Summer is here, and what better place to spend a warm June night than strolling and perusing on Frankford Avenue? You’ll find awesome cloths, jewelry, food, and drink, as well as the coolest, most creative people in Philadelphia!
All summer long (except July) during First Fridays NKCDC’s Garden Center will host craft vendors from the neighborhood who will offer their wares for sale to the perusing public. Sign ups for the rest of the summer are still available by contacting Laura (lsemmelroth(at)nkcdc.org). Soon the NKCDC Garden Center will also host a compost co-op, and a distribution point for the Farms to Families CSA program!
Check out the gallery listings after the jump.
*All events run from 6pm to 9pm unless otherwise noted
Black Vulture Gallery
208 E Girard
“Speaking in Tongues” – a group art show curated by Buddy Nestor.
Paintings by over 60 artists from all over the world,
Live music by Samsara and Decap Attack,
Live painting by Cam Rackman and Genevive Zacconi,
and complimentary food and cocktails as usual.
This is a show not to miss!!!
Push Sk8board Gallery
306 E Girard
Ever seen a sk8board lamp?
PHILLY BEER WEEK: The Hammer of Glory + special Dogfish Head brews at JB’s!
1314 frankford ave.
Come check the lovely jewelry and cloths!
The Lola Bean
Extra Extra is pleased to present Kari Altmann’s Core Samples, an offline presentation of the ideas explored in Altmann’s blackmoth.org and blackmoth.info, open from May 28 through June 25.
“I dug a hole through the earth and came out in China.”
Databases, 3d models, online networks, and other imaging systems are often responsible for shaping our understandings of both global ecologies (exteriors) and body ecologies (interiors). This show presents a selection of “core samples” – that is, material and conceptual samples encountered on paths through strata of these ecologies that tie our bodies and the earth to these exotic global landscapes of products, images, and information in a questionably holistic way. Assuming a lens (drill) that treats all material it encounters equally, it zooms in and out of these strata: piercing through skins, packaging, ancient sediment, and other filters to get to the core essence of its query.
two percent to glory
Vintage clothes, cheese and wine!
NKCDC Garden Center
First Friday Craft Bazaar!
For your Taste Buds!
Ms. B’s “A Catered Affair” – Cakes, Pies & Cupcakes
Shera –Girlyfied Gear
Justin – Communitea
Carol Ann Clark and Donna Marie Anderson – crocheted items
Minna – Craft Foundry
Eva – Eva E. Glassworks
Gritty City Beauty Company
Kaysee Baker/Camille Sledge – Rings and Accessories
Dot Quinlan – Hair accessories
Joe Malseed – Retrendphilly (reused lumber)
Mary Jane Reilley – Yaya bags and more
Monica Giacomucci and Matthew Borgen – Recycled Rowhouse
Music: Forest Sounds –
6:00 Maggie Larson and Lucy Warrington
6:30 Robinson and the Ridge Runners
7:00 Umami Thin
7:30 Matt Sowell
8:00 The Map Room
8:30 — Camera Phone DJ set.
The Blade is Mightier… By Jeffy Thomas
In a world where most people are moving fully toward digital media, I am developing a closer relationship with paper and ink. Having a background in architecture, digital and graphic design, and photography, I approach my art with a “hybrid” mindset. My interest in positive and negative space takes a unique shape each time I pick up a pen or X-ACTO blade. It’s a fun challenge to switch my mindset and “draw” with a knife as well as with ink. I use my blade to create simple, beautiful images of everyday objects. When making cutout pieces I have to be conscious about the structure of the whole. Without a sense of how and where all the pieces connect, a paper-cut can and will fall apart. For me, ink helps to bring meticulous details to life. I develop entire scenes using a combination of intricate patterns, textures, and multiple line weights. These scenes have no story until you, the viewer, place your own inside of it. Your experience completes mine.
A house salon, all are welcomed.
Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
Free Beginner Class this and every Friday, 8:30-9:30 pm. Stay afterward for dancing & refreshments until midnight.
Part Time Studios
In June, Part Time Studios presents the photography of Jeffrey Stockbridge. First Friday, June 3rd 2011, 6-10pm.
