<![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 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:31:58 -0400 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:31:58 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Reborn A-Treat Soda Wants Fans to Pick 1st Flavor ]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:56:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/A-Treat+Soda.JPG

The recently revived A-Treat soda company is back in business and wants fans to decide which flavor they want to see first.

The Allentown company had been shut down since January after nearly 100 years of business, but a local developer entered a co-packing agreement with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Lehigh Valley to bring the brand back to life.

The Morning Call reports Orefield turkey farmer and real estate developer David Jaindl is acquiring A-Treat's brand name, trademark, flavor formulas and related intellectual property.

The company announced a social media campaign where fans can pick the first flavor to hit shelves.

Soda lovers can log on to the A-Treat Facebook page starting until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and cast their vote for their favorite flavor. Is it black cherry? birch beer? Rico Mango? Treat-Up?

Jaindl says production will be restored in the coming weeks and retailers will stock A-Treat as soon as it becomes available.


 



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<![CDATA[Selfie Sticks Banned at Six Flags Parks Nationwide]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:06:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Six+Flags+sign+generic.jpg

Six Flags has joined the growing list of amusement parks across the nation that have banned selfie sticks.

The company implemented the ban Monday at all of its parks across America, according to Katy Enrique, communications manager for Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.

“We strive to provide the safest possible environment in our parks and these devices pose a safety risk to guests and employees,” Enrique told NBC Chicago in statement.

Enrique did not specify if any incidents involving selfie sticks had taken place, but said the goal is “to prevent such an occurrence.”

“The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority,” she said.

The move comes after news that Disney planned to ban selfie sticks at all four of its theme parks in Orlando along with its water parks and Disney Quest. The company also planned to ban them at Disneyland Resort in California and Disney’s parks in Paris and Hong Kong.

Officials warned that the sticks have become a “growing safety concern.”

The device has already been put on a list of “prohibited items” on Six Flags’ website, alongside monopods and similar devices.

The sticks have been banned at a number of museums, music festivals and sports venues, including Lollapalooza, Comic-Con and the Art Institute of Chicago.  



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<![CDATA[New Book Illuminates History of TV in Philadelphia]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:19:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/WCAU+NBC10+Historical+Photo+Shull.JPG Former WCAU-TV news producer Bill Shull wrote "Philadelphia Television" about the local ties to the history of television.]]> <![CDATA[McDonald's All-Day Breakfast May Go National: Report ]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:03:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4707047541.jpg

McDonald’s could soon dish out all-day breakfast nationwide.

The Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo sent to U.S. franchisees and employees Tuesday, reports that the fast food giant could begin offering breakfast all day later this year.

The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company began testing all-day breakfast in March in its San Diego market. The test was expected to expand to Nashville this summer.

The memo, sent by LeAnn Richards, a franchisee from Arizona who heads a task force studying all-day breakfast, told franchisees to be ready for the potential launch of all-day breakfast as soon as October, WSJ reports.

McDonald’s, however, would only confirm that the company is testing the possibility of all-day breakfast.

“Serving all-day breakfast is likely the number one request we hear from McDonald’s customers,” the company told NBC Chicago in a statement. “We’re testing it out in a few markets to learn more about this possibility. We know your mouth is watering, but there’s no news on this yet.”

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

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.
 



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<![CDATA[McDonald's' 'Secret Menu' Not So Secret Anymore]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:02:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/167*120/51122973.jpg

The mythical “secret menu” at McDonald’s may not be a myth at all.

According to a McDonald’s manager who conducted a recent Reddit AMA, customers can in fact order secret menu items, but the items really aren’t that secret.

Reddit user OrchidHibiscus, who claims to be a manager at a McDonald’s in Glasgow, Scotland, said McDonald’s didn’t specifically develop a secret menu, but menu items can be customized into “grill orders.”

Customers can add or take out ingredients from current menu items to make them into what they want—including something off a so-called “secret menu.”

"Order one and the workers might not know it by name ... but if you explain what it is, and are willing to pay for all the ingredients, it's just another 'grill order' that we can make up," OrchidHibiscus wrote.

The user referred to rumored secret menu items like the Land, Sea and Air Burger, which is a combination of a Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish and McChicken.

A website called #HackTheMenu claims to have a list of “secret menu items” from McDonald's, including an “All American,” a “Big McChicken,” “Biscuits and Gravy,” and a “Chicken McGriddle.”

