Philly Film and Music Festival

Gillian found a volunteer opportunity for the Philly Film and Music festival this past weekend.  We figured meeting some cool people and listening to live music for free was a solid idea.

Friday night we went to World Cafe Live and covered the Hezekiah Jones, Sharon Van Etten, and Marissa Nadler show.  If you’ve never been in the downstairs portion of World Cafe for a show, you MUST get there eventually.  THIS IS NOT A REQUEST (beauty and the beast reference, if that went over your head, you’re obviously not a girl born circa 84′). It is one of my all time favorite venues.  Upstairs on the mezz, there are couches, soft lit tables and good beer on tap.  What more could you want from a music venue?!  These people might as well be playing in your basement.  I mean, if your basement is totally sweet.  And yes, I plan on building a music venue in my multi-million dollar house post lottery.  Here are some pictures from the event:

This is a shot of some of the wall painted murals outside of the studio downstairs.

Quick collage of some art/Hezekiah Jones.  I picked up their Vinyl album — great live band.

And here are some pictures from Day 2 — Girard Fest – between 2nd and Front.


Some of the street vendors

The cutest bulldog ever




Find Vienna and their headless, legless, armless, sort of unnecessary mannequin.

Akua Naru and the Dig Flo Band — Nice group of Germans

The Violet Tone

Saturday morning we woke up super early and walked around the corner to the Whole Foods for some breakfast.  One of the perks of being in a city, is there are lots of fun things to walk to and lots of hilarious bums to run away from.  Although, I would not consider myself a city girl by any stretch.  I love my car and want to drive it without fear of taxi crashes, parking tickets, and pedestrian casualties.  Philly has a great swagger though.  From random art, good sports venues and live music, to perfect sunsets over the skyline, it’s a nice place to have close by.  Right around the corner from where we stayed was a little place called the Magic Garden.  Here is the website in case you think I was hallucinating from lack of sleep and dehydration. (very possible)

Basically this project takes old recycled bottles, mirrors, tiles, bike wheels, glass, stone, mixed with other donated art and supplies all thrown together to create a truly unique and interesting gallery space.  Isaiah Zagar, the creator, turned the project into a non-profit organization that preserves his art and educates the public about mosaic and folk art. Check out some of the pictures I took, I really dig this space:

That is certainly something you will not find in the burbies.  Mainly because everyone is too rich to bother recycling.  Love those little finds.

Today’s music comes from none other than the Philly Film and Music Festival musicians!

listening to You Say Love by ZELAZOWA on

listening to Cupcakes for the Army by Hezekiah Jones on

listening to Under an Old Umbrella by Marissa Nadler on

listening to One Day by Sharon Van Etten on

listening to Here We Are by Cheers Elephant on

listening to Find Yourself by Find Vienna on





Birthdays, Summers End

So last month, I turned 27.  This is really the first time that I’ve felt…oldish.  I know all the 27 and a half + readers will scoul and think “that’s young.”  I’m not saying I’m going to check myself into a nursing home next month when my lease is up, I’m just saying, time is passing faster than anticipated/appreciated.

When you’re a kid, you think by 27 you will be in a certain place in your life.  You may have thought you’d have kids, be married, own a house.  Well none of things pertain to me, but I can honestly say my 26th year has been one of my favorites.

This year we decided to grab a whole bunch of good friends and head to the Phillies game on Sunday August 28th.  I was looking forward to merging work friends, high school friends, new friends and college friends.  We gathered a group of 20+ and I was PUMPED. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene had other plans.  The game was moved to Saturday in anticipation of the high winds and turrentual downpour.  I maybe cried a little, but it worked out.

Rollin’ with half a crew (but still a very good one) we decided to tough it out and head down to the Park to tailgate anyway.  Armed with ponchos and Bud Light Lime, we stood in the POURING rain, had some beers, and played some gangsta rap.

But we made the best of it!  Quick shot of a few girls during downpour.

This guy was very inivative.  I appreciated him:

All in all we made the best of it and had a great half day.  In fact, this summer was one of the best yet.  I’ve always said that being happy means always having something to look forward to.  And I can honestly say, I enjoyed every minute of this summer and am continuing to enjoy the fall as it creeps in with cool nights.  Throughout the hazy summer, I collected a plethora of video snippits and put them all together.  Check it out.  Password is ashley1211

So obviously anyone that knows me knows that I have an obsession with social networking sites.  I recently stumbled upon Pinterest.  See what I did there?  Stumble Upon and Pinterest in the same sentence.  If you are not involved, ladies, get serious.  Gentlemen, I don’t think this would appeal to you.  Mama’s Daddy’s, Gangsta’s, Pimp’s?  Mannie Fresh will tell YOU what to do.  Any DIY, style watcher, party planner, bored gal will totally dig this site.  I urge to you to check it out.

Today’s music comes from Panic at the Disco — an old favorite of mine.  I saw them perform at Festival Pier a few summers ago on the 4th of July.  It was amazing.  Fireworks and the whole bit.