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Eno Williams dances around the stage, her sleeves whirling as her arms reach with steadfast determination toward the disco ball on the ceiling, her feet stepping to the demanding beat. An audience member beckons her closer, and gives her a present in the form of a Philadelphia Phillies jersey. She puts it around her shoulders, signaling the love she’s expressed for her Philadelphia audience all night long. The party on stage is almost rivaled by the absolute riot of a time people are having in the crowd. “I’m gonna show it to my mum!” she proclaims. Williams locks eyes with individuals in the World Cafe Live audience, and dedicates a song to the City of Philadelphia, just one stop of Ibibio Sound Machine's (ISM) Electricity Live Tour on Oct. 20.
Catia Colagioia (C ‘24) grew up less than a mile away from South Philadelphia’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park—one of the city’s oldest woodlands.
Professor John Lapinski has a few stories up his sleeve, to say the least, and he pulls them out quickly—not in haste, but with habit. He was in Berlin when the wall fell, he tells me as he rustles through his desk, pulling out a framed black–and–white photograph from a pile of clutter. It’s Lapinski and a friend, some East German soldiers in the background.
Two climate activists, wearing shirts displaying “Just Stop Oil,” splashed Heinz tomato soup on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and glued their hands to the museum walls on Oct. 14. After splashing the soup onto the painting, the protestor asks the onlookers, “Are you more concerned about the protection of a painting, or the protection of our planet and people?”
Hometown: Great Neck, N.Y.
Vedika Jawa (W ‘26) knows Penn is where she belongs. Smiling after a long day of classes, she’s perfectly at ease amidst McClelland’s afternoon rush. Evidently, the Quad is as welcoming to her as she is to her fellow students.
On a crisp fall afternoon at the Kelly Writers House, Penn students and faculty joined in the Locust Walk–facing seminar room to meet renowned music journalist Alan Light. Light sat across from Anthony DeCurtis, a fellow music writer and 20–year–long faculty member of Penn’s English Department. The two men spoke for an hour, sipping on watered–down iced coffee. Light discussed his fascination with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” the digitization of music consumption, and his experiences in the ever–changing world of music journalism.
“I know that I have a habit of dropping cryptic clues and easter eggs when giving you information about new music … I am here to defy that,” Taylor Swift announced through her TikTok series, “Midnights Mayhem.” Indeed, with nine prior albums and her re–recordings project, the pop veteran sure has surprised the public with her sporadic ways of teasing new music.
Autumn's Grey Solace is the dream pop duo of your Twilight fantasies. The band effortlessly combines shoegaze’s characteristic lush instrumentals with ethereal wave’s airy vocals, but its mystical imagery sets them apart from other bands in those genres. They released their first album, Within the Depths of a Darkened Forest, in October 2002. On its 20th anniversary, the debut album proves its longevity, making for a perfect background track for your next afternoon stroll.
Four minutes left in the episode—just 240 seconds for a five–year–long tale of deceit, love, and fame to unfold. In the time it took to microwave Kraft mac–and–cheese, the main character would have to decide whether or not to reveal an earth–shattering secret that would change the course of her and her family's life. Season 4 Episode 9 of Hannah Montana had left me in shambles.
“Time to BeReal! You have two minutes left to capture a BeReal and see what your friends are up to!”
Three women walk into a bar: one perjured herself on the stand, one had a pop–star career funded by her husband stealing money from his class–action victims, and one ran a telemarketing fraud scheme that targeted vulnerable groups. What do they have in common? They're all stars of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise.
Consider yourself warned, this letter is about Taylor Swift—although thankfully not in the Twitter discourse way. It’s become somewhat of a tradition to write one of these letters about a celebrity, mostly because of one particular Swiftie who used to occupy my role, and it felt only right that the release of Swift's tenth album earned her another.
Going to college in Philly, we're so often bombarded—on social media and IRL—with seemingly endless options for how to spend our free time. So I’m delighted to announce that Street has done the hard part for you: We’ve rounded up what we think are the can’t–miss events for the month in one convenient place. If I’ve done my job right, there’ll be something in here for every one of our readers, no matter what you like to do with your weekends.
Luxurious skincare routines, silk pajamas, mindfulness journals, and endless self–care. These are some of the hallmarks of the “soft life,” a new lifestyle aesthetic that has been taking off on TikTok in recent weeks. Similar to the simple, yet carefully stylized “clean girl” aesthetic, the soft life emphasizes taking care of oneself and minimizing stress from work or academic pursuits. It’s another trend in a long line of people trying to idealize their lives.
Since her earliest Bandcamp recordings, Sophie Allison has been painting her songs in increasingly vibrant colors. As the songwriter and lead singer of her band Soccer Mommy, Allison produced the autumn–hued Clean, and released Color Theory, with its sickly tones of yellow, blue, and grey, weeks before the COVID–19 pandemic hit. The palette for her new album, Sometimes, Forever, has the most depth and shade of any Soccer Mommy record to date—thanks in part to a team–up with producer Oneohtrix Point Never—but it hasn’t been an easy road to get there.
Soft Swinger: “He’s a Mormon, but he hits different.”
If you're a fan of Matisse, Philadelphia is the place to be this fall.
Each weekend, hoards of foot traffic travel through West Philadelphia’s historic Clark Park. The markets, playgrounds, and chess tables scattered throughout the field give all who visit a blissful Saturday morning experience. In addition to its precious green space, Clark Park has served a vital role in the community since its founding in 1895. It has remained a consistent gathering place in the area, even as the surrounding community continues to change.
After 12 years of producing his own music, Alex G had high expectations to meet for his first album made in the studio. Alex Giannascoli, who records music under the stage name Alex G, started his music career in his bedroom, uploading songs on Bandcamp. Today, he's amassed a sizable following among the indie community and has enjoyed his 15 (or so) minutes of fame on TikTok for his 2011 single “Treehouse.”