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January 28, 2015

The Rosenbach Museum And Library Presents Everything Is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde And Philadelphia, Open Through April 26

Rosenbach Museum and Library

Learn about the life and works of Oscar Wilde at the Rosenbach Museum and Library’s special exhibition, open until April 26.

The Rosenbach Museum and Library is celebrating the work of Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde and his Philadelphia connections with a special exhibition — Everything is Going on Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia.

Throughout the exhibition, guests will find unpublished materials that are on view for the first time ever and items from private and public collections. The exhibition also focuses on Wilde’s connections with Philadelphia, where he give a series of lectures in the late 19th century.

The museum will host a number of special events in celebration of the exhibition. On Thursday, February 5, the curators offer insight into the exhibition, and on Wednesday, March 11, hear from David Friedman, author of Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity about what Wilde meant for society.

The exhibition will remain on view through April 26. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children and students and free for children under 5. Take note: The museum is closed on Mondays.

For more Oscar Wilde, be sure to check out Opera Philadelphia’s performance of Oscar, which runs on select dates from February 6 through 15.

Everything is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia at the Rosenbach Museum and Library
When: Through Sunday, April 26
Where: Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place
Cost: $10, adults; $8, seniors; $5, children and students; free for children under 5
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January 28, 2015

The American Swedish Historical Museum Hosts Its Annual Pea Soup And Punsch Dinner, Saturday, January 31

The American Swedish Historical Museum wards off the winter chill with its annual pea soup and punsch — a strong arrack-based drink — supper this Saturday, January 31. (Photo courtesy ASHM)

In a cold weather funk? Find relief at the American Swedish Historical Museum during its annual Pea Soup and Punsch Supper.

This Saturday, January 31, shake off the chill and warm up Swedish style with an evening of steamy soup and strong drink. This annual event, hosted by the museum’s Pea Soup Committee, kicks off at 6 p.m.

Attendees will break bread together over a quintessential Swedish meal of pea soup and punsch — a sweet and strong arrack liquor-based drink — which will be served with sharp cheese, bread and dessert.

This hearty meal is inspired by a tradition that dates back to medieval times. On Thursday nights, the people of Sweden would eat this filling meal before beginning the weekly Friday fast.

Tickets are $25 each ($20 for museum members) and space is limited, so reserve your spot online or call 215-389-1776.

Pea Soup and Punsch Supper: Ärtsoppa och Punsch
When: Saturday, January 31, 6 p.m.
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost: $25 ($20 for museum members)
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January 28, 2015

A Cast Of Locally Renowned Actors Pay Tribute To 400 Years Of Social Activism In Voices Of A People’s History Of The United States, January 29-31

Plays and Players Theatre

Voices of a People’s History of the United States takes the stage at Rittenhouse-area Plays and Players Theatre.
(Photo courtesy Plays and Players Theatre)

Four hundred years of activism lights up the stage when Plays and Players Theatre hosts Voices of a People’s History of the United States, January 29-31.

Featuring speeches, songs and more, this powerful production draws on excerpts from the book of the same name edited by Anthony Arnove and noted historian, author and avid social activist Howard Zinn.

Voices presents the actual words from American history that helped end slavery and Jim Crow, railed against war, advanced gay and women’s rights, and helped fight against other wrongs.

The voices in this show come from individuals who are historically renowned, as well as some hardly known. Famous figures include Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, Eugene Debs and Tecumseh.

Lesser-knowns include David Walker, an African-American abolitionist, who, in 1829, published An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, which called for black unity in the fight against oppression, and Mary Elizabeth Lease, who in 1890 stated that, “Wall Street owns the country” — words that continue to resonate in today’s world.

The presentation also includes contemporary activists, such as such as Kevin Tillman, the brother of former NFL player and army ranger Pat Tillman, who spoke out against the Iraq War and the cover-up of his brother’s death in Afghanistan, and Amber Kudla, whose 2013 valedictorian graduation speech protested the negative impact of Common Core standardized testing.

An impressive array of local actors represent these activists including Adam Altman, Richard Bradford, Rachel Brodeur, K.O. DelMarcelle, Dan Higbee, Colleen Hughes, Bi Jean Ngo, Iraisa Ann Reilly, Gabriella Sanchez, Cathy Simpson, Roderick Slocum, Mary Kay Tuomanen and Damien Wallace and Bob Weick.

This formidable cast gives passionate expression to past and present rebels, dissenters and visionaries as a way to help educate and inspire a new generation to advocate for social justice.

Tickets, starting at $12 for student matinees, are available online.

Voices of a People’s History of the United States
When: January 29-31
Where: Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place
Cost: $12-$30
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January 28, 2015

Our Guide To The Philadelphia Auto Show, Which Returns With Cool Cars, Special Events, Test Drives And More, January 31-February 8

Philadelphia Auto Show

Fasten your seat belts: the Philadelphia Auto Show returns this Saturday, January 31 and runs through February 8.
(Photo courtesy Philadelphia Auto Show)

The Philadelphia Auto Show races into town on Saturday, January 31 and stays put at the Pennsylvania Convention Center through February 8.

