By the time you see this, your night should be set in stone with costumes selected (surely too many goofy Miley tongues, Edward Snowden nerd-glasses and angry Angela Merkel faces) and parties picked. (Just don’t go to some grotty pub.) I’m not worried about your Halloween. I’m concerned about your All Saints’ Day, your Nov.1. For Catholics, it’s an easy holiday about the spiritual bond between the living, the dead and the heaven-bound. For heathens though, it’s a fine time for a wild party. In his quest to, in his words, “keep Philly weird,” producer/professor Aaron Levinson is taking his music-biz class at Temple University on a field trip to Underground Arts this Friday. As the CEO of Bell Tower Music, Temple’s student record label, he’s signed bands like White Hot Noise and The Mendles. “Still, I was concerned that the label was leaning too far into the indie rock world,” says Levinson. “So, in an effort to diversify the roster and expose the kids to other stuff, I signed a ’30s-ish swing band, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five.” Along with producing their record, Levinson is HD-filming the band’s “Midnight at the Barrelhouse” Nov. 1 event. It’s supposed to be a speakeasy-ish ball, with all participants dressed in Boardwalk Empire-worthy attire. “I will be there as the John Dillinger manque of the evening and MC of the proceedings,” says Levinson, who promises that lots of early American Jazz Age set dressing (such as Envoûté’s period burlesque) will adorn the stage. Should be sweet.
If you like flea markets and prefer to pay handsomely for brooches your grandmother didn’t want in the first place, you’re going to miss the Brooklyn Flea at the Piazza. They’re pissed off you didn’t want to overpay for rumpled snap-brims and dented Crock-Pots, so they stopped it on Oct. 27. Word has it the same people might take over the old Strawbridge’s spot on Market Street during the Christmas holiday for a part-time flea, but in my mind you’re all flea or you’re not flea at all.
The oyster’s best friend (or worst enemy — I don’t know if an oyster wants to be shucked or would prefer to be wooed) Dave Magrogan is getting ready to open his Italian eatery Stella Rossa at the quickly closed Square Peg space at 10th and Walnut. He’s got a wood-fired oven and lots of charcuterie and cheese from his new neighbors around the block on Ninth and Chestnut, Di Bruno Bros. By the time you read this, Stella Rossa will have had a soft launch, with the hard-pop grand celebration coming Nov. 2.
No fleas at citypaper.net/nakedcity.
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