Travel-minded brand Clark & Madison crafts cool merch for the stylish globetrotter, but they’ve decided to ditch their wayfaring ways after finding success during last year’s ArtsReSTORE pop-up village. As mentionedpreviously, the LA-based line will continue to hold court in Westwood Village, offering their sustainably-made leather weekenders, dopp kits, wallets, clutches, luggage accessories and more at 10918 Kinross Ave. C&M co-founder Dina Epstein tells us they’ll be there for the next several months, and possibly until summer.
In addition to stocking their own made-in-America wares, the label’s pop-up also carries men’s basics from local fave Grover, accessories from PSC, handmade longboards from Loyal Dean and Cali-inspired footwear from Cordwain. To toast their temp home base, the brand’s throwing a grand opening bash tomorrow night—and you’re invited!
Tomorrow from 7pm to 9:30pm, enjoy free bites, sips and tunes with Clark & Madison founders Epstein and Frosti Zernow and LA menswear blogger Blake Scott of Anything and Everything. To keep parched partygoers buzzed and caffeinated during the evening affair, Art in the Age’s organic Prohibition-inspired cocktails and hipster fave Stumptown’s cold brew coffee will also be in the house.
Looking to start the weekend a little early? You’re in luck. There are a ton of events on tap for this Thursday evening, including opportunities to sip free or discounted drinks, a fifth birthday fiesta and a mash-up between three well-loved local restaurants.
Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream team up once again to present their Third Thursdee event, a food collaboration between the two neighboring restaurants and one lucky guest restaurant. Tonight, the popular Cheu Noodle Bar brings an Asian spin to the restaurants’ pizza and ice cream — along with free sake and whiskey.
Old City’s Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction shop hosts a party for its newly updated and expanded Warby Parker eyeglass section. Look forward to Art in the Age cocktails and a slew of vintage-inspired eyewear to boot.
Cantina Dos Segundos, Northern Liberties’ popular Mexican bar and restaurant, celebrates its fifth birthday with discounted margaritas, shots, beer, snacks and five on-site DJs. The festivities run until 2 a.m., so you have plenty of time to join in the fun.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Third Thursdee at Pizza Brain: Join Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream for the February Third Thursdee event, a night of friendly food collaboration between the neighboring eateries and one local guest restaurant. Tonight, the team welcomes Cheu Noodle Bar for an Asian fusion take on pizza and ice cream along with free sake, whiskey drinks and homemade juice.
When: Thursday, February 20, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pizza Brain, 2313 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
• Warby Parker Expansion Party at Art in the Age: Check out the new and improved Warby Parker eyeglass section at Art in the Age at an evening fete at the Old City boutique. Tonight from 7 to 9 p.m., sip cocktails made with Art in the Age spirits and try on the vintage-inspired eyewear that inhabit the shelves
When: Thursday, February 20, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street
• Cantina Dos Segundos’ 5th Birthday: This evening, Cantina Dos Segundos in Northern Liberties throws a fifth birthday fiesta all night long. Until the bar closes at 2 a.m., enjoy $5 El Jimador margaritas, $5 shots and $5 Mexican snacks. And, beginning at 10 p.m., move to music from a number of on-site DJs. Raise a margarita (with salt or sugar, it’s your call) to five years of Northern Liberties’ well-loved Mexican spot.
When: Thursday, February 20, until 2 a.m.
Where: Cantina dos Segundos, 931 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance: Tonight, the dynamic dance troupe Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance takes the stage at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The group, which has been seen onDancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, is set to perform a high-spirited 80-minute show for its Philadelphia audience. Look forward to impressive routines to songs by Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, The Beatles, Robin Thicke, Usher, Queen, Justin Timberlake and more. Tickets start at $20 for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. show.
When: Thursday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
• Beer Olympics at The Cambridge: The Cambridge continues its Beer Olympics with a kick the keg match up between Germany’s Bitburger Pils and Russia’s Baltika Ale. Support your favorite country (and beer!) by sipping draughts to help empty the keg. Plus, both competing brews will be available for just $4 a pop.
When: Thursday, February 20
Where: The Cambridge, 1508 South Street
Cost: $4 per competing beer
• Spirit of Thursday at The Trestle Inn: Sip free samples of Rebellion Bourbon at The Trestle Inn’srecurring Spirit of Thursday event. From 6 to 8 p.m., taste the Kentucky straight bourbon in the Callowhill dive bar. After sampling the bourbon, enjoy $8 Rebellion Bourbon old fashions, too.
When: Thursday, February 20, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
• Mega-Bad Movie Night at The Academy of Natural Sciences: The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts a screening of Jurassic Park III as part of its Mega-Bad Movie Night. For $18, catch the flick, enjoy complimentary snacks, hands-on activities, tour the museum and indulge in a cash wine and beer bar. The film is slated to begin at 8 p.m., but guests are welcome to explore the museum and mingle with other guests beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online.
