March 10, 2014
The wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail celebrate the change from winter to spring (!) with its annual Barrels on the Brandywine event, a full month of wine and food tastings, special events and this year, even some food trucks.
Every Saturday and Sunday in March, each winery hosts Barrels on the Brandywine guests for varying activities and a number of events designed specifically for the event.
Look forward to tastings of newly-developed and favorite wines, live music, cheese and olive oil tastings, cellar tours and much more.
Participating wineries include Penns Woods Winery, Black Walnut Winery and Borderland Vineyard.
Visit Penns Woods Winery this weekend and sip green wine in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
The full list of participating wineries and their events is available right here.
To attend the weekly Barrels on the Brandywine events, purchase a Brandywine Passport for $25 per person. Passports are available online and at participating wineries. Passports include wine tastings at all wineries and a commemorative wine glass.
Those who visit all six participating wineries will be entered to win a prize package upon showing their completed passport to the folks at the last winery they visit.
What better way to usher in the warmer weather than with a glass of wine in hand?
Barrels on The Brandywine
When: Saturdays and Sundays in March
Where: Participating Wineries
More info: www.bvwinetrail.com
March 10, 2014
Urban dance meets circus arts when Cirque Éloize bounds into the Merriam Theater with Cirkopolis, on stage March 11 through 16.
Created within an imaginary futuristic city, the new-to-Philadelphia show is a high-energy mash-up of acrobatics, theater, break dancing and many other multidisciplinary circus arts all set to an original score and backed by video projections.
In a fresh take on a night at the circus, performers are contained on the Merriam stage — no big top in sight — and perform classic circus-arts feats with modern styling. Look out for artists including jugglers, a contortionist, aerial artists and much more.
The tightly choreographed acts showcase exhilarating stunts that’ll leave you breathless in your seat, while the ever-changing inventive video backdrops visually dazzle.
Tickets, starting at $25, are available online.
Remember, the Kimmel Center offers a limited number of discounted community rush tickets to select performances at the Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater and Academy of Music — sometimes for as little as $10. Check www.kimmelcenter.org/rush for an updated weekly listing of available shows.
With just five performances in Philadelphia, don’t sleep on scoring tickets to catch this modern circus troupe.
Cirque Éloize presents Cirkopolis
When: March 11-16
Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
More info: www.kimmelcenter.org
March 10, 2014
Through September 14, 2014, the Independence Seaport Museum hosts an exhibition about the SS United States, the world’s fastest trans-Atlantic ocean liner that sailed the seas in the 1950s and 1960s.
SS United States: Charting a Course for America’s Flagship contains photographs, items from the ship and architectural drawings inside of the museum’s 2nd floor community gallery.
Learn about the high-level passengers it transported — celebrities, socialites, royalty — along with what the ship meant for the world during the 1950s and 1960s.
Also learn about the SS United States’ Philadelphia connections including the ships’ engineering work, designed by William Francis Gibbs, a local maritime architect.
Museum-goers will also be alerted to the current conservation efforts for the Ocean liner since its loss of popularity during the beginning of the jet age.
Access to the exhibition is included in the price of general admission which is $13.50 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, children and military.
SS United States
When: Through September 14
Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Included in general admission
More info: www.phillyseaport.org
March 10, 2014
Starting at 7:30 p.m., Step Afrika! will take to the stage, delighting the audience with its high-energy stepping program.
Based in Washington D.C., Step Afrika! is the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to the long tradition of stepping.
Since its founding in 1994, the group has become one of the top 10 African-American dance companies in the country. This talented company of performers has brought its visually and musically unique show to venues both in the United States and abroad.
Step Afrika! will be in Philly for one night only, so buy tickets online before they sell out.
Step Afrika! at the Temple Performing Arts Center
When: Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lew Klein Hall, 1837 N. Broad Street
Cost: $17 ($7 for Temple students, $12 for Temple staff)
More info: www.templeperformingartscenter.org
March 7, 2014
A splendid destination to take in the work of regional artists, the James A. Michener Art Museum is named for bestselling author James Michener — the Doylestown native son who first envisioned the museum — and houses a marvelous array of both fine and decorative art.
