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January 30, 2015

Roundup: Where To Celebrate Black History Month In Philadelphia, February 2015


February is Black History Month, and Philadelphia celebrates with everything from museum events and tours to live performances and discussions. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia’s rich African American history is celebrated in all parts of town for Black History Month.

The city celebrates Black History Month — February — with a variety of special events, exhibitions, film screenings and family-friendly activities at establishments all over. Learn about African American history at a variety of exhibits, or groove to tunes by notable African American performers at places like the Kimmel Center and World Cafe Live.

Read on for our guide to celebrating Black History Month in Philadelphia.

National Constitution Center

Old City, 525 Arch Street. At the National Constitution Center, visitors can dive into a month-long celebration of African American history. Highlights include a February 12 event commemorating the signing of the 13th Amendment, and the interactive Breaking Barriers show, which spotlights the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson and other notable African Americans. Guests can also enjoy free admission on Presidents’ Day and a host of other fun activities for the entire family — including a self-guided museum tour and a workshop examining the museum’s own rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln. MORE INFO

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fairmount, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. With work by renowned artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Martin Puryear and Carrie Mae Weems, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases a range of subjects, styles, mediums and traditions. Since acquiring Tanner’s “The Annunciation” painting in 1899, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection of African American art has grown significantly — especially during the last three decades — and much of it will be on display in this exhibit. MORE INFO

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Market East, 701 Arch Street. With a diverse collection of fine and folk art, photographs, memorabilia and costumes, The African American Museum in Philadelphia traces the experiences and contributions of African Americans from the ancient kingdoms of Africa through to the present. In addition to the museum’s permanent multimedia exhibition Audacious Freedom, guests can enjoy masterpieces by such luminaries as Edward Bannister, Henry Tanner and Elizabeth Catlett displayed alongside works by school children in the museum’s current show, As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection. MORE INFO


Explore the temporary exhibitions and permanent collections at the African American Museum in Philadelphia during Black History Month. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation

Old City, 600 Market Street. President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation explores the paradox of slavery and freedom at the nation’s first executive mansion, in which Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president. MORE INFO

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January 30, 2015

Coming Attraction: The 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Arrives February 28-March 8 With Exhibits Inspired By Disney Movies, A Pop-Up Beer Garden, Huge Special Events And More

Flower Show

This February, the Philadelphia Flower Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with impressive designs, a giant plant sale and a pop-up beer garden on the show floor. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Though the chill of winter persists outside, a breath of springtime will soon arrive in Philadelphia — it’s almost Flower Show time.

Save the date now for the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, returning to the Pennsylvania Convention Center from February 28 through March 8 with a fresh theme, “Celebrate the Movies.”

For 187 years, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has captivated visitors from around the globe with the Philadelphia Flower Show’s stunning displays celebrating the tradition of horticulture, the beauty of plants and the art of gardening.

An annual blockbuster event in Philadelphia, the Flower Show draws tens of thousands to Center City Philadelphia to take in spectacular floral exhibits of all shape and size and to take advantage of all the floral action in our fair city, which is considerable.

Last year, the Flower Show was decorated with the Grand Pinnacle Gold award from the International Festivals & Events Association’s annual competition, which includes the world’s top festivals and events.

In 2015, the show aims to top itself with new attractions, a prestigious partnership, special events and more.

New in 2015

Of course, each year of the Flower Show brings a new theme. In 2015, the theme of “Celebrate the Movies” puts the focus of the flowers on the silver screen, and, more specifically, on Disney films.

Thanks to a Disney partnership, this year’s Flower Show exhibitors will take inspiration from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies — think Frozen, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Caribbean and Into the Woods.

Diverging from the Disney motif, though, the entrance garden will evoke an Art Deco movie theater, complete with a 29-foot floral marquee, a 36-foot movie screen, an eight-foot centerpiece (the largest arrangement ever created for a Flower Show entrance), a huge moving sculpture and thousands of blooms.

Beyond the flower displays, new attractions include an exhibit of Gene London’s Hollywood Golden Age film wardrobe collection and the introduction of the popular PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden to the Flower Show floor.

