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Arts pick: downward spiral

Arts pick: downward spiral

Today’s arts pick is another outdoor installation, this one representing the downward spiral of a once-useful object into a total state of degradation. The piece, an item designed to protect and aid vision, has been debased in a myriad of ways, and the artist uses every means at his disposal to emphasize its pitiful condition. […]

Ice cream wars

Ice cream wars

Normally I don’t get political, but people have a right to know the truth. The ice cream wars are heating up in Philadelphia. Early last night, a non-Mr. Softee ice cream truck started cruising around the neighborhood. And I use the phrase ice cream truck liberally–it was actually a plain, white-and-bondo van with a Spiderman […]

Words of wisdom from your local toilet

Words of wisdom from your local toilet

Philadelphia baseball: we want beer!

Philadelphia baseball: we want beer!

A quiz: Where did baseball’s first stolen base happen? Which city had the first openly salaried baseball player? Which city boasted the first concrete and steel baseball stadium? Which city greeted Herbert Hoover with chants of “we want beer” at the 1931 World Series? That’s right–Philadelphia. Why am I suddenly a font of Philadelphia baseball […]

Animals on the Underground, Philly style

Animals on the Underground, Philly style

People have been spotting creatures in London’s Underground for years. Simply by staring at the tube map, clever people discover the shapes of animals. Check it out, especially the elephant, the fish, and the whale. Sadly, SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) cannot compare to the London Underground. I gave it a shot, but the best […]

Arts Pick: ambiguous separation

Arts Pick: ambiguous separation

Today’s arts pick is an extremely dark and haunting piece. The predominant theme of the installation is, of course, the angst of modern day isolation. By depicting a common article that is well-known as half of a pair, the artist ensures that his work immediately evokes a sense of ambiguous disconnection. The viewer is instantly […]