McDonald’s addresses the possibility of a secret menu on its website saying, “We have no secret menu – or do we?”

“Actually, our customers are pretty clever when it comes to customizing their orders with our menu items, so you may have seen some of their creations online,” the company wrote. “But we have no official secret menu of our own.”



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<![CDATA[Magazine Hosts 'Best of Main Line' Party]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:48:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011232702_1200x675_487554115663.jpg Main Line Today Magazine is hosting a "Best of the Main Line" party on Thursday night. NBC10's Vai Sikahema talks to J.B. Braun, the publisher of the magazine, about the VIP event.]]> <![CDATA[PHOTOS: Adorable Pets From Around the U.S. ]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:19:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/MurphyBoxerWVIT.jpg Pet owners coast to coast have one thing in common: they love sharing pictures of their furry friends. Here's a look at some cute pets photos shared by NBC Owned TV Station viewers across the country. Help us "Clear the Shelters" on Aug. 15 by adopting a pet of your own to love (and photograph)! ]]> <![CDATA[$125 Caviar Twinkie Sold at SoCal Fair]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:10:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/friedcaviartwinkieoc.jpg

Picture this: An ice cream cone and a swirl of cotton candy and some roasted corn and a turkey leg and a funnel cake, all huddled around some conference table in some office building, madly discussing how their games can be upped in the face of the most buzzed-about edible headed for the 2015 OC Fair.

Hints: The foodstuff involves caviar, and it involves a Twinkie, and... there you have it. It's the Caviar Twinkie, and it shall be available at that famous purveyor of offbeat fair treats, Chicken Charlie's, throughout the Costa Mesa extravaganza.

The month-long OC Fair opens on Friday, July 17. 

Naming the Caviar Twinkie's price isn't much of a guessing game, though, if you know what anniversary the fair is celebrating. The midway-bright, animal-sweet spectacular is turning 125, and the Caviar Twinkie created in its happy honor is... wait for it... ding ding ding, you're right: $125.

All proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

"The finest caviar" shall top the golden-sponge Hostess Brands icon, and judging by early photos, there should be a solid amount of the luxury item. The Twinkie, of course, shall come complete with its creamy middle, so perhaps diners will discover a new taste-combo sensation.

Will sponge-cream-salty be the next flavor trio to storm the gourmet world? Will everyone need to scoop the fish egg delicacy with a just-out-of-the-box snack cake?

You never know how trends start.

If the $125 Caviar Twinkie isn't your bite-worthy bag, Chicken Charlie's is also serving a Totally Fried Peanut Butter Pickle and Deep-Fried Slim Fast.

Deep. Fried. Slim. Fast. 

Part of the fun of the fair is not simply daring your friends to try something and then devouring and then returning for more. Surely there's a branch of high-brow philosophy devoted to the study of enjoying something before, during, and well after?

Philosophers, start with the deep-fried treats of the OC Fair, which get fans theorizing well in advance of the fair and long after the treat's been eaten. (During, maybe not so much, since mouths tend to be full.)

And for the Caviar Twinkie overshadowing classics like ice cream and cotton candy? We don't think the fair's tried-and-true favorites need worry; there's always room for a little more when it comes to memorable fair food.



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<![CDATA[Bring Breakfast to New Heights on a Ferris Wheel]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:23:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*126/Ferris+wheel+boardwalk+wildwood+shore+moreys+piers.jpg

Bring breakfast to new heights this summer by enjoying a meal a top of one of the largest Ferris wheels on the east coast.

Morey’s Piers’ is launching an experience called Breakfast in the Sky, where people can enjoy the ocean breeze while eating a private breakfast on the Ferris wheel.

Imagine eating breakfast favorites such as Belgium waffles, lobster omelets, spinach and fontina quiche, and steak and eggs while soaring 156 feet above the Wildwoods, New Jersey shoreline.

Individuals can make reservations July 25 through Aug. 24 on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only. The breakfast cost $85 per car for two people and $40 per additional person.

Groups can make reservations to take over the entire Ferris wheel on Friday, Aug. 7, 14 and 21 only. The two-hour breakfast package cost $3,000 for a maximum of 48 people.
 



