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August First Friday picks for shoppers, families and art lovers

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We missed First Friday last month. (Thanks a lot, 4th of July.) But now the unofficial holiday is back and better than ever with the glory of August. Pop your head into any of the following opening receptions, family affairs or retail outings on Friday, Aug. 1.

If your need for speed just cannot be contained, the Speed Raceway in Horsham, Pa., has the solution. To celebrate its second anniversary, the go-kart facility is offering half-price races all day, from noon until 10 p.m. with a chance to win a $250 gift card.

For a garage sale that’s actually in a garage, head to West Chester, Pa.’s Chestnut Street Parking Garage from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to shop for vintage home goods, accessories, clothing, repurposed jewelry, and other up-cycled goods. A jazz band and food vendors will also be on site throughout the evening.

Chemistry has never seemed so fun. Before you go reeling, hear me out: Chemistry-themed games that hit every age group (and education level) will be the entertainment of choice at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Old City, try out the Foundation’s virtual chemistry lab app, ChemCrafter, available for use via iPad. It’ll transport you back to high school chemistry class, only you won’t be falling asleep at your desk.

Don’t just stand around waiting to get your hands on the guide to one of the city’s premier arts festivals. Take some action at FringeArts’ space on Columbus Boulevard. While you’re there, experience live, plant-generated music (can’t make this stuff up, people) and dance performances from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Born in the USA, these goods were. Meadowsweet Mercantile, Bombyx Vintage and American Menswear will showcase their American-made products at Old City’s Art in the Age from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., where they’ll be serving Spodee White Pina Coladas, and a RHUBARB cocktail.

Perhaps one of the most intellectually stimulating options for your evening is Paul Cézanne’s still lifes are interpreted into sound at The Barnes Foundation from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The artist’s impact on future creators is discussed, and a DJ rounds out the night to bring visitors back to earth at the Parkway museum.

Pop artist Romero Britto will bring his colorful and optimistic work to Margot and Camille Optique in Old City from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for display and purchase. Get your hands on animal figurines or a signature Romero Britto umbrella.

In the age of the pop-up, artist Kevin McNamee-Tweed is putting an artistic spin on the ever-popular entertainment trend. His latest exhibit “Books” will feature a “pop-up” bookstore at Little Berlin in Fishtown, complete with totally fake books from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Starting at 8 p.m. at Harrisburg, Pa.’s Midtown Art Center is a dance party 30 years in the making. Your best ‘80’s attire is requested at this dance party.

Women over 40 and dudes ages 21 to 29 can enter the jungle that is Boogie Nights in the Tropicana in Atlantic City, N.J. for their First Friday Cougars and Cubs Ball. Doors open at 9 p.m. and you get in free prior to 11 p.m. 

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Neighborhood Spotlight: N3rd Street

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Philadelphia’s newest official corridor is a promising enterprise for the city that continuously boasts its prominence in the tech industry. Located between Market and Girard, North 3rd Street in Northern  Liberties was formally redubbed “N3rd Street” (pronounced ‘Nerd’ Street) during this year’s Philly Tech Week; it’s the third of its kind to be adopted with custom street signs by the Philadelphia City Council, along with Chinatown and the Gayborhood.

The site’s manifesto – which is subject to change through use of smart collaborative host Hackpad – explains, “On N3rd Street, innovation respects our tradition and history, while our tradition and history do not fear innovation.” Gentrified by the cobblestoned, gallery-packed backdrop of Old City, this central hub of retail and business encompasses far more than tech venues, attracting foodies, art-enthusiasts and community members of all types.

So what are some of the many outlets you can expect to find along N3rd Street corridor?

Business: HyLo Boutiques, IndyHall, Workspace Inc., SEER Interactive, Fishtank PHL, Remember My Resume, Devnuts,, i-Site, Weblinc, Wildbit, DmgCntrl

Food: Wedge + Fig, Cafe Ole, OLC, Johnny Utah’s, McFadden’s, Higher Grounds, Abbaye, Il Cantuccio, Drink Philly

Art: The Center for Art in Wood, Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints, Scarlett Alley, The Actor’s Center, Wexler Gallery,  A Touch of Jazz, Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus

Shopping: Art in the Age, Sazz Vintage Clothing, Sugarcube, Lost & Found, Third Street Habitat LLC, More Than Old

Etc.: Old City District, Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association, The Piazza at Schmidt’s, BONeJOUR, Pierre’s Costumes, Bella Angel, Joe Hand Boxing Gym

Community Activities: First Friday, N3rd Street Farmer’s Market, BaconBizConf, Second Saturday Synesthesia, The Junto Retreat, N3rd Street Gamers

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6 Questions For: Art in the Age's Bob Myaing

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For this week’s installment of Conversations of Style, we met up with Bob Myaing, manager and buyer for Old City boutique Art in the Age.

