Monday, April 22, 2013
The XPN Music Film Festival was the second collaboration of the radio station WXPN/and Philly music venue World Cafe Live produced by The Philadelphia Film Society.
I got to a few more screenings last year (XPN Music Film Fest 2012), just kinda dipped in and out this year, but what I experienced was worth while!
Opening Night was Thursday April 11th- You can't go wrong opening with something Beatles inspired. In a post apocalyptic world (click for T & T Oblivion post) all that will be left are cockroaches dancing to The Beatles.
Honestly though, the opening night film Good Ol' Freda (Director Ryan White) was really fascinating. It features the secretary and Beatlemania Fan Club manager, Freda Kelly as she recounts her life with this iconic, bigger than life band. As a girl of 17, Freda started working for The Beatles Manager, Brian Epstein in 1962, she was really just a fan of this then, underground Liverpool band, but she wound up knowing John, Paul, George and Ringo intimately, along with their families, staying with the band until their official break up.
Freda wasn't pretty or sexy, but she really ran the show. She even tells of a time she had John Lennon on his knees in front of her, it's not like it sounds. They really treated her like a little sister. She's kept loads of memorabilia and pictures, but it wasn't until recently that she ever discussed her illustrious past. Now she's happy to have her life documented in this way, mostly so her grandson can know his grandma once did something really special.
|Philly's AfroDJiak spinning songs by the Fab Four with a new beats|
Then it was on to the Opening Night Reception at University of Penn Law School catered by Campbell's Place (8337 Germantown Ave Phila PA 19118)
|Just a sample. There were many more good eats!|
I asked a group of fun looking badge holders who were gathered together talking, to please pose for a picture, turned out one of them was singer/songwriter/star of Pleased To Meet Me, John Doe!
Visit Tinsel & Tine's Youtube channel to see and hear both the song and Q & A
Saturday's (4/13) highlight for me was the Grease Sing-A-Long! I've seen this movie musical countless times, but first time getting to belt out the tunes with other Grease Geeks like me.
Well, all Grease Geeks except the two girls behind me. Instead of enjoying the antics at Rydell High, these two were chatt'n it up like they were at their high school reunion, they never shut up!
Done by makeup artist Lauren Palmer
See that scrumptious looking meal in the slideshow? Ate at Baby Blues BBQ btw screenings. It's a hop'n joint, no frills, youthful & fun. Had the Brisket (slightly fatty, but I like that) variety of BBQ sauces on the table. Platter came with two sides $15.99. The greens were a bit too healthy for me, marinated in tomato sauce instead of whatever makes greens really good. Cornbread (I think made with a bit o molasses) and Mashed Sweet Potatoes good, not great - 2.5 Tines
Dining "Tine" Rating System:
* Excellent - 4 Tines / * Great - 3 Tines / * Good - 2 Tines / * Fair - 1 Tine / * Poor - Tarnished
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