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Produced by 95.7 BEN FM "BEN Around Philly" is a weekly show highlighting fun, interesting and important events and trends happening around Philadelphia, PA.

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Produced by 95.7 BEN FM "BEN Around Philly" is a weekly show highlighting fun, interesting and important events and trends happening around Philadelphia, PA.

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Rank #1: Krystal Klei and NBC-10's Clear the Shelters, Waterarms Over Firearms, Dining Out For the Dogs

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Meteorologist Krystal Klei from NBC10’s First Alert Weather team returns to the BEN studios to talk about the 5th Annual Clear the Shelters animal adoption event. This giant effort on the part of NBC and Telemundo  takes place Saturday, August 17th with a goal to literally clear the shelters nationwide, and place these animals into loving homes. Find more details and a map of participating shelters at Cleartheshelters.com. There’s also a lot of information about the adoption process and tips for potential adopters at NBC10.com. There are over 60 shelters participating in the Philadelphia and surrounding area, with adoption fees waived all day on August 17th 2019. Go bring home your new best friend!

Then, Kristen is joined by Gabriel Nyantakyi, the creator of an organization and movement called Waterarms Over FireArms. Gabriel is a big fan of super soakers and using these water ‘guns’ as a way to encourage positive play in a city that is plagued by firearms and gun violence. Gabriel hosts large water fights, open to the public, and hopes to continue the movement of #waterarmsoverfirearms. Find more information about Gabriel and Waterarms Over Firearms on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Waterarms-over-Firearms-575599726160294/. They are hosting a “Water Fight For Life” on Saturday, August 17th at 1pm at Philadelphia’s LOVE Park. Gabriel will be there with 100 super soakers to lend. Be ready to get wet! 

Finally, Kristen is joined by Jaimi Blackburn, the Director of Public Relations for Fearless Restaurants which includes all three White Dog Cafe locations (and soon to be a 4th). This Monday (8/19) is the 3rd Annual Dining Out for the Dogs event at White Dog Cafe to benefit Alpha Bravo Canine, which provides trained service dogs to U.S military veterans. Starting at 5pm WMMR, BEN FM, WMGK, WXTU and The Fanatic on-air personalities will be at each of the three White Dog Cafe locations (Wayne Haverford and University City) dining with guests and hosting drawings for prizes including the opportunity for a commissioned 30” by 40” pet portrait (valued at $2650), by artist Jay McClellan, who’s artwork adorns the walls of the White Dog Cafe locations. There will be puppy-kissing booths at each location where guests can make a donation to cuddle and kiss one of the Alpha Bravo Canine puppies! 

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Aug 17 2019

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Rank #2: Comedy Sportz World Championship and The Sunday Love Project hosts Sunday FUND-Day

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This week, Kristen speaks with Don Montrey, Executive Director of ComedySportz, and Kelly Jennings one of the veteran players and minor league coach of the Philly Comedy Sportz team. Comedy Sportz has been performing in Philadelphia for 27 years. Catch a show every weekend at 7:30 and 10pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. This week they are hosting 30 teams from around the US and UK for the Comedy Sportz WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP at the Wilma Theater from July 25th to July 27th. Find tickets for these hilarious improv matches and more information on their performances and classes HERE.

Then Margaux Murphy, the Director of The Sunday Love Project, joins Kristen in the studio to talk about her efforts to battle homelessness in Philadelphia and an upcoming music festival and fundraiser to benefit the cause. Sunday Love Project is an organization created by Margaux which serves 800 meals to the homeless and addicted each week. Join Margaux and Sunday Love Project on Sunday, July 21st from 12-5pm at Philadelphia Brewing Company for Sunday FUND-day, a benefit concert to feed the homeless. Tickets are $20 and include live music, beer and food. A five dollar reduction will be given to those who bring a donation of sunblock, electrolyte packs, a case of water or a pack of socks. There will also be raffles donated by Ardmore Music Hall, Blue Print Brewing Company, and other individual sponsors. Find more information about Sunday Love Project HERE, and the event page HERE.

