Month: September 2016

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe is proud to be hosting an art installation in conjunction with Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater, Adrienne Theater & Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival.

As many of you know FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that stretches the imagination and boldly defies expectation. As the city’s lead experimenter in the arts, FringeArts exposes audiences to unpredictable dance, theater and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who are pushing the boundaries of art-making and redefining the artistic landscape worldwide.

The Fringe Festival, presented by FringeArts, is a 17-day, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts. The party continues late night, every night, with music, food and drink at FringeArts’ center on the Delaware River waterfront. This vast assemblage of curated and self-produced innovators offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city.

Year-round programming is presented at FringeArts’ state-of-the-art center on the Delaware River Waterfront—a renovated historic building that also houses a restaurant and beer garden. Each September, the organization presents the annual Fringe Festival, a 17-day celebration that fills the city’s neighborhoods with more than 1,000 curated and independently produced contemporary performances.

For Fringe 2016 Front Street Cafe is the proud host of an interactive art installation.

Front Street Cafe & Fringe Arts
A Similar Fringe Arts Installation will be at Front Street Cafe, Photo courtesy of Bobbi Block

Tongue & Groove is installing a Before I Die interactive chalkboard mural, to be unveiled on Sept 8 at 6:30pm at its groovy location at the Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.  For the installation party they will have music from the booty-shaking Brazilian Samba band, Unidos da Filadelfia!  And you can enjoy delicious food, beer and fresh juices from the Cafe.
The Mural prompts anyone to complete the phrase “Before I Die I Want To…’
Anyone can add their hopes and dreams to it; responses from the mural will be added to audience responses to inspire each T&G Fringe performance.

The board will be located on the outside-facing wall of Front St Cafe at N. Front and W. Thompson Streets.  (frontstreetcafe.net)

Tongue & Groove Theater will have Shows from Sept 9th-24th at the Adrienne Theater
Tongue & Groove Theater will have Shows from Sept 9th-24th at the Adrienne Theater

 
The day after the mural unveiling, Sept 9, T&G Debuts

BEFORE I DIE
the performance!

Sept 9 @8pm • Sept 10 @ 5pm
Sept 17 @ 5pm • Sept 23 @ 8pm • Sept 24 @ 5pm

The PlayGround at The Adrienne
2030 Sansom St

Responses off the wall will be mixed with audience responses submitted at the theater.
The actors will use these anonymously-submitted bucket-list dreams to inspire a montage of hilarious and heartbreaking scenes and monologues.
TICKETS for BEFORE I DIE are AVAILABLE THROUGH FRINGEARTS.  SCROLL DOWN TO PURCHASE.

For more information, video clips:  tongue-groove.com

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe Sponsors Philly Block Project

Front Street Cafe is honored to be an official sponsor of the Philly Block Project and Philadelphia Photo’s Arts Center’s year long project.

Philly block project

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is devoted to the study, practice and appreciation of contemporary photography. We offer classes and workshops, fine art printing services and the option to create work in our Artist Lab, exhibitions and lectures.

Residents of N. Cadwallader Street in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia PA pose for Philly Block Project artists Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery in June, 2016.
Residents of N. Cadwallader Street in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia PA pose for Philly Block Project artists Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery in June, 2016.
From October 2015 to November 2016, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) and renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, curator Kalia Brooks and other collaborating artists, including Lisa Fairstein, Wyatt Gallery, Hiroyuki Ito, and Will Steacy, have partnered to launch the Philly Block Project—a year-long, socially-engaged collaboration that provides a visual narrative of South Kensington’s past and present through photographs, while creating shared spaces for fostering interconnectivity, celebrating the history, and preserving the heritage of the community.   
See the article in Philly Mag here.
Photo by Steve Weinik c/o City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Photo by Steve Weinik c/o City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

On September 7th 2016 Front Street Cafe was the proud host and sponsor of the VIP dinner for the project, along with donations from local  Philadelphia Brewing Company,  Faber Distilling, and Stateside Spirits the evening was one to remember!  The Cafe served 75 guests in the private garden and the weather was perfect.

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is devoted to the study, practice and appreciation of contemporary photography. We offer classes and workshops, fine art printing services and the option to create work in our Artist Lab, exhibitions and lectures.
Check out all the upcoming events!
  • Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122, running from June 9-August 28, 2016, comprised of photos submitted by individuals who have called South Kensington home over the years.
  • The Philly Block Exhibition from Hank Willis Thomas and collaborating artists, opening September 8, 2016 and featuring images from South Kensington’s present. Then come back to PPAC for the project’s wrap up celebration with a street festival on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
  • And at the Philly Block Project’s core, ongoing community dialogue and engagement. Over the course of the year, PPAC will serve as a meeting place for residents, wherein monthly community meetings, free artmaking workshops and performances will be hosted in the PPAC gallery. These gatherings will allow residents and partners to inform the direction of the community-driven project as it moves along, while sparking connections between neighbors new and old.