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September 15, 2014

Reminder: The National Constitution Center Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month With A Variety Of Programming, Through October 15

The National Constitution Center celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of programming and special artifacts, September 15-October 15. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

The National Constitution Center celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of programming and special artifacts, September 15-October 15. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

The National Constitution Center raises a hat to National Hispanic Heritage Month — and the Hispanics and Hispanic Americans who helped America get to where it is today — with a variety of free programming all throughout the month, from today, September 15 through Wednesday, October 15.

Included in the price of general admission, guests will come across a variety of artifacts in addition to Hispanic-centric programming.

The museum will present the Bible used to swear in Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the certification of election of Senator Dionisio “Dennis” Chávez to the U.S. Senate and more historic artifacts.

The daily programs will include a Hispanic Heritage self-guided tour, a show about the struggles that influential Hispanics faced in America and a giant game that will test guests’ knowledge of some of the country’s storied Hispanics.

Take note: Hispanic Heritage Month programming will not be available on Constitution Day, which is Wednesday, September 17. Bonus: The museum will be open for free on September 17.

National Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Constitution Center
When: September 15-October 15
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: Included in the price of museum admission
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org

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September 12, 2014

Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart, A Survey Of The Work Of The Abstract Expressionist Artist, Opens Tomorrow, September 13 At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art

Opening tomorrow, September 13, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes a survey of the work created by Abstract Expressionist artist Richard Pousette-Dart. (Courtesy 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society)

Opening tomorrow, September 13, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes a survey of the work created by Abstract Expressionist artist Richard Pousette-Dart. (Courtesy 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society)

Opening tomorrow, September 13, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart brings the oft-overlooked work of the abstract artist Richard Pousette-Dart to the spotlight in an in-depth survey of his works on paper — watercolors, drawings, paintings and more.

Guests will find 65 of his paper works throughout the exhibition, in addition to six of his artist notebooks.

Organized chronologically, the exhibition starts with a look at Pousette-Dart’s first works from the 1930s — a collection of sculptors’ drawings. From there, guests are brought on a journey through the varied works of the artist to his final works in the 1990s.

Over the course of his life, Pousette-Dart called on influences from a variety of sources — from printmaking to tribal art — that led his work to vary greatly. During his 50-year career, the artist experimented with everything from drawings largely made up of solid lines to paintings made up of small, colorful dots.

Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart opens tomorrow, September 13, and will remain on view through November 30 in the Honickman and Berman Galleries.

Access to the exhibition is included in the price of general admission.

Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart
When: September 13-November 30
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included in the price of admission
More info: www.philamuseum.org

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September 12, 2014

Save The Date: The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival Returns With More Than 40 Food Trucks, A Beer Garden, Shopping And More, September 28

Manayunk

The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival returns with more than 40 food trucks, a beer garden, music, shopping vendors and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 28: The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival is back and bigger than ever — seriously.

For the first time ever, the bi-annual fest promises a beer garden and a designated kids area — and will close down Main Street for vehicular traffic to allow for even more food truck goodness.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 40 food trucks will line Main Street offering inventive waffles from Foolish Waffles, pizza from Nomad Pizza, lobster rolls from Surf and Turf Truck, eats from Local 215 and more.

In addition to the food trucks’ regular fare, guests can also look forward to special dishes that highlight the featured ingredient of the festival: apples. A number of participating restaurants will also make apple-centric plates.

Also browse sidewalk sales and attend in-store events at downtown shops. Purchase jams, spices, fresh produce and more from an on-site market, too.

The full list of participating food trucks, retailers and restaurants is available right here.

Stay tuned for more information on this food truck festival!

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival serves as a precursor to Manayunk’s restaurant week, which runs from September 28 through October 10.

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
When: Sunday, September 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Main Street from Green Lane to Shurs Lane, Manayunk
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.manayunk.com

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September 12, 2014

Weekend Picks: Center City Restaurant Week, Fringe Festival, Alfresco Craft Market At Independence Mall, Doylestown Arts Festival, Second Saturday In Germantown, Clover Market And More

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Make your way to Spruce Street Harbor Park this weekend for everything from dinner and drinks to bocce games on the boardwalk. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)

It’s gorgeous today, and we can’t wait until 5 p.m. when we can start taking advantage of the perfect weather.

Late-summer weekends are truly an ideal time to get out and enjoy all of the outdoor (and indoor!) offerings in the city.

This weekend promises everything from Center City Restaurant Week and the Fringe Festival to an outdoor craft market at Independence Mall and a number of neighborhood festivals.

In the next few days, an arts festival fills Doylestown, a beer and barbecue fest occurs at Yards Brewing Company, Germantown and East Passyunk both celebrate Second Saturday, Mt. Airy hosts a village fair and more.

