<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 22 May 2015 18:19:32 -0400 Fri, 22 May 2015 18:19:32 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mural Arts 'Wall Ball' Recognizes Eagles Connor Barwin]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:23:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010478717_1200x675_449103427538.jpg Mayor Michael Nutter praised Connor Barwin's work within the city of Brotherly Love.]]> <![CDATA['KONG' Ride Returns to Wildwoods]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:25:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010477127_1200x675_449092163842.jpg NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal gets a sneak peek at a new addition to Morey's Piers in North Wildwood, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.]]> <![CDATA[New City Pool Opens in Wilmington]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:13:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+swimming+pool+water.jpg The city pool, Princes Run, at Brown-Burton Winchester Park in Wilmington opens this weekend just in time for the holiday weekend.

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<![CDATA[Early Birds Arrive at Jersey Shore Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:21:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010474564_1200x675_448936003944.jpg For many people, the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day Weekend, has already started and more are heading that way. NBC10's Ted Greenberg reports from Atlantic City.]]> <![CDATA[Scrabble's New Words Bring the "Lolz"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:42:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/scrabble-AP9407080176.jpg

Some people will find a few of the new acceptable Scrabble words “ridic.”

"Lolz", "cakehole," "thanx" and "ridic” are now able to be played in the word game, according to the latest edition of "Collins Official Scrabble Words" published on Thursday.

About 6,500 words were added to the comprehensive Scrabble dictionary, which already contains 250,000 accepted words, NBC News reported.

Words and terms of modern-day culture used to be difficult to pin down for dictionary makers in general, a representative at Collins said. However, technology has made the process a lot easier.

"Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words," head of language content at Collins Helen Newstead told BBC News. "Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages - you name it - so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."

Here’s a few of the new Scrabble words:

Lolz — 13 points
Thanx — 15 points
Lotsa — 18 points
Dench — 11 points
Emoji — 14 points
Sexting — 15 points
PWN — 8 points
Shizzle — 18 points
Twerking — 16 points

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<![CDATA[Police Help Teen Battling Cancer Meet Taylor Swift]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 07:32:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Victoria+Marsh+Cancer+Taylor+Swift+Dover+Police+2.JPG

A Delaware police department that gained fame when one of their officers jamming out to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” went viral is now hoping it can help a 13-year-old battling cancer get her wish to meet Swift.

The Dover Police Department put out a video of “Victoria’s Wish” Wednesday in hopes that it will catch the music superstar’s attention.

The department is trying to match Victoria Marsh up with Swift around the time of Swift’s June concert in Philadelphia. Victoria, 13, is a Swift super fan who has Down's syndrome and is battling osteosarcoma -- a form of bone cancer that has already claimed her left leg. The hope is to get Swift to either FaceTime with Victoria or meet her in person in June.

It wouldn’t be the first time Dover PD caught Swift’s attention. After the “Shake It Off” dashcam video of Officer Jeff Davis was seen by millions on YouTube, Swift’s record label sent them tickets to the June concert. Dover PD in turn offered those tickets to Victoria but because of her chemotherapy treatments, she can’t attend the show.

Police hope people see the video then share it on social media using #TeamVictoria and #SwiftaWish.

“It is the hope of the family and the Dover Police Department that the video will quickly become popular and reach Taylor Swift so that Victoria’s wish will come true and she will gain support from around the country,” said a police news release.

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<![CDATA[New Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s Burger Includes Hot Dog, Chips]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 10:25:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Carl%27s-Jr.jpg

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are cramming a summer cookout into one burger.

The upcoming menu item is made with a beef patty that is topped with a split hot dog. The meaty duo sits on a layer of Lay’s potato chips between hamburger buns. Ketchup, mustard, tomato, red onion, pickles and American cheese will be thrown in, too. The burger will have 1,030 calories and 64 grams of fat.

“The hot dog is like a smoked meat product, so it’s not unlike bacon,” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer of CKE Restaurants, the owner of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.

Fast food chains have been trying to outdo each other with outrageous menu items to stand out. Wendy’s, for example, offered a cheeseburger topped with pulled pork last year.

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are calling their new burger the "Most American Thickburger." It goes on sale at both locations on May 20.

“We’ve had this idea, believe it or not, for a long time,” Haley said.

The Most American Thickburger will use kettle-cooked Lay’s chips, which are thicker than regular chips, to prevent them from getting soggy.

The burger will cost $5.79 alone or $8.29 for a combo, which comes with fries and a drink.

CKE Restaurants has experimented with meat-on-meat burgers before. It previously sold a burger topped with pastrami at Carl’s Jr., and sold a burger smothered with thinly sliced steak, called the Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger, at Hardee’s.

<![CDATA[McDonald's to Expand All-Day Breakfast Test]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 19:54:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MCDonalds-Breakfast-SanDiego.jpg

McDonald’s will reportedly expand its test of an all-day breakfast menu.

The breakfast test will expand to Nashville this summer, the company announced during a webcast with franchisees, the Wall Street Journal reports. They also revealed plans to shorten drive-through menus and release new, mid-priced menu options.

