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Paradigm Gallery Presents “Obsolescence”

Paradigm Gallery + Studio (746 S 4th St) is pleased to present Obsolescence, a solo exhibition by Sweden-based artist Ulla-Stina Wikander, open October 25 – November 23, 2019. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Obsolescence, features new works from Wikander’s well-known series of household objects covered in colorful, vintage embroideries. Obsolescence will have a public opening reception on October 25 from 5:30 – 10:00pm.

Wikander began collecting vintage embroideries 15 years ago in antique stores and flea markets, initially attracted to the intricate designs of needlework textiles. Although Wikander was traditionally trained as a painter and sculptor, the unknown histories of the women who made the embroideries interested her and she began experimenting with her new collection. Wikander’s earliest experimentation with textile began with covering a broken vacuum cleaner she had laying around in her home. Through a meticulous process of deconstruction and reassembly, she transformed the anachronistic tool into something visually absorbing and entirely new, giving the vacuum a new reason to exist. Although not all of the objects Wikander covers are broken, they’re all out-dated. Through Wikander’s process, these retro items are transformed and recycled into fully contemporary sculptures.

On her practice Wikander says, “It is rather new for me to be a part of the textile community because I have always regarded myself as a painter and sculptor. While I do not embroider myself, I am always very meticulous when I choose my patterns.  Embroidery is very hard to find nowadays, so I often travel to small towns in Sweden to find them. I have a big collection with hundreds of embroideries, organized into boxes by motif. I do not know if it is accepted among textile artists, to cut embroideries into pieces, but I think my work is a bit different. I always have a bad feeling that I am destroying a beautiful embroidery that someone else has made, but the recycling of something forgotten also feels current and good”.

The latest artworks included in Wikander’s Obsolescence exhibition are suffused with humor and critical explorations of feminism, domesticity, and upcycling. Her intricate textile constructions are shaped by the forms that lie underneath – including irons, blow dryers, shoes, bags, lamps, books, and phones. Freshly adorned in coverings of flowers, animals, and pastoral scenes, the items transcend their former functionality and are simultaneously revelatory and recognizable. Wikander’s vibrant re-appropriations are evocative formal studies that defy categorization and illicit equal parts dissonance and delight.
About Ulla-Stina Wikander
Ulla-Stina Wikander was born 1957 in Kungälv. She is currently living in Stockholm/Kullavik, Sweden and has been working as an artist since 1986. Wikander has shown extensively around the world in solo and group exhibitions including shows in the United States, Sweden and the UK.
About Paradigm 
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

AMERICAN ART TO WEAR

Museum Presents Major Exhibition of Art to Wear

Off the Wall: American Art to Wear – November 10, 2019 – May 17, 2020

This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Off the Wall: American Art to Wear, a major exhibition that highlights a distinctive American art movement that emerged in the late 1960s and flourished during the following decades. It examines a generation of pioneering artists who used body-related forms to express a personal vision and frames their work in relation to the cultural, historical and social concerns of their time. Focusing on iconic works made during the three decades between 1967 and 1997, the exhibition features over one hundred one-of-a-kind works by more than fifty artists. Comprised primarily of selections from a promised gift of Julie Schafler Dale, it will also include works from the museum’s collection and loans from private collections. Off the Wall: American Art to Wear is accompanied by a new publication of the same title, co-published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press.

Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO, said: “This exhibition will introduce to our visitors an exceptionally creative and adventurous aspect of American art which took the body as a vehicle for its expression. We are not only deeply grateful to Julie Dale for her extraordinary gifts and support of the museum but also see this as an opportunity to acknowledge the dynamic role she played in nurturing the growth and development of this movement.”

The champions of Art to Wear during the early years were a few forward-thinking museums, among them New York’s Museum of Contemporary Crafts (Museum of Art and Design), collectors, and galleries such as Sandra Sakata’s Obiko, founded in 1972 in San Francisco, and Julie Schafler Dale’s Julie: Artisans Gallery, which opened the following year on Madison Avenue in New York. For over 40 years, Dale’s gallery was a premier destination for presenting one-of-a-kind wearable works by American artists. Through her gallery installations and rotating window displays, she gave visibility to the Art to Wear movement. In 1986, she brought further recognition to the art form by publishing the seminal book Art to Wear—from which the title of this exhibition is taken—which provided in-depth profiles of artists alongside photographs by Brazilian fashion photographer Otta Stupakoff. Dale’s gallery closed in 2013.

