10 Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, February 1-7

The Philadelphia Auto Show, Kevin Bacon at the Rail Park, Chinese New Year and more...

Considering a long winter hibernation? We’d highly recommend reconsidering staying couped up indoors this week.

From major annual events to cozy one-off gatherings, the City of Brotherly Love’s local attractions and venues are open and ready to host lively events all week and into the weekend.

Head out to support Philadelphia’s Rail Park (with Kevin Bacon!), Pig Iron Theatre Company and InLiquid Arts at parties that put the “fun” in fundraising; dream about your next ride at the Philadelphia Auto Show; or, plan on taking in a striking piece of performing arts from Opera Philadelphia or Pennsylvania Ballet — there are tons of things to do in Philadelphia between February 1 and 7.

Here are our picks for the best events of the week.

The Philadelphia Auto Show

The 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show hits the Pennsylvania Convention Center January 30-February 7.Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center through February 7, featuring more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars, the show takes over a whopping 700,000 square feet of display space.

The Philadelphia Auto Show

When:January 30-February 7
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:$14, adults; $7, children 7-12; Free, children 6 and under with paid adult

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Lamb Shack Dinner at Zahav

It’s one of the most highly sought after items in one of the city’s most highly sought after restaurants, but as is so often the case with labor-intensive delicacies, its availability is, unfortunately, limited. But not in February. Zahav’s signature braised lamb shoulder — the only menu item chef Michael Solomonov hasn’t changed since opening his award-winning Israeli eatery — will be the focus of an entire month. Make your reservations now.

Lamb Shack Dinner at Zahav

When:All February long
Where:Zahav, 237 Saint James Place
Cost:$45 per person

www.zahavrestaurant.com

ICA Public Opening Celebration Wednesday

Ever since Andy Warhol and his entourage caused a near-riot here in 1965, the ICA has been shaking up the city with progressive contemporary arts shows. This week, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania rolls out two new incredible multimedia exhibits: a show of 2-D works, videos and performance from Rodney McMillian in The Black Show; and the first United States survey of work by artists Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere.

ICA Public Opening Celebration Wednesday

When:Wednesday, February 3, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where:Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost:Free

www.icaphila.org

Pennsylvania Ballet Opens Strength and Longing

PABallet-NewYorkExport-780uwPhoto by Alexander Iziliaev

The exceptional Pennsylvania Ballet recently welcomed a brand-new artistic director, Ángel Corella. Corella’s reputation as a dynamic principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and artistic director of Barcelona Ballet precedes him, and he's already proven to be a dynamic force here in Philly. This week, end that longing to see what's new with the Pennsylvania Ballet and take in a program of 21st-century ballets showcasing the grace and power of our state troupe's highly trained dancers.

Pennsylvania Ballet Opens Strength and Longing

When:February 4-7
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$29-$125

www.paballet.org

Benefit Concert for Phase I of the Rail Park

Plans are progressing to turn the Reading Viaduct into an elevated park in the sky. And to raise money for those dreamy plans, the Friends of the Rail Park are hosting blowout concert and party in Callowhill at Union Transfer on Thursday evening with none other than Philly boys The Bacon Brothers headlining. Yes, Kevin Bacon will take the stage preceded by another local, Rob Grote of The Districts, to benefit the construction and maintenance of the Viaduct Rail Park. Be there.

Benefit Concert for Phase I of the Rail Park

When:Thursday, February 4, 8 p.m.
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost:$35, general admission; $125, VIP

www.therailpark.org

InLiquid Benefit: Press Play To Bid

Longtime Crane Arts resident InLiquid, an art and design non-profit organization, throws its annual multi-day benefit this weekend on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6. During the yearly fete, InLiquid showcases an incredible array of works produced by a huge selection of local artists, with the proceeds going back to sustain InLiquid’s programming. The annual party and exhibit — now in its 16th year — is not only an extraordinary opportunity to support a superb local arts collaborative but also offers up the opportunity to start (or grow) a collection of original, locally made artwork. Plus, Benefit 2016 attendees can score the added bonus of a discounted room rate for a night at the Sonesta Philadelphia Hotel. Check out the details on how to "Spend the Night with Art" here.

InLiquid Benefit: Press Play To Bid

When:Young Professionals Night, Friday, February 5, 5-10 p.m.; Main Event, Saturday, February 6, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street
Cost:$10, Young Professionals Night; $50, general admission; $85, VIP

www.inliquid.org

La Vie Bo-Ham at The Trocadero

pig-iron-martha-780uw Looking for a hot ticket on a winter night? Join Martha Graham Cracker, one of the city’s favorite drag queens, and a no-less fabulous lineup of Philadelphia talent at the annual Pig Iron Theatre Company’s benefit cabaret at the Trocadero. This year’s event embrances a little French je ne sais quoi and presents dazzling performances by Opera Philadelphia, Gunnar Montana, The West Philly Orchestra and Johnny Showcase, just to name a few.

La Vie Bo-Ham at The Trocadero

When:Friday, February 5, 6:30 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street
Cost:$30, general admission; $100, premium seats; $200, VIP

www.thetroc.com

Opera Philadelphia Opens Cold Mountain

Opera Philadelphia continues its season this week with the anticipated East Coast premiere of Cold Mountain, Philadelphia-based, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, which is based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Charles Frazier (which was also the basis for the 2003 major motion picture of the same name). The work gave its world premiere in six sold-out performances at the Santa Fe Opera, so grab tickets now to experience its Philadelphia run.

Opera Philadelphia Opens Cold Mountain

When:February 5-7, 10, 12, 14
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$29-$189

www.operaphila.org

First Friday Philly Film Showcase at PFS Roxy

Friday, Februray 5 brings on the first-ever First Friday reception at the PFS Roxy. This week, movie buffs should stop by at 7 p.m. before the 7:30 screening of the Philly Film Showcase, a selection of shorts this month. After the movies, local filmmakers will lead a discussion.

First Friday Philly Film Showcase at PFS Roxy

When:Friday, February 5, 7 p.m.
Where:PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street
Cost:$1 or more pay-what-you-wish admission

www.filmadelphia.org

Chinese New Year's Eve in Chinatown

Chinese New YearPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Chinese New Year's Day is Monday, February 8, and Chinatown recognizes the end of the Year of the Sheep with a New Year's Eve party full of fireworks, a midnight parade and the Philadelphia Suns performing Lion Dances in the streets to usher in the Year of the Monkey on Sunday, February 7, 10:30 p.m. But that's just one way to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Philadelphia.

Chinese New Year's Eve in Chinatown

When:Through Monday, February 8
Where:Chinatown and other locations in Philadelphia

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