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April 17, 2014

The Philly Black Gay Pride Festival Returns For Its 15th Year Of Parties, Pageants, Dating Events And More, April 20-27

The Gayborhood (and beyond!) plays host to a number of events for the 15th-annual Philly Black Gay Pride festival, April 20 through 27. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Philly Black Gay Pride Festival, an annual fête that brings a slew of pride-building events to the Gayborhood and beyond.

Beginning on Sunday, April 20 and running through the following Sunday, April 27, the festival invites the LGBT community to celebrate at an array of events.

The fest starts with a Mr. and Miss Black Gay Pride Pageant under the theme of “A Night in Rio” at the Adrienne Theater on April 20. On Monday, April 21, the younger generation is invited out for a youth roundup complete with food, games, leadership discussions, a talent show and more. Friday, April 25 marks the kick-off party for the Penn Relays at the Holiday Inn at the Stadium which is set to offer guests food, drinks, raffle opportunities and more.

Throughout the week also look forward to speed dating, a Broadway-themed brunch, a poetry slam, party nights and more.

The festival closes out on April 27 with an all-day party at Raw’s outdoor courtyard featuring happy hour specials and finale events.

The full festival lineup is available right here.

Philly Black Gay Pride Festival
When: April 20-27
Where: Various locations
Cost: Varies
More info: www.phillyblackpride.org

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April 17, 2014

Spring Festival Alert: The Annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Returns To Take Over Five Blocks Of Walnut Street On Saturday, May 3

The ever-popular Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is set to fill Walnut Street with food, vendors, music and fun on Saturday, May 3. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Heads up, festival fans. A lineup of blockbuster spring festivals hits Philadelphia on Saturday, May 3.

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, one of Philadelphia’s most-anticipated and best-attended festivals of the year, arrives on Saturday, May 3 from noon to 6 p.m.

More than 50,000 people from across the entire region are expected to attend the daylong fest, which takes over Walnut Street from Broad to 19th streets, and showcases the city’s finest food, fashions and live entertainment.

Come hungry, as dozens and dozens of restaurants will set up shop along the sidewalks of Walnut Street to serve up samples of spring fare. There’s also tons of live music, a fashion show, free wine tastings and more.

If you can’t wait until the alfresco street fair on Saturday — or favor cocktail parties over family-friendly festivals — snag tickets to the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party at The Rittenhouse hotel on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The swanky soiree includes extensive tastings from participating restaurants, a silent auction, live music and a cocktail competition featuring more than a dozen inventive cocktails from area bars. Preview party tickets are $75 for general admission, but for $125 guests also receive admission to the Starr Restaurants-fueled VIP lounge during the festival with complimentary cocktails, wine, beer and snacks.

Tickets to the preview party are available online, and admission to the alfresco festival is free.

Stay tuned for complete information on the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, as well as the additional spring festivals hitting Philadelphia on Saturday, May 3 including the South Street Spring Festival, the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival on the Parkway and Plazapalooza in Graduate Hospital.

In the mean time, mark these days on your social calendar!

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
When: Saturday, May 3, noon-6 p.m.
Where: Walnut Street between 19th and Broad streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.rittenhouserow.org

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party
When: Thursday, April 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Rittenhouse, Grand Ballroom, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Cost: $75, general admission; $125, VIP
More info: www.rittenhouserow.org

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April 17, 2014

The Rosenbach Museum & Library Presents Sendak In The ’60s, Shedding New Light On Where The Wild Things Are And More

Maurice Sendak was a prolific and experimental author, and now the Rosebach explores how Sendak’s art reflected both social and personal turmoil throughout the decade. (Image courtesy Rosenbach Museum & Library)

Think you know Where the Wild Things Are? Think again. The newest exhibit at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia examines the work of prolific author and illustrator Maurice Sendak in a whole new way.

Now open, Sendak in the ’60s is a fascinating exhibit sure to enlighten even the most avid Sendak fans.

The exhibition frames Sendak’s works against the politically and socially turbulent backdrop of the 1960s. While protests and sit-ins dominated the headlines, the revolutionary spirit also reached the world of children’s books.

Through a curated selection of original drawings, dummy illustrations, letters, archival documents and personal reflections, Sendak in the ’60s chronicles the ways that world events influenced popular books like In the Night Kitchen and, of course, Where the Wild Things Are.

The Rosenbach provides the perfect setting for this in-depth exploration of Sendak’s life and work. The author himself first discovered the institution in 1966, and he later placed his several of his original illustrations on deposit at the museum.

Today, The Rosenbach houses more than 10,000 of his works of art and other related materials attributed to the literary legend.

Sendak in the ’60s will be on display until Sunday, November 2, and is included with museum admission.