The effortlessly cool guy let us in on why he doesn’t take fashion too seriously, what his most recent purchase was, the men’s trend he hates most, and where his disposable income really goes. Plus, we got the scoop on his favorite summer drink. (Hint: It’s a spin on a classic.)

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Style on the Rise in Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia style scene is BOOMING. From store owners collaborating with clothing companies to trunk shows at favorite Center City stores like Knit Wit (who hosts at least 2 trunk shows a month) to Art in the Age in Old City (which hosts  it’s infamous First Friday events with indie artisans), there is a boom of style happening in the city. 

This past weekend, South Street’s Headhouse District’s P’s & Q’s apparel company hosted a Dip-n-Dye event with Tretorn shoes. Guests dipped and dyed their white canvas Tretorn Nylite sneakers and turned them into colorful kicks. This was the first of many events at P’s & Q’s new outdoor patio. This event presented an opportunity for local bloggers to interact directly with a major brand like Tretorn and of course, it was open style savvy Philadelphians and P’s & Q’s customers.

Popular local bloggers, including Sabir from Men’s Style Pro & Quentin from Avenue Swank, dyed a pair of shoes prior to the event to help spread the word about this opportunity with Tretorn to style savvy Philadelphians (I dyed a pair in advance, too!).

Philadelphia based brands are also expanding into outside markets and shedding light onto Philly. Sabir frequently collaborates with clothing brands and regularly appears in GQDETAILS and Esquire. He’s always happy to post about cool Philadelphia events and brands – like the Dip-n-Dye at P’s & Q’s.

Another style push happening in Philadelphia is Hotel Palomar’s new “Shop Like A Local” retail guide. The hotel reached out to me to coordinate, style and pen the guide, which lives on the hotel’s website and iPad concierge. Guests can effortlessly navigate the retail scene surrounding the hotel by using the guide that focuses on Philly-based stores. During the production of the guide, I drove an Enclave around Center City to pick up the clothes for the shoot. The red exterior stood out as I went back and forth from retailers and the hotel. Driving in style while styling the hotel guide… Count me in!

Have you spotted any style collaborations in Philadelphia? Share them on social media and tag @DistrictDrive!

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It’s nice when reality is better than your dreams.

For diners: University City Dining Days are back starting today. 27 participating restaurants in University City are offering three course meals for either $15, $25 or $35 for dinner.

For a third “Thursdee:” Art in the Age, Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream are teaming up for a party at Pizza Brain from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with cocktails, pizza and ice cream (naturally) in Fishtown.

For a swinging time: In celebrating a mini-reunion for West Chester University’s Class of 1964, alumni from the school’s jazz ensemble will perform a free concert at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in West Chester, PA at 7:30 p.m.

For a “whiter shade of pale:” 1960’s British rock group Procol Harum plays at 7:30 p.m. in Aston, PA’s Sun Center Studio’s Backlot Stage.

For a gravity-defying screening: Bring the family to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing at 8:30 p.m. for a screening of Gravity along the waterfront. 


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Tonight Picks: University City Dining Days Kicks Off, Free Outdoor Movie Screenings Across The City, Beer Garden Quizzo At Memphis Taproom, Third Thursdee At Pizza Brain And More

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The weather this evening is seriously perfect, making for an ideal opportunity to take advantage of the numerous alfresco events on tap for the next few hours.

Summer in the city means free outdoor movies, and tonight there will be crowds taking over public spaces for screenings all around town. At Clark Park, The Awesome Fest and the BlackStar Film Festival team up to host a free screening of the Philadelphia premiere Death Metal AngolaScreenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing presents a screening of Academy Award-winning film, Gravity and the Grays Ferry Crescent at the Schuylkill Banks takes us back to the ’80s with a screening of Back to the Future.

It’s also night one of University City Dining Days, dinner deals at more than 20 restaurants throughout West Philly. Grab an alfresco seat at participating restaurants like City Tap House, Dock Street Brewery or Han Dynasty and call it a night.

Outdoor drinks are the name of the game at numerous spots across the city, including all of the city’s great beer gardens, including Spruce Street Harbor Park, The Oval, Memphis Taproom and Independence Beer Garden.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

• University City Dining Days: It’s night one of University City Dining Days, super-affordable dinner deals at more than 20 restaurants throughout West Philly. Depending on the restaurant, meals ring in at $15, $25 or $35 price points. Participating restaurants include Han Dynasty, Pod, Distrito, Dock Street Brewery, Sabrinas Cafe and White Dog Cafe. The full list of participating restaurants and their Dining Days menu is available right here.

When: Thursday, July 17
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $15, $25 or $35, Depending on the restaurant

• Free Screening of Death Metal Angola at Clark Park: Presented by The Awesome Fest and the BlackStar Film Festival, Clark Park hosts a free outdoor screening of Death Metal Angola, a Philadelphia premiere about the African hardcore music scene in Angola. The film screening begins at 9 p.m. in the bowl in Clark Park. Plus, it’s a perfect evening to catch an alfresco film — have you been outside?

