Enjoying the somewhat peculiar charms of the Tribeca Film Festival, I’ve taken in a host of films on my first two days. Here are some of the highlights.
Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben will be back in the area Tuesday night for a show at The Ardmore Music Hall. He has produced four albums: Aiming for Honesty (2008); The Ones That Matter (2012); Thoughts I’ve Never Had Before, Part 1 (2012); and Part 2 (2012). Ruben’s four albums were produced independently of major record labels. “I’ve worked with some big companies in the past, never really found a perfect fit,” Ruben says. “I’ve been fortunate to do this full-time and make a living.”
In January we interviewed Lambertville author James McBride, who had just won the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. When we asked if the book would be made into a movie like his previous work Miracle at St. Anna, he responded that, ”No one’s called … But look, if you write a book because you want someone to turn it into a film, you’re making a mistake.”
Philebrity founder Joey Sweeney’s new music video is about as literal as it comes. In “Records and Coffee,” he putzes around the city buying records and drinking coffee. He slaps his knee when he sings about knees (we actually have a GIF of that above), and you better believe he goes down when he sings “falling down heartbroken.” The one thing we can’t figure out, though, is the weird CGI bird around 1:40. Wha?!
We round up five of the weekend’s guaranteed-good-time events, including Farm Fest at The Oval, the Center City Jazz Festival, Franklin Flea, and more.
Looking for more Easter-centric events? We’ve roundup up some of those, too. Find 6 of our top picks here.
UPDATE [4/18/2014, 11:41 a.m.]: Wow, y’all must like wine as much as I do. Those tickets went fast. Congrats to reader Veronica. Sorry to the rest of you, but, remember, you can still get tickets at a discounted rate with the promo code “TICKET15.”
Philadelphia magazine’s Wine + Food Festival kicks off at the swanky Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum on May 10th with an afternoon of Philly-centric nibbles, and samplings of over 600 vinos from around the globe, and Ticket‘s been given a pair of, er, tickets to give away to our lush-y readers.
Our weekly round-up of new releases, ranked for your viewing pleasure, by their indispensability and watchability. Yes, we made up that word.
Bensalem-bred singer-songwriter Christina Perri comes back home this weekend to perform songs from her new album, Head Or Heart, at the Electric Factory. Ticket gabbed with the “Human” songstress about everything from growing up in the Philly burbs, her 70 (!) tattoos, and how she can’t wait to get home to see her “big ass South Philly Italian family.”
That’s right; get your ’80′s fix for just ten bucks. Tomorrow, Friday, April 18th, Harrah’s Atlantic City, Harrah’s Philadelphia, and Showboat Atlantic City will host a flash sale, reducing tickets for summer shows to just $9.99.
Perhaps the biggest name in the lineup is Billy Idol, who’s starting off his U.S./European Summer tour at House of Blues in Atlantic City on May 31st. That could mean shouting all the words to “White Wedding” along with Billy for less than the cost of a Best of Billy Idol CD.
Also on sale are tickets for Neon Trees, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy, Nick DiPaolo and Robert Kelly, Paul Reiser, and Lisa Marie Presley. The promotion is only available for one day and while tickets last, so buy early. You can purchase House of Blues Tickets here.
Where can you find (or avoid) the Easter Bunny this year? Here, we round up some of the city’s best Easter weekend to-dos:
Philly Rabbit Run 5K: Shake it Off for Parkinson’s hosts a 5k walk/run/hop at the Philadelphia Zoo. Great for families or anyone who wants a little pre-ham exercise. Saturday, 4/19, 7 a.m., Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue.
Camden Children’s Garden Brunch with Bunny: Hop across the river for a festive brunch at Camden’s Children’s Garden, catered by the Tortilla Press. In attendance will be the Easter Bunny, available for pictures and to share in activities like the Garden Carousel, an egg hunt, and arts and crafts. Saturday, April 19th, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., $25, Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive.
Easter at the Bellevue featuring the Easter Bunny: Springs fluffiest guest of honor makes the rounds at the Bellevue Hotel, where kids can pose with the hopper. Be sure to post your picks with #BellevueBunny. Oh, and come back for Easter brunch the next day. Saturday, April 19th, noon-2 p.m., Bellevue Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets.
Stenton Easter Egg Hunt: Historic Stenton opens up its grounds to young scavengers at its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Also scheduled are activities like natural-egg dyeing, arts and crafts, and games. Saturday, April 19th, 1 – 3 p.m., free, Stenton, 4601 North 18th Street.
South Street Headhouse District 83rd Annual Easter Promenade: Easter fun and Philly history come together in this longstanding spring festival. Kids can partake in Easter festivities like costume contests, a bunny hop, traditional treats, and live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band. Sunday, April 20th, 12:30 -2 p.m., free, Passayunk and South streets.
Sister City Parks Plant Pop-Up: Sister City Parks celebrates Easter and the long-awaited spring with a pop-up plant and produce shop from Greensgrow Farms. It’s the perfect way to prep and stock up for Easter dinner. The kids can get their hands dirty, too, with a planting exercise designed for miniature green thumbs. Sunday, April 20th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway