Category Archives: Happenings

Awesome Comedy Show Monday Night

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The last time we hosted We Have Fun, we had Philly hip hop legend Reef the Lost Cauze rapping over yacht rock songs. This time we’ll have the hilarious Mary Radzinski (who recorded her first comedy album Wednesday at Helium), the insane Financial Guru Gregg Gethard (author of Cash Dad Trash Dad), and musician Dan Bruskewiecz from TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb. If you wanna see a late night talk show that focuses on Philly’s best comedians and musicians, then I heartily encourage you to come on out on Monday. You can buy tickets here or at the door. For a mere $5, I am guaranteeing a lot of fun. Action starts at 9 p.m. To learn more, go here.

JGTAI Scores Are Up

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Here ya go, the latest JGTAI scores. The Invitational will take place on November 19th, so still plenty of time to make a move but I would certainly get your team out next week. You can also score points on the JGT Facebook page. So lots of time to make things happen. As far as places to get a win, City Tap House, Fishtown Brewpub, Industry, and Birra are by far your best bets. None has a dominant team. So get your crew together and make the magic happen. See ya next week!

New Quiz Kicking Off at Fishtown Brewpub Wednesday Night!

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We’re moving into a new part of town….Fishtown, where Boots will be hosting on Wednesday nights at 9 at Fishtown Brewpub. And the time works out so that I should be able to switch off with him occasionally and host a few there myself for a change of pace. The Fishtown Brewpub just opened a few months ago and seems like a pretty great place for a quiz. Here’s a little bit about them and the menu, courtesy of Foobooz.. If you’re in the Fishtown Area, be sure to swing by, Wednesdays at 9, starting October 4th.

5 Quick Questions: Toby Fraser of Men Can

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Glad to get the word out about a tremendous initiative this week at quizzo, Men Can. I’ll have some postcards to give away about their upcoming event on October 11th, and some koozies to give away as prizes this week as part of name that tune. I did an interview with Toby Fraser, a community educator at Lutheran Settlement House and an integral part of the Man Can Initiative, to tell us more about who they are and what they do.

Toby Fraser, Manager of Community Education, Lutheran Settlement House

Toby Fraser, Manager of Community Education, Lutheran Settlement House

JGT: What is Men Can all about?

TOBY: Men Can is about having more men take action against intimate partner violence (IPV). We know that while most men are not violent or abusive in their relationships, most violence is committed by a man. Men Can spaces are created to be a place to encourage that non-abusive behavior, to build skills in spreading that message, and to come together and support each other to get beyond some of the messages we’ve been taught as guys that might lead us to choosing violence in the future.

JGT: How did it start? What was the impetus?

TOBY: Men Can started about 10 years ago as a coalition between many non-profits in Philadelphia. It has stayed true to the mission of encouraging and building with men in the movement to help prevent IPV. Unfortunately with 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experiencing IPV in their lifetime this is happening all the time, and there is not always a big flashy news story accompanying this violence. What keeps us going now is knowing that most men are not violent and that we can take it upon ourselves to make sure that more and more men are choosing non-violence moving forward.

JGT: What can men do specifically to help victims of domestic violence?

TOBY: People can do a lot to help survivors of IPV. From actively choosing to not use abuse in relationships, to talking to kids, friends and neighbors about that choice, to volunteering with Lutheran Settlement House or making a donation. We have many Men Can events that help build skills to have those hard conversations, and are going to be crafting ways to take action together starting later this fall as well.

We also encourage those who know someone who is being abused to not blame that victim. Never ask “why do they stay”, always ask “why do they abuse”. If you know someone being abused you can tell them that help is available 24/7 for free at the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline 866-723-3014. Even if they choose to not accept your help does not make future abuse their fault. Let them know you are there for them whenever they do want help. It’s their life and their decision.

JGT: Are there any specific goals you guys are trying to reach?  

TOBY: Broadly we are working to end Intimate Partner Violence. Along that long road there are some smaller goals, but the most important thing for us to stay an inviting and welcoming space for people to come together and learn whatever skills they need to be part of this movement. Our goal is to engage people of any gender in stopping violence.

JGT: Tell us more about the event on October 11th.

TOBY: On October 11, from 11am to 1pm we will be hosting the Men Can rally at Paine Plaza (1401 JFK Blvd) in Center City. The rally is a fun time to meet folks who are involved, get some new info about Men Can, hear speakers, music from a dj and live band, and see some spoken word performances. The rally always features free food, resources and shirts to spread the Men Can message. Everyone is invited to attend regardless of gender, and we always make it a good time. At this year’s rally we are honoring Dr. Mario Cruz of Philadelphia FIGHT for his work to help end IPV in Philadelphia.

