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April 15, 2014

The American Philosophical Society Museum Presents Jefferson, Philadelphia, And The Founding Of A Nation, April 17-December 28

The American Philosophical Society Museum presents Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation, the first exhibition in a three-part series about Thomas Jefferson, open from April 17 to December 28. (Image courtesy American Philosophical Society Museum)

Opening this Thursday, April 17, the American Philosophical Society Museum presents Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation, an in-depth look at the life of Thomas Jefferson during his time in Philadelphia.

The influential founding father spent a significant amount of time in Philadelphia and initiated nationwide change from his temporary home here. Further deepening his Philadelphia ties, Jefferson was also named the President of the American Philosophical Society Museum in 1797.

Broken up into two parts, the exhibit first examines Jefferson’s life in 1775 and 1776 when he often visited Philadelphia as a member of the Continental Congress and author of the Declaration of Independence. Following the 1776 era, the second part focuses on Philadelphia during the final decade of the 1700s.

Within the exhibition, guests will find Jefferson’s handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence, with original notes in the margins, omissions and all. For the first time ever, all four pages of the draft will be on view.

Also, visitors can browse nearly 80 additional items relating to Thomas Jefferson’s life in Philadelphia, and the lives of his counterparts.

Museumgoers will see the role Betsy Ross played during the Revolutionary War, read letters from political figures to Jefferson, learn about some of the city’s landmarks during the time of Thomas Jefferson’s life, like Old City’s City Tavern, and much more.

Admission to the American Philosophical Society Museum is super affordable, visitors are encouraged to donate $2 to the museum upon entry.

The exhibition is the first part of a three-part series about Thomas Jefferson at the American Philosophical Society Museum.

For even more on the life and legacy of Jefferson, be sure to take in the marquee exhibition Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello currently on view at the National Constitution Center.

Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation
When: April 17-December 28
Where: American Philosophical Society Museum, 104 S. 5th Street
Cost: Suggested $2 donation
More info: www.apsmuseum.org

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April 15, 2014

Take Advantage Of Tax Day Deals In Philadelphia At Restaurants, Hotels And Attractions Today, Tuesday, April 15

The National Constitution Center hosts programming all day to teach visitors a thing or two about their tax dollars. (Photo courtesy National Constitution Center)

It’s Tax Day, Philadelphia, which means some may feel a slight pinch in the pocketbook from Uncle Sam.

To alleviate some of that financial stress, though, many local spots offer up one-day-only events, deals and freebies.

For those in search of a sweet Tax-Day deal, Philadelphia restaurants, hotels and a couple attractions welcome tax payers with discounts and more.

Here are a handful of ways to spend Tax Day in and around Philadelphia.

National Constitution Center: For those looking to turn Tax Day into a teaching moment, spend the day at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall. All day, the center hosts a variety of free-with-admission programming exploring the “sense” of taxes. Check out the tax machine exhibit for a visual depiction of just where tax dollars go, or see The Most Famous Tax Protest in History: The Story of the Boston Tea Party, an interactive show.

When: Tuesday, April 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 525 Arch Street
Cost: Free with admission

• Rosa Blanca: Chef Jose Garces’ new Cuban diner, Rosa Blanca, gets in on the tax-day relief with a special deal today to help launch a new delivery service via a custom-made trike bike. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, tax payers in need of a dining deal can order delivery from Rosa Blanca through Grubhub or Seamless and receive free delivery and a 15-percent discount on the delivery order.

When: Tuesday, April 15, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 707 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

• Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse: To take the edge off of filing taxes — or maybe to celebrate a whopper of a return — head to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Center City today for two Tax Day-inspired cocktails at $12 a piece. Choose from The Taxman, a citrus-mint refresher made with Hendrick’s gin, or the 1099, a heady mix of Jack Daniels whiskey, St. Germain, triple sec and Angostura bitters.

When: Tuesday, April 15
Where: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 1426 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

• Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel: Those who’ve officially signed off on their taxes for the year should make time for a little reward. Today, the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel offers tax payers complimentary 10-minute hand massages in the lobby and $15 bottles of select wines at Tavern 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Both offers are first-come, first-served and based on availability.

