September 19, 2014
Next month, art lovers can cover an impressive amount of creative mileage with open tours of artist studios and creative workspaces.
For anyone curious to learn about the process of working artists in Philadelphia, mark your calendar now for October 11-12 and 25-26 when Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) returns to celebrate its 15th anniversary year.
For these two weekends in October, POST tours expose the inner workings of Philadelphia’s creative spaces to the public in the biggest event of its kind in the Philadelphia area, and one of the premier open studio tour events in the entire country.
A program produced in conjunction with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, the tours not only make engaging with Philadelphia’s professional artists super accessible, but also allow participants to craft a tour based solely on personal interests.
Split into two festive weekends, in 2014 studios will be open west of Broad Street on October 11-12 and east of Broad Street on October 25-26. The tours run from noon to 6 p.m. on both weekends, both days.
In addition to the core open tours, POST also hosts a number of special events during the Open Studio Tours festival season.
To kick off the event, join in the POST 15th Anniversary Celebration at the Sonesta Hotel Art Bar on Thursday, October 9, 6-9 p.m. The brand new Art Bar at the Sonesta Hotel features artwork curated by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, and will host an exhibition of works by Michele Kishita, James B. Abbott and Michael Yoder. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and include complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.
Beyond the cocktail party, look forward to a featured exhibition series, too, with exhibitions and events throughout the city including In-Between, a site-specific installation by Sun Young Kang at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists Gallery, and David Lynch: The Unified Field, a must-see exhibition of the rarely seen works of iconic director David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts.
For the complete special event lineup, check here.
Don’t miss out on the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region.
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST)
When: West of Broad Street, October 11-12; East of Broad Street, October 25-26; noon-6 p.m.
Where: Art studios throughout the city
More info: www.philaopenstudios.org
September 19, 2014
Philadelphia’s fall performing arts season is underway, and this month, the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2014 lineup of theatrical offerings.
If you’re looking for an authentic re-staging of a Shakespearean drama, be sure to catch King Lear at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Running September 24-27, the show is staged by London-based Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company, which is fully dedicated to works by the dear old Bard.
This is a faithful rendering of a great tragedy where an aging king tests the love of his three daughters to unexpected and unfortunate results.
To help recreate the experience of seeing a performance just as it would be at the Globe, the play is staged in a booth design and features eight actors, some of who take on multiple roles.
In the lead as Lear is Joseph Marcell, who you may recognize for his television roles, the best-known being the butler Geoffrey on the hit series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
In 2013, Marcell jumped from sitcoms to the live stage to portray King Lear for the first time with the Globe, though he has performed with them previously in productions of Coriolanus and Much Ado About Nothing.
Marcell is a marvel is his part that requires exceptional physical and emotional fortitude, and the production has enjoyed excellent reviews for its global tour. Audiences especially appreciate the added attraction of sword fights and folk ballads performed by the actors.
It’s a great tragedy with at least one very gory scene, still there’s room for humor and passionate poetry, too.
Tickets, starting at $20, are available online to catch this nationally touring production.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company’s King Lear
When: September 24-27
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
More info: www.annenbergcenter.org
September 19, 2014
It’s still officially summer for a few more days, but that is not stopping the autumnal activities from kicking into high gear this weekend with with Oktoberfest celebrations, fall festivals, outdoor art shows and more.
Starting today at 4 p.m., Spruce Street Harbor Park welcomes fall with an all-ages three-day festival complete with rotating fall beer options, live performances, food, games and more.
Also this weekend: the PHS Fall Festival, Feria del Barrio, Brazilian Day Philadelphia, Clark Park Music and Arts Festival, a Pop-Up Greenway Block Party, the final day of Center City Restaurant Week (today!), the final shows of the Fringe Festival and much, much more.
Above all, the forecast for the weekend is perfect for all of the outdoor block parties and fall festivals that are set to happen.
Read on for our guide to this weekend.
Friday, September 19
Top Pick: Center City Restaurant Week
Top Pick: Fall Fest at Spruce Street Harbor Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Park(ing) Day
Top Pick: Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!
Top Pick: Philly’s Awesome Beer Garden Scene
• Independence Beer Garden – A great hangout mere steps from Independence Mall.
• Spruce Street Harbor Park — A pop-up beer garden and restaurant on the Delaware River.