Sendak in the ’60s
When: Through November 2
Where: The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 2008-10 Delancy Street
Cost: Included with museum admission; $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and children, free for members and children under five
More info: www.rosenbach.org

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April 17, 2014

Renowned Jazz Musician Ken Vandermark Performs A Specially Commissioned Work For Audiences At The Barnes Foundation, April 21

On Monday, April 21, The Barnes Foundation hosts Chicago-based musician, Ken Vandermark, for the debut of his newest composition which was inspired by The Barnes' collection. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Ken Vandermark, a renowned Chicago-based jazz musician, is slated to treat Philadelphia audiences to a one-of-a-kind concert at The Barnes Foundation on Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

Inspired by the magnificent collection of art housed by The Barnes, Vandermark unveils a unique piece of music performed by his latest group, Made to Break. Also inspired by Ethiopian music, jazz, improvisation and new music concepts, guests can look forward to an unexpected sound at the evening concert.

Before the show, join Vandermark and The Barnes Foundation’s director of education for a discussion about Vandermark’s composing methods and how his art form relates to Dr. Barnes’ collection.

Tickets are $20 each for general admission and $15 for members, and are available online.

Don’t miss this one-night-only concert on the Parkway.

Ken Vandermark at the Barnes Foundation
When: Monday, April 21 7-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $20 for general admission, $15 for members
More info: www.barnesfoundation.org

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April 17, 2014

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday With Jugglers, Swordfighters, Cake And More At The Free Library of Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 23

The Free Library of Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts a big birthday party for The Bard. (Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)

Wednesday, April 23 would have been William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday (according to the historians that be). In honor of this literary milestone, the Free Library of Philadelphia cordially invites guests of all ages to a party more than four centuries in the making.

Spend lunchtime at Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash in Shakespeare Park at the Parkway Central Library.

This Elizabethan extravaganza will feature Shakespearean entertainment of all sorts. Kids and adults can enjoy live music, make period crafts and walk the tight rope. Plus, keep an eye out for other “guests”, including swordfighters, jugglers, Shakespearean characters and even the Bard himself.

And of course, all’s well that ends well – as long as there’s cake!

Shakespeare’s birthday bash is part of the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450. For a list of all of the festivities and events, check the Free Library’s website.

If the weather is bad, don’t fret. In the case of a tempest, the party will move inside to the library’s lobby.

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Bash
When: Wednesday, April 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: Shakespeare Park at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost: Free
More info: freelibrary.org

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April 16, 2014

Tonight Picks: Manayunk Restaurant Week, Beer School At Local 44, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art, The Philadelphia Book Festival And More

As the week continues, plenty of well-loved museums, restaurants and bars host events to get over that midweek hump, including a pay-what-you-wish Beer School at Local 44, pictured above. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Rid yourself of any midweek blues as the restaurants, bars and museums of Philadelphia host a score of fun events this evening.

Manayunk Restaurant Week curbs hunger pangs all around with dinner deals at a number of participating restaurants. Depending on the restaurant, indulge in three-courses of delectable fare for $15, $25 or $35.

Local 44 in Spruce Hill invites beer-lovers in for its monthly beer school. Learn about the beer stocked at the West Philly beer bar and sample the featured beers after the discussion. Admission for beer school is conveniently pay-what-you-wish.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts its weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday complete with themed tours, yoga, crafts and a movie night. Tonight, many of the events complement the museum’s main exhibition, Treasures from Korea.

Read on for our top picks for tonight.

Manayunk Restaurant Week: The restaurants of Manayunk dish out dining deals for the neighborhood’s recurring Manayunk Restaurant Week. Depending on the restaurant, three-course dinners ring in at $15, $25 or $35. Restaurants including Taqueria Feliz, Manayunk Brewing Company and Derek’s Restaurant are all slated to participate. Click here to check out the full list of participating restaurants and their restaurant week menus.

When: Wednesday, April 16
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $15, $25 or $35 plus gratuity and tip

Beer School at Local 44: On the third Wednesday of every month, Local 44 hosts an evening of beer education. Pay whatever price you’d like to pay for a night full of beer samples and plenty of insight about the beers that fill the fridges of the Spruce Hill beer bar. Funds raised at tonight’s event benefit Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 5 p.m.
Where: Local 44, 44th and Spruce Streets
Cost: Pay what you wish

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art means art, themed tours, yoga, film and more at the museum’s recurring pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. From 5 to 8:45 p.m., pay whatever price you’d like to explore the galleries of the main building and take part in evening activities. Also tonight, the museum celebrates its main exhibition, Treasures From Korea, with a screening of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring, a Korean film about the human spirit over time.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

The Philadelphia Book Festival Presents Barbara Ehrenreich: As part of the Philadelphia Book Festival, Barbara Ehrenreich, a bestselling author, presents her latest book, Living with a Wild God: A Memoir at the Central Library. Her latest memoir, focuses on her life as an adolescent and her current reconstruction of the philosophical and spiritual inquiry of her younger years. The author event is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost: Free

The Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Showcase: The Philadelphia Film Festival’s Spring Showcase continues with screenings of Paris, je t’aime and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as part of the Alfonso Cuarón retrospective. Tickets for each screening are $6.

