Roughly bordered east-to-west by Eighth and Broad streets and north-to-south by Spring Garden and Vine streets, the area bears many names: Callowhill, the Loft District, Chinatown North, West Poplar. In 2010, it was officially designated the Callowhill Industrial Historic District by the U.S. National Park Service. But to a subset of Philly’s artsy, imaginative types, to those attracted to the grittier side of urban living, it’s long been the Eraserhood—a nod to Eraserhead, the surreal, nightmarish 1977 head-scramble of a film by David Lynch, the acclaimed director of the some of the most influential films and television of the past 30 years: The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks. Lynch lived in the neighborhood for a time in the mid-’60s, and the area, which scared the bejeezus out of him, sparked the first flames of his singular, bizarre creative vision.

(via There Goes the Eraserhood: Why Local Artists Are Hoping to Preserve the Callowhill District’s Gritty Past | Arts and Culture | Philadelphia Weekly)

Eraserhood Forever is a night of art and live performances celebrating the inspirations David Lynch has given to artists like Bob Bruhin, Evan Cairo, Full Blown Cherry, and Francine, to name a few. This celebration will be held on a ubiquitously regarded superstitious day at PhilaMOCA that harks back to this cult figure’s breakthrough film, Eraserhead. Philadelphia in the late 1960s and early 70s had an indelible effect on Lynch, with its grim environs influencing this 1977 classic.

(via David Lynch and Friday the 13th | Pulp Lab)