Looking for something to do to celebrate Halloween? Here’s a few fun events going on in Philly – most are all ages with the exception of Nightmare on Broadstreet.
Take a 90 minute tour on a Victorian trolley, starting at 5th & Market and stopping by 20 different locations to hear ghost stories in Old City and Society Hill.
Supposedly, the thing to do in Philly for Halloween! Ticket prices range between $13 and $39 depending on the time slot reserved. Walk through a top notch haunted house in the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary. The actor’s costumes are unreal – there’s no way you will make it through without getting startled. Terror Behind the Walls runs until November 9th.
When: October 19th 2013 12-8pm
Where: South Street between Broad and 18th streets
When: Saturday, October 26th, 2013 9p.m.
Where: xFinity Live
Purchase a $10 wristband to receive $3 select drafts, $4 cocktails, $5 shots and $6 bombs. Each of the 5 bars will have a different theme: Oz, Horrors of Wonderland, Chuckie’s Dollhouse, Zombie Apocalypse, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Be sure to wear a costume; winners of the costume contest can receive over $10,000 in case and prizes.
When: Saturday, October 27th, 2013 2-8pm
Where: The Piazza, 3rd & Germantown
Enjoy drink and food specials at Kings Oak, Pyt, Gunners Run, and Max’s Brew Bar. An on-site artist will help you get into character to participate in the Zombie Olympics, Brain Eating Contest, Ugly Pageant, and Scariest Scream. Live music and vendors will fill the Piazza. Free and all ages!
location: 38th & Chestnut
If getting groovy is your thing, this is the place for you. The calendar is always promising and littered with funky music. The venue is on the small side which allows for an intimate view of the stage from almost anywhere in the place. Some shows provide an 18+ section, but it tends to be more comfortable with the entire venue to your disposal at the 21+ events. This is the venue where you see top notch acts before they get too popular for a smaller venue. In other words, there’s nothing but talent playing here. Miss D, the ladies bathroom attendant, is a ball. If simply conversing with her sweet self isn’t enough, ask about her handmade knit tops she has hanging for sale. Additionally, The Blockley hosts a free Philadelphia Shakedown Flea Market one Sunday of each month. This is a great opportunity to check out the venue and purchase tickets at the box office free of service fees.
Upcoming shows to look out for:
10/19/2013 Orchard Lounge $12
10/24/2013 Jimkata $10
11/09/2013 Everyone Orchestra ft. John K (Further), Joel (Umphrey’s), Tim (Railroad Earth), Jen & Natalie (TAB) $21
12/04/2013 Matisyahu $35
12/12/2013 Future Rock $10
location: 52 & Parkside, Fairmount Park
Easily the most picturesque venue in Philadelphia, The Mann Center is a large amphitheatre with a wooden pavillion-like overhang. Lawn seats are available at the least expensive rate where the view of the stage is still spectacular. The balcony boasts a birds’ eye view. The Mann grounds provide excellent views of the Philadelphia skyline. City Bisco 2012 was incredible; the venue grounds are perfect for a multi stage set up and really give the event a “mini festival” feel. This past September’s Steely Dan performance was spectacular! All types of music grace this venue, but only the good stuff! *The Mann Center is a “warm weather” venue, check the site in the spring!
Location: 1026 Spring Garden
One of R5’s many venues, this one is especially aesthetically pleasing. Smaller than the Electric Factory but larger than the TLA, this venue has a grandeur about it that could be attributed to the beautiful woodwork throughout. Large dance floor, balcony with risers, two bars… what else can one ask for?
Upcoming shows to look out for:
10/10/2013 Bonobo and Paul Basic $20
10/13/2013 Gold Panda $14
10/19/2013 Cold War Kids $23
10/25/2013 of Montreal $20
10/27/2013 Animal Collective $30
10/30-31/2013 Man Man $20 per show
11/16/2013 Conspirator and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong $20
location: 10th & Arch
The Trocadero is the only 19th century Victorian theater still in operation in the United States. The standing room floor provides excellent views of the stage, as does the seated balcony. There are two bars, one upstairs and downstairs, the latter of which is more intimate. The Troc also offers a wide variety of music appropriate for any taste. Located in Chinatown, there is much to explore for snacks before and after the show.
Upcoming shows to look out for:
11/9/2013 Papadosio featuring the Malah and Earth Cry $20
location: 7th & Willow
One of the classics! The Electric Factory is your standard standing room venue with a balcony for people of age. There is a bar upstairs and downstairs, but the upstairs provides some seating and risers for better views. The venue hosts musicians of all kinds and its size guarantees many faces for you to chat with. A great venue for a good time! After the show, take a walk up to Spring Garden street, hang a right and head on into Silk City Diner where you can purchase some delectable munchies and view more live music.