McDonald’s had been testing the all-day breakfast option at select restaurants in its San Diego market, the company confirmed to NBCChicago in March

"We know our customers love McDonald’s breakfast and they tell us they’d like to enjoy it beyond the morning hours," the company said in an earlier statement. "We look forward to learning from this test, and it’s premature to speculate on any outcomes. We’re excited to serve our customers in this area some of McDonald’s great-tasting breakfast sandwiches, hash browns and other favorites all day long."

McDonald’s breakfast currently ends at 10:30 a.m. in most markets.

The reported move comes as CEO Steve Easterbrook revealed plans to turnaround the fast food chain’s struggling business. It also comes as the company works to maintain its slot at the top of the fast food breakfast chain.

McDonald's has long been the fast-food leader in the mornings, with its popular Sausage Biscuits, Hotcakes and other items pulling in roughly 20 percent of the company's U.S. sales. But the chain has faced stiffer competition in recent years, with competitors such as Starbucks and Subway rolling out breakfast sandwiches as well.

McDonald's, which has more than 14,000 U.S. locations, has also said it plans to step up its marketing of breakfast as it faces intensifying competition.

As for extending its breakfast hours, the world's largest hamburger chain is known for treading extremely carefully when discussing any tests or potential changes. Such matters are considered sensitive in large part because they would require the support of the company's network of franchisees.

McDonald's did not immediately return NBCChicago's request for comment. 

<![CDATA['Mallrats 2' to Give Granite Run Mall Final Act?]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 10:36:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kevin-Smith-SDCC-148245057.jpg

If you grew up in Delaware or Chester counties in the 70s, 80s or 90s you might have considered yourself a “mallrat” of the Granite Run Mall.

Before the once-proud shopping center meets the wrecking ball, it could become a piece of “Mallrats” lore for all-time.

Director Kevin Smith is targeting the soon to be defunct mall as the backdrop for “Mallrats 2,” the sequel to 1995’s cult-classic that starred Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty, Ethan Suplee, Jason Mewes and Smith as Silent Bob.

“He’s thinking of it, yes,” Michael Markman, president of BET Investments, told the Delco Times. “The conversations have been ongoing. They would like to film there, but it’s just a matter of timing.”

Smith has hinted that he would like to film at a mall that could be razed, reported Philly.com.

Will the 58-acre property get one last run as traditional mall before meeting the wrecking ball? It would be a great sendoff.

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<![CDATA[Mother's Day DIY Gift Ideas]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 16:29:32 -0400 A Pumpkin and a Princess has an easy-to-follow guide on how to make Lavender Chamomile Tea Soaps.]]> A Pumpkin and a Princess has an easy-to-follow guide on how to make Lavender Chamomile Tea Soaps.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIY-Lavender-Chamomile-Tea-Soap1.jpg Your mom will appreciate these creative, easy-to-make gifts.

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<![CDATA[NJ Nonprofit to Help Parents Pay for Camp]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 07:56:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/summer+camp+background+check.JPG

A New Jersey nonprofit is working hard to ensure kids who are affected by sensory impairments have enough funding to go camp this summer. 

Local group Henry See and Hear, specializing in helping families and children with sensory impairments, is hosting its first annual Designer Bag Bingo and Basket Ruffle Friday, to help families cover the massive costs of summer camp tuition. 

Proceeds from the event, which is $30 per person, will also raise money to provide the children with required medical assistance when they head off to camp. 

“For my girls to participate in this type of camp experience the interpreter cost alone would be close to $2,000 for the week per kid,” parent of two hard-of-hearing children Maureen Loftus said. 

The organization has already recieved 15 scholarship applications for this summer, amounting to approximately $10,000 in funding, treasurer and trustee of the nonprofit Karla Hernandez said.

And more applications are expected, according to the nonprofit. 

The fundraiser will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the Westhampton Crescent Shrine in Westampton, New Jersey. 

Tickets are available for purchase on the organization's website. Remaining tickets, if available, will be sold at the door Friday.

<![CDATA[9th Street Italian Market Festival]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 07:21:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/italian+market+instagram+side+carts.jpg

Enjoy one of Philadelphia's tastiest events of the year at the annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival.

Foodies will have their chance to honor one of America's oldest outdoor markets on Saturday, May 16 through Sunday, May 17. 

The two-day food fest will offer some of Philly's most delicious and well-known food staples such as cheese, artisan bread, sandwiches and cured meats. Visitors can also expect sweet treats and pastries. 

Between the drinking and the eating, visitors can enjoy live entertainment with band performances and DJs on four separate stages. 

Check out the full entertainment line up here

Nearby restaurants will set up seating outdoors for diners to enjoy the bustling festival environment. 

The event is free and you pay as you go. 

Be prepared to come hungry!

For more information, check out the Italian Market Festival or call the market's visitor center at 215-278-2903. 

9th Street Italian Market Festival
Saturday, May 16 - Sunday, 17
919 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, Pa.

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<![CDATA[Get Your Fiesta on at Cinco de Mayo Urbano]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 11:34:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/03CincoDenver.jpg

It's already May, which means Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner with all sorts of events happening around town.

