Monday, October 20, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 2:20 PM
Candy Volcano, a 25-member glam-rock group, will perform at FringeArts on Halloween. (Photo by William DiCecca courtesy of CM Steel Communications)

First there was the Fringe Festival along with the opening of La Peg, then the sold-out “Rosas Danst Rosas” weekend run earlier this month, and now FringeArts (140 N. Columbus Blvd.) is keeping the culture alive with more performances and excitement this fall. Come for the shows, stay for a meal (or vice-versa), leave after a one-of-a-kind experience.

There’s nothing quite like ‘70s glam rock on Halloween, is there? The 25-musician deep Candy Volcano will put their spin on tunes from David Bowie, Lou Reed and Mott the Hoople on Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. (doors are at 9:30 p.m.). Come in costume — this is a Glamtasm Masquerade, after all.

FringeArts’ monthly Scratch Night, designed to give the community a taste of what’s new and next in the Philadelphia performance sphere, continues for the duration of 2014 with two free shows on Monday, Nov. 3 and Monday, Dec. 1. The 7 p.m. event also includes beer, light fare and a chance to ask the artists your burning questions.

POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 11:39 AM
Dining room at Jane G's. MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com

Take a trip down yummy lane with these five great food picks.

We’ve all been there, pairing that pale ale with the wrong meal. On Tuesday, Oct. 21 Ferment Your Event co-founders Tara Nurin and craft beer specialist Gary Rosen collaborate with Ella Bistro’s chef, Jay Chadwick for an informative dinner at Wayne Art Center (413 Maplewood Ave.) that will show guests the art of pairing beer and food together. The tickets are $45 and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

The Geographical Society of Philadelphia visits Szechuan restaurant Jane G’s (1930 Chestnut St.) for a journey through China with 12-different courses prepared by Chef Lou on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. savor the flavors of Shanghai with soup dumplings, eat Canton region squid, and enjoy other preparings throughout the evening. Not only will the flavors have you in awe, the guest speaker for the evening, Ryan Pyle, shares his incredible story about his 18000-km journey across China. Dinner is $100 for members, $125 for non-members.

POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 3:00 AM
Disney's hit "Frozen" hits the ice today. (Photo via Feld Entertainment)

Sweet! Fabulous!

For a reptilian exhibition: The largest prehistoric snake ever discovered, the Titanoba, has a whole exhibit dedicated to it at the Delaware Museum of Natural History (4840 Kennett Pike, Greenville, Del.) including a replica of the nearly 50-foot snake. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today.

For some eye candy: A three-part exhibition at the Fabric Workshop and Museum (1222 Arch St.) inspired by Shaker spirit drawings and magic features work from Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck. “A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly” is available for view from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 4:21 PM
Spend your Sunday with the Philly Homebrew Outlet (photo courtesy of Philly Homebrew Outlet)

More festivals are a-coming. On Sunday, Oct. 19, a group of fellas who know how to hold down a party, The Philly Homebrew Club (1447 N. American St.), is throwing their 8th Annual Made On American Street Festival providing guests off all ages with quality entertainment all can have a blast with. 

Beginning at 1 p.m., the Philly Homebrew Club brewed up some fresh autumn beers for those of age to enjoy, welcoming the seasonal tastes of the next few months in store. As you wash down some craft brews, enjoy live music by the band Shakedown and if you have kids … they can jam out by jumping on a giant bouncy castle.

As for the food — we wouldn’t leave you hanging here. If one food pairs great with street festivals and beer it's barbecue, and what’s even better is that it’s a barbecue competition. Get a taste of lip-smackin’ ribs from participating stations of four culinary amateurs, experts, and everything in between as they try to smoke their way to first place. So you’re at this event, you clearly love booze and food, but do you consider yourself a pit master? Grab a team and register online for a chance to win prizes and some new barbecue-loving fans.

POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 2:35 PM
Guests go trick or treating at the East Passyunk 2nd Annual Fall Festival and Spooky Saturday, on Saturday, October 26, 2013. (HughE Dillon/Philly.com)

Grab your brood and hit the town! The last two weekends before Halloween are filled to the brim with fall festivities for fun-seekers of all ages.

The ultimate farm-to-city event closes down Filbert Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hay rides, a pumpkin patch, tractors and eats from Reading Terminal Market (12th and Filbert Streets) during their Harvest Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Don’t feed the animals: Trick or treat around the Philadelphia Zoo (3400 W. Girard Ave.) on Saturday, Oct. 18Sunday, Oct. 19, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 for Boo at the Zoo. Other wild activities include a scavenger hunt, costume parade and pumpkin patch, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all weekend.

POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:27 PM
Participants in the annual Philadelphia AIDS Walk. (Photo: Patrick Hagerty)

Thursday, October 15th

The dance party Sissy Hop is back at The Dolphin Tavern (1539 S. Broad St.) with this month’s Monster Mash A-Go-Go. Party goers will be able to get their groove on to the best queer pop, rock and most importantly, soul. Guest DJ Scopitone will be joining resident Nolita Selector of Cutn Paste. Vintage inspired Halloween costumes are encouraged. Doors at 10:00pm. $5 cover.

Friday, October 16th

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 4:07 PM
The Room (photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr Film Institute)

If you’ve already worn yourself out with hayrides and haunted attractions, but still want more horror this month, there are plenty of opportunities to catch some spooky theater and cinema, from retro classics to chilling J-Horror flicks.

Make note of these upcoming screenings (if you dare):

If you’re not a gory horror fan, but still appreciate some monster-themed flicks, Theatre N at Nemours (1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington, Del.) is hosting a Midnight Musical series that pairs perfect with the Halloween season. On Saturday, Oct. 18 lovers, monsters, and a hilarious transvestite perform the remarkable “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and on Saturday, Oct. 25 Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson takes on his own experiments during “Young Frankenstein”.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 10:05 AM
Musician Sarah Barthel, of Phantogram, performs onstage at the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards and Festival on March 13, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Natalie Cass (Getty Images for MTV)

What we’re seeing live this week!

Friday, October 17: Steve Gunn

Steve Gunn is a Brooklyn guitarist, who crafts the sort of easy-going Sunday afternoon anthems that surprise you with their depth. Born in Lansdowne and bred in the Philly folk scene, Gunn cut his teeth playing with Jack Rose and Meg Baird, among others, gaining acclaim for his impressive finger-picking and precision. He also logged time in Kurt Vile’s backing band, The Violators, and recorded two acclaimed psych rock EPs with drummer John Truscinski. So it’s no surprise that his new record, Way Out Weather, is the type of transcendent rock explosion that makes you feel like you’re swirling through space and time, images of dandelion fields and amber waves of grain, and you know, America, all lazing by your eyes. (Even Pitchfork, who sometimes delve into overly technical or obscure descriptions of things, can’t help but paint Weather as “liv[ing] in hollowed out holes of America’s past… disused gas station[s] off an Oklahoma highway [and] … booming out of a roadhouse on the Mississippi Delta.”) He’ll celebrate its release this Friday at PhilaMOCA; show up early for ethereal duo Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler and heavy rock band Spacin.’

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