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: 2

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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Queers and football mix tonight and what about Michael Sam?
By Bill Chenevert

It’s totally possible that Michael Sam’s slowly but surely making queer people sports fans: learning rules, checking scores, researching his draft prospects, etc. But this week is his week (we’re hoping) to be the first openly gay NFL player drafted into the league. It’s pretty thrilling, actually, on par with Jason Collins’ openness and barrier [...]

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Alexander Peters steals the show at PA Ballet’s “Director’s Choice”
By Bill Chenevert

Alexander Peters, above, photographed by Alexander Iziliaev for Pennsylvania Ballet. The Pennsylvania Ballet is currently staging “Director’s Choice,” three distinct pieces: “After The Rain,” The Accidental” and “Grieg: Piano Concerto.” They’re striking and beautiful, and only the third resembles a truly grand and formal (PA) ballet. Maintaining their status as the premiere company in the [...]

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The most anticipated record releases of May and June
By Bill Chenevert

That’s the Queen Freedia herself up there, looking totally sickening and ready to tackle her largest audience yet with upcoming Just Be Free. There are more than a handful of juicy upcoming releases that we can look forward to before summer even hits, and we broke em’ down by release week for you. Our bets [...]