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March 12, 2014

Tonight Picks: Nerd Nite With The Franklin Institute At Frankford Hall, Dinner Deals In Chestnut Hill And Media, Free Music At The Kimmel Center And More

This evening, Nerd Nite teams up with The Franklin Institute for a twofer Nerd Nite complete with Pompeii-themed talks, happy hour pricing, nerdy quizzo and more. (Photo courtesy Frankford Hall)

It’s an evening full of deals tonight, Philadelphia.

First off, Frankford Hall plays host to a Nerd Nite collaboration with The Franklin Institute. Enjoy the mild temps at Fishtown’s resident beer garden while enjoying happy-hour pricing on food and drinks (during the entire event!), nerdy quizzo and Pompeii-themed discussions from seasoned professionals.

Both Chestnut Hill and the borough of Media present dinner deals as part of Restaurant Week (or Month, in Chestnut Hill’s case) promotions. Indulge in multi-course meals from a ton of restaurants in both areas.

The Kimmel Center opens its doors for free as it brings back its monthly Sittin’ In event. Enjoy live music from a local musician while enjoying cocktails created by Iron Chef Jose Garces.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall: Nerd Nite presents an event of epic proportions as it hosts quizzo, discussions and more at Frankford Hall with help from the folks at the Franklin Institute. For an entry fee of $5, enjoy happy hour food and drink pricing for the duration of the program, insights from local experts about Pompeii, volcanic activity and archaeology in the fallen Roman city and nerdy quizzo. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the Nerd Nite festivities are slated for 7:30 p.m. Plus, it’s 65 degrees outside, done and done.

When: Wednesday, March 12, Doors, 7 p.m.; Program, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $5 plus drinks and food

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month: Celebrate the return of Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month with dinner deals at dozens of restaurants across the quaint neighborhood. Devour a tasty dinner for $25 per person at restos like Mica, McNally’s Tavern, Heirloom and Iron Hill Brewery. Special menus vary by restaurant, so be sure to call ahead to get the deets.

When: Wednesday, March 12
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Dinner, $25 plus tax, gratuity and drinks

Sittin’ In at The Kimmel Center: This month, The Kimmel Center presents its monthly Sittin’ In event, an evening of free music and cocktails in Commonwealth Plaza. This week, local songstress Ebony Joi hosts the show for a night of sultry song in Commonwealth Plaza. Admission is completely free and cocktails from Iron Chef Jose Garces will be available on a pay as you go basis. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music is slated for 9 p.m.

When: Wednesday, March 12, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: Free

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Take in the Art Museum’s newest exhibition, Treasures From Korea at its recurring pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. In addition to the marquee exhibition, explore the galleries housed in the main building, partake in yoga, crafts, themed tours and more all for whatever admission price you’d like to pay.

When: Wednesday, March 12, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay-what-you-wish

Media Restaurant Week: For the first time ever, the Media Business Authority presents Media Restaurant Week, multiple days of multi-course dinner deals at a number of restaurants in the Delaware County town. For $30 (plus tax, tip and drinks), enjoy three to five course feasts, depending on the eatery, at 21 restaurants around town. Reservations are in high demand, so make your reservations soon.

When: Wednesday, March 12
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $30 plus tax, drinks and gratuity

Invented Lives: African American Women’s Narrative Featuring Sonia Sanchez at AAMP: This evening, Sonia Sanchez, Nzadi Keita and Dr. Virgilette Nzingha Gaffin discuss the written lives of African American women at Invented Lives: African American Women’s Narrative at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the compelling talk which is slated to begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for AAMP members and $8 for nonmembers.

When: Wednesday, March 12, 6 p.m.
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: $8 General Admission, $5 AAMP Members

Arsenic and Old Lace at the Walnut Street Theatre: The Walnut Street Theatre presents the seriously hilarious show, Arsenic and Old Lace to the stage this evening at 8 p.m. The classic tale tells the story of two elderly church-going sisters who are well known for charitable activities including’ lesser-known acts of kindness involves serving sad lonely men elderberry wine laced with poison. The sisters believe they’re committing acts of mercy by helping the men find everlasting peace, however, a visiting nephew who discovers their crimes thinks otherwise. The show entertains with crazy family members, a wedding and more. Plus, tickets start at just $10.

When: Wednesday, March 12, 8 p.m.
Where: 825 Walnut Street
Cost: $10-$85

$2 Night at North Bowl: Put on your bowling shoes, North Bowl invites guests to bowl on the cheap at its Wednesday night $2 happy hour. Beginning at 9 p.m., take advantage of $2 shoe rental, $2 games, $2 tots and $2 Blue Moon winter wheat beer.

When: Wednesday, March 12, 9 p.m.-close
Where: North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go

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