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POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:41 PM
Twilight in the Gardens returns to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens on the fourth Friday of every month, starting April 25. (Johanna Austin)

As we slowly come out of our post-polar vortex fog (that’s essentially what this winter was, right?), we’re greeted with fun, outdoor nighttime activities since we’re finally able to sit outside during the evenings and not absolutely freeze to death.

The first of these events starts this weekend at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, located on South Street. Every fourth Friday of the month, from April through October, the mosaiced garden hosts Twilight in the Gardens, featuring musical performances, an instructional art demonstration lead by a local artist, refreshments and mini-tours of the Magic Gardens.

The first night of the 2014 season is this Friday, April 25, where percussion duo Loop 2.4.3 will perform, and needle felting is the activity of choice. Philly artists The Late Ancients, Avi Wisnia, Jackie Paper and Andrea Carlson and the Love Police play at May, June, August and September’s installments of TIG, respectively. July features a special mid-season celebration of Iranian culture, while October salutes the Day of the Dead.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:20 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Rapper Wiz Khalifa speaks onstage at the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards and Festival on March 13, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images for MTV)

A hip-hop heavy lineup has just been announced for this year’s “Under the Influence of Music” summer tour. Wiz Khalifa (the tour's originator), Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, and Rich Homie Quan will perform at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA on Thursday, July 24 and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Friday, July 25.  Supporting acts include Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU!, and DJ Drama.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 25 at 4:20 p.m. – clever. Today, fans can RSVP to get early access to presale tickets that will become available on Thursday, April 24 at 10 a.m. local time. All fans who purchase their tickets online will receive a digital copy of Wiz Khalifa’s forthcoming new album Blacc Hollywood. Mobile users can text “LNAPP” to 404040 to download the Live Nation mobile app (available for iOS and Android).

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets available now through Citi’s Private Pass Program. Details can be found here.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 11:41 AM
M.I.A. performs in celebration of her new album "Matangi" at Terminal 5 on November 1, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)

A jam-packed week for shows!

Friday, April 25: Low Cut Connie

Philly rock fivesome Low Cut Connie craft brash, booze-soaked, bar-band rockers, hearkening back to a time when rock’n roll was king, and bands balled out with abandon. The brainchild of Adam Weiner, a disillusioned pianist in an NYC karaoke bar who one day decided he was fed up and never coming back—Low Cut Connie is fueled by good times, girls, and moving far, far away from their karaoke roots. Their sophomore record, Call Me Sylvia, is a gritty, high-energy rocker that incorporates bits of classic rock, rockability, British invasion, and more, for a result impossible to listen to without dancing along. Live, the fivesome prove equally inspiring, between Weiner’s impassioned Jerry Lee Lewis keyboard banging, and singer/guitarist Dan Finnemore’s catchy melodies. They headline Johnny Brenda’s this Friday, playing tunes from Sylvia, and possibly some new ones too (we hear there’s a new record in the works). Come for the tasty beats; stay for the vibes!

POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 2:11 PM
The Philadelphia Science Festival will be held April 25 through May 3 and will conclude with a day-long science carnival along the Ben Franklin Parkway. (Photo by Kyle Gronostajski)

Since its inception in 2011, the Philadelphia Science Festival has aimed to get Philadelphians to embrace their inner nerd self. After all, this is the city that Ben Franklin discovered electricity in. So grab your kites and keys (no, wait—don’t!) and meet us around town for the Philadelphia Science Festival, running from Friday, April 25 through Saturday, May 3.

The 10-day festival officially gets underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25 for the kick-off party at the Franklin Institute. This adults-only party will have science experiments and demonstrations tailored to your refined grown-up tastes. Speaking of taste, Yards official Science Festival beer will be available.

Friday, April 25 is the festival’s astronomy night. Among the 26 locations throughout the city and the surrounding area, John Jenks Elementary School, Haverford College and Laurel Hill Cemetery are hosting star-gazing sessions, complete with various demonstrations and refreshments. Don’t forget to bring your chairs and blankets. Each location's session starts at 7:30 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1:46 PM
Arcadia Boutique in Northern Liberties.

It’s time to clean out your closet and stock it with the latest warm weather looks, and this weekend’s Northern Liberties Sidewalk Sale is the perfect opportunity to do just that!

Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, eight of the neighborhood’s premier local boutiques, from Spring Garden to Girard Ave., are coming together for a two-day sale extravaganza (some places marking items up to 80% off). 

POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014, 11:36 AM
Whether you’re looking for a multi-course feast from a duo of highly-trained chefs or a chance to sample (and learn how to make) the freshest regional farm fare, there are events for you this week. Got a sweet tooth? Satisfy it this Saturday while helping raise money for hungry Philadelphians.
POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 4:37 PM

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.

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