Friday, April 18, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 4:37 PM
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Saturday, April 19 marks Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores who’ve been supporting your vinyl addictions since day one.

Since 2008, many record labels, artists, and stores alike offer specials to their valued customers. Artists like R.E.M, LCD Soundsystem, Devo, and Tom Waits are just a few who have participated in the past. If you're a newcomer to this tradition, the event appeals to everyone, from those with punk rock taste to those with an ear for hip-hop. Special releases and live shows make this holiday the most fun for music lovers, so check out our picks for the Philadelphia area.

POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4:16 PM
Volunteers replant flowers from the Philadelphia Flower Show on Earth Day in conjunction with Greensgrow Farms Earth Day celebration. (Photo via Facebook)

Despite the fact that we live on the earth every day of our lives, only one day a year is devoted specifically to the round mass of water and dirt that we call home. To celebrate Earth Day in all its glory, attend a few—or all!—of these events Mother Nature would be proud of.

The National Constitution Center goes green on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22. During museum hours, visitors can test their environment knowledge with eco-trivia and work on earth-friendly crafts.

Do your part in helping the environment at High School Park in Elkins Park, PA for their Earth Day park cleanup on Tuesday, April 22. The cleanup begins at 10 a.m.

POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 2:48 PM
Franklin Flea's opening day at the historic Strawbridge's building is this Saturday, April 19. (Photo via Facebook)

This weekend’s forecast? 100% chance of awesome events and activities for folks of all interests. Let me give you the rundown.

The three-day Farm Festival sets up shop at The Oval, starting Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, April 19. Saturday’s events start at 11 a.m. and feature a petting zoo, kids tree climb, Easter egg hunt, clogging workshop and local libations lounge, serving up cider and beer from local farms and brewers Frecon Farms and The Other Farm Brewing Company. As an added bonus, the festival has partnered with Uber and new users can get a free ride ($20 max).

Parents and children with a love for art will enjoy Wanye Art Center’s Two for Art introduces toddlers to the creative world with projects, stories and music, starting at 9:30 a.m on Saturday, April 19.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 1:53 PM
Musician Jared Swilley from Black Lips performs during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 25, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner (Getty Images)

Where you’ll find us this week!

Friday, April 18: The Black Lips

According to Facebook, The Black Lips have been a band for 15 years. Yet ask the guys themselves, and they’ll tell you it’s been just five. “You’re not a real band until you’ve been a band for 10 years,” explains singer/guitarist Cole Alexander to Red Bull Music. It’s true they’ve come a long way. The first time I saw the Lips live (at Johnny Brenda’s, in 2009), I almost died. It was sweaty, packed, and mid-way through, a massive, 300 lb. man stage-dove directly on top of me (for reference, I’m 5’1½” and generally described as “small”). In the early days, crazy antics were what the band was known for—moshing and crowd-surfing, public urination, all-out brawls. They were, at one time, banned from Canada. Yet somewhere along the line, they cleaned up just enough to casually become one of the best punk bands currently active. Their seventh full-length, Underneath the Rainbow (out last month on Vice Records) is a solid offering of garage-punk jangle, with a few surprises—like the Beatles-y rattle of opener “Drive-By Buddy,” or the Southern rock groove of “Boys in the Wood”—that show they’re still evolving. They’ll play two shows in Philadelphia this Friday—at XPN’s Free at Noon, alongside new wave icon Boy George (yes, really), then later that night at Union Transfer. Urination NOT expected—although party vibes most certainly are.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:45 AM

Everyone’s favorite rabbit has a packed schedule this week. Get in the Easter spirit with these festive events.

All this week, Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill, NJ is holding Easter hayrides and egg hunts. Monday through Thursday, April 14 to April 17, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. rides are offered and Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 rides are ongoing from 10 a.m. until 4 pm.

All aboard the Easter Bunny Express, where on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 the Easter Bunny will be on board Wilmington & Western Railroad in Wilmington, DE for an hour and a half ride and photos. The rides depart at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on both days.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:37 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
The Classical Mystery Tour, a tribute to the Beatles.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles epic arrival into the music world. On Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra is teaming up with the traveling “Classical Mystery Tour” for a symphony show all about Liverpool’s most exciting export.

From their earliest sounds all the way through their solo careers, the Orchestra will perform more than two-dozen songs in the style that they were originally recorded.

Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; David John (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Martin Herman, who transcribed the musical scores note-for-note from Beatles recordings, will conduct with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:44 PM
Singing your favorite tunes in the shower (or mirror) can get boring at times. Whether you’re the next Bon Jovi, or just want to have some fun, we have picked out some great local spots for you to get in touch with your karaoke soul.
POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 3:28 PM
Feature and short films are screened in Aviator Park as a part of Film al Fresco, a film series highlighting local independent filmmakers. (Photo via The Galleries at Moore)

The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design present the second annual "Film al Fresco," an outdoor summer film series featuring work from local independent filmmakers where viewers will watch winning submissions from narrative and documentary genres.

The free screenings, slated to begin at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.), will be held in Aviator Park—on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—and include delicious eats from local food trucks.

Even if the weather is less than cooperative, the show will go on in Moore’s Stewart Auditorium.

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