Things to Do in the Tri-State Area


Nightlife

The Khyber
56 S. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA

Average cost of admission $8-$12

The Khyber, which was once known as Khyber Pass, is a small bar/nightclub with live music shows just about every night of the week. Located in one of the buzzing areas of Philly nightlife, this is one of the most popular night spots in the area. On the night that I visited this club, there were several performers on the roster. Go to Blazes, Solid To Sixty, and Bruce Langfeld performed what I would call rock music with heavy country undertones. Bruce Langfeld classifies his sound as "a combination between Bob Dylan and Neil Young" and the other bands, who he also played with, as "roots rock". The performances were energetic, and the crowd bopped to the music, whistled, and cheered them on. There was a definite communal vibe and friendly atmosphere for most of the night.

The only downside of my experience at The Khyber was the near-fight that broke out when the doorman insulted one of the patrons as he was trying to clear the club at the end of the night.

Next time you are in Philly, stop by and see who's playing at The Khyber. But whatever you do, don't cross the doorman.

Afro Blue
Club Envy
2nd Bank Street(btw. 2nd and 3rd)
Philadelphia, PA
(215)413-8995

Admission Fee $5-First 50 Ladies Free

Every Monday, 9pm until

3 Rooms of Kulcha:

  1. Underground Hip-Hop
  2. Roots and Kulcha Reggae
  3. Spoken Word Lounge

CBGB'S
315 Bowery
New York NY
www.cbgb.com

The shrine of punk and home of underground rock since around 1974. Originally founded to showcase Country, Bluegrass and Blues (hence the name CBGB) in 1973, founder Hilly Kristal soon switched musical formats after gaining some success with Sunday night punk music venues featuring the bands Television and The Ramones, followed by the Stilettos whose key members, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein would eventually re-formed as Blondie. The rest is sort of history (and if you want to read about it, check out their excellent web site listed above)...


Food

Vietnam Restaurant
221 N 11th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 592-1163
Hours:
Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Fri. & Sat. until 10:30 p.m.

Average Cost of Dinner $20-$30(for 2)

Vietnam Restaurant is a somewhat swanky(you may feel out of place in sweats) Vietnamese Restaurant in Chinatown, Philadelphia. This restaurant has friendly staff and prompt service, and even better, tasty food. I am a semi-vegetarian, and the menu has many meatless dishes available, as well as a good selection for carnivores. A lot of dishes are served on a bed of vermicelli, or rice noodles. I enjoyed fried spring rolls over vermicelli with a sweet/hot vinegar sauce on the side. My co-diner had pork with vegetables over vermicelli. Everything tasted fresh, and the service was fast. This is a very good restaurant if you are in the mood for something different.

Bitar's
222 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 382-3000

Hours:
Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Average Cost of Lunch $12-$20(for 2)

Bitar's is a family owned restaurant in Philadelphia. There are many Middle Eastern treats on the menu, including several vegetarian selections. The service is friendly and fast and the falafel sandwich is a nice alternative to the usual Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies. This restaurant also has a store on Federal Street, where you can buy many of the ingredients used in their Mediterranean/Middle Eastern recipes. You can also catch some lunchtime rays at their outdoor tables or takeout. Very good place for a midday re-charger.

 


Music

Blackapalooza Summer Jam Tour 2001

Based out of Newark, N.J., Blackapalooza is packed with lesser known and unique black music artists and bands. If you are looking for a new sound, this tour will likely be in your backyard sometime this summer. This tour has been going on for 6 years, and the SJT 2001 promises to be as heavy hitting as it has been in previous years. I got a glimpse of this tour at CBGB's in NYC last year, which features such artists as Rachid, KAS Serenity, and Corey Glover, previously of In Living Colour. Presenting a combination of rock, deep-rooted soul, and funk-ternative rhythms, most of the performers will be like nothing you have heard before.

Tentative Performance and Tour Schedule(subject to change):

July 5 Newark, NJ August 13 Annapolis, MD
July 7 Asbury Park, NJ August 19 St. Louis, MO
July 8 Wilmington, DE August 20 Detroit, MI
July 9 Dayton, OH August 26 Chattanooga, TN
July 15 Indianapolis, PA September 1-4 Chicago, IL
July 21 Houston, TX September 15 Newark, NJ
July 22 Chicago, IL September 16 Nashville, TN
August 4 Milwaukee, WI September 22 Lexington, KY
August 5 Baltimore, MD September 23 Portsmouth, VA
August 12 Saginaw, MI October 7 New York, NY

Call (973)931-8205 or write kaamilgroupinc@hotmail.com for more information.

 

Wiggins Park Riverstage
Camden, NJ

All Free Events!

Summer Concert Series(All shows begin at 8pm):

July 2 4 time Grammy Winner Arturo Sandoval
July 10 Jimmy McGriff Quartet
July 16 Pieces of a Dream
July 23 Doc Gibbs & Picante
July 31 The Monnette Sudler Sextet
August 6 The Electric Mingus Project featuring Gerald Veasley
August 14 Riverstage All Stars
August 21 Regina Carter
August 27 Dianne Reeves

Call (856) 216-2170 for more information.

 

Cooper River Park
North Park Drive
Pennsauken, NJ

All Free Events!

Concert Series(All shows begin at 8pm):

July 7 The New York Metropolitan Opera performs: Tosca
July 12 The Duke Ellington Orchestra
July 19 Quaker City String Band
July 26 Mark Reno's "Tribute to Elvis"
August 2 The Dave Mason Band
August 9 Country on the Cooper
(hosted by Country 92.5 XTU)
August 16 City Rhythm Orchestra
(Haddon Township Night)
August 23 Greater Kensington String Band
(Senior Citizens Night)
August 30 Blood Sweat and Tears
(hosted by WOGL Oldies 98)

Call (856) 216-2170 for more information.


Other Park Events

Cooper River Park
North Park Drive
Pennsauken, NJ

September 16th
Newton Colony Arts & Music Festival
FREE for 2001
Noon - 6:00 PM

August 18th & 19th
Bentley Brothers Circus

Presented by: Camden County Fireman's Association
For more info & show times call: 800-514-SHOW

Call (856) 216-2170 for more information.

--KCC


Museums

The Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky St
Pittsburgh, PA
www.warhol.org

Popular CultureS - Artists Michael Parekowhai - Ravinder Reddy - Yinka Shonibare
Now through September 2nd featuring materials or icons representative of Maori/New Zealand, India, Nigeria/England. On July 27 at 8 p.m. Yinka Shonibare will lecture. On July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, then again on August 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, local musicians perform in 1960s style on Michael Parekowhai's Ten Guitars.

Every Friday is Good Friday. Cash bar, free gallery admission and special programs from 5 to 10 p.m.

Andy Warhol Screen Tests run on various days and times throughout July and August.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh PA
www.cmoa.org

Two exhibitions at the Heinz Architectural Center: Landscapes of Retrospection: The Magoon Collection of British Drawings and Prints, 1739-1860 and Still Rooms and Excavations: A Photographic Installation by Richard Barnes. Now through September 2.

On July 19th from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on August 25th at 1 p.m. there are two special programs which center on the exhibitions and the other works in the museum's collection. Contact the Carnegie Museum for details and costs.



Film Programs

Ocularis (at the Galapagos)
70 N 6th St
Brooklyn NY

Weekly film events at the Galapagos in New York. Events are also planned at the Warhol Museum in the middle of July and at Williamsburg, sometime in August. Contact: ocularis_survey@yahoo.com for more information.

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