It’s been exactly two years since we [at Drink Philly] first started holding monthly First Friday art shows at our Old City world headquarters/studio, and we’re celebrating our two year anniversary with a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit fighting childhood cancer.  We’ll be holding a silent auction for the art on display, and all money raised will go directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  We will also be taking donations at the door as well as raffling off some sweet prizes.

A framed print of the image above, from the Eraserhood blog, will be among the art in their fundraising auction.

(via First Friday Two Year Anniversary: Fundraiser For Alex’s Lemonade, Aug 3 – Drink Philly – The Best Happy Hours, Drinks & Bars in Philadelphia)

Rodeph Shalom, the crenellated limestone redoubt between Green and Mount Vernon Streets, has been one of the unexpected beneficiaries of Center City’s recent surge in population. The stately synagogue has added so many new congregants in the last decade that its Sunday-school enrollment has doubled to 300 and its membership roster stands at 1,150 families. Despite having a location just outside the traditional boundaries of downtown, it now likes to boast that it is Center City’s largest synagogue.

(via Synagogue expansion brings challenges)

Among such macabre works, it was refreshing to see some panorama photos by Bob Bruhin of the surrounding “Eraserhood,” nostalgically capturing obsolete buildings like the Divine Lorraine Hotel, dilapidated and covered in grime, yet still hauntingly majestic. More than a tip of the hat to Mr. Lynch, these works, along with the mural, also function to campaign against increasing the neighborhood’s gentrification, so that the same eerie character that inspired Lynch may continue to inspire others. As Agent Cooper fromTwin Peaks would say, “it was a damn fine show.”

(via Eraserhood Forever at PhilaMOCA « Blog)

Less a year after it was defeated by residents, the controversial Callowhill Neighborhood Improvement District appears to be rearing its head again.

A week ago, the Callowhill Neighborhood Association announced a “60 Day Pilot Cleaning Program” would be going into effect in areas “where there was strong support for the 2011 Neighborhood Improvement District.” The cleaning is apparently being funded by a grant from outgoing 1st District Councilman Frank DiCicco, who introduced legislation that would have created the NID, and is being administered by the Center City District, whose Executive Director, Paul Levy, first proposed the NID and has been a strong supporter of it.

(via Return of the Callowhill NID? | Philadelphia City Paper | 07/18/2012)

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“CHC Takes Over Cafe Lift” review

Philly DIY community artists flung their arts (and crafts) on the walls of Cafe Lift (428 N 13th St) to the delight of coffee chugging patrons. Sean Riley, lead singer of the culinary rock band Brown Rainbow, curated this exhibition that is running the entire month of July.

Show contributor and Tyler School of Art student, Madison Blyler, shared her thoughts on the show at Cafe Lift:

As thriving artists, we all found this opportunity to be a little too good to be true, at least I did.  It’s a liberating feeling to display your artwork outside of the confines of a student setting.  I’m far too used to pasting up my work in a hallway at a house show for kids to look at while they wait to use the bathroom.  The general public and the city are major influences to my work, therefore they should be the ones viewing it.  Sean unofficially named the show a “CHC” show which at first was off putting, however, the particular individuals involved in this give the collective the means of developing it into a broader idea.  The most interesting part of the show is how diverse each artist’s work is, but how cohesively everything works together.  I think I speak for all of us when I say we couldn’t feel luckier to be displaying our work in such a modern and relevant space.

Seeing how July is not yet over; head over to Cafe Lift, grab a cup of coffee and a plate of food and stare upon the walls.

Artists looking to gather together and organize another show, contact me. “CHC Takes Over Your Momma’s Fridge”…this August?

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