Read on for our guide to this weekend, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Friday, September 12

Top Pick: Center City Restaurant Week

Top Pick: Fringe Festival — Our Picks for the Top Shows (Fri, Sat, Sun)

• Our Neighborhood Picks — Click Here

Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Friday Nights at The Barnes Foundation

Top Pick: Philly’s Awesome Beer Garden Scene

Independence Beer GardenA great hangout mere steps from Independence Mall.

Spruce Street Harbor ParkA pop-up beer garden and restaurant on the Delaware River.

PHS Pop Up GardenA tropical oasis on South Street West.

More Beer Gardens: And, of course, there are a bunch of other great beer garden options including Morgan’s Pier, Frankford Hall, Fergie’s, Memphis Taproom, Silk City, Opa and more. Full list here.

Fringe Festival Shows & Menus at London Grill

Philadelphia Home Grown Music Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Champagne in the Park at Penn Treaty Park

Now Open: Capofitto in Old City — Pizza and Gelato from the Capogiro Team

An Evening with King Crimson at The Kimmel Center (Fri, Sat)

The Awesome Fest’s Summer Camp Sleepover: The Sequel

The Body Lautrec at The Caplan Studio Theatre at the University of the Arts

Grooves in the Groves at Dilworth Park (Fri, Sat)

iHamlet at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

MilkCrate Launch Party at City CoHo

Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

WetLand at Penn’s Landing (Fri, Sat, Sun)

’80s-Themed 25th Anniversary Party at the Sporting Club at The Bellevue

Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation at the American Philosophical Society Museum

Peter Pan Is Dead at the William Way LGBT Community Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Souled Out at The Trestle Inn

Little Nonna's

Center City Restaurant Week continues on Friday and Sunday this weekend. Make reservations to feast on a tasty three-course meal at any one of the more than 100 participating restaurants. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, September 13

Top Pick: Craft Phila: Liberty Bell (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Longwood Gardens’ Fireworks and Fountains — Closing Day!

Top Pick: Historic Germantown Second Saturdays

Top Pick: Doylestown Arts Festival (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

PHAIR Open-Air Market

Frankford Avenue End of Summer Block Party

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September 12, 2014

Must-See Exhibition: Discover The Rarely Seen Paintings, Drawings And First Short Films Of Iconic Director David Lynch During The Unified Field At The Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts Through January 2015

David Lynch at PAFA

Discover 90+ rarely seen paintings, drawings and short films of David Lynch during The Unified Field at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. (Photo courtesy David Lynch)

Having praised Philadelphia as his “greatest inspiration,” renowned filmmaker and artist David Lynch is returning to the city for the first-ever retrospective of his rarely seen artwork.

Lynch studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) from January 1966 until the summer of 1967 and during that time he found inspiration in the buildings, people and general mood pervasive throughout the city.

Following his stint in Philadelphia, Lynch’s personal experiences in the city and surreal visions found their way into influential films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive as well as the acclaimed television series Twin Peaks. In addition to his success as a director, Lynch continues to produce an impressive output of work in a variety of artistic mediums from painting to printmaking to music.

Opening at PAFA this Saturday, September 13,  David Lynch: The Unified Field is a comprehensive look at Lynch’s artwork from 1965 to the present day including rarely seen paintings, drawings and short films, many of which were made during his time in Philadelphia.

David Lynch at PAFA

The Unified Field, on display in PAFA’s historic Landmark Building, features many rarely seen paintings and drawings created by Lynch from 1965-present day. (Photo by T. Scheid for Visit Philadelphia)

The Exhibition

Organized in close collaboration with Lynch himself, The Unified Field is the first major museum exhibition in the United States to showcase his works.

The exhibition includes approximately 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to the present with many that have never before been seen in public. You will also have a chance to see early short films created during Lynch’s time in Philadelphia including Six Men Getting Sick (1967), a hybrid work of art that brings together painting, sculpture, sound, film and restaged as originally displayed.

Many of Lynch’s works combine artistic methods and mediums to create intense, textural works with recurring themes and tense narratives. Discover early studies that inspired disturbing visuals from his film Eraserhead and massive works depicting childhood memories, nightmares and flashbacks.

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September 12, 2014

Deal Feed: 19 Discount Ticket Offers Available At Philadelphia Theaters For The Upcoming Fall Season And Beyond

Attending a theatrical or musical performance has never been cheaper thanks to rush tickets, deals for students and straight up free performances. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Attending a theatrical or musical performance has never been cheaper thanks to rush tickets, deals for students and straight up free performances. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Good news, theater-lovers: The fall performing arts scene is starting up for the 2014-2015 season.

