All posts by Monica Lyons

Monica is enjoying city life after growing up in her home state of Connecticut. She enjoys craft beer, reading, writing, vegetarianism, and digging through racks in thrift shops. You can follow her on Twitter to observe her daily thoughts and findings.

Astronauts Really Fly Headlining Show

If you haven’t heard of Astronauts Really Fly, you definitely need to take a listen.

This group of talented, young musicians is taking Philadelphia by storm with a unique sound that pushes the boundaries of musical genres and individual style.  A.R.F. completely blurs the lines that separate punk rock and hip hop with a soulful, energetic, and innovative presence that holds a little something for everyone. Lead by MC Mont Brown, their concept was inspired from Guion Bluford Jr, a West Philadelphia Native, who was the first African American to travel into space. As each of A.R.F.’s members came together and added their own unique personalities to the group, they realized their production was being put to new heights. Brown was inspired by Bluford’s notion that the sky is definitely not the limit.

Astronauts Really Fly will be showing just how much they believe in that notion at their headlining show at The Blockley at 3801 Chestnut Street on Thursday, November 14 at 8 p.m., presented by Dreams to Reality.  Also joining this bill will be performances by Bok Nero featuring Legion 13, Al 1Thing, E-Hos, and newly added Lorine Chia, an Ohio native with deep soul from her Cameroonian roots.  By combining elements of alternative, acid jazz and futuristic R&B, Lorine Chia also breaks musical limitations to make original melodies that you’ll easily find yourself grooving to.

This 18 & over show is $10, but if you bring a non-perishable food item to the door you get a discount! If you bought a ticket ahead of time, you get a free drink (for those 21 & over, of course).

Buy tickets here.

Also be sure to check out this Astronauts Really Fly interview presented by Dreams to Reality:

 

Khari Mateen: Where Did They Go

“18 veterans commit suicide each day. 126 each week. 6,552 each year,” Philadelphia’s own Khari Mateen posted on his Twitter today. In his new single, “Where Did They Go,” this Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and mulch-instrumentalist brings light to how often men and women are affected by their experiences in war. “This song gives a look into the rising case of PTSD in veterans,” Mateen wrote on his YouTube channel, “I wanted to take a moment and bring awareness and also show concern toward people that are suffering from this condition.”
The song, composed of raw-sounding instruments and a soulful blues vibe, has lyrics that make you think about what a person might be feeling or experiencing after returning home from war. For example, Mateen says, “Take this pill, it’ll make you feel alright / Calm you down, make you sleep at night / Don’t worry about the dreams, you did good/ And don’t worry about the team / You did what you could.” On Mateen’s website, he posts several statistics regarding PTSD and issues concerning veterans, as well as PTSD resources to help those in need. Khari Mateen’s voice in bringing awareness to this subject was done in a way that makes you want to listen, not only because it is a serious matter, but because it is a beautifully composed song as well.

Listen to Khari Mateen’s “Where Did They Go” here.

Union Transfer Presents Pattern is Movement

 

On Thursday October 24, four local bands graced Union Transfer with different styles, genres, and energies, including headlining duo Pattern is Movement . First up was Worshyper, a Philly-based idiosyncratic R&B group with an intimate feel. With smooth harmonies, ranging synth beats, and changing tempos, they set a soulful mood that had everyone moving to their music. When Worshyper member Matthew Hampson temporarily put down his drumsticks and stepped into the forefront for a few solos, his ballads were, well, straight up sexy. All I could think of was R. Kelly as poured his heart out into the mic and made the audience experience what he was singing to them. This group is of no specific genre and their originality should definitely not be confined to one.
Next up was Philadelphia-based Norwegian Arms, an indie-folk band with energy and catchy verses. With an electric mandolin, stripped down drums, and upbeat vocals, their vibe reminded me enjoying a beautiful summer day with friends and being carefree. There was no lacking of full sound despite their absence of a guitar and bass as Norwegian Arms has all the right ingredients of feeing youthful and just dancing along through life.
Third on the list was The Spinto Band, an indie-pop band from Wilmington, Delaware. Their dreamy and flowy vocals could make one feel as if they were floating on air. Their songs ranged from clappy to romantic in their inclusion of intricate strings and lucid tones that made for a great variety. The Sprinto Band brings a both a modern and vintage feel in their wide range of musical elements and tones.
To close the night was headlining duo Pattern is Movement. This Philadelphia-based indie-rock band hit the crowd with their impressive beards, high-ranging vocals, and dynamic percussion. Their sound brought different fleeting emotions in their complex melodies and intense keyboard build-ups. The fluid harmonies of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward seeped their way into sounding like an instrument in themselves, memorizing and completely full.  This night of diverse bands complemented each other well in their honest presence and different genres.

