Arise, Philadelphia, and join your brethren in live trivia excitement this Sunday, as the Big Quiz Thing makes its long-awaited return to your fair burg. We're back at the sah-weet World Cafe Live November 17 at 8pm, with the fine multimedia action that thousands elsewhere have come to know and love (and view on their TV screens).
Last week in this space, we told you about the prizes—a big $200 cash jackpot (with $100 for first place and the rest of the love shared), plus a couple of our prize partners—WCL itself, along with The Philadelphia Seaport Museum. But brace yourself for some more. More, I say!
Yes! My dream Philly sponsor is on board! Easily one of the most fascinating museums on earth (if you're a weirdo like me, and you probably are), the Mütter is under aegis of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, but good god, is it ever more than that. It's the earth's most mind-scrambling collection of medical oddities: bizarre anatomical specimens, wax models of physiological curiosities, antiquated (and horrifying) medical equipment. Especially notable is the famed Hyrtl Skull Collection, and a life-size model of the original Siamese twins.
Plus, for you presidential nerds, we got Grover Cleveland's malignant mouth tumor, and pieces from not one but two presidential assassins (the two most interesting, Booth and Guiteau). Admission to this supreme freak show is normally $15—completely worth it, though we have several passes for lucky high-scoring teams this Sunday night. The Mütter is located at 19 South 22nd Street in City Center; a world of online fascination is here.
When you say theater in Philadelphia, you invariably say the Arden Theatre Company. A leader in n onstage productions and offstage education, the Arden has been thrilling audiences since 1988. Currently on its Mainstage: Stick Fly, a fascinating drama that enjoyed a hit, Alica Keys–produced run on Broadway a couple years past. And coming in '14: Former NYC theatrical BQT sponsor Water by the Spoonful, and a new translation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Meanwhile, the Arden Children's Theatre is gearing up for a spectacular production of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, something that I would've killed for when I was a kid. Learn more at ardentheatre.org, or pick up a couple tickets by being all smart and stuff this Sunday.
Those of you who graced the BQT with your presence way back at our earlier Philadelphia gigs might remember Sazz Vintage as a stalwart sponsor (Sazz herself is an old friend). Located in Old Town, it is far and away Philly's premier vintage clothing mecca, specializing in mid-20th-century menswear with all the flash, cheese, expertise, and quality one should demand from a self-respecting vintage store—yes, I did indeed buy one of my sparkly jackets there. Currently, Sazz is gearing up for the holidays by prepping its annual Ugly Christmas Sweater pop-up store, and we're going to have a gift card for said sweaters as part of Sunday's prize haul. Check out the selection, and shop online, at sazzvintage.com, or visit the store itself: 60 North 3rd Street.
And that's not it for prizes: We'll have various sweet treats, books, DVDs, etc., in addition to the copious amounts of trivia fun. Buy your tickets now, and prepare for delightful delights of delightfullness, y'all.