Check out (and learn about) cars of all sort — from soon-to-be released models to classic cars that used to rule the road — while also test driving cars from Jeep and Toyota.

Read on for our guide to this year’s Auto Show.


A tradition since 1902, the Auto Show continually brings the best of the best in automotive design to the spotlight and allows attendees to sit in the vehicles, learn about the cars and some companies even allow guests to test drive.

The featured cars this year include some of the newest models out there — everything from Buick and Fiat to Aston Martin and Bentley. A number of classic cars will be on view, too, like a 1970 Plymouth Superbird and a 1929 Dupont le Mans Speedster.

Guests can learn about cars, drive them, ooh and ahh over developments or simply pose for photos in impressive models.

Special Events

The Auto Show opens on Friday, January 30 with the black tie tailgate, a benefit for the Division of Neonatology at CHOP. Be one of the first to check out the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show as you dine and dance in the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the annual Black Tie Tailgate. The annual gala features an open bar, live music and food by Chef Jose Garces.

Test drive some of the featured cars at ride and drives, events that run throughout the duration of the Auto Show. Test drive Toyotas and Kias — or try out a Jeep in the Camp Jeep exhibit. Additional events include live radio broadcasts from the Auto Show and even some tunes from Wired 96.5.

The full schedule of events is available right here.

Philadelphia Auto Show

Car fan? The Philadelphia Auto Show is for you with its variety of makes and models — and the opportunity to test drive some of the cars. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Auto Show)

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January 27, 2015

Major Coming Attraction: The Philadelphia Museum Of Art To Be The Only U.S. Stop For A Tremendous International Exhibition Of Monet, Renoir, Degas And More This Summer

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be the only American stop for a blockbuster exhibition of Impressionist artwork this summer.
(Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet are among the most celebrated names in fine art today, but these Impressionists might not have known success without the support of one ambitious Parisian art dealer: Paul Durand-Ruel.

Lovers of these and other great Impressionist artists largely have Durand-Ruel to thank for recognizing the beauty of the work long before the style was appreciated in mainstream circles.

This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes a groundbreaking special exhibition that tells the story of the bold art dealer and displays many of the works he championed.

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting celebrates the ambitious and visionary Durand-Ruel who supported and helped elevate a new style of painting with a three-month marquee exhibition.

On view in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, the exhibit will showcase more than 80 works by such artists as Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet to trace Durand-Ruel’s role in the development of Impressionism.

With just three stops on an international tour, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only museum in America to show this groundbreaking exhibit.

Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery in London and by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais, in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Discovering the Impressionists will show in only Paris and London before making its final stop in Philadelphia.

This exhibition is sure to leave an incredible impression on Philadelphia.

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting
When: June 24-September 13, 2015
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, adults; $23, seniors; $20, students and youth (ages 13–18); $12 children (ages 5–12); free, children 4 and under
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Claude Monet’s oil on canvas painting The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (A Corner of the Garden with Dahlias) was painted in 1873 and is just one of the many, many works of art that will visit Philadelphia this summer. (National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Janice H. Levin, in Honor of the 50th) Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art

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January 27, 2015

The Barnes Foundation Invites Guests To Enjoy Complimentary Admission For Its Free First Sunday Event, This Sunday, February 1

The Barnes Foundation

This Sunday, February 1, The Barnes Foundation celebrates the first Sunday of the month with free admission and special events.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Leave your wallet at home this weekend: The Barnes Foundation will open its doors for free in celebration of the first Sunday of the month.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., visit the museum and enjoy its collection and special exhibitions in addition to a slew of special programs.

Guests can look forward to a talk about the relationship between Albert Barnes and William Glackens — whose work is currently on view at The Barnes — a visit from the curator of Horace Pippin: The Way I See It at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, a live performance from the Aizuri Quartet, storytime for children, crafts and more.

This month’s free first Sunday event will also serve to announce the Art Sanctuary’s 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival, which runs from May 1 through 31. The folks from Art Sanctuary will unveil the lineup for the Celebration of Black Writing at The Barnes Foundation for 2015.

The full rundown of events is available right here.

Free tickets are required and are available beginning at 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Free First Sunday at The Barnes Foundation
When: Sunday, February 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free
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January 27, 2015

The Academy of Natural Sciences’ Mega-Bad Movie Night Goes On The Road To Bryn Mawr With Free Beer And Popcorn, Thursday, January 29

Bryn Mawr Film Institue

The Academy of Natural Science’s Mega-Bad Movie Night goes on tour to the historic Bryn Mawr Film Institute this week.
(Photo courtesy Bryn Mawr Film Institue)

Atomic radiation! Mysterious deaths! Giant ants!

This week, the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University takes its Mega-Bad Movie Night on the road with a screening of Them! at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Thursday, January 29.

Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a reception with live bugs and even sample insect-based cuisine (don’t worry – bug-eating is optional!).

For more traditional tastes, BMFI will provide free popcorn, and Yards Brewery will pour free beer samples.

