An artist-run collective and gallery space, Little Berlin aims to attract the arts and cultural performances to the local community by curating a new show every month. The panoply of musical events, art exhibitions, and badminton tournaments brings diverse media indoors and out to engage community members in new experiences. Art installations add color to the gallery, concerts fill the courtyard, and sculptures stand in the outdoor Fairgrounds. Little Berlin also streams its live performances on the Internet, connecting guest speakers with a larger audience through its Open Web Studio.
Philadelphia’s history fills the pages of textbooks across the world. William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, and the Liberty Bell fill the indexes. But these texts do little to educate people on and preserve the physical history of Philadelphia, specifically its buildings.
Enter the nonprofit Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Its volunteer team of tour guides leads architectural walking tours past downtown Philadelphia’s landmarks, buildings, and cityscapes, and its staff coordinates an array of events each month, which have previously included graveyard tours, concerts, and archaeological digs. Proceeds from these activities, along with various grants, are then used to preserve the Philadelphia region’s historical buildings, subsequently preserving its historical communities and the story of the city's influential past.
The cello-shaped Verizon Hall serenades eyes with mahogany accents under the 150-foot barrel-vaulted glass ceiling of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. With seats for 2,500 audience members, the hall immerses both spectators and musicians in the clarity generated by its premium acoustics, which absorb vibrations from the subway tunnel below with 225 rubber isolation pads and allow for precise tuning with retractable curtains and sound-reflecting panels. Seasoned jazz artist Branford Marsalis confirmed Verizon Hall's sound acumen when he told NPR it is "the best concert hall on the East Coast."
The colossal dodgeball event is expected to pin at least 400 against 400 in all-out rubber-ball mayhem to raise money for Life Unchained, a social nonprofit organization that provides seed money to local start-up nonprofits and dream projects. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the first fated volley at 12:30 p.m. The action will last until the final player standing on either team gets hit with a dodgeball or an insatiable craving for pancakes. After the ball-slinging massacre ends, participants can revel in food and drink specials at the AT&T Pavilion after party and compare bruises forming in the shape of badges of honor. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt and ticket to the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse game later that night; guests are encouraged to tailgate until the Wings take flight at 7 p.m. The last survivor on the losing dodgeball team will secure a coveted luxury weekend stay at the Loews Hotel, and 10 players from the winning team will be selected via raffle to win $100 in prizes.
Taste of Fall treats Philadelphia denizens to a crisp autumn afternoon of cooking demonstrations by local chefs, wine and beer flowing freely for the tasting, and scrumptious samples from more than 15 local restaurant and farm vendors. Nibble on a gyro from Zorba's Taverna, test how many Iced by Betsy cupcakes you can fit in your mouth at once, or amiably haggle over the harvests of local farmers. A kids’ tent will pulsate with activities such as face painting, as well as yoga to appease antsy pre-teens and post-babies. The "Man Cave," meanwhile, will set the scene for budding bromances by broadcasting the Eagles vs. Redskins game. A live performance of classic covers by Back2Life will contribute to the convivial atmosphere. And to add an element of surprise that doesn't involve firing blowdarts into the crowd at random, Taste of Fall will give ticketholders a chance to win a number of spectacular raffle items. You and your family might head home with a hefty gift basket from Saks Fifth Avenue, a cooking class at Viking, or a one-night stay at Rittenhouse Bed & Breakfast with dinner at Baia and a bottle of wine.
MANNA’s small staff and team of 1,500 volunteers prepare and deliver more than 70,000 nourishing meals to clients’ homes each month. This Thanksgiving, volunteers will prepare special holiday meals to deliver to participating families. The meals will evoke festivity with enough servings of traditional dishes for a family of four, including turkey, gravy, green vegetables, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, pie, and an additional side and appetizer. However, MANNA is in need of additional funding in order to ensure an abundance of Thanksgiving meals for its clients.