<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usTue, 28 Feb 2017 05:41:54 -0500Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:41:54 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[10 Great New Jersey Weekend Getaways]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:01:39 -0500 here.]]> here.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lambertville-71333940.jpg Need a staycation? Keep these New Jersey destinations in mind for your springtime travels. ]]> <![CDATA['Taken' Comes to NBC10]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:42:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019566400_1200x675_885774403831.jpg

NBC10’s Vai Sikahema sits down with Clive Standen, the star of NBC’s new series “Taken,” which premieres Monday night.

<![CDATA[After 25 Years, WXPN's 'World Café' Gets New Host]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:30:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/World+Cafe+Host+Talia+Schlanger.jpg

Public radio station WXPN has announced who will replace legendary host David Dye on the World Café.

Talia Schlanger will begin hosting the seminal music showcase starting April, 3, the Philadelphia-based station announced Friday.

"Like our listeners, I’m here as a music fan first," Schlanger said in a news release. "Discovering, sharing and connecting over artists is our collective passion, and it’s my mission to serve that as best I can on World Cafe. David Dye is so beloved and respected because for 25 years, audiences have been able to feel the genuine curiosity, excitement and care he has for the music he plays and for the artists who make it. I know this is a big change, but I hope our devoted World Cafe crowd will feel the same degree of passion and care coming from me as we charge forward with amps blaring."

Schlanger -- a Toronto, Canada native -- will be serve as only the second host in the 25-year history of the World Café.

"Talia brings great storytelling, digital fluency, and a love and knowledge of music to our marquee program," WXPN general manager Roger LaMay said. "She adds a fresh perspective to a program that continues to give new artists a national platform and audience."

Dye will step away from World Café on March 31. He will continue to occasionally contribute to the program and will begin hosting a Sunday morning show called Dave’s World and will still be on air for other programs.

To celebrate 25 years of the World Café (and Dye’s contributions), WXPN is hosting two nights at World Café Live in University City this weekend, bringing headliners Ryan Adams and Josh Ritter to the venue.

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<![CDATA[Musician Billy Jolly Keeping Live Music Alive]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:57:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019533211_1200x675_884173379810.jpg

Bill Jolly's Hard Drive All-Stars Will be performing Sunday at the Ardmore Music Hall on the Main Line to raise money and awareness for music and arts programs.

<![CDATA[No Ball, No Smoking, No Bikes: Rittenhouse Square's Rules]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:28:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rittenhouse-square-generic.gif As February warms up to spring like temperatures, make sure you know Philadelphia Parks & Rec's rules if you plan to lounge in Rittenhouse Square. The rules include obvious ones like no cars or camping but also less known rules like no ball playing. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

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<![CDATA[Philly Pops Presents 'Blockbuster on Broadway']]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:52:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019513180_1200x675_883321411694.jpg

NBC10’s Rosemary Connors talks with guest conductor David Charles Abell and guest vocalist Hugh Panaro about Philly Pops' “Blockbuster on Broadway.”

<![CDATA[YouTube Overload: Have Cookbooks Gone Obsolete?]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:26:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cooking+competition+generic+pan.jpg

From seasoned chefs to beginners, there are plenty of ideas and tutorials produced online; so we ask the question, have cookbooks become obsolete?

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<![CDATA[Hey Philly Colleges! You Can Be Part of Rokerthon]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:59:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019508876_1200x675_883162691503.jpg

Al Roker wants to visit a college near you, and broadcast live weather at universities, so college students in the Philadelphia region can make a pitch to bring Al to our neck of the woods.

<![CDATA[WATCH: Philly Rapper Releases Ode to Wawa Hoagies ]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:37:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Aaron-Out-Wawa-Hoagie.jpg

When Philadelphia rapper Aaron Out was trying to think of the topic for his first song, he turned to his stomach for inspiration.

“I was really hungry one day and I had a long day at work,” he said. “I went to Wawa and I was like, ‘Everyone loves Wawa.’ So I thought I might as well pay homage to it, make a little ode to Hoagies.”

Out’s song “Wawa Hoagies” has been gaining momentum online ever since it was posted on YouTube Monday. In less than a week it has over 27,000 views and counting.