At 8 p.m., the lights go down and the campy classic begins. As always, ANSP scientists will provide live commentary throughout film.

Tickets cost $15 per person ($10 for BMFI members). Reserve yours online before they’re gone.

Could giant ants really threaten the human race? You’ll have to snag a seat to find out.

Mega-Bad Movie Night: On Tour with Them!
When: Thursday, January 29, 7 p.m.
Where: Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr
Cost: $15 per person ($10 for BMFI members)
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January 27, 2015

The Philadelphia Museum Of Art Hosts Local Performers For A Celebration Of Its Represent Exhibition, Tomorrow, January 28

Philadelphia Museum of Art

As part of its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts special performances in celebration of its Represent exhibition, tomorrow, January 28.(Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

As part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday and in celebration of Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, the museum is hosting Lyrispect Presents: Represent Redux, a very special event this Wednesday, January 28.

Pay whatever admission price you’d like to enter the museum, and, beginning at 6:30 p.m., listen to songs, writings and watch performances about the African American experience as inspired by the Represent exhibition. The performers hail from the tri-state area and touch on themes from the works of the exhibition.

Represent, which will remain open through April, brings together more than 75 works from the museum’s extensive collection of art by African Americans, Represent displays works by 50 artists and explores a wide range of mediums and themes.

In addition to the special performance, this week’s pay-what-you-wish Wednesday also welcomes yoga, a tour, craft and more.

Plan on this night at the museum.

Lyrispect Presents: Represent Redux at the PMA
When: Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish
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January 27, 2015

The Mural Arts Program Celebrates Valentine’s Day And Five Years Of Its Love Letter Project With A Special Tour And LGBT Wedding, Sunday, February 8

Celebrate Valentine's Day aboard the Mural Arts' Love Train with a tour of amazing rooftop murals — including this mural, number 23 in a series, and a landmark same-sex couple wedding aboard the train. (Photo courtesy Mural Arts Program)

Love is in the air, Philadelphia, and it’s time to book a ticket aboard the Love Train 2015.

For five years now, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has celebrated its Love Letter mural project with a special Valentine’s iteration of the standard Love Letter Tour.

The Love Train injects even more romance into the elevated train tour of the Love Letter mural project by Stephen “ESPO” Powers, a series created in the summer of 2009. Powers, along with his crew, painted 50 rooftop murals along the Market Street corridor, spanning from 46th street through 63rd street.

Passengers aboard the Love Train tour these murals and hear detailed stories about their creation aboard a privately chartered, slow-speed, guided ride.

In 2015, the Love Letter project marks its five-year anniversary and to honor the milestone, Mural Arts is hosting not only a special tour, but also a landmark wedding to commemorate the passage of marriage equality in Pennsylvania.

For the very first time, a same-sex couple will be wed aboard the Love Train!

On Sunday, February 8, lovebirds are invited to tour the Love Letter project, go to a wedding and enjoy a reception after the tour, too.

Book tickets, $35 per person or $60 per couple, and head to SEPTA’s Jefferson Station on Sunday, February 8 to meet the Mural Arts team at 11:30 a.m.

From noon to 1:30 p.m., experience Love Letter from the Market-Frankford El and be there as the happy couple is wed in a ceremony performed by the Honorable Daniel J. Anders, Philadelphia’s first openly gay male judge.

Following the tour, toast the newlyweds at a dessert reception at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel with help from Wired 96.5, Cakes and Candies by Maryellen, Yards Brewing Company and Moët Hennessy.

Reserve a spot soon because attendance is limited and this event is sure to sell out. Book tickets to ride the Love Train 2015 right here.

Truly, this is a love-filled party not to miss.

Mural Arts Love Train 2015
When: Sunday, February 8; Tour, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Reception, 1:30-3 p.m.
Where: Departs from SEPTA’s Jefferson Station, Concourse Area, 1170 Market Street
Cost: $35 per person, $60 per couple
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January 27, 2015

The Academy Of Vocal Arts’ Young Professionals Committee Hosts A Preview Of La Bohème And French Party This Wednesday, January 28

Academy of Vocal Arts

Be one of the first to see La Bohème as the Academy of Vocal Arts’ Young Professionals Committee hosts a preview party for the opera, Wednesday, January 28. (Photo courtesy Academy of Vocal Arts)

This Wednesday, January 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Academy of Vocal Arts’ Young Professionals Committee will host an evening of music, food and drinks for AVA After Dark in anticipation of its upcoming show La Bohème, a famous opera set in 19th century Paris.

Be one of the first to catch the show as the actors put on a preview performance of La Bohème for all AVA After Dark attendees.

After the performance, travel back in time to the setting of La Bohème — 19th century Paris — with food and drinks inspired by French fare of the time.

Tickets are $10 and are available online.

The Academy of Vocal Arts’ rendition of La Bohème will officially open on Sunday, February 7.

AVA After Dark: Post Opera Cocktail Mixer
When: Wednesday, January 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street
Cost: $10
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