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April 16, 2014

Tonight Picks: Manayunk Restaurant Week, Beer School At Local 44, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art, The Philadelphia Book Festival And More

As the week continues, plenty of well-loved museums, restaurants and bars host events to get over that midweek hump, including a pay-what-you-wish Beer School at Local 44, pictured above. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Rid yourself of any midweek blues as the restaurants, bars and museums of Philadelphia host a score of fun events this evening.

Manayunk Restaurant Week curbs hunger pangs all around with dinner deals at a number of participating restaurants. Depending on the restaurant, indulge in three-courses of delectable fare for $15, $25 or $35.

Local 44 in Spruce Hill invites beer-lovers in for its monthly beer school. Learn about the beer stocked at the West Philly beer bar and sample the featured beers after the discussion. Admission for beer school is conveniently pay-what-you-wish.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts its weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday complete with themed tours, yoga, crafts and a movie night. Tonight, many of the events complement the museum’s main exhibition, Treasures from Korea.

Read on for our top picks for tonight.

Manayunk Restaurant Week: The restaurants of Manayunk dish out dining deals for the neighborhood’s recurring Manayunk Restaurant Week. Depending on the restaurant, three-course dinners ring in at $15, $25 or $35. Restaurants including Taqueria Feliz, Manayunk Brewing Company and Derek’s Restaurant are all slated to participate. Click here to check out the full list of participating restaurants and their restaurant week menus.

When: Wednesday, April 16
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $15, $25 or $35 plus gratuity and tip

Beer School at Local 44: On the third Wednesday of every month, Local 44 hosts an evening of beer education. Pay whatever price you’d like to pay for a night full of beer samples and plenty of insight about the beers that fill the fridges of the Spruce Hill beer bar. Funds raised at tonight’s event benefit Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 5 p.m.
Where: Local 44, 44th and Spruce Streets
Cost: Pay what you wish

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art means art, themed tours, yoga, film and more at the museum’s recurring pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. From 5 to 8:45 p.m., pay whatever price you’d like to explore the galleries of the main building and take part in evening activities. Also tonight, the museum celebrates its main exhibition, Treasures From Korea, with a screening of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring, a Korean film about the human spirit over time.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

The Philadelphia Book Festival Presents Barbara Ehrenreich: As part of the Philadelphia Book Festival, Barbara Ehrenreich, a bestselling author, presents her latest book, Living with a Wild God: A Memoir at the Central Library. Her latest memoir, focuses on her life as an adolescent and her current reconstruction of the philosophical and spiritual inquiry of her younger years. The author event is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost: Free

The Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Showcase: The Philadelphia Film Festival’s Spring Showcase continues with screenings of Paris, je t’aime and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as part of the Alfonso Cuarón retrospective. Tickets for each screening are $6.

When: Wednesday, April 16
Where: PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street
Cost: $6

Southern Spanish Fish Fry at Jamonera: Take your taste buds on a trip to Spain as Jamonera hosts a Southern Spanish fish fry complete with fried cod dusted with smoked-paprika flour, papas frita (french fries) and a glass of wine for just $25 per person. Tonight marks night one of the special dinner, which will be available through Friday, April 18. Make your reservations soon!

When: Wednesday, April 16
Where: Jamonera, 105 S. 13th Street
Cost: $25 plus gratuity and tax

Free Foreign Film Night at L’Etage: Tonight, L’Etage hosts guests for its monthly foreign film night. Catch a screening of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a romantic musical hailing from the 1960s. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the film is slated to begin at 8 p.m. Pair the screening with L’Etage’s full bar, wine and beer menu. Admission to the screening is free, just pay for food and drinks on a pay as you go basis.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Where: L’Etage, 624 S. 6th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

More happenings, below.

Weeknights at the Wagner Free Institute of Science: In a discussion titled, Putting the X and Y in SEXY: How chromosomal genes turn us into boys, girls, and sometimes a bit of both, learn about the discovery of the X and Y chromosomes and how designated chromosomes turns boys into boys and girls into girls. Led by Dr. Scott Gilbert of Swarthmore College, hear about the gene disconnect that occurs in certain cases and what this means for modern science. The discussion begins at 6 p.m.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m.
Where: Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue
Cost: Free; Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors

Who I Am, Why I Dance: A Conversation with Jermel Johnson and Meredith Rainey at AAMP: Hear from two black, male ballet dancers about their experiences on the stage during Who I Am, Why I Dance: A Conversation with Jermel Johnson and Meredith Rainey at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Beginning at 6 p.m., hear completely unscripted stories from the Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. Tickets are available online.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: $8 for general admission, $5 for AAMP members and Pennsylvania Ballet Subscribers

Two Wheel Wednesday at Nodding Head Brewery: Bicyclists, take note. Nodding Head Brewery raises a glass to all two-wheel bike riders with a happy hour special from 7 to 11 p.m. Just show your waiter or bartender your bicycle helmet and receive half off quesadillas and cask beer. Deal.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Nodding Head Brewery, 1516 Sansom Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Sittin’ In at The Kimmel Center: Groove to live music as The Kimmel Center hosts its free, recurring Sittin’ In music jam. Beginning at 8 p.m. in Commonwealth Plaza, enjoy tunes provided by DJ Phsh and Vertical Current, an ensemble the brings forth a fusion of jazz, pop and gospel. While listening to live music, enjoy sips and bites from Garces Catering.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: Free

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