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<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Icon, Lucy the Elephant, Turns 134]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:39:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lucy-the-Elephant2.jpg

The country's longest standing roadside attraction will be celebrating a birthday this weekend, and you're invited!

Lucy the Elephant, a National Historic Landmark, will turn 134 on Saturday, July 18. There will be a carnival-themed party will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, with a rain date scheduled for Sunday.

Lucy's "Birthday on the Boardwalk" will feature many of the same fun-filled games from last year's party, but with more prizes and new additions.

And what carnival wouldn't be complete without a huge variety of food? Fresh-roasted Jersey corn-on-the-cob highlights the birthday fare, which includes Philly Pretzels, hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and birthday cake.

Check out Mackie the Stilt-walker, ride a water-slide, hop around in a Moon Bounce, and don't forget to try out the new climbing rock wall.

Evelyn Johnson, author of Lucy’s official bedtime storybooks, will also be on hand, signing copies of her highly acclaimed children’s books from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be tours offered through the World’s Largest Elephant, and birthday T-shirts will be sold, but only while supplies last.

Parking will be available at Union Avenue School playground, located on Vendome Avenue between Winchester and Monmouth Avenues. A complimentary shuttle, furnished by the Atlantic City Jitney Association, will be running every 15 minutes between the playground and Lucy during the event.

Miss the party? You can visit Lucy the Elephant any day of the week. She is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sundays, which is 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Feel free to check out Lucy’s website at www.lucytheelephant.org.



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<![CDATA[Delco Summer Stage Alumni Gather for 40th Anniversary Show]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:36:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011126119_1200x675_482926659737.jpg Summer Stage alumni gathered at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Delaware County this weekend for Summer Stage's 40th Anniversary show and alum Tina Fey sent a video message to her fellow Summer Stagers.]]> <![CDATA[Last Day of Philly's Hispanic Fiesta]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:32:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011126023_1200x675_482922563754.jpg Sunday is the final day of the Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing that features food, music and entertainment emceed by Telemundo 62's Violeta Yas and Carolina Cardona.]]> <![CDATA[Beware The Blob: Festival Returns to Chester County]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:29:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/colonialtheatre.jpg

Beware the Blob.

The Phoenixville Blobfest returns this weekend to celebrate the iconic 1958 movie "The Blob."

Parts of the movie were filmed in Phoenixville, including a popular scene that was filmed at the Colonial Theater.

Friday nights kick off event, "The Run Out", commemorates this famous scene. During the event, guests will flee an alien that crash lands in the theater at 9 p.m. just as characters do in the film.

Saturday's Streetfair will feature free live music, costume contests, food, and vendors. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet special guests such as Kris Yeaworth, son of "The Blob" director.

Saturday will also include a double feature showing of The Blob" as well as "The Creature from the Black Lagoon."

The festivities close out on Sunday, but not before a Q&A with legendary director, writer, and stuntman Ricou Browning at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are the same price for all events: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for children 13 and under. 

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<![CDATA[Swearing 'Minion' Toys? McDonald's Says No]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:23:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/HappyMeal.png

A minion toy in a McDonald’s Happy Meal has some parents, well, a little unhappy.

The toy, based on the little yellow rascals that first appeared in “Despicable Me,” says three phrases - all of which are a bit hard to decipher. But some parents hear “what the f---" for one of them, and one angry parent posted a video of it to YouTube.

Footage of the allegedly potty-mouthed minion was posted to the video-sharing site Wednesday and some parents think the gibberish sounds a little too similar to a swear word.

“Originally we didn’t think anything of it until my wife was moving it out of the car seat and heard something didn’t quite sound right,” YouTube user Paul Butts said in the video.

“Seriously? Out of a McDonald’s toy?” he asks after tapping the toy and hearing the phrase. 

Butts isn’t the only one whose ears perked up.

Several parents told NBC affiliate WSFA that they could make out a “cuss word” when they heard the toy speak. 

Not every parent heard the word, though, with some saying they could only hear the word after they were told to listen for it. 

Several commenters on YouTube also said they couldn't hear the word. 

McDonald's said in a statement that the sound is a coincidence.

"We’re aware of a very small number of customers who have been in touch regarding this toy, and we regret any confusion or offense to those who may have misinterpreted its sounds. The allegation that this toy is saying anything offensive or profane is not true,” the Oak Brook-based company's spokesperson Lisa McComb told NBC Chicago.

