The Weekend Guide

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Photos: Doron Gild / Courtesy of Barsuk Records

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Ra Ra Riot
What: Catch the lively pop sextet from Syracuse that sounds kinda like The Smiths.
Why: It’ll be a riot.
When: Fri., 7 p.m.
Where: The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. (215-922-5483). Tickets online at

Pizzeria Stella
Stephen Starr boards the pizza trend express at his new restaurant where brutalist design meets old-world Italian charm. Expect pies both traditional (margherita) and inventive (sweet fennel sausage).
Why: Nothing wrong with being cheesy.
When: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight.
Where: 420 S. Second St. (215-320-8000).

Fair Food Farmstand

What: The local favorite recently reopened in Reading Terminal Market with fresh produce, meats, and dairy from more than 90 area farms.
Why: You food fight fair.
When: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 12th & Arch Sts. (215-627-2029).

The Next Iron Chef Premier Party
What: Jose Garces celebrates his star turn in Kitchen Stadium with a private viewing party at Distrito.
Why: Oh, Morimoto, there’s no place like home.
When: Sun., 8 p.m.
Where: 3945 Chestnut St. (215-222-1657). Reservations required.


What: Enjoy food and Belgian beer from Time, sumo wrestling at Raw, and the School of Rock at Scarlet Fiorella, in honor of Midtown Village’s fourth annual fall festival.
Why: Cheers to the nip in the air.
When: Sat., noon-8 p.m.
Where: 12th & 13th Sts., b/t Spruce & Chestnut Sts.

The Arts
InLiquid’s 10x10 tenth anniversary benefit and auction, with the new addition of an art sale featuring emerging and blue chip talent. Enjoy food and bev from the likes of Barefoot Wines and Philadelphia Brewing Co.
Why: Ladies, start your collections.
When: Thurs., 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St. (215-235-3405). Tickets online at

Photo: Doron Gild / Courtesy of Barsuk Records

Midtown Village Fall Festival
12th & 13th Sts
bt Spruce & Chesnut Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19107
420 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
N 12th St
@ Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
3945 Chestnut St
@ S 40th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
1400 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
1003 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107