• PHS Pop Up Garden — A tropical oasis on South Street West.
Your Brain at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Saturday, September 20
Top Pick: Oktoberfest Celebrations Across Town – This is a big weekend for Oktoberfests; you may have to make it a Oktoberfest-themed beer garden crawl.
• Brauhaus Schmitz 2014 Oktoberfest Street Festival – noon-8 p.m., 700 block of South Street More Info
• Frankford Hall Oktoberfest Block Party — noon-10 p.m., Frankford Avenue from Girard Avenue to Shackamaxon Street More Info
• Spruce Street Harbor Park Fall Fest — 1 p.m.-1 a.m. More Info.
• Oktoberfest at Morgan’s Pier – All day; starts at noon. More Info
• More Oktoberfest Celebrations – Full list of Oktoberfest parties here.
Top Pick: PHS Fall Festival at The Navy Yard
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September 19, 2014
The charming borough of West Chester exudes an energetic, young vibe — thanks in large part to its resident West Chester University — and its main streets are filled with excellent restaurants and independent shops.
Each September, West Chester Restaurant Week draws flocks of foodies to town, with the culinary celebration culminating in the daylong, free-to-the-public Chester County Restaurant Festival.
Now in its 35th year, the Brandywine Valley’s biggest food festival returns this Sunday, September 21 from noon to 5:30 p.m. with more than 200 vendors, tons of live music, a beer garden and much more.
With a festival footprint taking up nearly all of downtown West Chester, the fest fills the streets with pedestrians along Gay Street from Matlack to Darlington and Market Street from Darlington to High Street.
More than 65 restaurants and food vendors are on tap to dish eats, plus there will be more than 100 crafters and businesses on hand for shopping and browsing.
Plus, eight bands are lined up to play on three stages and the outdoor beer garden-style area — dubbed Church Street Café — allows festivalgoers to enjoy beer and wine alfresco.
In addition to the food, drinks and goods, activities include the Chester County Culinary Cook-Off competition and culinary demonstrations on the historic Chester County Courthouse steps.
Driving the 35 miles from Center City to West Chester takes roughly 45 minutes, and parking in all Borough of West Chester garages is $5 for Restaurant Festival day.
Trust us, this county fair is not to be missed.
Chester County Restaurant Festival
When: Sunday, September 21, noon-5:30 p.m.
Where: Gay Street from Matlack to Darlington and Market Street from Darlington to High Street
More info: www.chestercountyrestaurantfestival.com
September 19, 2014
The season of pumpkins, apples and hayrides has officially begun at Peddler’s Village.
The Bucks County attraction celebrates the season with its 35th-annual Scarecrow Festival this weekend, September 20 and 21.
Featuring more than 100 amazing life-size scarecrow creations, the annual festival asks guests to vote for their favorite creations in a variety of categories — from most traditional scarecrow to most out-of-the-ordinary scarecrow.
While wandering through the scarecrow display, also find scarecrow making workshops at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on both days of the festival. The fee to create your own life-size scarecrow to take home is $30. Scarecrow workshops fill up quickly, call ahead to secure your spot.
Also get your pumpkin fix with pumpkin decorating activities and a pumpkin pie eating contest.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Both parking and admission are free.
Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival
When: September 20-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, Bucks County
More info: www.peddlersvillage.com
September 19, 2014
Hey, theater fans, this weekend brings the final days of the 2014 Fringe Festival, but there’s still time to take in the incredible groundswell of performing, visual and radical arts on tap in Philadelphia.
The festival, an 18-day extravaganza of progressive performing and visual arts, only runs through Sunday, September 21, so make sure to check out one of the hundreds of stupendous shows this weekend.
Curated and organized by FringeArts, the Fringe Festival welcomes any and all artists to its Neighborhood Fringe shows and features works by acclaimed contemporary artists in its Presented Fringe performances.
With so many performances, catching a Fringe Festival show in Philadelphia is as easy as choosing an artistic discipline, picking the neighborhood in which you’d like to see a show and arriving at the venue.
Shows of particular note this weekend? From September 19 to 21, catch a pay-what-you-wish performance of Rimini Protokoll’s 100% Philadelphia, in which 100 carefully selected Philadelphia citizens (read: non-actors) onstage to represent the city’s population of 1.5 million and its unique demographic imprint. Or, see White Rabbit Red Rabbit, a metaphorical work by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, running through September 21, too.