When: Thursday, July 17, 9 p.m.
Where: Clark Park, 4398 Chester Avenue
Cost: Free

• Free Screening of Back to the Future at Grays Ferry Crescent: Tonight, Grays Ferry Crescent — at the Schuylkill Banks by Wharton Street — hosts a free screening of classic flick Back to the Future. Set to begin at 8:15 p.m., guests are invited to make their way to the park before the screening for free food, drinks and a free raffle.

When: Thursday, July 17, 8:15 p.m.
Where: Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade, Schuylkill River by Wharton Street
Cost: Free

• Free Screening of Gravity at Penn’s Landing: Catch a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film, Gravity tonight at Penn’s Landing for the DRWC’s Screenings Under the Stars event. The film screening is slated to begin at 8:30 p.m.

When: Thursday, July 17, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Free

 Gorgeous Night for a Beer Garden: Within the past week there have been a number of brand-new additions to the beer garden scene including Independence Beer GardenThe Oval andFergie’s. The most recent openings come on top of more additions in the past few weeks, like thePHS Pop Up Garden and Spruce Street Harbor Park. Tonight’s weather couldn’t be more perfect for a beer or cocktail at one of the city’s new — or tried-and-true — beer gardens. Click here for our picks for the best beer gardens in Philadelphia.

When: Thursday, July 17
Where: Various locations
Cost: Pay as you go

• Beer Garden Quizzo at Memphis Taproom: More beer garden fun fills Memphis Taproom in Fishtown. Tonight, Memphis Taproom invites guests out to its backyard beer garden for a rousing game of quizzo led by host JB Farley. Bring your smartest friends as the winner receives beer garden bucks or movie passes from the Phildelphia Film Society.

When: Thursday, July 17, 6 p.m.
Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street
Cost: Pay as you go

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• Innovation in the Park at Liberty Lands Park: Tonight, some of the city’s brightest minds take their science and technology specialties out of the labs and beyond the keyboards for the firstInnovation in the Park event, presented by AT&T. Kicking off at 3:30 p.m., hosts Philly, N3rd Street and AT&T invite folks to break out the lawn chairs and blankets and head to Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties to hear from a cast of talented local characters. Beginning at 4 p.m., a range of speakers from the local science and technology community take the outdoor stage. Guests can also expect food and drinks from mobile vendors.

When: Thursday, July 17, 3:30-6 p.m.
Where: Liberty Lands Park, N. 3rd and Poplar streets
Cost: Free

• Ambler Restaurant WeekAmbler Restaurant Week is in full swing with lunch and dinner deals at more than a dozen restaurants throughout the town. On deck are deals at top local spots like Bridget’s, KC’s Alley and Trax Restaurant and Café, as well as mainstays including From The Boot, Massa and Dettera. Guests can expect deals of $20 to $35 per person for dinner menus.

When: Thursday, July 17
Where: Downtown Ambler and surrounding areas
Cost: $20-$35

• Third Thursdee at Pizza Brain: For this month’s Third Thursdee event, Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s team up with local spirit company, Art in the Age, for plenty of good, boozy fun. Fill up on a Hawaiian pizza with an Art in the Age ROOT glaze, an Art in the Age RHUBARB strawberry tea ice cream and cocktails like SNAP and lemonade punch and SAGE and mint.

When: Thursday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pizza Brain, 2313 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

• 17th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam: For day two of the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam, the Zellerbach Theater at the University of Pennsylvania hosts Queeriosity: A Queer Questioning Open Mic from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

When: Thursday, July 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Zellerbach Theater at the University of Pennsylvania, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost: Free

• Grays Ferry Triangle Summer Music Series: Beginning at 6 p.m., get down to the sounds of a live band as the Grays Ferry Triangle hosts its weekly free alfresco concert. Following the concert, follow Grays Ferry Avenue to Wharton Street and catch the free screening of Back to the Future.

When: Thursday, July 17, 6 p.m.
Where: Grays Ferry Triangle, 23rd and South Streets
Cost: Free

• Free Beer and Cheese Happy Hour at Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin: Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin keeps up its Thursday tradition as it serves up free beer and cheese from 5 to 7 p.m. Tonight, sample beer and cheese from all over the country. Sample cheese from Wisconsin and beer from Maine to Oregon (and Philly, too!).

When: Thursday, July 17, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Di Bruno Bros at The Franklin, 834 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free

• South Philly Review’s Pizza Olympics: Pizza fans, this one’s for you. The South Philly Review hosts its annual Pizza Olympics tonight at Penn’s Landing Caterers. From 6 to 9 p.m., fill up on pizza from a number of the city’s favorite spots like Cacia’s Bakery, Gennaro’s Tomato Pie, Slice and more. Tickets, $15, grant you all-you-can-eat pizza. After fill up on ‘za, vote for your favorite in a number of categories. Online ticket sales ahve ended, but tickets will be available at the door.

When: Thursday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $15

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