Top Halloween Party Picks

Do you have a rockin costume but no plans for Halloween? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some of our top festive picks happening on Thursday, October 31!

Tricks and Treats and Boo’s

Where: Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen, 2370 E Norris St
When: 5 pm to 2 am
Cost: Pay as you go

Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen will be offering several pumpkin and festive brews alongside  a Halloween inspired menu. Be sure to come dressed up for their 1st annual Halloween costume contest to win prizes, giveaways, and more.

The Official Fireball Whiskey Halloween Bash
Where: Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St
When: 8:00 pm to 2:00 am
Cost: Free admission when you sign up for the guest list.

Come party at this former firehouse in your own unique costume or collaborated with your friends! Categories include sexiest costume, best group costume, and best individual costume. Prizes are $100 cash plus a ticket to New Year’s Eve for sexiest and individual winners or $250 cash plus a ticket each to New Year’s Eve for best group! Also enjoy Fireball Whiskey specials and dance to a DJ all night.

PHSH Tank Halloween Special

Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N Front St.

When: 7 pm to 2 am

Cost: $5

DJ Phsh’s monthly dance party takes on a special Halloween twist with costumes, a few surprises and some special guests.

Making Time Presents PURE HALLOWEEN

Where: Voyeur

When: 9 pm – 3:30 am

Cost: $8 in advance / $10 at the door

Experience the THRILL of PURE HALLOWEEN with a special edition of Making Time’s monthly RAGER.

Haunted Hoedown
Where: Johnny Utah’s, 461 N 3rd St
When: 9 am to 2 am
Cost: Varies. Purchase tickets here.

Strap on your cowboy boots and promenade? Just kidding – unless that’s how you get down.  General admission gets you a complimentary first drink and VIP tickets gets you access to open bar from 9pm to 12am. There will be a special live DJ performance to keep you going all night.

Bitten
Where: McFadden’s, 461 N 3rd St
When: 9 pm to 2 am
Cost:  Varies. Purchase tickets here.

Grab tickets to this Halloween bash for the same concept as Johnny Utah’s (general admission gets your a complimentary first drink  or VIP tickets for open bar). Goers can rock out to a special live performance by Split Decision. McFadden’s is  ALSO teaming up with Johnny Utah’s for a double Halloween thrill; by buying an All Access Pass to McFadden’s, you also get into the party at Johnny Utah’s!

Haunted Mansion Bash
Where: XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave
When: 9 pm to 2 am
Cost: Varies. Purchase tickets here.

Dress in your Halloween best while shaking what your mama gave you to a live performance by Bubba Sparxxx. $30 open bar available including premium cocktails, draft beers and wine from 9 pm to 12 am. There will be a costume contest with over $5,000 in cash and prizes including 3 VIP trips to Atlantic City!

Philadelphia Official Crawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl
Where: Tavern on Broad, 200 S. Broad St PA 19102
When/Registration Times: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Purchase online tickets here.

Crawlers will receive a wristband, cup, and bar crawl map going starting at Tavern on Broad, continuing on to Public House, Field House, Devil’s Alley, The Raven Lounge, 1518 Bar & Grill, and ending at the Fox and the Hound.  Be sure to come in your craziest costume to bar hop the night away!

2nd St Brewhouse 3rd Annual Halloween Party
Where: 2nd St Brewhouse, 1700 South 2nd Street
When: Saturday, November 2, 8 pm
Cost: Pay as you go

Put together your most creative getup because 2nd Street Brewhouse will be offering cash and prizes for best costumes! Enjoy some pumpkin beers and other great brews on tap. Guerrilla Ultima Food Truck will also be serving up food from 12 am to 2 am.

