwicky, a cop who uses skateboarding as a way to connect with citizens and "humanize law enforcement," and more. Besides that, look out for live music and an art display curated by Cosmo Baker and Zoe Strauss, skating demos, a silent auction, and grub. Proceeds from the event will benefit Franklin's Paine Skatepark's fund to build free public skateparks throughout the community. Wednesday, October 1st, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Paine's Park, Schuylkill River Trail - Philadelphia to Valley Forge.
Four-piece indie rock group hailing from the U.K. Catfish and The Bottlemen will play at MilkBoy this Wednesday. Think crisp guitar riffs and lyrics you'll want to yell out loud. Tickets are available online. Wednesday, October 1st, 8 p.m., 21+, $12-15, Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut Street.
King of Prussia Beerfest Royale kicks off on Thursday night with the ultimate happy hour. Head to the KOP to sample craft beers from over 25 of the areas finest breweries while listening to live tunes from The Hoppin' John Orchestra and noshing on bites from a variety of restaurant vendors. Enjoy a cigar lounge with a complimentary cigar for each guest, plus a pumpkin beer bar ideal for those with seasonally obsessed palettes. More information is available here. Tickets can be purchased online. Thursday, October 2nd, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., $60-65, King of Prussia Mall (The Court), 690 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA.
From Foobooz: The last Night Market of the season comes to Chinatown on Thursday, October 2nd. The market is centered around 10th and Race and will include 60+ food trucks and vendors. Among the new faces, including Bao Boy, IndeBlue, Sweet Lavender, and Sbraga, who is doing up some special chicken wings. Foobooz has more here.
The Found Footage Festival (FFF), currently in its 10th year, is coming to Johnny Brenda’s this Thursday for two showings at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. This special event is a guided tour through wacky and weird found VHS footage, hosted by curators Joe Picket and Nick Prueher, who provide commentary and “where are they now” stories from the videos’ stars. FFF has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and NPR. Tickets are available for purchase online. For more information, click here. Thursday, September 2nd, 7:30 p.m & 10 p.m., $12, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue.—Aubrey Nagle
We pick a show for every night of this week, including punk rockers Rise Against, quirky indie darlings We Are Scientists (pictured), and a rare performance from hip-hop legend Nas. See the full lineup here.
Our sister blog, G Philly, has presented lots of coverage on OutBeat, the nation’s first ever LGBTQ jazz festival, that’s playing right here in Philly this upcoming week. However, this event isn’t just for those who fall in the LGBTQ spectrum: it’s a major musical fest for jazz lovers that is bringing some of the best musicians in the genre to our city. Read more »
East Terrace Aerial Mockup. Image via the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Greg Heller, author of Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics and the Building of Modern Philadelphia, knows something about the planning and evolution of Philadelphia’s Parkway. Aside from Inga Saffron, there are few people I can think of more qualified to offer an opinion on Frank Gehry’s plans for the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), now on view there in “Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”
While other critics have basically said, “Thank god Gehry’s plans for the museum don’t seem very Gehry-ish” — in other words, he’s kept himself in check in our rather conservative, Quaker city — Heller finds himself disappointed by the absence of Gehry’s flamboyance:
The exhibit showcases the results of a design process that has been going on since 2006—seriously, that’s eight years of planning by one of the top architects of our time, famous for massive, ambitious, bizarrely shaped, twisted sculptures of metal that (like them or not) become a permanent and recognizable fixture in their cities’ urban landscapes. Even if I didn’t like the proposed renovation design, I figured at least it would be ambitious and interesting. It was neither.
Heller knew it wasn’t going to be Bilbao — after all, the design is primarily underground, as he notes — but he thought we might get something “iconic and visionary—perhaps our own version of I.M. Pei’s pyramid at the Louvre, but Gehryesque.” Instead, he says, Gehry has offered a pallid plan for an “amazingly boring” museum expansion.
From Foobooz: For the second summer, The Oval returns, as Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation partnered with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Association for Public Art, changes the otherwise dull space into a public park. The Oval will be used to promote the parkway as a space all Philadelphians can utilize and enjoy, not just those looking for daytime parking. The kick-off event will feature music, food, BEER and a performance by the Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy. The space also doubles as a canvas for this year’s art installation and theme entitled, Magic Carpet by the artist Candy Coated. More here.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is joining the city’s summer beer garden craze. In addition to its weekly series, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays, the art museum is featuring a Wednesday night beer tasting series. Hosted by Starr Events & Catering and the Art Museum, The Great Stair Hall will turn into a temporary beer garden, with local craft breweries offering tastes of five different beers each week during sampling sessions from 6-8:30 p.m. This week's featured brewery is Flying Fish–with Stoudt’s and Yards Brewing Company in the weeks to come. There will be beer garden-esque snacks to munch on as well, with the museum aesthetics providing a sophisticated sipping experience. Tickets for the series are available online. Wednesday, July 16th, 6 p.m., $25 for non-members, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Free movie with a waterfront view? Yes, please. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is featuring another blockbuster on the big screen this week. Catch Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity, this Thursday, July 17th. Films begin at dusk, but come early as seats tend to fill up quickly. Movie-goers can also mosey around Great Plaza's neighbor, Spruce Street Harbor Park, for some pre-film fun. Thursday, July 17th, 8:30 p.m., Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd and Chestnut Street.
Catch an old favorite under the stars this week: Back to the Future is playing on the Schuylkill Banks Grays Ferry Crescent. Bring blankets and a picnic basket and get cozy for the free outdoor screening. Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner. Oh, and free snacks, beverages, and Shake Shake custard (!) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Thursday, July 17th, 8:30 p.m., Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade, by Schuylkill Ave and Wharton Street.
In a City Lab piece titled “Philly: Let’s Talk About Frank Gehry,” Kriston Capps writes that Gehry “might be Apollo Creed-level bad for Philadelphia.” Them’s fighting words. Literally.
Capps’ commentary coincides with today’s opening of Gehry’s exhibit at the Art Museum that shows the architect’s plans for his expansion (renderings below), which includes a reworking of the famous “Rocky” steps. So far, the reaction to the expansion has been muted; if anything, it seems to be a relief that we won’t be getting some kind of crazy glass octagonal, pyramidal, Pythagorean, cut-glass, sharp-edged bean pod. Gehry’s interior changes sound — from Inga Saffron’s review of the plans — like they’ll make navigation of the museum and access to the artwork better.
In fact, Capps agrees that even Gehry haters “may find plenty to admire in his plans for the Art Museum. Frankly, it’s not very Gehry.”
So it’s not the architecture per se that engenders this comparison to Apollo Creed. It’s the role Gehry has been chosen to play within what Capps sees as a problematic context. He writes: “Cultural expansions aren’t necessarily a great investment for a city in 2014, and this one almost certainly isn’t.”
Tonight at Granite Hill in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chef Gerald Drummond is preparing a soft shell crab fest as part of restaurant’s monthly dinner series.
The opening course will feature classic low country specialties followed by a the diner’s choice of soft shell crab preparations. The Soft Shell Crab Fest is $49 per person and reservations can be made by calling 215-684-7990. Seatings are betweeen 5:30pm and 7:30pm and are a great way to end a Friday night at the Art Museum.