“The feedback’s been incredible,” he said. “It’s so positive.”

Out told NBC10 his favorite Wawa foods are the turkey classic, chicken cheesesteak and chicken sandwich. He also hasn’t let becoming a vegan stop him from going back to Wawa.

“I go there on a daily routine,” he said. “I get my iced teas, my drinks. They have so much stuff I can eat regardless of my diet.”

As his song continues to grow in popularity, he’s hoping someone from Wawa eventually takes notice.

“I hope they see it and they like it,” he said. “Where ever they want to take it. If they want to reach out to me that would be awesome. But yeah, I just hope they enjoy it and the CEO appreciates it.”

Check out the video below. Warning. Neither the video nor song are safe for work.

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Photo Credit: Aaron Out
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<![CDATA['A Particular Set of Skills': 'Taken' Prequel Set for Debut]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:31:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cliveclive.jpg

A man with "a particular set of skills" is heading to a television near you. But it's not Liam Neeson.

“Taken,” a modern-day, nail-biting thriller, follows the story of Bryan Mills in a new television series that takes place 30 years before the movie of the same name. Viewers are introduced to the character before he becomes the world weary fighter made iconic on the silver screen by Neeson, as he just begins his career  as a deadly CIA operative.

The role is portrayed by Clive Standen, who is bringing his own fresh take --and stunts-- to the action-heavy role.

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“He’s just an everyday guy with a ‘particular set of skills,’” Standen said. “He’s relentless. He just won’t give up.”

Standen, whose credits to date include runs on the History Channel's "Vikings" along with small roles in films "Everest" and "Hammer of the Gods," insisted on doing the majority of his own stunts for the show, including fight scenes, running and parkour. He believes when a stunt double takes over a scene, the audience loses engagement with the character, since they can only see the character’s back.

“If you can put a camera on an actor’s face, then you start to tell a story through the action and you start to engage an audience,” he said.

After accepting the role Standen spoke to Neeson, who told him the main thing to keep in mind about Bryan Mills is that “his heart is what keeps him going, it’s what gets him up.”

Standen pays homage to Neeson’s portrayal  through his intensity, but says the roles are quite different. He’s excited for “Taken” to debut as “an action show with no fluff,” because in his portrayal of Mills, Standen makes him a “real person.”

“When I watch a TV show, I want to connect with someone who has some kind of humanity,” he said. “I don’t want to do anything that looks larger than life; life is large enough. No one wants to go see ‘action man’ anymore, we want to see life.”

Alexander Cary serves as writer and executive producer, who Standen credited with finding an “amazing cast,” including Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo.

“Taken” premieres on Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Wilco to Rock XPoNential Music Festival]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:31:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jeff+Tweedy+Wilco.jpg

Music fans unite.

WXPN -- the member-supported radio from the University of Pennsylvania -- announced dates to their annual XpoNential Music Festival as well as the headliners of the first night. 

The event will take place Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30, on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront.

Wilco, Conor Oberst and Philly's own Hop Along will headline the July 28 lineup at the BB&T Pavilion. Oberst will be performing at the festival for the first time, while Hop Along and Wilco have played at the 3-day event in previous years.

XpoNential Music Festival will reveal the complete lineup in March when 3-day passes go on sale, organizers said in a news release. Last year's headliners included Ryan Adams and The Shining, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and Brandi Carlile.

Tickets to Day 1 of the music festival will be available for purchase Friday at noon through Ticketmaster, the BB&T Pavilion box office or phone at 800-745-3000.

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<![CDATA[Reading Terminal Market Throwing a Party]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:52:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019473801_1200x675_881630787595.jpg

The 7th annual 'Party for the Market' is happening this Saturday to help support the non-profit Reading Terminal Marketplace. GM Anuj Gupta shares details about improvement that can be made with the money raised.

<![CDATA[Black History Month: Connecting Students With Music]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:59:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019454742_1200x675_881066051555.jpg

Melinda Steffy and Luke Carlos O'Reilly of LiveConnections explain a different kind of music education being implemented for Philly students.

<![CDATA[Pharrell, Lil Wayne Headline The Roots Picnic Philly]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:30:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/481417535.jpg

“Happy” singer and mega producer Pharrell Williams headlines this summer’s Roots picnic on Penns Landing.