Get your fiesta on the Cinco de Mayo Urbano come Tuesday, May 5 starting at 6 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. at the Urban Art Gallery at 262 S. 52nd Street in Philadelphia. 

The event will be packed with culinary delights and art presented by Chef Joy Parham at the gallery. Guests can expect tasty Mexican cuisine, signature cocktails, lots of dancing and a beautiful exhibition by local artist Rik Lei to honor the holiday. 

The indoor and outdoor celebration, which honors Mexico's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla more than a century ago, will also feature free drawings! 

Guests will also have the option of purchasing a raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing to win a private Mexican dining experience valued at $700 for up to 5 people. 

Proceeds from the event will go to the Food 365 campaign, dedicated to preparing meals for the elderly and homeless population during the holiday season!

Admission starts at $13 for the young professional ticket and covers the cost of your first cocktail. General tickets are $35 and include complimentary alcoholic drinks along with unlimited small plates. 

Cinco de Mayo Urbano is open only to individuals 21 and over.

Cinco de Mayo Urbano
Tuesday, May 5; 6 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Urban Art Gallery
262 S. 52nd Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 

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<![CDATA[Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 08:15:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dad-vail.gif

Spring is here and the sun is shining, which means it's time for the annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta!

The race is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, featuring student athletes from more than 100 participating colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

The two-day Philadelphia tradition is held at Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River on the six-lane Olympic-style course.

The race runs parallel to Kelly Drive, beginning just north of the city’s main rush-hour road. The finish line is approximately 2,000 meters away from the starting point and ends at the Grand Stand near the Columbia Avenue Bridge.

Free shuttle bus services will be provided to spectators and fans every 15 to 20 minutes along the course.

Guests can expect a nominal fee for parking at the Mt. Pleasant parking area in Fairmount Park. Shuttle bus service will be available from this area to the main course.

For more information, visit the Dad Vail Regatta website for more information.

<![CDATA[Kensington Derby Brings Human-Powered Vehicle Floats]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 08:49:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Arts-fest.jpg

Come out to the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Festival on Saturday, May 16. .

The event, formerly known as the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Derby, is bringing a combination of creativity and innovation to Philly.

The eccentric tournament awards people with the most creative human-powered vehicles, costumes and float themes. The competition will distribute six awards including, Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People’s Choice, Best Breakdown and the Judge’s Choice Award.

The three-mile-long festival passes through Philadelphia’s Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods and ends in a mud pit.

Visitors will have the chance to walk around and preview more than 200 artists from around the area, vendors and enjoy delicious food truck fare.

Proceeds from the Kinetic Sculpture Derby helps raise money for community projects in the neighborhood.

Registration costs $10 per person.

For more information, check out the festival’s official website.

<![CDATA[Fast-Food Cinco de Mayo: Free Biscuit Tacos, DIY Guac]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 07:45:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/biscuit-taco-bell.jpg

Free breakfast tacos and a coveted guacamole recipe could bode for a festive Cinco de Mayo.

Taco Bell is giving away free biscuit tacos from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday in honor of the holiday celebrating Mexican cultural pride.

They'll give one sausage or bacon biscuit taco to each person between those hours, as the fast-food chain tries to boost its new breakfast menu.

But if it's something closer to authentic Mexican you're craving, and if you want to get DIY about making it, Chipotle has you covered.

The chain has shared its recipe for its beloved guacamole, adapted for normal home cooks. What you'll need: avocados, a lime, some cilantro, a red onion, a jalapeno and some salt — that's it.

<![CDATA[Blue Cross Broad St Run Medals' Other Use]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 11:18:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Broad+Street+Run+Medal+BSR+2015.JPG

Did you run the Blue Cross Broad Street Run on Sunday morning? If so, treat yourself to a brew!

As thousands of runners chugged along and poured in past the finish line, they were awarded a finisher's medal, crafted specifically for this year's race. To top it all off, it soon began filtering through social media that the medal could potentially double as a bottle opener.

Instead of putting your medal up on the wall or framing it, hang it up next to your fridge and use it to open a cold beer or soda! Other medals simply pale in comparison to those with a second function.

Blue Cross likely hasn't started a draft for next year's medal, but this stout discovery might make some people hop out of their seats and start training for 2016.

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<![CDATA[Cinco de Mayo: 10 Authentic Mexican Spots Across U.S.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 19:06:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/472092370_Dancers.jpg

If you live in a major city, chances are you can find a little taste of Mexico for Cinco de Mayo this year, whether you're looking for tampiqueña, mariachi music, or cultural murals. Here are a few of the most authentic Mexican corners across the country.

1. Chicago’s Pilsen Neighborhood: Known for its Mexican cultural murals, musical history and religious imagery, the Pilsen neighborhood is located in the southwest corner of Chicago. If you are looking for a place to spend time wit the family over some amazing Mexican food, this is the place.

2. New York’s Spanish Harlem: There’s a thriving Puerto Rican community inside Manhattan’s 103rd street to the south and Lexington Avenue to the west, where you’ll find street art, small eateries, ethnic stores and holistic shops. In the last few years, a strong Mexican presence has been taking hold in the neighborhood as well.

