Coming Soon: The First Person Arts Festival

TEDxPhilly was today and while I’m too tuckered out to recount the exciting, educational happenings, I wanted to mention another event that will be taking place in Philadelphia from November 10th to 20th. The First Person Arts Festival will be hosting their 10th annual celebration of memoir and documentary art. I really enjoyed the storytelling by R. Eric Thomas today and I’m hoping to check out his First Person Arts Festival performance, “Will You Accept This Friend Request?” which is happening at the Khyber Upstairs on November 14th and 15th at 7pm. I’ve been to the First Person Arts Festival before and it’s always a treat, especially if you enjoy provocative storytelling, documentary films and author readings inspired by real-life experience. Another one of my favorite performing acts from TEDxPhilly will also be participating, so be sure to check out the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement show if you want to hear brutally honest and beautiful lyricism from some of the brightest young poets around.

If you want to save on tickets, consider becoming a First Person Arts member and supporting one of the most spirited, creative non-profits in the city of Philadelphia.

Have any of you attended a local TEDx event in your area? If you were at today’s show in Philadelphia, who were some of your favorite speakers? Shout out to the lovely Marisa of Food in Jars for killing it and making me want to start canning for holiday gifts!

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This Week in Philly: Two Can’t Miss Conferences

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I’m looking forward to attending two conferences within the next week, starting with the sold out WordCamp Philly, taking place this Saturday, November 5th at Temple University, followed by a developer day for those who are interested on Sunday the 6th. Pete will be one of the speakers discussing their love for WordPress and he’ll be presenting “The Power of the Loop: Using Custom Post Types to Create a CMS based Portfolio Site.” Speakers will cover everything from the basics of blogging and supercharging social media on your blog, to advanced tutorials on Javascript and responsive web design.

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On Tuesday, November 8th, I’ll be heading back to Temple to visit the Performing Arts Center, where TEDxPhilly will exploring the theme of “The City.” Over 25 speakers and even more performers “will take the stage to share with the audience some of the greatest challenges, innovations, concepts, and realties that shape and are shaped by cities and their inhabitants,” according to the website. I wasn’t able to attend last year, but I’m looking forward to being inspired by the speakers, who range from Jennifer Pahlka, Founder & Executive Director of Code for America, to food writer and canning enthusiast Marisa McClellan (I heart her big time). Be sure to say hello if you plan to attend either conference!

Weekend Happenings!

Sorry in advance for my posts this week, I can tell already it will be a miss-mosh of randomness since I have a gazillion deadlines to tackle and don’t have much time to dedicate to my own blog.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of second shooting for the lovely Maria Mack, who I joined at Citizens Bank Park to photograph a stunning, ballpark wedding. Thank goodness the weather behaved itself and we had nothing but sunny skies. I thought it was cute how the guests were able to sit in the stands while the ceremony was held on the field. The reception took place at the Diamond Club and the Phillie Phanatic even came to bust out some fabulous dance moves. I think my favorite shot from the night was when the Phanatic got together with three pregnant women and posed while sticking his pregnant-esque belly out. I also toured around the players’ locker room with the groom, which was an absolute blast. I may or may not have flailed like an idiot when I saw Cliff Lee’s locker. We were able to sneak a peek at all of their grooming essentials, which was highly entertaining. I may or may not have found out from a little bird that the boys have their fair share of brightly-colored loofahs in the showers.

In other news, a large portion of my week is going to be dedicated to tackling this life-sized painting of a German couple and a drunk pig sporting Lederhosen. Pete’s brother is co-hosting an Oktoberfest bash this weekend, so once the painting is complete, he’s going to cut out face holes for a fun photo-op. I’m hoping to finish this up mid-day on Wednesday, so I’ll be sure to post another shot once it’s finished! It looks a bit wacky now, but I like showing progress shots of big projects, which you may or may not have figured out by now.

What were you up to this weekend?

Race for the Cure on Sunday!

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend? Consider showing your support this Sunday at the 21st Anniversary Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, taking place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 7am. Don’t miss your chance to spend Mother’s Day supporting a wonderful cause that will benefit thousands of mothers everywhere. Plus, there will be a plethora of cute dogs with dyed pink hair, which makes the trip well worth it if you ask me. If you’re interested in donating to the cause or volunteering to help out on the day of the race, visit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Philadelphia official website.

Pete and I will be joining his family in volunteering at the Thriftway and Shop n Bag Tent during the wee hours, up until the end of the race. We took part in last year’s event and it was incredibly rewarding to be able to spend time with families and friends celebrating survivorship and honoring those who have lost their battle.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure continues to change the way breast cancer is perceived worldwide and helps to raise awareness for the fight against this life threatening disease.

Left: Volunteers set up buffet lines for guests at the Thriftway and Shop n Bag tent for Survivors and Sponsors.
Right: Pete shows off his strong jaw line, while his brother stares sleepily ahead and his sister looks as adorable as always (even at 4am!).

I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s festivities, even if it means my mom will have to deal with sleep-deprived Happy Mother’s Day wishes from yours truly after the event concludes.

Thanks for Saying Hello!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to my opening of “say hello to my little friends” on Friday at Cafe Estelle. It was great catching up with old and new friends and having such a wonderful team of support. You guys are the best. I look forward to many more shows in the future and hope you’ll continue to follow my growth and strange, spastic facial expressions along the way.

The silly faces rub off on good friends when you’re around each other enough…

Thanks so much to Bob and Marshall at Cafe Estelle for being so supportive and asking me to do a second installment of “say hello to my little friends.” Also, a huge thanks to Pete for helping me out during the past few months when I was overwhelmed with a ginormous to-do list and he was willing to put aside anything to assist (and thank you for supplying all of the alcohol). Thanks to my mom and dad for hauling their arses all the way out here from Delaware just to show me they care. You are too good to me (especially since I’m making my brother take care of you guys when you’re in diapers since he’s the oldest! (just kidding…ish)). Thanks to Pete’s family for coming out, you guys are my favorite second family evah. And last but not least, thanks to all of my friends who came out to show your support, it meant a lot, especially since it was arctic outside. For those who couldn’t make it, thanks for your sweet messages…I missed you and saved you some delicious Costco sammiches and peppermint bark.

Join me for the Summer Outdoor Screening Film Series tonight in Philadelphia!

For those of you who are local, come out and join me, the mister and our dog Betty White tonight at the Summer Outdoor Screenings Film Series at 2nd & Pine under the historic shambles in Philadelphia!

I’ll be selling my prints, buttons and pocket mirrors, along with original work, along with Chic Petique and PAWS Animal Welfare Society! Bring the youngsters out to watch Beethoven at 8pm (I so secretly love that movie even though I’m 25). Adoptable retired racing greyhounds will also be prancing around, courtesy of the volunteers from Philadelphia Greyhound Connection! Plus, Betty White will be sporting a ridiculous dress and participating in the pet fashion show, which should be…interesting!