Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:00 AM
Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. (Jeff Fusco / Eastern State Penitentiary)

Nothing says Halloween in Philadelphia quite like a visit to Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls. Six spooky attractions lead you through this historic (and potentially haunted) prison that will fill you with the conflicting emotions of fear and delight.

We don’t want you to miss out one of America’s top haunted attractions, so we’re giving you a chance to win VIP Tickets. This unique excursion includes a guided flashlight tour of the prison and priority access to all of the haunted attractions (no lines!).

So, how do you enter for a chance to win?

POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 3:00 AM
Jonathan Beyer is Figaro in "The Barber of Seville." (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)

Happy October!

For a garden party: Bartram’s Garden (54th Street and Lindbergh Blvd.) hosts an evening cocktail party in their flower garden from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with an auction, ferry rides and more. Wear your garden attire — that means no heels, ladies.

For a community fundraiser: An activist, a cop, a student and an entrepreneur, who all used skateboarding as a platform to impact communities, will be honored at Paine’s Park (Schuylkill River Trail, Philadelphia to Valley Forge) tonight during a fundraiser for Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund. Street Level will also feature skating demos, live music, art, a silent auction and food and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 2:22 PM
The Oval, the "park on the Parkway," reopens for two weekends in October. (Photo by Albert Yee, courtesy of Cashman and Associates)

It seems like it’s been forever since The Oval (2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway), the “park on the Parkway,” packed it in for the season. (After all, it has been a month and a half since they bid the summer farewell.) But now, The Oval’s got its groove back and will return for two weekends this fall for themed programming.

You don’t need to take it to the mountains to get an outdoorsy weekend. From Friday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 5, the eight-acre space turns into a camper’s delight with a beer garden, themed movies, and campfire.

Friday’s entertainment includes live music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., fire pits from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., storytelling with First Person Arts at 8 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. screening of “Moonrise Kingdom.”

POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:34 AM
The Schuylkill Banks boardwalk, which extends the river trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge, is slated to open in October. Photo taken September 26, 2014. (Daily News Staff / Randi Fair)

The time has come: The Schuylkill River Trail extension, running over the Schuylkill River between Locust and South streets will officially open on Thursday, Oct. 2. Eagerly awaiting runners, walkers and cyclists will revel in the 2,000-foot addition to the path, another part of the plan to connect Pottsville and Southwest Philadelphia via trail.

Prior to the boardwalk’s opening, get the opportunity to be one of the first to set foot on the trail at a 5K fun run/half-mile walk on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Starting at 6:30 p.m., runners and walkers will hit the boardwalk and then run along the trail back to Walnut St. for a post-race celebration featuring Shake Shack and Philadelphia Brewing Co. goodies. Check in starts at 5:30 p.m. at the South St. Bridge stairs (2800 South St.) for the rain-or-shine athletic affair (which has unfortunately sold out, but there’s no saying that you can’t cheer on your fellow community runners!).

The river walkway officially opens on Thursday, Oct. 2 with opening statements from Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler, SRDC Chairman Gerard Sweeney, FHWA Engineer George Fleagle, PennDOT Assistant District Executive Chuck Davies, and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Following the ribbon-cutting, a festive promenade will parade down the boardwalk, beginning at Locust Street.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00 AM
The National Liberty Museum recently debuted a new welcome gallery. (Photo by Shira Yudkoff courtesy of Braithwaite Communications)

I have five secrets for you.

For a new feature: If you haven’t checked out the National Liberty Museum’s (321 Chestnut St.) new welcome gallery, now’s the time to do it. The museum recently unveiled a new aspect of the space centering on heroism with a film, interactive iPad exhibit and glass sculptures. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a literary treat: There’s no doubt that Ernest Hemingway had a distinct writing style. Tyler Hoffman, chair of the English Department at Rutgers-Camden, will discuss Hemingway’s utilization of repetition and omission in his works at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon at Rutgers University’s Camden Center for the Arts (311 N. 5th St., Camden).

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:20 PM
Ben Sparks, 11, of Beach Haven Gardens, fills sample cups with white chowder for a taste at the 25th annual Chowderfest on Long Beach Island Sunday, October 6, 2013. The cook-off offers a variety of clam chowders for people to vote on. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer

Are your taste buds looking for excitement this week? No worries, here are 5 great food events this week that scream the word "chow." Enjoy!

On Sunday, Sept. 28, Manayunk’s StrEAT Festival warmed crowds up for the neighborhood’s Fall Restaurant week with tons of flavorful entertainment. From now through Friday, Oct. 10, chow down on Manayunk’s wide range of restaurants with three-course meal parings pricing from $15-$35. Participating restaurants include Sapphire (4141 Main St.), Bourbon Blue (2 Rector St.), La Collina (37-41 Ashland Ave.), and more.

I can give you 24 reasons why the inaugural Ya Gotta Try This tasting event is worth going to, but I’ll just give you one: It’s for a great cause. On Thursday, Oct. 2, Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia crew invite guests to try signature dishes from 24 Philadelphia local and regional restaurants ranging in all different flavors. Guests can try items like Circles’ pork belly moo ping pao buns, Rouge’s baked macaroni and cheese, and enjoy beverages served by Yards Brewing Co. and Bru. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Independence Visitors Center (1 North Independence Way) tickets are $50 general admission and $100 VIP for early access to the event. Proceeds from the event go toward the Second Chance Foundation and organization that raises funds for various community organizations.

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 3:15 PM
Portrait of Florcy Morisset of Vivant Gallery. (Photo by Sarah J. Glover)

Old City art gallery, Vivant Art Collection (60 N. 2nd St.), is preparing to shut its doors for good, seven years after opening. Featuring art from the Caribbean, Middle East, Latin America and Africa, Vivant will hold a week’s worth of free cocktail hours and receptions leading up to the closing with opportunities to purchase work during all events.

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, NExT Philadelphia, Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick, and Dyana Williams from 100.3 WRNB will host a M’Art’ini cocktail reception from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Women in the nonprofit sector are honored on Thursday, Oct. 2 at a 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. event hosted by Lisa Nutter.

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:13 PM
Musician Wynton Marsalis performs at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano (Getty Images)

From local players to national stars, the Kimmel Center’s (300 S. Broad St.) 2014-2015 jazz season features lots of great free and ticketed performances with improv jams, new work development, and swinging shows. Longtime jazz listeners and newbies alike can take in the sounds and groove along.

It’s never too early for a little hot jazz. Three- to five-year-olds can take part in an interactive concert on Saturday, Oct. 4 with Drew Nugent, singer and multi-instrumentalist of Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. For an hour, starting at 11 a.m., tots can get their hands on some instruments and dance along as a part of the PNC Grow Up Great series at the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza Stage. These free sessions continue throughout the season with vocalist Shakera Jones on Saturday, Nov. 1 and pianist and composer Lucas Brown on Saturday, Dec. 6. All concerts begin at 11 a.m., if you were wondering.

Eleven-time Grammy nominee (and one-time winner!) vocalist Kurt Elling brings his project “PassionWorld,” comprising tunes about love and loss — like Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” and French stunner “La Vie en Rose” — to the Perelman Theater stage on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

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