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Jul 13 2019

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Rank #3: First Person Arts Ex Files Story Slam and the 2020 Visit Philadelphia Industry Outlook

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First Person Arts returns to BEN Around Philly to talk about their upcoming Ex Files Story Slam(s) on Valentine’s Day at Underground Arts. Tanesha Ford, Marketing Director for First Person Arts and local Philly comedian Alyssa Al-Dookhi join Kristen in the studio to talk about this 10th Annual Ex Files Story Slam, with two shows Friday, February 14th at 7pm and 9pm. Alyssa will will be hosting, along with John Deary. The two co-host a game show the last Saturday of every month called Makeup or Breakup, at Good Good Comedy (next show February 29th). First Person Arts Story Slams allow 10 random audience members to share their stories, based on that month’s theme, in a competition for Best Storyteller each month. Winners from each show get a $100 grand prize and a chance to compete in the GrandSlam in May. This Valentine’s Day, arrive prepared with a story about your ex (or exes), or simply listen to the 10 stories as an audience member and participate as an audience judge. The Ex Files Story Slam is super popular and both shows will SELL OUT. Get your tickets ($15) for either the 7pm or 9pm show (or both, as they’ll be completely different) at FirstPersonArts.org

On Tuesday, Kristen attended the 2020 Visit Philadelphia Annual Tourism and Hospitality Industry Outlook. The 2020 Outlook was held at the beautiful Met Philadelphia on Broad Street, and featured Visit Philadelphia’s president and CEO Jeff Guaracino, Mayor Jim Kenney, as well as a number of other state, regional and local hospitality industry leaders. The presentation shed light on many of the projects and programs in the works for Philadelphia and the tourism industry this year, and into the next decade. Hear about some of Visit Philadelphia’s upcoming tourism and marketing initiatives, including a Visit Philadelphia podcast, increased marketing in Canada, a new James Beard Foundation Partnership, Real ID awareness, the new ‘City of Sisterly Love’ designation and more. Find more information at VisitPhilly.com.

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Feb 01 2020

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Rank #4: Wonderspaces, Riverdance and Philly Theater Week

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Philly’s art scene (and the city in general) just got a very cool new addition. It’s called Wonderspaces, and this beautiful new art venue brings art installations and pieces from all over the world to showcase here in Philly. Wonderspaces currently houses fourteen art installations that all play with the idea of perspective.  The artwork ranges from an award-winning virtual reality short film about a dinner party-turned-alien abduction, to a room where visitors digitally paint the walls with movement. It’s sort of hard to describe, but definitely worth checking out. Listen as Jennifer McCreary, the General Manager of Wonderspace speaks with Kristen about the venture’s concept, current line-up, and plans for the future. Tickets and info at wonderspaces.com.

Then, Riverdance is in town! Seen live by over 27.5 million people in 546 venues worldwide. Catch the show at the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater through Sunday, January 26th with two performances on Saturday (2pm and 8pm) and two performances on Sunday (1pm and 6:30pm). Two of the lead dancers, Gianna Petrasic and Will Bryant join Kristen in the studio to talk about what it’s like to dance in this classic show, the history of Riverdance, and the way that it has been adapted for its 25th season and a whole new audience.  Buy tickets at KimmelCenter.org

Then Leigh Goldenberg, Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia, returns to BEN Around Philly to offer details about the 3rd Annual Philly Theatre Week, going on February 6th-16th. A 10 day festival involving over 75 organizations, Philly Theatre Week features over 300 events and performances, including productions, readings, interactive events, and much more! See as many shows as you can, and use this opportunity to take a chance on an unknown show or try something out of the box! Tickets are on sale now, and priced to be accessible to everyone at $30, $15, and FREE. Purchase through TodayTix, and learn more at www.phillytheatreweek.com. There’s also an Official Theatre Week Guide that you can download to map out your week (10 days)!

