Rust Belt Rising Almanac Book Release

Philadelphia Publisher Explores Urban Renewal With Release of Contemporary Almanac

Philadelphia Publisher, Nic Esposito, Explores Urban Renewal With Release of Contemporary Almanac

Taken from Clair Margheim (Head & The Hand Press) – The Head & The Hand Press will celebrate the renewal and growth occurring in Rust Belt cities with a book release party and a Free Library of Philadelphia discussion panel of the publication, The Rust Belt Rising Almanac. The Almanac is a collection of stories and snapshots about growth, change and loss in America’s Rust Belt cities – from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and Cleveland to Detroit.

Neighbors, friends and those in the Philadelphia surrounding area are invited to the Frankford Avenue First Friday on June 7 to stop in participating shops, where the almanac will be showcased, for a celebration of literature and renewal, sponsored by New Kensington Community Development Corporation. The night will also include a reading by Almanac contributor Jeffrey Ziga of Little Baby’s Ice Cream atop their parklet, along with an Almanac inspired ice cream flavor. The celebration will continue into the evening with a dance party at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym’s beautifully renovated warehouse workspace.


Feburary First Friday!

This City! oil on canvas by Vera Iliatova, 42" x 36", 2010

This City! oil on canvas by Vera Iliatova, 42″ x 36″, 2010

Vera Iliatova is just one of many talented artists who will be displaying work at FJORD’s eighth group show entitled, Wandaring Planar. This special exhibit investigates the use of landscape as subject in contemporary painting. February may be cold but things are really heating up this month on Frankford Ave. Come out and explore the excitement of First Friday’s on Frankford Ave, February 1st!

December First Friday!





More than just a normal First Friday, December is a chance to do your holiday shopping right here on Frankford Ave and support your friends, neighbors, and our growing local economy!  Bring your friends and take a walk!  You’ll find fun events, awesome art exhibits, new businesses, and great gifts! Please note that events listed in bold will NOT take place on First Friday, December 7th.  Dates are listed in the details below.


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October First Friday!

Come to the parklette unveiling at Little Baby’s!  Celebrate National Pizza Month!  see 70 weapons by 70 artists at Black Vulture! Help end domestic violence at Lutheran Settlement House!  Its an awesome month for First Friday!

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September First Friday!

Part of PJ Spring's work showing at F&N Gallery

Part of PJ Spring’s work showing at F&N Gallery

Its a big month of Frankford Ave!  Weve got a number of new businesses and a few seasonal spots that hevent been around in awhile.  Be sure to say hi at The Garage, check out the grand opening party at Pizza Brain, and peruse the industrial works of Bob and Terry over on Arizona Street!

Details after the jump.