When: Wednesday, April 16
Where: PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street
Cost: $6

Southern Spanish Fish Fry at Jamonera: Take your taste buds on a trip to Spain as Jamonera hosts a Southern Spanish fish fry complete with fried cod dusted with smoked-paprika flour, papas frita (french fries) and a glass of wine for just $25 per person. Tonight marks night one of the special dinner, which will be available through Friday, April 18. Make your reservations soon!

When: Wednesday, April 16
Where: Jamonera, 105 S. 13th Street
Cost: $25 plus gratuity and tax

Free Foreign Film Night at L’Etage: Tonight, L’Etage hosts guests for its monthly foreign film night. Catch a screening of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a romantic musical hailing from the 1960s. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the film is slated to begin at 8 p.m. Pair the screening with L’Etage’s full bar, wine and beer menu. Admission to the screening is free, just pay for food and drinks on a pay as you go basis.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Where: L’Etage, 624 S. 6th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

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April 16, 2014

Franklin Flea Returns The Historic Strawbridge’s Building With Six Market Days This Spring, Opening Saturday, April 19

Upscale flea market Franklin Flea returns to the historic former home of Strawbridge & Clothier for six days of indoor markets this spring. (Photos courtesy Franklin Flea)

Hold on to your doilies, folks. The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea indoor market returns to Center City with the start of its 2014 season on Saturday, April 19.

With six indoor market days on the calendar for the spring and a full summer alfresco market schedule in the works, Franklin Flea is set to supply Philadelphia shoppers with its curated selection of vintage and antique wares every week for months to come.

Housed in an architecturally stunning historic Center City Philadelphia building, the spring markets will pop up on six Saturdays in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, currently managed by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT).

Launching this Saturday, April 19, the indoor market is scheduled to continue every week through Saturday, May 24, running each week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a full, ever-changing lineup of vendors.

As with Franklin Flea’s debut wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of local more than 50 vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food.

Though vendors will rotate throughout the run of the market — ensuring the selection of goods always feels fresh — a few highlights to look forward to include mid-century modern furniture by At Home Modern, salvage furnishings by Scout Salvage, vintage knickknacks and clothing by Hoof & Antler, jewelry by Three Parts Charm, handmade leather shoes by Souli & Souli, and killer hot sauces from Hank Sauce.

New to this season’s market, the Franklin Stove food booth gives a different local top chef the chance to cook at the market each week, considerably elevating the ready-to-eat food options at the Franklin Flea.

On opening day, April 19, chef Eli Kulp of High Street on Market kicks off the new chef-driven booth with a selection of High Street’s awesome sandwiches, plus canned beer and spiked punch.

For updates on vendors, chefs and more throughout the six-week run, check with Franklin Flea online.

Stay tuned for more on the outdoor summer schedule for Franklin Flea, too, which will run from June through October in a to-be-determined location.

Happy treasure hunting!

Franklin Flea at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building
When: April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, and 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 801 Market Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.franklinflea.com

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April 16, 2014

The Center City Jazz Festival Returns With Local And National Musicians For Its 3rd Year Of Live Performances, This Saturday, April 19

This Saturday, April 19, the Center City Jazz Festival brings 16 musical groups to four stages throughout Center City. (Photo by Derrick Woodyard for Center City Jazz Festival)

The annual Center City Jazz Festival returns to Philadelphia’s downtown for its third year of bringing sweet tunes to the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday, April 19.

Festival founder and musician Ernest Stuart — who began the festival with a Kickstarter campaign and a dream — brings his music fest back in 2014 with more than a dozen performances throughout the day.

All day long, local and national musicians promise crowds sweet jazz at four neighboring Center City bars — Milkboy Philly, Time, Chris’ Jazz Cafe and Fergie’s Pub.

The music starts at 1 p.m. with the first show upstairs at Fergie’s, and performances running concurrently at each location until just before 7 p.m. Each jazz venue hosts four hour-long sets, so festivalgoers should check the lineup and plan accordingly.

Of the more than a dozen artists, highlights include a performance by the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program for Jazz, a group of talented young performers ages 11 to 20, Messiah College artist-in-residence Tim Warfield Jr., and local jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale.

The full list of performers and set times is available right here.

The best news? Performances at all venues are included in the price of just one ticket. For $15 in advance and $20 at the door, enjoy tunes all day long.

Tickets are available online.

You definitely can’t afford to miss out on all of this Philly jazz talent performing in one day.