From the sizable display of Bucks County artists like Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge and Daniel Garber to a room of gorgeous furniture by George Nakashima, the museum’s historic buildings are home to a world-class collection.
Now, the Michener presents the first major retrospective of Bucks County-born designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931-1987) in Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, on view in Doylestown through June 1.
Renowned for his creative sculpted metal furniture, Evans’ innovative experimental approaches to metalworking have ultimately attracted a remarkable international following. An artist of New Hope, Pennsylvania, much of Evans’ work was produced in a showroom he shared with woodworker Phillip Lloyd Powell.
Now, see a display of 65 works representing the artist’s entire career and including large pieces as well as sculpture and a selection of work he produced for Directional Furniture Company.
In addition to the artwork, the exhibition includes a short-form documentary with interviews from Evans’ shop workers, family members and collectors of Evans’ work, including musician and actor Lenny Kravitz. Check out the film online for a sneak peek of the show.
Of course, a full calendar of related events are set for the spring. Check out the schedule of gallery talks, receptions and more online.
Dated and timed tickets, $18 for adults, can be reserved ahead online or purchased on-site, and include admission to all the museum galleries.
Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism
When: Through June 1
Where: Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown
Cost: $18, adults; $17, seniors; $16, college students; $8, children 6-18
More info: www.michenermuseum.org
March 7, 2014
For the first time ever, the Media Business Authority presents Media Restaurant Week, multiple days of multi-course dinner deals at a number of restaurants in the Delaware County town.
Beginning on Sunday, March 9, folks are provided with easy (and affordable!) dinner plans through Thursday, March 13.
For $30, enjoy three to five course feasts, depending on the eatery, at 21 restaurants around town.
Click here for the full list of participating restaurants, but be sure to call ahead for information regarding specific menus.
The $30 dinner price excludes alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity.
Make your reservations soon, spots are bound to fill up quickly.
Media Restaurant Week
When: March 9-13
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $30 plus tax, drinks and gratuity
More info: www.visitmediapa.com
March 7, 2014
Get ready for kickoff, sports fans.
This month, the Philadelphia Union host the New England Revolution for a festive home opener on Saturday, March 15.
The region’s first Major League Soccer club, the Union has been thrilling soccer fans since its inaugural season in 2010 at PPL Park located in Chester along the scenic banks of the Delaware River.
Come Saturday the 15th, check out this year’s lineup in the first game on the Union’s home turf against the New England Revolution on March 15 at 4 p.m.
The Saturday match is not only the home opener, but also Irish Night at PPL Park. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Union and score a ticket package — $136 gets fans four corner tickets and four “I Shamrock the Union” Irish Night T-shirts.
Regular tickets for the game start at $31.50 and are available online.
Philadelphia Union Home Opener
When: Saturday, March 15, 4 p.m.
Where: PPL Park, 1 Stadium Drive
Cost: Tickets start at $31.50; Irish Night package, $136 for four
More info: www.philadelphiaunion.com
March 7, 2014
It’s the final days of the 185th annual Philadelphia Flower Show, an explosion of immaculate plant and flower design and renowned art that is slated to close its doors (until next year!) on Sunday, March 9. Check out the top 10 reasons why we’re excited for this year’s flower show (butterflies! Jose Garces’ cuisine! Warhol exhibition!), in addition to the serious signs of spring upon first entrance.
This evening, First Friday supplies the city with lots of after work events for all to enjoy. Head to Old City, Northern Liberties, Frankford Avenue in Fishtown and Manayunk to take full advantage of exhibition openings, gallery events, sales, performances and more.
On Saturday, the Craft Beer Express transports beer lovers to 12 of the city’s popular bars for tap takeovers, rare brews and plenty of beer-fueled fun.
Read on for our picks for this weekend.
