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Bryn Mawr Film Institute Celebrates Back to the Future Day


Photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Seated in his 1981 DeLorean time machine, Dr. Emmett Brown (a.k.a : The Doc) flips on his opaque silver glasses and announces, “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” Then, with a coy smile, he puts the pedal to the metal to propel himself and teenage sidekick Marty McFly to the day October 21, 2015.

If you’re a fan of classic cinematography, then you are probably familiar with this epic scene from Back to the Future II. For over 30 years we’ve eagerly awaited this day to come, and it’s finally just around the corner.

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Free Fitness Galore! Wellness Wednesdays Start at the Oval This Week

Photo via Facebook | The Oval PHL

Photo via Facebook | The Oval PHL

If you’re a fan of free outdoor fitness classes in iconic Philly locales, listen up and listen good: The Oval’s Wellness Wednesdays kick off this Wednesday, July 22nd and they’re offering a slew of free classes that span the afternoon and evening. The best part? Almost every class — yoga! kickboxing! dance! — is free, and there will be food trucks lined up nearby all day, including the beloved Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies. Ah-mazing, right? Read more »

PHOTOS: Check Out the Oval Before It’s Covered in People

Oval Beer Garden

Workers putting the finishing touches on the colorful beer garden.

After being delayed after yesterday’s rain storm, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation are ready to officially open Eakins Oval tonight on the Parkway at 5 pm. I stopped by this afternoon to check out the space before the hordes come rushing in.

If you can, try to get there early so you can see the massive mural that’s been painted on the ground. Called Summer Kaleidoscope, it was done in collaboration with Mural Arts and Baltimore-based artist team Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn. Unterhalter and Truhn came up with the design and overlooked a team of 10 or 15 Mural Arts artists who laid down the paint—about 15 colors in all. One of those artists, Nathaniel Lee, was kind enough to take me up on a crane to get a bird’s-eye view of the mural in all its glory.

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