4 Things We Love This Week

Kristin Detterline and Abby Dupes | April 19, 2021 | Culture Lifestyle

From a newly opened casino resort in the Stadium District to an acclaimed boulangerie in Rittenhouse, the latest events and openings are an enthralling entrance into the warmer weather.

Alanna Airitam’s “How to Make a Country” PHOTO COURTESY OF PENTIMENTI GALLERY
Alanna Airitam’s “How to Make a Country”


February’s Black History Month and March’s Women’s History Month are celebrated in equal measure in MAKING MARKS: figural identity, transfiguration, and receptive tactility, at Old City’s Pentimenti Gallery (pentimenti.com) through April 3. Four Black female artists representing starkly different contemporary styles form a shared narrative when shown together. “The exhibit looks closely at the spatial element of identity formation,” says gallery owner Christine Pfister. “The artists put forth such themes as identity as it relates to geography, ancestral heritage, reclamation of a historical narrative and the experience of Black embodiment.”

Freshly baked bagels at Lost Bread Co. BY EDDY MARENCO
Freshly baked bagels at Lost Bread Co.


Alex Bois and Avram Hornik’s acclaimed bakery Lost Bread Co. (lostbreadco.com) opened its doors in Rittenhouse in late January, and it is already a Philly favorite. The quintessential boulangerie features its classic bagels with a bevy of toppings—think chile honey cream cheese, bean and pepita hummus and seasonal jams sourced from local farmers. Try treats you’ll only find at this location, including whole-grain pastries and the Waffle Egg Pocket.

The Prime Rib at Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia PHOTO: COURTESY OF LIVE! CASINO AND HOTEL PHILADELPHIA
The Prime Rib at Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia


For those seeking a quick escape without the burden of travel, look no further than the new Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia (philadelphia.livecasinohotel.com). The 12-story resort, located in the Stadium District, is home to Luk Fu and The Prime Rib and features over 2,100 gaming machines and 121 live-action table games. After a night on the casino floor, head upstairs to recharge in the 208 luxury rooms and suites. Not to mention, the resort pledged to donate $15 million to local community organizations within the year—so you can party with peace of mind.

Sneakers from Commonwealth Proper COURTESY OF SWOOSH & TIE
Sneakers from Commonwealth Proper


In the ultimate Philly fashion collab, clothier Commonwealth Proper (commonwealthproper.com) and footwear designer Garrixon Studios have teamed up to turn your forgotten neckties into custom kicks for their new Swoosh + Tie program. With the iconic Air Jordan 1 as the canvas (the low-top Air Jordan hits for summer) and a necktie as the inspo, clients choose from a selection of suit fabrics, leather swatches and laces to build a digital rendering of their dream sneaker, which Garrixon uses to completely remake the shoe’s upper. Commonwealth Proper owner Craig Schroeder says Swoosh + Tie taps into sneaker culture and the customization craze. “As we get more interconnected in the world, personalization is something that people want,” he says. “You can get anything on Amazon. Our customers want something specific, rare and high quality and to have an experience.”

Photography by: Courtesy of Pentimenti Gallery; Eddy Marenco; Courtesy of Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia; Courtesy of Swoosh & Tie