Off the Wall is arranged in nine sections; the titles of some are derived from popular music of the ‘60s and ‘70s to suggest the wide-ranging concerns of the artists. The introductory section, The Times They Are A Changin’ (Bob Dylan, 1964), contains works by Lenore Tawney, Dorian Zachai, Claire Zeisler, Ed Rossbach, and Debra Rapoport to illustrate how textile artists in the late ‘50s and ‘60s liberated tapestry weaving from the wall, adapting it to three-dimensional sculptural forms inspired by pre-Columbian weaving. In 1969, a group of five students at Pratt Institute studying painting, sculpture, industrial design, multimedia, and graphic design taught each other how to crochet, leading to remarkable outcomes. Janet Lipkin, Jean Cacicedo, Marika Contompasis, Sharron Hedges, and Dina Knapp all created clothing-related forms that they would describe as wearable sculpture, thus establishing a cornerstone of the Art to Wear movement. A highlight in this section is a wool crochet and knit Samurai Top, 1972, by Sharron Hedges, modeled by the young Julie Dale for the book Creative Crochet, authored by two of the artist’s friends, Nicki Hitz Edson and Arlene Stimmel.

The next section, Good Vibrations (Beach Boys, 1966), traces the migration of many of these young artists from the East Coast to the West Coast where they joined California’s vibrant artistic community and connected with Sandra Sakata’s Obiko. A pair of colorful denim hand-embroidered mini shorts by Anna VA Polesny embroidered while traveling conveys this new youthful spirit. Pacific Rim influences are evident in the Japanese kimono form as a blank canvas offering infinite possibilities for pattern and design. Katherine Westpahl’s indigo blue resist-dyed cotton work, A Fantasy Meeting of Santa Claus with Big Julie and Tyrone at McDonald’s, 1978, and Janet Lipkin’s Mexico at Midday, a coat made in 1988 are exceptional examples. A range of counter-culture influences, evoking ceremony and spirituality, pervade this section.

Come Together (The Beatles, 1969) responds to the popular use of assemblage in art-making, especially the use of nontraditional materials. It also looks at the art of performance, reflected in Ben Compton and Marian Clayden’s Nocturnal Moth, 1974, inspired by Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita (1960). “Mother Earth,” a nod to the publication Mother Earth News Magazine, looks to nature and environmental concerns while This Land is Your Land (Woodie Guthrie, 1940) explores iconic American imagery including reference to the American West and Native American cultures. Examples in this section include Joan Ann Jablow’s Big Bird cape, 1977, made entirely of recycled bird feathers, and Joan Steiner’s Manhattan Collar, 1979, which reimagines New York’s skyline in miniature.

Other Worlds explores fantasy and science fiction, two genres that offered young people an escape from the period’s cultural and political upheavals. Noteworthy here are works by Jean Cacicedo and Nina Huryn, both of whom riff on one of the most widely read English language books at the time, J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy Lord of the Rings (1965). Cacicedo responded with a portrait of Treebeard, 1973, a Tolkien character, while Huryn created her own fantasy world in Tree Outfit, with its flowing pants, loose shirt and leather sleeveless jacket containing forest and folklore imagery, a work made especially for Julie: Artisans Gallery in 1976. Other artists turned to dreams, such as Susanna Lewis, who created Moth Cape, 1979, in response to a nightmare that she had of a giant moth enveloping her body.

A section called I Am Woman (Helen Reddy, 1971) underscores the ways in which artists invoked feminism directly and indirectly in Art to Wear. Janet Lipkin, for example, invested her works with symbols of freedom while searching for new directions in her life, as seen in Bird Coat, 1972, Flamingo, 1982, and Transforming Woman, 1992. Other works like Combat Vest, 1985, by Sheila Perez, feature plastic toy soldiers as protective armor for the chest area, while Nicki Hitz Edson’s Medusa Mask, 1975, is a wild expression of fraught emotions surrounding the breakup of her marriage.

Colour My World (Chicago, 1970) reflects the buoyant rainbow color spectrum that was ubiquitous during this era. Recently published works on color theory by Johannes Itten and Josef Albers provided a cornerstone of the new art education. For Linda Mendelson, color, typography, and text became inseparable. She adapted Albers’s ideas relating to after-images in Big Red, and linked color progression with lines from a poem titled Coat by William Butler Yeats from which she drew inspiration. Other artists such as Tim Harding created an effect similar to impressionist brush strokes by slashing and fraying dyed fabrics, as seen in his colorful coat Garden: Field of Flowers, 1991.