Catching a show at any one of the city’s great performance venues — from The Kimmel Center to the Academy of Music — has never been easier (or cheaper!) thanks to a number of ticket discounts, free performances and insider tips and tricks.

We’ve rounded up 19 ways to get your theater fix on the cheap with great promotions like student discount tickets, rush tickets and free show previews.

Read on for 19 ways to take advantage of Philadelphia’s performing arts scene without breaking the bank.

THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES

Rush Tickets at the Academy of Music, Merriam Theatre and Forrest Theatre

Theater fans enjoy the best of Broadway at Broad Street prices thanks to the Broadway Philadelphia series at the Academy of Music, Merriam Theatre and Forrest Theatre. Patrons who line up at the venue box office two hours before show time can score Community Rush tickets for only $30 (cash only).

Free Previews at the Academy of Vocal Arts

The next generation of opera stars train at the renowned Academy of Vocal Arts, and fans are invited to watch as the performers put the finishing touches on upcoming productions. During these free previews, the resident artists perform selected pieces from the opera and the maestro provides the audience with background information about the composer, stage production, history, setting and time period. MORE INFO

Final Dress Rehearsal at the Arden Theatre Company

Before each main stage performance officially debuts, the Arden Theatre Company fulfills its commitment to making theater accessible to diverse audiences by opening the final dress rehearsal to the public. Attendees pay what they can to see the full cast, full costumes and full scenery at this sneak preview with proceeds benefiting a Philadelphia non-profit. For regular performances, students with ID pay $10 cash for available seats 30 minutes before the show begins. MORE INFO

$31 Seats at the Bristol Riverfront Theatre

Every seat at the Bristol Riverfront Theatre mainstage productions is a good one, even those starting as low as $31. The professional theater has won numerous awards for new plays developed in house, as well as its productions of musicals and well-known works. MORE INFO

$20 Previews at InterAct Theatre Company

Culture vultures on a budget catch InterAct Theatre Company’s thought-provoking shows at a discounted price of $20 for preview performances scheduled before the official opening night. MORE INFO

Academy of Music in Philadelphia

There are a number of ways to watch performances at The Academy of Music on the cheap. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

$30 Rush Tickets at Media Theatre

Media Theatre charges just $42 for seats to fully staged professional musical theater productions. But there are even bigger savings on Wednesday and Thursday evenings when theatergoers line up an hour before show time for $30 rush tickets to any of its Broadway Series Productions. MORE INFO

$19 Opera Philadelphia Tickets

Opera Philadelphia hits the high notes with tickets that start as low as $19 for performances at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and $25 for performances at the Academy of Music. There are even more savings for students with valid IDs. Line up at the box office two hours before curtain time at either location and save 50 percent off any seat or receive $10 off amphitheater tickets at the Academy or second balcony tickets at the Kimmel Center. MORE INFO

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September 12, 2014

The 19th Annual Sippin’ By The River Delivers Unlimited Beverages, Live Entertainment And Fantastic River Views, Saturday, September 13

Sippin by the River

Now in its 19th year, Sippin’ by the River hits Cavanaugh’s River Deck on Saturday, September 13.(Image courtesy Sippin’ by the River)

Before you say goodbye to summer, spend Saturday, September 13 outside at Cavanaugh’s River Deck during the 19th Annual Sippin’ by the River event.

From 1 to 5 p.m., attendees can enjoy gorgeous Delaware River views while drinking regionally sourced wines, craft and specialty beers, and plenty of delicious, non-alcoholic beverages.

Guests must be 21 or over to attend this fundraiser for the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Money raised will be used for research, education and support programs for people living with these chronic digestive disorders.

Tickets can be purchased in advance and include entrance to the event; unlimited samples of beer, wine and spirits; live music and entertainment; and much, much more.

Admission cost $50 each ($25 for designated drivers). If you don’t have a designated driver, note that Uber is offering a $20 credit to all Sippin’ attendees.

Sippin’ by the River will be held rain or shine.

It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy some outdoor fun before you hibernate for the winter.

19th Annual Sippin’ by the River
When: Saturday, September 13, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Cavanaugh’s River Deck, 417 Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $50 per person; $25 for designated drivers
More info: www.sippinbytheriver.com

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September 11, 2014

Tonight Picks: Fringe Festival, Center City Restaurant Week, Free Beer And Cheese At Di Bruno Bros., Cirque Du Soleil And More

As the FringeArts space on Columbus Boulevard kicks into full gear for the Fringe Festival, its new restaurant La Peg continues to satisfy diners with French fare and drinks. (Photo by Kevin Monko courtesy FringeArts)

As the FringeArts space on Columbus Boulevard kicks into full gear for the Fringe Festival, its new restaurant La Peg continues to satisfy diners with French fare and drinks. (Photo by Kevin Monko courtesy FringeArts)

Start the weekend a night early at one of a number of events on tap for the evening.