The 10th edition of the festival hosted by Philadelphia’s own The Roots will also feature Lil Wayne, Solange, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Michael Kiwanuka, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, Scott Storch and others across three stages.

The festival, where artists often join the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon's house band, returns to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 3.

“Ten years ago this started as a concept, an idea, a conversation between me, Tarik (Black Thought), Ahmir (Questlove) and Rich (Nichols),” Shawn Gee, Roots longtime manager and partner in Maverick Management, said. “It’s amazing that it has grown into such a valued piece of the cultural landscape of our hometown of Philadelphia.”

Tickets to the Philly show went on sale Monday for $75.

For the second-straight year, The Roots plan on holding a second festival in New York – a two-day festival in October in Bryant Park that features John Mayer, D’Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne and others.

“We were blessed to expand the Picnic to NYC last year, and the brand will continue to grow and evolve, but Philly will ALWAYS be the home, the birthplace of the Roots Picnic,” Gee said. “We are super excited to bring a packed lineup to celebrate our 10th anniversary, and as always there will be plenty of surprises and special guests.” [[238904721, C]]

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<![CDATA[Zima Poised for US Comeback]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:47:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/zima.jpg

Get ready to finally peel yourself off of that bar stool you’ve been stuck on since the ‘90s—Zima is making a comeback to coolers in the U.S.

Zima was discontinued in America in 2008, according to Crain’s, but its Chicago-based producer says it’s returning after the success of MillerCoor’s Henry’s Hard Soda line. [[414109233, C]]

"If you're one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima, the answer should be clear," MillerCoors said in a statement.

Murmurs of the fabled ‘90s-era malt liquor, with its quirky and memorable commercials, began last fall, Crain’s reports, compounded by a MillerCoors Michigan distributor posting a photo of the beverage on Instagram.

Zima is expected to be back in stores and watering holes sometime this year, according to Crain’s.

The company aims to compete with other malt beverage brands, like Smirnoff Ice and Mike's Hard Lemonade.

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Photo Credit: Zima
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<![CDATA[Restaurant Owner Gives Discount for Polite Kids]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:25:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/restaurant4.jpg

Antonio Ferrari, the owner of a wine bar in Italy, has picked up a practice that he first noticed while visiting a restaurant in Miami.

His group was given a discount because his friends' children were well behaved. Ferrari has since embraced the move and recently posted on Facebook a photograph of a receipt from his restaurant, Today.com reported.

The caption reads: “It happens so seldom!”

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<![CDATA[A Brew With Your Shorti: Pa. Wawa Begins Selling Beer]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:28:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Wawa+Delco+Beer+4.JPG A Delaware County Wawa reopened Thursday with new features such as restaurant-style seating and a beer cave. The newly renovated store along Naamans Creek Road in Chadds Ford is the first Wawa in Pennsylvania to sell beer.]]> <![CDATA[For Sale: Bethenny Frankel's $5.25M SoHo Apartment ]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:30:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/frankel-apt2.jpg Bethenny Frankel is parting with her luxurious SoHo apartment in New York. The "Real Housewives" star's residence was posted on Tuesday at a whopping $5.25 million.

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<![CDATA[It's a Boy: American Girl Announces 1st Male Doll]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:21:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.jpg

American Girl is getting its first boy character this season, Today.com reports.

Logan Everett, a gray-eyed, brown-haired boy who plays the drums, is an 18-inch doll being released Thursday with Tenney, a female singer-songwriter.

They are part of American Girl's plans to launch dolls with diverse backgrounds, experiences and personalities in 2017, according to a press release. 

"A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades," Julie Parks, a representative for American Girl, told Today.com.

Some moms have already been changing their 18-inch girl dolls into boys for their sons.

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<![CDATA[A Fun Run in Your Underwear]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:53:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/Cupids+Undie+Run.JPG

The annual <a href="http://cupidsundierun.org/city/philadelphia/">Cupids Undie Run</a> brings runners together in very little. Race Director Sandy Frenia shares how children like her son Owen battling NF and Patrick Parker's daughter are helped by the run.