The final section Everybody’s Talkin’ (Harry Nilsson, 1969) explores the use of text in Art to Wear. JoEllen Trilling engages in visual word play using common prepositions on a jacket, while Jean Cacicedo channels her grief over her father’s death using words taken from the bible that celebrated his life in My Father’s House, 1994.

Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costumes and Textiles, who organized the exhibition, said: “We are looking back at this period with a fresh lens through which to consider a uniquely American art form that continues to have a worldwide influence. With roots and connections in fine arts, fiber art, craft, performance and fashion, there are so many important artists to appreciate. For this reason I am delighted by the opportunity to cast a light on such extraordinary talents, including so many adventurous women who deserve much greater recognition.”

Publication
Off the Wall: American Art to Wear is accompanied by a new publication of the same name co-published the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press, co-authored by exhibition curators Dilys E. Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and independent textile scholar and curator Mary Schoeser, with a contribution written by Julie Schafler Dale. The volume provides the social, political, and artistic context for Art to Wear. ISBN 9780876332917.

Curators
Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles and Mary Schoeser, Independent Textile Historian and Curator

Support
This exhibition has been made possible by Julie Schafler Dale, PNC, The Coby Foundation, the Arlin and Neysa Adams Endowment Fund, the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other generous donors. Credits as of July 8, 2019.

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Wonderful Pittsburgh

At the edge of Pennsylvania lies the gorgeous, lively, and progressive city of Pittsburgh. What makes up the city – the people, the culture, the entertainment, and everything in between – will keep you coming back for more. Founded in 1758 by our first president, George Washington, and British general, John Forbes, Pittsburgh has come to be the 27th largest city in the United States. It has a metropolitan population of over 2 million, and a density of around 5 thousand square miles. It is surrounded by three crystal clear rivers – the Monongahela, the Ohio, and the Allegheny. The Allegheny, being the biggest of the three, is the main headstream of both the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Three must be the cities lucky number because not only are they known for their three beautiful rivers but also their three identical bridges, the Three Sisters. The city has been named “most livable city” by Forbes and The Economist with a high regard to its environmental design. 

If you are looking for a quieter and financially friendly Pittsburgh visit due to lowered cost of accommodations and hotel/vacation rental stays, February is the month to go, although be wary as it is the coldest month with an average in the thirties. The sunniest month in Pittsburgh is July, where you can bask in the warm sun at the beautiful Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There, you can join “Let’s Move Pittsburgh” for fun summer activities from free fitness classes to arts & crafts, or even lay out a blanket for a relaxing picnic surrounded by multicolored orchids and other flowers alike.

If you’d prefer to experience a locally-owned gem, make your way to The Vandal, a trendy restaurant in the neighborhood of Lawrenceville where all food is locally sourced and grown. Maybe you’re painfully hungry and want a sandwich piled high with fresh meat, cheeses, and most importantly french fries. If so, head over to the Pittsburgh famous Primanti Bros’ for a sandwich piled high with fresh meat, cheeses, and most importantly french fries. Following your meal, whether it be picnicking on the grass or devouring one of Primanti Bros’ staple loaded Pittsburgher sandwiches, make your way to the country’s first contemporary art museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), which was founded in 1895. During the Christmas season, you have the chance to see a CMOA special exhibition, the nativity scene—a collection of art pieces representing the birth of Jesus. If you are a film fanatic, you will be pleased to know that the city is home to many blockbuster movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Adventureland, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Take a stroll through the city to see if you can find the streets where Batman zoomed down in the Batmobile or where James’s first kiss with Em was in Adventureland (hint: 16th Street Bridge). Or, for the people out there that can’t eat anything without some ketchup, head to the Heinz History Center for a tour of how your favorite ketchup came to be at almost every dining table you sit at today. You can also take a ride on the Duquesne Incline, a funicular (a trolley car that goes up and down the side of a mountain) that scales Mt. Washington with a beautiful view of downtown Pittsburgh. Taking a ride around sunset the city looks as if it is glowing and golden.   

