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And then the weekend…

As we swing into May, rumored month of flowers, here comes a jam-packed weekend. On my possible agenda, we start with First Friday (also cheesesteak Friday, in some parts). Saturday, animal lovers can stroll up to PAWS (2nd and Arch) around half-past-noon and check out the “Voices of the Phillies”, where you can meet the broadcasters and announcers for autographs and photos. They’ll be accepting your donations for pets that need adoption. With your donation of money or one of the items on their list, you run the risk of winning Phillies prizes! There’s gonna be more pushin’ and shovin’ Philly Roller Girls at the Sportsplex in NE Philly (5 p.m.). Check the website for directions, ticket outlets, and more. A portion of the bout proceeds benefits Girls Rock Philly. After that, I was thinking about heading to see The Kills at Johnny Brenda’s.

Sunday, relaxation time. This is my favorite day. Headhouse Market re-opens for the season. I just found out that one of my favorite bands, Hoots and Hellmouth, will be playing for FREE at 10 a.m. Come stomp around with them!

Sakura Sunday

maiko girlsThis past Sunday was Sakura Sunday, the main event in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival here in Philadelphia. The area around the Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park was packed with a remarkable turnout this year. The trees cooperated with their full blooms, providing a perfect backdrop for the day.Highlights included the drumming and dancing demonstrations on the main stage, formal tea ceremonies in the Horticultural Center, beautiful textiles for sale and plenty of free activities. true to the name, the Japanese American food court included a wide variety of foods from sushi to Texas beef and crab cakes.Despite ominous clouds, the weather held nicely making for a beautiful Sakura Sunday. If you missed it this time, definitely check it out next spring. Admission is completely free.

Colbert in Philly and so much more!

Big news this week. Big news. Damn near gigantic news…and no, I am not only referring to the fact that Team GFY almost reached double digits in runs scored, as opposed to constantly allowed double digits in runs…I will get to that later.

No friends, the big news is the arrival of Stephen Colbert to Philly. Colbert’s show, The Colbert Report, will be broadcasting from good ol’ UPenn all this week. Last night’s guests included Mayor Nutter, Hardballer Chris Matthews, and a fat Ben Franklin manning the Election Center. Tonight, the Roots will be on, as well as Michelle Obama.

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania – at least for the next few days – is a crucial battleground for the Democratic Presidential Nomination and of course, the candidates, HillDogg and Obama are carefully watching the words and gearing their tired rhetoric to the good people of this equally good commonwealth. There is a rumor that HillDogg herself will be a guest of Colbert’s this week, unless imaginary sniper fire keeps her from attending. No word on Barack, because he’s obviously sipping Mai Tai’s at some exclusive country club, flipping through The Wall St Journal and watching cricket…you know, things those elitists dudes do.

Out in the suburbs Sunday, headed to GFY’s game, I kept one on the road and one eye out for said candidates, excepting them to be out there, picking up trash on the highway or browsing through a yard sale. But nope. Didn’t see anything except a kick ass, slow-pitch, softball performance by Team GFY. The Rocket looked strong, Knifefight and Screamin’ Pervez were no shows, and while the left side of the infield (manned by GFY’s own Ozzie and Jose) looked shaky due to an abandonment of the team’s staunch 48 minute rule, contributions were made by the entire team…including Mets Fan Matt, on loan from the great state of Minnesota.

It was a doubleheader! Completely unexpected…GFY lost both games, but not their hearts, their souls, and their lunches. I mean, one team had a Flying Bison on it and one team had a dude that looked like Squints from The Sandlot.Next week, GFY’s small ball approach to the game will be tested against…someone. It seems as if no one actually knows the schedule. But it’s on Sunday…

…and Sunday is only a few days after Wednesday, when forecasters are predicting the start of a nice string of good springtime weather. The Astros are in town for a few days, the Sixers are fighting for a playoff berth that will look kind of respectable after they ultimately get swept, and the Flyers are fighting the legitimate future of hockey.

Good times, good times.

Happy Tuesday…now let’s play two!

Beer/Art

Cheerio! I’m gonna be gone for about 9 days, but on the night I make my return to Philly, Thursday, April 17, I’m hoping to attend a nice event at Nexus, a gallery in the Crane Building (1400 N. American Street, Suite 102). Philadelphia Brewing Company will hold a beer tasting event. I’ve had 3 of their new beers, and believe you me, they are delicious and refreshing! Walt Wit (I’ve heard it has chamomile, and I certainly felt calm while I was drinking it). Rowhouse Red, a “ruddy French farmhouse ale.” Best of all – Kenzinger, a “golden session ale.”