3. Dallas-Fort Worth's El Ranchito Restaurant: One of the most emblematic Mexican restaurants in the DFW area is El Ranchito. If you want to enjoy a mouthwatering Tampico club style steak (known as a tampiqueña), green enchiladas, or a variety of Mexican style grilled meats (parillada), you’ll want to go here. You can also enjoy some handmade tortillas. Don’t be surprised to see mariachis playing here.

4. San Antonio’s Alamo Street: Alamo Street, which runs between Hemisfair Plaza to the convention center, is one of San Antonio’s most touristy spots in the center of the city. Here, you’ll find authentic Mexican stores, restaurants and bars.

5. San Antonio’s Market Square: This market is in a commercial area that represents Mexican culture. From Alameda Museum to the Pico de Gallo restaurant, Market Square offers a little piece of Mexico.

6. Talavera Restaurant: Talavera Restaurant is one of the most representative restaurants of Mexican cuisine in the Miami area, decorated with large vases made in the traditional Puebla ceramic style that were popular during colonial times. Here, you can find traditional and modern interpretations of Mexican food, plus dishes from different regions of Mexico.

7. Houston Casa Ramírez: At this Mexican artisanal store in Houston, you’ll find regional folklore pieces, from Mexican-style skulls to religious candles. Every season is on display here, including elaborate altars for the Day of the Dead and piñatas for Christmas.

8. Old Town San Diego: Old Town is an area that seems to have been stuck in time when San Diego was still a part of Mexico. You’ll find details from a different period, with dirt roads and people dressed in the style of that era. The historic park and the surrounding areas are very popular with tourists because of its Mexican restaurants.

9. Plaza del Mariachi: Located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA is Plaza del Mariachi, the equivalent of Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City. Since the 1930s, mariachis would congregate on this corner to offer their services to whoever needed them, a well-known tradition in Plaza Garibaldi. Today, you’ll only find mariachis on weekend.

10. Placita Olvera: Situated right in the heart of LA and known as the birthplace of the city is La Placita Olvera, which was made in the style of the plazuelas of Sonora. Within Olvera Street there are 27 historic buildings. In 1930s the street was closed and converted into an outdoor market. Today, the plaza is used by the city and the Hispanic community for celebrations, musical events and dancing, including Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Where will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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<![CDATA[Eagles Team Up for Stop Domestic Violence]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 09:53:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eagles+Swoop+Generic.jpg

The Philadelphia Eagles teamed with regional Verizon Wireless stores to help raise awareness about domestic violence for the entire month of April.

The Birds partnered with the telecommunication company for the "Pass Along Hope" campaign and are asking that customers donated their old phones to help raise money for anti-domestic abuse organizations in the area. 

The campaign, which officially wraps up Tuesday at the opening of a new Verizon store in Springfield, Delaware County, gave a $1 to the HopeLine program for every phone donated.  

Proceeds raised during the wrap ceremony will be presented to the Asia Adams Save OUR Children Foundation and the People's Emergency Center. 

During the campaign, customers were also encouraged to leave a personal message of hope along with their donations on social media using the hashtag #EaglesVZHope to spread the word. 

A collection of all customer messages shared were posted on the Eagles website. 

"Pass Along Hope" Closing Ceremony
Tuesday, May 5; 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Verizon Wireless Smart Store
731 W. Sproul Road
Springfield, Pa. 

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<![CDATA[Saint-Gobain Pop-Up Exhibition]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 10:41:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/topNews-statueLib-AP449669408238_1.jpg

Calling all art lovers! Starting May 30 through June 6, the never-before-seen exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain is coming to the Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The futuristic exhibition celebrates the 350th anniversary of manufacturing company Saint-Gobain, which is hosting the innovative outdoor installations.

Originally founded in 1665, the company has developed and created historic and iconic sights such as the Statue of Liberty, the Hall of Mirrors of Versailles and the beautiful glass pyramid at the Louvre.

The exhibition will feature five pavilions with 3-D digital art offering visitors an engaging experience. The light installations will focus on displaying innovation and technological advancements from around the world.

The exhibition will be touring Brazil, France and China, with Philadelphia being the only North American stop on the way.

Admission to the exhibition is free!

Check out the company's website for more information. 

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Welcomes a New Princess]]> Sun, 03 May 2015 07:41:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010225639_1200x675_438552643623.jpg Britain's new princess will spend her first day at Kensington Palace on Sunday. Prince William and Dutchess Kate welcomed a baby girl to the royal family on Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[What's New Jersey's Best Beach? Vote Now]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 07:59:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-beach-03.jpg

Voting has begun in New Jersey's annual Top 10 Beaches contest.

The contest was created in 2008 to encourage stewardship of and pride in the state's beaches while promoting healthy competition among New Jersey's favorite beach towns.

Online voting runs through June 19.

Ballots can be cast online.

The project is a collaboration between the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Stockton University's Coastal Research Center.

Winners will be announced shortly before the July 4th holiday.