Also, flower fans should keep an eye out for special events and new theme nights. Dan Ackroyd will sign bottles of his Crystal Head vodka at the show on March 6, and new events this year include Fido Friday (March 6), College Night at the Pop Up (March 5) and Cinderella Sunday (March 8).

Flower Show

Each year, the entrance garden of the Philadelphia Flower Show expertly showcases the central theme, as in Paris from 2012.
(Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden at the Flower Show

For the first time, the traveling PHS Pop-Up Garden will pop up at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

An awesome PHS program, the Pop-Up Garden initiative has transformed various pockets of underused land around Philadelphia into beautiful landscaped community spaces each summer for the past four years.

This winter, the Pop-Up Garden will sprout at the Flower Show, February 28-March 8, and it will also fill the rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place with lovely greenery, flowing brews and toasty visitors, February 14-March 8.

This is great news for all those who loved the PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden on South Street this past summer, and the addition ought to make a stellar hangout spot at the Flower Show.

The Flower Show Pop-Up Beer Garden will host music, movies, food and libations, including the new PHS Horticulture Cider made by Wyndridge Farm Cidery.

Stay tuned for more details on the beer garden, as well as the rest of the food and drink options at this year’s show.

Tickets & Packages

Scooping up tickets to the Flower Show has never been easier. Visitors can pre-order tickets online — saving $5 off tickets — and print them out at home.

Tickets are available in advance for $27 ($32 at the door) for adults, $20 ($22 at the door) for students with valid ID and $15 ($17 at the door) for children ages 2-16. A service fee of $1 per ticket is applied at checkout.

Tickets can also be purchased in advance of the Flower Show at a number of sales outlets including AAA Mid-Atlantic branches, ACME Markets, Giant Food Stores and SEPTA ticket outlets, as well as at the pop-up garden on Saturday, February 14 and February 17-21.

The Flower Show also makes an excellent excuse to stay overnight in one of Philadelphia’s fine hotels. Check here for Flower Show hotel packages, and check out the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.

For more deals on tickets and to buy online, check here.

Stay tuned for more as the 187th Philadelphia Flower Show blossoms.

2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
When: February 28-March 8
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost: Advance tickets (purchase online before February 28), $27/adults; $20/students; $15/children; Box office tickets, $32/adults; $22/students; $17/children; Free for children under 2
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January 30, 2015

Brauhaus Schmitz’s Jeremy And Jessica Nolen Launch New German Cooking At Their South Street Beer Hall On Wednesday, February 4

Brauhaus Schmitz

Jeremy and Jessica Nolen celebrate the launch of their new cookbook, New German Cooking, with a party at Brauhaus Schmitz. (Photo by Jason Varney)

It’s one of the most highly anticipated cookbooks of 2015, and it was written right here in Philly.

Now, New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited (Chronicle Books), the guide to contemporary Teutonic cuisine by Brauhaus Schmitz’s Jeremy and Jessica Nolen, is finally dropping.

The co-authors (and husband and wife) will celebrate the launch with a hometown book release party on Wednesday, February 4 at 8 p.m. at their South Street beer hall.

On hand will be complimentary appetizers, the opportunity to meet the authors and purchase books signed by Philly’s modern German cooking authorities.

Within the book itself? A range of dishes both historical and newly conceived such as kohlrabi salad with black garlic-sour cream dressing; cod-stuffed cabbage rolls with dill cream sauce; rabbit braised in spiced red wine with blood sausage sauce; spaetzel with asparagus, aged Gouda and ramp-hazelnut pesto; potato, parsnip and green onion pancakes; and roasted apricots with spiced dark lager sauce.

Note, too, that the cookbook includes contributions from Philadelphia food writer Drew Lazor and lovely images by Philadelphia photographer Jason Varney.

Can’t make it to the party? That’s okay. You can still nab a copy of the book online and in bookstores and impress your friends when you learn how to make that famous pretzel-stuffed goose at home.

New German Cooking Book Release Party and Autograph Signing
When: Wednesday, February 4, 8 p.m.
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street
Cost: Free
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January 30, 2015

Weekend Picks: Center City Restaurant Week, Philadelphia Auto Show, Super Bowl Specials And Parties, Free First Sunday At The Barnes Foundation, Free Admission To NMAJH And More

Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Make the most of the weekend by taking part in a number of winter activities throughout the city — the ice rink at Dilworth Park, RiverRink Winterfest, new winter exhibitions and more. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Happy Weekend, Philadelphia!

