Show Philly some love

By Nicoletta Sabella
August 31, 2006

Many colleges have the misfortune of being located in an area isolated from the hustle and bustle of a big city.

Not Cabrini. One of the best things about Cabrini is the location. Not only is Cabrini situated on the Main Line, but also it is also a mere 20 minutes away from the culture-filled Philadelphia area.

The fifth largest city in the country is home to not only the Liberty Bell, but also tons of other attractions full of culture and thrill.

When monotonous dorm life creeps in, Old City Philly is there to extinguish all boredom. First Fridays occur every first Friday of the month for all 12 months. The streets are packed with over 40 art galleries to choose from that are free and open to the public. From sculptures to paintings, the galleries have open receptions with new up-and-coming artists, not to mention the free refreshments. Some exhibits include work from college students in the area.

For those who are art connoisseurs or those who just want to experience the captivating feel of the city of brotherly love there is always something new. The first Friday will be on Sept. 1, and the office of student activities is offering free train passes to go.

Something of the larger spectrum for art lovers is the Philadelphia Art Museum. Being one of the largest art museums in the world, it is hard to miss it on the Benjamin Franklin Expressway.

Special exhibits showing now are the Julien Levy photography gallery of Dreaming In Black and White and Ellsworth Kelly’s New York/Paris 1949-1959 collection. General admission is $12 for adults, $8 for Art After 5 on Fridays, and Sundays are pay what you wish.

Not too much into the whole art scene? Get a daily dose of music. Philly has a large selection of venues in the area that hold a variety of shows from local to world-renowned artists.

In the heart of Philly on South Street lies the Theater of the Living Arts. On North 7th Street is the Electric Factory. The Trocadero is located on Arch Street. The Mann Center is located in Fairmont Park. For a little further than the Philadelphia area one can find the Tweeter Center actually located in Camden on the Waterfront. For more intimate shows there are a slew of smaller venues. The First Unitarian Church and the International House are located on Chestnut Street. The Starlight Ballroom on North 9th street. The Fire is located on West Girard Avenue. No matter the taste, there is a place to catch the newest and hottest music on the scene.

Speaking of taste, Philly is also home to the cheese steak, soft pretzel, and the Tastykake. Besides the debated Pat’s versus Geno’s, Philly is a hotspot for chic restaurants. Along Market and Chestnut Streets can be found some of the most trendy restaurants around. Patou, Morimoto, Buddakan Continental Mid-Town, Pod, Tangerine and Fork are among the modern style diverse eateries.

Other notable and happening destinations to check out in Philly include: Boathouse Row, Penn’s Landing, The Franklin Institute, Chinatown and South Street. For those fascinated with frightening forms of entertainment there is the Mutter Museum and Eastern State Penitentiary.

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