Archive for July, 2009

July 31st, 2009 by Campus Philly

Ted’s Montana Grill

Howdy y’all!

If you find your taste buds yearning for something with a little zest and oomph, make your way to Ted’s Montana Grill (260 S. Broad st.).

One of the newer restaurants in Philadelphia, Ted’s first opened in January 2002. This particular restaurant prides itself on made-from-scratch dishes and their choice of meat.

At this restaurant, you can expect no pre-packaged salads, pre-made fries or frozen foods. The freezer at the restaurant only houses the ice cream.

The chefs make everything from their own croutons to squeezing 40 lemons for their lemonade. Their bison meat is ground at their own butcher shop in the morning and they do not start cooking your meal until you have arrived.

All of their steaks and meat dishes are made from bison. The restaurant claims this choice of meat gives the dish a little more taste, and many cannot tell the difference.

Ted’s Montana Grill was voted by the Philadelphia Daily News as “the most family-friendly of steak spots” as well as “most affordable.”

Ted’s competes with well-known steakhouses such as Morton’s, but Ted’s takes the cake when it comes to family dining. The warmth and charm of the physical restaurant as well as the staff creates a great atmosphere.

When dining at Ted’s, you can expect to spend between $6 and $20 per meal. The prices are very reasonable for the amount of effort put in to create every dish.

To make a reservation and experience the wild, wild west, call Ted’s Montana Grill at 215-772-1230, or visit tedsmontanagrill.com

You can contact Samantha Bokoski at food@campusphilly.org

July 31st, 2009 by Campus Philly

Lil’ Wayne & Co. Take Over Camden

Today, July 31, the Young Money Presents: America’s Most Wanted tour is hitting the Philadelphia area with a star-studded roster of some of today’s most popular hip hop and R&B artists.

Starting off the tour’s roster is up-and-coming artist Drake. He’s a part of Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money label and Billboard.com has deemed him one of the most sought-after artists in hip hop.

Drake should look familiar to some, especially if you are a fan of Canada’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation” (yes, I’m guilty of this). His character on the show was Jimmy Brooks.

Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em is the second act on the tour’s lineup. Mostly known for his breakout hit “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” (which I can even admit knowing the moves to) that took him to superstardom ridiculously quick, he’s sure to be a highlight of the tour.

Next up on the tour’s roster is Young Jeezy. Noted for his hit “Soul Survivor” off of his 2005 album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, this rap artist has had a successful run.

Jeezy has also collaborated on other artists’ hits like Usher’s “Love in This Club” and performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration with Jay-Z in January.

Rounding out the tour as the headlining act is the Young Money label owner himself, Lil’ Wayne.

Wayne’s 2008 album, The Carter III brought him quite a bit of success, earning him Grammy’s for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for “Lollipop.” His collaboration on Kevin Rudolf’s hit “Let It Rock” also gave him more recognition in 2008.

Lil’ Wayne is also set to release his debut rock album, Rebirth on Aug. 18 which, with songs like the versatile “Prom Queen,” could bring a good variety to his set on the tour.

Last minute addition, Pleasure P will also be performing.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. and tickets are still available. A four-pack of lawn seats can be purchased for $15.50 each at Live Nation so don’t miss your chance to catch this tour at an affordable price! But take note: a $5 day-of-show charge will be added to each ticket.

The Young Money Presents: America’s Most Wanted tour kicked off in Scranton on July 27 and runs through the rest of summer, closing in Dallas on Aug. 23.

You can contact Ashley Campbell at entertainment@campusphilly.org

July 31st, 2009 by Campus Philly

Philly Sets an All-time Record

Hey Philly!

Our work towards a greener city has started to pay off. We’ve set an all-time recycling record during the 2009 fiscal year.

On July 15, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that household recycling in Philly increased 46% from June to July of 2009. As a result, the city has saved approximately $4.5 million in landfill costs.

Much of the credit can be given to the single-stream recycling program that the city began in January. Since then, Philadelphians have been able to put all their recyclables in a bin that is collected along with their weekly garbage. This system has proven widely successful and has spawned other city-wide recycling efforts.

In keeping with the recycling spirit, here’s a list of 10 city nonprofits, services and organizations that have made the environment their priority:

Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia:

The Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia is a group of local organizations and individuals that support expanding recycling programs in Philadelphia. Their website offers startling and helpful recycling statistics for the city.

Clean Air Council:

A member of the above-mentioned Recycling Alliance, the Clean Air Council is a nonprofit dedicated to issues like pollution, clean air, energy and, of course, recycling. The group works primarily through education and community outreach.