Upcoming shows to look out for:
10/3/2013 Zeds Dead, Paper Diamond, Green Lantern, and Branchez $40.90
10/4/2013 MOE. $40.40
10/31/2013 Infected Mushroom
12/03/2013 MGMT $35
12/05/2013 Lupe Fiasco $34
12/29/2013 Dark Star Orchestra $27.50
12/30-31/2013 Lotus NYE Celebration 2-Day pass $65; Individually $25
01/31/2013-02/01/2013 Dr. Dog $27.50 per show
Eating healthy in college is tough and although we are fortunate to have the Fresh Grocer (located at Broad & Jefferson) for necessities, it often does not supply a great selection of produce nor does it offer locally sourced products. Here are a few of my favorite places to shop close by:
Cecil B. Moore Farmers’ Market
hosted by The Food Trust
Located at Broad and Cecil B. Moore
Thursdays, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Located at 2501 E. Cumberland Street 19125
How to get there:
Take the 39 bus from Broad and Dauphin
Take the 3 Bus from Broad and Cecil to the Huntingdon Station
OR take the Broad Street Line South, transfer onto Market-Frankford Eastbound and get off at the Huntingdon Station
What they offer
Summer AND Winter Farmshares
Your choice between a Meat, Vegetarian, or Vegan share. A Meat share includes 5-7 produce items, a choice of one protein, and a meat. Vegetarian shares get an additional 2-4 produce items. Shares are picked up from Greensgrow biweekly starting in December and ending in April. Each share starts at $425 which translates into about $40 per pickup. There is also a cheese and coffee share add-on option.
“Door to Door Organics partners with farmers to bring fresh, organic produce and natural groceries right to your doorstep.”
The perks: extremely customizable and you schedule delivery when it’s convenient.
What they offer:
Local Farm Box
Organic Produce Box: fruits, veggies, or both
*Recipes – you can browse recipes and then purchase all the ingredients you need to prepare them
*Browse a full scale grocery store of organic, local, and non-GMO goods
Monday – Saturday 8a.m.-6p.m.
Sunday 9a.m. – 5p.m.
The Reading Terminal Market is an absolute smorgasbord – aisle after aisle of delicious food prepared and ready to be devoured or purchased for consumption at home. Some notables:
Fair Food Farmstand
“We carry a wide variety of products from a number of farms throughout the southeast Pennsylvania region. We emphasize local, organic and artisanal foods from small-scale farms including vegetables, fruits, humanely raised meats and poultry, eggs, cheese, and dairy.”
Kauffman’s Lancaster County Produce
Farm fresh produce, jams, jellies, and crafts.
Iovine Brothers Produce
“Local produce, organic produce, specialty gourmet items, everything you would hope for in a produce market, and much much more…”
Fresh produce, herbs, nuts, and specials
*Great “Dollar Bags”
Located at 8th & Poplar
Wednesdays, 3p.m. – 6p.m.
Liberty Lands Park Farmers’ Market
Hosted by the Food Trust
Located at 3rd and Poplar
Thursday, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Welcome back to school! What are your plans for the Labor Day Weekend? Why not explore what Philly has to offer! Check out our top picks from uwishunu’s Guide To Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia:
1. Made in America
August 31 and September 1. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway comes alive with music during the second annual Made in America festival in support of the United Way. Musician and festival co-presenter Jay Z enlists help from big-name acts, including his wife Beyonce and rockers Nine Inch Nails, to bring two days of celebration and musical surprises to the City of Brotherly Love.
2. Brooklyn Flea Philly
September 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Philadelphia outpost of the loved Brooklyn Fleahas received monumental traffic all summer long. This Sunday, September 1, visit the open-air market, located at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, for vintage goods, food and handmade items aplenty.
3. PHAIR Open-Air Market
August 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Browse everything from handmade jewelry to vintage furniture to street food at PHAIR open-air market located at 23rd and Arch Streets. Spend your Saturday shopping local goods from a variety of vendors.
If there’s one meal that’s synonymous with Labor Day weekend, it’s barbecue. With the smells of hamburgers fresh off the grill fading to a memory in the colder months, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy some summer barbecue (preferably outdoors) this weekend. Check out our barbecue roundup for our favorite spots.
5. Pay-what-you-wish at the Philadelphia Art Museum
Explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection all weekend long, and on Sunday, September 1, enter the museum at whatever price you choose as part of its first Sunday promotion.
If you’re having a late night studying and you need something sweet to boost your energy then you have to try WHIPPED BAKESHOP’s gourmet cupcakes. You’re thinking to yourself, “but Sylvie, I have no time to drive to Fishtown and get them.” No worries, they DELIVER! Did life just get a little better or what?
We ordered a dozen for Satia’s last day here at TempleTown, and althought I am a chocolate addict the one I was dying to try was the “Holy Cannoli” cupcake. That’s right, a cannoli themed cupcake. I hate to say this, but I had never had a cannoli before. Disappointing, I know, but if you’re ever going to try a cannoli for the first time, you could definitely start at Whipped Bakeshop. It’s two in one with a miniature (but decent sized) cannoli sitting atop the cupcake surrounded in cinnamon buttercream. Let me say – it was ABSOLUTELY delicious.
As the website describes,
“the August Cupcake of the Month is our twist on the classic cannoli. We started with our vanilla-buttermilk cake and topped it with cinnamon buttercream, before filling the works with homemade chocolate chip cannoli cream prepared with a touch of orange zest.”