If you love to shop, then you need to make your way Figleaf Boutique or Boutique La Passerelle for cute seasonal items and the hip Moop Shop for handmade canvas bags. Are you an all-things-vintage kind of person? Then you will be happy to hear that Pittsburgh is filled with vintage goods stores. Juju is one of many that offers chic vintage clothing as well as natural perfumes, ritual potions, tarot card readings and more in hopes that all who enter will leave with good juju. The city doesn’t just offer vintage clothing, but also vintage furniture and home decor items found at Who Knew? Retro Décor in Lawrenceville. If you want to turn your home into something you’ve once seen in a classic James Bond movie you can with them. But if your feet are tired and you just want to relax, make towards Peace, Love & Zen, a popular spa in the East Liberty neighborhood. Whether it be detoxing in the Himalayan salt cave or relaxing during a group ambient music listening session you will be pampered like the king/queen you are.

Later on in the night, you should find yourself walking through Market Square in the center of Downtown – an area saturated with all the good food and nightlife one could want. If you are looking for a good and fun performance then head to P-Town bar, a gay bar with pop music and drag shows. If it’s a cold beer or cocktail you are looking for, check out The Warren Bar and Burrow, a fun place to enjoy a specialty crafted drink. In addition, there is a well-regarded gastropub within Market Square called City Works Eatery and Pour House. Sit at the bar, meet one of the locals who are known to be some of the kindest, most intelligent, and loveliest people to speak with. If the game from earlier that day is on, your new friend will tell you how their boys in black and gold, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are some of the best players in the NFL (which isn’t wrong—they have 6 Super Bowl championships and 23 Division championships). Or, they might tell you about how Pittsburgh is becoming a vibrant hub for future tech, such as robotics and artificial intelligence which has been luring research grants and start-up companies to their progressive city. As a matter of fact, areas in Pittsburgh are being compared to the prosperous Silicon Valley. Companies in the industry are constantly testing their futuristic autonomous cars on the streets of Pittsburgh. 

After a night of drinking, laughing, and, outright fun, take a cab back to your hotel, the Fairmont Pittsburgh, argued to be one of the best, if not the best, hotels in Downtown Pittsburgh. The Fairmont, opened in 2010, is seen embracing Pittsburgh’s rich history of industry and art through its contemporary, steel-focused design and local artwork solidifying it as illustrious, swank, and hip.

Hotel Highlights:

•          185 luxurious guest rooms featuring comfortable amenities such as a large working desk, contemporary decor, and seamless technology

•          Breathtaking views of PNC Park and the Pittsburgh skyline

•          Known as the wedding destination of Pittsburgh

•          BMW bicycles offered to guests to explore Pittsburgh

•          fl.2, a new Modern American restaurant which serves delicious food for each meal of the day accompanied by great cocktails

•          Andy’s, a cocktail bar in the signature lobby, is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and a live jazz performance

•          The Health Club & Spa at the Fairmont Pittsburgh offers a multitude of complimentary spa and gym amenities such as fresh, clean, and stylish Reebok workout gear including shoes, socks, shorts and a t-shirt

The city’s tourism board, VisitPITTSBURGH, shows just how welcoming and loving its people are with their campaign, “Pull Up A Chair, You Are Welcomed Here.” As part of the campaign, there will be painted by local artists throughout the city as an act of hospitality and warm greetings to tourists and locals alike.

Incoming colligates would also be happy to hear that the city has an abundant amount of unique universities and colleges. A few local universities include

1.     University of Pittsburgh

a.     Ranked 70thbest school according to the 2019 edition of Best Colleges and National Universities

b.    The Pittsburgh Panthers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference and have lots of school spirit

2.     Carnegie Mellon University

a.     Ranked 25thbest school according to the 2019 edition of Best Colleges and National Universities

b.    Known for its programs in science and technology but includes many diverse programs

3.     Duquesne University

a.     Ranked 11thbest Catholic university within the U.S. News 2019 top tier schools

4.     Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

5.     California University of Pennsylvania

6.     Community College of Allegheny County

7.     Point Park University

8. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

9. Chatham University

10. Carlow University

11. La Roche University

Contrary to popular belief, Pittsburgh is not as close to Philly as many believe. As a matter of fact, it is 6 hours away by car. But regardless of whether you are from Philly, Los Angeles, or even on the other side of the world, the beautiful city of Pittsburgh awaits your arrival with open arms. Come as a tourist or come looking for new residency – especially for those who are future students, budding entrepreneurs, or looking to go into the tech industry – you will find what you are looking for in Pittsburgh.

