What We Like: Anthony Bourdain, 'The Big Stink!' and 'A Longwood Christmas'

Anthony Bourdain,

with Eric Ripert
Nov. 2 at the Merriam Theater

Anthony Bourdain caused quite a stir recently when he went on the record slamming TV chef Paula Deen, calling her “the worst, most dangerous person in America.” Never one to mince words, Bourdain is also great at making us feel like we’re in on the joke, which should make for provocative theater at his Philly appearance this month with internationally acclaimed New York chef and restaurateur Eric Ripert. Bourdain’s brilliantly blasé gastro-itinerant series, No Reservations, just wrapped up its
seventh season on the Travel Channel, and it continues to surprise and occasionally offend—much like the man himself, warts and all. Visit kimmelcenter.org. —Hobart Rowland
 

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The Big Stink!

By Maggie Mitchell
eReadia Kids, 32 pages

It might seem hard to believe, but not all stinkbugs are bad. At least, that’s the case made by West Chester’s Maggie Mitchell in her new kids’ book, The Big Stink!, which tells the story of three backyard bug buddies whose friendship is threatened by a nasty rumor. A former teacher, Mitchell offers real perspective on playground dynamics, and the whimsical illustrations by Conshohocken’s Chris Vendrick make this a truly charming read. —Emily Riley
 

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A Longwood Christmas

Nov. 24, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012
Longwood Gardens

If you’ve experienced the December crowds at this insanely popular holiday extravaganza, you know it’s best not to tarry. More than a half million lights adorn trees; poinsettias and numerous floral displays fill the conservatory; lighted fountains dance serenely to beloved Christmas tunes; and special musical performances abound. To get in on the fun, just be sure to buy your tickets in advance. Visit longwoodgardens.org. —Tara Behan

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