When we opened our South Philadelphia studio on Saturday, over 130 people poured in to add their upbeat images to our anti-election-stress, flip-the-script photo campaign….
Click here to learn about those reassuring artists and musicians in our windows – and the hundreds of other Philadelphians we’re photographing for our blog.
THERE’S SOMETHING STRANGE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Given that the East Passyunk Avenue Fall Fest was in full swing Saturday, it’s no surprise that the crowd included a mad mix of superheroes, frogs, princesses and one extremely large chicken.
So to celebrate Halloween, we’re featuring all our costumed players and their parents today.
And, yes, even the bear and the chicken got along this weekend – which makes us think there’s an over-sized metaphor there for this high-stress election season….
Over the past several posts, we’ve told you about our new South Philadelphia window display, a do-it-yourself remedy for the pre-election blues….
Twenty-eight smiling artists light up our windows at E. Passyunk & Tasker to remind you that the apocalypse isn’t quite here yet.
And, yes, regular readers of our Unexpected Philadelphia blog and website might recognize a few familiar faces…..
Say, haven’t I wandered through your living room?
Sometimes the anger and angst on the national stage makes it impossible to see the goodness on your own corner.
That’s why we gathered over two dozen Philadelphia artists, writers, performers and musicians, and asked them to pose for our windows holding upbeat signs with words like create, collaborate, envision and – yes – VOTE….
Click here to learn more about our pre-election window display on the corner E. Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street.
You can see it just across from South Philadelphia’s “Singing Fountain” through election week.
WE CAN WORK IT OUT
That’s also why today – and several more times until the election – we’ll share photos here of scores more optimistic Philadelphians holding these same signs.
And, yes, they really are out there by the thousands – even though it’s sometimes hard to see them through the haze of the evening news….
Earlier this month, we told you about our upbeat new South Philadelphia window exhibit – a non-partisan response to the soul-draining divisiveness and election angst in the news right now.
Show me a sign: 28 local artists share positive messages from our windows at the corner of E. Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street.
After all, if we can’t come together to make things better here, then who in the world can?
PASS IT ON…
Starting today, and continuing through Election Day, we’ll introduce you to the artists who generously agreed to help us “flip the script”.
We’ll also share dozens more photos of good-hearted Philadelphians who grabbed a sign and added their optimism to our campaign. (And, yes, read on to learn how you can join them on our blog between now and Election Day.)
Artists Miguel Antonio Horn and Karen Benson help light up our lives – and the corner across from South Philadelphia’s “singing fountain”.
Last week, we told you about the planned dedication for the new “South Philly Musicians Remix” mural by Mural Arts Philadelphia.
There’s a new crew hanging out at Broad and Tasker Streets.
And, yes, it features local luminaries (from left) Eddie Fisher, Fabian Forte, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Jerry Blavat, Al Martino, Chubby Checker, Charlie Gracie and James Darren, along with tributes to Bob Horn’s and Dick Clark’s Bandstand shows. (Click here to see our close-up photos of the mural.)
PAINT AROUND THE CLOCK
But Philadelphia mural artist Eric Okdeh had another surprise up his paint-covered sleeve last week when he revealed the final honoree….
Guitar virtuoso Danny Cedrone
When Mural Arts Philadelphia announced it would retire “Sounds of Philadelphia”, its crumbling homage to South Philadelphia’s mid-century music legends at 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, the opposition was….well, spirited.
The painted clock is running down for Peter Pagast’s beloved 2005 mural honoring Fabian Forte, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Jerry Blavat, Al Martino and Eddie Fisher.
The building behind it had deteriorated, and developers planned a four-story structure in front of it.
The cost of re-creating it elsewhere was prohibitive, and there were hundreds of other mural projects already in line.
This year, we struggled with finding a new topic for our annual holiday window display.
We’d already displayed photos of our South Philadelphia neighbors and of local celebrities from the 1960s….
What was left? South Philadelphia restaurant owners? Current local celebrities? Favorite Philly athletes? (Way too controversial!)
But one topic kept intruding in our heads.
ELECTION STRESS DISORDER
Like many people, we’ve been beaten down by the soul-draining divisiveness in the country this year.
Violence. Name-calling. Corruption. Terrorism. Racial and religious divides. Following the news – particularly the election news – you’d think that the country and the entire human race were sliding down that greased pole to hell.
“Uhm, Dave, do you have the comics?”
And, yes, it even has a name: Election Stress Disorder, and everyone we knew had symptoms.