Other references:

1)http://bit.ly/Pittsburgh_As_A_Tech_Hub

2)http://bit.ly/Pittsburgh_Demographics

3)http://bit.ly/Pittsburgh_Weather

WEB OF VENOM: FUNERAL PYRE

Carnage Ramps Up his Hunt in ‘WEB OF VENOM: FUNERAL PYRE’

‘ABSOLUTE CARNAGE’ is set in motion this July!

Cletus Kasady is kicking off his murder spree before ABSOLUTE CARNAGE arrives this August! And the trail of bodies will first pile up in July’s WEB OF VENOM: FUNERAL PYRE!

For weeks, serial killer Carnage has been hunting former symbiote hosts and killing them. Next in the crosshairs of his inky tendrils is Andi Benton, formerly Mania, who’s back to living in Philadelphia and without any symbiote to save her…

“When I took this project, I warned Editorial that it was going to be vicious and bloody and cruel.,” said writer and Mania co-creator Cullen Bunn. “I’m leaning into Carnage’s horror vibe here. This is absolutely a horror story, with Andi as the hero and Carnage as the unstoppable killer.”

With terror and throat-gripping action, this utterly alien thriller will mark only the beginning of Carnage’s insatiable bloodlust.

Preview this story now, and for more information on WEB OF VENOM: FUNERAL PYRE #1 please visit Marvel.com.

WEB OF VENOM: FUNERAL PYRE #1

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by ALBERTO JIMINEZ ALBUQUERQUE, JOSHUA CASSARA

Colors by JAY DAVID RAMOS

Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY

On Sale 7/24/2019

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The Health Benefits of Green Spaces

5 Health Benefits of Our Green Spaces

Studies show that green space and landscaping contribute to health, happiness, and intellect.

It’s natural to long for spring when it’s cold outside. But did you know, there’s a good reason why you may pine for green? Living landscapes are an important part of the outdoor lifestyle that Americans enjoy, but the benefits go beyond the barbeque and backyard baseball. Green spaces are necessary for your health.

“The advantages of grass and landscaping surpass the usual physical benefits that result from outdoor activity,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). “Numerous studies have found that people who spend more time outside or are exposed to living landscapes are happier, healthier and smarter.”

Researchers have studied the impact of nature on human well-being for years, but recent studies have found a more direct correlation between human health, particularly related to stress, and the importance of people’s access to nature and managed landscapes.

Getting dirty is actually good for you. Soil is the new Prozac, according to Dr. Christopher Lowry, a neuroscientist at the University of Bristol in England. Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides. The bacterium stimulates serotonin production, which explains why people who spend time gardening and have direct contact with soil feel more relaxed and happier.

Children who are raised on farms in a “dirtier” environment than an urban setting not only have a stronger immune system but are also better able to manage social stress, according to the National Academy of Sciences.

Living near living landscapes can improve your mental health. Researchers in England found that people moving to greener areas experienced an immediate improvement in mental health that was sustained for at least three years after they moved. The study also showed that people relocating to a more developed area suffered a drop in mental health.

Greening of vacant urban areas in Philadelphia reduced feelings of depression by 41.5% and reduced poor mental health by 62.8% for those living near the vacant lots, according to a study by a research team.

Green spaces can make you healthier too. People who live within a half mile of green space (such parks, public gardens, and greenways) were found to have a lower incidence of fifteen diseases by Dutch researchers — including depression, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and migraines.

A 2015 study found that people living on streets with more trees had a boost in heart and metabolic health. Studies show that tasks conducted under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Spending time in gardens, for instance, can improve memory performance and attention span by 20%.

Living landscapes make you smarter. Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery, says a study led by Payam Dadvand of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. In addition, exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in children.

This applies to adults as well. Research has also shown that being around plants helps you concentrate better at home and at work. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture believes that spending time in gardens can improve attention span and memory performance by as much as 20 percent.

A National Institute of Health study found that adults demonstrate significant cognitive gains after going on a nature walk. In addition, a Stanford University study found that walking in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination, and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits, such as increased working memory performance.

Living landscapes help you heal faster. Multiple studies have discovered that plants in hospital recovery rooms or views of aesthetically-pleasing gardens help patients heal up to one day faster than those who are in more sterile or austere environments.

Physicians are now prescribing time outdoors for some patients, according to recent reports. Park Rx America is a non-profit with a mission to encourage physicians to prescribe doses of nature.