RecycleNOW:

The RecycleNOW Philadelphia campaign is a project of the Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia that seeks to make public policy a bit greener. The project advocates a zero-waste policy.

Greater Philadelphia Recycling Council

The Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council is made up of members who wish to discuss recycling and environmental issues in the Delaware Valley.

TBS Industries – Philadelphia (Computer) Recycling:

TBS Industries in Philadelphia offers national computer recycling services, for those of us who have old PC’s and laptops to get rid of.

David Geppert Recycling Inc.:

One of many recycling pick-up groups in the Philadelphia area, the company specializes in demolition, junk removal, and metal recycling.

The Philadelphia Horticultural Society:

A Philly favorite responsible for events like the Philadelphia Flower Show, the Horticultural Society makes environmental preservation its mission.

Fairmount Park:

The blanket term/coalition responsible for nearly all Philadelphia Parks, Fairmount Park has launched several campaigns to keep Philly beautiful and green.

Philly.com:

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s off-shoot website, Philly.com has a special section on going green in Philly. With lots of blogs, articles and helpful tips, the section is a good resource.

Mural Arts Program:

The nonprofit responsible for beautiful murals throughout the city is also concerned about the environment. Since last November, the organization has worked with city to decorate ten of Philly’s recycling trucks.

With the recycling trend we’ve set, along with the groups mentioned above, we’re sure to keep Philly moving towards greener goals.

For more info on the city’s recycling plan, visit RecyclingPays.phila.gov

You can contact Aarthi Manohar at community@campusphilly.org

July 30th, 2009 by Campus Philly

Square Burger in Franklin Square

Stephen Starr—one of Philadelphia’s most famous restaurant owners—recently opened Square Burger, a new low priced restaurant in Franklin Square.

Starr owns 12 restaurants throughout Philadelphia including upscale restaurants such as El Vez, Barclay Prime and Tangerine.

With Square Burger, Starr drifts away from his upscale appeal. Do not expect a Pod—this is a hamburger and hot dog shack.

Everything on the menu is under $5 and you still receive that Stephen Starr vibe.

As a homage to Philadelphia, home of Tastykake, Starr has even put a Butterscotch Krimpet on the menu. If you not want a hamburger or a hot dog, they also have shakes and salads. Everything is simple, yet has a unique twist.

With the opening of Square Burger, Franklin Square has regained the attention it deserves. Starr restaurants always receive media hype and through this burger shack, Franklin Square Park has once again become a beautiful family spot.

Square Burger is open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. everyday until Halloween.

Shane Cash, executive chef of Butcher and Singer (another Starr restaurant) and the consulting chef at Square Burger says his hopes are to stay open all year round.

So take a stroll in Franklin Square and give Stephen Starr’s new burger joint a try!

You can contact Samantha Bokoski at food@campusphilly.org

July 30th, 2009 by Campus Philly

The Best Mini Golf in Town!

When it comes to summer, one activity that always crosses my mind when I’m going out with friends is miniature golf.

Depending on where you go, you can putt through 18 holes of caverns, gardens, waterfalls, a pirate adventure or some other kind of classic mini golf theme.

No matter what the theme, the obstacles set at each hole are always fun, especially when everyone in your group tries to approach it in a different way.

It’s a fun game to play and can be more relaxing than anything which could be a nice addition to your weekend if you’ve been working all week.

So where in Philly should you go to play?

I’ve heard good things about Philly Mini Golf, a part of Once Upon A Nation located in Franklin Square. What’s so cool about this golf course is that it’s all Philadelphia-themed.

The 18 holes feature different Philly icons like Elfreth’s Alley, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the Rocky Steps, The Sound of Philadelphia music, the LOVE statue and the Chinatown Friendship Gate.

At the 18th hole, you putt through the crack in the Liberty Bell and end up in front of Independence Hall. Another hole also features some of Philadelphia’s sports teams.

The Sound of Philadelphia hole features vinyl-style records representing four of Philadelphia’s top recording artists and their number one singles: “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead, “Love Train” by The O-Jays, “Love is a Message” by MFSB and “Me & Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul.

Franklin Square is located at 6th and Race sts. and it only costs $8 a game to play.

For more information, please visit historicphiladelphia.org .

You can contact Ashley Campbell at entertainment@campusphilly.org

July 29th, 2009 by Campus Philly

The Elephants Leave the Zoo

This week, the Philadelphia Zoo said goodbye to its last two elephants, Kallie and Bette. Sadly, this means the elephant exhibit has been permanently closed until further notice when proper funding has been raised.

