Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Weekender: Stephen Starr's New Beer Bar :: An Evening With Lisa Scottoline :: The Wine Festival :: and Tons of Fun Stuff to Do This Weekend

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The Weekender: Nightlife and Events Picks From the Editors of Philly Mag
Hello, Weekenders!
Being that we're in the middle of Equality Forum, one of the world's biggest gay events, I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you (in case you don't know) that Philly Mag has a gay blog for those of you so inclined. It's called G Philly, and my colleague Natalie Hope McDonald does a fantastic job of keeping track of what's good in gaydom for you. So check it out when you get a second. Also, I should tell you that I've been doing a lot of writing over at The Philly Post (our daily news magazine), so if you're not a loyal reader already, have a read. And as always, I want your feedback! Have a great weekend.    — Victor Fiorillo, A&E Editor

Wine Geek Alert!: In just over a week, Philadelphia magazine will host its fabulous tenth annual Wine Festival at the Marriott Downtown. There will be something like 200 wineries from all over the world on hand, some with vintages and blends that you're never going to find in your local State Store. Admission is $125 for the Grand Tasting or $225 for the limited-admission early VIP tasting. Get your tickets now. Details

Be the First to Try ... : Beer Lass Suzanne's new Saizanne debuts on Saturday
What's In a Name?: Stephen Starr finally finds one for his beer hall
Totally Last Minute: A Yards event in NoLibs and a Stillwater Ales event at James
Our New Food Editor On....: Why a glow-in-the-dark bottle of Heineken is a good thing
Drink Like James Bond: The Shaken Not Stirred cocktail party

Movie Openings
The Double Hour: A guy and a girl meet at a speed dating event. They decide to take a walk in the woods. Bad things happen. Twists and turns ensue. And you're never quite sure what's real or what's imagined in this romantic, psychological noir from first time film director Giuseppe Capotondi, who made his bones in music videos and BMW commercials. The Times liked it, praising the film's "extremely tight editing and breakneck pace". Opens Friday at Ritz 5. Details

Documentary Exporting Raymond: What happened when they tried to take "Everybody Loves Raymond" to Russia
Meet the Director: Ben Hickernell and his actors in town for Lebanon, PA
New Film Course: Vistas and Vengeance: The Westerns
We're Off to See ... : The Wizard of Oz on the big screen

Who Needs C, S, or N?: Neil Young is definitely on my list of performers that I've never seen but that I want to see before I can't. Unfortunately, I'm busy this Saturday and Sunday, when he'll be at the Tower Theatre playing some old tunes, some new ones, and undoubtedly looking generally cranky. Saturday is sold out, though plenty of tickets remain on StubHub and Craigslist. The pricier, face-value seats ($275 each!) are available for Sunday, though the other sites have cheaper tickets, assuming you don't want to be so close that you can see his molars. Details

They Did "Heat of the Moment": Asia at the Keswick
On South Street: Of Montreal avec the Painted Palms
Local Talent Does Non-Local Talent: BC Camplight sings Nilsson (and is taking requests on Facebook)
Should Be Brassy: Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Lisa Scottoline: Though her Chick Wit columns in the Inquirer can be ugh-inducing, there's no arguing with the success of the Philly crime novelist. If you're a fan, you can spend the evening with her on Tuesday at the Loews, where she'll be talking, mingling, eating dessert and signing copies of her newest, "Save Me," all benefiting Spells Writing Lab. Tickets are $70 to $250. Details

Don't Understand Quantum Probabilities or Dark Matter?: Buy Brian Greene a beer and he'll tell you all about it
He Directed Lone Star: John Sayles and his book A Moment In the Sun
Paging Rick Santorum: All about stem cell breakthroughs
Kevin's Pop: Ed Bacon and the future of Philadelphia


The Gays Are Coming! The Gays Are Coming!: With 7 days, 40 events, and tens of thousands of people, I have no reason to doubt the Equality Forum's claim that it is the largest international LGBTQ civil rights forum. If you want to party, there are plenty of those (head to NoLibs for SundayOUT!). And if you want to talk issues and debate policy, there are conferences, lectures, and panel discussions for you. Details

A Black Gay Pride Event: The White Affair, benefiting the LGBTQ scholarship fund
In Case You Didn't Know: We have a gay blog!
Eat Lots, Do Good: Dining Out for Life

Looking Ahead
The Peek-A-Boo Revue: I figure you've had enough of the highbrow lately, what with PIFA in town and all, so this week, my stage pick is Philly's favorite burlesque troupe, which won Best Troupe at the 2008 Miss Exotic World Competition in Las Vegas. If you haven't been, it's a bawdy mixture of T&A (though in the old school, non-Delilah's way) and lowbrow humor, and is generally a fun night out. They have two shows this Saturday at World Cafe Live. Tickets are $29 to $34. Details

Not Sure If He's Going to Rant, Tell Jokes, Or What: The Cos cometh
A Bit of the Bard?: Twelfth Night on Sansom
From Theatre Exile: Saturn Returns to Christ Church
Could Be Painful: My Way, a theatrical tribute to Frank

For Wired Ones: If you, like me, picked up last month's issue of Wired and fell in love with techy DIY-ing supergeek Limor Fried and her Arudino-based projects and thought it would be really cool to make a device that tweets when your plants run out of water but you have absolutely no idea what Arduino is or where to begin, you need to get to the Hacktory on Saturday. No electronics knowledge required for this introductory workshop. The cost is $185. Details

For Something a Little Less Groundbreaking: Learn decorative marbling
Just Say "Om": The fundamentals of meditation

Happy Birthday: This Friday through Sunday at the Rotunda in West Philly, Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company is celebrating 25 years as an experimental dance troupe in Philadelphia, from way back in the days when people must have thought she was crazy to open an experimental dance company in Philadelphia. They'll premiere a new show created specifically for the Rotunda's rarely used sanctuary space. Tickets are $10 to $15. Details

Don't Miss It: Last chance for Kate Watson-Wallace's Auto
Pourquoi En Français?: SHARP's Une Soiree au Cabaret

Special Events
PIFA Street Fair: Even those people who have been dissing the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts for months can't argue much with this Saturday's street fest during which the cars on Broad Street will be replaced by acrobats, a Ferris wheel, lots of food and kids stuff, and live bands like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (pictured) and Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea. Best of all, it's free and open to the public. Details

But If You Want to Avoid the City at All Costs That Day: Try the Storybook Ball at the Please Touch Museum
A Good Reason to Not Sleep In on Sunday: Walk MS event on the Parkway
On Germantown Avenue: The Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Fest
On Your Marks: The Broad Street Run and the traffic cluster$!@# that is the Penn Relays

Looking Ahead
Paul Simon: If you can't afford the $155-and-up tickets that are available for his May 28th performance at the Borgata's Event Center in Atlantic City, take note that the songwriting legend will be at the Merriam Theater on June 4th and 5th in support of his just-released 12th studio album, So Beautiful or So What, which has been getting favorable reviews and sounds like this. Tickets for the Merriam performances start at $58 and go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. Details

Minus Robert Plant: Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Academy of Music
Just What I Needed: The Cars, from out of nowhere
Don't Call It A Comeback: LL Cool J, who's been here for years

Weekender Deals

Celebrate the Civil War sesquicentennial at Army Heritage Days at US Army Heritage & Education Center, including the new PA Civil War Roadshow, living history interpreters and more.

Wine Fest Discount
As I mentioned above, Wine Fest is next week. Because you're a loyal friend and reader, they're offering $10 off if you use the password WEEKENDER. I'll see you there. Just don't spill any red on my new suit.

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