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Bob Skiba

The Roots Of The Gayborhood, The Eve Of A Milestone

The Roots Of The Gayborhood, The Eve Of A Milestone

February 14, 2014  |  Vantage

With this evening's opening reception of "That's So Gay," an exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia—at 13th & Locust—the Gayborhood formally kicks off a year's worth of celebrations leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Reminder Day demonstrations at Independence Hall that began on July 4, 1965. Gayborhood guru Bob Skiba traces the area's evolution from seedy red light district to mainstream mainstay > more

Where Are All The Antique Shops?

Where Are All The Antique Shops?

June 1, 2012  |  Vantage

In his inaugural Street Talk column, Bob Skiba finds the antiques mostly missing from Philadelphia's so-called Antique Row > more

South Broad to North Broad, The Immortal Swan

South Broad to North Broad, The Immortal Swan

March 2, 2012  |  Vantage

Bob Skiba--who does for vintage dance what the folks at the Franklin Fountain do for ice cream and 19th century baseball--reveals three stories up and down Broad Street of women in Philadelphia dance history, including Anna Pavlova, "the immortal swan" > more