BigBite Philly’s Halloween Bash
Where: 1031 Germantown Ave
When: Saturday, Novemver 2, 9 pm to 2 am
Cost: $7. Buy tickets here.

Dance the night away to DJ EMYND and be sure to get in on the midnight Ghoul Train Line. Be sure to get there early as drink specials are from 9 to 11 pm! Prizes for best food-related costume (North Shore Pool Club membership) and for best group costume! This event will help raise funds 2014 Philly Chili Bowl.

5 Ways to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall Chic

Fall is right around the corner! Before you go out and buy a whole new closet for the colder season, here are five fun ways to turn your summer clothes into autumn appropriate.

1. TIGHTS
Tights are going to be your best friend this season. Not ready to give up that little black dress you wore all summer? EASY. Throw on some tights and suddenly your dress is ready to get back out there. Nude tights are nice when you want to appear to have a bare leg without sacrificing your body temperature. Tights even work very well when paired with the right pair of shorts. There are limitless patterns, prints, fabrics, and colors out there. Play it up or dress it down. The options are endless.

2. OUTERWEAR
Cardigans, sweaters, and jackets are definitely a must have in the fall. You can layer anything on top of your summer tank and make it fall wearable. Get creative with lengths and fabrics. Wear a jean jacket over a maxi dress. Put a leather jacket over a short, pastel dress. Sport a blazer with skinny jeans. Play up your outfit by belting a cardigan over a button-down. You can always take something off if you get too hot. Layers, people!

3. SCARVES
Scarves are not just for bundling up in the winter. There are so many styles and variations available to make them more appropriate indoors. Infinity scarves can be especially lightweight and versatile in its ways to wear them. Go ahead and pair a delicate, printed scarf with a solid colored sundress for a fun fall look. Wear a long scarf with a casual t-shirt. Match a natural colored scarf with a funky top. Get creative but stay smart; the wrong scarf can easily turn your outfit into a tacky disaster.

4. CLOSED-TOE SHOES
Now’s the time to start swapping those strappy sandals for boots. You don’t have to ditch all your summer shoes, however, as long as you tastefully pair them. Wear your summer flats with jeans or pants through the colder months. Closed-toe wedges and pumps work look especially chic with the right pair of tights. Experiment!


5. FLORAL PRINTS
Floral prints can definitely be incorporated long into the cold months. With a leather jacket and jeans, your summer top will look edgy while adding earth-tones to a pop of color. That floral dress you’ve been wearing all summer will also look great with a blazer or a jean jacket. Floral prints look amazing with natural colors like beige or milky shades, as well as with black and white. Mix patterns and make contrasts!

Your Weekend Roundup, 9/6-9/8

Did this week fly by for anyone else? It must’ve been that healthy dose of a long holiday weekend!
Here’s some of our top picks for what’s going in the next few days.

Friday, September 6

Man Man
Where: The Porch at 30th St Station, 2955 Market St
When: 12pm
Cost: Free
WXPN will be putting on a free show by Man Man! This band is fun, energetic, and the perfect end of the week treat to dance your heart out to. Hear songs from the group’s fifth full-length album, On Oni Pond, which is set to release on September 10th.

First Friday

Where: Old City
When: 5pm–9pm
Cost: Free

Art in the Age will be holding their monthly event with a showcase called “A Signal From the Sea” by Emily Manalo Ruiz, an on-going series in which Ruiz stitches together historical references and idiosyncratic colloquialisms in banner-form, representing a deeper meaning based off of the traditional maritime flag. The shop will feature complimentary cocktails using their signature spirits as well as Spodee and Narragansett beer. Located at 116 N 3rd St.

Drink Philly will be celebrating their Three Year Anniversary of First Fridays at the Arden Theater with drinks, food, local artists, and music. The event is a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, so while entry is free, a $5 donation at the door is encouraged to help childhood cancer research. Attendees can enjoy beer from Evolution, Victory, and Yards and even coffee from Green Street Coffee Roasters, while enjoying bites from Brauhaus Schmitz, The Victoria Freehouse, MilkBoy and The Continental. Even better, Uber is offering new users a $20 discount to or from the party using the promo code DrinkPhilly3Yr. Located at 40 N 2nd St.

