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The Sounds of Opera and Broadway in South Philadelphia

If you are looking for something to do this weekend and you love to support local artists and businesses then consider purchasing a ticket to the Alfonso Cavaliere Memorial Fund Concert. Put on by the Board of Directors of East Passyunk Crossing, this will make the 21st year of production. So join your neighbors in South Philadelphia on Sunday October 20th at 4pm at SS. John Neumann-Maria Goretti High School.

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Tickets are available now and are just $15 for an adult/ $12 for a Senior Citizen. Your soul will enjoy the sounds of Light Opera, Broadway, Patriotic and Neapolitan songs. This years concert will feature the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company and Orchestra. All proceeds help benefit musical scholarships for local artists. East Passyunk Crossing receives a small portion of each ticket sold. So join in to help support two worthy causes as you enjoy music from local performers.

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Breaking Bread with Fleisher

Fleisher Art Memorial was founded in 1898 as a non profit organization focused on making art accessible to everyone in the community regardless of background or experience. Founder, Samuel S. Fleisher pushed his vision to reality understanding that art is one of the greatest assets and equalizers in a society. On November 24th join your neighbors in Bella Vista for a public supper to celebrate Fleisher’s 142nd birthday.

A small donation will provide you with a meal and ballot. While artists and presenters share their proposals you can enjoy dinner and dessert. Proposals are creative, unique and art inspired. All attendees are asked to vote on which project should receive the ‘dough’. Maybe this is why they call this community gathering Breaking Bread?! Read more information here.

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Each year Fleisher influences more than 17,000 individuals who strive to learn and create art. They hold classes, exhibitions and community programs including this Breaking Bread event. Samuel Fleisher believed in the importance of self expression through creativity and intellectual exploration. His core values focus on the artist is us all, the fulfillment of art and the community in which we create and share art.

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“Art Enriches the Community — By nurturing each individual’s creative potential, we aim to provide social,
cultural, and economic benefits to the community as a whole.” – Samuel Fleisher 

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Broad and Washington May See Some Changes.. We Hope!

Recently, a new proposal was heard for the huge vacant lot that sits at Broad and Washington, on the edge of Bella Vista and Passyunk Square. Remember the days of tents and Cirque du Soleil? Elisabeth Garson, a freelance creative director started with a big idea last year. A large scale, outdoor food and flea market with music and activities from March through September.

This proposed project “The Philadelphia Arts Market”, will host craft and flea market vendors, Philly’s favorite food trucks, a stage for local musicians, designated fitness areas and more. The mission is to create weekend ‘must-do’ activities for locals and visitors. Businesses can become engaged through sponsorships and funding while this attraction will be targeting families, young and old. This space is to be viewed as a weekend hot spot making use of this abandoned, eye sore lot.


(Here’s a rendering from Passyunkpost.com)

Two alternate sites were mentioned in case this proposal is denied; one at Columbus and Reed and the other at Columbus and Oregon. Broad and Washington seem much more centralized that we are excited to follow this proposal. We hope to see this space transform into a weekend landmark for these neighborhoods.  To view more information on Elisabeth and her proposal click here.

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Magic Beyond the Gardens Gala This Saturday

This Saturday, September 21st you can join your local art crowd at the Philadelphia Magic Garden to celebrate their 5th annual Magic Beyond the Gardens Gala. From 6-10pm you can help support this annual fundraiser by purchasing a ticket and enjoying live music, dancing, a silent auction, food and an open bar. The silent auction will offer prizes to several high praised establishments in Center City. Located at 1020 South Street,  squarely between Bella Vista and Washington Square West, this event is expected to draw a crowd of near 300 locals and inspiring artists and supporters.

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Philadelphia’s Magic Garden has been educating individuals of all ages for years. Offering workshops, education programs and self-guided walk throughs, this event will feature founder and artist Isaiah Zagar. So join in the fun this Saturday and help support local businesses, keep artists thriving and educate our community on the importance of art and self expression. For more information and tickets click here.

