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HEADS UP: One Direction Is Coming Back to Philadelphia

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Yesterday One Direction announced it was adding 15 more stops to their On the Road Again 2015 tour—and Philadelphia made the cut. They’ll return to Lincoln Financial Field on September 1, 2015.

[pause for squeals]

It’s no surprise they added another Philly show. The group sold out the Linc when they were there this past August, becoming only a handful of musicians to sell-out the home of the Eagles since it opened in 2003. (The other sell-out shows were Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, U2, Luke Bryan, and Bruce Springsteen, if you’re curious.)

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Out NFL Star Wade Davis to Speak at Philadelphia FIGHT’s 2014 FIGHT For Life Gala

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Here’s something to consider when you start making your holiday plans: Local nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT is hosting the 2014 FIGHT For Life Gala fundraiser to raise money for its mission to fight HIV in Philly and beyond.

The evening will include a special guest appearance  and speech from Wade Davis, the former Washington Redskins player who came out publicly in 2012. These days Davis is an advocate, writer and public speaker who addresses issues ranging from gender and race to equal rights and HIV/AIDS prevention. He serves as Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization that works to end homophobia in professional sports.

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Academy of Natural Sciences to Host First-Ever All-Nighter for Adults

Guests will sleep in Dinosaur Hall during the Academy of Natural Sciences first Overnight for Adults.

Guests will sleep in Dinosaur Hall during the Academy of Natural Sciences first Overnight for Adults.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANSP) just announced it will host its very first adult overnighter next spring—a chance to slip on your favorite PJs (okay, you might want to buy a fresh pair) and frolic around the Academy with other kids-at-heart.

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Come Shop With Us at Lagos Tonight!

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Image via Lagos.

You guys know Lagos—the started-in-Philly company that exploded and now has a place in the jewelry boxes of the most fabulous. The brand is kicking off its fall campaign tonight at the Rittenhouse flagship (it’s at 1735 Walnut Street) with yours truly; I’ll be there offering styling tips (which will most likely be along the lines of, Pile it on with wild abandon!).

They’ll have champagne, small bites, and a chance to win a special Lagos treat (remember to bring your business card so you can be entered to win!). It goes down tonight from 5pm to 8pm. See you there!

PHOTOS: The Mudball Costume Party at Clay Studio

The Clay Studio hosted The Mudball, a dance-a-thon and masquerade ball, on Saturday at World Café Live. The Clay Studio, located in Old City, is a nonprofit educational institution, gallery, and studio focused on the ceramic arts. 

The Mudball raised over $20,000 dollars to benefit the Studio’s educational art programs, designed to provide access to the ceramic arts to people of diverse backgrounds. Plus, it served as one of the first costume parties this Halloween season. See what guests were sporting in my slideshow below.



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PHOTOS: Harry Potter Festival 2014

This past weekend Chestnut Hill turned into Hogsmeade as the fourth annual Harry Potter Festival transformed Germantown Avenue into the magical world of witches, goblins, and wizards.



Kicking off the weekend on Friday night there was a pub crawl and costume contest. Saturday morning saw the “Hogswarts Express” filled with Harry Potter characters. The trolley arrived at Chestnut Hill West for a 10 a.m. opening ceremony conducted by Professor Albus Dumbledore (Walt Maguire) and Students from Chestnut Hill Colleges’ Mask & Foil Thespian Club dressed as J.K. Rowling’s famed characters. Chestnut Hill college student Dan Lemoine played Harry Potter to a tee for the third year in a row.

After the ceremony the characters and fans, many of who came dressed as Harry Potter characters or at least sported a witches hat or scarf, enjoyed one of the last days of Indian Summer, taking in the sights as well as all the Harry Potter activities that lined the street, like wand-making, dragon fire-breating and face-painting. Chestnut Hill restaurants offered Harry Potter-inspired edibles, like Golden Snitches and butter beer.

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Weekend Roundup: Take a Gay Ghost Tour, Halloween Drag at Voyeur, Circus of the Stars and More

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  • Eric Jaffe hosts a Gayborhood cabaret on Friday night.

    Eric Jaffe hosts a Gayborhood cabaret on Friday night.

    Qventures is taking guests on a ghost tour through Old City. The guided walk promises a 90-minute candle-lit stroll through graveyards, haunted houses and dark alleys that ends at City Tavern for some drinks. First person to have a ghost pinch them in the butt wins!

  • World Ukelele Champion—and amazing froyo slinger at Igloo Frozen Yogurt—Eric Jaffe is hosting the Gayborhood’s only all-live-singing cabaret at Tavern On Camac. His guests this evening include vocalist and America’s Next Top Model‘s Cory Wade, Drag Wars 4 winner Pissi Myles and Songbird Cycle 1 winner Jo Stones. Not too shabby huh?
  • Tabu is hosting talent competition Circus of the Stars. Judges, like the high-larious Brittany Lynn, will award $100 to the evenings best performer, a cast of characters that includes magicians, comedians, singers, and maybe a meep or two.
  • If you’re wanting to get your dance on later, head to Voyeur to hear electro-pop princess Anna Lunoe. Get there early for an opening set by Factory Girls DJs Katie K Rex, Suga Shay, and Yolo Ono. Listen before you go: “Breathe.”

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