By Laurie Hull
(Schiffer Publishing, 160 pages)
Springfield’s Hull indulges our curiosity for the paranormal with chapters filled with haunted historic homes, dank prison cells and ghost-infested college campuses—namely Widener and Eastern universities, where shadowy figures are said to roam the dormitories and other buildings. If the written accounts aren’t scary enough, the photos of spectral sightings may have you sleeping with the lights on.
Let Them Eat Cake 2011
April 11 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Baltimore might have Charm City Cakes and New Jersey its Cake Boss, but neither can touch Philly’s annual Let Them Eat Cake event when it comes to the most elaborate wedding creations. For the sixth year, City of Hope’s Philadelphia chapter hosts the Northeast’s largest wedding cake design competition to support the fight against breast cancer. The expected 700-plus attendees get a sweet deal: complimentary champagne, a sampling of more than 35 cakes, door prizes and goodie bags. 6 p.m. $40-$50. 1200 Market St., Philadelphia; (215) 985-0869, cityofhope.org.
April 10 at the Keswick Theatre
For many of you, the only Cornell of note is the one with Ivy League credentials. May we humbly suggest that you give this one a listen? All said and done, this former lead singer and songwriter for platinum-selling acts Soundgarden and Audioslave should go down as one of the greatest rock vocalists ever. And while his grunge and metal catalog may not be for everyone, this acoustic tour promises to be light on volume and heavy on insights into the man and his art. 8 p.m. 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.