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November 15, 2012

Tonight Picks: Beaujolais Nouveau Day In Midtown Village And Around Philadelphia, Holiday Mixology Class At The Palm, War On Drugs Discussion At The National Constitution Center And More

Vive la France! Midtown Village's Beaujolais Nouveau Day celebration is back tonight, with specials, discounts and wine tastings throughout the neighborhood, as well as the city at large. (Credit: 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!]

Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Midtown Village: Shops, bars and restaurants in Midtown Village will be celebrating the French-originating holiday Beaujolais Nouveau Day with discounts, specials, themed items and neighborhood-wide wine tastings. The celebration was started five years ago by soap shop, Duross & Langel. Participating stores and bars tonight include Scarlet Fiorella, Verde, Barbuzzo, El Vez, Sampan, McGillin’s and more.

When: Thursday, November 15
Where: 13th Street, Midtown Village
Cost: Pay as you go

Beaujolais Nouveau Day at Philadelphia bars and restaurants: Outside Midtown Village, locations throughout the city are also taking part in celebrating the product of the Gamay grape. Check out our thorough rundown here.

When: Thursday, November 15
Where: Throughout the city
Cost: Pay as you go

Tippler’s Tour: Yuletide Cheers & Beers: Tonight is the first night of the winter season of Historic Philadelphia’s popular Tippler’s Tour, a special Christmas-themed pub crawl through Old City. The tour brings you to four historic Old City pubs: National Mechanics, Triumph Brewing, City Tavern and Salon 401. To get you more in the historic spirit, colonial re-enactors will serve as your tour guide. The pub crawl starts tonight and runs every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) until December 27.

When: Thursday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.; tours run through December 27
Where: Begins at the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: $35-$40

National Circus of the People’s Republic of China: Tonight at the Temple Performing Arts Center watch some of the world’s best acrobats flip and tumble at this exclusive, one-time event in Philadelphia. The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China will perform Cirque Chinois at 7:30 p.m.

When: Thursday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street
Cost: $25-$45

Edgar Heap of Birds: Free and cool event alert! At Temple Contemporary, catch a discussion of public art messages from all over the world including a genocide banner project in London and Aboriginal artwork in Australia. Much of the talk will discuss historical art and culture from Native American communities.

When: Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th Street
Cost: Free

Echoes of Prohibition: Today’s War on Drugs: Join David Okrent, author and curator of the National Constitution Center’s American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition, Christopher Bracey, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at George Washington University Law School and David Fontana, associate professor of law at George Washington University tonight in a discussion relating Prohibition to the current war on drugs in America. With marijuana and medical marijuana legalization in certain states, Okrent, Bracey and Fontana discuss lessons from Prohibition and its repeal as compared to marijuana legalization.

When: Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m.
Where: F.M. Kirby Auditorium at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: $10 non-members, $7 members, students and teachers

Tonight Picks continues below.

Paint It Right Silent Art Auction: Tonight head out to the Asian Art Initiative for a good cause. Enjoy great art, food, drinks and a raffle to benefit the RIGHT Foundation, whose goal is to raise awareness for those affected by HIV and AIDS.

When: Thursday, November 15, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost: $30 per couple, $20 per person, $15 per student

DIR Trunk Show with Fashion Group International Inc.: Head over to Macy’s Center City for a full-fledged fashion night. Learn how to create a unique brand from the founder and president of The O Group, a branding and design agency for luxury brands. While you’re at it, get your shop on while browsing the collections of four Philadelphia fashion incubator designers. This is a perfect event for networking, shopping and fashion.

When: Thursday, November 15, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market Street
Cost: $10-$40

Pints for North Light: Benefit North Light Community Center tonight at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant. Enjoy beers from more than ten breweries such as Victory, Sly Fox and Troegs and microbrews from the Manayunk brewing company. In addition to suds, enjoy tasty treats from some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants like Couch Tomato and Deke’s BBQ. Dance to the tunes of a DJ and if you’re feeling daring, partake in some karaoke.

When: Thursday, November 15, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main Street
Cost: Varies

Music on the Brandywine: Tonight, the Brandywine River Museum presents Music on the Brandywine featuring artists from Astral Artists, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering talented and classically trained musicians. Tonight’s event will feature clarinetist Benito Meza and pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, who have national and international success between them.

When: Thursday, November 15, galleries open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Brandywine River Museum, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Cost: $15 members, $25 adults and students

Holiday Mixology Class at The Palm Restaurant: Learn how to make your favorite (and new favorite) cocktails just in time for the holidays. A Palm Restaurant mixologist will teach you three new yummy cocktails: the pucker up lemon drop, the blanco senorita and the royal gingered orange. Also enjoy food pairings for each cocktail from the Palm menu.

When: Thursday, November 15 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Palm Restaurant, 200 S. Broad Street
Cost: $55

Local Spirit Month at Continental Old City: For only $4 per drink, Continental Old City is celebrating their martini bar roots all November long, including tonight. Enjoy cocktails made from local spirits made by Philadelphia Distilling, Art in the Age and Cooper Spirits.

Where: Continental Old City, 138 Market Street
When: Thursday, November 15; runs through November 30
Cost: $4 per local spirit

Territories: Africa Film Series: Bring popcorn and comfy clothes, tonight at The African American museum watch the latest film in the Territories:Africa film series, The World is a Ballet. After the film, partake in an exclusive skype interview with the film’s director, Issa Traore de Brahima.

Where: The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
When: Thursday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 regular admission, $5 students, seniors and members

The Bathtub Beer Festival: Beer for one, beer for all! Philly Beer week partnered up with the National Constitution Center for this boozy event. While you’re sipping beer from more than 20 breweries, all guests will also gain free admission to the American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit at the Constitution Center. The beer fest will also second as an interactive display with artifacts and a re-creation of a speakeasy.

Where: National Constitution Center, 5th and Arch St
When: Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Cost: $45

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