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Jan 25 2020

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Rank #5: Jerry Blavat at the Kimmel Center and Miss Philadelphia Alysa Bainbridge

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Kristen speaks with an unbelievable Philadelphia LEGEND this week. The Geator with the Heater, the big boss with the hot sauce himself - MY MAN - Mr. Jerry Blavat. This man is PURE ENERGY. He’s lived such a long incredible life, and somehow doesn’t look a day over 40. He dances, he sings, he dresses impeccably and he tells the most incredible stories. Listen to a few of them, and be sure to join him as he hosts his Disco, Rock N’ Roll and Soul concert extravaganza at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall next Saturday, January 25th at 8pm. Featuring: Gary U.S. Bonds, Peaches & Herb, The Chi-Lites, The Trammps, Bobby Wilson, The Happenings , and A Salute to Johnny Maestro with Tommy Mara and the Crests. As per tradition for his appearances at the Kimmel Center, attendees are invited to the Commonwealth Plaza for dancing before and after the performance. How cool is that?! Buy tickets for the show at www.KimmelCenter.org, and pick up a copy of Jerry’s book “You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music” on Amazon, or wherever books are sold. 

Then, we’re not sure it gets more ‘BEN Around Philly’ than this. Kristen is joined by Alysa Bainbridge, the current MISS PHILADELPHIA! She even brought her crown and sash! Alysa was crowned Miss Philadelphia on March 23rd, 2019. She has since made close to (maybe more than) 100 appearances throughout the city and beyond as a Philadelphia ambassador to schools, events, speaking engagements, and recently as the host of the afternoon Mummers Fancy Brigades ‘Show of Shows’ at the Convention Center on New Year’s Day. The title of Miss Philadelphia awards upwards of $130,000 in prizes, including a full scholarship to Cabrini University! Even more valuable to Alysa is her platform and advocating for mental health awareness and battling the opioid epidemic. She speaks about the subject with conviction, and especially compassion. Listen to this incredible young woman, and hear all of the details on this year’s Miss Philadelphia Pageant. If interested in competing this year, act now! There are only a few spots left to enter this year’s pageant. Find application details and information about how to attend as an audience member at www.MissPhiladelphia.org.  

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Jan 18 2020

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Rank #6: 20 Magical Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World NOW

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Hear interviews from Kristen’s broadcast in Walt Disney World. She broadcast from both the Magic Kingdom (right by Cinderella’s castle) and Disney’s brand new Riviera Resort and spoke with a number of Disney employees and experts about all things Disney. Hear about what’s new in the parks and resorts, and the latest on the brand new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She speaks with one of the very Imagineers who helped to design the incredible Rise of the Resistance ride, and also talks about the new Epcot Forever fireworks show and upcoming Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

There are so many reasons to book your next Disney vacation! Learn more at DisneyWorld.com. Listen to BEN-FM weekdays at 7am, noon and 5pm for your chance to win a $50 Disney gift card and register for a trip for 4 to Walt Disney World!

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Jan 15 2020

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Rank #7: The UpSide in the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Things have been really intense these past few weeks in Philadelphia, and everywhere. With all events canceled, and the world very much in need of happy news, Kristen knew just where to turn.

This episode features Ronnie Polaneczky, the editor and creator of The UpSide, a section in the Philadelphia Inquirer that focuses on positive news. Ronnie highlights some of her favorite stories over the past year while working on The UpSide. She talks about the kinds of stories that she looks for, the section's edition features, life during the coronavirus pandemic and lots more. Find The UpSide in every Sunday edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and online anytime at https://www.inquirer.com/topic/upside/. Beginning this week, look for the UpSide on Thursdays too!

E-mail story ideas to UpSide@Inquirer.com or tweet @RonniePhilly.

