Adidas Superstar 80′s CNY “Chinese New Year”

It’s 2013 ladies & gentlemen and whether or not we believed in the Mayans predictions or misinterpretation of the end of the world then fortunate enough, it didn’t happen. Many of us have settled down from celebrating and started to move on with our daily routine and are committing to our New Year Resolutions but for others it has yet to start.

This coming February marks the celebration of the 2013 Chinese New Year and the animal zodiac sign being honored this time around is the Snake. Starting from the box you can see it has been recreated to represent the traditional Red Envelopes given by family and friends to each other containing money with the first number being an even number to represent good luck and prosperity in the year to come (in this case it’s shoes and since a pair comes with 2 shoes then Adidas is blessing all of us with good luck this year).

Both pairs of the classic Superstar 80′s are beautifully draped in faux snake skin leather with one donning a light grey approach while the other is cover in the all red colorway traditional in Chinese culture to scare off evil spirits and misfortune. A black suede approach was used on the heel tabs and black leather is used on the inner liner of the shoes while a red satin with embroidery of snakes cover the insoles of these sneakers. Jade inspired lace-locks can be found close to the toe box engraved with the Chinese symbol for snake as also found on the lid of the shoe box plus the hang tag that derives from the Six Ritual Jades which in this case is the Bi (The flat disk with a hole in the center) representing the heavens. Both pairs of the Superstar 80′s are more than exceptionally done and rich in the aspects of the Chinese culture and their New Years traditions.

For more info, click the images or feel free to reach us at: #516-632-5150 / info@extrabutterny.com

- Pizza

Old City Named One Of America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces For 2013

People walking the cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks of Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood find trendy boutiques, edgy art galleries, independent coffee shops and ethnic eateries – plus America’s most historic square mile. (Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Cool news: a new report released this week by ArtPlace, a collaboration of leading national foundations and federal agencies committed to accelerating “creative placemaking,” identifies Old City as one of America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces.

What’s an ArtPlace, you ask? A community exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants and a walkable lifestyle.

Old City ranked highly thanks to organizations and venues like the award-winning Arden Theatre Company and the Philly Fringe Festival, the success of which benefits iconic neighborhood businesses like Continental and Old City Coffee.

Take it from ArtPlace director Carol Coletta: “The impact the arts has had on the vibrancy and economy of Old City and the rest of the Top Twelve ArtPlaces is unmistakable. This study shows how the arts can provide a foundation for a diversity of neighborhoods to thrive.”

We love it!

The America’s Top ArtPlaces list is a new annual ArtPlace initiative recognizing neighborhoods in the largest 44 metropolitan areas in the country where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to be.

The selection of the top 12 was based on the following indicators: number of retail and service businesses; percentage of independent businesses; neighborhood’s Walk Score; percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood; and number of arts-related non-profits and businesses.

The full list of the Top Twelve ArtPlaces for 2013 is included below.

Congrats, Old City!

ArtPlace [Official Site]

• Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights
• Dallas, TX / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
• Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood
• Miami Beach, FL / South Beach
• Milwaukee, WI / East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side
• New York, NY / Manhattan Valley
• Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland, and Jack London Sq.
• Philadelphia, PA / Old City****
• Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
• San Francisco, CA / The Mission District
• Seattle, WA / The Pike-Pine Corridor
• Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle

Arden Theatre Presents Its First Play By Nobel Prize Winner Samuel Beckett, Endgame, Starting January 16

The Arden showcases this 20th century classic by featuring two of the area’s most vibrant actors in the lead roles and Hamm and Clov: Scott Greer and James Ijames. (Photo courtesy Arden)

Arden Theatre makes its first foray into presenting the work of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett by beginning at the end.

Endgame, that is; a stellar example of theater of the absurd that is also one of Beckett’s most celebrated works.

Opening on January 16, the one-act play presents four actors in an ambiguous setting. As with Beckett’s best-known work, Waiting for Godot, the text is an enigmatic rumination on the nature of human existence.

Written in 1957, Endgame explores a co-dependent relationship between two trapped men, utilizing spare language, black comedy and a grim sense that nothing is funnier than unhappiness. It’s a minimalist abstract play that looks oblivion squarely in the eye, and the view is bizarre and decidedly dystopian.