For more festival picks, check out our Picks for Fringe Festival Neighborhood Performances and our complete Guide To Philadelphia’s 2014 Fringe Festival.
And remember, in addition to festival performance venues, engage with the fest nightly at the 2014 Fringe Festival Bar at La Peg at FringeArts. Bringing together Fringe Festival artists and audiences after-hours each night of the festival, the brand-new waterfront space hosts a nightly cabaret. Admission is free and 21+. Doors open at 9 p.m. nightly, with shows around 10 p.m.
Tickets for all Fringe Festival shows are available online, from the Fringe Festival box office or at performance venues starting 30 minutes prior to the show, and generally range from $10 to $30.
See you on the fringe!
2014 Fringe Festival
When: September 5-21
Where: Multiple venues
More info: www.fringearts.com
September 19, 2014
The frightful Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary officially opens for its 2014 season today, September 19.
One of the nation’s biggest and top-rated haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls brings Hollywood-quality special effects and lighting, digital sound, animatronic creatures, custom props and over 200 performers to Eastern State Penitentiary for a shockingly scary good time.
This year, Terror Behind the Walls is more interactive than ever before thanks to the addition of Machine Shop, a haunted tour to a space within the prison that has never been open to the public before. Upon arrival to the space, guests will be greeted by unique one-on-one experiences and super creepy industrial nightmares. Gulp.
In addition to the new addition, Terror Behind the Walls also encompasses the six attractions from year’s past — Lock Down, a riot inside Cellblock 12, said to be the most haunted spot inside the penitentiary; Detrius, a walk through an original 1800s cellblock and the overgrown prison greenhouse; Infirmary, a frightening look into the world of prison medical treatment; The Experiment, a disturbing, 3-D fun house; and Night Watch, a pitch-black, disorienting trip the the narrow hallways of the penitentiary.
All general admission tickets during opening weekend, September 19 and 20, are just $13 each when purchased online.
Beyond this weekend, ticket prices vary. Tickets are available online or, based on availability, at the door (for an added fee).
Bonus: Use code VISITPHILLY31 when purchasing tickets online for $3 off tickets to Terror Behind the Walls. The special discount code will be available through November 7 and is not applicable to Saturday night tickets.
Terror Behind the Walls
When: Select nights September 19 through November 8
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Ticket prices vary; Receive $3 off with code VISITPHILLY31
More info: www.easternstate.org/halloween
September 18, 2014
We hope you’re hungry! Major foodie events fill the city this evening — from Street Fare in Mt. Airy and the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll in University City to Feastival at Penn’s Landing and Center City Restaurant Week all around town.
First up, food trucks fill the streets of Mt. Airy for the annual Street Fare, a gathering of more than 50 food trucks and participating restaurants along Germantown Avenue.
Across town, the deal-driven Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll brings $1 food, drink and shopping deals to Spruce Hill. Visit the West Philly neighborhood for $1 treats from Dock Street Brewery, Gold Standard Cafe, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and more.
Feastival, the fabulous culinary fundraiser, hits Penn’s Landing tonight with eats and drinks from more than 100 Philadelphia restaurants and performances from live Fringe Festival entertainers, all to raise funds for the city’s cultural economy. Tip: Until the event sells out, partygoers can save $50 on general admission tickets or $70 on VIP tickets by entering the promo code “VISITPHILLY2014” when purchasing online.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
Dollar deals fill Baltimore Avenue for the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, which hits West Philly tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Look forward to $1 eats and drinks from places like Green Line Cafe, Gold Standard Cafe, Mariposa Food Co-op, Dock Street Brewery, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and more. Guests can also expect live music and entertainment. Check out our guide to all of the $1 deals.
When: Thursday, September 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 43rd to 51st Streets on Baltimore Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
• Street Fare Mt. Airy
On the other side of town, a throng of food trucks roll into Mt. Airy for its annual Street Fare. Fill up on mobile eats from Farm Truck Philly, Samosa Deb, Sugar Philly, Surf and Turf, Mac Mart Cart, Lil’ Pop Shop and more. Also enjoy fare from area restaurants like Cantina Avenida and Earth Bread and Brewery.
When: Thursday, September 18, 6-10:30 p.m.
