Friday, August 29, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 3:17 PM
Local improv group Bad Kitten will perform at Philly Improv Theater every Wednesday in September. (Photo by Lindsay Docherty courtesy of the photographer)

Philly Improv Theater, one of the city’s go-to spots for top comedy training and performances, has recently paired up with independent improv group Bad Kitten for the inaugural season in its Launch Pad series — a way for local funnymen and women to get hands-on direction from PHIT’s staff through a two-month residency.

The Bad Kitten players (Sam Abrams, Neil Bardhan, Ryan Birchmeier, Megan Elizabeth, Steve Holland, Daniel Reed and Lauren Rivera), who’ve all taken classes at PHIT, have been paired with director Raja Rajanathan and coach Alex J. Gross and will work with the two to put on some seriously hilarious performances throughout September.

Clear your calendars on Wednesdays Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. as the troupe brings its unique characters and physical comedy to the Adrienne Theatre at 2030 Sansom St.   

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 2:02 PM
Saturnia with DJ Shearn at The Trestle Inn on June 22, 2013. ( TIM BLACKWELL / Philly.com )

The summer may be winding down, so we might as well end it on a high note. Skip Made in America and hit the dance floor this Labor Day Weekend. 

DJs Sonny James, lil'dave, Phillee Blunt, Skipmode, Panek and Matthew Law are back in Fishtown for BODYROCK at Kung Fu Necktie at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 with special guest OP! Get hyped on these drink specials until midnight: $4 Stoli drinks, $4 Sailor Jerry drinks, 2 for $3 Genesee 12 oz cans.

'Twas the night before Made in America and all through Philly (well, more specifically Lit Ultrabar on North 2nd), DJs (like Enferno, Bonics, Mijo, Teknartist, Buster Radio & Eddie Sanchez) were spinning and things were bound to get silly. The festival pre-party begins at 10 p.m.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 1:09 PM

With September quickly sneaking up, with cooler weather on the horizon, you won’t have to worry about the atrocious heat making your sweat drop into your drink (or food).

Here are our picks for outdoor eating and drinking in the Philadelphia region.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 3:00 AM
"The Spiritual Journey of the Mystical Heroine" opens today at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. (Photo via Philadelphia's Magic Gardens)

Today’s got drama, art and movies. All the good stuff.

For a dramatic end: Beach season is winding down and the folks in Ocean City are greeting the fall with well…a fall. At 11 a.m. on the 9th Street Beach, contestants will perform their best dramatic descent, fall, or “plop” into the sand for a chance to be crowned the King or Queen of Plop. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

For a new exhibit: Opening today is a new body of work from artist Rochelle Marcus Dinkin at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. “The Spiritual Journey of the Mystical Heroine,” is comprised of paintings and mixed media works showing narratives concerning birth, death, resurrection, sexuality and life struggles. Check it out on South Street between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 2:26 PM
MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 12: DJ Steve Aoki attends the 'Grand Opening' Party at the P1 on November 12, 2009 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt (Getty Images)

You've booked your hotel and the Atlantic City Labor Day weekend vacation is coming soon. Do you have tickets for the upcoming shows happening at the surrounding casinos and venues?

If not, there’s still time, and we are happy to help you decide what to do during your visit. From electronic beats, to guitar jamming superstars, this Labor Day weekend will rock your socks off!

Put a little country flavor in your weekend on Friday, Aug. 29 at 9 p.m. as Season 3 winner of "The Voice," Cassadee Pope amazes audience with her vocals as she performs songs from her album “Wasting All These Tears,” and her newest track “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.” This performance will take place at Atlantic City's House of Blues in the Showboat Hotel and Casino.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:10 PM
This labor day weekend, King of Prussia's Main Line Parkour will hold a sleepover and Parkour festival. (Photo via Sevag Public Relations)

Sleepover and Parkour never seemed like an appropriate pairing until this weekend.

The latest training discipline craze, Parkour, involving obstacles, running, jumping and all around impressive feats of strength and agility, has found a local home at King of Prussia’s Main Line Parkour — a 9,000 square foot center devoted to the sport. Over the course of four days, Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, the facility is holding an end-of-summer festival with an optional sleepover option for kids who go hardcore for Parkour.

Starting on Friday, Aug. 29 the gym will be available for open activities from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 1:55 PM
Cannstatter Volksfest Verein Labor Day Weekend 2013 (Courtesy of Cannstatter Volksfest Verein via Facebook)

Labor Day has traditionally been a day to celebrate the American worker but has since evolved into the last hurrah of summer for most of us. Before you get caught up in the faster pace of fall with school, work, and after-school activities, take some time this Labor Day weekend to make some lasting family memories that will keep you warm as the days and nights grow cooler. Check out these events going on Saturday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 1.

If you’d like to start the kids early on their history lessons, the National Constitution Center Museum in historic Philadelphia will be open all Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Aug. 30 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31 noon to 5 p.m., and Monday, September 1 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Travel back to Revolutionary times and learn about printing and candle making. Take in "In the Army Now Show." Your kids will especially love dressing up in period clothes and story time.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Experience all things German at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein in Northeast Philadelphia from Saturday Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 1 starting at 12 p.m. Festivities will include crafts, German wine and beer, German-American singing and dancing, as well as rides and games for the kids.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:07 PM
Looking at "Pitcher and Plate with Pears." "The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne" runs to Sept. 22 at The Barnes Foundation. ( MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer )

We’ve all been there: The physical demands of a wild holiday weekend leave you weary by the time the actual holiday rolls around. With Made in America and countless parties hitting the scene this weekend, you might need a day to unwind before heading back to the office. For a more laid-back approach to Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, step into any one of these museums that’ll be open for the holiday.

Monday is the final day to check out The Academy of Natural Sciences’ feathered exhibit “Birds of Paradise,” featuring exotic rain forest birds from New Guinea. The Logan Square museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also has exhibits about bugs, dinosaurs and dioramas.

Camden, N.J.’s Adventure Aquarium’s doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their Hippo Haven exhibit gives visitors a chance to get some face time with the aquarium’s two hippos. Watch them chow down as biologists shed some knowledge during feeding sessions: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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