Ari Miller has always had a passion for fine foods — but in March of this year, he took his love of bacon to a whole new level with 1732 Meats. Together with his wife Elise and the couple’s two daughters, Miller provides discerning meatlovers, business and restaurants with high-quality charcuterie. We sat down with the “Bacon Crafter” himself (it’s on his business card) and talked meat.
Dave Perillo has been making quite a name for himself over the last few years. The artist and illustrator has become a favorite for fans the world over for his iconic prints featuring everything from superheroes to Disney characters to bands like Fallout Boy. Thirty-eight year old Perillo, who resides in Swarthmore, sat down to talk with us about his process, his inspiration and his work with the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society.
In summer of 2012, Samip Mallick, executive director of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA, moved to Philadelphia. On April 4 he invites the Philadelphia community to attend the first-ever SAADA Community Forum at the Asian Arts Initative to learn more about SAADA, the only independent non-profit organization working to document, preserve and provide access to the rich history of South Asians in the United States. We sat down to talk with him about his work with SAADA.
The forum provides an opportunity for visitors to view materials from the archive, ask questions and more. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP via Eventbrite. Light refreshments will be provided. For questions about the event, please contact Samip Mallick at firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA.
SAADA is a donor-supported 501(c)3 non-profit organization. To make a donation, visit http://www.GiveToSAADA.org This event is being organized by the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) in partnership with the Asian Arts Initiative. Visit SAADA online at http://www.saadigitalarchive.org
For the last two years, Vineland-based band Strange Seasons has been performing at venues around the tri-state area. But in spring of last year, the band, composed of Dave Jamil*, Dennis Lera, Dante Baruffi and Mike Smith finally released a four-song EP titled “Holy Smoke” and boy, was it worth the wait. Lush gospel-influenced ballads + sharp instrumentals = one heckuva good time. But don’t take our word for it. You’ll just have to listen to it on your own. Or better yet, hear them live this Sunday at the Barbary. You won’t be disappointed.
*Talkadelphia co-host Kishwer Vikaas is related to Dave Jamil
In May 2012, Philadelphia-phile Emma Fried-Cassorla had a thought. Why not start a blog where she could compile her own musings on Philadelphia and invite others to do the same? So she started Philly Love Notes, a curated collection of love notes to the City of Brotherly Love. The site’s mission is simply put. “Philly Love Notes is a collection of reminders. There is too much in the city that is forgotten or overlooked. This site seeks to rediscover those places — to remind the city, and us, that it is loved.” We asked Emma to share some of her favorites from the site and to talk about her own favorite spots in Philadelphia.
In December 2011, local author Brian Francis released his first horror novel, The Trail, the story of a college reunion camping trip turned deadly. We talked with Francis about his book and the process of writing it. You can also hear from Francis this Saturday, October 27 at Rosement College, where he’ll be teaching a crime and horror workshop.
From now until Friday, October 26, you can catch “CARE Package c/o Philadelphia, PA,” an interactive exhibit at Twelve Gates Art gallery (51 N. 2nd St.) in Old City. The exhibition is conceived as a small-scale international traveling show of five female artists from Asia or of Asian descent touching venues in North America as well as Asia. The artists took inspiration from the concept of a care package sent to each host country. We interviewed artists Shelly Bahl, Laura Kina and Saira Wasim before the exhibit opened. This episode was made possible by the Arts and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation in collaboration with our Change Partner, Twelve Gates Arts.
Have you ever thought that you have the kind of good idea it takes to change the city? The kind of big, outside-the-box innovation that Philadelphia needs to invigorate its economy, promote sustainability or encourage education? Then maybe you should think of entering the Young Involved Philadelphia Challenge, which kicks off its third annual State of Young Philly event September 27-October 13. Grab a group of friends (maximum of 5 people), write out a 500-word proposal in one of three tracks, Economy, Sustainability or Education and send it to the good folks at Young Involved Philadelphia (Episode 26) by October 7. Winners will be announced on the last date of State of Young Philly, October 13 and could win a $1000 prize for seed money towards their idea.
But the YIP Challenge is only one of the many good things going on during State of Young Philly. On this week’s show YIP board members Sophie Hwang and Jason Wolfson come on the show to talk about the YIP Challenge, as well as some of the other highlights at this year’s State of Young Philly.
Philadelphia has its share of well-known athletes. Carlos Ruiz. Joe Banner. Bobby Clarke. All Philadelphia legends. But when Stephen Parks and his son, Eliot Shorr-Parks set out to write More Than a Game: Life Lessons from Philadelphia’s Sports Communities, they weren’t just interested in only the big stories. Alongside those legends, Parks and his son also included stories like that of Sonny Hill, founder of the Sonny Hill League, which provides roughly 800 youth with the opportunity to play in 60 teams. We asked this dynamic duo about the Philadelphia athletic scene and how their book contributes.
As a leading transgender activist and a trans-identified man himself, Joe Ippolito created and organized the first Gender Reel Festival in Philadelphia last year, a multimedia arts festival devoted entirely to the experiences of gender-variant, gender nonconforming, and transidentified artists from across the world. Tonight marks the opening night of the second annual Gender Reel Festival, which this year features over 20 films, as well as panels, workshops and an art exhibit.