JGTAI Initial Scores Released!

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After three weeks of the JGTAI, here are our scores. Still a lot of time left to get on that scoreboard, but I wouldn’t waste much of it. Here’s how we look at each bar:

SIDECAR: Double Stuffed Oreo has been the best team so far, but there is certainly room for other teams to make a run.

O’NEALS: Jawn of the Dead and Hooter and Chuff have been slugging it out at the top, with Jerk and a Squirt building up some points through Facebook challenges.

CITY TAP HOUSE: Wide slam open. It’s absolutely anybody’s ballgame…and a $100 gift card on the line.

LOCUST RENDEZVOUS: Hurricane Nancy has been wreaking mayhem, destroying everything in its path. Will this continue, or will perennial powerhouses Synch Tramp and #1 Team Competitor step their games up?

FOUNDING FATHERS: Duane’s World has been completely dominant lately. Want to get your name on the quizzo map? Come to FF and knock those guys off.

INDUSTRY: Governor Quiz Quiztie has been solid so far this season, with 2 wins and a 3rd, but there’s still plenty of opportunity here.

BIRRA: Different top 3 finishers pretty much every week. Just wide slam open.

BARDS: Things have started to pick up now that kids are back in school, but no one team has really separated themselves from the pack yet.

Hope to see ya this week!

Back to School Week This Week

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Young people across the country are starting to head back to school this week and next, and so we are going to be doing a “Back to School” theme at quizzo this week. All questions will be about school. We’re also partnering with the PPEHRC again, and I would GREATLY appreciate you guys bringing in some school supplies we can donate to local students in need.  If you are not playing this week, but would still like to donate, we will have a donation box at Shibe Sports, and anyone who donates there will get $5 off anything in the store. I know we’ve got a giving group, and would love to present our friend Cheri Honkala with a large stash of school supplies. Thanks in advance, and I’ll see ya this week!

The Alfred Hitchcock Round

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Here’s a round from Sunday’s quiz at Heritage, the Hitchcock round.

I’ll give you the names of two stars, then give you a hint about the film title or at least part of the title that has nothing to do with the film. For example, if I said, “Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery; Hint is Jaden’s parents.” You’d write down “Mr and Mrs. Smith.”

1. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. HINT: Ready to Die

2. Jimmy Stewart and John Dahl; HINT: you’ll find it in the game of Clue.

3. Ray Milland and Grace Kelly; HINT: technically it’s the number 6.

4. Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day; HINT: no one can ever accuse Trump of being this.

5. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh; HINT: Sid Vicious

6. Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak; HINT: it’s a problem in part of the vestibular system.

7. Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren; HINT: you might hear Eagles fans discussing them.

8. Carie Grant, Eva Marie Saint; HINT: Little Kanye

9. Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly; HINT: you’d put your Calvin pissing on the Cowboys logo decal here.

10. Robert Donat, Madeline Carrol; HINT: 33 less than the Art Museum.

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Upcoming Themes

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This week we’re doing Music Week for the JGTSI. It’s a very fun quiz, including the always popular Before and After Round, so be sure to get your team out to quizzo this week. On Facebook, I’m also asking for some more themes for the upcoming week. Ones that we will already be doing include:

  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll
  • Animals Week
  • International Week

So be sure to go to Facebook and throw in your two cents for what you want to see in the next few weeks. If you’re not already a member, just ask to join and I’ll quickly confirm you.

Mother’s Day at the Rainforest Cafe

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My wife took our son Avery “Lil Ace” Goodtimes to Atlantic City one day a few months ago while I was working, and she couldn’t quit talking about the Rainforest Cafe. They had walked in for just a quick look inside and Avery had been kind of spellbound by it. So I decided that we’d go there for Mother’s Day. It was gonna be nice out, so a brunch at a Rainforest Cafe and a walk on the Boardwalk seemed like a lot of fun.