"The Minion Caveman Happy Meal toy includes 3 sounds: ‘para la bukay,’ ‘hahaha,’ and ‘eh eh,'" McComb added. "Our goal at McDonald’s is to serve up food and fun for our valued customers, and we’re glad to have the Minions on board."

"Minions" stars Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, and follows the evolution of the small, yellow creatures since the beginning of time and the numerous despicable masters they've served. The film hits theaters July 10.

The parent company of Universal Pictures also owns this site.



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<![CDATA[Krispy Kreme Celebrates Birthday With 78-Cent Doughnuts]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:24:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/krispykremedonuts.jpg

Food lovers will be able to take advantage of discount prices this coming weekend. 

On Friday, Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be offering a dozen of its famed glazed doughnuts for $.78 cents when customers buy any other dozen doughnuts at the full price. The promotion is in celebration of the company's 78th birthday. The North Carolina chain was founded in 1937 and now has stores internationally. 

If that doesn't leave sweet tooths satisfied heading into the weekend, 7/11 convenience stores will be holding their annual "Free Slurpee Day" Saturday to mark July 11. 

Chick-fil-A is also joining in on the giveaways, but the chain's offer comes with a catch. Customers can get a free meal on Tuesday, July 14, but only if they dress up as a cow. The 11th annual event will celebrate the company's 20th anniversary of the "Eat Mor Chikin" cow campaign. 



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<![CDATA[Iron Chef Zakarian Also Chops Trump]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:31:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20150709+Geoffrey+Zakarian.jpg

Another celebrity chef has decided not to open a restaurant in Donald Trump's planned Trump International Hotel, which the real estate magnate is developing in Washington, D.C.'s Old Post Office Pavilion building. 

Geoffrey Zakarian, a restaurateur known for his Food Network appearances, announced late Thursday that he would not open a restaurant planned for the project following the Republican presidential candidate's anti-immigration comments.

"The recent statements surrounding Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump do not in any way align with my personal core values," Zakarian said in a statement. "In light of this, I am unable to move forward with a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel."

The move comes a day after chef José Andrés announced he would not open a restaurant planned for the forthcoming luxury hotel, citing Trump's remarks demeaning illegal Mexican immigrants.

The Iron Chef, who comes from a family of Armenian immigrants, echoed Andres' concerns, noting that his company, Zakarian Hospitality, "employs many immigrants from nations all over the world, and I look forward to continuing this business culture in my future restaurants."

"We are a nation built from immigrants, my family included," Zakarian said.

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<![CDATA[Annual Hispanic Fiesta Comes to Penn's Landing]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:27:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/salsa-dancing1.jpg

Take a trip to the Philadelphia waterfront this weekend to get a taste of Latin America during the 34th annual Hispanic Fiesta.

Hosted by Concilio, the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, the event features dance competitions, musical acts, and food vendors representing almost every Latin American country.

The largest showcase of Latino culture in the region will take place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (rain or shine).

Salsa superstars India and Cintron Band will be the weekend’s headliners, with other musical guests including, Sergio George, Michael Stuart and Isidro Infante.

A part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the free festival sponsored by State Farm with Telemundo 62 serving as the Elite Media Sponsor, attracts 15,000 people each day, so don’t miss out on one of the most popular events at Penn’s Landing.

Click here for full details.



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<![CDATA[Independence Blue Cross Dollar Day for Indego Bikes]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:05:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Indego+Philly+Bike+Share+Generic+Bike+Share+Philadelphia.jpg Independence Blue Cross is teaming up with Indego Bike Stations on Tuesday to offer half an hour rides for a dollar.

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<![CDATA[10 Things Deadheads Should Know Before Chicago Shows]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:39:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0626-2015-GratefulDead.jpg

If you’re planning to say “fare thee well” to the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field this weekend, there are some things you should know.

The band’s 50th anniversary performance, set to be members' “last-ever performance together,” kicks off Friday as thousands of fans make their way to Chicago during the July 4 holiday weekend.

The “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” performance will see Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir reunite at Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the full band’s final performance, which took place at the venue roughly one month before Jerry Garcia’s death in August 1995. The band will also be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio on guitar, Jeff Chimenti on keyboard and Bruce Hornsby on piano.

The event has made Chicago one of the top destinations for the holiday weekend, so fans will likely need to plan ahead.