These two beloved elephants have been a part of the Philadelphia Zoo family since arriving from Zimbabwe in 2004. The hard, yet life-saving decision to send these elephants to a better facility was made in 2005.

Kallie and Bette were taken to Pittsburgh Zoo’s International Conservation Center. The center is 724 acres large and is home to another male African elephant, Jackson.

The Philadelphia Zoo describes the goodbye as bittersweet. America’s first zoo hopes to bring back the elephant exhibit, but only when the elephants will be provided a great home and the zoo has the necessary funds to care for them.

These animals captured many hearts through their time in Philadelphia, but at four tons each, housing them in a small barn and yard is not what they deserve—they need to raise millions to create the naturalistic environment they need.

All around, Philadelphia’s zoo has had a tough year. Along with sending Kallie and Bette away, the zoo lost one of their most beloved elephants last month. Petal, 52, one of the oldest African elephants in an American zoo, died on June 9.

Elephants have been a part of the Philadelphia Zoo family since 1874. It is very hard for the staff and animal lovers to say goodbye to this exhibit. But this species is extremely endangered and needs to be taken care of. Everyone just wants what’s best for Kallie and Bette.

If you would like to be updated about Kallie and Bette’s progress, please visit philadelphiazoo.org.

Come home soon!

You can contact Samantha Bokoski at food@campusphilly.org

July 29th, 2009 by Campus Philly

Sixers Making Changes to Lineup

The Philadelphia 76ers are making some changes to their lineup and hoping for a better start to the 2009-10 season. Theo Ratliffe has moved to San Antonio, Jrue Holiday is now a 76er and Andre Miller is now a Trailblazer.

Holiday, a 19-year-old freshman from UCLA, was the 17th overall pick in the NBA draft. According to Philly.com, Holiday averaged 8.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists for the combined team that the Sixers and the New Jersey Nets entered in the Orlando Pro Summer League earlier this month. The rookie should earn about $3.4 million over the next two seasons.

The long-awaited destiny of free agent Miller was determined on Friday, with Miller’s agent stating the finalization of his contract with Portland would happen within 24 hours.

Philly.com reports that Miller, the 76ers starting point guard for the last two and a half seasons, will receive a deal that apparently is an improvement over the deal the Sixers were offering, which was reportedly in the 1-year/$6 million range.

Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski reportedly wants to work on the young nucleus of players currently on the Sixers bench, therefore getting rid of Miller, who’s 33, and opting for younger, hopefully more productive players.

With key reserves Ratliffe and Reggie Evans parting ways with the Sixers, the boys will need more than just a veteran point guard with Miller out of the picture.

It is rumored that the Sixers are looking at 7’1 Primoz Brezec (Toronto Raptors), 7’0 Aaron Gray (Chicago Bulls), 7’0 Ryan Hollins (Dallas Mavericks), 6’11 Jake Voskuhl (Toronto Raptors), 6’10 Adonis Foyle (Orlando Magic) and 6’11 Jared Reiner (BBL-Germany) to fill the post.

Miami Heat free agent Luther Head is a front runner to replace Miller, and brings defense and versatility to the guards. Head has averaged 8.6 points per game over his five-year career in the NBA and could be a good asset to the young Sixers and their starting lineup.

For up to the minute Sixers news, visit nba.com.sixers.

You can contact Brittany McLeod at professional@campusphilly.org

July 29th, 2009 by Campus Philly

A Profile on Pterodactyl

In North Philadelphia’s Fishtown just off of Frankford Ave. sits a building that is home to Pterodactyl (Philadelphia), a creative project space.

Created by Catherine Dentino and Paul Yavarone, Jr., Pterodactyl is in its first phase of existence.

They just recently moved into the current location and completed the construction of their studios, offices and classrooms. The next phase involves plans for exhibitions, events and actual classes.

The creative project space already has summer art classes underway, like The Photographic Slideshow, An Introduction to Screen Printing and Simple Sewing for Everyday Life. Plans for fall art classes are still taking place.

So what’s Pterodactyl’s mission?

According to the Web site, “Pterodactyl’s mission is to revive the enjoyment and practice of creating art for personal fulfillment, to create exhibitions and experiences that resonate meaningfully with diverse audiences, and to bring people together through the arts.”

It seems the space is open to practically every form of art, which could make it worth a visit. Pterodactyl also has a really cool event coming up that might be fun to attend.

On Aug. 1, Pterodactyl is hosting the Art-o-saur + Rock-a-dile Show. Starting at 8 p.m. with a cheap entry fee of just $5, the show combines music and art.

