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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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January 29, 2015

Roundup: Philadelphia Celebrates Super Bowl 2015 With Game Day Food-And-Drink Deals To Take Out Or Eat In

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Just because our Philadelphia Eagles didn’t fly to the big game this year is no excuse not to enjoy the NFL’s Super Bowl in 2015.

This Sunday, February 1, the Seattle Seahawks face the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona — kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

In Philadelphia, the Super Bowl will be a festive affair thanks to so many of Philly’s favorite restaurants offering incredible specials either at the bar or at your door.

Whether you watch for the sport, the commercials or the half-time act, pick a spread of good eats to get you through the game.

Want to get out to a bar and watch the game? Check right here for a roundup of Philadelphia sports bars.

Check out our roundup of top picks for where to eat in or take out some great game-day grub this Sunday.


• Di Bruno Bros.

One of Philadelphia’s best sources for amazing gourmet eats, Di Bruno Bros. makes for a natural go-to on game day. Order catering packages filled with the usual suspects — wings, hoagies, chili — or opt for a Super Bowl 2015 face-off special: a Seattle-themed coffee and coriander rubbed salmon taco kit or a New England-themed mini lobster roll kit. MORE INFO

• Lolita

You better believe chef Marcie Turney will bring her A-game to the kitchen for Super Bowl Sunday. Order a takeout taco feast fit for game day from Lolita for $150 and feed eight to 10 people with the likes of short rib, pork and veggie tacos, guacamole, fresh tortillas and more. Note: all orders must be placed via email by Thursday, January 29, and the email should include name, phone number and the desired pick-up time (between noon and 3 p.m.) at Lolita on Sunday, February 1. MORE INFO

• Serpico

At Peter Serpico’s eponymous South Street eatery, Serpico, fans of fine wings can pre-order the chef’s crispy Korean fried chicken wings. Orders of 10 wings run $20 and can be made by calling 215-925-3001. MORE INFO

• Federal Donuts

The Birds may not be on the field on Sunday, but fans can nod to the home team with an order of crispy fried chicken from Federal Donuts. Pick up the one-two combination of a dozen doughnuts and five whole fried chickens for $99, and place orders in advance (pre-order only) for pick up at any of the four Federal Donuts locations by purchasing online here. MORE INFO

• Pizzeria Vetri

One of the pinnacles of game-day dining, pizza rules as party food. Order up from Pizzeria Vetri to take advantage of a Super Bowl pizza special on a half-sheet tray of thick-crust pizza with sausage, peppers, mozzarella and parmesan for $45. The pizza can be picked up for takeout or requested to eat in-house on game day, but the restaurant closes at 4 p.m., well before kickoff. MORE INFO

• Fette Sau

Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll’s Fishtown barbecue haven Fette Sau has excellent catering offerings, bringing full, smoky flavor right to fans’ doorsteps. Catering packages are now available for as few as six people with meat by the pound, in increments of five and 10 pounds, plus all the sides and sweets to accompany. Orders should be placed by January 29 for game-day packages, which start at $190 for a complete meal for six to eight people. MORE INFO

• Wursthaus Schmitz

At Reading Terminal Market the options for prepared foods abound, but awesome sandwiches and sides from Wursthaus Schmitz might be the best bet. Order up a grill-ready package of bratwurst, knackwurst, bauernwurst, kielbasa or other sausage with all the fixings for $60 (which feeds 5-8 people) or $115 (feeds 12-15). Just call 215-922-4287 to order, or Wursthaus caters off-site events, too, if you’re planning an epic bash. MORE INFO

• Percy Street Barbecue

South Street barbecue joint Percy Street Barbecue deals in expertly cured, sauced, smoked and grilled meats, making the destination a natural choice for pigskin-worthy take-out. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, Percy Street proposes its fans order a whole brisket or pulled pork package via online delivery service Caviar. Pre-order now for delivery on February 1 only, and make sure to select a Sunday delivery time. MORE INFO

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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


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, 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
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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


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
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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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