When: Tuesday, April 15, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel,
Cost: Free massage, $15 bottles of wine

• Hotel Palomar Philadelphia: For all of the accountants out there working right up until the last moment, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Philadelphia rewards number crunchers with a tax-relief happy hour package. For $35, tax professionals can enjoy butler passed hors d’oeuvres and a two-hour open bar catered by Square 1682 available from today, April 15, through April 30.

When: April 15-30
Where: Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, 117 S. 17th Street
Cost: $35

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April 15, 2014

Main Line Restaurant Week Brings Lunch And Dinner Dining Deals To Bala Cynwyd, Media, West Chester And Beyond, April 21 To 27

Get ready to fill your plates, Main Line Restaurant Week returns to more than 20 restaurants on the Main Line and the Wester suburbs of Philadelphia, April 21 to 27. (Image courtesy Main Line Restaurant Week)

The restaurants of the Main Line and Western suburbs of Philadelphia team up for Main Line Restaurant Week, multiple days of lunch and dinner deals at more than 20 restaurants in a dozen towns.

From April 21 to 27, restaurants from West Chester to Media and beyond are prepping their menus to showcase their finest recipes for Main Line Restaurant Week.

Visit Más Mexicali Cantina for a variety of burritos, tacos and fajitas; Citron and Rose for kosher plates; The Capital Grille for elevated surf and turf; Tango for classics like filet mignon and sesame-crusted tuna; The Melting Pot for fondue and much more.

The full list of participating restaurants is available right here.

Specials abound for both lunch and dinner, but take note, not all restaurants are slated to offer both meals. Click here to see what meal each participating restaurant is serving up.

Lunches vary in price, but all ring in at less than $20. The cost of restaurant week dinners also vary, but range from $20 to $40 for a three-course meal. Bonus: A number of participating restaurants are slated to offer drink specials, too.

Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

Make your reservations and bring your appetites!

Main Line Restaurant Week
When: April 21-27
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Lunch, under $20; Dinner, $20-$40; Plus tax and gratuity
More info: www.mainlinerestaurantweek.com

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April 14, 2014

The Food Trust’s Night Market Philadelphia Street Food Festival Returns For A Sensational Fourth Season, Starting With Night Market Old City On Thursday, May 15

The first Night Market of the season last year in the Fairmount neighborhood brought out tens of thousands of hungry marketgoers. Our advice? Mark the calendar now for the 2014 season of Night Market Philadelphia. (Photo by D. Tavani for GPTMC)

Get ready, festival fans. Next month, phenomenal street food festival Night Market Philadelphia returns for its fourth year with the first event of its 2014 season.

The event does an incredible job of showcasing our fair city’s diverse neighborhoods and brilliant food scene by partnering with local restaurants, food trucks, regional musicians, and dynamic artists — all in all, creating one heck of an awesome block party.

This year, Night Market returns with four dates — all on Thursday evenings — in four very different neighborhoods.

First up, the food truck bonanza hits the cobblestone streets of the historic district with Night Market Old City on Thursday, May 15.

With its plethora of historic attractions, excellent independent eateries and top-notch art galleries, not to mention its immediate proximity to Center City, the Old City edition of this street fair ought to be one of the biggest and best events yet.

Following the May Night Market in Old City, the season continues with Night Markets in West Oak Lane on June 19, on Lancaster Avenue on August 21 and back in Chinatown on October 2.

If the upcoming events are even half as well attended as last season, the Night Market will continue its run as an awesome, not-to-be-missed bash.

Check out all of this season’s dates below.

Seriously, mark those calendars now.

Night Market Philadelphia 2014 Season
When: May 15, June 19, August 21, October 2
Where: Old City, West Oak Lane, Lancaster Avenue, Chinatown
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.thefoodtrust.org
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April 14, 2014

Jamonera Hosts A Southern Spanish Fish Fry In Midtown Village Complete With Fried Fare, Wine And More, April 16 To 18

Jamonera hosts a Spanish Fish Fry complete with fried cod, fancy french fries and a glass of wine for just $25 per person, April 16 through 18. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

After an incredibly successful fish fry during Philly Wine Week, Jamonera brings back its Southern Spanish Fish Fry this week, April 16 through 18.

The Midtown Village bar and restaurant from chef Marcie Turney and her partner Valerie Safran always delivers an ever-changing variety of high-quality Spanish tapas — meats, cheese, seafood, salads and more — to its 13th Street guests.

