March 11, 2014
Wine is the name of the game for a full week as the city welcomes the first-ever Philly Wine Week from March 23 to 30.
For its inaugural year, Philly Wine Week promises wine-centric events at some of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants.
The party kicks off on Sunday, March 23 at Ristorante Panorama with Bubbles and Barrels, an opening night party featuring sparkling wines, light bites and meet and greets with sommeliers, all while raising money for the Pennsylvania Animal Welfare Society.
Tickets are $40 per person and are available online.
Over the course of the week, The German Society of Pennsylvania hosts a wine tasting course, Vintage Wine Bar puts your brain to the test with wine quizzo, Jamonera presents a Spanish wine dinner, Tria Taproom invites guests in for wine-centric lunches, Jet Wine Bar promises local wines, Alla Spina brings in a winemaker for happy hour… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Every night of the event, with the exception of the last two nights, the public and Wine Week guests are encouraged to gather at a rotating bar for the “Toast at Ten,” an opportunity for wine buffs to come together and raise a glass.
Philly Wine Week ends with a party at Alla Spina on Sunday, March 30.
The complete list of events is available right here.
Raise a glass, folks, wine will be flowing all week long.
Philly Wine Week
When: March 23-30
Where: Participating locations
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.phillywineweek.org
March 11, 2014
A leader on the alternative performing arts scene for more than four decades, the Painted Bride Art Center presents visionary, dynamic performances in world and jazz music, poetry, dance, and theater.
Taking the stage for three performances, March 14-16, The Clothesline Muse promises to engage audiences with a dynamic mix of artistic disciplines from live music, dance and spoken word to video projections and interactive art.
A cast of six performers and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon as “The Muse” take on the eternal chore of washing clothes, elevating the seemingly mundane task to new heights with generational wisdom, colorful imagery and original dance and song.
More than just a performance, though, this interdisciplinary show has also inspired an ongoing visual art installation at the Painted Bride. On view through April 12, Clothesline Musings displays more than 100 works of art from more than 50 artists, all exploring the clothesline as a reference in both historic and contemporary visual art.
Tickets for the performances start at $25 in advance and are available online. Plus, $10 student rush tickets are available in person from noon until just before the curtain on the day of show, on a first come first serve basis.
The Clothesline Muse
When: Performance, March 14-15, 8 p.m.; March 16, 3 p.m.
Where: Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost: $25, advance; $30, at the door
More info: www.paintedbride.org
March 11, 2014
Happy Birthday, Mr. Zagar!
The great Philadelphia mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar celebrates his 75th birthday this month, and on Sunday, March 16, his fans are invited to join in an afternoon-long birthday party at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, the whimsical South Street gallery and garden he created as a community-driven art space.
A South Street fixture for more than half a century, Zagar began tiling the neighborhood around what’s now Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in the 1960s and never stopped.
Now, his creative achievements crafted from bicycle spokes, bottles, ceramic shards and other artistic knick-knacks is on display daily, both indoors and outside as an expansive exhibition of public art — Zagar has created more than 100 mosaics in Philadelphia, the majority of them along the South Street corridor.
This weekend, art aficionados and community supporters have the opportunity to view Zagar’s private studio and engage with the man himself.
Visit the gardens between 1 and 4 p.m. to talk with Zagar about his process and inspiration, leave him a birthday message and enjoy a sweet celebratory treat.
Access to the full day of artsy fun is included in general admission to this awesome arts destination.
Isaiah Zagar’s 75th Birthday Celebration
When: Sunday, March 16, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost: Free with garden admission
More info: www.phillymagicgardens.org
March 11, 2014
This Friday, March 14, Moore College of Art and Design hosts CANDIDATE, a collaborative artist group that has performed for audiences across the globe.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., feast your eyes on a different kind of performance as the stage of the Stewart Auditorium welcomes CANDIDATE: Impending Disaster.
Made up of artists Lovett/Codagnone and Italian musician Michele Pauli, CANDIDATE has provided music for art installations created by Lovett/Codagnone since 2008 to turn installations into a multi-sensory experience.
CANDIDATE has entertained audiences everywhere from New York City to Florence, Italy and will now add Philadelphia to their list.
Registration is free, but required, click here to register.
Start your weekend with a free and unique performance.
CANDIDATE: Impending Disaster
When: Friday, March 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info: www.moore.edu
March 11, 2014
Get ready, lovers of brown liquor. The “water of life” will flow freely in Philadelphia this spring.
The first Whiskey Rebellion Philadelphia whiskey-and-food festival arrives in April, celebrating the boozy delights of American brown spirits.
Mark your calendars for the afternoon of Sunday, April 13, when whiskey lovers will gather for a two-and-a-half-hour celebration of American brown liquor at the funky Theatre of Living Arts on South Street from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Organized locally by the good people who brought us the Philadelphia Bacon & Beer Festival this past winter — Eat Boston’s Aaron Cohen, Nick Korn and Philadelphia food writer and photographer Danya Henninger — the fest originated in Boston and is now set to make a splash in Philly.