We got into AC, where I haven’t been in quite some time, and I gotta say, it’s a pretty decent deal. Parking was just $10 all day, less than a block from the boardwalk! So we walked down to the beach, where Lil Ace ran wild in the sand for awhile, then walked down the Boardwalk. We were near a Guy Fieri BBQ restaurant at one of the casinos, which is unfortunately right next to the AC Korean War Memorial. Avery loves statues, so we walked over to the memorial. I’m glad I didn’t lose any relatives in that war, because hearing “Who’s ready for some lip smackin, rib ticklin’ BBQ?!!” over a loudspeaker on repeat makes it really hard to give the whole War Memorial anything other than a surreal quality. He might as well, say, “We want to honor all of the heroes at the Battle of Flavortown! Oh yeah!”

We headed into the Rainforest Cafe, and it was quite an experience. I had thought there would be like live birds and shit in there, but it wasn’t nearly that classy. They were all animatronic (<—love that word) creatures, and after receiving our passport, we were led to our section of the rainforest.

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I don’t quite know how to do the place justice, but I’ll try: there was a golden statue of what I assumed to be Atlas holding the earth on his shoulders sitting in a pond in front of a waterfall. Now what this Greek hero had to do with a rainforest, I wasn’t quite sure, but it was an impressive homage. Avery said that it was a “Ninja Warrior who fell in the water.” He stared at it for quite some time. There were mechanical gorillas in the “forest” behind some of the tables, giant butterflies on the trees that flapped their wings, and even a couple of mechanical elephants. There was a lot of smoke, fake trees, and plastic ivy was EVERYWHERE. It was also a bit dark.

We sat near the two gorillas, but still within eyeshot of Atlas holding up the earth in the fountain (Aside: Avery calls them “water mountains”. It’s so cute we don’t have the heart to correct him.) Our server, dressed like he’s prepared to lead an expedition though the rainforest, came to take our orders. Normally, I’d get a mai-tai in this situation, but this is the kind of place has laminated menus, and those places always make their drinks too sweet, so I decided on a beer instead.

The menu was laughably expensive, with stuff like $19 spaghetti. And when you go to places like this you know they’re not attracting America’s finest chefs, so it’s good strategy to order the burger. The beer was cold, the burger was fine, the gorillas were a tad underwhelming. They were pretty much shown from torso up, and they occasionally beat their chests, but it was sort of half-hearted. Like if they were real gorillas, you’d think they were kind of depressed. But there were jungle sounds playing all throughout the meal, which was kind of cool. Much better than listening to Guy Fieri talking about things sticking to your ribs.Avery eats hot dogs and stares at gorillas.

Avery eats hot dogs and stares at gorillas.

My wife asked me, “Would you rather work here or at City Tavern?” (Where, as you may or may not know, I used to work.) It was a real toss up. I mean, at the City Tavern I was forced to dress in 18th century colonial-wear and sell turkey pot pie. But there were fewer small kids running around looking at gorillas at that job, and so I’d have to lean towards City Tavern.

We exited (through the gift shop, of course) and after saying 200 times that we weren’t getting a plastic snake we headed back outdoors, got back in the car, and headed back to Philadelphia. Great day trip. Highly recommend a day in AC, and if you’ve got a 3 year old I sort of recommend a trip to the Rainforest Cafe.

13th Annual Bracket-tacular and 30% Off at Shibe Sports

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Alright, gang, we’re back for the 13th year of our bracket-tacular. And this year, there’s not only great prizes, but there’s also a bonus: 30% off everything at Shibe Sports. Just go here, enter your email address, and you’ll get your 30% off code and the link to the brackets. As for prizes, this year we’ve got some good ones:

1st place wins a $100 gift certificate to Shibe Sports

2nd place gets a sampler pack from Manatwany Still Works.

3rd Place gets a $50 gift certificate to Milkboy.

And of course our annual 50th place prize, as our 50th place finisher will get a $50 gift card to Shibe.

We’ve got plenty of new stuff in in the past month. Here are a few of our news shirts. And your discount code lasts for one week, so be sure to use it to buy something cool. Here’s some of the new shirts:

The City.

Philadelphia Bulletin.

Wilt the Stilt.

Flyers vs the Red Army.

USFL.

Jack Russell Stadium.

Philadelphia Fever.

And for women, we just got in our Clover shirts, based off the old department stores. So be sure to get your brackets in, and be sure to get your orders in before Monday for 30% off!

A Few Changes On the Way

bowie-changes-headAlright, now that we’ve gotten through Quizzo Bowl (which, unlike the Oscars, is a gala event that announces the correct winners), it’s time to make a few changes. The reason for these are several: for one, I’m taking on more work and more responsibility at the store, so I need to make time for that. Secondly, I’m getting more corporate gigs, and as you all know selling out to the man is what I’m all about. Finally and most importantly, I want another night to spend at home with my family, and this allows me to do so. (Over/under is a month after starting this schedule before my wife asks me to spend less time at home).