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will be putting on their monthly Park after Dark, in which this month’s performance will features a taste of Fringe with 6-8 performance artists who will give the audience a sneak peek at their upcoming Fringe Festival Productions. Located at Race St Pier.

Saturday, September 7

The 28th Annual Mushroom Festival
Where: 114 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348
When: Sat. 10am-7pm, ALSO Sun. 10am-5pm
Cost: $2, Free for kids under 12
Fungi lovers assemble! This two-day event brings all things mushroom, including creative culinary dishes, live demonstrations, cook-offs, vendors, farm tours, and even a fried mushroom eating contest on Saturday! What else would you expect from the mushroom capital of the world? Attendees are encouraged to try the ever popular portabella fries and get adventurous with some button mushroom ice cream.  If you do decide to go, please leave Fido at home as no pets are allowed on the grounds of the street festival.

Wanderlust Yoga Block Party
Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 150 N. Hancock St
When: 12pm-8pm
Cost: Free
Get in on the largest multi-day yoga and music festival in the world! Ten of the area’s top yoga instructors will be offering free classes as you listen to DJs Gregg Nyce and Mr. Sonny James. Register here.

Connections Festival
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd between Market and Walnut Streets
When: 12pm-6pm
Cost: Free
Come see performances by They Might Be Giants, Ben Kweller, The Soul Survivors and more at this third annual WHYY Festival.  First Person Arts’ award-winning storyteller, Marjorie Winther, will also perform and the Hussian School of Art will be painting artwork inspired by the festival throughout the day. Register here.

Sunday, September 7

Brooklyn Flea Philly Record Fair
Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1050 N. Hancock Street
When: 10am-5pm
Cost: Pay as you go
Since June, this Philly-spun Brooklyn Flea has brought excellent shopping and food vendors but will step up its game with its own record fair. Dig through LPs from participating vendors including Famous Class, Zeke Baker, Other Music, Mexican Summer, Raelian Raecords, and Siltbreeze, while dancing along to live DJs. Even better, there will be a pop-up beer garden featuring brews from Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware.

Greenfest Philly
Where: Headhouse Square, 2nd and Lombard Streets
When: 10am-5pm
Cost: Free
Be part of the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area! Attendees can learn about living sustainability through live demonstrations and pick through the goods of more than 100 vendors. You may also get a Green Card, which is a new feature that gets your $25 in sweet perks, such as discounts from exhibitors and food and beer credit.

Have a great weekend, Philadelphia!

Your Weekend Roundup, 8/16-8/18

I hope everyone had a good week and is ready for a killer weekend!
Here’s some of our top picks for what’s going.

Friday, August 16

ABSOLUT Lunch Break
Where: RSVP to find out!
When: 1pm-2pm
Cost: Free
Break out from the normality of your 9-5 grind and come to a DANCE PARTY during your lunch break.
Flavorpill and ABSOLUT’s Lunch Break hosts a daytime party that’s happening every week all summer long featuring DJs by Philly’s own Questlove. RSVP for this week’s event featuring DJ PHSH. Your RSVP puts you on the e-mail list, which you’ll receive a message telling you where Lunch Break is happening, which could be at any venue in the city. From 1 – 2 p.m., dance your butt off on your lunch hour and then leave with a FREE bagged lunch. Attendees are also encouraged to donate to the non-profit organization Philabundance. Go ahead and let wild, but don’t forget to brush your hair and tuck in that shirt before you go back to office.

Annual Beer Event at Fonthill Castle
Where: Fonthill Castle at Mercer Museum, 525 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA
When:7pm-10pm
Cost: $28 for members, $35 for non-members
Get fancy with an evening of local beer, wine and food on the stretch of the historic Fonthill Castle in Doylestown. Enjoy drinks from small-town Pennsylvanian companies such as Free Will Brewing Company, Stonekey Winery, and Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, while noshing on a variety of salads, meats, cheeses, produce, and desserts. If you aren’t too full, you can end the night letting loose to Hot Bijouzz, a local band specializing in French-style swing music. Call Fonthill Castle to register at 215-348-9461.