The cupcake was heavy, but the buttercream was very light. I am definitely a fan of light buttercream, whenever the icing is too sweet or too thick it can sometimes overpower the flavors. I loved the taste of orange in the cupcake, it was very subtle, but just the right amount for me to appreciate the refreshing hint paired with the vanilla cake.
I would definitely try it again – good thing there are three more in the box!
So my summer internship at TempleTown Realty is winding down and as our property manager, Jill, would say it was – AWKA-AWESOME! (Yes, we love to quote Pitch Perfect). I am going on my third year as a TempleTown resident and so when I heard about the marketing internship through Facebook I thought how nice…. it’s a quick walk down 15th and I get to learn about the magic behind the apartments.
So it was way different than I could have ever expected – in a completely great way. I had never really gone into the office before, besides for lease signing and when I locked myself out, so the office space is much different than your average cubicle office. It’s open and everyone is like a tight-knit family. Everyone is hilarious, and I never had a boring day once at work. Not to mention that almost every other day was Diva Music Day, besides the one time we had a Disney music day. Nothing like a little Aladdin or Lion King to get our leasing on.
Anyways, I was expecting the typical internship where you file a few papers, copy forms, and basically do busy boring work. Well the work was busy but not in the way that you think! First things first, I got to show tours to future residents of at least half of the apartments and houses across campus within the first couple weeks and let me tell you there are some pretty cool buildings around! Secondly, I got to actually create advertisements and see them get produced! Sweet deal flyers? TempleTown magnets? New graphics for the website? I still can’t believe how much experience I’ve gotten while I’ve been here.
There are a few tips we have for you here at Temple Town to help YOU start your semester off right.
When you get a syllabus from your professor, the first thing you should do is log all the assignments, tests, and anything else needed, into your planner. If you do this for every class and every syllabus then you will have everything needed all semester long in one place! It may be annoying and tedious at first, but you will be so glad later when you don’t want to dig through those old papers just to remember when your test for Unit 2 is.
Introduce yourself to your professor! Go to office hours after you get a test or paper back, introduce yourself on the first day after class, but having your professor know you and how you work is something that will help you in the long run. If you’re on the fence between that B+ and A- and she or he looks back and can’t remember more than a couple exchanges, they probably aren’t going to boost you up. If you’re somebody who has gone the extra mile for help, your professor is going to be more likely to help you out again.
Plus – there are more likely points in participation, so sitting closer to the front and speaking up will be nothing but helpful!
Get all your books before your class actually starts, don’t wait and see if you will actually use it, because your grade could be on the line. If you’re worried about getting your full use out of it, e-mail your professor and see if any particular edition is necessary or see how often you will even need it. Sometimes when I ask I actually find out that we won’t really use it besides a chapter or two, so I either get a kindle version and use it online with the FREE application or I check it out of the library before someone else gets the chance!
That means knowing when to study, eat, sleep, and de-stress from everything else. Don’t be afraid to set aside time to relax – it will help you just as much in the classroom because you will be rejuvenated.
Introduce yourself to someone in class if don’t already know them. It could be extra helpful for when you need the homework and can’t make it due to being sick or something along the lines of that.
The tech center, the library, the writing center, advisers, tutors, they are all provided for a reason – to HELP! So take advantage of it!
Available Saturday and Sundays from now until September 8th. From 12pm to 8 pm you can go kayaking ($8 per person) or paddling in a swan boat ($5 per person). Check out more about the event on their website.
The screenings last until the end of august and play every thursday at around dusk (8pm – 8:30pm). You still have time to catch the last of the films!
August 8: The Hunger Games (PG-13)
August 15: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13)
August 22: Pitch Perfect (PG-13)
August 29: Dr. Suess’ The Lorax (PG)
You can see more about the event here.
At Franklin Square you can enjoy mini-golfing for only $9! You can “putt” your way around all the historic landmarks (of course they’re only 2 feet tall). Mini-golf is open Sunday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday – Saturday 10am – 10pm. If you haven’t checked it out already you should!
If you haven’t walked through the Eastern State Penitentiary yet, you should. Even when it’s not the halloween special, you can still get chills down your spine. It’s only $14 and it’s pretty interesting to see the eery history of this once populated prison.
Check out Go Vertical in Northern Liberties and go rock wall climbing! The prices range from $19 during the “peak” time or $16 during “off-peak” times for adults. For more information check out the website.
Yes, that’s right. You can go ice-skating in the summer at this year round skate house. Because it is operated by the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department, it is free to skate, but there is a fee to rent the skates. Call 215-685-1995 for more information about fees. If you want to check out the 4 other ice-skating rinks in Philadelphia check out the Parks & Recreation website.
Okay, so maybe you’re too experienced for just mini golf. So check out the Strawberry Green Driving Range in Fairmount Park! For hours and rates call 215-235-9436. In Summer of 2012 the prices were as follows, but call just in case!
Chip Shot $3
Regular Bucket $7
Big Driver $10
Double Bubble $12
2 pack of tees $1
Whether you’re looking to add “Internship” to your Fall Semester Courses or are recently graduated and looking for a job…here are 10 tips to clean up your resume and leaving the employers scrambling for the phone.