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<![CDATA[Kimmel Center's Big Programs]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 00:37:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010196586_1200x675_437252675550.jpg The CEO of the Kimmel Center gave a presentation that included information about the 2016 International Festival of the Arts.]]> <![CDATA[What's Behind the Kentucky Derby's Trademark Hats?]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kd488034839.jpg

The Kentucky Derby may be the greatest two minutes in sports, but at Churchill Downs on Saturday, the competition parading in the stands could give the thoroughbreds a run for their money.

From towering hat designs festooned with ribbons to delicate fascinators, the modern taste for the Derby's trademark accessory has spawned contests at parties, and given business a boost for milliners.

Although the annual battle for the Derby's most eye-catching hat has taken on a life of its own in recent decades, the tradition of wearing one to the race traces back to day one, says Kentucky Derby Museum curator Chris Goodlett.

When Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr., the grandson of legendary explorer William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, founded the Kentucky Derby, he wanted to bring elegance and class to American horse racing, inspired by the grand races of London and Paris.

Defying social norms that excluded women from places men were gambling, he marketed his race to the fashionable upper crust. That meant women appeared front and center at the races, dressed in stylish clothes, shoes and — the centerpiece of the wardrobe — a dashing hat.

"The presence of ladies in the grandstand added great splendor to the racing scene," Goodlett said. "News articles in 1875 make reference to the dress of the ladies, with specific mention of hats."

Eventually, in the 1960s, women began wearing larger and more extravagant hats, the better to be seen in the stands on television. What began as an elite custom morphed into a grand show of symbolic reverence, as the Derby played host to some of the most diverse displays of head wear worldwide.

Today, the annual Run for the Roses can be the backbone of many milliners', or women's hatmakers, shops every year, with business booming in the April run-up to the big event. 

"When I first opened the boutique, I made one or two hats for the Derby," said milliner Linda Pagan, who owns The Hat Shop in New York and has been creating one-of-a-kind Derby hats for close to 20 years. "Now, it is the biggest month of our year."

The process of custom-making a hat is labor-intensive, and a Derby hat can take weeks to create. Many of Pagan’s clients start shopping for the perfect Derby hat as early as January, especially those who plan on wearing a grandiose wide-brim headpiece.

Celebrating the Derby in style doesn't have to mean an enormous hat, though. There's also the fascinator, a sort of cross between a miniature hat and a hair accessory, embellished with feathers, flowers, beads or lace and perched on the side of a woman's head, in a style that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has made unmistakable.

Philip Treacy, the famed Irish milliner who designed 36 hats for the royal wedding (including the infamous "Teletubby" one) and almost single-handedly revived the fascinator, has pronounced the style dead, to his delight, but it still has its fans at races stateside. The Louisville Courier-Journal's fashion editor Christine Fellingham estimates that a third of Derby-goers now wear fascinators.

They're stylish, sure, but Pagan points out that they're also easy to wear, and transport.

"Once upon a time, airlines use to have special sections on-board for storing hat boxes," Pagan notes. Now, due to ever-tougher luggage restrictions, "wild horse" shoppers who wait until the last stretch to score a hat may have to settle for a humble cocktail hat or fascinator.

That modern-day practical consideration could keep fascinators a popular choice for the Derby's hat-donning ladies, just as wide-brimmed hats once were for Derby-goers hoping not to burn their fair skin in the blazing sun of the grandstands.

Whatever hat a Derby fan chooses — whether it's off the rack or custom-made, awe-inspiringly elegant or gruesomely garish — Pagan says there's a key to finding the perfect one: "Confidence."

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<![CDATA[Seinfeld, Boy George, Reba & Snoop Dogg to Rock Pa.]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Seinfeld+Boy+George+Reba+Snoop+Dogg+MusikFest.jpg

What do Snoop Dogg, Jerry Seinfeld, Reba McEntire and Boy George have in common?

Those performers and many more will be taking the stage at Musikfest this summer in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The annual event that features a mix of free and ticketed concerts, art, food and fun runs from August 7 to 16.

Besides rap legend Snoop Dogg, comic superstar Jerry Seinfeld, country icon Reba and 80s-favorites Culture Club, A slew of other big names will be taking the main stage including O.A.R., ZZ Top, Darius Rucker, Alice in Chains and 3 Doors Down. Tickets range from $35 to $109 depending on the headliner. On Wednesday, organizers announced that tickets to Snoop's Aug. 15 show ($39 to $9) go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m.

This year’s Musikfest will also feature a “Color Me Rad 5K” on Aug. 8.

Don’t feel like forking over any dough? Some of the freebie shows include performances by Luchadores-inspired Los Straitjackets and Grateful Dead tribute band Splintered Sunlight.

<![CDATA[Don't Skimp on Mint: How to Throw a Derby Party ]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:51:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/181162826_MintJulep.jpg

Can't make it to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby this year? You can still join in the fun by throwing your own Derby party, with the help of hats, bourbon and a lot of mint.

Here are some tips — courtesy of a veteran hostess and a professional party planner — on tapping into the Derby's Southern tradition to thrill guests at your own Derby bash.

Mint juleps are just the beginning.

