Winter Wonderland Returns to Headhouse

Courtesy of South Street Headhouse District

Courtesy of South Street Headhouse District

South Street Headhouse District released details today about its annual holiday hoopla at the Shambles — complete with a tree and menorah lighting, Santa on a fire truck and a holiday market for gift hunters.

Winter Wonderland will take place on Sunday, December 6th. The festivities begin kind of late in the afternoon: at 3 pm with the Headhouse Holiday Market, where local vendors will set up booths with handmade goods and food and drink from area restaurants. At 4:30 pm, organizers will make history by lighting a menorah on location for the first time ever.

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Winterfest Kicks Off With Storm Troopers Thanksgiving Weekend

Original photo by Matt Stanley.

Original photo by Matt Stanley.

If you were bummed you had to miss the kids-only Star Wars Day at Please Touch Museum a few months ago, cheer up. Bluecross RiverRink Winterfest (aka the frosty version of Spruce Street Harbor Park) is kicking off Thanksgiving weekend with its own Star Wars-themed bash featuring storm troopers and other bad-guy characters from the franchise. They’ll be at the event from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, November 27th, courtesy of the 501st Legion Garrison Carida, a local organization dedicated to “re-creating film-quality costumes of the ‘villainous’ characters of the Star Wars galaxy.”

I asked — with my fingers crossed — if storm troopers will actually slip on skates and hit the ice. “I wish,” said Delaware River Waterfront Corporation rep Emma Fried Cassorla. “We’re going to at least try and get them out on the rink to pose for photos.” Read more »

Justin Bieber Adds Second Philly Show to Purpose World Tour

“Due to overwhelming demand,” reads a press release sent out by concert promoter AEG Live, Justin Bieber has added a second show date to his Philly stop at the Wells Fargo Center next May. In addition to his already-scheduled May 7th performance, he’ll return for another go-round on May 8th.

The pop star is touring in support of his fourth studio album, Purpose, that dropped November 13th. The tour will take him to nearly 60 cities around the world, including an extra semi-local stop at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on July 15th. The last time Bieber performed at the Wells Fargo Center was during his 2012-2013 concert tour, when he performed three shows in a span of nine months.

Tickets go on sale for general public on Friday, November 20th at 10 a.m. at See the full list of tour dates here.

PHOTOS: Meet the Adorable Baby Red Pandas at Philadelphia Zoo

Photographer HughE Dillon did us a solid this morning by going to the Philadelphia Zoo to take photos of the two brand new baby red pandas. Today was the first time the yet-to-be-named furballs have been set free in their sanctuary, in full sight of the public. They were born in June to 5-year-old parents Spark (mom) and Basil (pops). I’m going to stop typing now so you can look at the pictures. Gets your awwwwwwws ready:

Up until today, the mother has been caring for the cubs. I’m told they are super active, and are currently able to eat a diet of fresh bamboo, grapes, apples and biscuits on their own. When they are old enough, the cubs will move to other institutions to breed with other red pandas.

Similar to the social media campaign they held in 2014 to name their new lion cubs, the Zoo is encouraging fans to chime in about what the cubs should be named. To put in your two cents, visit their Facebook page here, or email

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Firefly Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

Firefly Music Festival 2014 | Photo by Jeremy Asa via Flickr

Firefly Music Festival 2014 | Photo by Jeremy Asa via Flickr

I know the last thing you’re thinking about right now is next spring, but Dover, Delaware’s insanely popular Firefly Music Festival dropped some news today that could get you in the early-planning spirit. This morning on Twitter, they posted the lineup for the 2016 festival, taking place June 16-19. Headlining musicians include Mumford & Sons, Florence & the Machine, Kings of Leon and soooo many other bucket-list acts.

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Red Panda Cubs Debuting Tomorrow at Philadelphia Zoo


Not the actual red panda cubs at Philly Zoo. Photos will be released after their debut. | Matthieu Photoglovsky via

Two red panda cubs that were born this summer will get their grand debut tomorrow morning at the Philadelphia Zoo. At 10:30 am on November 18th, zoo keeps will bring out the little guys, who were born to 5-year-old parents, Basil and Spark. So far, the cubs — one boy and one girl — don’t have names.

The Zoo couldn’t be more thrilled about the new members. Reps say that red pandas, which are found in the Himalayas, have been classified as vulnerable because of loss of habitat, fragmentation, poaching and climate change.

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Tina Fey, Bruce Springsteen Will Be on SNL Together in December


Donald Trump may have given Saturday Night Live its highest ratings in a long time when he was on a few weeks ago, but something tells me the media-proclaimed carnival barker may get a run for his money when Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and comedian Amy Poehler return to host in December.

NBC announced today that the duo will take over hosting duties on December 19th. If that’s not enough, another local hero (unless you ask this guy), Bruce Springsteen, will serve as musical guest.

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One Liberty Observation Deck Announces Opening Date

Courtesy of One Liberty Observation Deck

Courtesy of One Liberty Observation Deck

You’ve likely seen promo photos of the view from the shiny new observation deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty aka Philly From the Top, but up until now the general public hasn’t been able to gain access to the sky-high attraction. This week, operators are finally announcing an opening date: Saturday, November 28th at 10 am, just in time to take family and friends who may be visiting over Thanksgiving weekend.

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Summer Fiction Records Peppy Music Video in Abandoned Divine Lorraine

Archbishop Ryan and LaSalle alum Bill Ricchini (aka Summer Fiction) recorded a series of music videos on a windy afternoon in the Divine Lorraine. He’s debuting one of those today, the aptly titled and impossibly charming “Lauren Lorraine.” The video begins with several set-up shots. As the band and crew head into the Divine Lorraine with their gear, you’re treated to some really cool visuals of the abandoned hotel: once-grand entryways, graffiti-stained columns and walls, and old staircase beams. The actual song part takes place in an airy open room on the 10th floor that almost resembles an airplane hangar.

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Art Installation Will Light Up Welcome Center in LOVE Park Redesign

Chromoscope rendering courtesy of Haddad|Drugan and Kieran Timberlake

“Chromoscope” rendering courtesy of Haddad|Drugan and Kieran Timberlake

When the redesign of LOVE Park is complete, the already-futuristic-looking Welcome Center will look even more like a hovering spacecraft thanks to a $230,000 art installation that will have red, yellow and green lights beaming from its ceiling.

The project — a ceiling mural called Chromoscope — was dreamed up by Seattle-based art duo Haddad|Drugan (Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan). It keeps in tact the pavilion’s lantern-like lighting scheme, but adds in layers of colorful aluminum panels to create a funky abstract design made up of patterns and symbols inspired by Philly’s artistic and local history.

The lighting and design work together to create a different experience depending on the time of day or what color is illuminating the ceiling. In the daylight or when white light is used, for instance, all of the layered images will be visible at once, really showcasing the abstract design as a whole. When the sun sets, however, the “pattern becomes animated and kaleidoscopic with the projection of colored light onto the ceiling,” reads a description from Creative Philadelphia. Each of those colors will bring out different patterns in the design.

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