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POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 AM
Soundgarden Hall is located at 520 N Columbus Blvd. (Photo courtesy of Doug Vansant)

If you’re having a bad day, this might make it a bit better.

For a birthday: Landsdowne, Pa. record store Vinyl Revival is turning one and to celebrate, they’re holding a sale, starting today. Get 50% off all new and vintage albums and 45’s during store hours, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. That’s not all: they’ll have complimentary birthday cake and beverages, too, and at 7 p.m. folk-singer Betty Soo performs.

For a last chance: Today is the last shot you’ll get to view “Corner Store (Take-Out Stories)” at Asian Arts Initiative. The exhibition explores the cultural differences based on which side of the counter in a corner store you stand. The Center City gallery is open from noon until 6 p.m. today.  

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: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:21 PM
Learn about how the brain is always changing at the Franklin Institute (photo courtesy of Colin M. Lenton)

Good old Benjamin Franklin is recognized as one of the Founding Fathers of our nation. But aside from being a part of our nation’s foundation, he was also an inventor, writer, and scientist. With the Franklin Institute located next to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, city visitors and residents can check out this massive building dedicated totally to science. Tip your hat to the whiz kids as you look at these current and permanent exhibits.  

On June 14, the Franklin Institute opened its newest permanent exhibition, Your Brain, located on the second floor. Visitors can get an in-depth look at all things brainy as they travel through this exhibit that features an interactive neural network that is triggered by your footsteps. Follow a visual pathway of your brain, test your noggin with illusions, and see why your brain is always changing.

Their current exhibit 101 Inventions That Changed the World runs through Monday, Sept. 1, and visitors can travel back in time and discover how inventions such as Velcro changed the world and why it is used in many clothing items and space suits. After you build up your inspiration during this exhibit, use your smarts to create the next great item that will revolutionize modern life.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:06 PM
The Spirit of Philadelphia holds a number of cruises throughout the remainder of the summer. (Photo via Devine and Partners)

Sometimes things on land just fall a bit … flat. That’s why we’re hitting the high seas, so to speak, for the remainder of the summer. I hope you’ve got your sea legs; it’s time to kick it like high-class cruisers. Swim trunks and flippy-floppies not required.

Summer happy hours in Atlantic City are best spent oceanside. Every evening at 6 p.m. until Sunday, Sept. 14, see the marinas and back bays of Atlantic City while sipping on your favorite beverages. You’ll set sail from the Historic Gardner’s Basin.

The next two Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27, sip on selected wines on a one-hour cruise departing from Dravo Dock in Wilmington, Del. Take your pick from one of the three sail times each night: 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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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