Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Weekender: 37 Great Reasons to Reconsider That Trip to the Shore (Without Even Mentioning the Traffic)

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The Weekender: Nightlife and Events Picks From the Editors of Philly Mag
Hello, Weekenders!
I know that there's a fairly sizable contingent of you out there that is heading to the beach. Or maybe the Poconos. (People still go there, right?) But I also know that
there are plenty of you who, like me, will be staying in city for the three-day (if you're lucky) weekend, which is looking pretty groovy weather-wise. Whatever you do, be safe and have fun, and I'll catch you on the other side.    — Victor Fiorillo, A&E Editor

Great Combinations: Beer. Cherries. Chocolate. Three things that I enjoy individually, so what the hell, why not drink them all out of a glass? That is the purpose of the appropriately-named Cherry Chocolate Stout. It's the result of a collaboration between the Troegs and Stone breweries and a couple of passionate homebrewers. And it sounds damn good. Details

Buy Your Tickets Now: Because Beer Week's Opening Tap will sell out
Get Tipsy While Doing Good: Drink Hitachino and help Japan
If You're Free at 4 p.m.: Drink Oprah's favorite cocktail while watching her say goodbye, at Philadelphia's oldest tavern
See, Your Vote Did Count: Old City's champagne bar changes its name

Movie Openings
Drunk. Again.: The last time we checked in with the Hangover's bachelor party, they were blitzkrieged in Las Vegas. But now, groom Stu, played by Ed Helms, and his buds (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha) make their way to Thailand for the nuptials. At some point, alcohol undoubtedly gets involved, and things get a little out of hand. The Hangover II opens everywhere this Friday. Details

Ah, The First Signs of Summer: Kung Fu Panda 2, yet another sequel
For Something a Little More Respectable: Yves Saint Laurent's life and loves portrayed in L'Amour Fou
Totally Last Minute: A Fiddler On the Roof sing-a-long
Take That, Kate Gosselin: The 1950 classic Cheaper By the Dozen

For Those About to Rock (Not): If you're looking for a more laid-back Memorial Day concert experience this weekend, Atlantic City has what you need. First up, it's songwriting legend Paul Simon at the Borgata on Saturday. Tickets to the sold-out show are starting at $119 on StubHub. Some version of Chicago hits Caesars on Sunday, with tickets from $85 to $95. And for blue-eyed soul, the House of Blues offers Michael McDonald for $47 to $83.

Sounds Like Motown, But It's Not: The totally groovy Raphael Saadiq
Time to Get Pounded: Snoop Dogg and crew at the beach
What Is It That They Say About Imitation?: Psychedelphia covers Floyd's Animals and Yellow Dubmarine reimagines the Beatles
They Must Be Tired of "Buddy Holly": The return of Weezer

The Literary Death Match: So, basically, four accomplished writers (included: Philly Mag's Steve Volk and Tongue Party author Sarah Rose Etter) read from their works and are then judged on content and performance by a panel of esteemed judges, namely Fergie (the bar owner, not the singer), Tek Lado editrix Liz Spikol (pictured), and, of course, a Mummer. This ship blasts off around 8 p.m. on Thursday at Ladder 15. Tickets are $10 to $15. Details

No Plans Tonight?: Doogie Horner hosts the 2011 Summer Grand Slam
More Than You Ever Needed to Know About Sendak: A conversation with the Rosenbach's curator


Chugga, Chugga: If you, like me, have a child positively obsessed with trains, you can feed their addiction this weekend in the idyllic setting of the Morris Arboretum, which debuts its popular Garden Railway exhibit on Saturday. This year's railway features an impressive display of Victorian houses, bridges, and landscapes all crafted out of natural materials. Saturday's event includes Victorian actors, crafts, and other kid-friendly distractions. Included in arboretum admission, which is $7 to $16 or free for children under 3. Details

An Old Fashioned Picnic: Jugglers, unicycles, root beer, and the ring toss at Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion
Olé!: Flamenco classes for kids

Miss Saigon: The crowd-pleasing Walnut Street Theatre closes out it's 202nd anniversary season with this modern adaptation of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Instead of 1904 Nagasaki, the setting is Saigon, in the heat of the Vietnam War. An American soldier falls for a Vietnamese girl, they're separated, and, well... cue the string section. Miss Saigon opens tonight and runs through July 17th. Tickets are growing scarce. Details

A World Premiere: In a Daughter's Eyes, inspired by the story of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Gilbert & Sullivan: The Savoy Company at the Academy of Music

The Philadelphia Orchestra: When our symphony performed The Damnation of Faust in Carnegie Hall way back in 2009, the critics called the event "unusually exciting" and—a word you don't hear used by critics all that often—"stupendous." To see (and hear) for yourself, get to the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall this Friday or Saturday as they tackle Berlioz's masterpiece. Details

At The Ethical Society: Strauss' Die Fledermaus, in English

Bodies Of Text: Dance meets book arts? This requires some explanation. A number of Philadelphia dancers have collaborated with local book artists—meaning people who make really cool books by hand—on a series of dance pieces based on those books. The results of the collaborations will be showcased this Friday at West Philly's Studio34 and on Saturday and Sunday at Old City's Christ Church. Tickets are $10-$15. Details

Last Chance: Five years of MANNA's Shut Up & Dance in photos
Inside the Creative Process: Nicole Bindler's StudioSeries

Looking Ahead
Ellie Goulding: According to a report based on search analytics, the Philadelphia region was absolutely obsessed with the recent royal wedding, more so than almost any other area of the country. So I bet there are plenty of you out there who know the name of this British gal who provided the entertainment for the blessed event. See her at the Electric Factory on July 26th. Tickets just went on sale at noon. Details

From the Land Down Under: Men at Work's Colin Hay is still at work
World's Best Zeppelin Tribute Band: Get the Led Out on the Boardwalk
A Folk Legend Comes to Glenside: Spend the evening with Joan Baez

Weekender Deals

Half-Off At Cuba Libre
No, this is not one of those Dealyo things. It's very simple: Cuba Libre in Old City is offering 50 percent off their new 10th anniversary dinner. There's literally no catch. Go here for all the details.

And the Winner Is ...
Big congratulations to Mark B., who picked up the helicopter tour prize in last week's Weekender Puzzle. A good number of you got the correct answer. For those of you who didn't, it was 44944. Mark, have fun on your aerial tour of Philly with Independence Helicopter.

Find Civil War living history at the March to Destiny event, featuring 250 reenactors, camps, skirmishes, dance, games, lecturer, parade, demonstration, food and much more. Learn more.

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