Friday, October 31, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2014, 2:42 PM
Washington D.C.'s Story League will perform during this year's First Person Arts Festival. (Photo by Andy DelGiudice)

It’s all about the stories at the First Person Arts Festival. The organization, which holds frequent StorySlams and other memoir-based workshops throughout the year, returns for its 13th annual festival, running from Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 15.

With performances, workshops, panels and even food events dedicated to the art of storytelling and documentary, the festival offers many an opportunity to see works from artists hailing from Philly and beyond like Kathryn Erbe (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent”) and Zach Grenier (“The Good Wife”).

The festival begins on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a feast. Chef Marcus Samuelsson from Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and ABC’s “The Taste” whips up dishes from his new cookbook “Marcus Off Duty” alongside Philly native and “Top Chef” star Jen Carroll. Dinner is served at Le Meridien Philadelphia (1421 Arch St.) at 7 p.m. — but get there at 6 p.m. for a reception. A book signing with Samuelsson will follow the meal.

POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2014, 3:00 AM
A selection of five Halloween-themed things to do today. (iStock Photo)

Happy Halloween!

For grown up costumes: Tour the Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) after hours and see design students model costumes with an artful inspiration. Stay for a themed musical performance from local R&B band Natural Selection. Halloween at the Museum runs from 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

For trick-or-treating: Candy gathering with a view: The Brandywine Zoo (1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington, Del.) welcomes costumed youngsters to gallivant around the zoo from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 3:44 PM
The Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque Vixens and Vagabond cabaret. (Photo: Freedom G Photography)


On Thursday, October 30th at 6:30pm, Philadelphia runners will be able to participate in a terrifying 3K fun run through West Laurel Hill Cemetery (215 Belmont Ave.) in Bala Cynwyd. Run4UrLife will benefit MANNA, a local nonprofit that delivers nourishing, healthy food to those facing life-threatening illnesses including HIV/AIDS. ChatterBlast Media and Unite Fitness, two LGBT owned businesses, are two of the sponsors for the event. To register, runners can visit Registration costs $29.99 and includes a Run4UrLife T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded following the run. Costumes are encouraged.


POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2:01 PM
Peddler's Village Apple Festival takes place this weekend. (iStock Photo)

Crashing from your Halloween sugar high doesn’t have to be a bore. This weekend will be stacked with tons of good times, naturally. 

The very short Philadelphia run of “Newsies” (probably a bit too short for our liking) at the Academy of Music (240 S. Broad St.) wraps up this weekend with a 7:30 p.m. show on Thursday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. performances on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m. curtains also on Saturday, Nov. 1, and a 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. showing on Sunday, Nov. 2.

The 2014 debut of Phila. Flea’s indoor season at the Fed Ex Service Center (820 Spring Garden St.) is Saturday, Nov. 1. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., browse through setups from various vendors including Antique Rescue, The Pony Shed and more.

POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:32 PM
Enjoy a Sherlock Holmes-themed dinner this Halloween (photo courtesy of the Treemont Restaurant)

Halloween happens once a year and so do these 5 food specials being offered on Friday, Oct. 31.

If you’re in need of a sugar boost and happen to be in a Halloween costume, five Krispy Kreme Doughnut shops are offering a free doughnut with a presentation of your outfit this year. No tricks needed. Times vary per location.

Starting at 5 p.m., Chipotles across the U.S. are offering $3 burritos, tacos, bowls, salads, and kids items for all who dress in costume. Proceeds up to $1 million will go towards the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, a program committed to creating a sustainable and healthy food supply.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 4:17 PM
Alex Issac, Gloria Walker, David Kirstein and Ira Wexler at the 80s Prom Night Halloween Party at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge, October 31, 2013. (HughE Dillon/

Whether you’re dressing like a pretty little princess or a sadistic zombie this Halloween, Philadelphia isn’t shy of costumed-themed parties. Here’s our list of party happenings on Friday, Oct. 31.

As if staring at the pitch black Delaware River isn’t spooky enough, the Spirit of Philadelphia hosts (401 S. Columbus Blvd.) its Halloween Cruise at 8 p.m.,  which includes an open bar with selected beverages and their signature beef and beer buffet featuring their new “build your own cheesesteak bar.” Dress in costume and be rewarded prizes throughout the night.

With six different venues offering numerous themed zones, everyone’s costume, even if you’re a unicorn, will fit in at Xfinity Live’s! (1100 Pattison Ave.) Wicked Halloween extravaganza. Beginning at 8 p.m., experience some frightening and quirky rooms such as the Broad Street Bullies Dead Celebrity Area and a Spectrum Grill’s '80s girl party, and treat your ears as Go Go Gadget  performs live at the NBC arena.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 1:51 PM
Haven Nightclub in the Golden Nugget throws three Halloween parties this week. (Photo via Cashman and Associates)

While the summer shore season may be dead and gone, the dead, undead and costumed, dancing monsters will inhabit Atlantic City for a week of bewitching parties. Disguise if you dare.

The Borgata (1 Borgata Way) knows the best parties are costume parties. Come in your Halloween best on Monday, Oct. 27 when DJ Ross One gets the week started at mur.mur at 10 p.m. By Friday, Oct. 31, you should be warmed up for the weekend’s main events: Joe Maz at mur.mur at 10 p.m. and Fedde Le Grand at Mixx at 10 p.m. If you’re still yearning for more, Saturday, Nov. 1 brings sets from D-Nice at mur.mur at 10 p.m. and Deorro at Mixx at 10 p.m. All contests — held on all party nights mentioned — have some killer prizes, like up to $2,500 or bottle service and overnight stays.

A decade marked by leg warmers, colored scrunchies, and shoulder pads makes a resurgence on Thursday, Oct. 30 for an '80s costume party at Ego Bar and Lounge in the Taj Mahal (1000 Boardwalk) starting at 8 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 2:52 PM
The ultimate hyper-rager wants you to experience the thrill of Halloween. Dave P, Sammy Slice and friends are ready to illuminate the dance floor with their far-out dance vibes. (Hillary Petrozziello/

Flash back to 1993 and that truly magical scene in “Hocus Pocus” where Bette Midler’s character, Winifred Sanderson, serenades a crowd of Halloween partygoers. Despite being a witch and thus casting a spell on the dancing parents, that musical number set a precedent for how I envision all Halloween parties to be: Full of dancing and a Bette Midler number. While I cannot promise any of the following shows to have the singing star, they should get you dancing — or at least humming a spooky tune as you leave.

The Philadelphia Orchestra puts its spin on creepy tunes from everything like the classical greats like “March to the Scaffold” to the theme from “Batman” on Saturday, Oct. 25. Halloween Fantastique strikes a chord at 11:30 a.m. at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall (Broad and Spruce Streets).

The Deli Philadelphia, a website devoted to local independent music, is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a musical Halloween costume party at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) with co-headliners S.T.S. (also known as Sugar Tongue Slim) and Grimace Federation. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

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