The Arden showcases this 20th century classic by featuring two of the area’s most vibrant actors in the lead roles and Hamm and Clov: Scott Greer and James Ijames, both of whom bring their iconic characters to visceral and vital life.

Tickets are available online.

Arden Theatre Presents Endgame
When: January 16-March 10
Where: 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $38-$48
More info: www.ardentheatre.org

PAFA After Dark Is Back With “Activate,” Thursday, January 17: Live Music, Cocktails, Film Screenings And More

PAFA After Dark is back for its first installment of 2013.

On Thursday, January 17 the folks at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts are bringing you PAFA After Dark: Activate, an evening centered around the current exhibit The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World.

The event runs, as always, from 6-9 p.m. and incorporates activities of all sorts.

If you’re looking to hear live music, you’re in luck. All-female group DisBand will be reuniting and performing just for this event. There will also be screenings of short films on the artists of The Female Gaze, a discussion with local artist Sarah McEneaney, a scavenger hunt, cocktails and a campaign button creation station.

Head out to PAFA for a night of intelligent discussion and an insider’s view on the works that make up The Female Gaze exhibition.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

PAFA After Dark: Activate
Where: Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad Street
When: Thursday, January 17, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 advance, $15 door
More info: www.pafa.org

South Philly Chefs George Sabatino, Scott Schroeder And Joe Cicala Team Up To Bring You An Outdoor Food Festival At Le Virtu, Sunday, January 20

South Philly chefs Scott Schroeder, George Sabatino and Joe Cicala are turning your average winter festival into a foodie’s dream with La Cottora, January 20. (Photo courtesy East Passyunk Avenue)

South Philly favorite Le Virtu will pay homage to the Italian tradition of shared food and drink in the winter months with an outdoor festival on Sunday, January 20, called La Cottora.

Not only will the fest include food from Le Virtu’s Chef Joe Cicala, but will also dish up plates prepared by chefs from some of the best South Philly spots.

Chef George Sabatino of Stateside and Chef Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar and South Philly Tap Room will both be cooking up a storm alongside Cicala.

The taste and spirit of the Italian region of Abruzzo will come alive at this event. The people of Abruzzo are known to party outside even in the middle of winter.

The meal will be prepared in a fire-heated cauldron in the outdoor garden, and served with tasty drinks outside.

This tasty night costs $70 per ticket and tickets can be purchased here.

Double bonus alert: all proceeds will benefit Project H.O.M.E., a non-profit organization whose goal is to end homelessness in Philadelphia.

La Cottora Festival at Le Virtu
When: Sunday, January 20, 5-9 p.m. (Rain Date is Wednesday, January 23)
Where: Le Virtu, 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue
Cost: $70 per person
More info: www.levirtu.com

Deal Feed: Joan Shepp’s Annual Basement Sale Is Back With Savings Of Up To 70%, January 16-19

The latest trends are on sale, and we mean major sale, from Wednesday, January 16 to Saturday, January 19 at the Walnut Street shopping staple, Joan Shepp.

The store’s annual basement sale is back and ready to supply your wardrobe with designer merchandise on the cheap.

Joan Shepp provides Philadelphia with items from renowned brands like Elizabeth and James, Rag & Bone, Phillip Lim 3.1, Mulberry and more. This is a sale that is almost too good to be true: select styles will be up to 70% off.

For those who want to reap the benefits before January 16, you’re in luck. Stop by beforehand and shop items that are currently 40% off.

Joan Shepp’s Annual Basement Sale
When: Wednesday, January 16-Saturday, January 19
Where: Joan Shepp, 1616 Walnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.joanshepp.com

Act II Playhouse Presents The Hilarious Why I’m Scared Of Dance By Jen Childs, January 15-27

If you’ve never seen a Jen Childs show — with her as writer, director, on stage or all of the above — you’ve never lived.

Seriously: Jen, co-founder of 1812 Productions, is quite possibly the funniest woman in Philadelphia. Next up at Act II Playhouse: Why I’m Scared Of Dance By Jen Childs.

It’s on stage for just two weeks, January 15-27, and you must go.

Jen Childs stars in this hilarious and heartwarming one-woman comedy, where she takes you on her lifelong quest to become a great dancer. From ballet to hip-hop to tap, she proves that working at the barre is not nearly as much fun as working at the bar.

Tickets are available online.