Southern-inspired fare can help give your soiree an authentic Kentucky Derby feel. Louisiana crawfish and beet salad, sweet potato hash and bourbon-glazed short ribs are just a few of the recipes shared on the Derby's official website.

And of course, mint juleps are a must-serve drink. Marion Rogers, 96, who hosted Kentucky Derby parties for 30 years in her St. James, New York, home, served each of her parties' roughly two dozen guests mint julep in one of the official Kentucky Derby glasses she had collected over the years.

Party planners Seri Kertzner and Michelle Bachman, who together style parties in New York and the Hamptons with Little Miss Party Planner, suggest doubling down on the mint theme by serving crudites out of mint julep cups.

Dress up your home, and your head.

The mint need not end with the juleps. You might as well use them as your decor, too, to save on costs, suggests Kertzner.

“Instead of buying flowers, decorate your home with mint. It will look pretty and smell pretty,” she said.

But maybe the most important decor for any Derby party takes place on everybody's heads, with the Derby's trademark whimsical hats.

That could make an outdoor party especially welcome, at least while you're not gathered inside to watch the race itself on TV. If you go that route, try bringing a portable radio outside so people can listen to the race, in a throwback to Derby races of yore.

“Ladies can put their hats to good use while enjoying the sun and warm air,” Kerzner said.

Get competitive, and loud.

You can bring some of the competition set to happen on the track in Louisville into your own home with Derby-inspired party games. Give your guests a reason to watch the race with your own betting pool — no knowledge of horse racing required!

Ask each guest to bring a small entry fee and to draw a slip of paper with a horse and its odds of winning. Whoever has the the horse that takes the prize gets to take home all the money in the bag. At Marion's parties, where guests would bring $2 each, the winnings would be about $40.

If your guests prefer style over the sport, tell them to come dressed to impress, and host a "best hat" contest. The tradition of wearing fashion-forward hats to the Derby is thought to bring good luck, according to race organizers.

Flowers, feathers and bows are staples of the often oversize headpieces, which can range from classy to wild. Kerzner suggests picking up figurine horses from a craft store and spray-painting them gold, then using them as trophies in categories like best or biggest hat.

And whether your guests are cheering for horses or for hats, be prepared for them to make some noise. It's tradition that everyone stands to sing "My Old Kentucky Home" as the horses make their way to the track. Once the race begins, expect spirited cheering to break out.

"People would hollar and scream during the race," Marion Rogers' daughter, also named Marion, recalled of her mother's decades of parties, "but at least one person could hear who won."

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Helping Young People Learn About the Arts]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:34:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010157339_1200x675_435780675732.jpg Rebekah Sassi, Director of Institutional Advancement for the Walnut Street Theater talks about the upcoming gala and concert Friday to help young adults learn about the arts.]]> <![CDATA[Did Jimmy Fallon Steal Fran Lebowitz's Apartment?]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:59:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Fran+Lebowitz.JPG Fran Lebowitz confronts Jimmy Fallon about him making an offer on an apartment she really wanted and stealing her name for his baby.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Mint Julep, Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 12:08:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/how-to-make-mint-julep-final.jpg

Each year, over the course of one spring weekend in May, nearly 120,000 mint juleps are sipped, slurped and supped at the Churchill Downs Racetrack in Kentucky. It’s been that way for nearly a century, since the julep became the event's official drink, thanks to the influence of Colonel Matt J. Winn, according to the Churchill Downs website

Winn, who grew up watching the derby from a seat in his father’s grocery wagon, became the track’s vice president in 1902. When he took that role, Churchill Downs had been facing some financial troubles. Winn is credited with coming up with a number of now-famous derby traditions, including the garlands of flowers worn around winners’ necks, playing the song "My Old Kentucky Home," and the mint julep glasses, which Winn designed.

Watch the video above to learn how to make the drink at home.

<![CDATA[National Zoo Wants You to See This Panda Inseminated]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:28:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/national-zoo-460948863.jpg

It's time for another round of "Is she or isn't she?"

The National Zoo's female giant panda, Mei Xiang, has been artificially inseminated twice in the past two days, in hopes of bringing another beyond-adorable cub into the world.

And the pandas, or perhaps their zookeepers, really, really want us to know about it.

Since if it didn't happen on social media, it didn't really happen, the zoo livestreamed portions of the first insemination procedure on Twitter and live-posted to Instagram using the hashtag #pandastory. (At least one other attempt in recent years was live-tweeted.)

A little background: Mei Xiang's cub Bao Bao will celebrate her second birthday this year. Scientists skipped out on conception attempts last year as Mei Xiang was still attentively mothering her wee one.

Now, though, it's time to try again. Mei was inseminated Sunday evening and again around 7:30 a.m. Monday after daily hormone reports showed that her progesterone levels peaked Sunday morning, the National Zoo said. An earlier Instagram video also showed Mei Xiang bleating at male giant panda Tian Tian through a fence, another sign that she was almost ready. (Our advice to you: If you watch the video on headphones, make sure your volume is NOT turned all the way up.)

Mei Xiang was put under general anesthesia for the insemination procedures, which took about an hour.

Scientists used semen from two giant pandas: Tian Tian, the National Zoo's resident male panda, who is the father of Mei Xiang's previous cubs, and also from Hui Hui, a giant panda living at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, China.

