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You may have heard of Philip Korshak through his cryptic Instagram, @korshak.bagels.poetry. If you have, you’ve probably tried to DM him to order one of his elusive bagels. If you’re one of the few who have succeeded in sinking your teeth into one of his doughy masterpieces, consider yourself very lucky.
In the comedy world, “going blue” refers to a certain style of off–color, risqué humor. Thus “Blue Heaven,” according to artistic director Zach Blackwood, “is a kind of turn of phrase that means a place for us, a carved out space for me, a personal place. Blue Heaven is a place for all of us to feel safe and nasty."
When you think of Philadelphia, cheesesteaks and crazy football fans may come to mind. But Philly has a thriving arts and culture scene that often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Philly’s theater community is flourishing, and Philly Theatre Week is the perfect opportunity to experience it.
Super Bowl Sunday is a classic American tradition. Since 1967, we’ve spent a winter Sunday glued to our television screens for the big game. Whether you’re a fan of the sport itself, you adore the annual halftime shows, or you’re fascinated by the commercials, there’s nothing like watching the Super Bowl in a setting with great energy.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are often criticized for fueling the crazed consumeristic tendencies of Americans. These criticisms are valid, but shopping can be stressful—especially on a tight budget. Black Friday especially seems to add to this stress: every year we hear stories about people camping out in front of popular stores, wrestling over the latest piece of discounted technology, and going too far for a purchase. And rampant consumerism has environmental implications too—from the plastic waste that comes from packaging online orders to the unsustainable fast fashion industry.
The Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, the second oldest Jewish film fest in the country, kicked off on Nov. 9. The festival was founded to, “educate and engage diverse Philadelphia communities, Jewish and non–Jewish alike, by presenting world–class film premieres, repertory cinema, and associated programs that are inspired by Jewish history, heritage, and values.”It will be taking place through Nov. 23.
“Are you a fan of Lord of the Rings?” Thomas Delfi asks. “I’ve actually been trying to focus less on European–based fantasy, and it’s partly because of this.” Delfi proceeds to explain that the tobacco pipe Gandalf the Grey smokes is made by the Hobbits. “Now here’s the problem,” Delfi proceeds matter–of–factly: “Tobacco was discovered and smoked in Latin America. It leaves out Latin Americans from one of the largest fantasy pop–culture novels of all time, while also taking away a bit from us.”
Veterans Day is just around the corner. The federal holiday, a recognition of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, will take place on Nov. 11. From participating in a Veterans Day Parade to taking in artistic works from the Joe Bonham Project, read on for your guide to honoring our troops in Philadelphia.
Heyday, the newest addition to the Philadelphia wellness space, aims to challenge everything you thought you knew about the facial experience. The brand—founded by two Penn alums—focuses exclusively on skincare, and aims to “take the facial out of the spa,” where services are extremely expensive, the environment is exclusive and uninviting, and communication between estheticians and clients is rare.
This story will open your eyes to themes that “are particularly resonant in today’s world,” according to Morgenstern. “The story Josh tells is one of racism, classism, and trauma,” which he reveals through “deeply–reported journalism."
The Philly fashion scene has been exploding as of late with the recent opening of the Philadelphia Fashion District. One would think that in a booming style hub there would be a plethora of inclusive options for those of all shapes and sizes. However, clothing stores that cater to plus–sized individuals, especially those that are local and not fast–fashion, are a relatively rare find in Philadelphia.
Hillary Duff is the latest celebrity to join the sea of stars infiltrating the beauty world. Her line, which dropped earlier this month, is now among those of Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Kylie Jenner and countless other celebrities designing makeup products for the masses.
We try on clothes before we make a purchase—why not do the same with tattoos before we commit to them? Temporary tattoo brands have been evolving, and don’t worry, their creations are nothing like those smiley faces your elementary school teacher gave out. These brands have designs to fit whichever tattoo style you prefer, and are the perfect way to help you decide whether you really want to go for that permanent design.
Labor Day began as a salute to American workers, but soon transformed into a symbol for summer's end, the last chance to soak up the sun with a classic barbecue and beach day. For us students, it’s also our first day off of the school year – certainly a cause for celebration. Whether you’re new on campus or consider yourself a Philly local, why not take advantage of all these Labor Day events and explore the city?
The Philly boxing scene has exploded—it seems like there are endless options for classes nowadays. This can be overwhelming, but don’t worry. Street visited each one so you don’t have to, and we ranked the five most talked about boxing gyms on fitness, atmosphere, amenities, and price.
When Debra Goldstein, an environmental attorney, returned to Philadelphia from the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival, she knew she had to take action. “I thought, ‘someone needs to do something like this in Philly,’” she explains. “I realized that I needed to do that to make it happen.” Goldstein—who is now the passionate co-founder and executive director of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival—did just that.
On April 5, Rumble—the boxing, strength, and conditioning workout that's taken NYC and LA by storm—is coming to Philadelphia. The gym will open at 1520 Walnut St. in Center City, and its classes might just be worth the hike downtown.
April Fools' Day is right around the corner. This celebration occurs annually on April 1st and is known for jokes and pranks. What better way is there to celebrate than to explore the diverse Philly comedy scene? Honor April Fools' by attending one (or more) of the plethora of hilarious comedy shows happening in Philadelphia in early April.
Purim, arguably the best holiday on the Jewish calendar, is fast approaching. On March 20 and March 21, celebrators will dress up in costume, bake delicious filled pastries called hamantaschen, give out gift baskets, and more. Here are some events to help you connect with the community in Philadelphia and enjoy the holiday.