8 Things to Do in Philly This Week: Dollar Stroll on Baltimore Avenue, Mount Airy Street Fare, and More



DO THIS: Spruce Street Harbor Park Winds Down Fall Festival

Unfortunately the city’s adored summertime hangout Spruce Street Harbor Park will soon be a mere memory, but not before converting into an autumnal wonderland for a weekend-long fall-themed celebration.

Spruce Street Harbor Park Fall Fest will begin this Friday, September 19th, and run through Sunday, September 21st, giving you three days to enjoy the park’s seasonally appropriate makeover, along with a full schedule of activities for adults and kids alike.

Philly Beer Week will curate a lineup of regional beers, pouring craft brews from a different mid-Atlantic area each day, along with special seasonal cocktails (think red sangria with cranberries and oranges). Plus, food trucks will be onsite to satisfy every sort of palette, serving up eats with a focus on fall’s freshest ingredients.

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Philly’s Courtney Lapresi Wins Season 5 of MasterChef

courtney lapresiCourtney Lapresi caught a lot of flack on MasterChef this season for what her competitors deemed a questionable background as a stripper at Delilah’s and later an aerial dancer at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. But last night on the show’s finale, the Philly chef proved she’s got more than, as one contestant put it, “boobs out on a pole.”

There were breasts involved in the finale, however: a sumac duck breast. That was part of the final meal that also included crispy pig’s ear and cherry meringue that wowed judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot, and earned her the top prize.

She walks away from the show with a whopping $250,000 and a cookbook deal. Many congrats!

[Entertainment Weekly]

10 Dreadful Entertainment-Themed Halloween Costumes That Shouldn’t Exist

‘Tis the season for those pop-up Halloween stores that open at vacant former mega-bookstores or old, abandoned Circuit City locations: they are warehouses of spooky crap that reminds me why I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in ages. Just the other day, I spotted two recently opened locations: one on Chestnut Street between 15th and 16th and another in Cherry Hill across from the mall.

But even worse than these temporary warehouses of inflatable ghost lawn decorations: the costumes.

People, these things aren’t cute. They aren’t funny. And they look like someone with the social IQ of, like, negative ten came up with the ideas.

Below are ten of the absolute worst entertainment-themed costumes you can find at the earlier mentioned Halloween outlets (these all came from Spirit Halloween). Please, proceed with great caution…



 

 

 

7 Shows to See in Philly This Week: Tom Petty, Dipset, The Black Keys and More



 

OutBeat, the Nation’s First Queer Jazz Festival, Heads to Town This Week

Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington

Our sister blog, G Philly, has presented lots of coverage on OutBeat, the nation’s first ever LGBTQ jazz festival, that’s playing right here in Philly this upcoming week. However, this event isn’t just for those who fall in the LGBTQ spectrum: it’s a major musical fest for jazz lovers that is bringing some of the best musicians in the genre to our city. Read more »

Paris Hilton’s $13,000 Dog Purchase Could Have Bought 315 Books for Philadelphia School Students

Paris Hilton (via Shutterstock)

Paris Hilton (via Shutterstock)

Last week, our own Victor Fiorillo reported on a crowdfunding campaign being conducted by a AP History teacher at Philadelphia High School for Girls to purchase books for the cash-starved district. We’ve been told the teacher, Mr. Mark Hoey, has reached his goal via the generosity of strangers on the internet.

But what if Paris Hilton helped? Read more »

11 Things To Do In Philly This Weekend

The Philadelphia FringeFest continues this weekend.

The Philadelphia FringeFest continues this weekend.

Here’s our Friday-Saturday-Sunday fun-time list of events in the Philly region: we’re loving how art-centric this September weekend is shaping up.

 

Additional reporting by Bryan Buttler.

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