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This Weekend: Winter Beer Fest at World Cafe Live

WCLbeerfestIf the thought of watching another Eagles game right now is just too much to bear, here’s something to do instead. Distract (or anesthetize) yourself by drinking a whole lot of beer at World Café Live’s seventh annual winter beer fest. A variety of styles will be represented, but there’ll be special attention placed on dark and winter beers (natch), of both foreign and domestic origin.

The Whiskeyhickon Boys will be playing, and among the 40+ confirmed breweries are Avery, Bell’s, Dogfish Head, Troegs (maybe with some Mad Elf?) and Duck Rabbit. Everything will be happening downstairs at World Cafe Live, starting at 1pm (same as game time). And all it’ll take is $40 to get you through the door.

Winter beer Festival [World Cafe Live]

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Out Philly Poet Denice Frohman Performs with Andrew Lipke and the Aizuri Quartet


This Thursday, November 6th, local queer poet—and 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam winnerDenice Frohman is making a special appearance at World Café Live alongside local musician Andrew Lipke and the Aizuri Quartet. The artists will come together to create a mix of indie rock, classical music, and spoken word rhymes for a one-night event.

Lipke will be premiering new music with the Aizuri Quartet, and Frohman will perform her poem “Anniversary,” set to new music by Lipke. Tickets for Thursday’s show are just $20 ($14 for students) and can be purchased here.

Frohman made headlines last year when she performed the now-viral poem “Dear Straight People.”

Thursday’s event comes courtesy of LiveConnections‘ ClassicAlive series, which brings together diverse musicians to perform for underserved communities via webcasting and live programming. Look for the next show in the series on Sunday, November 23rd at World Cafe Live. Featuring Michi Wiancko and Judd Greenstein, the performance will mix classical chamber-pop with folk, jazz, and electronica.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Local The Voice Hopeful Matt McAndrew at World Cafe Live

Photo by Susan Rostron

Matt McAndrew at World Café Live | Photo by Susan Rostron

It’s an unseasonably warm Wednesday in October and I’m on my way to see a golden-throated, moppy-haired, tattoo-covered 23-year-old perform an acoustic set at World Café Live. It’s a long way from the typical heavy metal show that I usually attend. How did this happen?

I got sucked in to NBC’s The Voice, thats how. I am a huge fan of the musical talent show that overflows with so much positive energy, it makes Pat Croce look like the old man from Up. Like last year, this season’s show features some gifted contestants from our corner of the bar—Danica Shirey and Matt McAndrew—the latter of which I am here to see.

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