For $40, ticket-holding tipplers can taste a dozen whiskey samples, check out a cocktail demonstration and nosh on snacks prepared by the folks from Old City spot Serrano — think meat and veggie flatbread and meatloaf sandwiches.
Look for such American whiskey as Angel’s Envy, Pennsylvania Dad’s Hat, Four Roses, Hudson, Philadelphia Distilling, WhistlePig and many more. Check here for the complete lineup.
Ready to wet your whistle with whiskey? Tickets for the fest are available online starting on Thursday, March 13 at 11 a.m.
We advise setting a reminder, folks. Tickets to the Boston edition of this whiskey-fueled bash sold out in just three hours.
And if all of this talk of whiskey has inspired a mighty thirst, check out our roundup of the best whiskey and bourbon bars in Philadelphia.
Whiskey Rebellion Philadelphia
When: Sunday, April 13, 2:30-5 p.m.; Tickets on sale Thursday, March 13, 11 a.m.
Where: TLA, 334 South Street
More info: www.wheretoeat.in
March 11, 2014
This weekend, more than 250 artisans head to the Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania for the biannual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, a shopping extravaganza featuring handmade items made by talented craftspeople.
From March 14 to 16, folks are invited to get shopping at the show which promises handcrafted home accessories, furniture, jewelry, pottery, glassware, clothing and more.
Folks with an appetite are encouraged to shop (and sample!) artisan food items like cheese, maple syrup and olive oil.
The complete list of vendors is available right here.
Beyond shopping opportunities, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival supplies shoppers with live music, interactive demonstrations, storytelling and additional activities for children.
Take note, admission is cheaper online — adults pay $8 for each ticket online and $10 at the door. Purchase online tickets here. Admission is completely free for children under the age of 12.
Tickets are valid for all three days of the crafts fest which allows for maximum shopping time.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
When: March 14-16
Where: Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks
Cost: In Advance, $8; At the door, $10; Children Under 12, Free
More info: www.sugarloafcrafts.com
March 11, 2014
So, you’re not in Austin, Texas at the epic South by Southwest festival? Longing to hang out with like-minded folks who are into the interactive and design scene? You’re in luck.
From 7 to 9:30 p.m., the game coworking space in Old City hosts a hangout, a design gallery and competition and a sneak peek of the upcoming Philly Tech Week, set to arrive in Philadelphia April 4-12.
For $5, join in the gathering to be reminded just how inspiring Philadelphia can be (who needs Austin?). For more information, check right here.
And, heads up, Visit Philly is going to be at South by Southwest this year with a Homesick Philly party at the festival on Thursday, March 13 with Philly musicians Chill Moody and Bleeding Rainbow. Check out #homesickphilly on Instagram and Twitter to follow along.
Technically Philly’s #NOTATSXSW Party
When: Tuesday, March 11, 7-9:30 p.m.
Where: Philly Game Forge, 239 Chestnut Street
More info: www.meetup.com
March 10, 2014
Who doesn’t need a little guidance now and then?
This month, the series wends its way around the oenophile world to explore the wines of Austria on Thursday, March 13 in a tasting from 6 to 7 p.m.
Sommelier Steven Gullo’s selected vintages — among them, lesser-known grapes such as Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt — will be paired with hors d’oeuvres from the restaurant kitchen.
Meanwhile, Gullo will school participants on tasting techniques, wine styles and how to develop their own palates.
Future scheduled sessions include the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, April 10, a “Greek Symposium” on Thursday, May 8, and Wines of Argentina on Thursday, June 12.
The hour-long session costs $30 a person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations are required. Call the restaurant at 610-977-0600 to reserve.
Wines of Austria Tasting at Paramour
When: Thursday, March 13, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Paramour, 139 E. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne
More info: www.paramourwayne.com
March 10, 2014
Learn about your family tree this weekend as the Historical Society of Pennsylvania hosts Ancestry Day, a day of genealogy exploration with Ancestry.com.
On Saturday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., head to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for discussions from genealogy experts, lessons about Ancestry.com, information about the use of AncestryDNA to further family research, opportunities to share family history, chances to meet folks from local genealogical organizations and much more.
Take note, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is slated to host corresponding events on Friday, March 14, but the Friday events are sold out. But, rejoice, those who register for the Ancestry Day events on Saturday will have full access to online videos of the Friday discussions at HSP.
Registration is required to attend Ancestry Day and costs $35 for HSP members and $45 for nonmembers. Click here to register.
Raise a hat to your family history this weekend with the good people of the the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Ancestry.com.
When: Saturday, March 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost: $35 for Historical Society of Pennsylvania Members, $45 for nonmembers
More info: www.hsp.org