The team’s other eateries — Barbuzzo, the soon-to-reopen Lolita and Little Nonna’s — each showcase a stellar eye for design, a passion for seasonal ingredients and most importantly, exacting technique in the kitchen.

Always raising the culinary bar, the Spanish Fish Fry rolls out a menu of fried cod dusted with smoked-paprika flour, papas frita (french fries) and a glass of wine for just $25 per person. Talk about a great deal for date night.

The special dinner will be available for just three nights as a wrap-up (and almost wrap-up) to a hectic work week, from Wednesday, April 16 to Friday, April 18.

Make your reservation today for the dinner, call 215-922-6061 to secure your spot.

Spanish Fish Fry at Jamonera
When: April 16-18
Where: Jamonera, 105 S. 13th Street
Cost: $25
More info: www.jamonerarestaurant.com

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April 14, 2014

Save The Date: The Inaugural Great Sandwiches Event Brings A Grand Tasting Party To Union Transfer, Wednesday, May 28

Celebrate this city's amazing sandwich scene and the inaugural launch party for Citypaper's annual Meal Ticket Magazine at the Great Sandwiches Event. (Image courtesy Citypaper)

Philadelphia’s appreciation for awesome sandwiches knows no bounds.

As the home of the hoagie, the cheesesteak and the roast pork sandwich, this city claims a more than ample smattering of stupendous sandwiches.

Now, thanks to Citypaper’s food blog Meal Ticket, many of this city’s top sandwiches will be celebrated — and eaten! — under one roof during the inaugural Great Sandwiches Event, which also serves as the first launch party for the paper’s annual Meal Ticket Magazine.

On Wednesday, May 28, Callowhill-neighborhood venue Union Transfer hosts the celebration of hand-held foodstuffs from 6 to 9 p.m.

At the event, folks can expect a full lineup of creative sandwiches, as well as locally sourced beer, wine and liquor. Tunes will be provided by DJ Holly Sue Allen, and an on-site photobooth complete with props will round out the non-edible entertainment.

Beyond the tasting, a live sandwich competition pits three local top chefs — Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar and South Philadelphia Tap Room, Brad Spence of Amis, and Eli Kulp of Fork, High Street on Market and a.kitchen — against one another in Chopped-style showdown judged by local food experts.

Tickets to this sandwich-filled affair, $35, are available online

Ready to whet the appetite with more from Philadelphia’s sandwich scene? Check out Visitphilly.com for Philadelphia’s Sandwich Hall Of Fame, an ode to Philadelphia’s wealth of awesome sandwiches.

The Great Sandwiches Event
When: Wednesday, May 28, 6-9 p.m
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $35
More info: www.citypaper.net

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April 14, 2014

Sister Cities Park Hosts Greensgrow Farms For A Spring Plant And Produce Pop-Up, This Sunday, April 20

Head to Sister Cities Park on Sunday, April 20 for a plant and produce pop-up and planting activities hosted by the folks from Greensgrow Farms. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Sister Cities Park celebrates spring and the Easter holiday with a plant and produce pop-up featuring farm-fresh goods from the folks at Greensgrow Farms.

On Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., prep your garden — and kitchen — for spring by stocking up on fruit, veggies, outdoor plants and indoor plants while hanging out in the Benjamin Franklin Parkway green space.

In addition to plant and produce shopping opportunities, children are invited to attend a planting exercise. Led by the experts from Greensgrow Farms, children will learn how to properly plant seeds throughout the park.

While supporting the area’s local farms, groove to live music provided by the Philadelphia Guitar Summit.

Admission to the produce pop-up is free, and all plants, fruit and veggies are available on a pay as you go basis.

After the pop-up, enjoy Easter brunch or dinner at a number of area restaurants — many of which are only a few blocks from Sister Cities Park. Check out our guide to Easter dinners and brunches for feasting ideas.

Spring Plant and Produce Pop-up at Sister Cities Park
When: Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.centercityphila.org

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April 14, 2014

See Dynamic Dance Troupe Philadanco Perform Blood, Sweat, And Dance In The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, April 17-19

Philadelphia's own contemporary dance troupe Philadanco returns to the Perelman Theater this week, Thursday, April 17 through April 19. (Photo by Lois Greenfield for Philadanco)

Philadelphia’s much-loved contemporary dance troupe Philadanco takes the stage on its home turf this week for its annual spring performance series at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, April 17-19.

