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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!

Ministry of Secret Jokes

This Wednesday – stand-up jokey jokersons from the Ministry of Secret Jokes will be upstairs at Fergie’s Pub. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This show will be the last Wednesday of every month. It’s FREE! They advertise dancing bears, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up. I have a feeling they’re not serious. Let’s also hope Kent Haines “pretends” he’s from Alabama!

I’m looking for funny bonnets

Does God care what you wear? I will be out and about to see what other people think they should be wearing to celebrate Easter. There is some sort of Easter-fashion-wear-your-bonnet parade/contest in Headhouse Square (2nd & Pine) on Sunday, March 23, from 1-3. Since I don’t really give a flying you-know-what about religious holidays, I will be going to people-watch. It sounds fun, and if you are religious, you can partake in this fashion show/contest! I think I read a mention of drag queens in the City Paper. Here is the real information.

Furthermore, if you want to play Halloween on Easter, you can just go drinking, dressed as a zombie. Thanks, as always, City Paper!

What I’m Doing Tonight

By Friday, I’m usually so run down that I enjoy spending the evening in, relaxing. But tonight I’m going to Jinxed Clothing for a Toy release party. It’s technically called “The Mr. Lertchman Toy Release Party” and features mainly the work of i make monsters. Also included are my favorite toys from Jude Buffum, Christine Curry, Kevin Edward Herdeman, Richard Kercz, Amanda Mello, Michael Bukowski, Greg Labold, Mike Stoneroad, and more.

I read that there will be barbecue, cupcakes, and beer. What more could you want?

The best part about this is that you can win the top prize of a giant turd monster. Come on! It IS funny. I know many of you are adult children, like me. I have to say that the first time I saw the turds, I was just browsing down 4th St., went in, and saw this clear plastic toilet by the front window. There was a sign that read something like, “go ahead! reach inside!” And in there were little stuffed knitted or crocheted brown turds, some with eyes and smiles, some with bits of fake food in them. This is true potty humor, folks! Loosen up and meet me over there: 620 S. 4th St. 7-10 p.m.

Eagles Wallpaper Wednesday


Last Thursday evening I took a friend to the airport and on the way back go totally mired in the traffic that was people heading to the Linc for the Eagles preview game. It was just one small reminder of how football crazy folks in this town can get. Local designer John Bilotta, Jr., in honor of this weekend’s season opener, has put up a Wallpaper Wednesday dedicated to the E-A-G-L-E-S.

Just about every Wednesday, Johnny puts up a new design that you can download at will and use as your computer desktop. Add his blog to your reader and go browse his archives. There’s some really neat stuff there, and the accompanying stories of how the designs came to be are frequently just as interesting as the images.

At the Library

Helen Oyeyemi, author of ‘The Opposite House’, and ‘The Icarus Girl’, will speak and sign books, tonight June 19th at the Central Library on the Parkway at 7pm. It is free and doors open 45 minutes before event.

June 21 at 7pm Dennis Ross, America’s long serving Middle East envoy and former U.S. Ambassador will sign and discuss his new book, ‘Statecraft’.

Treasure trove for the scavengers

Driving home from a friend’s house along Spruce Street just a little while ago, I passed what seemed like an apartment’s worth of stuff on the sidewalk, waiting for the morning trash collection. There were armchairs, a bed and a dresser that I could see, and most of it looked to be in pretty good shape. So if you are a collector or stuff, or looking for some furniture bargains, you might want to swing by the 1600 block of Spruce before morning. You might just find something wonderful.

Global Forum: Women & HIV

As part of their AIDS Education month series, Philadelphia FIGHT will present a Global Forum on Women and HIV tomorrow night. For anyone who might be interested in attending: Global Forum: Women & HIV

Date: Thursday, June 14th
Time: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Wistar Institute, 3601 Spruce Street
Registration: Register online or call 215.985.4448, ext. 250

The growing feminization of the AIDS pandemic will be discussed by exploring the gender inequality underlying rising incidence rates among women and girls. Please join us for 3 workshops examining global policies, conditions for women in Sub-Saharan Africa, and HIV among African women in the U.S., followed by a presentation and discussion by C.H.A.N.G.E (Center for Health and Gender Equity) on the critical campaign: Women Won’t Wait! This campaign calls attention to the intersection between rising HIV/AIDS among women and gender-based violence and demands global funding accountability to support programs that address this relationship.

(A light dinner will be provided.)

Earth Day Every Day

At the Cecilian Center for Earth, Arts and Spirit, 100 W. Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia ,19119
Phone 215 849 3364

Dom Roberti, Ph.D.

Threats to our life support systems on earth challenge us to a new spirituality based on an entirely new way of looking at the natural world, taking into account results from empirical science, from our personal experience, and from our various faith traditions, including the Bible. The four sessions will be devoted to Teilhard de Chardin’s sacred cosmology, biological evolution, the universe story, and entropy and chaos. Each session will have a presentation by the instructor and at least an hour for dialogue among the participants.
Four sessions


May 2, 9, 16, 23

9:30 – 11:30 am
Free will offering

Wissahickon Day Parade – This Sunday

This Sunday is the annual Wissahickon Day Parade in Wissahickon Valley Park. The day starts off with a horse show at the Northwestern Equestrian Facility at 9:00 AM. Then, a parade of 20 classic horse drawn carriages and dozens of individual riders will parade south through the park from there on Forbidden Drive to Valley Green. The oldest continuing equine parade in the country beings at 11:15 AM. The weather is meant to clear up by Sunday, so if you’re into horses come on up to Chestnut Hill and enjoy!

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