About his current work, Jeffrey says:
The most recent body of work by photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge chronicles the daily life of Kensington Avenue’s forlorn residents as they battle to survive an environment overcome by drugs and prostitution. Nowhere but Here, currently in progress, stems from Stockbridge’s previous work documenting the disquieting interiors of abandoned houses in Philadelphia. With a sentiment not unfamiliar, Stockbridge has taken up portraiture backed by his signature use of his 4×5 view camera and available light. Intrigued by the nature of addiction, Stockbridge turns his camera on the prostitutes and drug addicts, who, in their quest to survive, exude strength out of a crippling weakness. Caught in the grip of their addiction, these individuals endure unthinkable pain on a daily basis and do whatever it takes to stay alive except for getting clean.
2033 Frankford Ave
Out of this World: A Tribute to Mikey Wild
Celebration of the life, art, and music of the legendary South Philly punk rock artist loved my many, feared by some, and recently lost but never to be forgotten. A collection of art, music, & memorabilia. If you have something you’d like to contribute for display or sale for the month of June, please contact Space 2033. All proceeds go to the family.
6-11pm, music, food, fun, all in true Mikey style.
Leotah’s Place Coffeehouse
2033 E York
Johanna Berrigan of The Catholic Worker Movement will be displaying her photos and talking about her work in Haiti, helping establish a health care project: Kay Lasante. to provide health care, health education, and disease prevention services.
Dealers in rare coins, stamps, prints and ephemera: E.G. Marshall & Associates is a whole new store.
Side by Side – An exhibition of work by Highwire member-artists and their invited guests
June 3-26, 2011
First Friday Opening Reception June 3, 5:00-9:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Th/F/S/S, 12:00-5:00 PM
2080 E Cumberland (by Kensington HS)
Hexologists, Hunter Yoder, Patricia Hall, and Jakob Brunner reveal the unusual world of Hexerei in their ‘painted prayers’ also known as Pennsylvania German Hex Signs
afterward open by appointment, Hunter@zaubereigarten.com
The artist David Stanley Aponte‘s studio is open showing his smaller works and woodcuts on the 3rd Floor
Check out some vintage motor cycles!
new work by local photographer, Kaitlin Mosley
Closed… see you in July!
Elite Training North
Artwork by Jim Walsh, Collingdale, PA
Jim Walsh, 57, of Collingdale, PA, creates artwork using his Tablet PC, pencil, ink, and watercolor. His art reflects commuter life between Philadelphia and Delaware County. Many of his pieces are of Clifton Heights Train Station, Suburban Station, and views of fellow commuters traveling on the Septa Regional Rail System. The Clifton Heights Station has symbolic meaning for Jim as it represents the beginning and end of each day’s journey. Other subjects of Jim’s art include scenes of local life in Philadelphia, and occasional religious themes. Generally, his watercolor paintings are done using 4×6 cold pressed paper. When scanned and enlarged, they emote a sense of spontaneity, freedom, and discovery that invites the viewer to join in and relive the experience.
Atlantis the lost Bar
Frankford & Hagert
Drink specials and local art!
Vintage retailer Sincerely, Thompson will host a pop-up shop. The gallery will be transformed into a conceptual vintage store for one night only. The pop-up will be in the vein of a gallery exhibition, creating displays assembled from antique furniture and natural elements.
Sincerely, Thompson is the project of Bridget Thompson, who spends her time in search of interesting pieces at thrift stores and antique markets. Items will include retro house wares and handpicked
vintage clothing ranging from the 50’s to the 90’s. Fifties leather handbags and nineties high-waisted shorts will be a few of the highlighted items. The event takes place 7-10PM and will include refreshments and music.
Frankford & Lehigh
“Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil”
Paintings, Prints, and Mulitimedia Work by: Kristin Scholz & Xtina Carbone
Art, Music, Dance and Fire!
Performances and music from local artists including bellydancers, fire spinners, DJ’s and More!
Artspace Liberti is a multi-discipline arts venue organized and maintained by liberti church east.
2434 East Dauphin
Call ahead for details.