Park on the Parkway Presents Rocky IV

Where: Eakins Oval, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: 8:30pm-11pm
Cost: Free
Come join The Oval, the new “Park on the Parkway,” with its final movie of the season of Rocky IV. Guests are welcome to come throughout the day for other free activities and programs, but the movie will begin at sundown. A variety of food trucks will also be in attendance. Can I get a “Yo Adrian!”

Saturday, August 17

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Maker Celebration
Where: Parkway Central Library Lobby, 1901 Vine Street
When: 10am-2pm
Cost: Free
Join in a celebration of Philadelphia’s makers as the Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a Maker Celebration at its Parkway Central branch. Throughout the summer, five Free Library locations have hosted Maker Education Initiative programming for children and teens, consisting of do-it-yourself classes that combine technology and art. This event will display their results along with 50 other Philadelphia-region artists, including Clay Studio and Girls Rock Philly. In addition, the celebration will unveil the Connection Message Project, a LED postcard and physical mural project created over the summer by the students of the Maker Education Initiative that express messages about Philadelphia.

20th Annual Festival of India
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Boulevard
When: 1pm-7pm
Cost: Free
As part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the Festival of India commemorates the country’s Independence Day while encouraging all cultures to join in the celebration.  Attendees can enjoy delicious varieties of food, live music, unique art, special Bollywood performances, and more. Vendors will be selling traditional clothes, jewelry, crafts, and spices from different regions of the country.

PHSH TANK
Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St
When: 8pm-2am
Cost: $5
Come to this monthly simultaneous dance party and art show which takes place every 3rd Saturday at Kung Fu Necktie. From 8pm-11pm, enjoy an art exhibition by featured artist Nema Etebar on the 2nd floor and then head downstairs for a dance party spun by DJ PHSH. Must be 21+ to enter.

Sunday, August 18

27th Annual Caribbean Festival
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Boulevard
When: 12pm-8pm
Cost: Free
Also part of PECO’s Multicultural Series At Penn’s Landing, attendees can experience the flavors and culture of the Caribbean along the Delaware River. Get down to the Philly PanStars, an authentic steel drum band, as well as other entertainment acts such as Image Band, Timi Tanzania, Sista Mafalda & the Kuumba Dancers, Limelite Band, True Voices, David Watki, and more. Even better, the celebration will raise money for college scholarships for students of Caribbean descent.

Joe’s and Jet: Cheesesteaks & Wine Dinner
Where: Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop, 6030 Torresdale Avenue
When: 5pm-7pm
Cost: $18
Get this – a 3-course dinner composed of steaks, crinkle-cut fries, and cupcakes paired with fresh, local Pennsylvania wines.
1st Course: Signature Cheesesteak
paired with Pinot Noir from Blair Vineyards, Berks County
2nd Course: Chicken Cheesesteak
paired with Sparkling Chardonnay from Stargazers Vineyard, Chester County
3rd Course: Vanilla-Bean & Strawberry-Compote Cupcake with Strawberry Balsamic Frosting
paired with Pinot Gris from Black Walnut Winery, Chester County
Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop will collaborate with South Street’s Jet Wine Bar for this unique pairing event that’ll be like any dinner you’ve ever had.
Buy your tickets here!
Have a great weekend, Philadelphia!

Your Weekend Roundup, 8/9-8/11

Happy Friday! Summer is still in full swing. Here’s some of our top picks for what’s going on this weekend.

Saturday, August 10

Southeast Asia Dragon Boat Festival
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut St and Columbus Blvd
When: 12pm-8pm
Cost:  Free
As part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the Great Plaza will be flourishing with Southeast Asian Culture during the Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival.  Attendees can  sample delicious Southeast Asian cuisine and enjoy contemporary and traditional dancing and singing. Did I mention Dragon Boat races? Come cheer on corporate and community teams  as they compete for medals and bragging rights.

Port Richmond Second Saturdays
Where: Richmond St between Allegheny Ave and E. Clearfield St
When: 5pm-9pm
Cost: Free
Sponsored by Sweets & Treats, Port Richmond  will launch their series of  Second Saturdays starting this weekend. Come experience this “open house” street festival of street artists, food trucks, performers, local artisans, live music, classic cars, beer and more! Just a handful of vendors include The Tot Cart, Poi Dog Food Truck, Gigi & Big R Food Truck and Krakus Market.

