This mornings email is coming to you from Dallas, TX, where it is colder than Philadelphia. Off this afternoon for a night in Austin for a bachelor party - for those that remember my buddy Oleg, he is getting married next weekend.. Then off tomorrow morning to New Orleans for Jazzfest. If in New Orleans this weekend, let me know.
My video of the week comes from last week's 4/20 smoke out. Philly's law enforcement in action.
My second video of the week is Brian Williams from NNC in Camden. My parents grew up in Camden and went to Camden High. Do not think it was like this when they were there...
I have been excited by the idea of the new Mormon temple being built in Philly. I thought it was going to be more extravagent but I think the building will fit nicely wiht the architecture around it. Photo here.
My Philly sucks highlight of the week is this shooting in center city. Maybe we need to borrow NYC gun laws...would it make a difference?
Did you know the Real World is coming to Philly again? The onsite auditions already happened but not too late to submit online.
Lastly, I have a new listing coming up shortly at 4th and Brown in Northern Liberties. Nice house that could use a little TLC. If you want more information before it officially comes on the market, let me know. Other real estate news for me is I bought my first five unit building near the Betsy Ross Bridge in the Bridesburg neighborhood. Always looking for investors for the next purchase. And as always, never to busy to assist you in buying or selling property. And free sales valuations if you are curious what your home is worth - or what your neighbors just sold their house for. - Mark
1) Koresh Dance Company Presents: Come Together
Firt two weekends in May 2013
2) PlazaPalooza 2013 - May 4
Come one, come all to PlazaPalooza 2013 - Saturday May 4 from 1-7 PM on Grays Ferry Avenue between South and Bainbridge Streets. This years event once again features live music from great local bands like New Pony, Tall Trees, Minas and the Clef Club Jazz Ensemble; beer from Grace Tavern, and food from the fabulous establishments in and around the Triangles area. There's going to be family fun too - activities for kids from our partners at Odunde 365, a fire truck, dunk tank and more!
A big big thank you to this year's sponsors: Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, 2nd Council District; Grace Tavern, the Igloo, the South Street West Business Association, and Toll Brothers. We couldn't make this happen without you.
3) Premier Philly Roller Derby Returns: Round 2!
4) Love Park Food Trucks This summer
5) The Ultimate Networking Event Live at Harvest Sesonal Grill
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:00 PM
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar in Philadelphia, PA
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6) Kentucky Derby Viewing Party
Saturday, May 4, 2013 @ Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar (Philadelphia)
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And they're off! The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday - join Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar as they bring a taste of Churchill Downs to University City. This free to attend event will feature complimetary passed menu samples, giveaways, Derby-Day hat contests, indoor and outdoor race viewing on large plasma TVs, discount mint julips, and much more! For more information, answers to questions, or to reserve a table, please call Harvest at 215-662-1100. SEE YOU THERE!
7) Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at SundayOUT!
Join us at Philadelphia’s chic open-air plaza in Northern Liberties for six hours of Jumbotron and live entertainment.
SundayOUT! at The Piazza features over 100 artisans, food vendors, community organizations, boutiques, cafés, bars, galleries and more!
Sunday, May 5th from Noon to 6 p.m. at The Piazza, North 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue.
FREE roundtrip shuttle every 10 minutes from Sisters in the Gayborhood. More
8) This Saturday, May 4th, Join iSocialite Media for Pink Saturday
RSVP is recommended. REGISTER to walk/run with iSocialite Media in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure (Race takes place May 12th, 2013)
DONATE ONLINE NOW
For updates, photos and more, visit: http://pinksaturday.splashthat.com
9) The super-popular citywide Happy Hour known as Center City Sips is making a triumphant return on Wednesday, June 5. Starting at 5 p.m. each and every Wednesday, the series
continues throughout the summer, featuring $5 cocktails, $4 wine, and $3 beers. There's half-priced apps on the Sips menu, too. [CenterCityPhila.org]
10) BURGER BRAWL
11) Pro Gymnastics Challenge This May
On May 11th & 12th, Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena will host a truly unique international sporting event, the Pro Gymnastics Challenge, which will be aired on ESPN2 later this month. Featuring the world's top gymnasts; special coach Nastia Liuken; and judge Dominique Moceanu, the event will have USA competing against The World in a thrilling “skill vs. skill” challenge. Get a sneak peek of these amazing gymnasts in action and secure your seat at this legendary event here.