So here we go: starting next week, I will be moving Sidecar to Tuesdays at 8 p.m., and Carl will take over at O’Neals. For those of you who are unaware, Carl is already hosting at Birra on Thursdays at 8. (I’ll post the new schedule below). So we’ll still be rocking 8 JGT quizzes.

There will also typically be only one quiz written a week, starting next week. Occasionally, if 2-3 teams all request two quizzes and say they’re gonna play twice, we can break that rule. But 99.9% of teams play once a week, so this won’t be a change for just about anybody. But I just want to make sure it’s known.

As far as pics and scores, yes, I was a total slacker in the weeks leading up to Quizzo Bowl. I’m gonna do a huge photo dump on the Facebook page this week. Moving forward, there will be a bit more immediacy to the pics…I’ll be posting on twitter as soon as the game is over. You can follow me on twitter here. And yes, I know not everyone is on twitter. So don’t worry, Question of the Week will remain here on the website. Full schedule is below, starting next week. I will be hosting at O’Neals tonight:

TUESDAY

  • 8 p.m. O’Neals (w/ Carl)
  • 8 p.m. Sidecar
  • 10:15 p.m. City Tap House

WEDNESDAY

  • 6:15 p.m. Locust Rendezvous
  • 8:30 p.m. Founding Fathers

THURSDAY

  • 6:30 p.m. Industry
  • 8 p.m. Birra (with Carl)
  • 9:15 p.m. Bards

 

The Basic Details of Quizzo Bowl XIII

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Quizzo Bowl XIII is fast approoaching (Yikes!) and here’s how we stand now.

WHO: You and your team of up to 8 players.

WHAT: Quizzo Bowl XIII, the most prestigious quizzo event on earth and quite possibly in the universe.

WHEN: February 18th at 8 p.m.

WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.

WHY: Why not?

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS? $200 for a table of up to $8 players, or $30 apiece.

WHERE DO I GET TICKETS? You can purchase them online here, or if you want to save money in fees, you can pick them up from me on consignment at one of my weekly quizzes.

WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY: We’ll have live music from the Newspaper Taxis, there will be tons of giveaways all night, and over $1000 worth of prizes for our top 3 finishers.

IS IT GONNA BE FUN? Of course it is.

IT BETTER BE. It will be.

HOW CAN I KNOW THAT? Well there will be plenty of teams there that have played it every year for like the last 10 years. There typically aren’t a whole lot of new teams on any given years because the regulars always want to play. The band sounds terrific, and there will also be the usual nonsense from me, Fastball Bob, and a special video round presented by Chip Chantry.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO KEEP UPDATED ON THE QUIZZO BOWL? Be sure to join the Quizzo Bowl page on Facebook. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them on the wall there and I’ll get back to you.

 

All Football Quiz on Friday!

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In anticipation of the Super Bowl, I will be hosting an all-football quiz Friday night at the Skygarten on 1717 Arch! People have been asking me for awhile about doing a sports quiz. Well here ya go. All football (American), pretty much all of it from the Super Bowl era. Gonna be a lot of fun. And if you haven’t been to Skygarten yet, that’s pretty cool too. 51 floors up in the air. Oh, and it’s on my birthday, so you’re going to buy me beers. Kick off is at 7 p.m. Hope to see ya there!

Quizzo Bowl Tickets Now On Sale Online; On Consignment Next Week

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Hard to believe but Quizzo Bowl XIII is now less than a month away, and tickets are now on sale. Here’s the deal for tix this year: you can purchase them online here. There’s a bit of a new ticket setup this year. They are now $30 for individual tickets OR $200 for a table (which is still $25 a pop). The reason is obviously to make me insanely wealthy to encourage larger teams so that we pack the place. Now, there is a $6 surcharge per ticket IF you purchase them online. That’s why, because I’m a god damn hero benevolent quizmaster, I will be selling them on consignment starting next week. If you buy on consignment, there are no surcharges at all. If it is easier for you to buy at the venue, you can purchase from the box office for just a $2.50 surcharge per ticket. Got it? It’s also first come, first serve on tables this year. So the sooner you buy your table, the closer to the rock n roll you can be. This event WILL sell out, so start organizing your team ASAP and get your tickets so you can be assured a space at the grandaddy of them all, Quizzo Bowl XIII.