Act II Playhouse’s Why I’m Scared Of Dance By Jen Childs
When: January 15-27
Where: 56 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler
Cost: $22-33
More info: www.act2.org

Hit-Boy – Brake Lights (Video)

Hit-Boy releases his video for the “Brake Lights.” The single is the fourth from his debut mixtape HITstory. Travi$ Scott, directs the video which comes featuring classic cars, a few models, disco balls and Hit himself.

About Hit Boy:

Chauncey Hollis (born May 21, 1987) better known as Hit-Boy is an American Grammy Award Nominated hip-hop, R&B and contemporary platinum-level music producer and rapper currently signed to GOOD Music, and the founder of Hits Since ’87 [1] Born Chauncey Hollis, on May 21, 1987 in Fontana, California, he is the son of Chauncey Hollis Sr. and Tanisha Benford. He is best known for his production on Lil Wayne’s “Drop the World” featuring Eminem, The DJ Khaled single “I Wish You Would” featuring Kanye West and Rick Ross, Pusha T’s “My God”, Kanye West’s “Christmas in Harlem” “Niggas in Paris” and “Clique”, the GOOD Music single with Jay Z, Kanye West, and Big Sean.

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Ace Hood – Goin’ Down f. Meek Mill

Ace Hood releases a new track titled “Goin’ Down” Featuring Meek Mill. Listen below:

About Ace Hood

Antoine McColister (born May 11, 1988), better known by his stage name Ace Hood, is an American rapper. He was born in Port St. Lucie, Florida and raised in Deerfield Beach, Florida. In 2008, he graduated from Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. He is signed to DJ Khaled’s label We the Best Music Group and Cash Money Records, and was formerly signed to Def Jam Recordings.[1] His song “Top of the World”, from his debut studio album Gutta, was featured in the basketball simulation game, NBA 2K10.

About Meek Mill

Robert Williams, better known by his stage name Meek Mill, is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was briefly signed to Atlanta rapper T.I.’s labelGrand Hustle Records and in February 2011 signed to Miami-based rapper Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. He released his debut album Dreams and Nightmares in 2012 and it debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200.

Raheem DeVaughn – All Gold Everything (rmx)

Raheem DeVaughn releases his remix of Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” single. Take a listen below:

About Raheem DeVaughn

Raheem DeVaughn (born May 5, 1975) is an American singer and songwriter. His debut album, The Love Experience (2005), reached No. 46 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It featured the singles “Guess Who Loves You More” and “You”. His second album Love Behind the Melody was released in January 2008. It features the singles “Woman”, and “Customer”.

DeVaughn was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards for the single “Woman”.

Post Apocalypse Holiday Show – Sam & Kayla

A couple days into 2013 and yes, we’re still reliving the wonder and warmth of our Post Apocalypse Holiday Show. We shared with you the recap video last week, and we know many wanted more. So here we are to deliver the goods (with more on the way), by way of full length videos, sharing a whole song from each other the fantastic performers.

First up is Sam & Kayla. You may be familiar with some of Sam’s  music reviews as “Sklov” on our blog, but much to our delight, we found out he’s also got the skills on the guitar. And Kayla…her voice left the crowd pretty stunned and speechless by the end of their set. We thank them for not only kicking off the event, but also opening up with a shop favorite – “Valerie”. We think you’ll enjoy the video of their full rendition of the classic…big buttery thank you again to Sam & Kayla for treating us all!

Sam and Kayla – Valerie from Extra Butter on Vimeo.

-Cinematic

Lolita Brings Back Taco Tuesdays This Month, January 8 And 15

There are few combinations that are tastier than tacos and tequila and the folks at BYOT Lolita are well aware of this.

Accordingly, Chef Marcie Turney is bringing back the restaurant’s popular $20 Taco Tuesday event for two Tuesdays in January: the 8th and 15th.

On these celebration-worthy nights, guests will choose from four entrees. The menu changes each Tuesday, but entrees range from a crispy achiote-soaked tofu dish (attention, vegetarians!), smoky morita chile n’ beer braised pork cheeks, crispy plantain crusted mahi or Mexican-infused braised short ribs.

Diners will also receive beans, salsa, salad and more to eat alongside their delicious entree.

Don’t forget to bring your own tequila: the mixers are seriously tantalizing. Choose from blood orange (our favorite), lime or white peach.

Spice up that mid-week lull with some tequila and delicious Mexican food for just $20.

