John Mayer and Grateful Dead Members to Perform at Wells Fargo Center

Dead & Company, the four-piece band that comprises three Grateful Dead members and singer/guitarist John Mayer, announced today that they will perform at the Wells Fargo Center this fall.

The show comes on the heels of this summer’s “Fare Thee Well” tour, five sold-out stadium shows celebrating the Dead’s 50th anniversary that brought together four core members, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. At the end of the tour, Lesh went on to play for his own band, but Hart, Kreutzmann and Weir wanted to stay on the road.

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Diner en Blanc Organizer Explains Why She Chose the Navy Yard

Photo by HughE Dillon

Photo by HughE Dillon

Besides the rain, which no one but God could have helped, the main complaint I’ve been hearing about this year’s Diner en Blanc is the location—at the Marine Parade Grounds of the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Most of the grumbling is coming from attendees who had to hop on trains and shuttles to lug their Diner gear so far south. Then there was the fact that it was raining, which didn’t mix well with the Navy Yard’s grassy fields. One participant on philly.com shared that, “Last year was great because it was dry and on pavement and now we are on the rain and on grass. … Everyone [was] sinking and heels [were] sinking into the grass and mud.”

It’s funny if you think about it, because the tables have kind of turned. In previous years, location squabbles came from non-attendees who were pissed about road closures, like in 2014 when it was smack dab in the middle of the Avenue of the Arts. You just can’t satisfy everyone. But organizers are trying.

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Seth Meyers Disses Philly in Opening Monologue

Late Night host Seth Meyers dropped a meme on his Facebook page yesterday evening in which he takes a jab at Philadelphia:

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Har, har, har.

The joke came in the middle of his opening monologue, to a pretty good burst of applause. Philly has always had a reputation for being rough and tumble, which was no doubt highlighted a few weeks ago when hitchBOT was torn to shreds in the streets of Old City. That fact didn’t escape a few commenters on the post, who said things like, “Pretty sure Hitchbot was the one conducting the survey,” and “And left [the person making the survey] for dead in an alley like the hitchhiking robot.”

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Philly Artist Illustrates New Jeb Bush Comic

PPJebBushIllustrations by a Philadelphia artist grace the cover and inside pages of a new comic book about GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Titled Political Power: Jeb Bush, Joe Paradise’s cover shows Bush struggling to literally hold up his family name. “The thing that kept coming back to me was the pressure of taking the spotlight in the dominant dynasty in American politics,” says Paradise in a press release on his inspiration behind the cover. “So, we’re not just talking family pressure – we’re talking about something beyond comprehension for most everyday people.”

The logline for the work reads like this: “For the Bush family, legacy is a powerful word, hinting of destiny made manifest and the promises of generations kept. … But will the weight of legacy be too much for W.’s brother, John Ellis “Jeb” Bush? Can he forge his own legacy?”

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WATCH: Bon Jovi Can Sing in Mandarin

Bon Jovi is sending hearts aflutter across China in a new video that features the New Jersey-born rocker crooning an achingly sweet tune in Mandarin.

Released on Chinese Valentine’s Day, the song is a cover of a ballad called “The Moon Represents My Heart.” It was made famous in the 1970s by Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng. (Hear her version here.) The release coincides with his upcoming tour across Asia that will include stops in Shanghai, Singapore, Beijing and more. According to the description on the YouTube video, this will be his band’s first time performing in China.

Hear the tune in the video above. It’s dubbed over footage of Bon Jovi recording the song in the studio.

(h/t Wall Street Journal via Max Rettig)

New Dog-Walking Areas Debut at Dilworth Park

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Courtesy of Dilworth Park

There are few more-satisfying ways to shake off a long work day than heading to your favorite watering hole at closing time for a drink or three. Unless, of course, you’re a dog and you have to wait that much longer for your owner to get home to fill your bowl with kibble. Starting tonight, you can both enjoy the happy hour experience at Dilworth Park in a new weekly series called “Yappy Hour.”

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There are 30,000 People on the Diner en Blanc Wait List

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Diner en Blanc 2015 returns this weekend with what is simultaneously one of the most loved and most loathed events of the summer season. If you’re not keeping score, the ultra-exclusive soiree charges a select number of individuals for a dinner party at which they must wear all white and—this is the shocking part—they have to make plans for their own dinner, either bringing a picnic or opting for a catering option offered by Diner en Blanc. As Monica Weymouth explains in a piece published on phillymag.com this morning, “There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who are shopping for white folding chairs today, and those who would sooner set themselves on fire.”

I tend to find myself in that latter category, which is why I had fun dissecting a Q&A with the event’s organizers, Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran, that ran in this weekend’s Inquirer. Did you realize, for instance, that the waiting list to get in is 30,000 people strong?! Here are some other interesting tidbits:

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21 Best Horror Films of the 21st Century, According to the Internet

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Scene from “Cabin In the Woods,” which earned a top spot on a list of the 21 best films of the 21st century.

Movies, Films and Flix! (MFF), a blog and podcast devoted to all things film, has come up with a list of the 21 Best Horror Films of the 21st Century. The writers generated the list by culling user and critic scores from multiple film-review sites, and then asking readers to vote on the ones that were ranked highest.

The result is a pretty solid and extremely varied list, though there’s not a ton of Philadelphia on it. Local thriller-film god M. Night Shyamalan is nowhere to be found—either here or on the original list—but PAFA alum David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive makes a nice show in the top ten. I know what you’re thinking—is Mulholland Drive really a horror film? MFF writer and list curator Mark Hofmeyer explains that, “that question infects most of David Lynch’s films, as the narrow-minded idea of tropes and sub-genres does not really apply to them. Lynch is an original; he does not follow any rules or aesthetic cues of horror, he creates them.”

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Philly Orchestra Kicks Off New Season With Disney’s Fantasia and More

Details are rolling out about the performance that will kick off the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season. For the fourth year, the season will run under the direction of renowned Music Director Yannick Nézet-Seguin, who is scheduled to open the Metropolitan Opera’s season in September with Verdi’s Otello.

The Opening Night Concert and Gala will happen on Wednesday, September 30th at the Kimmel Center. As the name suggests, it’s a posh, high-price ticketed event that promises to be one of the first see-and-be-seen soirees of the fall arts season. It better be—entry will set you back $500 per ticket—and that’s the starting price.

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Calvin Harris Comes to Taylor Swift’s Defense on Twitter, Quickly Puts Foot in Mouth

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Twitter wars are all the rage these days. Only weeks after the tweet-off between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, the Wyomissing pop princess finds herself embroiled in another—but this time as more of a third-party onlooker.

It all started with Zayn Malik, the former One Direction member who left the group in March to embark on a solo career with RCA Records. He simply retweeted a message from another user, comparing recent statements between Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift about the whole Spotify / Apple Music fiasco. The tweet insinuates that Taylor Swift can be kind of greedy.

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