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October 11, 2012

Tonight Picks: Pairings On The Parkway, Design Philadelphia, Free Custard At Shake Shack, Trunk Show In Rittenhouse Square And More

Each week, the gorgeous new Sister Cities Plaza invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy this great new green space while Milk & Honey Cafe helps you find cheeses and other goodies to pair perfectly with your selection. Bonus: it's one of only two spots where you can hear the Open Air recordings, live, as the spotlights pattern the night sky above the Parkway. (Photo by M. Fischetti for GPTMC)

[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!]

Outdoor Dining: We’ve got some gorgeous crisp fall weather on our hands. Grab happy hour, dinner or drinks outdoors tonight. Check out Uwishunu’s Alfresco Dining Guide 2012, sorted helpfully by rooftop, sidewalk or courtyard/patio dining, and further by neighborhood.

“Concretes by Design” — Shake Shack and Shift Space Design: As part of DesignPhiladelphia, Shake Shack has joined with Shift Space Design to host “Concrete by Design Shake Shack Tasting,” today from 5:30-7 p.m. Enjoy complimentary custom frozen custard concretes, a collaboration effort between Shake Shack, Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar as well as La Colombe. In addition, learn about Shift Space Design’s Fairmount Living Tile, an easy to assemble interlocking tile that allows for an array of green roof design for the masses.

When: Thursday, October 11, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: 2000 Sansom Street
Cost: Free

Fall Habit: October at HyLo Boutiques: HyLo Boutiques’ DesignPhiladelphia 2012 event hits tonight, October 11. Join them for a free screening of their newest film, The Living, featuring fall picks from favorite Philadelphia designers including NINOBrand, Danny Fox, Duke & Winston, Melissa D’Agostino and M. Brulee. To round out the good times, there will be Spodee Wine and Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

When: Thursday, October 11, 7-10 p.m.
Where: 333 S. 20th Street
Cost: Free

Lamb: Nose To Tail Eight-Course Tasting Menu at Bar Ferdinand: New Executive Chef David Ansill features a different nose-to-tail tasting menu each Thursday at Bar Ferdinand. Tonight spotlights the lamb, with eight courses of decadence including Slow Cooked Shoulder of Lamb, Lamb Sweet Bread and Crispy Lamb Tongue.

When: Thursday, October 11,
Where: 1030 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $40; wine pairing, additional $20

Center City Restaurant Week: More than 120 restaurants in Center City are offering three-course dinners for only $35 per person and a three-course lunch for $20, during the fall 2012 Center City District Restaurant Week.

When: September 30-October 5 and October 7-12
Where: Restaurants throughout Center City
Cost: Dinner for $35; Lunch for $20

• Pan Am Blue and Powder Room Pink: How Chemistry Created Vintage Modern: Award-winning design historian Regina Lee Blaszczyk will share research from her new book, The Color Revolution, which has garnered praise from the New York Times and Atlantic, to show how the Delaware Valley’s chemical industry collaborated with designers to create the chic modern style recently revived by TV shows like Mad Men and Pan Am. Book signing will follow.

When: Thursday, October 11, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free

• Printing in the Open: Common Press: This one-night only, interactive printing event at The Print Center takes place in the garden, where you can help print unique designs inspired by the center’s op-art exhibition Color Motion: Edna Andrade Prints. BYO t-shirt, tote bag or bandana. Tote bags will also be available for purchase.

When: Thursday, October 11, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Print Center, 1614 Latimer Street
Cost: Free

• CandyCoated Trunk Show in Rittenhouse Square: A CandyCoated.org trunk show will roll into Rittenhouse Square (literally: on a three-wheeled tricycle) featuring a collection of one-of-a-kind garments created with Lobo Mau. Models will promenade the Square’s walkways to showcase the clothes.

When: Thursday, October 11, 5:30-6 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Square
Cost: Free

More Tonight Picks, below.

The Creation of Ravenwood: M. Night Shyamalan’s Home: A classier version of MTV’s Cribs comes to Philadelphia with this Dialogues on Design lecture at the Center for Architecture. Ravenwood is the private residence of film director M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable), located in the outskirts of Philadelphia. The architect, Richard Cameron, has agreed to give a rare presentation of this work and share the timeless design methods employed in its creation.