$20 Taco Tuesday at Lolita
When: Tuesday, January 8 and Tuesday, January 15
Where: Lolita, 106 S. 13th Street
Cost: $20
More info: www.lolitabyob.com

January Nike Running Selections – Part 2

When we say we’re going to be getting a lot of buttery running sneakers, we mean it. The below photos show more of the highly anticipated runners, from timeless classics to sleek new styles, and you have to admit, they do not disappoint.

First up, we have the Nike Air Vortex Vintage. The light green suede and nylon upper really screams vintage while staying fresh atop the vintage, off while mid-sole, these kicks are just as sick now as they were in ’85.

The counter part to our previous running post’s 90′s these keep the pacing going strong with their hard hitting and bold colors. A perfect example of a simplistic color scheme executed well, these Air Max 90′s are a really strong shoe.

Quite possibly my new favorite running shoe; these Lunarglide +4′s are such a clean look. Of corse the Lunar technology keeps your feet moving fast and comfortable as well, not to mention the bright red really pops off the light gray mesh upper, definitely a head turner, these will keep you running smoothly whether your jogging around town or just walking to the local bodega.

Lastly, we have these bad boys! What an amazing color way: The combination of changing greens, and the earthy beach mesh colors really brought this classic Air Max 1 to new levels of freshness. It seems that every Air Max 1 that rolls through, becomes my new favorite and these are definitely up there, and not just for my self, so I do not expect these to be hanging around too long.

For more info, click the images or feel free to reach us at: #516-632-5150 / info@extrabutterny.com
-Dan

Luna Theater Takes A Risk With Lungs, Performed Without Props, Costume Changes Or Standard Set, Opening January 25

With just two actors and a bare stage, playwright Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs explores a big topic that has perplexed couples throughout the ages: Is now a good time to have a baby?

The intimate drama, presented by Luna Theater Luna Theater, starting January 25, proves the weighty question can sure shake up a romantic relationship.

The play itself upends theatrical conventions. There are no props, no costume changes and no standard style scene changes.

The title characters are named simply M and W. They’re young, smart and anxious about about the future. what with global warming, widespread political unrest and assorted other affronts to the earth’s existence.

The pair wonder if it’s selfish to bring a new life into a world that seems headed toward destruction. Their thoughts on of the pros and cons of having a child, and the subsequent consequences of that decision, make for a quirky and funny love story.

Tickets are available online.

Luna Theater’s Lungs
When: January 25–February 16
Where: The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom Street
Cost: $15-$30
More info: www.lunatheater.org

Philadelphia’s Skyline Is Going Yellow For Saturday’s Lemon Ball, Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s Seventh Annual Fundraiser

Philadelphia's famous skyline will be lemon-yellow this weekend. (Photo by George Sproul Photography)

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer will host the Seventh Annual Lemon Ball this Saturday, January 12 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

The Lemon Ball is an evening of cocktails, dinner, raffle, silent and live auctions and entertainment bringing together supporters of the Foundation’s mission – a cure for all kids with cancer.

The evening will also feature the presentation of the Alex Scott Crystal Cup to Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin, the men behind the Foundation’s first and largest culinary fundraiser, The Great Chefs Event.

Bonus: check out Jay Scott, the father of the late Alex Scott, in his Philly 101 spotlight video here.

The Cira Centre will be shining yellow all day long this Saturday in honor of the 2013 Lemon Ball for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. (Photo by George Sproul Photography)

Tickets to the ball are available online.

And in the meantime, check out a few photos, above and below, of Philadelphia going yellow in support of this wonderful cancer charity.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s 2013 Lemon Ball
When: Saturday, January 12, 6:30 p.m.-midnight
Where: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street
Cost: Tickets start at $250
More info: www.alexslemonade.org

The sweeping Ben Franklin Bridge will be all decked out in yellow this weekend in honor of the annual Lemon Ball. (Photo by George Sproul Photography)

Coming Attraction: PAFA To Build A New “Works On Paper” Gallery Inside Its Frank Furness-Designed Historic Landmark Building

PAFA’s historic Frank Furness-designed Historic Landmark Building has, because of its glorious skylights, precluded the exhibition of the single largest group of works in the PAFA collection, light sensitive works on paper. No longer. Now, thanks to the generosity of the von Hess Foundation, PAFA will have an intimate gallery dedicated to changing exhibitions of works on paper. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

Today in design news: the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has announced that, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, the institution is planning to build a brand new Works on Paper Gallery in the Furness-designed Historic Landmark Building on the Avenue of the Arts.

