WATCH THIS: Philly Band The War On Drugs Rocks Conan

Local band The War on Drugs was on last night’s episode of ConanThe indie-rock band, with members Adam Granduciel, David Hartley, Robbie Bennett and Charlie Hall, performed their song “Burning.” Co-founded by Philly’s Kurt Vile before departing for a solo career, The War on Drugs released their third studio album, Lost in the Dream, in March. Flavorwire has since called it one of the best albums of the year.

The band recently appeared in a photo diary for The New York Times T Magazine featuring Granduciel’s own snapshots. It turns out that, in addition to dating actress Krysten Ritter, the frontman is quite the photographer.

WATCH: Fire-Breathing Monster Goes After Millennials in Philly-Shot Short Film

Just in time for Halloween, born-and-raised Philadelphia filmmaker Joe Kramer has released his latest project. “Running the Gammatar” is a comedy that follows a group of navel-gazing millennials (ugh, you know the type) as they try to find love in a big city that just so happens to be under attack by a giant, fire-breathing monster that kind of looks like Jabba the Hut.

Kramer’s short used an all-Philly cast and crew, as well as some highly recognizable locations in and around the city. See if you can spot Rittenhouse Square and the Midtown II Diner. After you watch the film below, be sure to vote for it to win an Awardeo Video Award.

Teddy Scare Turned Life-Sized for Terror Behind the Walls

"Edwin the Morose" is available exclusively at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.

“Edwin the Morose” is available exclusively at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.

For the past nine years, Applehead Factory design studio has released a special product from their Teddy Scares line of terrifyingly adorable teddy bears just for Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. This year, creators Phill Nannay and University of the Arts alum and faculty member Joe Didomenico have released a limited edition 12-inch version of last year’s best seller especially for the haunted attraction.

Available at Eastern State Penitentiary and online, the cuddly, heartbroken “Edwin Morose” comes with wilted black roses, a key, and his heart in a burlap sack. (Check out the original version here). The cute, off-beat gifts each have their own tragic story of being tossed in the trash and left to wander the Earth looking for a new owner, or in Edwin’s case, his soulmate.

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IN THE WINGS: A Conversation with Detroit Star Geneviève Perrier

Genevieve Perrier HeadshotMy name is … Geneviève Perrier. But if someone says Guinevere, Jean Vive, or Jonbenet, I usually look up.

I am …  an actor in Philadelphia currently playing Mary in Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. I am not related to the Perrier bottled water empire.

I grew up … in Center City until age 11, then Blue Bell until I graduated from high school.

How would you describe Detroit in one sentence? A surprising, poetic dark comedy about change, the American dream, reality, and relationships.

In what way are you most like your character Mary? I too can be scared of change.

How are you different? I am not as controlling as she is.

To get into character for the show I … don’t have any particular ritual. I warm up, get into costume, and remind myself to “invent nothing, deny nothing, and stay in the moment.”

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Date Set For Love Your Park Fall Service Day

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Before the hard winter chill sets in, get outdoors for a special citywide project to clean up our local parks and prepare them for the snowy season. Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation have scheduled Love Your Park Fall Service Day for Saturday, November 15th.

Volunteers around Philadelphia will take on the more than 70 participating parks to rake leaves, sweep, and plant trees and bulbs. Afterward, the leaves will be used to create mulch and compost for the spring. Wissinoming Park, Cedar Park, Carroll Park, Starr Garden and more are getting an all-day spruce-up. No prior experience or tools are required—just be willing to get your hands dirty. Click here to find your nearest park, sign up and help out.

17 Things to Do in Philly On Halloween Weekend: Rocky Horror Live with Mimi Imfurst, Ghost Stories in Laurel Hill, Dia De Los Muertos Festivals, and More

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Thursday, October 30th

Peek-A-Boooooo Halloween Revue
Get spooked (in a good way) by this burlesque show full of tricks and treats. The ladies of The Boo, with Joey Martini and Count Scotchula, host an evening of adults-only fun with dancing Martians, a corpse bride, a GLAMpire Queen tribute, and tunes from The Striptease Orchestra. If you’re feeling especially spirited, get dressed up in your own costume – you could win a prize! Tickets can be purchased online.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street.
Admission: $25

Ghost Tales and Goosebumps: Local Legends by Firelight at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Gather around the campfire at the Laurel Hill Cemetery for a spooky night of storytelling! Tour guides will show you around, all while telling only the creepiest of ghost stories. Tours depart every half hour to tour the grounds and mausoleums. Enjoy hot cider and cookies afterward. This event is BYOF: bring your own flashlight! Tickets can be purchased online.
When: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
Admission: $20

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Early Philly-Set Kevin Hart Sitcom The Big House Coming to DVD

thebighosuePop Quiz: What sitcom starring Philly’s own Kevin Hart premiered 10 years ago and is coming to DVD this January? What, you don’t know the answer? Don’t worry, no one does.