The zoo said Hui Hui was determined to be one of the best genetic matches for Mei Xiang.

If a new cub is born, scientists will use a DNA test to determine which male panda is the father.

Scientists also used semen from two different pandas back when Mei Xiang became pregnant with Bao Bao and her stillborn twin in 2013. After their delivery, tests determined that Tian Tian was the father of both cubs.

Mei Xiang also gave birth to a female cub in 2012, but the cub died after a week.

Mei's only other surviving cub, Tai Shan, was born at the National Zoo in 2005. But they grow up so fast these days, and he was sent to live in China in early 2010.

Panda pregnancies, on average, take three to six months, and pandas really know how to keep the suspense going -- there's often no way to tell a little one is on the way until they're born.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Dine Out' to Support AIDS Organizations]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:42:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010146032_1200x675_435130435698.jpg The "Dine Out for Life" event, featuring hundreds of eateries going a portion of proceeds going to AIDS organizations, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.]]> <![CDATA[Wizard World Comic Con Fest]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:35:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/tlmd_comic_con_sa2.jpg

Good news, pop culture fans! Wizard World Comic Con is coming back to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for its 15th anniversary from Thursday, May 7 through Sunday, May 10.

The four-day pop-culture festival draws thousands of sci-fi enthusiasts each year who come together for an event consisting of celebrity Q&As, comics, costume contests, movie previews and parties. 

The pop-culture mecca will also feature characters from your favorite movies and shows in addition to original art displays and collectibles. 

Visitors can expect special guest speakers and performers to help host the special event.

Allen Inverson, Burt Reynolds, Lou Ferrigno and Penn Badgley are among the many celebs who will be present at the event. 

For a complete list of events, check out Wizard World's website.

Admission for the event starts at $35 and children 10 and under get in free when accompanied by a paid adult. 

For extra savings: use the promo code "visitphilly" and get a 10-percent discount if you buy your tickets on or before April 27. 

Check out Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia for more informaton. 

Photo Credit: Telemundo San Antonio]]>
<![CDATA[Bryn Mawr Summer Twilight Concerts]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:31:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/114abdb2daca11e28faf22000a1f99f97.jpg

To celebrate the beginning of summer, Bryn Mawr is bringing back its ever-popular series of outdoor Twilight Concerts starting June 6 until August 8. 

The concerts are held on Friday and Saturday throughout the summer and begin at 7 p.m.

The family friendly line-up features both local and national musicians, with a new band and vocalist performing every night. 

Check out the full list of performers and performing times here

Donation to enter the concert is $12 per person but children 16 years old and under are free.

In true summer style, the concert will be held outdoors rain or shine -- so bring your beach chair and blankets for an all-inclusive experience. 

Free parking will be available for all concert-goers. 

For more information, check out the Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts website or call 610-864-4303. 


Photo Credit: pngrant/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Cross Broad Street Run]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:28:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Broad+Street+Run+starting+line+City+Photo.jpg

On your mark, get set and go! The 35th annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run is on Sunday, May 3.

The 10-mile course starts at the Central High School Athletic Field at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue and finishes inside th Philadelphia Navy Yard. 

Runners will pass through many distinct landmarks and neighborhoods of the City of Brotherly Love along Broad Street. 

Keep an eye out for City Hall, the Avenue of the Arts and the Philadelphia Stadium Complex -- home to many sporting events. 

Free parking will be available to participants near the finish line at Broad and Pattison at the Stadium Complex. From the complex, the SEPTA Broad Street subway line will transport runners to the starting point free of charge.

All runners must wear their race number on their shirts to get the complimentary parking and subway ride. Fans can watch the race in person on the route, or right here on NBC10.com.

Organizers expect the run to attract huge crowds of more than 30,000 runners and spectators.

For more information, visit the Broad Street Run's website

Photo Credit: Kait Privitera]]>
<![CDATA[Spend the Night at the Museum]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:22:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/sleepover22.jpg

Have you ever spent a night at the museum? Well, now you can!

The Independence Seaport Museum is offering guests the opportunity to camp out inside the Philly landmark during its Friends and Family Seaport Slumber event Friday, May 8.

The evening commences with after-hour tours of the museum's two historic ships, the Olympia and Becuna. Visitors will even have the chance to test out their own tin-foil boat. 

Throughout the night, guests will participate in various events including the flashlight scavenger hunt, cleaning up an oil spill and deciphering Morse code.

After all the excitement, a movie will be played helping guests can wind down and relax before bed.

Following a good night's sleep, visitors can continue exploring the museum during daylight or enjoy a tasty breakfast. 

The program is open to kids ages 6 to 12 years old and one adult chaperon must be present for every three kids. 

Admission is $50 per person and includes snacks and breakfast. 

For additional information, check out the Philadelphia Seaport Museum website or call 215-413-8630.

Independence Seaport Museum
Seaport Slumber: Family & Friends Addition!
Friday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
211 S. Columbus Boulevard

Philadelphia, Pa. 