More than 9,500 of the artworks in PAFA’s permanent collection (over 75% the total collection) are works on paper, so this new gallery will significantly expand public access to the vast trove of PAFA’s collection, while affording the necessary environment for the safe display of these light-sensitive works.

The gallery, which will house changing exhibitions of works on paper, will be accessed through a doorway at the first landing of the Grand Stairhall.

The space will include an area where scholars will be able to view works for research purposes, and where curators and faculty will be able to teach from this remarkable collection.

But what, exactly, are “works on paper”? Think drawings, watercolors sketchbooks, and prints in traditional and experimental media from all periods in American art, as well as photographs, including a valuable collection of Thomas Eakins photography.

Construction will begin in spring 2013, and completion is anticipated by summer 2013.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Broad and Cherry Streets
www.pafa.org

SBTRKT Releases Live Album and Video

 

SBTRKT releases a live audio and visual album on iTunes today, called, helpfully, Live. The album follows his debut full-length and features sound and footage from two shows he played at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire last October. The videos were filmed using 12 different cameras intended to capture the disparate elements of the show. The release contains 10 audio tracks and two videos.

Young Turks will also release 500 vinyl/DVD packages in hand-screenprinted sleeves. Check out the tracklist, along with footage of “Hold On”/”Migration” below:
Live:

Audio:
01 Surely (ft. Heritage Orchestra)
02 Never Never (ft. Sampha and Heritage Orchestra)
03 Heatwave (ft. Sampha)
04 Hold On/Migration (ft. Sampha)
05 Go Bang (ft. Heritage Orchestra)
06 Trials of the Past (ft. Sampha and Heritage Orchestra)
07 Santuary
08 Evening Glow (ft. Sampha)
09 Wildfire
10 Right Thing to Do (ft. Sampha)

Video:

01 Hold On/Migration (ft. Sampha)
02 Wildfire

Pick up the album here

About SBTRKT

SBTRKT (pronounced as “subtract”) is the musical project led by Aaron Jerome. Jerome began his career as a DJ in the east London club “Plastic People”. SBTRKT has remixed songs by artists such as M.I.A, Radiohead, Modeselektor, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Underworld and Goldie, and has released singles, EPs, and a self-titled album. SBTRKT’s music is a mixture of Future garage, two-step, UK funky, dubstep, US R&B and Chicago house. His music has been placed in rotation by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music.

SBTRKT refers also to the live musical duo of Jerome and his frequent collaborator Sampha. Their live show consists of Jerome utilizing electronic and acoustic drums alongside triggering samples and using a mixing desk, with Sampha playing keyboards, triggering vocal loops and singing.

The reason Jerome uses the project’s title as opposed to him using his own name is to support the concept of anonymity. Jerome has explained “[I'd] rather not talk about myself as a person, and let the music speak for itself. The name SBTRKT is me taking myself away from that whole process. I’m not a social person, so having to talk to DJs to make them play a record is not something I want to do. It’s more about giving them a record as an anonymous person and seeing whether they like it or not. If they play it, they play it.”

To further support SBTRKT’s anonymity, SBTRKT wears modern interpretations of native society ceremonial masks designed by Hidden Place.

Broadway’s Hit Musical, Green Day’s American Idiot, Rocks The Merriam Theater February 12-17

The Broadway hit musical American Idiot is set to rock Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater, February 12-17.

Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning album of the same name, it’s a lavish production that taps into the heart and soul of a disaffected generation.

Set in post-9/11 America, the show tells the stories of three boyhood friends who yearn for something beyond their small suburban town. Each takes his own direction toward making a new and hopefully more meaningful life. Their respective paths add up to an emotional tale: American Idiot is full of potent references to pop culture and there’s a telling through-line relating to drug addiction.

Yet the real punch of this production is the charged music that propels the show from beginning to end. A live onstage band digs into the score with a raw visceral edge.

The show features punk-pop hits by Green Day, including Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Holiday and of course the titular album’s namesake track, American Idiot.

Tickets are available online.

Green Day’s American Idiot
When: February 12-17
Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20-$100
More info: www.kimmelcenter.org