Tomorrow is Greater Philly Photo Day

Get your camera ready, Philadelphia. Tomorrow is Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC)’s Greater Philly Photo Day, an initiative to capture what 24 hours living in Philadelphia looks like in photo form (and a way to have one of your pics included in a real-life exhibition—no matter what your skill level).

Taking part is easy-breezy. Just snap a photo between midnight and 11:59 pm on Friday, October 9th, and upload it to PPAC’s website. The only rules are that you have to capture the photo on October 9, 2015, and you have to have taken it within one of the 11 counties making up the Greater Philadelphia Region. You have until October 14th to upload it onto PPAC’s site here.

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Richard Gere to Honor Absent Dalai Lama at Liberty Medal Ceremony

The Dalai Lama was supposed to come to Philadelphia at the end of this month to receive the National Constitution Center‘s 2015 Liberty Medal. A few weeks before his arrival, however, we got the bummer news that the 80-year-old spiritual leader had to cancel to fulfill a doctor’s orders to rest up for a few weeks.

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Inis Nua Theatre Company “Hooks” Fergie’s Pub for Season Opener

"Hooked!" stars Corinna Burns, Charlie DelMarcelle, and Rachel Brodeur

“Hooked!” stars Corinna Burns, Charlie DelMarcelle, and Rachel Brodeur

It makes a lot of sense that a theater company whose mission is to stage provocative theater from Ireland, Scotland and Wales might get a little help from theater-loving Fergus Carey, aka Fergie—Philadelphia’s best known Irish import and pub owner—when it was discovered that its new theater space wouldn’t be ready in time for this week’s season premiere. So, in a happy turn of events, Inis Nua will debut Gillian Grattan’s three-person Irish comedy, Hooked!, this Wednesday on the second floor of Fergie’s Pub.

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15,000 Expected at This Weekend’s Old City Fest

Photo by CJ Dawson Photography

Photo by CJ Dawson Photography

In the spirit of fall festival season, the annual Old City Fest returns this weekend with pumpkins, hay bales and fodder shocks lining the streets of our most historic hood. Organizers say they expect around 15,000 to show up—quite likely the largest gathering of people in one place since all the pope stuff on the Parkway.

From noon to 6 pm on Sunday, October 11th, 3rd Street (between Market and Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th) will be closed to make room for a festival stage, activities and an exhaustive lineup of food, drink and knickknack booths.

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17 Things to Do in Philly This Week

Miley Cyrus Coming Back to Philly

Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz (aka the Flaming Lips) have tacked on Philly to a limited-run club tour of six U.S. cities. She’s coming to the Electric Factory on December 5th.

The singer is back in the public eye again after hosting stints on the MTV Music Awards and this weekend’s debut of the 41st season of Saturday Night Live. In the middle of all that she released a new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, a stripped-down, no-twerking-in-sight collaboration with Flaming Lips that she dropped for free via her Smiley Miley record label in August. She performed two songs from the album on SNL this weekend, including this particularly soul-baring number:

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15 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Fetty Wap Backs Out of Forbes Under 30 Concert Following Accident in Jersey

The Forbes Under 30 concert on Penn’s Landing, which will cap off the Forbes Under 30 Summit happening in Philly from October 4th to 7th, hasn’t had the best of luck wrangling and, most importantly, keeping its talent. At first it was announced that Swedish DJ Avicii would perform with Hanson and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling, but Avicii had to back out, claiming he needed some time off.

He was replaced by not one, but two (arguably even more exciting) performers: New Jersey hip-hop rising star Fetty Wap and pop sensation Shawn Mendes. Now, following a motorcycle accident last week in New Jersey that left him with a broken leg and a really sad Instagram update, it appears Fetty will be stepping down to be replaced by another hip-hop contemporary, A.S.A.P. Rocky.

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Late Mayor Frank Rizzo Comes to Life in New Stage Play

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Photo by Robert Hakalski

Play readings don’t normally culminate in shouting matches or near-fistfights, but leave it to this world premiere about our controversial late mayor to change that. In May 2014, during a talkback after a reading of the script, one attendee relentlessly fumed at playwright Bruce Graham (The Philly Fan) for going too soft on Rizzo.

“Graham threatened to take him out in the parking lot,” says Best of Philly-winning actor Scott Greer (right), who plays Rizzo in the Theatre Exile production. “That’s how the discussion started.”

Greer, Graham and director Joe Canuso met with everyone from former mayor Wilson Goode to a Rizzo bodyguard to ex-con Vince Fumo to Rizzo right-hand man Marty Weinberg to develop the play, loosely based on Sal Paolantonio’s definitive biography.

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