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<![CDATA[No 'Mallrats' Sequel at Chesco Mall: Filmmaker]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:00:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/471037836.jpg

While it isn’t Mallrats 2, director Kevin Smith appears to be getting his work back on the big screen.

The New Jersey native announced a reboot for his popular movie 'Jay and Silent Bob’ in a nearly 400-word Instagram post Thursday afternoon.

In the post, Smith describes the hoops he had to jump through to get the film off the ground, but says he is excited to put his own stamp on the new chapter:

“Back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was sell my stuff so I could be in the movie biz in the first place,” Smith said.

Smith, who plays Silent Bob alongside the always outspoken Jason Mewes, says he started writing the script in January and hopes to be rolling this summer. The duo made their debut in Smith’s 1994 film 'Clerks' and have made multiple appearances since then, including the 2001 comedy 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.'

This past summer, he planned to film the Mallrats sequel at the Exton Square Mall in Chester County, but the project fell through. Now Smith seems to have his shot for a redo.

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<![CDATA[On Set: Kevin Hart Shoots Film in Kensington]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:59:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kevin+Hart+on+Set+Kensington+Untouchables.jpg Comedic star Kevin Hart hit the streets of Kensington Friday morning to shoot his upcoming comedy-drama film "The Untouchables," starring the Philly native, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman. An NBC10 viewer caught a few glimpses of Hart on the set.

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<![CDATA[Aspiring Filmmakers Celebrate Black History Month]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:26:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019306852_1200x675_874429507686.jpg

Aspiring filmmakers will once again have a chance to showcase their work in the <a href="http://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/for-xfinity-customers-black-history-is-now-always-on">BlackStar Film Festival</a> sponsored by NBC10's parent company Comcast. Maori Holmes and Keesha Boyd share details about the film fest.

<![CDATA[From Tattoos to Meek Mill: What's Going on This Weekend]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:16:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meek+Mill+Performs.jpg

There are many things to do in our area this weekend, from a Meek Mill concert to a tattoo convention. NBC10 has the details.

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<![CDATA[#SummerSavings Tips to Save Money Now]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:47:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019303559_1200x675_874267715825.jpg

We tell you how to shop smart by starting to buy early for the things you’ll need in warmer weather this summer.

<![CDATA[First of 6 New Krispy Kremes Opens in New Jersey]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:43:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/krispy+kreme+nj.jpg

Mornings for Jersey City residents just got a whole lot sweeter. 

Krispy Kreme opened its long-anticipated Jersey City store Tuesday. Lines started building around the Christopher Columbus Drive shop as commuters kicked off their work days.

The store is the first of six planned Krispy Kreme locations in Bergen and Hudson counties. The doughnut company announced in April it had signed a development agreement with Entrepreneurs, LLC, to open the shops over the next several years.

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According to NJ.com, the Jersey City spot is Krispy Kreme's only factory store in New Jersey. It can make up to 65,000 doughnuts a day and seat 45 people. The store opens at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 6 a.m. on the weekends. 

Twitter was abuzz over the opening, with some users bragging they had already had two doughnuts before 9 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Toruk: The First Flight]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:02:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019247105_1200x675_871777859577.jpg

<a href="https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk">Cirque Du Soleil’s "Toruk - The First Flight"</a> is set to land next month at the Wells Fargo Center. NBC10’s Vai Sikahema talks with cast members about the Avatar-inspired performance.

<![CDATA[NJ Aquarium's 1st Baby Blue Penguin Chick Gets a Name]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:01:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Babby+Blue+Penguin+Adventure+Aquarium.jpg

A baby blue penguin -- the first born at a New Jersey aquarium -- now has a name.

Officials with Adventure Aquarium in Camden announced Monday that the chick hatched in December will be known as Elanora.

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"The Birds and Mammals team were asked to break the tie with a final staff vote," Michele Pagel, curator of birds and mammals at Adventure Aquarium, said. "The name Elanora, meaning 'home by the sea' or 'home by the water,' was the ultimate winner. Our staff is excited to start calling our little blue chick by her official name that our guests helped choose."

The aquarium says the chick was born inside a nesting box on Dec. 3 under the watchful eye of staff members.

The progeny of Sheila and Goose will be reintroduced to the colony in the coming weeks and will then make her official debut, said the aquarium.

