Mikala Jamison

Mikala Jamison

Mikala Jamison graduated from the University of Delaware, interned at Philadelphia City Paper (R.I.P.), and ran around the East Coast reporting and writing until she made her way back to Philly. She was the editor of the River Wards' local paper, Star, and then went back to City Paper as the arts and culture editor, where she won a couple of awards. She has done and continues to do a bunch of jobs, like leading kids' creative writing workshops, copyediting, and teaching group fitness classes. She only occasionally enjoys being indoors and staying still. Twitter bamboozles her sometimes, but when she's there, she can be reached @notjameson.

August 28, 2017


Ashes to ink: people are getting their dead loved ones tattooed on them – literally

Diane Lange, owner of Moonlight Tattoo in Ocean View, N.J., has been tattooing for 35 years. Lately, she says she’s been contacted by people with a kind of “maybe we shouldn’t be talking about this on the phone” edge in their voices.

June 2, 2017

First Friday

Gallery Gameplan: summer's already on the brain

If someone demanded you name a song that means something to you, which would it be, and why?

May 5, 2017

First Friday

Gallery Gameplan: facing a strange land

Tim McFarlane and Miguel Rodriguez are nothing if not a pair of “keep on keepin’ on” types -- while speaking on the phone with Philly Voice , both artists express a nose-meet-grindstone sensibility about their work.

April 7, 2017

First Friday

Gallery Gameplan: public and private space invaders

Approaching its 40th year, the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series showcases the works of Philly artists in three exhibitions annually, September through May; each exhibition features three artists.

March 3, 2017

First Friday

Gallery Gameplan: where to see what and when

One of Brecher’s sculptures in this exhibition is reminiscent of a sphere of titanium piercing through a wisp of smoke, or a silken sheet enveloping a ball bearing -- the heavy and aggressive counteracting the light and elegant is a subtly striking image, rendered gracefully in clay.

February 2, 2017

First Friday

Gallery Gameplan: loving your roots, and more than 'a precious lock of hair'

Jaishri Abichandani, founder and curator of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, makes a simple statement about the message behind this exhibition.

January 6, 2017

First Friday

Gallery Gameplan: War, impending doom, nudity and naps – not in that order

Have you read that New Yorker piece by Eric Schlosser, “World War Three, By Mistake”?

November 2, 2016


Gallery Gameplan: Let’s get serious this First Friday

There’s a phrase in the curators’ statement about this show that really sticks with the reader: At the Nov. 20 artists’ reception, attendees will participate in the #RedSandProject, started by New York City artist Molly Gochman, by pouring dyed sand into the cracks in the sidewalk “symbolizing how people fall through the cracks in society.” Among them: victims of human trafficking, many whom are right here in Philadelphia .

October 5, 2016

Gallery Gameplan

Gallery Gameplan: The First Friday before the storm

The way Philly artist Lucia Thome describes her summer, well, you’ve been there.

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