#phillyupside

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Mar 28 2020

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Rank #8: PAR Recycling Works and Luv-N-Bunns Rabbit Rescue

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In what might be her last in studio interview for a while (for obvious reasons), Kristen spoke with Maurice Jones this week, the General Manager and Co Founder of PAR Recycle Works. PAR stands for “People Advancing Reintegration”. This non profit e-waste recycling company keeps busy “recycling electronics and restoring lives”. They serve as a transitional employer for people returning from prison, helping to provide them with skills and opportunities, while working to build safer communities. Consider PAR Recycling Works for your e-waste recycling needs. They offer drop-off and pickup options. They are a registered organization on Amazon Smile, so think of them next time you’re shopping on Amazon.  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-2545218. Every little bit counts. As a 501c3, PAR Recycling Works accepts donations and is always looking for volunteers. Follow them on social media for information on upcoming e-waste recycling events, and find more information at https://home.par-recycleworks.org/

Then Kristen speaks with Liz Luczyszyn, the President of Luv-N-Bunns, a rabbit rescue and placement organization for abandoned bunnies in the Philadelphia area. They work to rescue domestic rabbits from abandoned stray situations, kill shelters, private relinquishments and hoarding cases. Once rescued, the organization provides each ‘bunn’ with a nurturing foster home, proper care, shelter and love, plus all necessary veterinary care, including spay/neuter surgery. Since its inception in 2007, Luv-N-Bunns is responsible for saving the lives of almost 2,000 abandoned rabbits. Help them by purchasing from their Amazon Wish List. Learn more about Luv-N-Bunns and their mission at www.luvnbunns.org.

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Mar 20 2020

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Rank #9: Philadelphia Women's Day Conference and the 25th Annual Chocolate Lovers' Fantasy Fundraiser

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In recognition of International Women’s Day tomorrow -March 8th- and Women’s History Month, the Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation and the American Red Cross are hosting a Women’s Day conference on March 6th and 7th at the American Red Cross location at 7th and Spring Garden in Northern Liberties. This conference will offer insight on career paths, personal wellness, community building, and challenges faced by women in the workplace - plus information tables staffed by job recruiters. 

Kristen is joined by Nyree Hester from the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division, Lieutenant Myesha Massey from the Philadelphia Police Department, and Kristin El Idrissi who is the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Project Management for the Philadelphia Fire Department who talk about the event and their experiences working in public safety. Learn more at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-day-conference-2020-registration-91788163869. Watch the live feed on the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/PhilaOEM/

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Then, Kristen is joined by Rita G. Brouwer-Ancher, the Director of Development at A Woman’s Place in Bucks County. A Woman's Place is located in Doylestown, and remains the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County. In addition to a shelter, 24-hour hotline, counseling, and other emergency first response services, A Woman’s Place also helps to educate people of all ages and professions about healthy relationships and lots more. Join A Woman’s Place at their 25th Annual Chocolate Lovers' Fantasy fundraiser on Friday, March 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Spring Mill Manor (171 Jacksonville Road,Ivyland 18974). Tickets are available for $125 per person and the dress code is cocktail attire. Learn more at www.awomansplace.org.

If you need help, or know someone who needs help, please call their 24 hour hotline: (800) 220-8116

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Mar 07 2020

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Rank #10: Anya Taylor-Joy in Emma, Striking Out Cancer, and Gavin O' Conner's The Way Back Starring Ben Affleck

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Kristen is joined in studio by Anya Taylor Joy, who starred in 2015’s The Witch and the M. Night Shymalan films Split and Glass, among others. She’s here promoting her latest film, that Kristen (a lifelong Jane Austen fan) is VERY excited about. Anya plays the title character of Emma, in the new film Emma, based on the Jane Austen classic. The two chat about bees in bonnets, intricate costumes, the comedy throughout, and the film’s amazing supporting cast. Be sure to catch Emma, in theaters NOW. It’s the best adaptation yet! 

