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Mural at Dirty Franks Bar, Philadelphia

Frank Burns FLW Pope Francis
Frank Burns, Frank Lloyd Wright, and  Pope Francis Are Just a Few of the Franks You’ll See Outside Dirty Franks Bar! (All Photos By Gail)

Dirty Franks a local dive bar in Philadelphia that dates back to prohibition. Geoffrey and I countered it as a stop on our hours-long walk of the city’s Mural Mile tour, which takes you through many different neighborhoods in search of unique street art, public artworks and memorable landmarks. Dirty Franks stands out for the murals painted on its multiple façades, which depict the likenesses of famous Franks. The mural was designed by David McShane, painted originally in 2001, and restored with additions in 2015.

Sinatra St Francis Morgan
Frank Sinatra, St Francis and Actor Frank Morgan from The Wizard Of Oz

Most of the Franks are quite iconic, so they are easy to identify, but some (such as the Philadelphia Phillies player seen in the top photo) I did not know.

Frank in a Bun and Aretha
Frank in a Bun and Aretha Franklin (RIP)

Aretha Franklin had recently passed when we visited Philly so it was nice to see her represented. RIP, First Lady of Soul!

Franklin and Avalon
Ben Franklin and Frankie Avalon

Perdue and Oz
French Franc Coin, Frank Oz, Frank Perdue and an Unidentified Frank

You could make it into a fun game: Spot The Frank!

The Mural at Dirty Franks is Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, Mural Arts Program. Dirty Frank’s is Located at 347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Frankenstein Roosevelt Zappa
Frankenstein, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Frank Zappa

Let’s Go: A Day Trip to Philadelphia and The Barnes Foundation!

Barnes Foundation Exterior Shot
All Photos By Gail

Well, New York City really has it all (oh yeah); that much is true. One of the many millions of reasons that living in Manhattan totally rules is that, should you wish to seek adventure beyond the city limits, it is possible to make an awesome Day Trip to another city located in an entirely different state! You can’t do that from LA, that is for sure. The NYC Day Trip is a thing to be taken advantage of and enjoyed as often as possible. Because sometimes, if you do your homework, you can experience an entire lifetime in one day.

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Claes Oldenburg’s Monumental Paint Brush Sculpture in Downtown Philadelphia!

Claes Oldenburg Paint Torch Sculpture
All Photos By Gail

Philadelphia has no shortage of impressive public artworks and engaging street art scattered all over the city, and it’s fun to spend a day just wandering the different neighborhoods and checking it all out if you happen be visiting. Most notably, the city is also home to four large-scale public sculptures by legendary Pop artist Claes Oldenburg  — more than any other city in the world. I happened to walk by one of those iconic Oldenburg works — a 51-foot high Paint Brush sculpture entitled Paint Torch, and its accompanying 6-foot Red Paint Blob located just below it on the sidewalk — when was in Philly on a recent weekend. Paint Torch was installed on the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) Lenfest Plaza on August 20th, 2011.

Claes Oldenburg Paint Torch Sculpture

Paint Torch Can be Viewed Up Close at 118-128 N. Broad Street, just across the Street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Claes Oldenburg Paint Torch Sculpture

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Fountain at Love Park, Philadelphia

Pink Fountain
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Love Park (official name: JFK Plaza) is a plaza located in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The park is nicknamed Love Park for Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture which overlooks the plaza. The Love Park fountain is often dyed colors throughout the year to commemorate or celebrate events. Here is has been dyed Pink as the kickoff for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (annually in October).

Video Clip of The Week: Metropolis America’s “A Stolen Heart in a Stolen Car “



Imagine, if you will, the third season of AMC’s The Killing as soundtracked by bands like Alphaville and A-ha. Imagine it! This mysterious, but highly engaging video for Metropolis America’s “A Stolen Heart in a Stolen Car” is short on dead teenage prostitutes and sullen, chain smoking detectives but manages to capture a kind of noir, what-the-hell-is-going-on vibe with its not inconsiderably complex storyline, while the music conjures favorable memories of “Take On Me” and “Forever Young.” So, all good. Find out more about Metropolis America at This Link. Enjoy!

Steve Powers Designs Upcoming Kurt Vile Album Artwork

Wakin On a Pretty Daze
Photo by Jessie Trbovich

I was so crazy about Kurt Vile’s 2011 release, Smoke Ring For My Halo that I could not possibly be more excited to hear that he has a new CD coming out in 2013, entitled Wakin on a Pretty Daze. What makes this news even cooler is the announcment that the album cover art, seen as a street mural in the photo above, is by contemporary painter Steve “Stephen” Powers, whose fun and original work I was introduced to this past summer at an exhibit at Joshua Liner Gallery. This mural, which I am guessing depicts the names of songs found on the album, is located at the intersection of Front and Master Streets in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, where Vile is from. Produced by John Agnello, and described by Vile as being comparable to Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, but “No cheese, just rock,” Wakin on a Pretty Daze is due out in the spring.