Where: Germantown Avenue between Sedgwick Street and Mt. Airy Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
• StylePop at Dilworth Park
Shop ’til you drop at Dilworth Park as it hosts a variety of designers peddling everything from clothing to jewelry for an alfresco shopping market. Until 7 p.m., browse goods from a number of Philly designers. While shopping, groove to country tunes by an on-site DJ.
When: Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: Pay as you go
• Center City Restaurant Week
As Center City Restaurant Week comes into its final days, more than 100 restaurants in Center City, Midtown Village, Old City and Rittenhouse Square continue to serve up delectable $35 three-course dinners. Check out our BYOB restaurant week picks or click here for the full list.
When: Thursday, September 18
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $35 plus tax, tip and alcoholic beverages
Tonight is Feastival, the fabulous benefit for contemporary arts organization FringeArts and the Fringe Festival that gathers more than 100 Philadelphia restaurants and live entertainers to raise funds for the city’s cultural economy. The blockbuster bash pairs culinary powerhouses from the city and features phenomenal entertainment courtesy of the 2014 Fringe Festival, which is in full swing. Yes, tickets are costly at $250 per person general admission, but you can save $50 on general admission tickets or $70 on VIP tickets by entering the promo code “VISITPHILLY2014” when purchasing online.
When: Thursday, September 18, 7-10 p.m., VIP begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 1 N. Delaware Avenue, between Market and Chestnut streets
Cost: $250 general, $350 VIP **Use ticket code VISITPHILLY2014 for 20% off tickets
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September 18, 2014
Philadelphia is home to an incredibly vibrant and ever-growing creative culture, and few events celebrate its resonance like DesignPhiladelphia, the annual city-wide festival, which is set to return for its 10th anniversary year October 9-17.
Now one of the largest design festivals in the entire country, DesignPhiladelphia was founded in 2004 as a vehicle to help educate the public at large about the role of design and art in everyday life.
Amid Philadelphia’s many, many festivals devoted to food, drink and pure entertainment, DesignPhiladelphia celebrates the historic role of design in the Philadelphia region while showcasing up-and-coming creatives and innovation.
The festival serves as the signature annual event for the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, and has grown into a world-class event spotlighting more than 400 emerging and established designers and creative thinkers through an enormous range of innovative and experiential programming.
In 2014, more than 120 events — mostly free — are on the calendar throughout nine days, with the range of programming encompassing everything from cocktail receptions and street parties to panel discussions and public exhibitions.
This year, too, a brand-new interactive online calendar makes discovering and scheduling DesignPhiladelphia events incredibly easy. Sort by type of event, neighborhood, date or discipline to hit on appealing events — and truly, there is an event for every taste.
For now, we suggest marking those calendars for the DesignPhiladelphia launch party, PopUp Place, on the eve of the festival, Wednesday, October 8. A cocktail party benefit and silent auction hosted by Emmy Award-winning digital agency Bluecadet, the party celebrates 10 years of the fest in Bluecadet’s new 8,400-square-foot production studio in Fishtown.
Stay tuned for more on the events, parties and exhibitions as the 10th year of the oldest and largest design event of its kind in the country approaches.
DesignPhiladelphia Festival 2014
When: October 9-17
Where: Locations throughout the city
More info: www.designphiladelphia.org
September 18, 2014
It’s your last chance to take in the Barnes Foundation’s marquee exhibition, The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes Of Paul Cézanne.
Philadelphia is this special exhibition’s only United States stop (!), making for even more of a reason to purchase your tickets right now.
The exhibition features 16 still lifes from the Barnes Foundation’s permanent collection in addition to pieces on loan from public and private collections including the National Gallery, Musée d’Orsay and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The collection of curated works of post-impressionist Paul Cézanne will be on view through this Monday, September 22.
Of course, the Barnes’ permanent collection does hold a number of works by Cézanne, but nothing like the breadth shown off in The World Is an Apple.
Designated tickets are required for entry to the exhibition. Guests can either purchase a combination collection and exhibition ticket or a ticket only the special exhibition. Advance ticket reservations is requested. Tickets are available online.
Make plans to get to the Barnes this weekend to see these works before they travel on.
The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne
When: June 22–September 22
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Exhibition and permanent collection, $29, adults; $27, seniors; $15, students and youth; free, children under 5; Exhibition only, $14
More info: www.barnesfoundation.org