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Murals in Queen Village

Lately, bold and bright butterflies have appeared on the wall at 4th and Fulton. This mural art project by Conrad Booker, “Harmony and the Windows of Curiosity” show butterflies symbolizing rebirth. Queen Village wants this wall to become a destination for neighbors and a remembrance for the former burial ground at Weccacoe Playground that we recently touched on in our previous post.

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This public art project is nearing completion with one final, unique element left to add. With the help of the neighborhood and  it’s children, a three dimensional ‘window frame’ will picture toys and neighborhood kids’ handprints. Queen Village needs your support to help complete this mural project. Help by donating and encouraging pubic art projects in communities all over the country. Donate online or by check/money order to Queen Village Neighbors Association P.O. Box 63763, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

If you happen to be strolling through Queen Village this week, head out to September Yappy Hour with your four legged friends! Thursday September 12, 5:30-7:30pm join QVK9 at Kennett (848 s. 2nd Street) and enjoy half off all draft beers, glasses of wine and pizza specials! Last month was a hit so they do suggest to RSVP online.

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A New Restaurant For the Kimmel Center?

As reported on Plan Philly, the Art Commission has given its final approval for a proposed new restaurant facing Spruce Street in the Kimmel Center.

Designed by the KieranTimberlake firm, this restaurant will be a Jose Garces (of Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Village Whiskey, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic fame, and Iron Chef) venture.

Watch this site for more details as soon as they come!

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The Problem With Triangle Park

Triangle Park in better days. Courtesy Naked Philly.

Bella Vista’s Triangle Park, at the intersection of 6th and Christian Streets and Passyunk Avenue, is a small, beautiful plot of green in a neighborhood boasting several small, beautiful plots of green. It, however, also sits satisfyingly right in the middle of the neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful houses, cafés, and other small business.

Oh, and it’s privately owned.

That’s why the owner fenced it in earlier this summer, in an “attempt to signal its availability”, despite its half-decade of cheerful local use, much to the displeasure of the neighborhood–a neighborhood which has been working to acquire the parcel so it can stay a park ever and anon…

The overgrown site. Courtesy Naked Philly

But wait, there’s more! According to this Naked Philly piece, the parcel was a gas station before the community covered it with greenery. And gas station sites tend to have nasty underground surprises, particularly for verdanture atop. Environmental sampling and (likely) remediation has to be done before the property can be conveyed, which has to happen before the fencing can come down–remediation which would also destroy the landscaping already in place.

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Drag Brigade To Be Included In This Year’s Mummers Day Parade

As the holiday season continues in our city of Brotherly of Love,  the average Philadelphian always looks forward to the Mummers Day Parade. In most cities, New Year’s Eve is the big hurrah and main event. However, here in Philly we do things a tad different. We rev up January 1st for a day full of merriment, drinking, friends, family, and the Mummers.

This year marks a very special parade with the inclusion of some of Philadelphia’s brightest and best drag queens in what will be the first ever Drag Brigade. Ten talented queens were chosen by long time Philadelphia drag power house Brittany Lynn (Ian Morrison out of lashes and heels). Each queen will be leading a brigade they were specifically paired with down Broad Street from Washington Avenue to City Hall early New Year’s Day.  Later that afternoon, each queen will be outfitted to match her assigned brigade and perform a two minute introduction at the Convention Center.

Live Love Philly had the opportunity to ask Morrison, who is performing with the Shooting Stars brigade, a few questions about this revolutionary addition to the parade.

Live Love Philly (LLP): What positive message is being sent by drag culture being included in this year’s Mummers Day Parade?

Morrison: Drag has always been included in the Mummers tradition; however, once women were allowed to participate, drag was no longer a necessity. What’s amazing about this event is that the Mummers are allowing us to form the first “drag brigade”, and to be a regular part of such a mainstream, city wide and televised event. It’s like telling the nation, “Hey, look at our gays!”

