The Beatles are such a universal music experience that many of us have odd entry points to their work. Mine was getting to learn “Yellow Submarine” as an elementary school student back in 1980s Northwest Indiana for a school concert. Little could I imagine that this would be one of the touchstones for a love of rock music, and that around 30 years later I would be in Upper Darby singing along with Ringo Starr to the same song — one he introduced by saying if you do not know it you should be at a Led Zeppelin concert (not missing a beat, one of his bandmates even started playing “Stairway to Heaven”).
Everyone’s favorite animated TV show about the Belcher Family, Bob’s Burgers, is going on tour once again, finding the cast on the East Coast for the first time. If you haven’t watched the show, it concerns the Belcher family’s reopening of their burger restaurant and the mayhem that ensues. There’s Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), who is the chef and creator of all the corny names of his burgers, like the “Go Tell it On the Mutton.” He has a loving wife, Linda (John Roberts), who has a passion for dinner theater and a love for secret-telling. Bob and Linda have three hilarious and quirky kids: Tina (Dan Mintz), the awkward teenage girl who’s obsessed with butts and horses; Gene (Eugene Mirman), an enthusiastic middle child who plays the keyboard and is often seen in the burger suit; and Louise (Kristen Schaal), who is always wearing her pink bunny ears—except for that one time—and is known for her pranks and schemes. The cast will be joined at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater by creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard.
Their stop in Upper Darby will comprise standup comedy, an audience Q&A, a live-reading of the script and some of the unique tunes from the show, like Linda’s lullaby she sings when she brushes her little girl’s hair: “Here goes the hair / There goes the hair / Where goes Harry Truman? / He’s dead in the ground. / Dead in the ground. / Dead, dead, dead.”
This is just a taste of what you’ll see at the show, which takes place on Thursday, March 26th, at Tower Theater. More information and tickets can be found here.
Check out the rest of the East Coast stops below:
Belle and Sebastian have just announced extra dates on their international tour to support their upcoming album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. Lucky for us, Philadelphia’s on the list. Well, it’s actually Upper Darby, but same diff.
See them on June 9th when they play the Tower Theater, their first stop in the states following a string of shows in the United Kingdom from May 3rd to the 24th. Pre-sale begins on Wednesday, January 14th, at 10 a.m. You can snag tickets here at that time.
While you wait, you can listen to Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance while it streams live on NPR’s First Listen. It officially drops on January 20th.
Check out Belle & Sebastian’s full tour lineup below:
This is not a drill: local funny lady Tina Fey has finally reunited with the cast of Mean Girls. Entertainment Weekly made our dreams come true, getting the Upper Darby native together with Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried for a beautiful photo shoot and a lengthy interview.
You probably don’t have much reason to visit Upper Darby, but it continues to make me happy on the ethnic food front, from the all-Asian food court at H Mart to Little Saigon’s pho to the exceptional Thai menu at Sa Bai Dee. And while this newcomer’s name doesn’t make it sound promising, the Dominican offerings inside The Upper Darby Coffee Shop make it well worth a visit. Actually, repeated visits. The Dominican breakfast (eggs, mangu — a mashed plantain dish — and Dominican sausage) is my favorite new way to start the day, and the heaping island lunch plates, the empanadas and the steamy, salty hen soup are all delicious bargains, with full entrées ranging from $8 to $12. As for the coffee at the Coffee Shop? It’s Maxwell House.
Upper Darby Coffee Shop [Foobooz]
Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine
Tina Fey is returning to her hometown of Upper Darby this Saturday for a benefit event for the fantastic Upper Darby Summer Stage program.
There will be a screening of her film Mean Girls followed by a Q&A with Fey. Tickets ($40 to $100, tax-deductible) are nearly sold out, but we have a pair of $100 seats that we’re giving away to one lucky Philly Mag reader.
To enter, all you have to do is sign up for our weekly newsletter in the box below. We’ll draw a winner at random after 5 p.m. this evening.
Over the weekend, Philadelphia comic great Chip Chantry sent me a link for the Upper Darby Police Facebook page. Being that the link was coming from a master of parody (as demonstrated by Chantry’s genius Hall & Oates Christmas video) and that the content didn’t seem to be what you’d expect coming out through official police channels, I thought it was a joke. But it’s not. It’s real. And it’s gold. Read more »
It is without great sadness that I bring you the news that the Jonas Brothers have canceled a 2013 tour set to kick off at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby tomorrow night.
Prepare yourselves, West-of-the-Schuylkill fashionistas, to get dizzy with joy: Upper Darby will soon have an H&M store. That’s right — the Shops at 69th Street will get its own location with all the Swedish tights, tunics, pointy pumps, lip gloss, gold hoops, headbands, silky shirts, tight pants and zippered blazers you could ever want — not just in regular sizes, but in plus sizes too.
So yeah, it appears Woody Allen was inspired by the story of that Upper Darby pizzeria owner who dumped mice in a competitor’s pizza shop.
In the latest issue of the New Yorker, Allen pens “Not a Creature Was Stirring,” a story that is centered around mice with criminal minds.
“It’s all schlock,” the impresario railed. “Chazerai for pubescent sub-mentals.” Producing a clipping from his pants pocket, he said, “Lamp this. I culled it from a little magazine called The Week. Is this or is this not our open sesame to Fort Knox?” The kernel of the Grossnose squib centered on Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, where it seemed that a pizzeria owner was charged by police with planting mice in rival pizza shops. “We never had anything like this,” the Police Superintendent said, “where mice have been used as an instrument of crime.”