This savvy artist turns one-cent metal bits into priceless museum pieces

Webber works in mass-produced items with low value, and then meticulously removes the very thing that gave item any value at all. Her screws can no longer hold pieces of wood together

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Posted Mar. 25, 2014 | Comments: 1

What Waskerd's handmade wallets say about modern consumer life

His tools are solid and worn. Some of them are handmade, like the long, purple, wooden implement he uses to tie knots. Then there’s the arbor press on the floor. He has conflicted feelings about the arbor press.

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Posted Mar. 19, 2014 | Comments: 0

How one South Philly jewelry shop elevated ethics and craftsmanship

Bario-Neal's artisans put their methods, their materials and their morality on display alongside the sale cases.

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Posted Feb. 19, 2014 | Comments: 1

Here's a good way to focus your mind: Have someone try to poke you with a sword

At the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, a very old sport resonates afresh with the young generation.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2014 | Comments: 0

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Jessica Lea Mayfield is coming to Johnny Brenda’s next week
By Bill Chenevert

In what’s turned out to be one of the most exciting revelations of 2014, female alt-country’s love affair with dark and heavy rock has morphed into a seemingly triumphant genre, pulling together some of the freshest talent in the game. Jessica Lea Mayfield rounds out a very fine trilogy of young women who have all [...]

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Love, Laugh, Live: This week’s Philadelphia Black Gay Pride has a slew of overwhelmingly awesome programming
By Bill Chenevert

Over the past couple years, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride has experienced a renaissance of sorts. Celebrating 15 years strong with new, young leadership and ambitious partnering with a ton of different community friends, their 2014 Pride celebration is straight-up nuts. It’s so robust, we can’t even scratch the surface. (For real: Check out the thorough [...]

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Let’s talk about the throwbacks coming to town
By Bill Chenevert

When I was a teenager, I absolutely LOVED “Possum Kingdom.” Does it not rule? It feels kind of like a golden age of rock ‘n roll in hindsight: I was really into Live and Weezer and Green Day, too. It’s on the album Rubberneck from 1994 – yup, 20 years ago. To celebrate and honor [...]