Coral Street Arts House
2448 Coral @ Haggert
Working Vacations :
the Philadelphia Art Hotel artist talk series presents –
Mendez Homes and Investments
Mark Fields showcasing photograghs, paintings, prints
6:30pm-9:30pm, serving appetizers and drinks
Walking Fish Theater
THE JEFFREY JAMES REPERTORY AND B. SOMEDAY PRODUCTIONS PRESENT “FUNNY DANGEROUS”
(2) One Act Plays written by local Award Winning Playwrights and Directed by Kenneth McGregor
Previewing Wednesday June 1, 2011 and Opening Thursday June 2, 2011 running through June 19, 2011, including First Friday Friday, June 3
Tues. thru Sat.@8:00pm Sat. & Sun. @2:30pm $9 Seniors $12 students $18 adults Tues. pay what u can
“NEIGHBORS” by WALT VAIL
A couple with a six month old baby, are having terrible, dangerous difficulties in their marriage. Their neighbors have been watching them with binoculars, for many, many months through their window blinds.
Walt Vail, a playwright in spite of himself, agrees with Susan Lori Parks, who once said, “I don’t need anyone to tell me how to write my plays.” Yes, Walt is member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center’s Playwright’s Circle, where plays in progress are read aloud, and yes, Walt listens to comments from other playwrights as he writes. Walt also uses readings by actors of early drafts to inform himself about how his plays are working. Then he always revises revises, revises. Plays are rewritten, not written. His play, YOUNG FREDERICK DOUGLASS is currently part of the Juneteenth Legacy Theatre’s Juneteenth Festival of new Plays in New York, his play PEEPERS is currently scheduled for production in late August/September by Vagabond Acting Troupe, and his play SILENT NIGHT is scheduled for production in the Philly Fringe at The Rotunda, Sept 1-7,2011. Walt is thrilled to have NEIGHBORS staged at The Walking Fish Theatre!
“WITHIN THE SKINS OF SAINTS” by Mark Borkowski
A girl stands at the track edge of a subway platform determined to take her life. A down on his luck man arrives. Can the suicide be prevented?
Mark Borkowski, now living in New York City, was born and raised in Kensington. “When I was twenty years old,” he recalls, “I took a nervous breakdown, which was a manifestation of traumas I went through as a child, as well as drug addiction. I was hearing voices, but I was writing I started to write down the voices, and the voices came out in the form of dialogue.”
Mark Borkowski’s plays have won critical acclaim from coast to coast. Most recently, The Daughters of Eve premiered at The Cherry Lane Theatre. A Gravedigger’s Tale and The Mutilation of St. Barbara premiered at the American Theatre of Actors. Other NYC productions include: Don’t Listen To What It Sounds Like at the American Globe Theatre. The Head Hunter and Within the Skins of Saints at The Common Basis Theatre, The Rude Man at The Kraine Theatre. The Godling, and The Shadow Keeper at Tribeca Lab. Outside New York: Suicide, Inc. at The Walnut St. Theatre. In Los Angeles, Lonely Vigil for a Stranger ran indefinitely at The Burbage Theatre where the LA Times heralded it, Fireworks and Poetry. He has worked extensively with Actors Studio Playwright/ Director’s Unit where he workshops his plays.
When he spoke with Eric Herr for the Fishtown Star last spring, Borkowski said, “Coming back home is a very grounding experience for me. And now that Fishtown has turned into a sort of Greenwich Village, there is such [a] rich mixture of the down to earth and the practical combined with the creative elements that automatically go with the arts. It’s great.”
Kenneth McGregor (Director) now living in Philadelphia, has staged Productions in venues ranging from street corners to Amphitheatres throughout the world. Cities include: Toronto; New York; Los Angeles; Auckland, New Zealand; Paris; London; Luxembourg and Amsterdam.
This is the Inaugural Production of the Jeffrey James Repertory and it is chock full of some pretty damn good actors. Buy tickets here.
The below galleries will hold their openings on Saturday April 2nd, because we know you need to come back for more.
Slingluff Gallery (Philly Hot List winners of “Best Art Gallery” 2010.)
11 W Girard
“Human Failure” featuring LA based artist Michael Hsiung
Saturday 6/4 plus our 4th B-day Party immediately follows with
Music by Dumhi featuring Ethlee Cee, Elucid, and Side Effect