Thursday, October 23, 2014
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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.

POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 2:20 PM
Candy Volcano, a 25-member glam-rock group, will perform at FringeArts on Halloween. (Photo by William DiCecca courtesy of CM Steel Communications)

First there was the Fringe Festival along with the opening of La Peg, then the sold-out “Rosas Danst Rosas” weekend run earlier this month, and now FringeArts (140 N. Columbus Blvd.) is keeping the culture alive with more performances and excitement this fall. Come for the shows, stay for a meal (or vice-versa), leave after a one-of-a-kind experience.

There’s nothing quite like ‘70s glam rock on Halloween, is there? The 25-musician deep Candy Volcano will put their spin on tunes from David Bowie, Lou Reed and Mott the Hoople on Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. (doors are at 9:30 p.m.). Come in costume — this is a Glamtasm Masquerade, after all.

FringeArts’ monthly Scratch Night, designed to give the community a taste of what’s new and next in the Philadelphia performance sphere, continues for the duration of 2014 with two free shows on Monday, Nov. 3 and Monday, Dec. 1. The 7 p.m. event also includes beer, light fare and a chance to ask the artists your burning questions.

POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 11:39 AM
Dining room at Jane G's. MICHAEL KLEIN /

Take a trip down yummy lane with these five great food picks.

We’ve all been there, pairing that pale ale with the wrong meal. On Tuesday, Oct. 21 Ferment Your Event co-founders Tara Nurin and craft beer specialist Gary Rosen collaborate with Ella Bistro’s chef, Jay Chadwick for an informative dinner at Wayne Art Center (413 Maplewood Ave.) that will show guests the art of pairing beer and food together. The tickets are $45 and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

The Geographical Society of Philadelphia visits Szechuan restaurant Jane G’s (1930 Chestnut St.) for a journey through China with 12-different courses prepared by Chef Lou on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. savor the flavors of Shanghai with soup dumplings, eat Canton region squid, and enjoy other preparings throughout the evening. Not only will the flavors have you in awe, the guest speaker for the evening, Ryan Pyle, shares his incredible story about his 18000-km journey across China. Dinner is $100 for members, $125 for non-members.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 4:07 PM
The Room (photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr Film Institute)

If you’ve already worn yourself out with hayrides and haunted attractions, but still want more horror this month, there are plenty of opportunities to catch some spooky theater and cinema, from retro classics to chilling J-Horror flicks.

Make note of these upcoming screenings (if you dare):

If you’re not a gory horror fan, but still appreciate some monster-themed flicks, Theatre N at Nemours (1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington, Del.) is hosting a Midnight Musical series that pairs perfect with the Halloween season. On Saturday, Oct. 18 lovers, monsters, and a hilarious transvestite perform the remarkable “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and on Saturday, Oct. 25 Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson takes on his own experiments during “Young Frankenstein”.

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