LLP: What is special about the ten queens chosen by you to be included?

M: The ten girls I picked were chosen for their professionalism and talents. Each one was specifically matched to the theme of their brigade. They are all amazing at what they do and I give them my full confidence that they are gonna knock this out of the park on New Year’s Day.

LLP: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s parade?

M: I’m looking forward to presenting my drag mafia to the masses. There are literally thousands of people at the convention center ready to cheer on the brigades.  First marching down Broad Street with the String Bands in front of the entire city and visiting spectators, then performing for the masses at the Convention Center, it’s like the city is saying, “Thanks for doing what you do and doing it with us.” That beats Ru Paul’s Drag Race on any day.

The queens joining Brittany Lynn are listed below along the name of their brigade. They are:

Crystal T. Electra – Downtowners

Alexis Cartier – Saturnalian

Mrs. P. – South Philly Vikings

Porcelain – Jokers

Navaya Shay – Golden Crown

Bridget Jones – Clevemore

Cherry Pop – Avenuers

Stella D’Oro – 2nd Street Shooters

Mary D’ Knight – Satin Slippers

After this bevy of beauties are warmly welcomed by all, expect loads of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent at this years historical Mummers Day Parade.

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South Philadelphia News and Updates – 1.7.13

South Philadelphia News and UpdatesSouth Philadelphia News and Updates – 1.7.13

Columbus Square  Upcoming Program Reminders

Zumba Class – Mondays – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
$6 per class or $25 for five classes.

Yoga Class – Tuesdays – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
$6 per class or $25 for five classes.

Meredith Elementary School Auction

The Meredith Auction is taking place on Saturday, March 2nd.  Ticket sales begin on January 7th for this annual event.  Tickets include dinner, open bar and entertainment by DJ Johnny Looch!  Check out the Auction Website  for more details.  Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  Purchase your tickets by January 31st and receive 5 iPad raffle tickets with each purchase.  Mark your calendars for a fabulous Mardi Gras night on Saturday, March 2nd which will include a silent and live auction.  There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for parents interested in helping.  If you would like to donate or solicit an auction item, please use this auction donation form.  Please contact Donielle at doniellecal@comcast.net and Rebecca at rmakuen@yahoo.com to get involved and help make this event a success.

Gayborhood Event Promoters Workshop

Join a panel of professional promoters share their experainced, tips and tricks of the trade to help you become a better promoter. Workshop will include a panel presentation, Q/A, group discussion and lunch. Duration is approximently bout three hours plus time to network with other promoters. Event includes lunch thanks to Wolf Street Catering. Reserve Tickets online – HERE.

Presenters include:

– Bruce Yelk – NightLifeGay
– Amber Hikes – Stimulus
– Gage  – Twisted Life
– Steve McCann – PhillyGayCalendar

Moderated by Rudy Flesher.

Abandoned Bike Removal/Re-Use:

Abandoned Bikes can be reported using this GOOGLE DOC link.  You can also use 311 to report abandoned bikes to the City of Philadelphia according to this recent announcement. For more information, email Andrew Levitt at levitt.andrew@gmail.com coordinating this effort with the Bicycle Coalition and City.

Captain Ryan’s Monthly Community Meeting

Tuesday Janaury 8th at 6PM. – 3rd District Roll Call Room, 11th & Wharton Street.

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Bella Vista To Get First Passive House


This word means many things to many people in a myriad of contexts. In the context of real estate and architecture, it has the ability to easily confuse. However, it is important for us to clear the air because passive building is about to be the trend everyone is talking about.  There are currently only a handful of properties in Philadelphia that represent this foreign and rare form of design. The newest plan for Pemberton Street in Philadelphia was just approved by the Bella Vista Zoning Committee last night. Live Love Philly talked about passive construction with Laura Blau of BluPath Design and GreenSteps Consulting who is handling the Pemberton project.