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Photo Credit: Adventure Aquarium
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<![CDATA[Montgomery County's Theatre Horizon Asks You to Imagine a World Without Hunger]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:41:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019226384_1200x675_870988355688.jpg

Theatre Horizon in Norristown is the place to see <a href="http://www.theatrehorizon.org/shows/grandconcourse.php">Grand Concouse</a>," a thought-provoking play that deals with the issue of hunger.

<![CDATA[Brittney Shipp Returns to Philly for African American Book Fair]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 09:34:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/Kwamer+Alexander+Brittney+Shipp+Rosemary+Connors.JPG NBC10 and Telemundo 62 will co-host the 25th Annual African American Book Fair, former NBC10 meteorologist Brittney Shipp, "The Meteorologist in Me, and fellow author Kwame Alexander join NBC10's Rosemary Connors to discuss the event.

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<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Spot Among 'Happiest' Seaside Towns]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 08:28:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shore+Cam+Cape+May+Beach+Generic+628.jpg

Although this season hasn’t been as snowy as previous winters, the thought of sunny and warm weather is keeping many people going on cold winter days.

If you’re anticipating a summer getaway already, the place to fulfill your happiness is in Cape May, according to a new set of rankings released by Coastal Living.

The travel and lifestyle magazine ranked Cape May as the 6th "happiest" seaside town in 2017. Coastal Living labels the small town as a "true gem" for its Victorian buildings, beaches and "fun-loving" atmosphere.

The Jersey Shore town beat several notable seaside towns, including Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Carmel-by-the-Sea, California; Dana Point, California; and Camden, Maine.

Cape May finished behind Langley, Washington; Fernandina Beach, Florida; Sarasota, Florida; and Orleans, Massachusetts. Grand Haven, Michigan topped the list. [[207865321, C]]

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<![CDATA[George Orwell's '1984' is Headed to Broadway]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:17:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1984PlayBroadway.jpg

Sales of George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" have exploded since the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump, with readers turning to the novel to explore the book's "doublethink" concept and portrait of totalitarian government, which many argue has parallels to the new administration's use of "alternative facts."

But for those who can't get their hands on a copy of the 70-year-old novel — or don't have time to read through its 300-plus pages — Broadway's got you covered.

The hit London stage adaptation of Orwell's timely novel will premiere on Broadway this summer, in a limited engagement production set to open on June 22 at the Hudson Theatre.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan jointly wrote the piece, and will co-direct here too. They originally premiered the show in 2013 at the Nottingham Playhouse before transferring it to London's Almeida Theatre, where it had four separate engagements.

So far, "1984" is the first planned production for the 2017-18 Broadway season. Its announcement came days after the novel hit no. 1 on the Amazon charts.

Ticket information and casting is expected to be announced shortly.

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<![CDATA[McDonald's Turns to Chocolate for Shamrock Shake-Up]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:15:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/McDonalds_Chocolate_Shamrock-edited.jpg

It's a good day for chocolate-loving leprechauns.

This year, McDonald's St. Patrick's Day-themed Shamrock Shakes are coming in a variety of chocolate flavors, the fast food chain announced.

Along with the familiar, green Shamrock Shake, customers will find Chocolate Shamrock Shake (half mint, half chocolate), Shamrock Hot Chocolate, Shamrock Mocha and Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe on the menu. Each drink has at least a hint of mint.

The Shamrock Shake was first released in 1970, and its sales helped build the first Ronald McDonald house, in Philadelphia, four years later.

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<![CDATA[African American Book Fair]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:23:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019194733_1200x675_869505091658.jpg Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati is the founder of the African-American Children's Book Project. She joins NBC10's Vai Sikahema to share the importance of recognizing African American authors.]]> <![CDATA[Hooters Opening Fast-Casual Spinoff Hoots]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:47:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hoots-rendering-edited.jpg

During the first few weeks of January, “New Year, New Me” became a popular mantra. Hooters seems to have taken the words to heart and made good on its New Year’s resolution.

The restaurant chain, known for its scantily clad female employees, has decided to launch a new fast-casual franchise that will still have wings, but fewer breasts.

