Thursday, October 30, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 3:00 AM
StylePOP kicked off Sept. 11. Five Philly designers, including Manayunk-based Paula Hian and Macy's incubator designer Terese Sydonna, will be selling apparel. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

It may be Mischief Night this evening, but we see no tomfoolery here.

For shopping: The last pop-up market in Dilworth Park (Broad and Market Streets) is today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vendors include Chandra Jewelry by Candace Wade; Weft, menswear; Not about Normal by Howard Serlick, jewelry and accessories; Modern Frock, women’s clothing; Atelier Eve Badia by Eve Badia, women’s clothing and Sultana Maria Jewelry by Sultana Aschism, jewelry and accessories.

For a quizzical happy hour: If your knowledge of all things history and beer seems knows no bounds, test out your stuff at Presidential Trivia Drinking Night at McGillin’s Olde Ale House (1310 Drury St.). Starting at 5:30 p.m., enjoy happy hour specials on all Yards Ales of the Revolution. Author Mark Will-Weber will host the evening, in honor of the release of his book “Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt.”

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 3:53 PM
Find that hidden gem you been looking for at the Spring Garden Indoor and Antique Flea Market (Photo courtesy of Phila Flea Markets)

If you already shopped yourself to the limit at the stores available in Philadelphia and its surrounding regions, switch it up a bit with the Spring Garden Indoor Antique and Vintage Flea Market, which returns for its 5th year on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Fed-Ex Service Center (820 Spring Garden St.). If you can’t make it to the flea market this Saturday — no sweat, the indoor season operates the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from November through March.

If you’ve ever been to the Fed-Ex Service Center, you know the venue is huge. Guests can expect over 70 vendors ranging from all over the tri-state area with products such as artistic prints, antiques, pottery, home furnishings, collectibles, and much more. Food will be available to purchase to satisfy your hunger cravings.

A selection of vendors for this Saturday's market include:

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 1:33 PM
From the Coffee and Tea festival to a psychic tea party, sip a warm drink at any of these events. (iStock Photo)

As we head into the heart of the fall season, the sweaters get thicker, the jackets get a little heavier and our drinks need to be warm and comforting. Luckily, the beverages are in no short supply — so grab a mug and sip on: These coffee and tea events are perfect for the fall days that lay ahead.

A fall beverage staple, the pumpkin spice latte, will be in no short supply on Friday, Oct. 31 at all Saxbys Coffee locations (1625 Chestnut St., 2000 Walnut St., 1902 Liacouras Walk, 2951 Market St., 4000 Locust St.). From noon until 7 p.m. the café will hand out free pumpkin spice lattes for a Halloween treat. Take the freebie to Instagram by sharing a selfie of you and your drink (or just the drink, whatever you’re into) with the hashtag #keepingitreal for a chance to win a month of free coffee.

Also stay tuned for the opening of a new Saxbys location on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Peddler’s Village (Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, Pa.) during their Apple Festival.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10:37 AM
INDIO, CA - APRIL 11: Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison (Getty Images for Coachella)

Halloween picks and more!

Friday, October 31: TJ Kong and Friends (host a Halloween murder show)

Dan Bruskewicz, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb front man, is not your average guitar-strumming crooner. To start, he never croons — he howls — and moreover, he’s not just a front man; he’s a curator, host, and comedian, whose roster of events ranges from Tom Waits covers nights (remember I mentioned that howl?) to Writers Night in America, a fun, snappy salon that involves local press (full disclosure: I have personally participated). This Halloween, Bruskewicz/Kong hosts one of our fave events—a Halloween costume ball/“murder party,” where the drinks and tunes will be flowing and “it” will be the only thing being killed (you know, by bands “killing it.”)  Eight bands will play two stages, including Kong, Mumblr, Northern Arms, and Lantern (see the full line-up here) — plus theremin orchestra (yes really) The Divine Hand Ensemble will contribute a special spooky soundtrack. Costumes are mandatory, and so are revelrous attitudes!

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: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 2:01 PM
Among the many Day of the Dead celebrations across the city, a parade and festival will be held on South Street. (Photo courtesy of South Street Headhouse District)

Keep the festive spirit of Halloween going with Dia de los Muertos — or Day of the Dead — happenings. Get ready to take part in colorful Mexican traditions with sugar skulls, memorial altars, tons of food and parades.

Contribute to Fleisher Art Memorial’s (719 Catherine St.) memorial altar with paper-flower-making activities from now until Thursday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the center’s lobby. See the completed “ofrenda” on Saturday, Nov. 1 with an altar celebration at the Fleisher Art Memorial Sanctuary. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., see performances from Aztec dance group Cenzontle Cuicatl and take part in activities from Fleisher’s ColorWheels. Experience it all again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 9th and Ellsworth Streets in South Philly. Other Dia de los Muertos activities include a talk on Mexican identity on Wednesday, Oct. 28 (6 p.m., in the Sanctuary) and a movie night (7:30 p.m., Taquitos de Puebla, 1149 S. 9th St.).

A sweet combo of Mexican chocolate milk, a sweet roll and tamale will be served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2 at Cafe Ynez (2025 Washington Ave.) for their Dia de los Muertos deal. Score it all for only $7.50. 

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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