The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette visits Tender Bar & Kitchen in the Lawrenceville, where bartender Craig Mrusek makes a craft cocktail with Art in the Age's SNAP.
"Craft cocktails are really not that much different from what might be considered a conventional cocktail at pretty much any bar that you could go to. The only thing that distinguishes what would be called a craft cocktail, moreso than a regular cocktail, is a little bit more attention paid to the ingredients and execution. So, a lot of times you'll have a little more exotic, maybe a little more obscure ingredients depending on the particular drink. But generally, it's just more consideration paid to how the drink is prepared.
We're gonna do the 43rd Street, it's relatively new on our menu, we put it on a few weeks ago. It's a really nice stirred whiskey drink, comes on a nice big chunk of ice in a nice big rocks glass, has a little bit of fall spices and flavors to it."
- Craig Mrusek, Bartender, Tender Bar & Kitchen
Happy First Friday, Philadelphia! This weekend is chock full of fall festivities of all sort, including First Friday art parties, the Craft Beer Express, opening weekend for William Glackens at The Barnes, the Art Star Craft Bazaar and so much more.
Neighborhoods like Old City, Fishtown and museums like The Barnes and the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrate First Friday with parties, gallery events, art openings and much more. Start the weekend off by raising a glass to the city’s great art scene.
The Art Star Craft Bazaar returns to the 23rd Street Armory and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Contemporary Craft Show returns to the Convention Center with one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. Jump start your holiday shopping (yikes!) and pick a few things for yourself, too.
On Saturday, the Craft Beer Express is back to shuttle beer fans from bar to bar to celebrate the city’s craft beer scene. The mobile bar crawl visits 12 bars throughout the city for an afternoon of beer-centric fun — best of all, tickets are still available.
The Barnes Foundation unveils its William Glackens exhibition, the first comprehensive survey of the Philadelphia-born painter in nearly half a century, on Saturday. The exhibition opens with a sneak peek tonight at the museum’s First Friday fete.
Read on for our guide to this weekend.
November First Friday picks: Grand opening, vaudeville, art
Allie Volpe, philly.com
Maybe we’ve gotten a little spoiled here with Halloween last week and First Friday this week, but we can’t help but feel like the happenings are better than ever. Hit the town on Friday, Nov. 7; it’s sure to be bustling!
You scream, I scream, we all scream for Piescream! The latest creation from Magpie and Little Baby’s Ice Cream has resulted in a single-serve frozen pie in pumpkin praline and butterscotch bourbon. Pick one up from noon to 11 p.m. at both Little Baby’s Ice Cream locations (2311 Frankford Ave., 4903 Catharine St.) and Magpie (1622 South St.) through Sunday, Nov. 9 — but don’t count on waiting until the last minute, when supply runs dry, they’re gone.
Bring the kids to this one: The newest children’s toy store, Momo’s Tree House (205 Arch St.), kicks up its heels for its grand opening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with face painting and hot apple cider. Shop the specialty play selections and come back on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9 for more opening weekend festivities.
Art in the Age (116 N. 3rd St.) brings the great outdoors to its shop with a pop-up market from Westerlind, an outdoors and camping goods showroom from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Items for sale include cycling apparel from Giro, bags from Kletterworks, unisex cotton/hemp clothing by Jungmaven, and camping gear from SnowPeak. Of course there’ll be AITA and Spodee Wine cocktails.
A cabaret of local acts, including comedian Maggy Keegan and Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, help welcome the newest collection of visuals to the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway). The vaudeville-inspired night — with cocktails and bites to match — runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Two bodies of work by artists Peter Seprish — colorful, patterned, humorous approach to the wonderful smells of stinky feet, cat poop and other smells — and Anthony Kosiakowski — dreamlike, colorful, perspective-driven works — open with a 6 p.m.-to-9 p.m. reception at The Art Dept. (1638 Berks St.). Come for the art, stay for the drinks.
Six artists — Timothy Belknap, Stephanie Bursese, Kelsey Halliday Johnson, Sharon Koelblinger, Christopher Manzione and Kristen Neville Taylor — team up for a group exhibition, “Shift Your Weight,” opening with a reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.).
Power struggles between athletes, coworkers, romantic partners and family members are portrayed via photography, video, painting, collage, performance, short story, and even a three-course meal from artists from Philadelphia, Queens, Brooklyn, New York City, Austin and Chicago. “Hard To Please” opening reception takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) and features a choreographed performance.
Bring your pooch to Center City Veterinary Hospital (37 S. 3rd St.) to celebrate center’s fifth birthday. Get your picture snapped in the photo booth, win some pet product prizes, see work from artist Doug Didyoung, and munch on snacks (for both humans and pets). It all runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A combination of 12 artists fuse their respective disciplines — whether it be sculpture, painting, photography or performance — into ideals of science, magic and perception through “Clarke’s Third Law,” opening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.).
End your night with the funk-R&B fusion that is Red 40 and the Last Groovement. They perform at 11 p.m. at FringeArts’ (140 N. Columbus Blvd.) La Peg stage, capping off the evening in the grooviest way.