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<![CDATA[Philly Night Market Returns]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:21:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/1b1fc33a044311e39caa22000a1f96f67.jpg

It's no secret that Philadelphia has a thriving dining scene and the long-awaited street food festival Night Market is back to prove it!

Night Market Philadelphia is returning for its fifth year and will be hosting four food truck festivals throughout different neighborhoods in the city this season. 

The street fest will take place on South Street West, Lancaster Avenue, Callowhill and Frankford and Girard in Fishtown.

This is the first time the festival will be held in two of those neighborhoods.

The Night Market opens Thursday, May 14 accompanied by a street festival in South Street West, starting at Broad Street and expanding to 18th and South sts.

Food trucks offering a wide variety of food will make their way back to the neighborhoods on June 18, August 6 and October 1. Each event is expected to run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Food lovers can also enough live musice.

Last year's Night Market drew more than 60 vendors, and organizers are expecting even more this year. 

The event is free admission and you simply pay as you go! 

Check out The Food Trust's website for more information.

Photo Credit: visitphilly/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[94-Year-Old Man Runs in Penn Relays]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:54:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/George+Scott+Penn+Relays.jpg

Thousands of athletes descend upon Philadelphia each year for the Penn Relays, and this season, a 94-year-old South Philly native was part of the big event. 

George “Scotty” Scott, who now lives at the retirement community Ann’s Choice in Warminster, ran along world-renowned athletes in the annual race Saturday.

Scott first took on running when he was 88 years old and has competed in dozens of races, but his love for staying active developed at a young age.

“Basketball will always be my favorite sport,” Scott said. “There was always a hoop outside of my home wherever I lived and I always played and that’s where my love of fitness came from I suppose. Then it grew into running which I began only a few years ago.”

The senior athlete has earned more than a dozen awards over his six years of running and almost matched a world record set by a 90-year-old approximately 10 years ago.

And he plans on competing every chance he gets.

“As long as I can exercise and compete I’ll do it,” Scott said “I just do the best I can.”

The great-grandfather of seven attributes his good health to his active lifestyle and his dedication to keeping in shape. 

“Between the basketball and dancing I keep young. I want to prove that I can do anything and I tell everyone to stay active so you can stay fit.”

Photo Credit: Tony Ciavolella Youtube ]]>
<![CDATA[Annual Civil War Re-Enactment ]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:45:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010124635_1200x675_433833027510.jpg

It may have been 150 years ago that the Civil War finally came to an end, but Neshaminy State Park is honoring history with the 26th annual Neshaminy State Park Civil War Re-Enactment. 

The event, which was originally initiated in 1990, has become one of the largest historical Civil War recreations on the East Coast. 

The re-enactment has raised more than $30,000 to date, helping preserve battlefields, both local and national preservation groups along with monument conservation and maintaining historical societies.

Committee members have carefully selected actors, uniforms, weapons and appropriate terrain to re-create an authentic historical battle of action. 

All funds raised from the event are donated to a non-profit group selected each year by the Neshaminy Event Committee. 

The event takes off Saturday, April 25 through Sunday, April 26 at the Neshimany State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. 

Admission is $20 and walk-ins are welcome until noon on Saturday, April 25. Children under 12 get in for free.

For more information, check out the Neshaminy State Park's website.

Neshaminy Civil War Re-Enactment
April 25-April 26
3401 State Rd.
Bensalem, Pa.  

<![CDATA[The Paula Boggs Band to Perform in Center City]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:17:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010124603_1200x675_433826371698.jpg Singer Paula Boggs has taken an unconventional route to the stage - serving in the military and even as an attorney at the White House. NBC10's Renee Chenault-Fattah sits down with Paula, who is performing this weekend at World Cafe Live.]]> <![CDATA[Paul McCartney's Coming Back to Philly]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:30:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Paul+McCartney+Wells+Fargo+Center.JPG

Music legend Sir Paul McCartney will be taking the stage in Philadelphia soon.

A banner featuring the Beatle draped along the side of the Wells Fargo Center Friday afternoon made the June 21 concert a reality.

The official announcement came after a series of teases earlier in the day.

A Tweet from a major concert promoter sparked rumors the Beatle was set for a show in the City of Brotherly Love.

LiveNation shared a Tweet Thursday that pictures a violin-shaped bass guitar -- an instrument long associated with McCartney -- outside Philly's iconic LOVE Park.

The teases continued Friday morning, this time with the guitar along Broad Street with City Hall in the background.

Early photos of the legendary musician show him holding a Hofner violin bass guitar. Some even refer to the Hofner 500/1 violin bass as the "Beatle bass" since he is often credited with making that instrument famous.

LiveNation officially announced the Macca show by lowering a 50-foot-by-50-foot banner on the side of the stadium at 4 p.m. Friday.

McCartney's Philly stop follows his headlining slot the Friday before at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware.

Beatles' lovers can grab tickets starting May 1 at noon.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Mountain Resort Unveils New Indoor Waterpark]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:13:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010117493_1200x675_433329219992.jpg Camelback Mountain Resort unveiled it's new indoor waterpark, "Aquatopia," which is one of the largest waterparks in the northeast.]]>