Kenzinger Clambake
Where: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave
When: 4pm
Cost: No cover, pay as you go
Are you really good at doing the limbo? Did you ever want to prove it? Then you should definitely come to Johnny Brenda’s and bend over backwards in a limbo competition to win Philadelphia Brewing Company Kenzinger prizes. You can also dance along to DJ DNA as he spins surf tunes and rockabilly soul while enjoying a clambake and samples of PBC’s delicious drafts.

ReAnimator Coffee Grand Opening
Where:  1523 E. Susquehanna Avenue
When:  4pm-8pm
Cost: Pay as you go
Support your local coffee scene and celebrate the grand opening of this small, locally owned and operated Fishtown micro-roaster.  The new shop will sell pour-over coffees, espresso-based drinks and food from Pure Fare, all which can be enjoyed in their indoor and outdoor seating. The party’s attendees can enjoy free samples of Yard’s Love Stout (made with ReAnimator espresso), a scoop of ReAnimator-laced red-eye vegan ice cream from the Little Baby’s, and coffee-braised pork and broccoli rabe pizza from Pizza Brain.


Sunday, August 11

Yoga on the Race Street Pier
Where:  Race Street Pier, North Columbus Blvd
When: 9:30 am
Cost: Free
Experience an outward flow of energy and consciousness with fellow yoga enthusiasts with free classes every Sunday morning in August. Dhyana Yoga, an established yoga studio with five locations, will be running these classes with all ages and levels welcome.

First Person Arts Story Slam
Where: World Live Café, 3025 Walnut St
When: 8:30pm
Cost: $10
Do you have a really embarrassing experience you just NEED to tell someone? What better place than World Live Café, where you can share your story or listen to the dreadful tale of others in this tell-all event. You won’t regret it…or will you? Either way, someone will be there to pat you on the back.

Jet Wine Bar Vineyard Trip
Where: Bus leaves from Jet Wine Bar, 1524 South Street
When: Bus leaves at 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $65
What better way to enjoy Sunday than with a day full of wine? Embark on this boozy journey to two Pennsylvania vineyards. You will first meet at 11 am at Jet Wine Bar for a pre-glass trip of sparkling wine and then be on your way to Kutztown-area vineyards.  You will first stop at Blair Vineyards to enjoy an assortment of wine followed by a picnic lunch packed by Jet Wine Bar. It’s also your lucky day because August 11 is Blair Vineyards Anniversary, and they want you to party with them! From there, you’ll board the bus and go to Pinnacle Ridge Winery, and probably pick up a bottle to bring home with you. Go ahead, treat yo-self! Tickets can be bought here.

Have a great weekend, Philadelphia!

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First Friday at Art in the Age

Art in the Age is definitely the first spot to stop (or stay) on First Fridays in Old City. The unique items in their shop will draw your attention, but the featured artists and fresh cocktails with their signature spirits will hook you for a night in. This past Friday, August 2nd, Art in the Age presented LIVE LONG DAY by Philadelphians Geoffrey KixMiller and Zoe Axelrod. By combining sculpture, photography, and  painting, they are able to create multidimensional works of art that take on new meaning.

threeprints“Me and Zoe have been working collaboratively for a little while,” explained KixMiller, “We try to make work that’s essentially formal and expressive and keep it based around open-ended aesthetic exploration and see where it goes.”
Ranging from human-sized totems to layered paintings to jewelery, there is no limit to the variety and expression in this duo’s art.
But where does the inspiration lie?
“A big part of why we started off the show with those two [Constantin] Brâncuși collages that Geoff made is because he’s a big influence,” explained Axelrod.
“We definitely are inspired by those formal modernist, early 20th century artists in that era, and also Memphis Milano,” added KixMiller, “We try to look at the world around us through an aesthetic lens and try to incorporate that into our work.”
The pair agreed that the city of Philadelphia and their current surroundings is a drive in their creativity. Their art displayed a refreshing presence of  old and new which truly reflected the innovation of their styles.