WXPN is a noncommercial member-supported radio station that serenades listeners with a blend of thoughtfully curated music and informative NPR programming. Enjoy the fresh karmic glow that accompanies helping this top-quality station thrive, as well as access to concert-ticket specials, exclusive concerts and dance parties, free gifts, XPN’s members-only e-newsletter, and reams of discounts at nearby businesses. Members also get first crack at tickets to XPN’s Free At Noon weekly-concert series, special access to performers at XPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival, notice of free movie screenings, and the opportunity to advance their careers by broadcasting subliminal messages over the airways. Both membership levels can groove to a free springtime-sampler CD, and the $144-level members also get a copy of XPN’s Live at the World Cafe Volume 31 CD, which showcases the musical stylings of Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, Best Coast, Jukebox the Ghost, and more.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
La Cucina at the Market has earned accolades such as the title of Best Cooking Classes of Philly in 2011 in Philadelphia magazine and a feature in the New York Times for its private cooking classes, and continues to pass on Italian recipes and techniques in pasta-making courses. During the 2-hour sessions, novice to experienced food sculptors learn the techniques to prepare from scratch the internationally renowned noodle. Students mix, knead, roll, and cut their own fettuccini, potato gnocchi, and penne pasta that can serve as delectable main dishes or makeshift Mr. Potato Head accessories. Afterward, learn how to outfit nude pastas with house-made sauce such as marinara napoletana and quatro formaggi. Small class sizes of 10–15 students allow for personal instruction and leave students with enough knowledge to delectably decorate any tabletop or child's head with fresh noodles.
Mainline Magazine escorts its readers down an upscale avenue of cultural happenings, unveiling pages of recommendations for dining, design, and shopping, as well as profiles of local personalities. While perusing the Early Summer 2011 issue, follow the tastemakers to the Pennsylvania Dutch region or learn how to spruce up a home with a few well-considered interior tweaks and one prominently displayed life-size-doll collection. High-quality paper stock and vibrant, stylish graphics make the bimonthly magazine's full-color spreads of interiors and events burst off the page like a pop-up book filled with active fireworks.
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The Emerald Isles' greatest export is neither potatoes nor leprechauns, although both are invaluable to our modern way of life. No, the most important Irish contribution to Western society is the Guinness-fueled pub philosopher. Share in their wisdom with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of intoxicating pub grub and intoxicant at Finn McCools Ale House in Center City. Finn McCools is an authentic Irish-style pub that was recently upgraded to a full kitchen with an expanded beer selection, thanks to a leftover genie someone donated to a local thrift store with a perfectly good wish left in it.
The new kitchen is piloted by Irish cuisine expert, chef Larry Smith, so the menu has shamrock specialties in addition to classic bar favorites. Smith has taught at Temple University and studied under chefs at The Joseph Ambler Inn, Le Bec Fin, and Table 31. Try the bangers and mash, Irish pork sausages with mashed potatoes and peas served with savory gravy ($10.50) or a scotch fillet, 10 ounces of well-marbled rib eye served with vegetables and a baked potato ($25). Finn's serves perhaps the most traditional Irish favorite—nachos ($13), as well as wings with fries ($8) and fish and chips ($11). Unrepentant foodies, meanwhile, will find gastropub offerings such as zarzuela pasta paella ($18), poached-pear salad ($8), and moules mariniere ($9). Finn's 16 draft beers are mainly Irish, Belgian, German, and local microbrews. The bar's expert tenders are fast and friendly, so ask for directions home if your speech begins to resemble Molly Bloom's soliloquy.
After eight months of renovation, Finn's barroom is even classier and finally banshee-free. The authentic pub space has bare brick walls, wood accents, and well-stocked back-bar shelves (peruse the gallery for a peek at all the fancy new features). The giant-scaled, 20-foot ceiling could accommodate the actual Finn McCool and makes watching the game on Finn's four large, flat-screen TVs more comfortable than watching it at home on your corrugated TV boogie board.
Your Groupon can be used on yourself or on an entire table, so start a tab at Finn McCools and treat your entire U2 tribute band to some well-deserved shenanigans.
Citysearchers and Yellow Pages reviewers give Finn McCool's a perfect five stars, while CityVoters rave about the delicious food and affable staff:
- The place was excellent, great selection of beers and cocktails. We got a big selection of appetizers and it was very good. The fried Ravioli was great. The bartender was fast and excellent, and the owner and people in the bar were real friendly. – boomer71, Citysearch
- It's the best bar ever...with the coolest staff! Always a good time. Never a disappointment. Food and service is flawless. – kristen12345678, CityVoter
- Friendly staff, clean, and a great place to watch games. – mcDog, Citysearch
Believing that learning and behavioral disorders stem from improper communication between brain hemispheres, Brain Balance Centers offers a drug-free, multi-faceted system to boost brain function. Physical and cognitive exercises combine with easy-to-follow dietary changes to improve social, academic and behavioral issues associated with ADHD, Asperger's, and other social and learning disorders without the use of medication. Now more than 50 Brain Balance Centers practice this Hemispheric Integration Therapy, with professional teams tailoring programs to help kids improve focus and behavior, academic performance, communication, and social skills.
At 6 Keys Pilates, dedicated instructors guide students through individual and group sessions designed to increase flexibility and boost overall physical wellness. During mat classes, limber students enjoy the simplistic comforts of both small class sizes (typically less than five students per class) and stripped-down equipment (a mat, a motivating voice, and an obliging muscular frame). Private lessons are matched in terms of enthusiasm, and they feature the additional perks of personalized attention and a variety of resistance-driven equipment. Classes are available throughout the week in both the morning and evening hours. For complete information, check the class schedule online.