Verdi’s classic tale of a love triangle gone wrong is taking shape at the Academy of Music as Opera Philadelphia presents Don Carlo. We wanted to lighten up the otherwise tragic tale, so we sat down with the opera’s three leads, Leah Crocetto (Elisabetta), Michelle DeYoung (Princess Eboli), and Dimitri Pittas (Don Carlo) and had them take our rapid-fire Q&A about their experiences on stage and, boy, did they reveal some interesting secrets!
My name is … Leah Joanne Crocetto, the first born daughter of Richard and Marcia Crocetto of Waterbury, CT and Brookfield, CT, respectively.
I am a … superhero. No. But if I were a superhero, I would want my super powers to be the ability to fly. Invisibility would be to hard: There would be too much information to glean. Flying. Yep! Flying is the ability for me. I would, of course use my super power for good and quick travel. It would come in handy in this job.
On opening night … my family will be here! I am so excited whenever they are in the audience. I will also look into the balcony and feel my dad with me. I dedicate each performance to him.
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Meek Mill has made it all the way from South Philly to marrying one of the biggest hip-hop stars in the world.
After teases from both Meek and his girlfriend, Nicki Minaj posted a ring (above) on her Instagram late last night. Multiple reports say the duo are engaged. Read more »
Actor Bradley Cooper, director-producer Lee Daniels, pop star Taylor Swift and comedian Kevin Hart were named today to the Time 100 list, the magazine’s annual naming of the world’s most influential people.
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The old Ajax Metal Co. building in Fishtown—situated across from SugarHouse at Frankford Avenue—is undergoing a $32 million renovation courtesy of the House of Blues Entertainment division of Live Nation. When finished, it will become a 141,000-square-foot entertainment complex, housing two live-music venues, a comedy club, 24-lane bowling alley, distillery and Italian restaurant.
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Each week, we curate a perfect Philly-themed date night of the week—whether you’re longtime lovebirds or Tinder-discovered newbies. This week, we’re taking you to some of our favorite speakeasies in the Rittenhouse area that would make for perfect evening of sophisticated bar-hopping.
In the spirit of a speakeasy, there's no actual website for this Stephen Starr bar, which is located in the back of his El Rey restaurant, but don't be fooled: This dark, sexy spot is a great way to start a date night. The small watering hole features black leather booths and expert bartenders whipping up a host of memorable cocktails, plus you can snack on an assortment of goodies from the El Rey kitchen. It's not on the menu, but for a light drink that will get you buzzing, ask for the Ranstead Fruit Cup. You won't regret it. Sunday-Saturday, 6:30 pm to 2 am, Ranstead Room, 2013 Ranstead Street
1 Tippling Place is a quirky spot that feels like across between a library, an antique shop, and a bar: There are tons of cozy, worn couches to rest on while enjoying your specially made libations, and the staff is warm and friendly. The Gin Gin Mule, made of gin, lime, mint, ginger, pineapple, and soda, is a sweet way to start, and they also make a mean French 75. This is a perfect spot to cuddle up with your date: Hey, at this point, you've had a few to drink, right? Tuesday-Sunday, 5 pm to 2 am, 1 Tippling Place, 2006 Chestnut Street
Honestly, we saved the best for last: The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company is the place of legend, and there's clearly a reason why. The bartenders are probably the best in the city and can concoct just about anything your taste buds desire, although you can't go wrong with sharing a massive order of punch (they have several varieties). The sexy marble and leather accents and candlelit space is the perfect way to bring your evening to an end (or not … ) Sunday-Saturday, 5 pm to 2 am, The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company, 112 South 18th Street
Here are some of our picks for the best and most interesting offerings from Netflix streaming this month.
The Babadook (2014)
Last year’s critical darling (and one much-appreciated by Ticket) is many things: an unconventional spook story, an examination of suppressed parental grief and rage, and an art-house treatment of the standard boogey-man myth. But mostly, Jennifer Kent’s film is straight-up scary as hell. Served best at night, long after the kid(s) have been put safely to bed.
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“Pavilion 3: The Stuff of Dreams”
Philly loves a pop-up experience, and starting May 30th, there will be one of glowing proportions invading Eakins Oval, as “Future Sensations,” a massive art installation, sets up shop. Read more »
Samples from NRI 3DLab.
Forget voodoo dolls: How about creating a life-like miniature action figure of yourself and freaking everyone out with your little mini-me? There’s a place in Philly that’s making that (strange) dream come true.
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A couple from Oregon wrote and recorded a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song parody that effectively dropped the news to their family and friends that they’re expecting.
The video has since gone viral, being viewed on YouTube over 1.6 million times. The song, originally penned and performed by Philly rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, includes so-bad-they’re-good lyrics, like “I woke up in the morning about 7 or 8 and thought to myself, ‘Oh man, I’m late! ’Looked at the test stick, it was finally there. A little plus sign—we’re now three, not a pair.”
Check it out above; everyone else in the world did.
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Apparently, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the “legendary” band The Grateful Dead. (What, you didn’t know?) And to commemorate this sacred occasion, Philadelphia radio station WXPN is offering 24 hours of the Grateful Dead. They’re calling it the Day of the Dead. (Creative!) And they even have a hashtag: #XPNDeadDay. All of which has us ready to puke. Read more »