Happy Weekend! Its First Friday in Philadelphia and I can’t think of a better part of the month. If you are in the mood to party hop tonight, I have three events I think you should check out. Here we go, get your Google Calendars ready.
Its no secret that I am a huge fan of BUS STOP Boutique in Queen Village. Well the ladies behind BUS STOP are heading to the Rittenhouse neighborhood and they are bringing some friends along. Kick-off two weeks of shopping with BUS STOP Boutique, ARMOUR Philadelphia, Ritual Ritual and Third Street Habit Boutique tonight at Beyond Rittenhouse. The opening reception is tonight from 6-8pm at Metropolitan Gallery 250 – 250 S. 18th Street.
Next if you are heading over to Olde City, you must stop by Art in the Age to check out their annual holiday pop-up. New this year AITA partnered with Westerlind, a showroom specifically for camping and outdoor goods. So for all of my friends that like to really camp and not glamp like me – start putting Westerlind’s merchandise on your present list. I would pick out this, this and this. This party is from 6-8pm, delicious Art in the Age and Spodee cocktails will be served as well.
Ah, the best of last. Melissa Alam and all the Queen Bees will be celebrating the grand opening of The Hive! The Hive is Philadelphia’s first women only co-working space. If you have been keeping up to date with all of the buzz on this business, the wait is finally over to see the new space. The Hive will have a DJ, food & drinks, balloons and a photo booth! RSVP here. The Hive is located at 222B Race Street.
Tonight in Old City Philly, First Friday helps kick off the holiday season with the Art in the Age Holiday Market. Art in the Age teamed up with Westerlind, an outdoor/camping store, to create a holiday pop-up shop at AITA. The collection features cycling apparel from Firo, bags from Kletterworks, unisex cotton clothing by Jungmave, and home and camp gear from Snowpeak–plus much more. The launch party is TONIGHT (Nov. 7, 2014), 6-8 pm. Stop by to check out the wares and sample seasonal cocktails from Art in the Age and Spodee Wine.
Art in the Age: 116 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA, 19106, 215.922.2600.
Passing Through Philly - @joshuahitsreset of HIT RESET
Most New Yorkers who pass through this city are usually stuck somewhere in Center City and never get to really see what Philadelphia has to offer. Heck, even Center City has awesome stuff they never get to see. When we learned that our old friend Josh Texiera was passing through, we felt it our duty to show him what's up. Hope we did a good job of representing this town.
1. What were you doing in this neck of the woods?
I was meeting with Wlliams-Forrest, a company I partner with who are based in Lancaster. We had a pitch meeting with a local client, and I got to check out their HQ, which is FILLED with one of the most amazing collection of vintage skate decks in the country. I decided to stop in Philly for Design Week, take some meetings with some potential clients and partners, see some great friends and eat amazing food.
2. Tell us a bit about your background and where you're heading.
I’m an experience and content strategist, with the good fortune of having worked in large, complex, information-rich companies, and also with some of the brightest digital thinkers and makers ever in the agency space. I recently started my own venture, Hit Reset, and have been busy making awesome digital experiences with my first few clients.
3. What do did you gather about the creative scene here in Philly?
I’ve been coming to Philly since my college girlfriend graduated a year ahead of me in ’97 and moved from Syracuse. In the years between then and now, I would come to Philly all the time for hardcore / punk / indie shows, and even spent Christmas here a year or two ago. I’ve never been more excited about Philly than I am now. The creative energy on display during design week, the re-energizing of Fishtown, the expanding and evolving agency scene, the food scene… everything seems fresh, exciting, and full of potential.
4. Tell us about your trip.
Was lucky enough to stay with a member of the Egotist in Fishtown, where I got to know local haunts like True Hand Society, Reanimator Coffee, and so many other great spots to drink coffee, have some beers, or eat some food (or all three!). First night in town, we attended the Design Week kickoff at Bluecadet, who are doing big things. When I wasn’t working or taking meetings, we were busy exploring Philly on bike checking out amazing shops like Ritual, P’s and Q's and Art in the Age, and scoping out the unbelievable amount of public art and graffiti. Got to a see Warpaint at Union Transfer as well, which was epic. My favorite part, though, had to be exploring the super cutty skatepark under the overpass at 8th and Poplar, which comes complete with broken glass and a murder memorial.
5. Best food while here?
I know this is very “Brooklyn” of me (my current full-time home, or at least where I send my rent check from the road), but my favorite meal was the amazing Miso Ramen at Cheu Noodle Bar… highly recommended for locals and travelers alike. This was a really close call, because we got to have dinner at Bufad the night their fall menu came out, and it really is hard to top the Scamorza (Smoked Mozzarella, Roasted Peppers, Broccoli Rabe, and finished with Chili Oil and served with Pizza Bianca) and the Cacio e Pepe pizza (Thyme bechamel, sliced apples, pancetta, pecorino romano and finished with honey and arugula). Despite the bike riding, I definitely left Philly a few pounds heavier, and I can’t wait to get back.