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POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 2:48 PM
Franklin Flea's opening day at the historic Strawbridge's building is this Saturday, April 19. (Photo via Facebook)

This weekend’s forecast? 100% chance of awesome events and activities for folks of all interests. Let me give you the rundown.

The three-day Farm Festival sets up shop at The Oval, starting Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, April 19. Saturday’s events start at 11 a.m. and feature a petting zoo, kids tree climb, Easter egg hunt, clogging workshop and local libations lounge, serving up cider and beer from local farms and brewers Frecon Farms and The Other Farm Brewing Company. As an added bonus, the festival has partnered with Uber and new users can get a free ride ($20 max).

Parents and children with a love for art will enjoy Wanye Art Center’s Two for Art introduces toddlers to the creative world with projects, stories and music, starting at 9:30 a.m on Saturday, April 19.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 1:53 PM
Musician Jared Swilley from Black Lips performs during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 25, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner (Getty Images)

Where you’ll find us this week!

Friday, April 18: The Black Lips

According to Facebook, The Black Lips have been a band for 15 years. Yet ask the guys themselves, and they’ll tell you it’s been just five. “You’re not a real band until you’ve been a band for 10 years,” explains singer/guitarist Cole Alexander to Red Bull Music. It’s true they’ve come a long way. The first time I saw the Lips live (at Johnny Brenda’s, in 2009), I almost died. It was sweaty, packed, and mid-way through, a massive, 300 lb. man stage-dove directly on top of me (for reference, I’m 5’1½” and generally described as “small”). In the early days, crazy antics were what the band was known for—moshing and crowd-surfing, public urination, all-out brawls. They were, at one time, banned from Canada. Yet somewhere along the line, they cleaned up just enough to casually become one of the best punk bands currently active. Their seventh full-length, Underneath the Rainbow (out last month on Vice Records) is a solid offering of garage-punk jangle, with a few surprises—like the Beatles-y rattle of opener “Drive-By Buddy,” or the Southern rock groove of “Boys in the Wood”—that show they’re still evolving. They’ll play two shows in Philadelphia this Friday—at XPN’s Free at Noon, alongside new wave icon Boy George (yes, really), then later that night at Union Transfer. Urination NOT expected—although party vibes most certainly are.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:45 AM

Everyone’s favorite rabbit has a packed schedule this week. Get in the Easter spirit with these festive events.

All this week, Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill, NJ is holding Easter hayrides and egg hunts. Monday through Thursday, April 14 to April 17, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. rides are offered and Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 rides are ongoing from 10 a.m. until 4 pm.

All aboard the Easter Bunny Express, where on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 the Easter Bunny will be on board Wilmington & Western Railroad in Wilmington, DE for an hour and a half ride and photos. The rides depart at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on both days.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:37 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
The Classical Mystery Tour, a tribute to the Beatles.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles epic arrival into the music world. On Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra is teaming up with the traveling “Classical Mystery Tour” for a symphony show all about Liverpool’s most exciting export.

From their earliest sounds all the way through their solo careers, the Orchestra will perform more than two-dozen songs in the style that they were originally recorded.

Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; David John (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Martin Herman, who transcribed the musical scores note-for-note from Beatles recordings, will conduct with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:18 PM
"NSFW" premieres Tuesday at Milkboy.

Working in an office certainly has its perks: free coffee and sticky notes in every color of the rainbow; juicy water cooler gossip; feelings of hard work and accomplishment. And in the case of Ronny Bobrovsky—a fresh-faced worker with a passion for cinematography—other hard things too (and we’re not talking scheduling conflicts). A new hire at American Internet, an online porn distribution company, Bobrovsky must navigate the peaks and umm, “valleys” of the porn biz in NSFW, a new web series premiering this Tuesday, April 15, at Milkboy Philly.

Written and produced by Philadelphia duo Robert Yula (Shopping in the Afterlife) and Marc Cantone (The City and Horses), NSFW features a standout cast, including many of the city’s top improv performers, including Joe Sabatino, Eoin O'Shea, Joel Sumner, Matt Nelson, Jessica Ross, and Tabitha Allen. The all-local crew also features director Edward Matthias, known for his work on 2008 award-winning documentary Pressure Cooker.

The cast and crew will premiereed the series during a free screening party Tuesday night at Milkboy Philly; it will be immediately followed by a dance party with DJ Uncle Carls (because sometimes, the best way to deal with porn-y awkwardness is to dance it out). Check out the trailer below—despite the name, we promise it’s ok to watch at your desk.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:36 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage during "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images for NARAS)

Ed Sheeran is one of pop music’s hottest rising stars. The 23-year-old British singer-songwriter just made his SNL debut over the weekend, and now he’s just announced his first ever-headlining arena tour that will bring him to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Monday, September 8.

On sale info for these tickets will be announced soon on

Check out his Pharrell-produced single “Sing” from his forthcoming album x, available June 23.

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:44 PM
Singing your favorite tunes in the shower (or mirror) can get boring at times. Whether you’re the next Bon Jovi, or just want to have some fun, we have picked out some great local spots for you to get in touch with your karaoke soul.
POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:57 AM
The "StrEAT Food Festival" will serve as the kick-off to Manayunk's Restaurant Week.

You worked hard all week, so it would be a shame if we let you waste your precious weekend. Here we give you a snapshot of a few of the weekend’s best events.

I’m a sucker for outdoor markets and lucky for me (and you, if you share the same sentiment as I), there are quite a few this weekend. Arcadia University in Glenside, PA is holding their spring flea market on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., load up on your antique and vintage goods at Phila Flea Market all day on Saturday, April 12, kicking off at 9 a.m. at Headhouse Square and Clover Market makes its 2014 debut on Sunday, April 13 in Chestnut Hill from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Manayunk’s 4th annual StrEAT Food Festival not only launches the district’s restaurant week, but also brings the best food trucks, vendors and farm stands to Manayunk’s Main Street on Saturday, April 12 starting at 11 a.m. Another food festival worth noting takes place on Sunday, April 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Philly Farm and Food Fest highlights local farmers and locally grown products from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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