Here are some things Deadheads should know before the highly-anticipated event:

1. Tailgating

Tailgating will be allowed in the parking lots of Soldier Field during the weekend, even for fans who don’t have tickets to the fest. The special event parking lots open at 3 p.m. and the North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m. Tailgating will end once the shows begin at 7 p.m. and there will be no tailgating allowed after the shows.

2. Transportation

The CTA announced Wednesday that it would provide extra buses to routes that serve Soldier field throughout the weekend. The no. 130 and no. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses will have extra service running until one hour after the concerts end. Fans can also travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange and Green line trains. The Roosevelt station is located at Roosevelt and State streets, a few blocks west of the stadium.

Metra will also offer extra service on several lines over the weekend.

CTA buses, cabs and Uber rides can pick up riders on Columbus between Roosevelt and Balbo. A drop-off location will be set at the 18th Street turnaround just west off the 18th Street exit from Lake Shore Drive.

For more on how to get around Chicago during the holiday weekend, click here.

3. Tickets

Most tickets are commemorative tickets but a select amount of Ticketmaster tickets are not. Fans are encouraged to be very suspect of counterfeit tickets.

Those getting tickets at Will Call can pick them up across from Gate 10 on the Southeast corner. You will need a valid proof of purchase to enter the enclosed festival grounds.

Tickets are still available on third-party sites like Stubhub. Last month, ticket prices were reportedly dropping.

A three-day pass on StubHub, once priced as high as $116,000, could be purchased for less than $500. Single day passes were as low as $195. The lowest priced tickets won't give fans a full view of the show, and all of the cheaper seats are located behind the stage, however.

Click here for more.  

4. Parking

Special Event Parking lots open at 3 p.m. and parking will be first-come, first-served. The North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m.
Shuttles will also from the Millennium and Grant Park garages from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Parking rates are $49 for cars and $121 for RVs.

Lots close one hour after the show. No overnight parking will be allowed.

5. General Admission

Those with field-level general-admission tickets can begin lining up at 7 a.m. in the Stadium Green outside the southeast corner of the stadium.

6. Soldier Field Security

All concert-goers will undergo electronic wand screening and have all approved bags checked. Soldier Field will not allow backpacks bigger than 12x12x12, glow sticks, food, selfie sticks, strollers, camelbacks or companion pets. For a complete list of prohibited items click here.

7. The Stadium

The festival area opens at 10 a.m. at Soldier Field. Only ticketed fans will be allowed on the grounds surrounding Soldier Field.

Fans can enter the stadium in three spots -- one on the North side along McFetridge Drive, and two entry points on the South. Sidewalk areas from parking lots are the designated entry points to the festival grounds.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

8. Refunds

Partial refunds are available for those who ordered tickets via the band’s mail-order system.

More than 500,000 tickets were requested via mail order. Due to the overwhelming number of these requests, the promoters changed the seating plans to accommodate more guests. As a result, some fans were moved to seats with a lower ticket value than what they paid.

Fans who wanted a full refund needed to submit the request by June 22. But those who still want to go to the concert can receive partial refunds to make up for the difference in ticket prices. Those fans need to mail in a request by July 20.

Click here for more details. 

9. Streaming

There are several options for streaming the performances at home. A YouTube stream and webcast are available for purchase each night and the shows will also be streamed live on Pay-Per-View and satellite radio. Click here for more detail on ways to stream.

10. Other GD Events, Places to Watch in Chicago

For a complete list of Grateful Dead celebrations in the city offering a live stream of the shows, click here
 



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<![CDATA[Peas in Guacamole? Obama Weighs in on Twitter Debate ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:15:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/guacamole-GettyImages-456804252.gif

President Barack Obama has a message for The New York Times: please don't pass the peas.

Into the guacamole, at least. 

The president joined the online masses piling on the newspaper on Wednesday afternoon following a much-retweeted story suggesting "adding fresh English peas" to the popular avocado dip.

The tweet sparked cries of culinary foul from users, gaining hundreds of retweets in the process. The Times' public editor even suggested that the backlash could rival the "Minnesota Grape Salad outcry" that hit after the paper listed the obscure recipe as a state favorite. 

When asked about the suggestion during an #ASKPotus Twitter chat Wednesday, the president suggested he'll stick to a more traditional recipe. 

