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March 19, 2014

Tonight Picks: Opening Night Of The Phantom Of The Opera, Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month, One Book, One Philadelphia Closes, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday At The Museum Of Art And More

Tonight, take in the classic musical The Phantom of The Opera at the Academy of Music, and a multitude of additional events all around town. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Tonight, take shelter from the rain with a spot of culture. The Phantom of the Opera opens at The Academy of Music this evening, and brings a new version of the timeless musical to the stage. Look forward to new choreography and new staging and the same favorite songs and story.

Plus, One Book, One Philadelphia wraps up tonight with a visit from Kevin Powers, the author of the 2014 featured selection, The Yellow Birds, live music and more at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month continues to provide diners with dinner (and lunch!) deals at popular area restaurants. Make plans tonight to indulge in a multi-course meal on the cheap in the well-loved neighborhood.

Or, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. Stroll the main building of the museum while enjoying drinks, special tours, crafts, yoga and even an animals in art-themed discussion.

Our picks for tonight, below.

The Phantom of the Opera at The Academy of Music: Opening tonight, Broadway Philadelphia presents the award-winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera at The Academy of Music. The Philadelphia performance unveils new choreography and new staging in the Avenue of the Arts performance hall. Tonight’s show is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $20, making for an affordable evening at the theatre.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20-$105

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Every Wednesday evening, the Philadelphia Museum of Art provides guests with discounted admission for its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. Take in the collections housed in the main building of the museum and enjoy a slew of programming throughout the PMA. Tonight, partake in a special event that focuses on the animals in renowned paintings.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay-what-you-wish

Grand Finale featuring Kevin Powers and Intercultural Journeys: One Book, One Philadelphia ends this evening with a visit from Kevin Powers, the author of One Book, One Philadelphia’s 2014 featured selection, The Yellow Birds. While meeting the author, groove to live music provided by Udi Bar-David, a cellist who is a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and an Intercultural Journeys guest artist. The event is slated to take place at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Cost: Free

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month: Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month dishes out the good stuff as it continues its restaurant month promotion. Indulge in dinner deals at more than a dozen restaurants in the neighborhood. For $25 per person, enjoy dinner out at neighborhood favorites like Mica, Heirloom and Iron Hill Brewery. Bonus: parking is free after 6 p.m.

When: Wednesday, March 19
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $25 plus tax and tip

Pop-Up Dining in the Cafe at the Four Seasons: Take your taste buds on a trip to Spain this evening as the Cafe at the Four Seasons Hotel hosts global dinners every month. Tonight, indulge in menu additions like octopus a la plancha, shrimp paella, Spanish cheese and charcuterie and more. Sip sangria along with special Spanish wines. Reservations are not required, but are recommended and can be made by calling 215-963-1500.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square
Cost: Pay as you go

Shakespeare in the World Free Lectures Series: As part of the citywide celebration, Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents free lectures about the life and work of William Shakespeare on select Wednesday evenings this year. Tonight at the Philadelphia Institute Library listen to a discussion about Gender Roles in Shakespeare, learn how Shakespeare portrayed women in his work. Registration is required for the free lecture, click here to register.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Institute Library, 1905 Locust Street
Cost: Free

Knit Wit Cocktail Party: This evening, Knit Wit plays host to a fashionable fete with Philly Blog Love, Levo League and Of Mercer, a fashion line started by two Wharton grads. From 6 to 9 p.m., sip cocktails, wine and enjoy snacks while checking out a trunk show and learning style tips from some of Philadelphia’s fashion elite.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Knit Wit, 1729 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free

Meddling Kids at Silk City: Silk City, a Northern Liberties hub for music, dancing and drinks, hosts Meddling Kids, an electronic improvisational band. A couple members of the group have even performed and recorded with the likes of Jay Z, Britney Spears and N.E.R.D.! Tickets are $10 a pop and doors open at 9 p.m.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 9 p.m.
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $10

Victory Tasting Menu at T. Burke’s Gastropub DoubleTree Valley Forge: T. Burke’s Gastropub at the DoubleTree Valley Forge hosts a beer dinner with selections from local brewery, Victory Brewing Company. For $35 plus tax and tip, sip four brews each paired with an appropriate dish. Think Victory Hop Devil with beer braised short ribs and Victory Golden Money served with pan seared salmon. The dinner is slated to run from 6 to 8 p.m.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 6-8 p.m.
Where: T. Burke’s at DoubleTree Valley Forge, 301 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia
Cost: $35 plus tax and gratuity

New Hope – Lambertville Restaurant Week: Head out to the quaint towns of New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lambertville, New Jersey for restaurant week. Nosh on multi-course meals at a number of participating restaurants. Restaurants are slated to serve up with a $19.95 casual dining menu or $29.95 fine dining menu. Call ahead to find out which menu your restaurant of choice is serving.

When: Wednesday, March 19
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $19.95 casual dining menu or $29.95 fine dining menu, plus tax and tip

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