Launched by National Medal of the Arts-recipient Joan Myers Brown as a dance school in 1970, Philadanco has evolved into internationally acclaimed dance troupe, traveling the world for 40 weeks a year with its signature blend of passion, athleticism, musicality and technique.

With the company’s busy touring schedule, Philadelphia is really only presented with a handful of opportunities to catch Philadanco on its home stage.

This week, audiences can catch the explosive Philadanco style in Blood, Sweat, and Dance, a new fresh-for-spring program of four pieces of modern choreography set on the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater stage.

Anchoring the program, Philadanco performs the company premiere of Bad Blood, a rarely performed piece by the late master choreographer Ulysses Dove, a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer whose dynamic works have been performed the world over by such companies as the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and London Festival Ballet.

In addition to the work by Dove, the company presents two works by Philadelphia natives — hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris’ Philadelphia Experiment and Gene Hill Sagan’s Suite en Bleu — as well as Bamm by Seattle-based modern dance choreographer Donald Byrd of Spectrum Dance Theater.

Tickets are available online, and seating is still available.

Truly, don’t pass up this occasion to see one the great treasures of Philadelphia’s arts community perform.

Philadanco’s Blood, Sweat, and Dance
When: April 17-19
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce streets
Cost: $29-$46
More info: www.kimmelcenter.org

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April 14, 2014

The South Street Headhouse District Celebrates Easter With Its 83rd Annual Easter Promenade, Sunday, April 20

Celebrate Easter at the Easter Promenade, a well-loved celebration hosted by the South Street Headhouse District on Sunday, April 20. (Image courtesy South Street Headhouse District)

Here comes Peter Cottontail, Philadelphia.

The South Street Headhouse District celebrates the Easter holiday with its 83rd (!) annual Easter Promenade, a full day of free family fun.

On Easter Sunday, April 20, families are encouraged to dress in their Easter best for a parade down South Street beginning at 12:30 p.m. — from Passyunk Avenue to the 2nd Street Plaza on South Street.

Following the parade, prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed guests in 12 categories, broken up by age group and gender.

Costumed guests can dress up to take top honors in categories including the best-dressed woman over the age of 20, best-dressed boy from ages two to five and even the best-dressed dog.

During the afternoon bash, look forward to live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, treats, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and more.

The festivities are slated to last until 2 p.m.

After the Easter Promenade, head out for Easter brunch at a number of participating restaurants, including quite a few in the South Street Headhouse District.

For even more fun on the holiday, check out our guide to Easter brunch, dinner and events.

South Street Headhouse District’s Easter Promenade
When: Sunday, April 20, 12:30-2 p.m.
Where: 2nd and South
Cost: Free
More info: www.southstreet.com

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April 14, 2014

The Arden Theatre Company Brings The Classic Children’s Book Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat To The Stage, April 16-June 22

The Arden Theatre Company continues its season with the family-friendly work The Cat in the Hat, opening Wednesday, April 16. (Photo by Kristy Giballa for The Arden Theatre Company)

A classic children’s book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat, springs to life thanks to the Arden Theatre Company, starting Wednesday, April 16.

It’s the beloved story of what happens to a couple of bored kids on a rainy day when their mom is away — and the title character bursts through the door with his trickiest of tricks. What follows is much mischief and fun that makes for a tongue twister of a tale with fabulous rhymes and spectacular stunts.

The text to the play is exactly as in the book. Not a word has been altered, though there’s plenty of embellishment by way of puppets and zany sound effects.

Of course, there’s also the talking fish, the rambunctious blue-haired Thing One and Thing Two, and the incredible Picking-Up Machine.

Originally produced by the National Theater of Great Britain, this action packed play has since been staged in the United States to much acclaim. The Arden’s agile cast embarks on numerous acrobatic stunts aided by an ingenious set that looks like it was ripped right from the pages of the book.

As with all shows by the Arden’s Children’s Theatre, after every performance children can participate in a post-show question and answer session with the cast, and then have an opportunity to meet the actors. All children also receive a free commemorative show poster to take home.

Tickets, starting at $16, are available online and at the Arden’s box office.

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
When: April 16-June 22
Where: Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $16-$36
More info: www.ardentheatre.org

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