If you haven’t heard: Center City Restaurant Week was due to wrap up today, January 30, but the promotion has been extended this winter and will now continue February 2 through 4. If you don’t have plans to dine out tonight, make your reservations for next week!

Starting on Saturday, the Philadelphia Auto Show races into town for a week of impressive cars, test drives and more. The annual event hits the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and is slated to feature everything from classic cars to yet-to-be released models.

On Sunday, free museum admission (or discounted admission!) takes the spotlight: The Barnes Foundation swings open its doors for free, the National Museum of American Jewish History starts its month-long free admission offer and the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates the first Sunday of the month with pay-what-you-wish admission.

And of course this weekend brings Super Bowl Sunday. With the awesome selection of take-out options at some of Philly’s best restaurants — like the Korean fried chicken wings at Serpico, smoked brisket at Percy Street Barbecue and a hoagie tray to end all hoagie trays from Di Bruno Bros — Philadelphia’s going to win the Super Bowl of food.

Read on for our guide to this weekend.

Friday, January 30

Top Pick: Center City Restaurant Week

Top Pick: Young Professionals Party: Vintage Vaudeville at The Barnes Foundation

Top Pick: Pizza Week at Pizzeria Stella — Closing Day!

Philadelphia Auto Show’s Black Tie Tailgate

Happy Hour at RiverRink Winterfest

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

William Glackens at The Barnes Foundation (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Art Alliance Winter Exhibitions

Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition at the Wistar Institute

Red Bull Thre3Style at Voyeur

FWM and Workshop Residence Pop-Up Shop

Under The Skin at the Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Free Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner

Please Touch Playhouse Presents: Happy Birthday, Moon

Kensington Quarters Happy Hour

Auto Show

Starting Saturday, the Philadelphia Auto Show returns to the Convention Center with cool cars, test drive opportunities and more. (Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Auto Show)

Saturday, January 31

Top Pick: Philadelphia Auto Show (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: RiverRink Winterfest (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Pea Soup and Punsch Supper: Ärtsoppa och Punsch at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Schuylkill Center Saturday Wellness Walks

Jamie Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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January 30, 2015

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Showcases German Fraktur Art In Its Newest Exhibition, Opening Sunday, February 1

Philadelphia Museum of Art

In one of four exhibitions of fraktur this winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art displays bold works that celebrated important life events among the first European immigrants to settle in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the 18th century, like this birth and baptismal certificate for Eleina Haack (born November 28, 1825). (Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Here’s a word you don’t hear everyday: fraktur. No, it’s not shorthand for “French actor” or a new form of oil drilling.

Fraktur are decorated Germanic documents featuring brilliant colors and whimsical imagery. This unusual art form was brought to Pennsylvania in the 1700s by German-speaking immigrants, and it has become an admired form of American folk art. It is also the subject of the newest exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum or Art.

On Sunday, February 1, the museum will open its new show, Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection.

The pieces in this captivating show come from Philadelphians Joan and Victor Johnson, who have been building their collection since then late 1950s. The Johnsons hold one of the finest private holdings of fraktur in the country, and they have promised to donate them to the PMA.

These pieces will be displayed alongside the works from museum’s Pennsylvania German decorative arts, including furniture, pottery and metalwork.

Drawn with Spirit is included with museum admission ($20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students and kids 13-18, free for museum members and children 12 and under). The exhibit closes on Sunday, April 26.

Beyond the exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, fraktur will also be on display this March in three additional exhibitions — two at the Free Library of Philadelphia and one at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library — and a conference, all of which will tell a more complete story of fraktur.

Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection
When: February 1-April 26
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
Cost: Included with museum admission ($20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students and kids 13-18, free for museum members and children 12 and under)
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January 30, 2015

The PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden Returns This Winter For A Philadelphia Flower Show Edition At The Shops At Liberty Place, Opening Saturday, February 14


This past summer, the PHS Pop-Up Garden filled a vacant lot on South Street. In February, the pop-up garden will return to head indoors to The Shops at Liberty Place for four weeks this winter. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Super news, Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s pop-up beer garden is coming back this winter.