When: Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Other Desert Cities at the Walnut Street Theatre: Spend your Thursday evening at the theater asOther Desert Cities continues its runs at the Walnut Street Theatre. The award-winning play, which was written by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, tells the story of the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family Christmas in Palm Springs.
When: Thursday, February 20, 8 p.m.
Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
When: Thursday, February 20th @ 7 – 9pm
Where: Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction, 116 N 3rd St
Cost: Free! Just RSVP here
Highlights: Toast to the new look with spirits by the store’s own distillery!
Why we love Warby Parker…
“We believe that everyone has the right to see.”
Warby Parker was created by 4 friends who met while in school at Philadelphia’s very own Wharton School of Business. The company creates uber-stylish, high-quality eyewear at a revolutionary price point [frames with prescription lenses start at just $95 bucks!]. When you purchase your Warby Parkers, you’re not only getting a pair of sassy glasses for yourself, but also a pair for a person in need. That’s right my friends, for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to a person in need.
Join us on Thursday as we toast to this great cause…we’ll be sporting our WP Sims!
“Buy a pair, give a pair.” It’s a phrase many look for when shopping. Rather than “buy one, get one” deals of the past, some companies now promise to match your purchase in donated goods to developing countries—adding a bit of philanthropy to your purchase.
While the roots of this practice are noble, it’s not without challenges. What happens when companies forget to account for factors like local market competition, product saturation, or equal distribution? And let’s be honest—what may be fashionable here just doesn’t cut it elsewhere. (For good reason, sequined shoes for example). How can you assist a community but recognize people might not want or need a copy of what you bought?
Warby Parker has found a better way.
Many know this fashion startup as the purveyors of striking, boutique-style eyeglasses — designed in house and sold online at affordable prices. With roots in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the four-year old company also has one of their few physical showrooms located right in Old City, at Art in the Age boutique.
What makes the Warby Parker model different? At the simplest level, for every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is donated to someone in need. And so far, that number exceeds half a million pairs, across 36 countries. But it’s also more than that.
“We work with partners that use glasses to create jobs and foster economic development,” explains the company, which collaborates with nonprofit partners like VisionSpring in order to make a bigger impact. WP co-founder Neil Blumenthal previously served as VisionSpring’s director and helped pioneer the organization’s model to train low-income women to sell affordable glasses in their communities.
The New Delihi-headquartered VisionSpring provides low-income women in developing countries the entrepreneurial training to sell affordable glasses to their communities, including deciding which products their community needs or wants. This not only allows for employment opportunity but the ability to choose what is sold while maintaining the dignity of the receiving communities.
“The model creates jobs for people in need, as well as the economic incentive to continuously provide glasses as their customers lose or break their glasses and change prescriptions,” explains Warby Parker. “Equally important, it provides community members the dignity to choose whether or not they want glasses and thereby avoids the culture of dependence that often accompanies foreign aid.
The glasses donated are also not the same you’ll find in your local Warby Parker; they’re designed according to the styles, preferences and needs of the communities where they are distributed. Because let’s face it, not everyone finds geek-chic as hip as we do.
If you’d like to check out Warby Parker’s domestic offerings, next week is the perfect chance. They are celebrating their in-store expansion with Art In the Age on Thursday, February 20 from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy free cocktails while browsing the new Spring Collection 2014 of eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Warby Parker is expanding their showroom in Art in the Age! Toast the new look with spirits by the store’s own distillery. This event has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 20, from 7-9 PM. This is a free event, but and RSVP is required.
Event Date: 02/20
Event Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Art in the Age
Clear eyes, full heart.
Warby Parker Party
What: Need new glasses? Good timing. The spectacle company with a philanthropic twist expands its shop-in-a-shop at Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.
Why: Lay eyes on spring styles and the limited-edition Palm Canyon collection.
When: Tonight, 7-9 p.m. This event is canceled due to the weather and is rescheduled for Feb. 20.
Where: 116 N. Third St. (215-922-2600).
What: Apps, series, books, and more to keep you company.
Why: Get lucky with Kevin Spacey, the Russian Police Choir, and a virtual flower girl.
When: You want to suck interface.
Where: At dailycandy.com.
Heart-Shaped Box Social
What: What started as a shindig in a West Philly living room expands to a bash with music, snacks, and heart badges for everyone.
Why: Relive prom by posing in front of the backdrop and asking your crush to slow dance.
When: Sat., 6-11 p.m.
Where: New Boone Art Collective, 253 N. Third St. Admission ($5) at the door.