The Big House, an extremely short-lived, six-episode sitcom that ran on ABC in 2004, starred Hart as the anti-Fresh Prince. His character, cleverly named Kevin Hart, is forced to leave his happy, wealthy life as a student in Malibu once his father is arrested for embezzlement. Kevin must then tragically move in with working class relatives in Philadelphia and attend Drexel University. What a rough life! (Hart featured Drexel as an homage to his alumna mother, Nancy. Aw!)

We may love Kevin Hart, but with such a played-out premise it’s no wonder the show was axed. That isn’t keeping Olive Films from releasing the episodes on DVD Tuesday, January 13th, in order to capitalize on Hart’s upcoming film The Wedding Ringer opening Friday, January 16th.

While you eagerly await your pre-order of all six episodes, check out the trailer for The Wedding Ringer below:

IN THE WINGS: A Conversation with Great Expectations Star Josh Carpenter

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Josh Carpenter in “Great Expectations.” | Photo by Mark Garvin

My name is … Josh Carpenter and I am playing Pip in Great Expectations.

On opening night … I will eat far too many hors d’oeuvres.

My favorite part of Great Expectations is … watching the Mr. Wopsle players perform Hamlet.

To get into character for Great Expectations I … try to remember what it’s like to be a kid.

My favorite Dickens character is … impossible for me to pick right now, but I am in awe of the breadth and generosity of Dickens’ view of humanity.

If I lived in 1850’s London, I would be … dead now.

My first stage kiss … was in eighth grade, and I had very little experience with real kissing, so I’m sure I was extremely awkward.

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Beyoncé Biography In The Works Will Probably Save the Book Industry

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A year from now the world will be graced by the first in-depth biography of Beyoncé by famed celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. Taraborrelli has delved into the lives of pop culture’s most fascinating names, including Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and the Kennedys. Now he’ll pull back the curtain on the world’s most flawless celebrity.

The as-yet-untitled biography will follow Bey from childhood to superstardom, including aspects of both her personal and professional lives. Flavorwire reports that the book will feature “exclusive interviews with the people in the superstar’s life” but there is no word yet on whether that includes Queen Bey herself.

Will we get to know Knowles as a precocious young star in the making? Will the bio detail the early struggles Destiny’s Child faced? What about her fortress-like PR machine? Her relationship with Jay? Her early days with Blue? What really happened in that elevator? We have so many questions.

No matter what the bio includes, it’s sure to sell off the shelves in minutes. Beyoncé could give a much needed boost to the book biz next fall when Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing releases the tome. Add this news to her just-announced collab with Topshop and you’ve got one bootylicious Monday.

 

Dance Like Beyoncé at South Street’s Millennium Dance Complex

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Millennium’s wall-to-wall street art |Photo by Lauren Mame Thomas

Attention all dancers (and Dance Moms fanatics): Millennium Dance Complex, the world-renown dance studio company, is opening a location in Philadelphia. Located on South Street in the former home of Pearl Arts & Crafts, the 39,000 square feet dance, arts, and fitness complex will open Friday, November 28th. But this isn’t just any old dance studio. The California-based Millennium has made its name by bringing the biggest choreographers in the biz to its studios to teach classes and workshops.

And boy, are they bringing them. Their opening weekend alone features classes instructed by choreographers for Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, and more.

The majority of the studios classes will be drop-in style, covering all genres of dance with monthly master classes. (Check out Property’s coverage for more info on the building and photos.) Since half the A-list utilizes Millennium’s training facilities (located in Dallas, North Hollywood, Chicago and more) dancers may occasionally see a pop star hanging out while on tour to rehearse or scout talent.

Philadelphia-born owner Lori Ramsay Long and her 15-year-old daughter are to thank for the new complex. After spending years driving her daughter to New York for professional-track dance classes, Long wondered why she couldn’t find similar-quality classes a little closer to home. Now young dancers from the region can get top-tier training from a rotating cast of celeb teachers without the lengthy and costly commute.

Despite being a West Coast import, Millennium is fully embracing its South Street surroundings: its four huge studios are named after the letters in “Pearl” and marked with pieces of the art store’s original sign.

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