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Archive: April, 2013

POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2:42 PM
Toy Soldiers play Johnny Brenda's this Friday.

Wednesday, April 17: Matt Costa at Johnny Brenda’s

As the weather warms up for good and we all start taking lunches (and dinners) outside, it makes sense that we’d crave music as warm and summery as the sun’s rays. Huntington Beach, CA singer Matt Costa crafts gentle, retro-sounding, ‘70s pop complete with twinkling keys and lush horns—for a result that positively sparkles with sun-dappled charm. He first rose to prominence a decade back, when No Doubt drummer Tom Dumont discovered an early demo and was impressed; two years later, he hit the road with Jack Johnson to hone his live sound. Yet despite mainstream exposure, Costa remains independently minded. His fourth, self-titled record sees him pushing things forward, creating (in his words!) “big, over-the-top arrangements that burst open and take off into a whole new dimension—but still ultimately create that same kind of cool, pure feeling.” We’d say he was wildly successful. Before you go: scope his new vid for “Good Times” and vibe out. Plus arrive early for openers The Blank Tapes, whose strummy folk is as breezy as a spring morning.

9:00 at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $15. Tickets available here.

POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:30 PM

With this week being the hottest of 2013, we're already thinking about getting down to our skivvies and heading to the nearest body of water! Luckily, North Shore Beach Club is kicking off the swimming season in less than 3 weeks.

On Saturday, May 4th the doors to the members only, 21+ swim club open at 10 a.m. and they're toting newly increased seating areas, an extended bar and a Boardwalk Bar game room. Expect a calendar of awesome, open events to come closer to the pool's opening.

2013 Season memberships are now available.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 4:40 PM

Philly Give & Get is a new charity “date” auction that combines professional networking with community engagement.

How did this event come to light? "Back in January, I needed to learn more about SEO, so I posted a message on the Indy Hall Basecamp along the lines of, 'Will trade fancy beers for SEO advice!'" said founder Lansie Sylvia. "Several days later, I was sharing a round of Yards with three SEO experts, and I found out the real answers to my questions...not the vague suggestions some consultants will spout at you, but actual real-world advice from real-world experts." Being a lover of all things non-profit, she started to think of ways to bring together her community for a good cause. Philly Give & get was born as an event to benefit everyone–winning bidders egt to learn a new skill while the money made from the auctioneers goes back to charity.

The inaugural auction will be held during Philly Tech Week 2013 at National Mechanics (22 S 3rd St) on Thursday, April 25th from 7pm-10pm. During a live auction, event attendees will bid on specialized “Auction Lot” prize packages that combine three hours with a Philly-based professional expert and a one-of-a-kind activity.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 10:38 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Hoodie Allen

4 artists changing the game

Thursday, April 11: Hoodie Allen at the Electric Factory

Party rapper Steve “Hoodie Allen” Markowitz graduated from Wharton, then worked for Google for a few months before quitting for good to focus on music. Not exactly your typical career trajectory, but then again little about Markowitz is typical, including his tunes, which shy away from mainstream hip-hop themes like politics or violence, in favor of more light-hearted fare. His breakout EP, All American, is a fun collection of accessible summertime raps about girls and partying; the record debuted at Number 1 on iTunes, fueled by catchy single “No Interruption.”  Since, then he’s gone on to release a new mixtape (the super fly Crew Cuts), plus a slew of singles, including the doo-wop tinged “Fame Is for Assholes,” feat. Chiddy Bang. Yet through it all, he’s remained surprisingly down-to-earth, taking time to interact with fans. “If you tweet me, I tweet you, write on my wall I’m there to write back,” he wrote on Facebook. No one says party masters can’t be nice guys too.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:08 PM
Don't miss out on The Cooper Foundation's Red Hot Heart Gala this Saturday, April 13, at Vie in Philadelphia.

Don't miss out on The Cooper Foundation's Red Hot Heart Gala this Saturday, April 13, at Vie in Philadelphia. The Gala begins at 7 p.m. and includes a silent auction, music from Jellyroll, and a 50/50 cash raffle.

Out and About correspondent Maria Papadakis visited the Cooper Heart Institute and Cooper Aortic Center in Camden to learn all about the hospital's internationally renown health care professionals and facilities. 

Tickets to the Cooper Red Hot Heart Gala can be purchased here. 

April 13th at Vie. 7 p.m. 
600 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19130

POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 4:09 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

The guys over at Making Time have put together yet another killer live music lineup for us Philadelphians. This Friday, you can catch Delorean (veteran Making Timers), Autre Ne Veut, Doldrums and Jacques Green at Voyeur. This is by far the biggest MT of 2013!

Each of the artists could easily headline their own Making Time. Lucky for us, they're all on the same bill and like always, it's going to be one big dance party.

It's happening this Friday, April 12th at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St James St. Tickets can be found HERE or purchased at the door. This event is 21+.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 1:36 PM

Are you toying around with the idea of looking for love on the world wide web? Maybe you're an experienced OK Cupid veteran with a story or two to share?

On Wednesday, April 24th join co-founder of Geekadelphia Eric Smith, author and Shmitten Kitten blogger Anna Goldfarb, and online dating expert Erika Ettin as they host an evening of witty personal story telling and advice for those interested in the world of internet dating during Philly Tech Week.

Art in the Age will be on hand to supply our guests with delicious beverages. 

POSTED: Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:25 PM

Preparing for a traditional race is extremely stressful. With all the dieting, exercising and mental preparation, come game day you're only focused on one thing–completing it in one piece!

Our city offers a number of unconventional physical challenges if your goal is not to cross the finish line, but have fun instead.

Mix up your exercise routine with our list of the 9 strangest races to hit Philadelphia.

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