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January 29, 2015

Now Extended: Center City District Restaurant Week Will Continue For Three Extra Days, Monday, February 2 Through Wednesday, February 4

Barbuzzo

Center City Restaurant Week has been extended this winter, giving diners an extra three days to participate in three-course deals at spots like Barbuzzo in Midtown Village. (Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia)

Great news, deal lovers: Center City District Restaurant Week has been extended this winter and will now continue February 2-4.

The winter dining deals were initially to wrap up tomorrow, Friday, January 30, but due to the recent inclement weather, Philly.com reports, a number of restaurants will keep the bargains alive for three more days, starting on Monday, February 2 and running through Wednesday, February 4.

With the huge list of participating eateries, Center City District Restaurant Week as a whole offers the perfect opportunity to try brand-new restaurants, return to perennial favorites or check out spots that might feel a bit out of range.

Stay tuned right here for the list of restaurants participating in the extension.

And get ready to make those reservations.

Center City District Restaurant Week: Winter 2015 Extension
When: Through January 30 and February 2-4
Where: Restaurants throughout Center City
Cost: Dinner for $35; Lunch for $20; Plus tax and gratuity
More info: www.centercityphila.org

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January 29, 2015

Deal Feed: The National Museum Of American Jewish History Offers Free Admission To All Guests For The Entire Month Of February

NMAJH

Yes! The National Museum of American Jewish History opens its doors free for the entire month of February.
(Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Did someone say free admission?

In celebration of the seven-year loan extension of a historic letter — which hails from 1790 and captures a message about religious freedom from George Washington to the Hebrew congregation in Newport, Rhode Island — the National Museum of American Jewish History will offer free museum admission to all guests for the entire month of February. Talk about a deal.

Yes, you heard correctly: The National Museum of American Jewish History will open its doors for free for the duration of February.

Free February at NMAJH promises guests a look at the celebrated letter in addition to access to the museum’s two special exhibits — Liat Segal: Scattered Light and ‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah — and its regular collection.

The letter has been on view at the National Museum of American Jewish history for three years, and will remain for another seven.

Save your pennies this winter and visit the much-loved museum on Independence Mall.

Free February at NMAJH
When: February
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Free
More info: www.nmajh.org

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January 28, 2015

Tonight Picks: Center City Restaurant Week, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday At The PMA, Meat Week At Percy Street, Pizza Week At Pizzeria Stella, Happy Hour At Kensington Quarters And More

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It’s the last week for the winter edition of Center City Restaurant Week, which brings $35 three-course dinner deals to more than 100 restaurants. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s a great night to dine out in Philly, folks.

Center City Restaurant Week is in its final week of three-course lunches and dinners this winter. Visit one of more than 100 participating restaurants for a dinner deal on this chilly night.

Other dining options abound, too: Percy Street Barbecue and Pizzeria Stella also continue to serve dinner deals for the respective Meat Week and Pizza Week.

And in Fishtown, Kensington Quarters recently launched a new meat and drink happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit the butcher/restaurant for deals on everything from draft beer to ground meat.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Center City Restaurant Week

Dinner plans? Check. Center City Restaurant Week continues at more than 100 eateries throughout the city. Stop by for a three-course dinner for just $35 per person at spots like Zahav, Bank and Bourbon, Butcher and Singer, Lolita and Oyster House. Click here for our top picks for where to eat during restaurant week.

When: Wednesday, January 28
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $35 plus tax and gratuity

Meat Week at Percy Street Barbecue

If Center City Restaurant Week isn’t your fancy head to Percy Street Barbecue. Tonight, share a massive family-style spread of barbecue chicken, pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, cornbread, macaroni & cheese and other classic sides for just $20 per person for Meat Week at Percy Street Barbecue.

When: Wednesday, January 28
Where: Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street
Cost: $20 per person

Lyrispect Presents: Represent Redux at the PMA

As part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday and in celebration of Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, the museum is hosting Lyrispect Presents: Represent Redux, a very special event tonight at 6:30 p.m. Listen to songs, writings and watch performances about the African American experience as inspired by the Represent exhibition. In addition to the special performance, this week’s pay-what-you-wish Wednesday also welcomes yoga, a tour, craft and more.

