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American Idol Auditions Heading to Philadelphia

If you ever wanted to be on American Idol, this may be your last chance: The final season of the popular singing contest will bring open call auditions to Philly’s Liacouras Center this August.

The show will hold the call on Sunday, August 2nd for season XV, the last of the long-running competition. More information on the auditions can be found on the official American Idol website.

15 Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in Philly and The Surrounding Area

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Barbecues and parades are fun, but everyone knows Fourth of July is all about the fireworks. Towns across the country have purchased their gunpowder and are gearing up to give an explosive salute to our great nation. We’ve listed some of the most impressive shows taking place throughout the surrounding area.


Grand Finale Fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia is to America what Bethlehem is to Jesus, so we host the granddaddy of the all fireworks shows…it’d be rude not to. The Parkway will feel a little snug this Saturday when thousands join together to watch our hometown heroes The Roots rock the stage. Following the concert a spectacular show will explode over the Art Museum. Saturday, July 4th, 10:30 pm, free, Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 

Delaware River Waterfront

Satisfy pyrotechnical cravings by settling down along prime vantage points on either side of the Delaware River. The Waterfront hosts two shows to celebrate the holiday. Thursday, July 2nd, Saturday, July 4th, free, 9:15 pm, 121 North Columbus Boulevard.

Xfinity Fireworks Show at Citizens Bank Park

Skies above Citizens Bank Park will glow all the colors of the rainbow. The show begins 15 minutes following the baseball game against the Brewers. Thursday, July 2nd, game begins at 6:35 pm, must purchase tickets,  1 Citizens Bank Way. Read more »

Rihanna’s New Music Video is Out of Control

A shot from Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" video.

A shot from Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” video.

Honestly, Rihanna: What the heck is this?

The diva dropped the music video for her newest hit, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and it’s a whole entire world of NSFW craziness. Nudity. Gore. Violence. Profanity. You name it, it’s there. It’s shock for the sake of shocking. Read more »

IN THE WINGS: Ethan Lipton, Jamie Leonhart, and Migguel Anggelo

The Kimmel Center’s Theatre Residency Program features five talented artists who have collaborated with both the Center and New York City’s famed Joe’s Pub for a summer workshop. The goal: develop new works in the heart of the Kimmel’s creative incubator, the SEI Studio. We had a chance to chat with the artists, and this week, we’ll be sharing their answers to our rapid-fire Q&A. Today, we’re featuring artists Ethan Lipton, Jamie Leonhart, and Migguel Anggelo. See part one of 0ur feature here.

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Rocky Spinoff Finally Extinguishes Italian Market Flaming Barrel

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Adonis Creed, son of Apollo, re-traces Rocky’s famous Italian Market run in a new spinoff film. The flaming barrel in the Italian Market has finally been extinguished!

The trailer for Rocky spinoff Creed has debuted, and people in Philadelphia are excited. For one, the trailer is fantastic. You can cut a crappy movie into a good trailer, but it gives us hope this will be a solid sports movie. And second, it contains a lot of great shots of Philly!


Look how recent that skyline shot is! It doesn’t even have the PNB letters on One South Broad, and they were just removed in November. This is one up-to-date movie.

Another bonus: After nearly 40 years, the flaming barrel in the Italian Market from the original Rocky has been extinguished. Recently, too, if the smoke emanating from it in the Creed trailer is an indication.

Another teaser for the movie, posted online by boxer Tony Bellew, contains a scene of Adonis Creed — Apollo’s son — running on the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Brings Back Interactive Family Program

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Photograph Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Graydon Wood

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is helping to raise a region of highbrows thanks to the reinstallation of Art Splash.

For its third year in a row, the popular family program offers a variety of activities that is engaging for both kids and grown-ups alike, and this year the museum is offering some new and improved perks. Read more »

C+C Music Factory Rapper, Rob Base Holding ’90s Dance Party

Harrah's Concert Do you like the 90s? Specifically: Do you like the really, really early 90s, perhaps even going so far back as to hit the late 80s? Then Harrah’s Philadelphia, the casino on the waterfront in Chester, has a concert for you: This Friday, July 3rd, DJ Rob Base and Freedom Williams of C+C Music Factory will be performing at a 90s party at the casino’s new Block Entertainment Center.

Rob Base is best known for his 1988 top-40 hit “It Takes Two” with DJ EZ Rock, who died in April of 2014. No other Base song cracked that high on the charts, though Base’s second album went gold. “There are many critics and listeners who claim that Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock’s ‘It Takes Two’ is the greatest hip-hop single ever cut. It’s hard to disagree with them,” Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote at All Music Guide, though I wouldn’t go that far myself.

C+C Music Factory was founded in 1989 by David Cole and Robert Clivillés. Freedom Williams came on as the rapper for the group’s first album, Gonna Make You Sweat. That 1990 release went five-times platinum and spawned three top-5 hits, including chart topper “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).” Read more »

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