All of these benefits reinforce the importance of maintaining our yards, parks and other community green spaces. Trees, shrubs, grass, and flowering plants are integral to human health. Not only do they provide a place for kids and pets to play, they directly contribute to our mental and physical well-being.

More information can be found at www.SaveLivingLandscapes.com

Jake Miller Drops “NIKES”

Singer, songwriter, and producer Jake Miller releases new song “NIKES” today off his highly anticipated six-song EP entitled BASED ON A TRUE STORY. due out on March 29th via RED MUSIC. The 80s synth-infused track is backed by rich production, personal lyrics, and a hummable guitar all courtesy of Miller. “NIKES” debuted on 10 New Music Friday playlists worldwide including the U.S. as well as Apple Music’s Best of the Week playlist. It is the follow up to Miller’s hit “WAIT FOR YOU,” which is currently sitting in the Top 45 at U.S. pop radio and has clocked 5 million U.S. streams to date.
In support of his new song, Miller today launches a new “NIKES”-inspired merchandise line that includes robust hoodies, long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts, totes, and shoelaces. Fans can check out the new products via Jake’s official Sony Thread Shop web store at shop.jakemiller.com/store.

 

Jake recently announced his spring headlining ‘WAIT FOR YOU’ Tour that kicks off on April 11 in Las Vegas and will hit 21 cities across the U.S. including major markets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Nashville. The tour will include support from special guests Logan Henderson and Just Seconds Apart. Prior to hitting the road, Jake will play iHeartRadio’s Blossom Bash alongside Meghan Trainor and MAX in Washington, D.C. on April 5th as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Tickets for all shows are available online HERE.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

April 5 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem

April 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at the Hard Rock*
April 12 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red*

April 13 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock*

April 16 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar*

April 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room*

April 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room*

April 23 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan*

April 25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia*

April 26 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents*

April 27 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club*

April 28 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*

April 30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*

May 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theater*

May 3 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall*

May 4 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch*

May 5 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop*

May 7 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fine Line Music Café*

May 11 – Tacoma, WA – Alma Mater*

May 12 – Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theatre*

May 14 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish*

May 17 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre*

*Logan Henderson and Just Seconds Apart will support entire Wait For You Tour

 

Johnny Orlando’s Debut EP

Johnny Orlando Announces Debut EP, TEENAGE FEVER, Plots Headlining North American Tour &

Drops Dreamy New Single “SLEEP”

Singer-songwriter and fan favorite Johnny Orlando shows no sign of slowing down. Set to share his first solid musical statement in the form of his debut EP, Teenage Fever, out March 15, followed by a headlining North American tour this spring, the recent JUNO-Award nominee for Breakthrough Artist of the Year also drops his dreamy new single, Sleep today.

Tickets for the Teenage Fever Tour are on sale February 18 at johnnyorlandomusic.com. To pre-order Teenage Fever, click here. See full track listing below.

Sleep”, co-written by Orlando, his sister Darian and Swedish collaborators Linnea Södahl (Zara Larsson, Anne-Marie) and Hampus Lindvall (Zara Larsson), is the second single from Johnny’s upcoming debut EP. The pop Swedish-influenced song about living in the moment and not wanting that moment to end showcases Johnny’s maturing sound and songwriting skills.

“We wrote ‘Sleep’ for anyone who’s ever experienced that feeling of never wanting to be apart from someone who you love to spend time with. I felt that it was a very real and relatable thing that people experience at some point in their adolescence,” said Johnny. “Linnea first came up with the concept for ‘Sleep’ – it’s almost like there’s a word for it in Swedish, or it’s a common feeling, that we don’t really think about in English, and that’s why I think it’s so unique.”

Out March 15, Teenage Fever marks Orlando’s biggest release since signing with Universal Music Canada and Island Records. Emanating confidence and charisma over danceable electronic grooves and a subtle hip-hop bounce, Orlando levels up his take on pop. The EP highlights his ever-evolving songwriting skills as he co-writes all six tracks with his sister, Darian Orlando, and a range of acclaimed collaborators including Mike Wise (bülow, Dvbbs, RALPH), Linnea Södahl (Zara Larsson, Anne-Marie), Nick Ruth (Ryan Tedder), Jordon Manswell (Daniel Caesar) and Matthew Burnett (Jessie Reyez, Daniel Caesar). The EP also features previously released single, “Last Summer” which sits at over 17.3 million global streams (and growing) across all platforms.