When: Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

Pizza Week at Pizzeria Stella

Pizza’s for dinner at Pizzeria Stella as it continues its Pizza Week promotion this evening. For $35 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), you can choose two salads or antipasti, any of the Neopolitan meets New York pizzas from the menu and any two gelati.

When: Wednesday, January 28
Where: Pizzeria Stella, 420 S. 2nd Street
Cost: $35 per person plus tax and gratuity

Kensington Quarters

Kensington Quarters, a recently opened restaurant in Fishtown, ups its offerings with happy hour and chef dinners. (Photo by Ryan Scott)

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January 28, 2015

Coming Attraction: Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography Of Jacques Lowe Visits The National Constitution Center, February 13-September 7

National Constitution Center

Intimate images of the Kennedy family will visit the National Constitution Center in Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, which was developed by the Newseum in collaboration with the Jacques Lowe Estate. The Newseum, an interactive museum of news, is located in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the Estate of Jacques Lowe)

At the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall, the story of “We the people” is told through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, interactive displays and amazing exhibitions.

This February, one of American history’s most compelling figures will be explored in the special exhibition Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, running February 13 through September 7.

Photojournalist Jacques Lowe was President John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer, and this remarkable exhibition of photographs offers a rarely seen look at President Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr.

Through 70 photographs taken by Lowe, the exhibition showcases an intimate portrait of a family and the documentation of a politician’s rise to power, both of which contributed to the image of the Kennedy presidency as “Camelot.”

Moreover, the framework of the exhibition makes the display all the more astonishing: Jacques Lowe stored his negatives in a vault in the World Trade Center, and the body of work was all but lost in the attacks on 9/11.

Thanks to the estate of Jacques Lowe and the Newseum in Washington, D.C., though, the archive was recovered from contact sheets that were stored in the photographer’s studio elsewhere in New York.

From more than 1600 scanned contact sheets and prints, all of which were marked with scratches, dust or colored pen, a group of 70 images were painstakingly restored to become this remarkable traveling exhibition.

In addition to the photographs, the exhibit includes a large interactive monitor that reveals more than two dozen of Lowe’s original contact sheets and an original film about Jacques Lowe and the Kennedy family.

Plus, through March 31 guests can take advantage of the National Constitution Center’s winter sale.

For just $10 for adults (usually $14.50) and $5 for kids (usually $8), visitors can access all of the main exhibitions and special exhibitions on view at this great destination on Independence Mall.

We think the pairing of this sweet deal and remarkable exhibition sounds like a perfect way mark the upcoming Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend.

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography Of Jacques Lowe
When: February 13-September 7
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: Through March 31, $10 reduced admission; After March 31, included in museum admission; $14.50, adults; $13, seniors, students, youth; $8, children (4-12); free, members, active military and children under 3
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org

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January 28, 2015

Varga Bar’s Annual Super Fowl Competition Pits Amateur Versus Professional In A Super Bowl Wing Cook-Off, This Sunday, February 1

Varga Bar

Varga Bar’s wings are among the best in the city, but will be challenged this Sunday, February 1 during Super Fowl.
(Photo courtesy Varga Bar)

Take a big bite out of Super Bowl weekend at the annual Super Fowl Competition, a festive wing-off event at Varga Bar in Washington Square West.

The craft beer bar’s own wings — fall-off-the bone duck confit chicken wings with pomegranate molasses-bourbon-chili sauce — are stellar, truly among the best wings in the city.

This Sunday, February 1, amateur chef Jay Cook — the victor of a preliminary round of the cook-off competition — whips up a competitive variety of three wings in the hopes of besting Varga Bar chef Evan Turney’s three recipes on Super Bowl Sunday.

A panel of food experts and Varga Bar patrons will serve as the judges for the evening, so come out to taste-test the entrants’ recipes and judge which wing will fly on Super Bowl Sunday to be named Super Fowl 2015 Champion.

Plus, there will be plenty of great beer and whiskey specials to wash down all of the wings.

May the best wing win.

