College 101: A Student's Guide to Navigating Philly

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2. Drivers here like to blow red lights. If they can make it, they will.

3. Don’t leave your iPod/Phone/GPS/ or 34 cents in your car. Cars have been broken into for less.

4. Keep your cool. Philadelphians are angry, and yelling back at a competing driver may seem innocent, but next thing you know they could be out of the car with a tire iron. (M.P.)

Five Friendly Bike Shops

1. Frankinstien Bike Works, 1529 Spruce St.

2. Neighborhood Bike Works, 3916 Locust Walk

3. Bikeline, 1028 Arch St.

4. Bicycle Revolutions LTD, 712 S. Fourth St.

5. Trophy Bikes, 3131 Walnut St. (M.P.)

Comedy Shows to Introduce You to Philly’s Particular Brand of Crazy

1. Wawapalooza 4: Damaged Goods. Short films and plays parodying everything Philly from Eagles fans to hipster mustaches. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. Sept. 3-11.

2. The Waitstaff’s Real Housewives of South Philly. Local sketch comedy group. L’Etage Cabaret, 625 Bainbridge St. Sept. 5-19.

3. Main Line-O-Mania! Another take on The Real Housewives of Philadelphia, but this one’s a live ‘episode’ featuring charity fundraising and gold diggers. Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th St. Sept. 3, 6, 16. (Ellen Freeman)

Top Five Record Stores

1. Philadelphia Record Exchange, 618 S. Fifth St. A small little shop off of South Street, PRE sells a wide selection of records, focusing on rock.

2. Repo Records, 538 South St. Another South Street store, it’s small with a wide selection of rock music and a good smattering of everything else.

3. The Marvelous, 208 S. 40th St. A basement room filled with records and CDs (and instruments and audio equipment), the store lives up to its name. The staff are some of the most knowledgeable in the city: Ask for a suggestion.

4. Funk O Mart, 1107 Chestnut St. A giant subterranean playland, specializing in funk, soul, R&B, and hip-hop, with a wide selection of vinyl, CDs, cassettes and DJ equipment.

5. Sidewalk Record Sales, Everywhere. These sales are the greatest record shops. For starters, look for the Clark Park record sale and the annual Eastern State Penitentiary sidewalk sale. You might want to check out a show at the First Unitarian Church on Chestnut sometime as well, as the promoters often set up crates of records for sale in the back of the hall. (M.P.)

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1. Sarah said... on Aug 25, 2010 at 11:16AM

“How could you not mention the food trucks that abound on each and every campus!”

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2. Heather said... on Aug 26, 2010 at 04:15AM

“These lists are awful. Did your out-of-town college interns put this together?

Michael Polinsky - Have you ever gone to a live show in Philly? Who goes to the Marbar for live music!?! How does Johnny Brenda's not make the list!?! Is PW really that out of touch?

Someone needs to get a clue at the Philly Weekly, and in the end, the editors should be held responsible for this crap being printed. Also, the music section hasn't been any good since Doug Wallen left.

Keep wasting your energy on "Week's Worst" and trying to imitate Philebrity, another snarky site that certainly isn't pulling the traffic that it used to.”

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3. mary said... on Aug 29, 2010 at 05:02PM

“i agree with Heather “These lists are awful. Did your out-of-town college interns put this together?" How do you skip over Newdelhi in west philly, that place is always packed with college kids!”

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4. MPO said... on Jan 25, 2012 at 06:40PM

“Hey there, sorry I didn't include your favorite spot, but Philly has a million venues and restaurants. This is a short list of places college freshman can go to see shows. Johnny Brenda's rarely has all-ages shows, plus the stage is ten feet off the ground. As for restaurants, I like lots of places that aren't on these lists too.

Good that you're passionate about Philly though. I love the city of my birth.”


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