Thursday, October 23, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1:40 PM
Bring the kids to Historic Headhouse Square for Pumpkin Fall Festival this weekend. (Photo courtesy Society Hill Films)

Treat yourself to some leisure and entertainment this weekend. Whether it be family-friendly or highbrow, there’s much to take part in.

WheatonArts (1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville, N.J.) opens its doors all weekend to families to create felt monsters, see woodcarving demonstrations, and meander through their exhibits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26. However, the sweetest stuff comes out from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, when children can trick or treat and meet monsters, like a mummy and witches.

Row, row, row, your boat very quickly down the Schuylkill. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, lots of people will be watching. The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26. Get a good viewing spot along Kelly Drive.

POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 11:52 AM
BalletBoyz kicks off its seven-city North American tour Thursday, October 23rd at the Annenberg Center. (Photo: Panayiotis Sinnos)



On Thursday, October 23rd, MANNA hosts a special pre-Halloween edition of OurNightOut at Tavern on Camac. All three floors of the newly renovated bar will be open for party goers to revel. Outside, Camac Street will be closed between Locust and Spruce so attendees will be able to frolic in the fall air. A special open vodka bar will be available for $20 for people looking for an excuse out of work the next day. Proceeds benefit the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. Doors at 6:00pm. For tickets.

POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:00 AM
Universoul Circus brings top performers from around the world. (Photo by Boon Vong)

We’re all winners today.

For a cocktail party: Di Bruno Bros. will host a fundraiser for St. James School at Ardmore Farmers Market (120 Coulter Ave.) at 6 p.m. Some of what you’ll nibble on includes Prosciutto di Parma, fried Cerignola Olives, crab cakes and more.

For a festival: A series of avant-garde and eclectic short films will be screened tonight at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) for the Druid Underground Film Festival, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Kids, you better sit this one out — this is for adults only.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 2:48 PM
Staircases and Mountaintops: Ascending Beyond the Dream. Mosaics by Jonny Buss. Mural by Willis Humphrey aka Nomo. Photo by Michael Reali for the Mural Arts Program. Used by permission.

In case you missed it, we’re in the throes of Mural Arts Month here in Philadelphia. From mural dedications to block parties, the Mural Arts Program has been coloring up the city. However, over the next week, the climax of the month’s events brings dedications and more.

In addition to other restorative measures taken by the Mural Arts Program to the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave.), the latest artistic addition, “Staircases and Mountaintops: Ascending Beyond the Dream” will be dedicated at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the mural’s art direction was lead by Willis Humphrey, aka "Nomo" and "Jonny Buss."

Sip and sightsee. On Saturday, Oct. 25, start with mimosas and sweets at Square 1682/Hotel Palomar (117 S. 17th St.) at 10 a.m., then experience a guided tour of nearby murals. The day rounds out with brunch back at the hotel.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:58 PM
Dress in costume and get treats at the Philadelphia Zoo (photo courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo)

What do children crave more than cartoons? Candy. And candy they shall get during these kid-friendly trick-or-treating events.

If you’re feeling fishy, the Atlantic City Aquarium (800 N. New Hampshire Ave.) turns into an A-Scar-IUM on Friday, Oct. 24, where kids can receive candy throughout the water world, interact with games, and watch a special underwater pumpkin-carving show. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Dress up in costume and get free candy. Not hard, right? East Passyunk Avenue (Tasker and Passyunk) invites all little monsters to take a trip along the neighborhood on Saturday, Oct. 25 as vendors line up to celebrate Halloween by giving out free candy, providing live entertainment, and hosting a costume contest for children, and your furry friends.  Starts at 11 a.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 10:27 AM
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Musical group Weezer performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

What we’re checking out this week!

Friday, October 24: The Misfits

Halloween time is basically the only time it’s acceptable to go see The Misfits, and luckily the band itself knows this, and times its tours appropriately. One of the weirdest bands to surface from New Jersey, The Misfits are credited with creating the horror punk genre, and penned many quintessential Halloween anthems, in addition to inspiring and terrifying unsuspecting audiences. Originally the brainchild of the wily and unpredictable Glenn Danzig, whose dark lyrical imagery is rivaled by few, The Misfits achieved only modest success during their original career (1977–1983), but went on to become cult legends, and eventually reunited in later years. And while it’s true Danzig is no longer with the band, original bassist Jerry Only remains, and leads the new incarnation through all the facepaint and antics you want and expect. Do they sound as good now as they did during their heyday? No. But you’re not going to this show to be blown away by musicality—you’re going to rage in the moshpit and wear fake blood. Happy Halloween!

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 3:00 AM
The Reel Rock Film Tour features "Valley Uprising," a movie about Yosemite Valley rock climbers. (Photo by Peter Mortimer)

Let’s keep it low-key today.

For a how-to: Electronic violinist Caryn Lin shows kids you can still rock while playing an orchestral instrument at the Sellersville Theater 1894 (Main St. and Temple Ave., Sellersville, Pa.) at 10 a.m.

For an adaptation: Shakespeare’s classic “Henry V” is reimagined into a coming-of-age with classroom-aged dialogue. Tonight’s 7 p.m. opening night at Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (2111 Sansom St.) is pay-what-you-wish.

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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