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Flippin’ With The Dipper: Inside Wilt Chamberlain’s DJ career

Wilt Chamberlain | Photo courtesy of http://kuhistory.com/articles/center-of-attention/
Wilt Chamberlain | Photo via http://kuhistory.com/articles/center-of-attention/

There’s no doubt that the legendary Philly basketball player Wilt Chamberlain had mad skills on the court. But have you ever hear him behind the mic?

When he was in college at the University of Kansas in the mid-fities, in addition to becoming one of the greatest college basketball players of all time, Wilt carved out time to follow a passion he had for music, and had a weekly radio show on the campus radio station, KANU. It was called “Flippin’ with the Dipper,” and was also broadcast on KLWN in Lawrence, KPRS in Kansas City, WREN in Topeka, and several other stations in the area. Continue reading →

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Weekend Arts Crawl…Philly photos, parades of pride and boats, celebrating design…and so much more!

 

The Old City Seaport Festival will include a parade of boats. Courtesy of phillyseaport.org
The Old City Seaport Festival will include a parade of boats. Courtesy of phillyseaport.org

Ahoy!  It’s the third annual Independence Seaport Museum Old City Seaport Festival!  You can tour tall ships, see how boats were made in the old days, take a harbor tour, and witness the kick off parade of boats Friday and pirate battles on Saturday and Sunday!  Aye, matey…

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Inside animals, outside in the area, and much more!

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out previously appeared at museums in Chicago, Dallas,  Salt Lake City, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Courtesy of fi.edu
Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out previously appeared at museums in Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Courtesy of fi.edu

The exhibit Body Worlds has toured the world several times showing what’s under the skin of real humans.  Now there’s Body Worlds, Animal Inside Out, opening Saturday at the Franklin Institute.  Animals large and small are opened up to show their blood vessels, muscular systems and various organs. Two Members Sunday workshops demonstrate how animals’ bodies are like our own. Continue reading →

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Watch Double Decker Music Series vol. 3, featuring Noun and Rat Catching

Double Decker Music Series
Marissa Paternoster | photo by Bob Sweeney

This month’s Double Decker Music Series featured performances by Noun (Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females) and Rat Catching.  As the intimate audience rode around Philadelphia on the top level of an open-air tour bus, the musicians provided an alternative soundtrack to the historical sights.

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Watch Philly’s Evening Magazine explain The Grateful Dead to viewers in 1979

Segment title screen. Love the Star Wars font.
Segment title screen. Love the Star Wars font.

By 1979, The Grateful Dead was closing in on a decade and a half of recording and touring, were headlining arenas on the regular, and the non-countercultural media was becoming reasonably certain that Jerry and the boys were, you know, not just a fad. Enter Evening Magazine, a television news features program that aired locally on CBS-3; they caught up with the Dead and their devout Deadheads at The Spectrum in this segment that aired on November 6, 1979. Continue reading →

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The Beatles, live at Convention Hall in Philly, September 2, 1964

The Beatles perform at Convention Hall in Philadelphia on September 2, 1964 | Photo via hylitradio.com
The Beatles perform at Convention Hall in Philadelphia on September 2, 1964 | Photo via hylitradio.com

This year marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ initial trip to our side of the pond and their first ever North American tour. If you didn’t know this, you must have been in hibernation back in February. The 1964 summer tour would eventually include an unlikely stop in Philadelphia on September 2 that almost didn’t happen. Thanks to a relentless Philly rock n’ roll radio personality and some tricky planning, it did. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Made in America, sold in Longs Park, Labor Day parade…and more!

kings of leon shot for nme magazine, location elms lester painting roomsKings of Leon are the final performers in a music filled weekend on the Parkway as Jay Z brings his Made In America Festival to Philadelphia for the third time Saturday and Sunday (and this year to Los Angeles for the first time).  The three music stages present diverse genres and bands that include Mayer Hawthorne, The National, Spoon, Pharell Williams, Kanye West and area talent like The Menzingers  There are beer gardens, food trucks, and merch booths galore, and XPN staffers are covering the fest here on The Key. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Art furniture, comedy, Ukrainian culture, and more!

 

courtesy of UASC Tryzub
courtesy of UASC Tryzub

The 23rd Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival is Sunday in Horsham. This cultural celebration is complete with Ukrainian dishes, beers and baked goods. In addition, four main acts are set to play on stage, including a Ukrainian violinist, a colorful and acrobatic dance act, an electronic band that infuses traditional Ukrainian music, and the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, known for their melding of Ukrainian dance and world culture. A social Ukrainian dance called Zabava is going to be featured on stage after the main show while traditional and modern Ukrainian music is performed in the background. Continue reading →

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Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase brings a sweet end to the season with Mock Suns and more

Kandy Kane Productions Presents: Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase
Kandy Kane Productions Presents: Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase

As the end of the season approaches (insert appropriate cries as you reach for socks to keep wearing your Birkenstocks through the fall), quite a few Philly music groups are putting together their own ode to summertime vibes. One we’re particularly excited about is Kandy Kane Productions Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase, which will take place next Friday, August 29th, at The Rotunda on Walnut Street. The line-up includes a pretty boss round-up of local mainstays: Old Scratch, Dead Tenors, Senium, Mock Suns, Kind of Creatures, Village and Snoozer. Doors for the showcase open at 6:30 and festivities will rave on til 1 AM. $5 tickets for the event are available at the door. Below, you can check out some tunes from a few of the artists featured on the bill. Continue reading →

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West Philly drummer Justin Faulkner brings Community Unity Music Festival to Clark Park

Justin Faulkner and his family organized West Philly's first Community Unity Festival, slated for Sunday. | Photo by Shaun Brady
Justin Faulkner and his family organized West Philly’s first Community Unity Festival, slated for Sunday. | Photo by Shaun Brady

Growing up in the Cedar Park section of West Philly, Justin Faulkner spent so much time with his nearby cousins that they felt more like brothers. So it hit particularly hard when one of those cousins fell victim to gun violence, killed just outside West Philadelphia High School when Faulkner was in his early teens. Not long after, another cousin met the same fate, followed by several of Faulkner’s childhood friends. Continue reading →