For a three weeks only, the PHS Pop-Up Garden returns — indoors this time — to fill the rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place with lovely greenery, flowing brews and toasty visitors, February 14-March 8.

If you missed the pop-up garden during its six-month run on South Street this past summer, know that PHS transformed an underused pocket of land into beautiful curated community space with a beer garden, food trucks, frequent events, hammocks and an ever-present crowd. It was awesome.

Now, as the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show approaches, the PHS Pop-Up Garden sprouts once more as part of the Flower Show’s offsite lead-in.

Opening on Valentine’s Day, February 14, the pop-up beer garden at The Shops at Liberty Place will remain open daily through Sunday, March 8. The pop-up garden will be open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Pop-up lovers should look out for a happy hour with beer from Barren Hill Tavern and the new PHS Horticulture Cider, made by Wyndridge Farm Cidery, as well as an Oscar Party on Sunday, February 22.

Garden-goers can also scoop up Flower Show tickets at the pop-up garden on Saturday, February 14 and February 17-21.

Plus, the PHS Pop-Up Garden will be a part of the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Convention Center this year, too.

Running February 28 to March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and tying in to the 2015 theme, “Celebrate the Movies,” the PHS Pop-Up Garden at the Backlot will surely become a central feature of this year’s show.

Stay tuned for more as the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show blossoms.

PHS Pop-Up Garden at The Shops at Liberty Place
When: February 14-March 8
Where: The Rotunda at Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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January 30, 2015

The Flwry, Philly’s First Floral Subscription Service, Now Offering Limited Number Of Memberships For Pre-Order Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

The Flwry

Pre-orders are now available for Philadelphia’s first flower subscription service, which officially launches in June.
(Image courtesy The Flwry)

The Flwry has the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving — and blooming.

The floral subscription service, helmed by two local women and the first of its kind in Philadelphia, is offering early memberships to a handful of savvy shoppers right this minute — well before memberships go on sale to the general public late April.

Curious how the service works? Here’s the rundown: Members sign up for once- or twice-monthly pickups of fresh-cut, locally grown flowers, which are delivered by The Flwry team to five public locations throughout Philly (think cafes, bakeries and hotels) beginning in June.

About 24 seasonal stems — cut fresh that very morning by The Flwry’s partner farms in the tri-state area — are included per delivery, bundled in The Flwry’s signature logo paper. Members just have to show up, flash their The Flwry membership card, tuck the bundles under their arm, and head home to arrange the stems however they see fit.

It’s a cool way to support local farms while also showering your sweetie (or yourself) with flowers for the duration of the six-month membership.

If you want to get your hands on a membership card in time for Valentine’s Day, send an email to claim your spot.

Only 20 early memberships (10 full, 10 half) are available for pre-order, so grab this offer before the bloom is off the rose.

The Flwry Floral Subscription Service
When: Pre-order memberships available now; Service launch in June
Cost: Full membership (two deliveries per month): $74/month; Half membership (one delivery per month), $37/month
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January 29, 2015

Tonight Picks: Center City Restaurant Week, RiverRink Winterfest, Ice Rink At Dilworth Park, Pizza Week At Pizzeria Stella, Sancho Pistola’s Anniversary And More

RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a great spot for cold-weather activities: Head out for ice skating, s’mores, food, drinks, games and more. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The foodie deals keep on coming this evening.

Center City Restaurant Weeknow extended February 2-4! — Pizza Week at Pizzeria Stella and Meat Week at Percy Street Barbecue are all great options for dinner on the cheap.

For happy hour, report to RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing for half-price seasonal drafts and $5 shorty fries.

Or, make the most of the winter at the ice rink at Dilworth Park as it continues to provide revelers with prime city views and a place to show off their ice skating.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Center City Restaurant Week

Fill up on a three-course dinner for just $35 at some of the city’s favorite places to dine as Center City Restaurant Week continues at more than 100 eateries. Spots include Barbuzzo, Amada, High Street on Market, Zahav and Del Frisco’s. Click here for our top picks for where to eat during restaurant week. Bonus: Can’t make it tonight? Center City Restaurant Week has been extended to include February 2 through 4.

