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The Who2K video game tournament comes with a cash prize

As video games progressed in terms of quality and depth over the years, the gaming industry also gave birth to several subcultures that only serve to enhance its enjoyment. One of the larger subcultures is eSports, which is basically professional video gaming. Unlike traditional sports, however,...

Monday, July 24, 2017, 3:52 PM

6 roadside attractions in the Philly region

Summertime is the time for car trips, whether it is just a day-long excursion to a local theme park or a week-long vacation to the Jersey shore. But what can be done to help deal with the monotony of hours-long rides in the car, with nothing around for miles but the open road? Roadside attractions...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 1:54 PM

5 things you can't miss at this year's Philadelphia Podcast Festival

Listening to your favorite podcast has become the new way to pass time on long commutes, during downtime at work, or while exercising at the gym. And while Philadelphians are podcasting fans like anyone else, certain members of the community have turned to creating their own audio masterpieces....

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 2:47 PM

The best spots to take in the Philadelphia skyline

The Philadelphia skyline is one of the most beautiful and recognizable skylines in the country. The “gentlemen’s agreement” that decreed that no building should rise above the brim of William Penn’s hat atop City Hall was broken in the late 1980s, thus paving the way for an...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 3:55 PM

‘Carnivolution’ returns to Powelton Village

One of the most unique performances in Philadelphia will be carrying on without its mentor for the first time on Friday, June 23. As they say, the show must go on. For over 13 years, Squidling Bros., the colorful minds behind “Carnivolution,” used their show to bring the...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12:47 PM

J1-Con brings anime, manga and video games to Philly

Anime — the collective term for Japanese animation — has grown from a very niche interest to a global phenomenon. With comic book conventions morphing into popular culture gatherings and large industry trade shows, many self-professed nerds have turned to anime conventions for solace....

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 4:49 PM

‘May the Hype Be With You’ at Franky Bradley's

If you are avoiding the crowds and frustration at the shore this Memorial Day weekend, there is still a way for you to join in a very different kind of “hype.” Thankfully for those of us staying in town, the dazzling monthly showcase Get Hype is not taking the holiday weekend off....

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 3:06 PM

The Erotic Literary Salon celebrates 9 years of sex

While there has no doubt been progress since the mid-20th century, it remains a fact that, even in 2017, expressing one’s sexual side is still seen as a taboo topic. But all hope is not lost. On the third Tuesday evening of each month, a crowd packs the upper level of Center City’s...

Monday, May 8, 2017, 11:16 AM

The best comedy shows in Philly this summer

Just because it is summer doesn’t mean that comedy in the Philadelphia area takes a vacation. Throughout June, July, and August, there are numerous special—and recurring—comedy shows all over the area, highlighting the best in national and local comedy. From local competitions...

Monday, April 24, 2017, 1:13 PM

5 things you cannot miss at Camden Comic Con

Thanks in part to blockbuster film adaptations, comic books have gone mainstream throughout the 21st century. As the popularity of the books and their characters rose, so did the prominence of comic book conventions. At one time, such conventions were single-day gatherings of only the most...

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 1:06 PM

Who is Tommy Wiseau, and why did James Franco make a movie about him?

At South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, last month, James Franco’s latest project received a standing ovation at its premiere. His latest film's subject matter is a far cry from the raunchy comedies that Franco usually accepts.“The Disaster Artist” stars Franco as cult movie director, producer and...

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:43 PM

'Brett Davis Is Not Real' brings a different kind of hilarity to Philly

A very unique — yet nevertheless hilarious — New York-based comedy show will be visiting Philadelphia on March 11. In town for just one night, “Brett Davis Is Not Real: A One-Man Nightmare” will be held at the Good Good Comedy Theater in Chinatown.Of course, don’t let the show’s title fool you: Mr...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 1:00 PM

What to expect at Bechdel Test Fest in Philly

From Joan Rivers to Rosie O’Donnell, from Phyllis Diller to Leslie Jones, women have made a significant impact on stand-up comedy. While nationally recognized names are continuing to command stages, TV screens and movies, hilarious women continue this path even at the local level. On March 3 and 4...

Friday, March 3, 2017, 5:24 AM

Get ready for 'Tattooed Momedy'

On Philadelphia’s bustling South Street, Tattooed Mom never fails to draw an eclectic crowd. With decades-old wall hangings and kitschy seating like old bumper cars and roller-coaster trains, it's the perfect place for both impromptu and planned gatherings.Local comedian Michael Kelly has used of...

Friday, January 20, 2017, 2:20 PM

Celebrating Gene Wilder at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Last year was rife with celebrity death, and one felt most sharply among cinema fans was that of Gene Wilder, who passed away in August at age 83.To celebrate the life of the actor, writer and director, who was best known for his collabortions with director Mel Brooks ("The Producers," "Blazing...

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 12:36 PM

'Lake Homo High' takes the stage at Philly's Good Good Comedy Theater

Less than six months after opening the doors of its very own theater space in the bustling Chinatown neighborhood, Good Good Comedy Theater is already drawing in alternative comedic performances from areas well beyond Greater Philadelphia. The latest such act to touch down on the ever-popular 11th...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6:00 PM

Metal music meets go-go dancing

Fans of metal music and fans of go-go dancing rarely have the opportunity to cross paths. But thanks to one upcoming Philadelphia show that merges the two genres, they will be able to mingle for the first time — and hopefully the first of many times.On Thursday, Jan. 12, The Fire on Girard Avenue...

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 9:00 PM

'The Carols' adds a little humor to the classic Dickens tale

Through Dec. 31, fans of "A Christmas Carol" can jump in the sleigh and head down to Plays and Players Theatre in Rittenhouse Square. There, they will be treated to “The Carols,” 1812 Productions’ unique take on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale.“Set in the 1940s during World War II, all of the...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 4:06 PM

'I'm Not Dead Until You Forget Me' zine reading is some type of fun

For much of the 20th century, especially in the closing decades, zines were an excellent way to share information, stories and other content that mainstream media tended to shy away from. Using little more than typewriters, scissors and glue, and of course, extraneous amounts of time at a copy...

Monday, December 12, 2016, 9:08 PM

Queer Performances of Color promotes unity

On Saturday, Nov. 26, a very dazzling — and very important — showcase will grace the stage of one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful establishments. As if the city didn’t already have enough to be thankful for during the last week of November, audiences from all walks of life will be treated to Queer...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 9:41 PM