First lady Michelle Obama, a vocal advocate of incorporating more green veggies into daily diets, has yet to weigh in. 



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<![CDATA[Fabulous Fireworks for the 4th of July ]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:19:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fireworks-New.jpg Independence Day Fireworks displays are scheduled for more than just the 4th this year. See the places to look up to the sky for some of the best fireworks displays around the region. ]]> <![CDATA[Local Man Takes on 'American Ninja Warrior' Challenge]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:05:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Americna+Ninja+Warrior.JPG Montgomery County's Jerry Washington is competing in the qualifying rounds of "American Ninja Warrior" Monday night in Pittsburgh.]]> <![CDATA[Made in America Tickets Now on Sale]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:54:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_beyonce_470.jpg Tickets went on sale Monday for the 4th annual Budweiser's Made in America music festival that will bring Beyonce to the Ben Franklin Parkway.]]> <![CDATA[Wawa Welcome America's Celebration Kicks Off]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:44:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010950052_1200x675_472447555691.jpg America's largest Independence Day celebration kicked off at the Shops at Liberty Place in Philadelphia Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Selfie Stick Ban Coming to Disney World, Disneyland]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/94889901.jpg

Don't bring your selfie stick to Disney World.

Officials announced Friday that a ban takes effect Tuesday at all four Disney theme parks in Orlando as well as at Disney's water parks and Disney Quest, a gaming attraction at Downtown Disney.

Spokeswoman Kim Prunty told the Orlando Sentinel selfie-sticks have become a "growing safety concern for both our guests and cast."

Selfie sticks will also be banned at Disneyland Resort in California on Tuesday and at Disney's parks in Paris and Hong Kong starting July 1.

Officials say guests will have the option of turning in their selfie sticks for pick-up later, or returning them to their cars or hotel rooms.

The sticks have been banned at a growing list of museums, music festivals and sports venues.

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<![CDATA[McDonald's Tests New Pork Sandwich]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:51:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/happy+meal+new.jpg

McDonald’s has a new pork item on its menu.

The world’s largest hamburger chain has debuted a new pulled pork sandwich in at least one Midwest market.

The McDonald’s of Northern Indiana, which operates in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan, tweeted about the news Wednesday.

The new sandwich joins the McRib as another pork option on the Oak Brook-based chain’s menu.

It’s not clear how many restaurants will offer the new sandwich or how long it will be on the menu. McDonald’s could not immediately be reached for comment.  

Wendy's and Burger King also sell pulled pork sandwiches, CNBC notes.



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<![CDATA[Maroon 5 to Headline AC Concert in August]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:58:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Adam-Levine-onstage.jpg

Maroon 5 will headline a beach concert in Atlantic City in August, city officials announced Monday.

The band will be joined by special guest Nick Jonas and The Voice runner up Matt McAndrew, according to a news release.

Maroon 5 and the other musical acts will perform on the Atlantic City beach Sunday, Aug. 16, officials said. The concert is one of the band's only two appearances in the United States this summer.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, according to a news release, and will start at $39.50.

The upcoming beach concert, according to officials is the third of its kind. Last year, 120,000 packed the Atlantic City beach to watch Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton perform.



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<![CDATA[Family-Owned Bakery Gives Back to Local Youth]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:58:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cake_Generic.jpg

Local businesses often give back to their communities, but one North Philadelphia establishment's way of paying it forward may take the cake.

Damon Nasir, owner of Imagicakes Cake Designers Bakery in North Philadelphia, had a vision for the city's troubled youth. In 2008, his company launched custom-designed seminars that focus on teaching conflict resolution, team building and healthy food choices, as well as providing youth with early exposure to the food service industry. The program partners with other nationally recognized organizations.

"The impact so far has been positive," Nasir said of the program’s early inception. "Young people love it. I still get letters from students who are thinking about going to cooking school." Three of Nasir’s students have gone on to open their own bakeries, while several others have gone on to work in the food service industry.

Nasir said that his inspiration to start the program was two-fold.

"Idle hands are a devil’s workshop, so to speak," Nasir, who had a few run-ins with the law when he was young, said. He said that he also thinks about his own family, and how his young daughters will look for suitors in the future.

"I have my own selfish reasons," Nasir joked, talking about the need for those potential suitors for his daughters to have strong mentors.