Then Melissa Demyan, owner of Astra Event Planning joins Kristen to talk about the 4th Annual Striking Out Cancer event happening next Saturday, March 7th from 1 to 4pm at the Chickie’s and Pete’s in South Philadelphia. This celebrity bartending event raises funds for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and surprises a cancer patient each year with a trip to Spring Training in Clearwater with the Phillies. This year’s trip recipient is Andy Sealy, who will be headed to Clearwater in March. Hear more about Andy's story, and incredible outlook, in her podcast Making the Breast of It. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/making-the-breast-of-it/id1481022121. Your ticket to Striking Out Cancer buys you appetizers and unlimited drinks with celebrity bartenders, including Kristen Herrmann from BEN-FM, Matt Cord from WMGK, Nicole Michalik from WXTU, Mike Missanelli from WPEN, and Mike Jerrick from Fox 29. There will also be a silent auction with some great prizes and raffle items available. Buy tickets to Striking Out Cancer at https://www.astraevp.com/striking-out-cancer.html

Next Gavin O’ Conner, the Director of the classic Disney hockey film Miracle, the movie Warrior, the critically acclaimed film The Accountant and so many other great films joins Kristen to talk about his latest film, which hits theaters next week. The Way Back has all the things you’d expect in typical sports movie, and more. The film stars Ben Affleck as Jack Cunningham, now an adult, but a former high school basketball star. Jack's life at times seems to parallel Ben Affleck's own personal life. Jack is dealing with a personal tragedy, and his recent separation from his wife. Jack is taken out of his isolation and comfort zone, when he's asked to coach a high school basketball team. In a way, the kids help to coach him too. Go see The Way Back when it hits theaters March 6th. 

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Feb 29 2020

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Rank #11: Philly Loves Bowie Week with the Legendary Robert Drake

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It’s the 4th Annual Philly Loves Bowie Week in Philadelphia, and another all David Bowie edition of BEN Around Philly. Philly Loves Bowie Week was created a few years ago by a group of die hard David Bowie fans (and Philadelphians) following David’s death on January 10th, 2016. The event continues to grow each year and includes a number of great parties, brunches, concerts, memorials, and even a Bowie yoga session celebrating the City of Brotherly Love.. for the Starman. Longtime DJ, Producer, David Bowie fan and Philadelphia legend Robert Drake joins Kristen to talk David Bowie and give all of the details on this year’s edition of Bowie Week in Philadelphia (January 3rd through 12th) and tell us his can’t miss picks. Join in the fun this week for a great cause too, with all of the events benefiting the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in memory of David Bowie. Find all of the details at www.PhillyLovesBowie.com.

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Jan 04 2020

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Rank #12: Disney on Ice at the Wells Fargo Center

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Kristen speaks with Disney on Ice cast member Noelle Weill about her time skating for Boston University, how she got involved in Disney On Ice, the characters, costumes, and all that's new for Disney On Ice this year. Disney On Ice returns to the Wells Fargo Center for it's what? 50th year? (I dunno, but it's been a while). It's SO GOOD! See it when it comes to Philly December 27th to January 5th with up to 3 shows a day at the Wells Fargo Center. Find tickets at WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com, and listen to the interview for a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets!

Hit the road with Mickey and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy -- and you -- embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations.  See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins, travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of giraffes and monkeys as you journey through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, and magical moments with Genie and Jasmine.  Play at a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for Forky.  You’ll hit a high note with Mickey and pals during the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as they introduce your favorite Disney Princesses.  Grab your family for a fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction — right in your hometown!

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Dec 24 2019

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Rank #13: Christmas Village and Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan in The Witcher on Netflix

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Lea Köthe, the PR & Social Media Manager for Christmas Village joins Kristen Herrmann to talk about the 2019 Christmas Village in LOVE Park. The traditional, open-air German Christmas Market in Philadelphia (right by City Hall in Love Park) is returning for its 12th season, open from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve. With vendors, food & drinks (mulled wine!), shopping, music, live events, and even a ferris wheel this year, Christmas Village has something to offer every member of the family - including pets. Check out www.PhilaChristmas.com for more information and a schedule of events. Christmas Village hours this season are Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 7:00pm. Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 8:00pm. Christmas Eve: 11:00am - 5:00pm. 