The Ex-Files StorySlam
What: Audience members share (short) stories of love lost, plus The Geek’s Guide to Datingauthor Eric Smith gives away copies of his book.
Why: The winner gets a $100 prize, so bring the drama.
When: Fri., 8 p.m.
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. Standing room only ($10) at ticketweb.com.
Sampan’s Year of the Horse Menu
What: Celebrate with another at a four-course meal with dishes such as baby octopus satay, pickled lotus salad, and mochi ice cream ($55).
Why: Pennsylvania Chinese Dance Club performers weave through the restaurant.
When: Tonight, 4-11 p.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 124 S. 13th St. Reservations (recommended) to 215-732-3501.
The urban getaway of choice for most DC LADIES is the always exciting and ever-changing New York. We see the Big Apple as the only East Coast city that surpasses our hometown in terms of intriguing cultural happenings. But next time you book an Amtrak ticket on the Northeast Regional, consider a closer and cheaper alternative. Philadelphia is just an hour and 45-minute train ride or a two and a half hour car trip away and has plenty of affordable lodging and entertainment options. The city’s booming culinary and art scenes and its laid-back vibe are just some of the unique features that provide a fresh alternative to “just another weekend” in The District.
With an early start, you’ll arrive in town with plenty of time for dinner and drinks in Philadelphia’s trendiest neighborhood. A formerly run-down and industrial area, Northern Liberties has recently undergone an urban renewal and now boasts thriving dining and nightlife scenes.
Explore the neighborhood’s popular gathering spot, the Piazza, before settling on a place to eat. Standard Tap, the city’s first gastro pub, pours a great selection of microbrews and dishes up gourmet bar snacks like duck confit salad. On warm evenings, enjoy the beer garden at the colorful and funky Silk City Diner; or, head into its lounge if you’re looking for a DJ and some dancing.
Start with a small breakfast at the atmospheric Chapterhouse, a combination art gallery and coffee shop that uses fair-trade beans and organic products for its drinks and goodies.
Once you get your caffeine fix, head around the corner to South Street where you’ll find one of Philadelphia’s most unique sights. The Magic Gardens features an outdoor, part-subterranean gallery displaying the mosaic creations of artist Isaiah Zagar. Take some time to wander through this urban oasis where multi-colored tiles co-mingle with bicycle parts, glass bottles, and ceramic plates to form twisting, shimmering tunnels below the sidewalk level.
Explore the funky shops along South Street, while keeping an eye out for intricate wall murals. Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program was born out of a mission to redirect the work of graffiti artists, encouraging them to instead produce constructive mural paintings. The result is a collaborative, community partnership that has beautified the city, garnering it international praise as the “City of Murals.”
Head north for lunch at Reading Terminal Market. This indoor food hall hosts a variety of Pennsylvania vendors; locals especially rave about the Amish products. Don’t leave without trying a sweet scoop from the famous Bassetts Ice Cream.
Travel east on Market Street to Old City, the city’s recognizable historic district. Rather than battling the tourists to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, check out some of the hidden, cobblestoned lanes like charming Bladen’s Court.
Wander nearby 2nd and 3rd Streets between Market and Race, and you’ll find some truly unique boutiques and great vintage shops. Don’t miss Third Street Habit, which is great for jewelry and trendy clothing and Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction with its funky gift finds.
Spend your evening in Washington Square West where there is a plethora of restaurant and nightlife options. Especially good are Barbuzzo, which serves Mediterranean small plates in a lively atmosphere, Jamonera, a sexy Spanish tapas joint, and Amis, which cooks up nouveau-Italian food in a rustic setting. After dinner, do some bar hopping down the lively 13th Street strip.
An elegant brunch sets a classy tone for an afternoon of museum hopping, and it doesn’t get any fancier than a morning at Lacroix. Overlooking scenic Rittenhouse Square, this upscale restaurant has one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city and also boasts one of its most decadent brunches. The sprawling buffet presents an endless array of gourmet delights, including caviar, oysters, butternut squash parfaits, and rosemary macarons, to name of few. Quench your thirst with a lemongrass sparkler – this place is too chic for an everyday mimosa.
In the afternoon, take your pick of the interesting galleries found in the Museum District. For traditionalists, there is a spectacular Rodin Museum, as well as theBarnes Foundation, which has one of the world’s best collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Those looking for something more offbeat can check out the Mutter Museum, known for its collection of medical oddities.
This Thursday join Warby Parker as they celebrate the expansion of their showroom at the Art In The Age boutique on third street in Old City. The frames from their Spring 2014 collection will be on display and Art in the Age libations are being provided.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Art in the Age
116 North 3rd Street
(between Cherry and Arch streets)
Philadelphia, PA 191