Temple Contemporary + David Lang’s “Symphony for a Broken Orchestra”

A performance on damaged instruments to benefit public schools, from the acclaimed composer

In the first week of December at the 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, 400 or so instruments recovered from some 1000+ in a musical graveyard united in the hands of hundreds of professionals and students to perform a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Known as the “Symphony for a Broken Orchestra”—there will never be a performance like those two ever again. The epic …

VIVO Walls’ Plant Holders

Wood and steel meet repurposed glass liquor bottles in these functional art pieces

Philadelphia-based videographer/photographer Rocco Avallone often has his lens focused on musicians. His documentary collective Out of Town Films has traveled the world to capture live sets, often in intimate spaces, from indie bands. When away from the camera, however, he makes striking, useful sculptures of wood, glass, steel and plants. The industrial design grad started sketching ideas for vertical planters when he ran out of …

ROOST Rittenhouse, Philadelphia

The impeccably designed apartment hotel making "extended stay" a lot more welcoming

The words “extended stay” gives many the shudders—evoking business trips hiding under the guise of family vacations, memories of a friend’s painful divorce process, and pretty generic-looking rooms. But now that rentals like Airbnb have become an attractive alternative for lengthy stays, long-term hotels are stepping up their game, too (to be clear, in America; international cities like London already have mastered the luxury extended-stay …