The show features performances by Univox, The Great Unknown, The Lemon Treasures, Victor Victor Band and Conversations With Enemies.

According to Pterodactyl’s Web site, it seems they hope to hold more events like the “Art-o-saur + Rock-a-dile Show” in the future.

For more information on what classes are being held and what is occurring in the future, visit the Pterodactyl (Philadelphia) Web site.

You can contact Ashley Campbell at entertainment@campusphilly.org

July 28th, 2009 by Campus Philly

MPF: Amusement Parks

These are three thrilling amusement parks that are for the entertainment and satisfaction of others. They’re three places were everyone would like to go to and have a blast.

Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom

Dorney Park is an amusement park that holds a water park and roller coaster rides. It’s a family oriented place, so that kids can enjoy themselves and the adults as well. Dorney Park is more of a water park then a roller coaster and hard core park.

Dorney Park has eight thrill rides, 18 water rides, 18 children rides and 25 usual rides—rides that you would see at a carnival (Ferris Wheel and Sea Dragon); all together 69 rides.

Dorney Park admission is $40.99, season passes price is $99 and for seniors, its $63. The park regularly opens at 10:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.

Dorney Park opened for the season May 2 and will close Nov. 1. Operating dates, hours and prices are subject to change at Dorney Park.

For more information you can log on to their website, which is dorneypark.com

Dorney Park is located at 3830 Dorney Park Road in Allentown, Pa.

Clementon Park and Splash World

Clementon Park is more for children, but adults still could have fun at the same time.

Clementon Park holds a total of 12 rides: six thrill rides, five family rides and one children ride.

As for Splash World, there are five water rides, which are fun, exciting and awesome.

General admission for Clementon park is $34.99; juniors (under 49”) will pay $24.99 and seniors as well.

The park usually opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 9:00 p.m.

It’s located at 144 Berlin Road in Clementon, N.J.

They opened May 22 and will close Sept. 7 for the season.

Dates and times are also subject to change at Clementon Park.

Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari

Six Flags is exciting, yet enjoyable and scary. For example, Nitro was named the #7 top steel coaster. It blasts you an unbelievable 230 feet into the air with a 215-foot dive back down to earth at speeds approaching 80 M.P.H.

Six Flags is a very fun place to attend with friends, family or by yourself.

Six Flags has a lot of events such as Fright Fest for Halloween and also concerts with Flo Rida and Soulja Boy Tell ’Em.

The Wild Safari part of Six Flags is for the kids and the Great Adventure part is for teens and adults.

The Wild safari contains 46 animals for children to see. The Great Adventure contains 48 rides in total.

Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari is located at 1 Six Flags Blvd. in Jackson, N.J.

The Great Adventure is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Wild Safari is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you want to see more events and info, just log on to sixflags.com

I would say Six Flags is more for adults, Clementon Park is for children and Dorney Park is more about family enjoying themselves together.

They are three incredible amusement parks that everyone can take pleasure in.

July 28th, 2009 by Campus Philly

Musikfest 2009 Preview

From July 31 through Aug. 9, Musikfest 2009 will take over parts of Bethlehem, with a wide variety of music artists performing every day.

Throughout the week, artists will be performing at one of the four series the festival has—Sands RiverPlace, Performing Arts Series brought to you by IndependenceIT, PNC Bank Candlelight Concert Series or The Platzes.

Sands Riverplace will host well known acts such as The Wallflowers, American Idol winner David Cook, Third Eye Blind, The B52s, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Blondie. All performances at this venue begin at 6 p.m.

The Performing Arts Series will take place at the Zoellner Arts Center (on Lehigh University’s campus) and will host Rufus Wainwright among other artists. All performances at this venue being at 7:30 p.m.

The PNC Bank Candlelight Series will have such performers as Mark Sexton, Dar Williams and Broadway Boys. All performances at this venue will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Platzes will host performances by a wide variety of local musicians and other performance groups. Among the many performers are the Bethlehem Area School District Guitar Camp, the Monarch Dance Company, the Paul Green School of Rock and Hoots & Hellmouth. If you’re interested in local music, this series is not one to miss.

Musikfest will also hold a variety of special events each day. An Evolution Music Series will be held on a few days of the week including “Rock Roots: The Evolution of Rock ‘N’ Roll.”

Every day of the festival also has events for different kinds of music. From a Country Music Showcase to Polkafest Day, there’s something for a lover of any genre of music.

For more information or a full list of each day’s lineup, performance times and ticket purchases, visit the festival’s website

Musikfest 2009 kicks off on July 31!

You can contact Ashley Campbell at entertainment@campusphilly.org