12 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

There’s a New Monica Lewinsky Web Series, and It’s Terrible

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You’ll be wishing that you were donning that famous blue dress instead of watching this.

An extremely no low-budget web mini-series, aptly titled Monica, has hit Vimeo, and it’s absolutely dreadful. Based on the torrid love affair between everyone’s favorite beret-wearing intern, Monica Lewinsky, and former President Bill Clinton, the six-part film is written and directed by Doron Max Hagay and stars Lily Marotta as the Gap-wearing protagonist. Read more »

A Permanent Home for Rocky Musical? Bad Idea.

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So this appeared today in the Philadelphia Daily News, under Chuck Darrow’s byline:

“Rocky,” the musical based on the iconic 1976 rags-to-riches film about a ham-and-egg boxer from Kensington, closed its Broadway run last August, a mere five months after its much-hyped debut. But just because New York wasn’t a hospitable host doesn’t mean that Rocky Balboa’s hometown couldn’t be. From this vantage point, bringing the musical to Philly as a permanent attraction is a no-brainer.

Darrow’s being an unabashed cheerleader for our city — something we like to try every now and again ourselves — and, hey, we’re big Rocky fans too. Our Victor Fiorillo heaped praise on the musical when it debuted on Broadway last year.

But this is a terrible idea. One that would probably end in tears.
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Philly Film Festival Will Host a Pop-Up Film Festival at the Flower Show

Ghostbusters is among the films playing at Philadelphia Film Society's pop-up film festival at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Ghostbusters is among the films playing at Philadelphia Film Society’s pop-up film festival at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show is themed “Celebrate the Movies,” so it’s no wonder they’ve teamed up with the Philadelphia Film Society on a pop-up film festival that will take place in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center throughout the run of the Flower Show. Among the films being shown are classics, like Ghostbusters, Wizard of Oz and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, all shown on loop during regular show hours. Check out the full schedule below:

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American Sniper On Track to Become Highest-Grossing Film of 2014

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I’m how rich?!


Only two months after its Christmas Day release, American Sniper, starring Jenkintown’s Bradley Cooper, is on track to become the highest-grossing film of 2014, overtaking the current No. 1 placeholder, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Deadline reports that Sniper, whose box office stands at $322.59 million to date, should surpass Mockingjay’s current $336.45 million standing by the second week of March. More:

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Learn About The History of Music Videos Tonight


Stephen Pitalo likes music videos. He really likes them. So much so that he has a wide-ranging website about the Golden Age of Music Video, which he says is from 1976 to 1993. And tonight you can learn from his deep knowledge of music videos at The History of Music Videos: Part One at PhilaMOCA.

Pitalo’s multimedia presentation will begin with early jazz films, TV performances and movie musicals before eventually moving into the 1980s and the birth of MTV. It ends with the downfall of hair metal and the beginning of the Seattle grunge and alt-rock scene. Doors at PhilaMOCA (531 N 12th St.) open at 7 pm; the event starts at 7:30 pm. Read more »

Cops Break Up Diplo 24-Hour DJ Set, But Not Before He Drops a Surprise Album

Yesterday afternoon, Diplo and Skrillex, who go by Jack Ü when performing together, announced they were doing a 24-hour live-streaming DJ set, but apparently it didn’t make it that far. On his Twitter feed, Diplo reported that it was broken up by cops at around the 18-hour mark.

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Before that, though, Jack Ü made like Beyoncé and surprise-dropped their debut album on iTunes. Titled Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü, the 10-track LP features collaborations from Missy Elliot, Kiesza, 2 Chainz and even Justin Bieber. You can check out the track list and purchase it here.

Diplo Streaming 24-Hour Live DJ Set Right Now


Temple alum Diplo and Skrillex, who go by Jack Ü when performing together, are hosting a 24-hour live DJ set that starts at 4 pm (EST) today. You can watch in the video below, or via Jack Ü’s website. The flyer for the event touts lots of other curious-sounding attractions, like a bubble machine, exercise classes and beanbag hammocks. Unfortunately, it looks like Taylor Swift secrets are off the table.

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Orbiter 3 Playwrights Collective Offering Burlesque-Themed Indiegogo Fundraiser

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Several weeks ago, we profiled the exciting new Philadelphia-based playwrights collective Orbiter 3. The group, which produces new works to highlight Philly’s rising artistic talent, has essentially sold out of memberships before productions even started, an amazing feat when you think about it. Nevertheless, those who are fans of original theater (or stripping) can still get a piece of the action when the group drops their pants during a burlesque show in April. Read more »

Academy of Natural Sciences Announces Dates for Academy Explorers Camp

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University

You’d never know it by stepping outdoors, but warmer weather is slowly inching its way toward us, which means parents better be getting on the ball when it comes to figuring out summer plans for their little ones. The Academy of Natural Sciences is getting ahead of the game by announcing dates and opening registration for its summertime Academy Explorers Camp.

The day camp is for children ages 5 to 12, offering different activities every week week throughout July and August. The itinerary runs the gamut from off-site adventures to craft time, teaching about everything from dinosaurs to preserved specimens to living animals. I can sense your kid’s eyes getting bigger and bigger as I type. Here’s what’s on the docket, from a press release sent out this week:

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