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Above: Original plan for Pemberton that has been modified.

For nearly a decade, Laura Blau and Paul Thompson have worked together at BluPath Design to design simple, elegant and environmentally sensitive spaces. After meeting their clients for Pemberton Street through the Meredith School Silent Auction, they started working towards designing this new residential property to passive construction speciifications. What does that mean? The following is information Ms. Blau provided Live Love Philly.


Passive House buildings, residential or commercial, meet a rigorous energy standard developed in Europe. They are extremely energy-efficient and comfortable, with excellent indoor air quality. They are also better built and more durable, with lower utility costs than most buildings. The Passive House concept slashes heating consumption of buildings by up to 90%. There are over 40,000 Passive Houses worldwide as of 2012. Passive House buildings use the following strategies:

SUPERINSULATED WALLS: In a Passive House, the entire envelope of the building- walls, roof and floor or basement- is super-insulated, depending on the climate and project size. Insulation varies from 6” for California to 16” for Minnesota.

NO THERMAL BRIDGES: Heat flows out of a building on the path of least resistance, through a building element that conducts heat efficiently- a ‘thermal’ bridge. PH construction minimizes or eliminates thermal bridges.

AIRTIGHT CONSTRUCTION: Airtight construction reduces or eliminates drafts and heat loss through exfiltration and infiltration, reducing the need for space conditioning. The airtightness of a building is measured with a ‘blower door’ test. PH construction is very ‘tight’, and is confirmed by multiple blower-door tests during and after construction.

ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATION: A house and its occupants need to breathe. The ventilator provides a constant supply of fresh air while conserving most of the energy already used to condition the building by using a balanced air-to-air energy recovery system. PH buildings have excellent indoor air quality, whether you open the windows or not.

HIGH-PERFORMANCE WINDOWS AND DOORS: Passive House windows and doors are chosen based on the transmission values of both frame and glazing. PH windows, usually triple pane, are 5+times more efficient than typical windows. Typical windows have a thermal resistance value equivalent to R2, EnergyStar windows may be as much as R3.5 whereas PH windows are R5 to R13 and perform more like a standard building wall. No more drafty windows or leaky doors!

PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN AND INTERNAL HEAT GAINS: Passive House designs utilize well-known and proven passive solar design principles- building orientation, window size, type and location, sunshading- to manage energy gains and losses. Because of the exceptionally low levels of heat loss from the building envelope, heat generated by appliances, electronic equipment, lighting and people are a significantly source of heat in a Passive House building.

PASSIVE HOUSE PLANNING PACKAGE: Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is a proprietary energy-modeling tool that helps the designer integrate each of the building elements so the final design will meet the Passive House standard. It has a proven accurate track record.


Passive House standards are met when:

  • Space heating and cooling requirements are less than or equal to 4.75kBtu/ft 2 /yr for new construction and 8.0kBtu/ft2/yr for retrofit. [US commercial building average is 33.00kBtu/ft2/yr, from US EIA 2003 Commercial Buildings Survey]
  • Total primary energy use of the design is less than or equal to 38.1kBtu/ft 2 /yr (120kWh/m2a)
  • Airtightness of the building is verified to be at or below 0.6ACH @50Pa, 1.0ACH@50Pa for retrofit.

(ACH = air changes per hour, Pa = Pascals, unit of pressure).

So why passive? A passive building achieves overall energy savings of 60-70% and 90% of space heating without applying expensive actives technologies. Energy losses are minimized, and gains are maximized. The heat/energy recovery ventilator helps keep energy that has already been generated in the house instead of venting it out. Pemberton Street in Bella Vista is trail blazing the way for more properties to be built that exhibit this extraordinary energy efficiency.  Passive is in.

For more information, feel free to contact Laura and Paul of BluPath at 267.519.3564 or at info@blupath.us.

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