GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Boy George at TLA on April 18th

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Eighties pop star, gay icon and the karma chameleon himself, Boy George, is coming to Philadelphia‘s TLA on April 18th to promote his latest album, This is What I Do, and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away!

The album is a comeback of sorts for the singer-songwriter, who recently announced he’s on track to beating a longtime drug and alcohol addiction. He’s looking great, sounding fabulous, and the new album — the first all-new studio work since 1995′s Cheapness and Beauty — is getting solid reviews. The Guardian actually called it “the comeback of 2013.”

To win tickets to the show, fill in your name and email in the box below. Each day around 5 p.m. I will randomly choose a winner and email them with info on how to pick up their tickets. Entries get wiped out daily, so be sure to submit every day. You can find details about the show here.


NoLibs Civic Still Concerned About TLA Movie Theater

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A rendering presented to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. Photo by Sandy Smith.

This much is clear after the proposed Warehouse Cinema’s second trip before the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) Zoning Committee on Feb. 24: While the committee and its neighbors generally like the idea, they’re not going to let it sail through without ironclad assurances about two things.

One, that it will be a place where people go to see movies with food and drink on the side and not a bar and restaurant where people can catch a flick.

Two, that the crowds and noise won’t spill over onto nearby streets — or even the desolate block of North Sixth Street this project will enliven.

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REVIEW: Cheltenham Rapper Lil Dicky Kicked Off His First Live Tour at TLA

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Lil Dicky, the white, Jewish rapper from Cheltenham, kicked off his first live tour last night at TLA, amusing the crowd with his YouTube hits and fun banter.

After being stood up by a couple strippers who were supposed to open the show, he began his set with a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating just how much fun the show would be: “I got a business background,” he explained. “That’s why they call me Lil Dicky aka the Priceline negotiator.”

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Cheltenham Rapper Lil Dicky Kicks Off His First Live Tour at TLA Wednesday

lil dicky philadelphia tourLil Dicky (aka David Burd), a Jewish rapper hailing from Cheltenham, Pa., kicks off his first-ever live tour at TLA  this Wednesday.

His foray into rap began when he was working full-time in account management at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. One day he decided to spice up a monthly progress report by turning his three-page memo into a rap video. The company liked it so much that they gave him the opportunity to work in their creative department, where he wrote copy for ads like the NBA’s “BIG” campaign, among others.

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GIRL TALK: Karmin Raps About Their New Album, Tiffs With L.A. Reid and More

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On Friday, vocalist Amy Heidemann and (ooh-la-la) pianist Nick Noonan, better known as sassy pop duo Karmin, are coming to the TLA to perform tracks from their first studio album, Pulses. I called them up this week to chat about what they’ll be doing in Philly, the tiff with their label that kept delaying the album release, and how the lovebirds manage to keep from strangling each other after having to work together every day.

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TLA Pitches Movie Theater to Northern LIberties

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A rendering presented to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. Photo by Sandy Smith.

TLA’s Ray Murray went in front of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association last night to shed some light on his plans for Warehouse Cinema, the three screen, lounge-style theater he’s proposing for  631 N 6th Street.

The neighbors had a bunch of concerns including hours of operation, size or restrooms and the amount of outdoor seating.

Property has more details on the proposal and the zoning meeting.

More Details on TLA’s Proposed Movie Theater on North Sixth Street [Property]

More Details on TLA’s Proposed Movie Theater on North Sixth Street

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A rendering presented to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. Photo by Sandy Smith.

It’s been some time since Ray Murray ran an actual movie theater. The old Theater of the Living Arts is now a concert hall, and his company, TLA Video, does business strictly online now, having closed all its video rental stores. But the movie theater bug apparently has infected him again, for he has come up with a new use for part of the TLA warehouse at 631 N. Sixth Street in Northern Liberties.

He showed preliminary sketches of his proposed Warehouse Cinema to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) at its Jan. 28 zoning committee meeting.

The theater would bring a new concept in cinema to Philadelphia: the “lounge style” theater that makes the moviegoing experience something closer to home theater, only with bigger screens, better sound, and a greater variety of food and drink available.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Karmin at TLA [CONTEST CLOSED]

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We’re celebrating our first week of Ticket by giving away — well look at that — tickets to see Karmin at the TLA on Fri., Jan. 31. The pop duo — consisting of peppy vocalist Amy Heidemann and pianist Nick Noonan —  is currently on a tour to promote their first full-length album, Pulses, due out on March 25.  The group became famous via a string of amazing cover videos on YouTube, where Heidemann flawlessly imitated everyone from Nicki Minaj to Chris Brown to Lady Gaga. In 2011, they signed with Epic Records, and put out their most popular single, “Brokenhearted.” Most recently they’ve released “Acapella” and “I Want it All,” both from the upcoming album.

Contest details after the jump

New Gay Film to Be Set, Shot
in Philly, Probably

kelly burkhart joe grahamWhen local artist and film buff Kelly Burkhardt was working at TLA as the vice president of operations, a lot of movie scripts would come and go across her desk without much thought. There was one that slipped by, though, that continued to haunt her. It was called Beautiful Something, a fast-paced story written by Joseph Graham, who had worked with TLA previously on the movie Strapped. It followed four  gay men on one wild night on the town, and she remembers thinking it would be great set in Philly. But its aggressive tone and a tiny lack of character development kept it from being a great fit for TLA.

This year, after resigning from the company, she decided to reach out to the Graham to see if he’d be interested in not only working with her to get it produced, but shooting it right here in Philly.

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