When: Thursday, October 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street
Cost: Free

• Philadelphia’s Green Affordable Housing Tour: Join the Office of Housing and Community Development for a bus tour of recently completed and under construction developments with green and blue roofs, permeable paving, solar hot water systems and sustainable features reducing stormwater and heat island impacts. Meet the developers, architects and government officials making Philadelphia the “greenest city in America” through affordable housing development. RSVP to michelle.sonsino@phila.gov.

When: Thursday, October 11, 4-5:45 p.m.
Where: Connelly House, 1212 Ludlow Street
Cost: Free

Pizza Week at Stella: Pizza Week is back at Stephen Starr’s Pizzeria Stella in Headhouse Square. Running parallel to Center City District Restaurant Week, the artisanal pizza restaurant is offering diners the chance to try one of their delicious pies alongside any one antipasti and gelato for just $25.

When: September 30-October 5 and October 7-12
Where: 2nd and Lombard Streets
Cost: pizza, antipasti and gelato for $25

Open Air: The giant 3-D light installation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway continues tonight, through October 14. Check out our multiple guides to where to watch, plus a roundup of insider tips (e.g. how do you hear the 30-second audio clips?).

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Project Headquarters – 24th Street and the Parkway
When: Now-October 14, nightly 8-11 p.m.
Cost: Free

Northern Liberties SIPS and Social: From 5 p.m. to midnight, get $2 beers, $3 drinks, $4 wines and $5 select appetizers at PYT, Gunners Run, King’s Oak & Darling’s Diner. Plus, there will be a fun Kids Concert at The Piazza, sponsored by A Full Plate, 6-7 p.m.

When: Thursdays, 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: Northern Liberties bars and restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

• Pairings on the Parkway at Sister Cities Park: Every Thursday from August 2-October 25, the newly opened Sister Cities Park at Logan Square will host “Pairings on the Parkway.” Each week, the park invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy this great new green space while Milk & Honey Cafe helps you find cheeses and other goodies to pair perfectly with your selection. Sounds like a perfect fall night.

Where: Logan Square, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: Every Thursday from August 2-October 25
Cost: Pay as you go

Sangria and snacks at Stadler-Kahn: Thursday nights at the newest shop on Sansom Street, Stadler-Kahn, mean freshly made sangria plus macarons and popcorn. Stadler-Kahn is an elevated “five & dime” featuring textiles and designs by Alexander Stadler, a local author/illustrator and designer of Stadler-Kahn scarves. It’s the perfect spot to start getting some pre-holiday shopping accomplished.

Where: Stadler-Kahn, 1724 Sansom Street
Cost: Pay as you go
When: Thursday evenings

Public Art and Public Action: Strategies and Tactics: Join Philadelphia creative professionals for a conversation about how public art can instigate social and policy change. The evening will feature brief presentations and conversation facilitated from audience questions. The event is presented in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program, and is part of DesignPhiladelphia.

Where: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, October 11, 6-8 p.m.

Eat and Drink Like a Belgian, with a Belgian at South Philly Taproom: Eat and drink with Chimay’s National Sales Ambassador Bobo tonight at SPTR, as Chef Scott Schroeder serves a version of Bobo’s favorite Flemish stew (made with Chimay Red).

Where: South Philly Taproom, 1509 Mifflin Street
Cost: Pay as you go
When: Thursday, October 11, 5 p.m.

“Celebrate Philly Made” with the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia: Held atop of one of Philadelphia’s premiere luxury green properties, 777 South Broad, SBN will celebrate Philadelphia born-businesses with honored guest Michael Araten, President & CEO of K’NEX founded in 1992 in Hatfield, PA. The event includes complimentary cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres. Get tickets online.

Where: 777 South Broad
When: Thursday, October 11, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $75

Philadelphia Orchestra — Free College Concert: Every year, a free concert just for college students kicks off the Philadelphia Orchestra’s eZseatU program. A post-concert party in the Kimmel Center lobby with free food and more live music completes this festive night. Reserve your free ticket online here.

Where: Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
When: Thursday, October 11, 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

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