October 18, 2012
Tonight Picks: Opening Night Of The Philadelphia Film Festival, Brewerytown’s Brewfest, Yannick’s Debut With The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bootlegger’s Ball At The Constitution Center And More
[Evenings in Philadelphia are always action-packed, and we want to help you cherry-pick from all the events and activities going on. On certain days that promise particularly bustling evenings, we round up our selections for the most can't-miss pursuits with which to fill your schedule. See you out there!]
• Philadelphia Film Festival: Tonight marks the first night of the 21st annual Philadelphia Film Festival. Celebrate all things film at the opening night party at R2L restaurant at 10 p.m.
When: Thursday, October 18, 10 p.m-1 a.m.
Where: R2L Restaurant, 50 S. 16th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Giselle: The Pennsylvania Ballet opens its 49th season tonight with Giselle at the Academy of Music. The ballet is a classic love saga featuring the music and choreography of world renowned artists.
When: October 18-28
Where: The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
• Bootlegger’s Ball: Celebrate the roaring 20s while welcoming the highly anticipated American Spirits exhibition at the National Constitution Center. Learn classic 20s dances like the Charleston while sipping on whiskey cocktails and enjoying food from the era.
When: Thursday, October 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 525 Arch Street, Grand Hall Lobby
• Diálogo 365 exhibition: Explore City Hall at the Diálogo 365 exhibition which highlights Latino, Latin American and Caribbean artists of the region. The exhibition, titled Carpe Diem, showcases artwork inspired by the phrase which means “Seize the day.”
When: October 18-December 7
Where: Open spaces of City Hall
• Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Stars of David: Now on its second day of production, Stars of David is a unique musical about how Judaism has affected certain celebrity’s lives. Joan Rivers, Gloria Steinem and Aaron Sorkin are a few of the people who are interviewed.
When: October 17-November 18
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
• Brewerytown’s Brewfest 2012: From 6-8 p.m. enjoy beer in Philadelphia’s classic beer brewing neighborhood. Tonight, five brewers will be participating in the 2012 Brewerytown Brewfest: Yards, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, Worst Brewing, Iron Hill and Home Sweet Homebrew. Just in case you get hungry, food trucks will also be present at the two-block festival.
When: Thursday, October 18,6-8 p.m.
Where: Locations throughout the Brewerytown neighborhood
• Pairings on the Parkway at Sister Cities Park: “Pairings on the Parkway” is a weekly event through October 25 hosted by the new Sisters City Park at Logan Square. BYOB and Milk and Honey Cafe will pair your wine with cheese and other snacks.
When: Thursdays through October 25
Where: Logan Square, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay as you go
• Gala Concert for Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Inaugural Season as Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra: Celebrate the official beginning of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s tenure as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s eighth music director. The concert will feature iconic opera soprano Renée Fleming.
When: Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Where: Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center, 250 S. Broad Street
• Michele Courchene Trackman — A Life of Art, Love, and Healing: Honor the life of Michele Courchene Trackman at an exhibition of her work at Mt. Airy Art Garage. Follow her battle with cancer through her art and explore the inspiration it has for those battling the disease. The exhibition was organized by her husband, Andy Trackman, who wanted to show the healing power of art along with highlighting his wife’s lifelong work.
When: October 12-26, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue
Cost: Free (Donations will be accepted)
• Royal Tavern’s 10th Anniversary: On the second to last day of its 10th anniversary celebration, come out and enjoy festive food at Royal Tavern. Executive Chef Mark McKinney selected his favorites from the menu and brought back retired items from their appetizer menu. The food’s going to be delicious, his burger was rated #1 in Pennsylvania by Food Network!
When: October 10-October 19
Where: 937 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
• Fette Sau BBQ: Stephen Starr’s newest restaurant, a BBQ transplant from Brooklyn, opened last night. But in case you missed opening night, stop by tonight! The weather is supposed to be perfect and every night is perfect for barbecue.
When: October 18
Where: 1208 Frankford Avenue