Then, Kristen is joined by two stars of an upcoming show on Netflix called The Witcher - Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust) who plays Yennefer, and Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds) who plays Princess Ciri. Also starring Henry Cavill (Superman himself) as the show's main character Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher is based on the internationally popular Witcher series of books by author Andrzej Sapkowski, and is full of fantasy, monsters, magic and adventure. Catch The Witcher when it begins streaming on Netflix on December 20th. It looks great!

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Dec 14 2019

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Rank #14: 40th Annual QVC West Chester Christmas Parade, SpongeBob Musical at the Forrest Theater, and Christmas Village 2019

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Mark Yoder, President and CEO of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce returns to BEN Around Philly to to give the scoop on this year’s 40th Annual QVC West Chester Christmas Parade. Head to Downtown West Chester on Friday, December 6th for their biggest and best Christmas parade yet. Join BEN-FM’s own Kristen Herrmann and Matt Cord, master of ceremonies 6ABC’s Adam Joseph, along with QVC hosts Carolyn Gracie and Dan Hughes - plus 24 marching bands, floats, antique vehicles, local schools, businesses, volunteer fire companies, and other service organizations. The evening also features the 11th annual US Air Force Jingle Elf Run and Walk (a 2-mile run or 1-mile walk that kicks off at 6:30pm before the parade), the 2nd Annual Fill the stocking, and the Key Financial Holiday Village (open 5pm – 9pm) with complimentary treats, hot chocolate, face painting, holiday tunes, photo ops and more – ALL FREE! Oh, and the big man himself AND the Mrs. will surely be there too. Find parking, schedule, line-up and more at greaterwestchester.com

Lorenzo Pugliese a 2019 graduate of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts joins Kristen in studio. He’s starring in the national tour of the SpongeBob Musical as the lead role - Spongebob Squarepants! The show includes original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C, David Bowie & Brian Eno, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley, Jonathan Coulton, and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Tony Award Winner for Best Musical and Best Scenic Design in 2018 and based on the beloved Nickelodeon animated series, The SpongeBob Musical debuts in Philadelphia at the Forrest Theater from December 3rd to the 15th as a part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia season. Don’t miss it! TODAY ONLY (Monday, December 2nd), get tickets for $25 with the code CYBER at www.TelechargeOffers.com

Finally, Lea Köthe, the PR & Social Media Manager for Christmas Village joins Kristen to talk about the 2019 Christmas Village in LOVE Park. The traditional, open-air German Christmas Market in Philadelphia (right by City Hall in Love Park) is returning for its 12th season, open from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve. With vendors, food & drinks (mulled wine!), shopping, music, live events, and even a ferris wheel this year, Christmas Village has something to offer every member of the family - including pets. Check out www.PhilaChristmas.com for more information and a schedule of events. Christmas Village hours this season are Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 7:00pm. Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 8:00pm. Christmas Eve: 11:00am - 5:00pm. 

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Dec 02 2019

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Rank #15: Driving for LYFT in Philadelphia with Alex Fino

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In this episode of BEN Around Philly, Kristen speaks with someone who has really BEEN around Philly, quite a bit, while driving for LYFT. A few weeks ago, Kristen took a ride from South Philly to Fishtown, and was picked up by Alex Fino, who is her guest this on this episode. Alex is friendly and fun, and also happened to be playing 95.7 BEN-FM on the radio in his car during their ride (and had the station as the top preset). Fate brought the two of them together, and this episode is their conversation about driving for LYFT in Philadelphia, chickens named Gerome, passenger seat LYFT etiquette, tattoos, Baby's Got Back and more. You can find Alex driving the streets of Philadelphia, or at Kadillac Tattoo (NE Philly location). Facebook.com/KadillacTattoo/

Oh, and please remember to tip your ride share drivers!

