PIFA Couture

I’m sure by now, you are starting to get excited about all the events to come to Philly in the PIFA take over that commences on April 7. Not only will these amazing events last for three weeks, but the opening weekend is one you won’t want to miss.

In my last post dedicated to PIFA, I introduced you to Drexel’s Brave New World of Fashion. Continuing with the wonderful topic of fashion, April 8 provides you the opportunity to experience the only night of PIFA Couture, a Paris-inspired runway show in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza. Continue reading “PIFA Couture”

Brave New World of fashion

Photo courtesy of PIFA

When speaking of culture and art, fashion is an aspect that cannot be forgotten. Fashion is also a reflection and expression of exploration and rebellion against previous styles or sometimes a revisit to great decades of the past.

This was no different in the tumultuous  years between 1911 and 1919 in Paris; a time of unparalleled inspiration, excitement and creativity in the arts and fashion. As its contribution to the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Art & Design presents the exhibit Brave New World: Fashion and Freedom, 1911 – 1919 in the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery from April 7 – May 7. Continue reading “Brave New World of fashion”

Museum without walls

Do you enjoy going on guided museum tours, but could do without the large groups or having to follow someone else’s time? Or maybe, with the onset of spring, the idea of being indoors takes away from the lure and excitement of warmer weather.

Well, the Fairmount Park Art Association has come up with a solution. In honor of the Philadelphia International Festival of the ArtsMuseum Without Walls™: Audio allows enthusiasts to download a free tour (to any device of your choice and 24 hours a day) of 36 works of art and sculptures starting at the LOVE sculpture and ending at Kelly Drive. Each stop on the tour is narrated by unique voices of people who are connected to each piece, either by knowledge or experience. Continue reading “Museum without walls”

>Latino Heritage Month in Philly

> September and October are great months to be in Philadelphia (actually any month is) because they mark the celebration of Latino Heritage Month. This is a chance to get acquainted with, closer to and to celebrate the Latino culture; a celebration that can then be continued throughout the year. There are parades, shows, art, dancing and much more as is detailed in Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month en Filadelfia. Do you know what’s happening in your area to celebrate Latinos this month? Also, don’t forget to check out the blog BeingLatino for coverage of everything Latino. Safe travels. Continue reading >Latino Heritage Month in Philly

>Travel Don’ts: not speaking the language

> Photo Nicolle Morales Kern How easy would it be if you could travel and not worry about expressing yourself in another language? If the prospect of creating new sounds and words doesn’t appeal to you, then maybe travel is not for you. That may sound harsh, but the whole point of traveling to a different country is to experience a new country and culture and this includes the language. A key aspect of understanding a culture is through language and if you expect tourists coming to the US to speak English, you should be willing to try at least … Continue reading >Travel Don’ts: not speaking the language

>Japan at your doorstep

>An annual celebration of spring proves that you do not have to travel the world to experience a new culture. by Nicolle Morales Kern The sun shone and warmed visitors as they walked along the cherry groves in front of the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. Transported into a world of Japanese culture, 40,000 visitors from the Philadelphia area joined the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) in the celebration of Sakura Matsuri, the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival on April 5. “Now in its 12th year, the Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of the change of seasons, … Continue reading >Japan at your doorstep