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January 15, 2014

Tonight Picks: Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art, Fireside Dining Around Town, Alsace Dinner At Bistrot La Minette And More

Spend your Wednesday evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as it welcomes guests at whatever price they choose to pay for themed tours, yoga, crafts and much more. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Wednesday evenings bring discounted admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. Explore the galleries within the main building, take part in crafts, yoga, art films, themed tours and more, all included in the pay-what-you-wish price.

Plus, with an evening low in the upper-30s, it’s a great evening to enjoy a filling dinner, or happy hour, at a restaurant with a roaring fireplace.

Tonight, embark on a mini-vacation as Bistrot la Minette takes your taste buds on a journey to the Alsace region of France at an four-course meal inspired by Chef Peter Woolsey’s recent trip to Strasbourg, France.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at The Philadelphia Museum of Art: Stroll the galleries of the main building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at a discounted price at the PMA’s weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. Every Wednesday evening, a variety of programming takes the stage — themed tours, crafts, yoga, art films and more. Explore the museum, and take part in the activities, at whatever price you choose from 5 to 8:45 p.m.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay-what-you-wish

Fireside Dining: Wine and dine next to a toasty fireplace this evening as tons of restaurants across the city boast roaring fireplaces for diners to enjoy. Fill up on comfort food at Jones, German brews and brats at Brauhaus Schmitz or elevated American fare at XIX (Nineteen) all while staying toasty warm. Here are our picks for fireside dining.

When: Wednesday, January 15
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

Dinner in Alsace at Bistrot la Minette: Take your taste buds on a trip to the Alsace region of France tonight at Bistrot la Minette as it presents a special four-course dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Inspired by Chef Peter Woolsey’s recent trip to Strasbourg, France, diners can look forward to menu items including boiled beef with bone marrow, muenster, leek and mustard tart and white wine cake with sautéed apples. Dinner costs $35 per person or $50 per person with an optional wine pairing. Reservations are required, click here to claim your spot at the table.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Bistrot la Minette, 623 S. 6th Street
Cost: $35 per person, $50 per person with optional wine pairing

Joan Shepp Basement Sale: Tonight until 7 p.m., spruce up your winter wardrobe with pieces from Joan Shepp as the fashion-forward Center City store presents its annual basement sale. Shop discounted deals on fall and winter collections from top-designers like Chloe, Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier and Yohji Yamamoto, which are slated to be marked down up to 80 percent.

When: Wednesday, January 15, until 7 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Other Desert Cities at The Walnut Street Theatre: The Walnut Street Theatre brings a contemporary drama, Other Desert Cities, to the stage. The renowned show, which has scored Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominations, tells the story of a dysfunctional family Christmas in Palm Springs, when family tensions arise from estrangement, politics and secrets. Tonight’s show begins at 8 p.m.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 8 p.m.
Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost: $10-$85

Opening Night of Beautiful Thing at The Mauckingbird Theatre Company: Tonight, the Mauckingbird Theatre Company, Philadelphia’s premier gay theater company, presents the first night of its 2014 opener, Beautiful Thing. Beautiful Thing tells the story of young love between two young men in a rough part of London. The show will take place at the Skybox at the Adrienne Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Skybox at The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street
Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students

Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl: Show off your strikes and spares at North Bowl’s late-night happy hour where shoe rental rings in at $2, games ring in at $2 each and a snack (original tots) and drink (Tecate) that only cost $2 each. The special begins at 9 p.m. and runs until close. Tip: Get there early, the late-night happy hour is pretty popular.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $2 shoe rental, $2 games

Hump Day Happy Hour at Hawthornes: Celebrate the middle of the week with free beer samples at Hawthornes. Sample brews from all over the globe from 6 to 8 p.m. After sipping, stick around for dinner and dessert… and more beer.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Hawthornes, 738 S. 11th Street
Cost: Free

ARMOUR & Menzfit Present: In Per Suit of Change: Celebrate Martin Luther King Day a few days early as ARMOUR, a men’s boutique in Fabric Row, kicks off a fundraiser in the spirit of MLK. Bring new or gently used men’s accessories to the boutique to benefit MenzFit, a non-profit organization that helps local underprivileged men find jobs. Those who bring an item to donate will be entered to win a 45-minute styling session with an expert. Guests will also enjoy cocktails and light bites.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 6-8 p.m.
Where: ARMOUR, 704 S. 4th Street
Cost: Free

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