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Oct 10 2019

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Rank #16: Happy Place in KOP and Philly Live on NBC-10 Philadelphia

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Kristen Herrmann speaks with Jared Paul - Content Producer, Artist Manager, and Cofounder of Happy Place - coming to the King of Prussia Mall this October. Called the most Instagrammable Pop UP in America, Happy Place is an interactive, immersive pop-up exhibit with larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms. With more than 15,000 square feet of playful spaces and 12 vibrant rooms, Happy Place lets you dance in the middle of an indoor confetti dome, jump off a massive rainbow, and pose inside a tub full of rubber duckies. There’s also a Cookie Room, Upside Down Room, and even Super Bloom room filled with 40,000 handmade gold flowers. Happy Place is for everyone - kids and adults alike. Bring the whole family! Open October 5th-January 5th, in the King of Prussia Mall (where the JC Penney was). Find more info and buy tickets at HappyPlace.me

Then, Kristen Herrmann speaks with Aunyea Lachelle, Lifestyle & Entertainment Reporter for NBC10 Philadelphia and the host of a brand new show called Philly Live! The show features fun events and happenings all over the Delaware Valley, and highlights fashion, food, entertainment and gives a voice to non profit organizations in the area. Catch the show weekday mornings at 11:45AM on a number of different platforms: NBC 10 Philadelphia, Instagram, Facebook, the NBC10 App, Roku, and Youtube. It’s great!

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Sep 20 2019

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Rank #17: O19 Opera Philadelphia Festival, Wings N' Wheels with Angel Flight East, and the Canine Partners for Life Open House and Cow BINGO

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Kristen is first joined by David Levy, Vice President of Artistic Operations for Opera Philadelphia to talk about the 3rd Annual Opera Festival, O19! Festival O19 brings 12 days of opera to Philadelphia from September 18th-29th. Be there as Opera Philadelphia debuts its daring new opera, Denis & Katya at The Suzanne Roberts Theatre. See The Love for Three Oranges at the Academy of Music, Semele at the Perelman Theater, Let Me Die at FringeArts, Curtis in Concert at the Curtis Institute of Music, and so much more. This year, Opera on the Mall kicks off the festival on Saturday, September 14th with La boheme right on the grass of Independence National Historic Park. Opera on the Mall is FREE to the public, but registration is encouraged. Register and learn about all 12 days of Opera at Operaphila.org or call 215-732-8400. 

Then, Jess Ames, Outreach and Events Director for Angel Flight East, joins Kristen in studio with one of Angel Flight East’s volunteer pilots, Andrew Morrison. The mission of Angel Flight East is to provide free air transportation to qualified patients and their families by arranging flights to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas, and reuniting families during desperate times. Join Angel Flight East at their Wings N' Wheels event on Saturday, September 7th from 11am-4pm at Wing Field (1501 Narcissa Road. Blue Bell, PA 19422). The event has vintage and antique cars AND aircraft - plus flight demonstrations, food, music, kids activities, crafts and airplane rides! Learn more here - https://angelflighteast.org/

Finally, Tonya Guy, Associate Director of Communications for Canine Partners for Life joins Kristen in studio (along with Hunts, the service dog) to talk about their upcoming Open House and COW BINGO at their location in Chester County (334 Faggs Manor Rd. Cochranville, PA 19330). The event is FREE - Saturday, September 14th from noon to 4pm with wine and beer, food trucks, a puppy kissing booth, and COW BINGO - a game of chance that pits your luck against the cow “doo”ing her business. Learn more and buy your Cow Bingo tickets at https://k94life.org/
Mark your calendar to join BEN-FM AND Canine Partners for Life at this year’s National Dog Show Walk at Wilson Farm Park in Wayne on Sunday, October 13th. 

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Sep 07 2019

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Rank #18: Hidden Lives Illuminated at Eastern State Penitentiary

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Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President at Eastern State Penitentiary returns to the show to talk to Kristen about a project called Hidden Lives Illuminated. Hidden Lives Illuminated features films by incarcerated artists, projected onto the outer walls of Eastern State Penitentiary. These films are visible from the sidewalk every night for FREE at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm through September 12th. Go see the films projected on the historic walls of Eastern State Penitentiary each night, with special guest speakers and performers between viewings. Learn more about the films and artists, and watch the films (as available, after their premiere) at www.HiddenLives.org.

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Sep 01 2019

25mins

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