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28th Philadelphia Film Festival, East Passyunk Halloween, RENT at the Merriam Theater, and 13th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut Download

33:02 Download October 18th, 2019

The 28th Philadelphia Film Festival is going on now through October 27th with 120 films from more than 40 countries. Some of the more heavily anticipated films being shown are Parasite, Mercy, Knives Out, and The Irishman. Just about every type of film will be represented in this festival, carefully selected and curated by the Philadelphia Film Society’s discerning staff. Listen as Kristen speaks with Andrew Greenblatt, the CEO and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Film Society and Michael Lerman, the Philadelphia Film Society’s Artistic Director about the festival, the Philadelphia Film Society in general, and even Kristen’s favorite (….sort of) movie, Magnolia. Watch Magnolia as a part of the festival’s From the Vaults category, this Monday, October 21st. Buy tickets (for as many films as possible) at or the Main Box Office at the Philadelphia Film Center (formerly the Prince Theatre).

Then, Kristen is joined by Adam Leiter, Executive Director of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District. Adam brings details on two great Halloween celebrations coming up on the Avenue. First, the 10th Annual Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl, with seasonal craft beers at close to 20 bars and restaurants along the Avenue on Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:30pm-9:30pm. Then, join BEN-FM at the East Passyunk Avenue Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday, October 26th at 11am. The party has trick or treating, storybook reading, music, food, drinks, shopping, crafts, and a super fun costume contest for both people and pups! More details on both events can be found at

Wanna see RENT in Philly this weekend? The 20th Anniversary National Tour of RENT was sooo successful here in Philly last March, that they brought the show back for an encore weekend. Kristen is thrilled to chat with two members of the cast; Lexie Greene, a 2019 University of the Arts graduate who plays the understudy for the role of Maureen, and Aiyana Smash who plays Mimi in the show. See RENT on Saturday, October 19th at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday, October 20th at 1pm and 6:30pm at the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater. Buy tickets at In addition, the RENT ticket lottery has $25 tickets available for cash only in-person purchases at the Merriam Theater Box Office, located at 250 S. Broad St. (on the day of each performance only, two hours prior to the show, limited to two tickets per person, while supplies last).

Then Melissa Levy, the Executive Director of PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) returns to the BEN-FM studio to visit with Gloria, and chat with Kristen about this year’s 13th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut. See as many cute dogs as you can possibly handle… DRESSED up in adorable costumes. Enough said, right?!? Kristen Herrmann will be there, along with the BEN-FM crew on Saturday, October 26th at the Navy Yard for a dog walk to benefit PAWS and lots lots more. Check-in begins at 10am, strut starts at 11am. With games and activities for dogs and people, food trucks, live music, contests, prizes, and mutts available to rent for the walk! You can also adopt your new best friend while you’re there. Find more details and sign up at

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