“I’m very excited and so grateful that I have this opportunity to share my debut EP,” added Johnny. “‘Teenage Fever’, represents those experiences and feelings all teenagers have while trying to navigate their high school years. It tells the story of my journey, and I hope it will give people a more personal insight into my life and experiences. We spent about a year making this project and it means so much to me. I worked with so many cool people with different backgrounds and from different places, which gives it a lot of character and makes every song unique. I’m so happy to share new music with fans and hope they love it as much as I do – I can’t wait to see the reaction live on tour!”  

Stay tuned for much more to come from Johnny Orlando at johnnyorlandomusic.com.

Teenage Fever Track Listing:

  1. Sleep
  2. Last Summer
  3. Piece of My Heart
  4. Deep Down
  5. Waste My Time
  6. Why

TEENAGE FEVER TOUR DATES:

4/29/2019     Chicago, IL  – Park West

4/30/2019     Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot

5/2/2019       Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

5/3/2019       Montréal, QC –  Corona Theatre

5/5/2019       Boston, MA –  Paradise Rock Club

5/6/2019       Philadelphia, PA – The Theatre of Living Arts

5/7/2019       New York, NY – Playstation Theater

5/8/2019       Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

5/10/2019     Charlotte, NC – The Underground

5/11/2019     Orlando, FL Plaza Live

5/13/2019     Houston, TX House of Blues

5/14/2019     Dallas, TX – House of Blues

5/16/2019     Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre  

5/17/2019     Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theatre

5/18/2019     San Francisco, CA – August Hall

5/20/2019     Portland, OR – Holocene

5/21/2019     Seattle, WA – Neumos

5/22/2019     Vancouver, BC – Rio Theatre

 

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair Announces Exhibitors for Inaugural Edition

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF) announces the exhibitors for its inaugural, 2019 edition presenting works by significant modern and contemporary artists. Taking place on April 4-7, 2019 at The 23rd Street City Troop Armory (22 S 23rd St, Philadelphia), PFAF brings 34 international galleries, featuring 300 established artists, to the City of Brotherly Love.

“Galleries were carefully selected to showcase the best examples of each genre and kind of artist. Though international in scope, we do  also provide an emphasis on local artists. Fairgoers will be able to view and acquire works by a refined selection of emerging, mid-career and blue chip contemporary artists,” says Fair Director Rick Friedman. “Best of all,  there are ‘must have’ treasures for every budget. Wearing my collector hat, I can’t wait to have a shot at these gems.”

Embracing the city’s history and passion for visual arts, the galleries presented at PFAF represent the longstanding cultural vibrancy of Philadelphia .The exhibitors hail from 19 cities, featuring renowned artists from around the world, including Cuba, Latin America, and Europe. The PFAF exhibitors represent acclaimed talent from all around the world, while giving an international perspective in a local setting,

PFAF is thrilled to be able to host the regional fair in a location that aligns with the city’s past. Held in the historic 23rd Street City Troop Armory, a centrally located fortress, the armory was originally built to house the men who helped keep the city safe for centuries, reflecting the fierce loyalty locals hold for their city. The building’s history will complement the work being featured by PFAF’s international roster of exhibitors and provide a unique environment for fair patrons to enjoy.

2019 Galleries

Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, NY

Arcadia Contemporary, Pasadena, CA

Birch Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, FL

Corridor Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

David Rothermel Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM

Dean Borghi Fine Art, New York, NY

Fremin Gallery, New York, NY

Galerie Fledermaus, Chicago, IL

Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany

Gilles Clement Gallery, Greenwich, CT

Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

Haviland Reed, Southampton, NY

Janet Lehr Fine Arts, East Hampton, NY

JSF Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

Louis K Meisel Gallery, New York, NY

LGTripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Merritt Gallery, Haverford, PA

MM Fine Art, Southampton, NY

Neumann Wolfson Art, New York, NY

Rockelmann & Partner, Berlin, Germany

Rojas Ford Fine Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

Roman Fine Art, East Hampton, NY

Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Steidel Contemporary, Lake Worth, FL

Sudden Contemporary, by Aureus Fort Collins, CO

The Hunt Gallery, Sandwich, UK

Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Trident Gallery, Gloucester, MA

Walker Fine Art, LTD, New York, NY

About PFAF

The Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF) is an international, contemporary art fair that seeks to engage the strong, local art scene Philadelphia has developed. For its inaugural year, PFAF is hosting a roster of exhibitors who are presenting significant works of modern and contemporary art. Under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman, PFAF is the newest addition to the luxury, regional fine art fairs Friedman is known for producing in cities including the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Silicon Valley. PFAF is dedicated to supporting, contributing and furthering the artistic goals of the cultural community of Philadelphia.

