June 10, 2011

It All Happens Tomorrow

It's all happening tomorrow... For a complete itinerary, see below. Make sure to stop by the after party at Mugshot's Coffeehouse sponsored by MM Partners and Yard's Brewing Company!

If you leave feeling like you just haven't had enough (doubtful, but just in case), come back to Brewerytown on Sunday for DJ Night at Era with Cosmo Baker!!

June 3, 2011

2011 Art + Soul Food Preview

Here is just a little taste of what you can expect at this year's Art + Soul Food...


Color Wheel Bike Studio 2711 W. Girard Ave: TBA

West Girard Business Association 2712 W. Girard Ave: Artist and Brewerytown Resident Charles Harrison

MM Partners 2732 W. Girard Ave: Artist and Brewerytown resident Kathy Hurchla

Mugshots Coffee House & Cafe 2813 W. Girard Ave: Photographer Timothy Broderick showing photographs of the Brewerytown community, PLUS Spoken Word and Open Mic from 5-8

MM Partners 2816 W. Girard Ave: Sculptor Chloris Lowe who works from his studio in Brewerytown

KS Optical 2820 W. Girard Ave: TBA

MM Partners 2833 W. Girard Ave: Video Artist and Brewerytown resident Kristin Apple


5:00-5:10 Robert Morris Drum Line

5:15-5:45 Chalk and the Beige Americans

6:10-6:20 Reynolds Drum Line

6:30-7:10 Modern Colour

7:15-7:40 Valley Vintage / Evolve Fashion Show w/ Modern Colour Backing

Soul Food

Butter’s Soul Food to Go

Deborah’s Kitchen


Honest Tom’s Tacos

Butter Cream Cupcakes

Closing Reception: MM Partners will be holding a closing reception sponsored by Yard’s Brewery in The Yard at Mugshots Coffeehouse & CafĂ© starting at 7PM.

May 27, 2011

Art + Soul Food 2011!

This year's festival will take place on June 11th, from 5-8 PM. It will be centered on the 2700 and 2800 blocks of West Girard Avenue in Brewerytown.

June 7, 2010

Here's The Deal...

The 2010 Art + SoulFood festival is happening this Saturday, June 12th, from 2-6 pm. There will be an after-party at the North Star Bar. Here is a taste of the 2010 festival highlights (complete with handy bullet points):
  • A meet and greet with Darryl McCray of “Cornbread” fame, a former Brewerytown resident dubbed the father of modern graffiti. Catch the trailer to his upcoming documentary “Cry of the City” by producer Sean McKnight setting the record straight on Cornbread.
  • A recent mural installation by acclaimed muralist and street artist, Shepard Fairey. Shepard Fairey is most known for designing the iconic Obama poster during the 2008 presidential election, as well as the Obey/ Andre the Giant campaign.
  • 20 area businesses and re purposed storefronts form an eclectic mix of art galleries highlighting mostly local talent. From the dry cleaners to the sneaker shop and even the sidewalks themselves the entire avenue becomes one enormous celebration of art. Couple that celebration with the delectable tastes of the some of the city’s best soul food restaurants and you get Art + SoulFood.
And the bullet points keep coming:
  • Direct from 26th & Thompson, the Robert Morris School Drum Team will perform!
  • Even more live music!!!!
  • Megawords will be taking over a newsstand??!!

February 22, 2010

Art + Soul Food II (Electric Boogaloo)

June 12th, 2010, people. Save the date. On June 12th, 2010, Art + Soul Food will be back, bigger and better than ever. Lots of plans in the works, so check this space for all the news.

That is all.

(Did I say June 12th, 2010?)

June 18, 2009


Despite the rain, we received a sizable turn-out on Saturday night, and the evening went off, basically, without a hitch.

At one point the rain forced some delays/relocating of the musical acts, but all in all the sights, sounds, smells and most certainly the food were enjoyed by all.

Fortunately Lenyon Whitaker was on hand snapping away and gave us permission to use some of his images on our site. He really has a knack for catching the emotion of the specific moment he's focusing on.
See if you can spot yourself!