12) 6th Annual March of the Sombreros
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the 2013 March of the Sombreros, Saturday May 4, from 7pm - 10pm. Enjoy $3 Corona Light Drafts, $4 Corona Bottles, $5 Bacardi & Cazadores Cocktails, $6 Limona Coronas & $7 Coronaritas at nine different bars in Northern Liberties. One of our biggest events of the year! Your passport to fun includes a first class experience into Philadelphia’s best restaurants and bars.Event transportation provided by Sidecar! *Everyone who attends will receive a free sombrero, event passport and a guide to each location: Darling’s Diner, North Shore Beach Club, Boardwalk Bar, Kings Oak, PYT, Max’s Brewbar, Gunners Run, North Bowl and Dos Segundos - all conveniently located within The Piazza at Schmidt’s. (SIGN UP ON THE GUEST LIST and check in at any location to receive your FREE sombrero and passport)Saturday, May 4th, get into the revolutionary spirit with philly2night’s 2013 March of the Sombreros and join us at The Piazza for a good ‘ol fashioned Mexidelphian tradition!From 7pm - 10pm, celebrate Cinco de Mayo Corona and Bacardi specials at nine different bars in Northern Liberties**Last year over 500 Sombreros wearing philly2night fans came out for a great time!** We have a ton of sombreros to giveaway but supplies are limited, so get in early and get yours while supplies lasts!On behalf of philly2night, the establishments, Corona and Bacardi we ask that you please- Drink responsibly- Do not drink and drive, that’s what sidecar is for- Respect the community-Take care of your bartenders and waitstaff. They are there for you!””Relax Responsibly””
13) South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 pm
South Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147, United States
On Saturday, May 4th from 12:00pm – 8:00pm, the South Street Headhouse District will hold its new signature street event, the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival. The Spring Festival will be a free, all-ages . . . Read More
14) Spring Wine Festival Aboard The Battleship New Jersey!
Taste wines from eight regional vineyards, enjoy live music, and tour our nation’s most decorated battleship! The Wine Festival on the Battleship, Saturday, May 4 from 1pm to 5pm, will feature delicious wines from: Heritage Vineyards Monroeville Winery DiBella Winery Chestnut Run Farm Auburn Road Vineyards Wagonhouse Winery Cedarvale Winery Bellview Winery (at Maugeri’s Farm Market) We’ll also have live music performed by The Lifters, plus you can take a tour of the largest battleship in our nation’s history. Tours will take place prior to the tasting event. The price is $45 per adult. To purchase tickets please click “”Buy Tickets””. We will see you and your family, friends, and co-workers there!To sponsor this event, please click the “”contact event host”” link above.
15) The Great Urban Race.
16) 2013 Chocolate Symphony - Auction Garden Party
Calling all Chocolate Lovers... food, fun and lots of chocolate! This Cinco de Mayo, indulge in chocolate while supporting the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter. Come celebrate the 14th annual Chocolate Symphony Auction Garden Party, May 5th at Glen Ford on the Delaware from 5:00p to 8:00p honoring our Community Champions. You’ll enjoy a delectable buffet, wine and martini bars, a terrific silent auction and a fabulous array of chocolate delights from some of the finest pastry chefs and chocolatiers in the Delaware Valley. Every 68 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease. Help us change that statistic by supporting our research effort to find a cure. To order tickets & more info, click below.
17) Zumbathon for MS
Multiple Sclerosis is a deadly autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system and has been diagnosed to over 2.1 people worldwide. Come take part in Zumbathon on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at one of Philadelphia's landmarks, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and dance this disease away!
This two-hour fitness party features Zumba, a fun, high energy, and calorie burning workout that incorporates dance through Latin, Indian, African, and other international beats. To dance, Zumbathon participants must raise at least $125. The money that you raise will benefit over 14,000 local people suffering from this disease. Not only will you dance your way to a world free of MS, but you will also be working on your fitness, getting in shape for the new year, and actively supporting your community!
There is presently no cure for the disease, however, with the money raised for research initiatives, we can join together to fight the ongoing battle.
Register today at ZumbathonForMs.org or call 1.800.548.4611 and make a difference while grooving to some beats, enjoying some laughs, and bonding over a common cause.
18) The Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival
Philadelphia magazine and Fine Wine Good Spirits present The 2013 Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival, the ultimate oenophile experience featuring over 600 wines. This year’s expanded program features the perfect fusion of food and wine. Get hands-on access to top winemakers and chefs and shop the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store, where you can purchase your favorite wines from the evening. Don’t miss the fantastic silent auction, open for bidding throughout the evening, benefiting The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For the first time ever, the Festival will offer a Young Friends’ Tasting, geared toward the next generation of wine lovers, to excite and educate young professionals about the wonderful world of food and wine.VIP TASTING | EARLY ENTRY | 5:30 PM VIP guests will be granted early entry and exclusive access to the Festival, also receiving a $20 gift certificate for use in the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store that evening, where over 150 wines will be available for purchase. VIP guests are invited to stay for the Grand Tasting, when doors open at 7:00 PM. GRAND TASTING | GENERAL ADMISSION | 7:00-9:30 PMThe Grand Tasting offers access to wines from over 150 wineries from around the world, and local upscale restaurants will serve samples of their signature dishes to complement the wines. Guests will have access to the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store as well. NEW! YOUNG FRIENDS’ TASTING |7:00-9:30 PM The perfect intro to wine tasting will start with an exclusive, entertaining Wine 101 course and tasting, led by Bob Trimble, Retail Wine Specialist at Fine Wine & Good Spirits, and will finish with a tour of the main tasting floor. Event URL• http://www.phillymag.com/wineandfoodfest/Facebook • Philadelphia magazine: https://www.facebook.com/philadelphiamagazine• Event listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/139939499506223/Twitter• Philly Mag Events: @PhillyMagEvents• Event hashtag: #PHLwinefest
A) May 10, 8pm: Chris Tucker at Tower Theatre
B) Saturday, May 11 at Trocadero Theatre Todd Rundgren