Tonight Picks: Opening Night Of The Philadelphia Film Festival, The Premiere Of The Pennsylvania Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Season, The 215 Festival, Pre-Halloween Events Around The City And More

From multi-day festivals to Halloween happenings to performance premieres, Philadelphia is chock-full of events this evening. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Downtown Courtyard Marriott)

Okay, Philadelphia, this evening is seriously full of parties, performances, festivals and events.

The 2013 Philadelphia Film Festival makes its debut this evening with a screening of a critically-acclaimed film followed by a cocktail-fueled after party at Del Frisco’s. The festival sticks around for 11-days of movie-centric events.

Tonight also welcomes the premiere of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s 50th anniversary season with a lively performance of the renowned ballet, Jewels, a show that draws its inspiration from jewelry designer Claude Arpels of luxe line Van Cleef & Arpels. Look forward to costumes in rich hues and a soundtrack of scores by some of the world’s most notable composers.

Today marks two-weeks ’til Halloween, and if you haven’t already, now’s the time to begin celebrating the holiday. Philadelphia makes it easy to celebrate thanks to the ever-popular Eastern State Penitentiary and its Terror Behind the Walls haunted house.

For some Halloween festivities on the other side of town, the young friends of the Penn Museum are hosting a mummy-themed evening of cocktails, flashlight tours and tales of the legends surrounding King Tutankhamun’s grave.

And that’s not all, our top picks for tonight, below.

Opening Night of the 2013 Philadelphia Film Festival: The curtain rises for the 22nd annual Philadelphia Film Festival as it kicks off tonight with a screening and an opening party. The Kimmel Center hosts a screening of All Is Lost, a critically acclaimed film by Academy Award-nominated director J.C. Chandor (who will be in attendance). While tickets for the screening are sold out, a designated number of rush tickets will be available 15 minutes before the screening. For those interested in rush tickets, tickets must be purchased in cash and guests are encouraged to begin lining up at least 30 minutes in advance. Following the screening, Del Frisco’s provides the masses with signature cocktails and the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow movie buffs. The after party is only open to ticket holders.

When: Thursday, October 17, Film screening, 8 p.m.; After Party, 10:30 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: Varies

Opening Night Of The Pennsylvania Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Season Opener Jewels: Celebrate the 50th anniversary season of the Pennsylvania Ballet as it performs a company premiere of Jewels, tonight at the Academy of Music. The award-winning show was created by the late great choreographer George Balanchine, the co-founder of the renowned New York City Ballet and was inspired by the jewelry designer Claude Arpels of luxe line Van Cleef & Arpels and tonight, will take the stage at the Academy of Music at 7:30 p.m.

When: Thursday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20-$135

The Curse of Tutankhamun at the Penn Museum: The Young Friends of the Penn Museum host their annual Halloween bash this evening from 6 to 9 p.m., and this year’s event focuses on the eerie Curse of Tutankhamun. Explore the museum’s Egyptian collection by flashlight, sip on drinks from a cash bar, learn about the legends behind King Tut’s tomb and more. Admission is $10 for non-members and $5 for members.

When: Thursday, October 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: $10 for non-members, $5 for members

Opening Night of The 215 Festival: Philadelphia’s literary arts scene takes the spotlight in the four-day 215 Festival, which kicks off tonight in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Head to Underground Arts tonight to check out Writers Night In America: 215 Festival Edition, a casual evening of readings from 10 writers, author chats and live tunes hosted by writer and folksinger TJ Kong.

When: Thursday, October 17, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost: Free

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary: Halloween is exactly two weeks away, and the good people at Eastern State Penitentiary are here to provide you with some evening scares at its annual Terror Behind the Walls haunted house. The event, which is back and scarier than ever, invites guests (ages 7 and over), to explore the historic prison while ghouls creep out from corners and crevices.

When: Thursday, October 17
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Varies

Lobster Month at Route 6: Lucky for us, it’s still lobster month at Route 6, which means half-price lobster dishes for the entire month of October. Grab a seaworthy lobster roll for $12 instead of $24, the delicious New England Clam Bake for 2 people for $27.50 total instead of $55, a 1.5 pound lobster for $15.50 instead of $31 and much more. Dinner plans… check!

When: Thursday, October 17
Where: Route 6, 600 N. Broad Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Exhibit at City Hall Opening Reception: As part of the DesignPhiladelphia Festival, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator hosts an opening reception at City Hall for its 2012 and 2013 designers-in-residence program. Learn about the designers, their fashion designs and the program’s upcoming events.

When: Thursday, October 17, 5-7 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Broad and Market Streets
Cost: Free

Manayunk Brewing Company’s 17th Anniversary Celebration: Beginning tonight, October 17, and running through Saturday, October 19, Manayunk Brewing Company celebrates 17 years with a dinner and drink discount that’s too good to miss. For $17, indulge in house smoked ribs or cedar plank salmon, Manayunk bohemian blonde or Manayunk Schuylkill punch and a piece of birthday cake.

When: Thursday, October 17
Where: Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main Street
Cost: $17

Yards Tap Handle Throwdown: Design and beer come together at the Yards Tap Handle Throwdown an event presented in part with the DesignPhiladelphia Festival. Head to NextFab Studio to vote for the best Yards tap handle. The winning tap handle will be seen at bars across the city. At the event, enjoy samples from Yards Brewing Company and tours of the progressive NextFab Studio. Tickets are $10 per person and are available online.

When: Thursday, October 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where: NextFab Studio, 2025 Washington Avenue
Cost: $10

Upright Citizens Brigade at World Cafe Live: The seriously funny Upright Citizens Brigade is bringing its nationwide tour to World Cafe Live this evening. The group boasts former members who now write or star on shows like Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Office, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and much more. It is bound to be a hilarious evening. Tickets are available online.

When: Thursday, October 17 ; Doors, 6:30 p.m., Show, 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Streeet
Cost: $15-$17


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