Thursday, August 21, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 3:00 AM
Jazz singer Al Jarreau comes to the Dell Music Center tonight. (Photo via Simon PR)

Two fan-favorite movies and an open mic night help make this day spectacular.

For a community night: Downtown Hammonton, N.J. is alive with Latin flare tonight. The Hammonton Arts Center will host a cultural evening of dance, art and food from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For an open mic: Poet Teresa Leo kicks off a poetry open mic night at Doylestown, Pa.’s Doylestown Bookshop beginning at 6:30 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:58 PM
Maya Beiser is one of the many performers included in this year's Fringe Festival late-night after shows. (Photo via Canary Promo)

As if the entertainment lineup for this year’s Fringe Festival weren’t rich enough already, FringeArts has just announced the schedule for free, late-night performances for those who can’t bear to head home for the night. Stay for the show after the show during the duration of the Fringe Festival on select evenings at FringeArts’ waterfront home.

It all starts on the festival’s opening night, Friday, Sept. 5, at 11:30 p.m. on the FringeArts Stage with the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret: the ever-popular drag variety show, hosted by Miss Martha Graham Cracker herself. This performance features some help from members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The following night, Saturday, Sept. 6, two-thirds (Dennis Diamond and Daryl Hannah, to be exact) of quirky magic trio Elephant Room  grace the stage at La Peg at 10 p.m. for your standard disappearing and levitation acts but with kooky personality.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 12:36 PM
The giraffes were having fun too at last year's Country Fest. (Courtesy of Elmwood Park Zoo)

You don’t have to live deep in bluegrass country to be a country music lover. Even here in the Philadelphia area, a country twang gets our motors running. For some down home country fun, put on your cowboy hat and head to the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown for 92.5 XTU Country Fest Friday, Aug. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Line up for some country dancing with 92.5 XTU, who will be broadcasting live from the zoo with Andie Summers as well as David Duong and Matt Spitko, who will give live performances. Spitko is an emerging country artist who will have his first album, “The Light” out this fall.

For you more daring types, go a little buck wild with the mechanical bull. Show your western toughness by seeing how long you can stay in the saddle. If John Travolta can do it in Urban Cowboy, then so can you.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:52 AM
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Lil Wayne and Drake perform at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca (Getty Images for Pepsi)

What we’re checking out this week!

Thursday, August 21: Drake Versus Lil Wayne

Why versus, you might ask? Good question. It’s a hard choice, Drake vs. Lil Wayne. One started from the bottom, playing a school shooting victim on Canadian TV, then skyrocketed to stardom thanks to his unique flow and YOLO-y outlook. The other was a childhood star, rapping about hot chicks and hot blocks for years, before dreaming up candy fantasies and getting namedropped by Obama (in addition, to, we might add, signing Drake). These days, they’re two of the biggest names in hip-hop, and this Thursday, they’ll go head-to-head live, with audiences determining the battle outcome via a specially-created tour app. The two stalwarts will take turns dropping rhymes; fans will vote on who wins each round and the winner will earn ultimate bragging rights. (Also: there will be ziplines.) Will Drake’s smooth rhymes reign supreme? Or will Lil Wayne cut through the competition with his trademark ‘tude and cool hair? There’s only one way to find out. Let the battle begin!!

POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 3:00 AM
The Bellmawr branch of the Camden County Library system hosts an all-day game session. (iStock Photo)

This is living.

For gamers: A wide selection of games, from board to video games, will be available for free play at the Bellmawr Branch of the Camden County Library System from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

For a historical afternoon: Before the kids go back to school, let them learn a thing or two at Pennypacker Mills during this free, two-hour hands-on history lesson about life in the 1900s. Get to the Schwenksville, Pa. park by 1 p.m. (And if you miss it, don’t worry — there are two more sessions held at the same time and place tomorrow and Friday.)

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:37 PM
Last year's Antique and Vintage Market (courtesy of Phila Flea Market)

If you are a fan of shows like "Antiques Roadshow" and "Storage Wars," then you know the thrill of a good treasure hunt. On Saturday, Aug. 23, you will not want to miss the  2nd Annual Antique & Vintage Market at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Center City. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 40 vendors will be selling antique and vintage pieces ranging from furniture to collectibles. You never know what you might uncover. This is the only indoor event of Phila Flea Market’s outdoor season, so no matter what the weather outside you will be in air-conditioned comfort.

Vendors will include:

American Antique Jewelry Co.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 2:17 PM
Purchase unique items at these shopping events. (iStock photo)

It’s that time of year again: Back-to-school season. Whether you’re still hitting the books or are fully immersed in the 9-to-5 lifestyle, these next few weeks are the perfect time to shop. You might not be able to resist the promise of a unique style find.

Let’s get some shoes. Let’s get some super-discounted shoes. Bus Stop Boutique in Queen Village is holding a four-day mini warehouse sale with discounts up to 75 percent off from Thursday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 24 during store hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  

Continuing with accessories, the Bernie Robbins flagship store in Somers Point, N.J. is pairing shoppers with jewelry experts on Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23. Find out which stones will work best with your fall wardrobe from noon until 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:57 AM
Dining area with the Ben Franklin Bridge in background at Morgan's Pier. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

From shaking up drinks to fashion and food, this week’s food events are certainly ones to pay attention to. Satisfy your taste buds with these five food events.

Taste the flavor of the Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 21 as Morgan’s Pier and Chef David Gilberg host a Luau buffet featuring the original menu and a special selection of whole roasted pigs in a vanilla rum sauce, chicken satays, and other tropical-flavored bites and special cocktails from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. The event is $20.

Calling all fashion-eat-stas: Stilettos meet cuisine as Top Chef winner Nick Elmi and other local chefs from the area cook up some special plates at Front and Palmer streets for the first ever Cooking Up Couture event on Friday, Aug. 22. Starting at 7 p.m. through 10 p.m., guests can taste local dishes and quench their thirst on cocktails while enjoying everything flashy this year in fashion. Tickets start at $75 and proceeds go towards Philabundance.

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