Well, yes, I’ve tried 3 of PBA’s 4 beers, but I guess I’ve gotta go just to try the Newbold IPA. They’ve got a $10 donation fee, as well, but it’ll be worth it!

It’s a Beautiful World!

First, things look wonderful on the Metblog, don’t you think? That’s beautiful!

Second, I want you to check out some art at a prime hotspot in Old City on Friday. First Friday! Yay! I know you all love it, since I see throngs of you wandering around my Old City workplace by 6 on First Fridays.

To the point: F.U.E.L. (249-51 Arch St.) is featuring “It’s a Beautiful World,” the fourth installment of Scion‘s National Art Tour. The installation features interpretations of the theme in four different mediums: sculpture, painting, photography, and collage. Launched in 2003, Scion Installation is a revolutionary art tour affirming Scion’s ongoing commitment to supporting independent artistic expression and featuring work from an unprecedented collective of contemporary artists.

This year’s artists include: Andrew Pommier, Andy Mueller, Angela Boatwright, Blaine Fontana, Blek LeRat, Books llll, Caia Koopman, Chris Yormick, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, Eye One, Francesco LoCastro, Freddi C, J. Shea, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Joshua Krause, Kelsey Brookes, Kenton Parker, Kofie, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, Rammellzee, RETNA, R. Grimes, Ron English, Sam Flores, Sage Vaughn, Skwerm, Tim McCormick, Travis Millard and more. In attendance will be Cody Hudson and Ron English. You can check out their art here.

Music: DJ Junior

Opening: Mar. 7 (7p-11p)

Closing: Mar. 21

Get Knitty

My roommate just passed me some information about this, which I’ve never heard of before, despite being from the neighborhood!

4th Friday on 4th St. – (and I know 4th Street has had something of a revival lately – Red Hook Cafe, Brickbat Books, some type of sporting shop I passed the other day – it’s not just for sewing materials anymore!)
That said, this bit is courtesy of Sophie’s Yarns (713 S. 4th St.):

“Come join us this Friday, 2/22 from 6-8 for Fourth Friday on 4th Street. Kits will be available for the knit-along project or just bring your latest project and knit and sit awhile. Participating shops will be open late and doing all kinds of cool stuff and serving wine and goodies. After visitng us, check out the workshop on embroidering hankies at Busstop Boutique!

FINALLY A SOCK CLASS yes, at last we’ve got a sock class on the calendar! Learn the basics of sock knitting on double pointed needles with Lisa, 2 Sundays 3/2 &3/9 from 2-4. For more details and to register, visit the website www.sophiesyarns.com or call us at the shop 215-925-KNIT. Class size limited to 6 students.”
I’m glad I could give such a nice shop (with a cat!) some free advertisement. They are nice.

Fun-A-Day 4, hosted by The Artclash! Collective

What’s Fun-A-Day, say you? Simply put, it’s a free art show in West Philly. More specifically, a show by local artists who created one work on each day in January. In Philly, some 70 people — professional artists and casual funlovers alike — signed up to participate in 2008. This year’s creations run the gamut from thirty-one haikus composed on SEPTA, to a daily leaf-quilt-square, to a month of different breakfast pastries. Others are entitled “neon paper cut designs,” “a walk and a photo,” and “flowchart-a-day.”
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Yummy Closing

One of my friends curated the show, “Yummy,” at the Nexus Gallery in Northern Liberties. They’ll have closing ceremonies for the show this Friday, February 1, including food, music, prizes, and comedy! Festivities begin at 7:00. Bring canned and non-perishable food items to NEXUS for those in need. The collection bin is located right outside the gallery door.

Dave Eggers Jan 9th at Free Library

Oooohh next Wednesday at the Central Branch of the Free Library…we’re going to get introspective…

Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and confounder of McSweeney’s, will be in Philly Wednesday January 9th. He’ll be discussing his latest book, What is the What, a fictionalized account of a boy’s desperate trek out of Sudan. The book is currently One Book, One Philadelphia’s reading selection.

The talk is free, and sure to be chalk full of dudes scribbling notes in leather-bound notebooks, art chicks in hand made sweaters, and college writing professors trying to gain some understanding as to why free form prose about frisbees is so popular amongst their students.

Strange, sad display in Headhouse Square

This past Sunday I made the requisite preparatory beer run, for me between Brewer’s Outlet in Mt. Airy and my friend’s home in south philly. On the way I stopped with my husband at Headhouse Square for a Cosi lunch before dropping him at work. I spotted a very odd display from Pine street. At first I thought it was an abandoned toy. It appears to be more of a statement; my best guess would be child abuse or specifically molestation. It was very sad and strange.

art/statement?

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