For even more on Philadelphia’s awesomely lively jazz scene, check out the brand-new Philly 360° Guide to Philadelphia Jazz for upcoming jazz festivals, top venues and key showcases and concert series.

Got all that jazz?

Center City Jazz Festival
When: Saturday, April 19, 1-7:15 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
More info: www.ccjazzfest.com

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April 16, 2014

Spring Festival Alert: The South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival Returns With Eight Blocks Of Outdoor Fun, Saturday, May 3

The South Street Headhouse Spring Festival returns for its second year with outdoor music, tons of food and artisans galore. (Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District)

Philadelphia’s fantastic festival season reaches its first crescendo on Saturday, May 3 with a number of blockbuster festivals.

From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., the South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival will takeover South Street between Front and 8th streets, and continue on the 2nd Street Plaza between South and Lombard streets, including the historic Headhouse Shambles.

The free family-friendly festivities span the entire day and give festival-goers the opportunity to check out the numerous local businesses on and just off of South Street, including vendors from Queen Village and Bella Vista.

More than 40 artists and retailers will set up shop alfresco for the day, live music plays throughout the event on three stages and eight satellite locations, a family-friendly kids zone keeps wee ones happy, and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will provide arts entertainment throughout the day.

Of course, fine food and drink will flow liberally, too, with some of the area’s top establishments dishing festival-appropriate fare. More than 30 restaurants, bars, cafes and food trucks will be on hand to serve up a taste of the wide variety of fare available in the neighborhood. South Street staples like Steaks on South, Copabanana and Wolly Mammoth are in the lineup, right alongside eateries like Supper, Pizzeria Stella and The Twisted Tail.

Plus, in the 700 block of South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz celebrates the season with a German Maifest complete with a towering May Pole, German brews and food, traditional dancing and more.

And stay tuned for complete information on the South Street Spring Festival, as well as the additional spring festivals hitting Philadelphia on Saturday, May 3 including the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival on the Parkway and Plazapalooza in Graduate Hospital.

It’s going to be a super spring Saturday!

South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival
When: Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: South Street Headhouse District, South Street between Front and 8th streets
Cost: Free admission
More info: www.southstreet.com

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April 16, 2014

The Great Chefs Event Returns On Tuesday, June 10 To Benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand And The Vetri Foundation; Tickets On Sale Now

Join more than 40 acclaimed chefs from across the country at the annual Great Chefs Event at Urban Outfitters Headquarters at The Navy Yard, Tuesday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Alex's Lemonade Stand)

Serious food fans, take note. The annual Great Chefs Event is back this spring for its ninth year with more than four dozen of the country’s top culinary stars — and the blockbuster bash has a history of selling out.

The event that began as a small tasting at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College marks its ninth year this spring with a grand tasting, auction and after-party on Tuesday, June 10 at Urban Outfitters, Inc.’s Corporate Campus at The Navy Yard.

The annual culinary bash is a huge deal, featuring a stellar lineup of participating chefs dishing up fine fare for the benefit of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation for Children, founded by super-chef Marc Vetri to support youth and funding research into children’s medical issues.

It’s a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most notable chefs from around the entire country. Truly, the Great Chefs Event is only rivaled in culinary star power by the circuit of Food & Wine magazine-sponsored festivals around the country.

Renowned chefs will be traveling from New York, Chicago, L.A. and beyond to bring their best bites to Philadelphia. Top chefs on the 2014 lineup include such stars as Tom Colicchio, April Bloomfield, Adam Perry Lang, Michael Symon and Jonathan Waxman, just to name a few.

Hometown heroes making an appearance include Jose Garces, Emilio Mignucci, Kevin Sbraga, Daniel Stern, Michael Solomonov and Erin O’Shea. Check out the full roster of chefs, here.

On Tuesday, June 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., these and more than 40 additional chefs will prepare world-class bites for hundreds of attendees, and raise thousands in the name of children’s cancer research.

In addition to heaps of fine food, an excellent silent and live auction as well as live music will entertain guests. Last year’s event raised more than 1 million dollars for the Vetri Foundation for Children and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Tickets carry a hefty price tag — $350 per person — but with a worthy cause and amazing array of food and drink, tickets have tended to sell out quickly in the past, so reserve your spot here.

And right now, a limited number of tickets are available for those looking to join in the grand tasting festivities and the after-party at Alla Spina — with tunes provided by none other than Questlove of The Roots.

The combination VIP tickets — only around 70 available to the public, since the after-party is usually just for chefs and sponsors — carry a $525 price tag and also include open bar and valet parking.

Great Chefs Event 2014
When: Tuesday, June 10, 6 p.m.
Where: Urban Outfitters Headquarters, 5000 S. Broad Street
Cost: $350
More info: www.vetrifoundation.org

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