One challenge the program faces, Nasir said, is procuring a facility to use outside of the bakery. He said that funding is the major hurdle in finding a space. The program has a Kickstarter campaign running until mid-July, which can be found on Kickstarter.com under the title "Family Owned Local Bakery Works with Troubled Youth."



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<![CDATA[Drink It Up! Beer Sales Could Be Coming to Your Wawa]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:07:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+Wawa+Generic+Beer+Wawa+Beer.jpg

Plenty of people grab a brew while they eat their favorite Wawa hoagie but it’s possible that soon you won’t have to go to Florida or Virginia, or the comfort of your own home, to live the Wawa-beer dream.

Folks in the Philadelphia Region might soon not need to go any further than Delaware County to grab a brew.

But, don’t crack open a cold one to celebrate just yet. The Philly-area convenience store favorite is in the process of getting permission to sell beer at its store location on Naamans Creek Road in Concordville, Pennsylvania but has to still clear plenty of hurdles.

“Our current request for one store… is similar to applications for the sale of beer recently approved for other retailers in that area,” said Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce.

Retailers like Wegman’s, Giant and Whole Foods recently got permission to sell beer at in-store pubs or beer gardens in Pennsylvania – something only recently allowed in the state that tightly regulates alcohol sales.

Wawa would need to “ensure our store associates have the resources and training they need to fully comply with all laws regarding the sale of alcohol,” said Bruce.

Concord Township leaders will consider Wawa’s beer-posal at a public meeting on June 30.

Bruce stressed that the beer-posal is only in the application stage and is not yet ready to test.

“For now, we view this as a single store product expansion,” Bruce said. “We may look to expand the offering depending on our experience at this store and the licensing requirements in the communities and states we serve.”



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<![CDATA[PSU Choir to Rock With Rolling Stones]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:58:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/superbowl-halftime-97806007.jpg

Members of Penn State University's classically trained Concert Choir will get to take the stage alongside Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones when the band plays Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.

The legendary rock group often invites a local choir to sing backup vocals for the band during concerts, famously for the opening of the song "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Penn State will bring 24 singers to Saturday's show, a group largely made up of undergraduates and a few recent graduates.

Choir director Christopher Kiver says it's a different turn for his group to be playing music commonly found on iPods.

The choir will have one rehearsal with the Stones the afternoon of the concert before making its rock `n' roll debut.
 



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<![CDATA['Swifties' Marry in Concert Lot]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:57:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-475553586.jpg

A South Jersey couple who went out of state to elope at a Taylor Swift concert got a special wedding day surprise.

Cape May County’s Katy Harris married her sweetheart Chris Eisenmann outside of Swift’s show Friday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. And, Harris shared the whole "tailgate" wedding experience on her Instagram feed:

Harris shared a series of text messages from last month between her and Eisenmann where they discussed moving their wedding -- originally set for from 12-13-14, which was Swift’s 25th birthday – to the musician’s concert in Philly.

“As I was making our homemade outfits for Taylor (as I have done every two years when she comes to town) a joke about wearing my gown to the concert turned into us driving to Philly to get a marriage license and planning a ceremony outside of Lincoln Financial Field right before walking into the concert in our tux and gown,” wrote Harris.

Philly.com reported that the couple kept some wedding traditions in place – they drove separately to the venue. They then exchanged vows in the concert parking lot in front of a group of Swifties, family members and friends as Harris’ brother officiated.

And, it seems Swift took notice and made her super-fan’s special day even more special.



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<![CDATA[Borgata's New Concert Venue Opens]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:22:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010767492_1200x675_463704131546.jpg The Borgata Casino Hotel and Spa is opening their brand new outdoor Festival Park concert venue this weekend with a performance by The Hooters, G. Love and Special Sauce and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrate National Trails Month]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 08:08:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chester+Valley+Bike+Trail.jpg Bike on the Schuylkill River Trail or on the Tacony Creek Trail this weekend for events celebrating June as National Trails Month.

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<![CDATA[Firefly Music Festival First-Ever Sell Out]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:28:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-451055874.jpg The Firefly Music Festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Woodlands in Dover, Delaware and this is the first year the event is sold out since the concert began in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Flag Day With These Free Weekend Events]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 06:44:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/us+flag4.jpg Flag Day is Sunday and there are a number of free patriotic events in the Philadelphia area to help celebrate.]]>