In an attempt to attract millennial and female diners, the company announced Tuesday that it will open Hoots, where servers will no longer wear the famous skintight Hooters tank-tops and booty-exposing orange shorts. Instead, they’ll have a uniform that includes a “newly designed Hoots shirt” and either shorts or pants, Hoots spokesperson Liz Harmon told the Huffington Post

The eatery will consider employees of both genders, a radical shift from Hooters’ all-female waiting staff. The first Hoots will open outside of Chicago in Cicero, Illinois, in mid-February.

“We selected Chicago as our launch market largely due to the success of our carry-out business in the Chicagoland area,”said Neil Kiefer, Hooters Management Corporation president and CEO.

The first branch will cover about 2,800 square feet, support 30 employees, and have a 75-person capacity. Equipped with a full bar, its menu will serve up Hooters’ greatest hits. 

But are traditional Hooters’ patrons there for the taste or the view? Given the popularity of other “breastaurants” like Twin Peaks, demand for venues like Hooters is clearly still high. Though fast-casual dining is also a growing market, especially among young adults, it remains to be seen whether people will go to Hoots just for the food.

Company higher-ups seem hopeful.

“It is a logical extension of the brand and will provide more people with more opportunities to enjoy our world famous wings,” said Terry Marks, Hooters of America president and CEO. “We have a lot to learn, but we are excited about the potential.”

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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Doubles Number of Daily Lottery Tickets]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:43:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/schuyler1.jpg

The renowned Broadway hit "Hamilton: An American Musical" has doubled the number of available tickets for its daily lottery.

Those who wish to enter have to fill out an entry form to participate. The lottery was previously expanded last June to 46 tickets a day.

The lucky winners have 60 minutes to purchase the tickets.

The megahit musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton made history last year, earning a record 16 Tony nominations and winning 11 awards.

It also smashed box office records and made an international sensation of creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

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<![CDATA[Black History Celebrations at Kimmel Center]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:48:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019119220_1200x675_867650627881.jpg NBC10’s Vai Sikahema speaks with the Kimmel Center’s Director of Media Relations about a series of upcoming celebrations and events they have planned to honor Black History Month.]]> <![CDATA[Garth Brooks to Bring Country to South Philly]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:59:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/478052330.jpg

Country music legend Garth Brooks fans can rejoice.

The music icon is returning to Philadelphia for the first time in nearly two decades.

Brooks announced Wednesday that he will be performing at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday, March 25. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, is set to open the show. 

The spring concert -- Brooks' first since 1998, according to organizers -- will mark the best-selling solo artist's last Pennsylvania appearance of his World Tour.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. on the Wells Fargo Center website. The tickets, which are priced at $74.98 with fees, may also be purchased by phone at 1-844-442-7842.

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<![CDATA[Philly-Area Optometrist Writes First Novel]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:28:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Louis+Manco.JPG Bucks County optometrist Louis Manco has added author to his resume. 'Crystal Carousel' tells the story of a football player who overcomes many obstacles on and off the field.

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<![CDATA[Sign Up for Blue Cross Broad Street Run Lottery]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:50:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Broad+Street+Run+Starting+Line+2.JPG

There is no need to run if you plan on registering for a spot in the 2017 Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

Runners can begin registering online for the 2017 Blue Cross Broad Street Run beginning Feb. 1 at 12:01 a.m. Lottery selections are random and the sign-up period is 13 days long, so you'll have an equal chance no matter when you sign up, said organizers.

People can register as individuals or as groups of two to seven runners, said organizers. An alphabetical list of runners who got a bib number -- and charged the $50 registration fee -- will be made available on the Broad Street Run's website on Feb. 16.

This year’s 10-mile dash down Broad Street from North Philadelphia to the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia will be held on Sunday, May 7. The Health and Fitness Expo will take place on May 5 and May 6 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

NBC10 and Telemundo 62 will broadcast the entire race live from start to finish.

The race is the largest 10-mile road race in the county. The first Broad Street Run was held in 1980. Since then the race has swelled to about 40,000 runners.

Anyone who has ran 10 previous Broad Street Runs is guaranteed a spot in the race as a "tenured runner" but they must apply during the lottery registration period, said organizers.

Get more information about registration specifics on the run's website. [[247269581, C]]