June 12, 2009


As the long hours add up in the last hours before our event, some locals have been taking notice, both in print and online:


City Paper

Philadelphia Weekly (page 23!)

Daily Candy

See you all tomorrow!

June 11, 2009

For those about to Rock-

(or roll, or jam, we got you covered)...
We Salute You!

As previously mentioned, there will be live music performed at two spots along the Avenue on Saturday, basically on either end of the action. Just outside of the Megawords display in 2621 Girard will be a line-up curated by local beat-cop and musician Officer Bryant, featuring:

Sinister: R&B group with a funk and soul sound.
David "Bluesman" Blossom: Blues signer and guitarist.
TKO: Funk and R&B singer with full band.
The Illusions: Oldies R&B group with Temptations style song and dance.
Voices For Christ: Gospel

At the other end, just outside of the Home + Craft space will be on 2943 Girard. This grouping was organized by James Coughlin, who is not only a musician himself but a painter as well:

Rob Dingman- Tape loops, synth, and xylophone
Tadoma minimalist experimental
Arc in Roundindie experimental ambient
Lo Power Plane Indie rock
Busses indie rock

June 9, 2009

Just Across the Street

from the gallery on 2819 Girard is Endustre on 2826, a boutique where me met Hamid Holloman-a talented and absolutely charming designer. The ensembles in the window display were sharp as tacks, too.

Hamid is constantly drawing inspiration from a myriad of sources and shared his findings on line at several sites:
Meezan Art Couture

MESE Design Studio and the online shop, Shop Meezan Online.

Even more exciting? It just so happens that Endustre will be sponsoring some live painting outside the shop this very Saturday, coinciding with Art+Soul Food! Not to be missed, people...

June 8, 2009

Everybody's Working-

For the weekend!
A+SF teammates were all over this whole curating thing the last two days. The excitement became contagious as artists trickled in Saturday and Sunday to drop off their work.
Here you see co-curator Sarah Peoples supervising the hanging method of assistant-to-the-curator Jacob Roller (who moonlights as property developer).
Well done!

Sarah painstakingly makes sure that each of Natalie Hope McDonald's photos are on the level.
Josh Harmony's pottery was too irresistible to leave in the box. Wait until you see the mini-cups! Perfect for drinking sake out of...
We were up to our necks in pedestals and paint for shelves...

Ahhhh paint scabs.It wasn't all fun and games though. Co-curator Beth Smallwood has some pretty unconventional methods when it comes to directing...

So cavalier!Pearl Bell brought the family over along with her work-that's husband Matt and daughter Ava.

Unfortunately she took Ava with her...but we're happy to have her plates!
We all treated ourselves to some Rita's-Ava got Cherry, I splurged for a soft-serve with jimmies. (sprinkles?)
John Blanchet dropping off his work and papers at the space on 2819 Girard...
Along with the puddles painters will be a digital video installation by Ira Blanchard, inside this secret room:
We have our work cut out for us, as you can see.
Rob Sutherland dropped off his work at the space on 2943 and then came down to 2819 to check out the progress.
Then we all peeked in 2711 to see the newly rehabbed floor. That's Maria Eife to the left. Note the Rita's cone in her hand. We're turning into junkies here...I can't wait to get back to work again today so I can have more water ice!
Where water ice leaves off, beer picks up-and we plopped our sweaty butts down for a few at Era after the day was done. Look! Our coasters!
Unfortunately we missed all of the big bike race action of the day, but a couple enthusiasts were kind enough to give us a recap.
Era was flexing its artistic muscles with a show of its own. We spoke with Luke Haggerty, the photographer you see below. Work it, Luke.
And the lovely Paula Pardo shows us her lemons from behind the bar.
On our side of the bar, her photos can be seen:
At some point we all made it home in time to catch a disco nap or two and now it's time for me to get my act together and gear up for another busy day.
Can't wait to see you all on Saturday!!!!