5th Annual Super Fowl
When: Sunday, February 1, 6 p.m.
Where: Varga Bar, 10th and Spruce streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.vargabar.com

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January 28, 2015

The Rosenbach Museum And Library Presents Everything Is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde And Philadelphia, Open Through April 26

Rosenbach Museum and Library

Learn about the life and works of Oscar Wilde at the Rosenbach Museum and Library’s special exhibition, open until April 26.

The Rosenbach Museum and Library is celebrating the work of Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde and his Philadelphia connections with a special exhibition — Everything is Going on Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia.

Throughout the exhibition, guests will find unpublished materials that are on view for the first time ever and items from private and public collections. The exhibition also focuses on Wilde’s connections with Philadelphia, where he give a series of lectures in the late 19th century.

The museum will host a number of special events in celebration of the exhibition. On Thursday, February 5, the curators offer insight into the exhibition, and on Wednesday, March 11, hear from David Friedman, author of Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity about what Wilde meant for society.

The exhibition will remain on view through April 26. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children and students and free for children under 5. Take note: The museum is closed on Mondays.

For more Oscar Wilde, be sure to check out Opera Philadelphia’s performance of Oscar, which runs on select dates from February 6 through 15.

Everything is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia at the Rosenbach Museum and Library
When: Through Sunday, April 26
Where: Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place
Cost: $10, adults; $8, seniors; $5, children and students; free for children under 5
More info: www.rosenbach.org

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January 28, 2015

The American Swedish Historical Museum Hosts Its Annual Pea Soup And Punsch Dinner, Saturday, January 31

The American Swedish Historical Museum wards off the winter chill with its annual pea soup and punsch — a strong arrack-based drink — supper this Saturday, January 31. (Photo courtesy ASHM)

In a cold weather funk? Find relief at the American Swedish Historical Museum during its annual Pea Soup and Punsch Supper.

This Saturday, January 31, shake off the chill and warm up Swedish style with an evening of steamy soup and strong drink. This annual event, hosted by the museum’s Pea Soup Committee, kicks off at 6 p.m.

Attendees will break bread together over a quintessential Swedish meal of pea soup and punsch — a sweet and strong arrack liquor-based drink — which will be served with sharp cheese, bread and dessert.

This hearty meal is inspired by a tradition that dates back to medieval times. On Thursday nights, the people of Sweden would eat this filling meal before beginning the weekly Friday fast.

Tickets are $25 each ($20 for museum members) and space is limited, so reserve your spot online or call 215-389-1776.

Pea Soup and Punsch Supper: Ärtsoppa och Punsch
When: Saturday, January 31, 6 p.m.
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost: $25 ($20 for museum members)
More info: www.americanswedish.org

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January 28, 2015

A Cast Of Locally Renowned Actors Pay Tribute To 400 Years Of Social Activism In Voices Of A People’s History Of The United States, January 29-31

Plays and Players Theatre

Voices of a People’s History of the United States takes the stage at Rittenhouse-area Plays and Players Theatre.
(Photo courtesy Plays and Players Theatre)

Four hundred years of activism lights up the stage when Plays and Players Theatre hosts Voices of a People’s History of the United States, January 29-31.

Featuring speeches, songs and more, this powerful production draws on excerpts from the book of the same name edited by Anthony Arnove and noted historian, author and avid social activist Howard Zinn.

Voices presents the actual words from American history that helped end slavery and Jim Crow, railed against war, advanced gay and women’s rights, and helped fight against other wrongs.

The voices in this show come from individuals who are historically renowned, as well as some hardly known. Famous figures include Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, Eugene Debs and Tecumseh.

Lesser-knowns include David Walker, an African-American abolitionist, who, in 1829, published An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, which called for black unity in the fight against oppression, and Mary Elizabeth Lease, who in 1890 stated that, “Wall Street owns the country” — words that continue to resonate in today’s world.

The presentation also includes contemporary activists, such as such as Kevin Tillman, the brother of former NFL player and army ranger Pat Tillman, who spoke out against the Iraq War and the cover-up of his brother’s death in Afghanistan, and Amber Kudla, whose 2013 valedictorian graduation speech protested the negative impact of Common Core standardized testing.

