Showcasing The “Invisible River”


Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for WHYY

Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for WHYY


  • NewsWorks previews this weekend’s second annual Invisible River, where organizer Alie Vidich and thirty others will offer performance art above, around and on the Schuylkill. Musicians will play a 90-minute score while standing on a pontoon. “A pair of dancers will be suspended from the underside of the Strawberry Mansion Bridge by ropes and harnesses, skimming the surface of the water and hovering just inches above it.” Meant to increase awareness of the role of the river within the regional ecosystem, Invisible River, says Vidich, is an “awakening of the senses.”

  • The Inquirer comments on the Philadelphia Department of Records YouTube channel, where about 150 mid-century films (1950s to ’80s) made by the Office of City Representative have been added for the historic consciousness and sheer amusement of viewers. These are post-war municipal propaganda vignettes at their finest, promoting a city (“blessed with wonderful people,” opines one), talking up the promise of Urban Renewal, and announcing the advent of modern transportation accompanied by Xylophone riffs. “They’re very dated films,” said Jill Rawnsley, a consultant who works for the City Archives. “But they’re very historic in the sense of getting you the feel of what was happening at the time, and where people’s heads were.” To visit the channel directly, click HERE.

  • It appears that five years of suspended redevelopment at one Fishtown industrial legacy building will soon be over, says Philly Living. The 5,400-square-foot William Mulherin’s Sons Building at 1355 N. Front Street in Fishtown—operating from 1887 to 1916 as an Irish rye whiskey distillery—will likely become a pizzeria. The Hidden City Daily’s Theresa Stigale ventured into “Wm. Mulherin’s Sons” two years back and took a few interior shots.

  • The Philadelphia Business Journal says that Liberty Property Trust and Comcast finalized their agreement last week to develop the latter’s 59-story Comcast Innovation & Technology Center. The formal deal expands Comcast’s share of the square-footage—from 957,000 to 982,275.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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