When: Thursday, January 29
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $35 plus tax and gratuity

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

RiverRink Winterfest continues to be a go-to winter spot this evening as it promises happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., ice skating, s’more roasting, games, food and more.

When: Thursday, January 29
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: General admission, free; skating admission, $3; skate rental, $10

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: Thursday, January 29
Where: Pizzeria Stella, 420 S. 2nd Street
Cost: $35 per person plus tax and gratuity

Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Bundle up and embrace the winter with an evening of ice skating and hot chocolate at the ice rink at Dilworth Park. Admission is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $4 for adults. For those who don’t own their own skates, rental is $8.

When: Thursday, January 29, until 9 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: $4, adults; $3, children 10 and under; $8, skate rental


Plenty of restaurants in the Rittenhouse-area (and beyond!) are serving up discounted dinners for Center City Restaurant Week.
(Photo by K. Ciappa for Visit Philadelphia)

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January 29, 2015

The Philadelphia Art Alliance Launches Three Winter Exhibitions Of Contemporary Installation With A Reception Tonight, Thursday, January 29

Philadelphia Art Alliance

Delainey Barclay’s abstract installation is one of three new exhibitions opening at the Philadelphia Art Alliance today.
(Photo courtesy Philadelphia Art Alliance)

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is one of the oldest fine art institutions in the city and, housed in a stunning historic mansion just off of Rittenhouse Square, visitors might think the galleries within show traditional paintings and classic sculpture.

Those visitors would be mistaken, though, since the Art Alliance galleries continually host boundary-pushing contemporary exhibitions.

Today, the Art Alliance debuts a compelling trio of contemporary winter exhibitions for the rooms of this celebrated center highlighting three remarkable artists.

Starting in the first floor galleries, Delainey Barclay: Paper and String showcases the artist’s recent work, which examines air, shadow, light and space, in an exhibit of both two- and three-dimensional pieces. The installation resembles the atomic structures found in textbooks, and feels all the more familiar due to its composition — the installation was created with mostly household items.

Next, Kate Clements: Charade focuses on fashion, incorporating media like glass, plywood and vinyl to provide commentary on our trend-driven culture.

Finally, Robin Weatherley: Trace addresses the ideas of passage, transition and residual memory in relation to the body, psyche and environment. The multimedia installation showcases several techniques, including blown glass, flame-worked glass and paper work.

These engaging exhibits are included with admission ($5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for members).

Tonight, the new installations will open with a fine fete. A reception for all three exhibitions runs tonight from 6-8 p.m.

Be among the first to experience these amazing works of Kate Clements, Delainey Barclay and Robyn Weatherly in a gorgeous historic setting.

Philadelphia Art Alliance Winter Exhibitions
When: Thursday, January 29 through Sunday, April 5; Opening reception on Thursday, January 29, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for members

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January 29, 2015

The Fabric Workshop And Museum Opens A High-Concept Pop-Up Shop, Now Through The End Of February

Whether you are looking to make a purchase or simply love to browse, be sure to add the Fabric Workshop & Museum’s new pop-up shop to your to-do list.

For its latest collaboration, FWM has brought in artist-in-residence program Workshop Residence. Based in San Francisco, Workshop Residence works with creators to produce and manufacture artist-designed products in the USA.

Now through the end of February, the organization has set up shop – literally – in the vacant space at 1222 Arch Street, right next door to FWM. The shelves will be stocked with everything from apparel to home décor to wrapping paper.

In conjunction with the pop-up shop, Workshop Residence and FWM are hosting a weekly series of “Unboxing” events, where visitors can get a rare behind-the-scenes look into the museum’s archives.

Unboxing events run roughly 20 minutes long and are held at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. Each day focuses on a different artist’s work, so check the online calendar for the latest schedule.

While you’re in the neighborhood, check out Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals at FWM, on display through April.

FWM and Workshop Residence Pop-Up Shop
When: Through Saturday, February 28
Where: 1222 Arch Street (next door to the Fabric Workshop & Museum)
Cost: Free to browse, purchases are pay-as-you-go

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