Top Pick: First Friday — Our Picks for First Friday Happenings In Philadelphia
Top Pick: One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Philadelphia Flamenco Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Winter Adventure Tours at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Frogs: Nature’s Messenger at Adventure Aquarium (Fri, Sat, Sun)
** Must Read Before You Go: Top 10 Reasons Not To Miss This Year’s Philadelphia Flower Show
Top Pick: Craft Beer Express
Top Pick: Treasures from Korea at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Weekends are meant for bar hopping — The Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia
Dinosaurs Unearthed At The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)
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March 7, 2014
Beginning on Monday, March 10, the Gershman Y raises the curtain on the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, a presentation of the best in Jewish film over five Monday evenings.
The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival occurs multiple times throughout the year, but this season’s series falls under the theme of “CineMondays: Films of Love, Faith, and Devotion.” Each film presented in its spring series is also a Philadelphia premiere.
Over the course of five Monday evenings through April 28 — March 10, March 24, 31, April 7 and 28 — renowned films fill movie screens across the city.
The festival opens with a screening of Fading Gigolo at the Prince Music Theater on Monday, March 10. Fading Gigolo tells the story of Murray (Woody Allen), a New Yorker and bookstore owner who looks to pimping to help fund his failing business.
Purchase tickets for the opening night film at the Prince Music Theater’s box office or by calling the box office at 215-893-1999. Following the opening night film, all ticket-holders are invited to a post-show reception at 10 Arts at The Ritz-Carlton.
The folks of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival are particularly excited for the centerpiece screening, Ida, a film that has won honors at festivals like Sundance, the London Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Ida is about an orphaned Polish nun in the 1960s who goes to meet her only living relative before joining the convent. While meeting her Aunt, she is informed that not only was she going by the wrong name for years, but she is also Jewish.
Ida is set to screen on Monday, March 31.
On April 28, the festival closes with a screening of Closed Season, a film about a man’s search for his biological father and the unopened past he learns about. The acclaimed film won awards at festivals including the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival.
Click here for the complete film lineup.
While the complete festival pass, access to all five films, is completely sold out, individual tickets to the films are still available. Individual film tickets are $12 for general admission, $11 for seniors and $7 for students. Click here for ticketing information.
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
When: Mondays, March 10, 24, 31, April 7 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Various Locations
Cost: $12 for general admission, $11 for seniors, $7 for students
More info: www.pjff.org
March 7, 2014
The promise of spring feels almost within reach, thanks to the brilliant blooms of the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
All week long, the Flower Show has captivated thousands of visitors from around the globe with stunning displays celebrating the beauty of plants and the art of gardening.
This year’s theme, ARTiculture, brought an incredible fine art-filled experience at the Convention Center and tons of guests, events and special displays — like the vertical dancers of BANDALOOP performing in the entrance garden — have made the 2014 event pretty impressive.
Today, flower power might take a back seat to star power as none other than cheerful Food Network television personality Rachael Ray makes an appearance for a live Q&A at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show today, Friday, March 7 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
With a resume that includes syndicated television star, bestselling cookbook author, founder/editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine, and founder of the Yum-o! charitable organization, the conversation ought to be varied, engaging and, of course, peppered with Ray’s signature catchphrases.
Heading over at lunchtime? While taking in all of the exhibits on the Flower Show main floor, check out the Artist’s Palette Café on the Convention Center’s Grand Hall, which dishes fare inspired by the restaurants of Philadelphia Iron Chef and restauranteur Jose Garces. In a partnership with ARAMARK, guests can dine on Garces-developed dishes like tamales, Cubano sandwiches and empanadas.
Check right here for our complete guide to the Flower Show, including information on tickets and hotels.
Remember, the Flower Show wraps up for another year this Sunday, March 9.
Don’t miss taking in this annual Philadelphia tradition.
Rachael Ray at the Philadelphia Flower Show
When: Friday, March 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Mainstage on the Flower Show floor
Cost: Included in Flower Show admission
More info: www.theflowershow.com
The 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
When: March 1-9
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost: Adults, $27; Students, $20; Children, $15 in advance; Adults, $32; Students, $22; Children, $17 at the box office; Free for children under 2
More info: www.theflowershow.com