The Opening Night Preview

Thursday, April 4, 6pm-10pm

Show Hours

Friday, April 5, 11am-7pm

Saturday, April 6, 11am-6pm

Sunday, April 7, 11am-5pm.

General admission tickets are $25pp and can be purchased online or at the door.

Devon Gilfillian: Winter Wonderland

Devon Gilfillian ushers in the holiday season with an infectious, soulful take on Winter Wonderland. Download it here!

“I decided to cover ‘Winter Wonderland’ because it takes me back to being a kid in Philly, watching inches upon inches of snow fall to the ground and praying for those three extra snow days to be added to Christmas break,” explains Gilfillian. “It takes me back to Pops making silver dollar pancakes on Christmas morning, and singing Bing Crosby’s version of this tune. I wanted to hold on to the nostalgia I feel from this song but also put a modern soul spin to it.”

Hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the most exciting young artists in Nashville’s burgeoning soul scene, Gilfillian will close out 2018 with a December 6 show at Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg, VA, where he will open for Mavis Staples, and a performance at Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville.

He will join Brothers Osborne on the road next spring. The run kicks off on March 21 at The Fillmore in New Orleans and includes an April 3 show at The Novo in Los Angeles. Gilfillian will also perform at the 2019 Shakey Knees Festival in Atlanta. See below for itinerary. Tickets are on sale HERE.

Winter Wonderland follows the singles Truth, High. and Troublemaker. Troublemaker, which was praised by Rolling Stone as a raucous heaping of swampy soul and rock, was heard during 2018 NFL Draft programming/advertising. Gilfillian performed the national anthem before Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Gilfillian, who is featured in the Frye Americana Roots campaign and was recently named as a Southwest Airlines “Artist on the Rise,” grew up outside Philadelphia and moved to Nashville to pursue music full-time. In 2016, he released his debut EP, which NPR Music said, “captures his exuberance and musical openness, setting the stage for what promises to be a brilliant career.” Gilfillian is currently working on his full-length debut.

Amir Obé on Seth Meyers + EP Out Now

Rapper and Producer Amir Obé is gearing up for the release of CAN’T BE A _____ HERE: CHAPTER 3, the third and final installment of his three-chapter project. Tonight, Amir makes his late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Listen to Holy Shit HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 1 HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 2 HERE

Watch the 8-minute “Romeo and Juliet” Short Film here!

About Amir Obé:

Branded a “force” by Complex, Amir Obé grew up the so of a father with a PhD in education and a pianist mother. Amir was ready to give up music four years ago when he decided to pour his heart into one final mix tape project: Detrooklyn, named in honor of the two cities that raised him. was the critically acclaimed result. Fellow Detroit native Big Sean called. Drake’s manager reached out, and a song Amir co-produced, “Star 67,” appeared on Drake’s surprise mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (February 2015). Amir’s two subsequent indie mixtapes, Happening in the Grey Area (2015) and Won’t Find Love in the Hills (2016), sent a tremor through the music industry, as XXL commended his commitment to “substance over selling out,” and Fader praised his music as “dreamy, sad and sensuous.” Def Jam reacted swiftly, and Amir’s signing was announced in December 2016. “To continue to a legacy and brand that has created history with some of my favorite artists is a blessing,” he told Billboard“Def Jam prides itself on authenticity and I couldn’t have found a better home.”

Amir’s Def Jam signing was celebrated with the video premiere of his new single, “No Peace” and the track was included on Def Jam’s pre-Xmas compilation, Direct Deposit, Vol. 1. His debut EP, None Of The Clocks Work (March 2017), including “Wish You Well” was sonically rich, awash with dark synths and thunderous drums, brimming with vulnerability and emotional sincerity. Amir’s 6-city U.S. tour in August made stops, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The tandem releases in late-2018 of Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 1, Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 2 (with “Bloodshot,” and the widely praised 8-minute “Romeo & Juliet” short film), and Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 3, have affirmed Amir’s relationship with a devoted legion of fans who’ve felt disconnected from the constant braggadocio and emotional void in mainstream urban music. In being himself, flaws and all, he’s actually given those fans the confidence to do the same.