An impressive array of local actors represent these activists including Adam Altman, Richard Bradford, Rachel Brodeur, K.O. DelMarcelle, Dan Higbee, Colleen Hughes, Bi Jean Ngo, Iraisa Ann Reilly, Gabriella Sanchez, Cathy Simpson, Roderick Slocum, Mary Kay Tuomanen and Damien Wallace and Bob Weick.

This formidable cast gives passionate expression to past and present rebels, dissenters and visionaries as a way to help educate and inspire a new generation to advocate for social justice.

Tickets, starting at $12 for student matinees, are available online.

Voices of a People’s History of the United States
When: January 29-31
Where: Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place
Cost: $12-$30
More info: www.playsandplayers.org

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January 28, 2015

Our Guide To The Philadelphia Auto Show, Which Returns With Cool Cars, Special Events, Test Drives And More, January 31-February 8

Philadelphia Auto Show

Fasten your seat belts: the Philadelphia Auto Show returns this Saturday, January 31 and runs through February 8.
(Photo courtesy Philadelphia Auto Show)

The Philadelphia Auto Show races into town on Saturday, January 31 and stays put at the Pennsylvania Convention Center through February 8.

Check out (and learn about) cars of all sort — from soon-to-be released models to classic cars that used to rule the road — while also test driving cars from Jeep and Toyota.

Read on for our guide to this year’s Auto Show.

Background

A tradition since 1902, the Auto Show continually brings the best of the best in automotive design to the spotlight and allows attendees to sit in the vehicles, learn about the cars and some companies even allow guests to test drive.

The featured cars this year include some of the newest models out there — everything from Buick and Fiat to Aston Martin and Bentley. A number of classic cars will be on view, too, like a 1970 Plymouth Superbird and a 1929 Dupont le Mans Speedster.

Guests can learn about cars, drive them, ooh and ahh over developments or simply pose for photos in impressive models.

Special Events

The Auto Show opens on Friday, January 30 with the black tie tailgate, a benefit for the Division of Neonatology at CHOP. Be one of the first to check out the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show as you dine and dance in the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the annual Black Tie Tailgate. The annual gala features an open bar, live music and food by Chef Jose Garces.

Test drive some of the featured cars at ride and drives, events that run throughout the duration of the Auto Show. Test drive Toyotas and Kias — or try out a Jeep in the Camp Jeep exhibit. Additional events include live radio broadcasts from the Auto Show and even some tunes from Wired 96.5.

The full schedule of events is available right here.

Philadelphia Auto Show

Car fan? The Philadelphia Auto Show is for you with its variety of makes and models — and the opportunity to test drive some of the cars. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Auto Show)

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January 27, 2015

Major Coming Attraction: The Philadelphia Museum Of Art To Be The Only U.S. Stop For A Tremendous International Exhibition Of Monet, Renoir, Degas And More This Summer

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be the only American stop for a blockbuster exhibition of Impressionist artwork this summer.
(Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet are among the most celebrated names in fine art today, but these Impressionists might not have known success without the support of one ambitious Parisian art dealer: Paul Durand-Ruel.

Lovers of these and other great Impressionist artists largely have Durand-Ruel to thank for recognizing the beauty of the work long before the style was appreciated in mainstream circles.

This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes a groundbreaking special exhibition that tells the story of the bold art dealer and displays many of the works he championed.

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting celebrates the ambitious and visionary Durand-Ruel who supported and helped elevate a new style of painting with a three-month marquee exhibition.

On view in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, the exhibit will showcase more than 80 works by such artists as Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet to trace Durand-Ruel’s role in the development of Impressionism.

With just three stops on an international tour, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only museum in America to show this groundbreaking exhibit.

Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery in London and by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais, in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Discovering the Impressionists will show in only Paris and London before making its final stop in Philadelphia.

This exhibition is sure to leave an incredible impression on Philadelphia.

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting
When: June 24-September 13, 2015
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, adults; $23, seniors; $20, students and youth (ages 13–18); $12 children (ages 5–12); free, children 4 and under
More info: www.philamuseum.org

Philadelphia Museum of Art Impressionism

Claude Monet’s oil on canvas painting The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (A Corner of the Garden with Dahlias) was painted in 1873 and is just one of the many, many works of art that will visit Philadelphia this summer. (National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Janice H. Levin, in Honor of the 50th) Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art

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