Center City Restaurant Week and the Fringe Festival are both in full swing and providing Philadelphians with three-course dinner deals and after-dinner theater. Dinner and theater — check.

Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin jump starts the weekend with its free beer and cheese happy hour tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. Yes, free.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Center City Restaurant Week

Your dinner plans are set: Make your reservations at any one of the more than 100 restaurants participating in Center City Restaurant Week. Visit newcomers like Abe Fisher and Stella Rossa or head to an old standby like Zahav and El Vez. For those looking to stretch the restaurant week deals even further, check out our picks for BYOB spots participating in Restaurant Week.

When: Thursday, September 11
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $35 plus tax, gratuity and alcohol

Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival, the city’s premier performance festival — featuring works of theater, dance, visual arts, music and spoken-word at venues across the city — continues to wow audiences with progressive performances this evening. Click here for our guide to the festival, and click here for our neighborhood performance picks.

When: Thursday, September 11
Where: Participating Locations
Cost: Varies

StylePop at Dilworth Park

Get your alfresco shop on as Dilworth Park hosts the StylePop series, a weekly event that brings together clothing, jewelry and crafts from a variety of designers. The shopping event runs until 7 p.m. tonight.

When: Thursday, September 11, until 7 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: Pay as you go

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai

A marvelous spectacle of circus arts comes to town tonight as Cirque du Soleil presents its arena production Varekai at the Wells Fargo Center. Varekai (which translates as “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies) showcases both traditional circus stunts and more contemporary acts, including everything from Georgian dance and juggling to aerial hoops and Russian swings. Tickets start at $45 for general admission.

When: Thursday, September 11, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost: $45 and up

The Last Five Years at London Grill

London Grill gets in on the Fringe Festival action with Fringe Festival shows and a special menu throughout the run of the festival. Tonight, the Fairmount restaurant invites guests in for The Last Five Years at 7 p.m. Enjoy special menu items and 15 percent off of your final bill with your Fringe show ticket. Tickets are available online.

When: Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m.
Where: London Grill and Paris Bar, 2301 Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

No need to make dinner tonight — Center City Restaurant Week continues at more than 100 restaurants throughout the city. (Photo by N. Sheldon for Visit Philadelphia)

No need to make dinner tonight — Center City Restaurant Week continues at more than 100 restaurants throughout the city. (Photo by N. Sheldon for Visit Philadelphia)

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September 11, 2014

The Arden Theatre Company Launches Its Fall Season With The Uproarious Comedy La Bête, Starting Thursday, September 11

Arden

The Arden Theatre Company launches its fall season with La Bête, September 11-October 12. (Photo by Kristy Giballa for The Arden Theatre Company)

If you think it’s hard to say a tongue twister, wait till you see La Bête, an uproarious comedy written entirely in rhymed iambic pentameter that opens the Arden Theatre Company’s new season, starting tonight, Thursday, September 11.

Set in the 17th century, the show marries high art and low comedy. It spins the tale of an acting troupe that finds itself in a quandary when forced to take on a street performer. The theater group’s playwright is snooty and highbrow, while the new guy is and over-the-top and more than a bit of a buffoon.

The story is intended as hearty spoof of Moliere, but you don’t need to know anything about that famous French playwright to appreciate all the antics that take place, or the wild and witty wordplay where puns and jokes fly fast and furious.

Directed by Emmanuelle Delpech, Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Theatre Artist of 2011, La Bête features a fabulous cast, to include several Arden favorites such as Alex Bechtel, Amanda Schoonover, and Scott Greer, who will no doubt have a field day in his larger than life lead role.

Tickets to the Arden’s season opener, starting at $36, are available online.

La Bête
When: September 11-October 12
Where: Arden Theater Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $36-$50
More info: www.ardentheatre.org

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September 11, 2014

The Doylestown Arts Festival Returns With 160 Art Vendors, Music, Bike Races And More, This Weekend, September 13-14

Doylestown Arts Festival

This weekend, September 13 and 14, the Doylestown Arts Festival returns with shopping from 160 local art vendors, food, music and more. (Photo courtesy Doylestown Arts Festival)

This weekend, art fills the borough of Doylestown in Bucks County for the annual Doylestown Arts Festival, which brings work by more than 150 artists to the spotlight on September 13 and 14.

The countryside festival also promises numerous bike races, live music, shopping and plenty of festival fare.

For those planning on heading out to the festival, be sure to check out Visit Philly’s guide to the shops, attractions and restaurants of Doylestown.

The Festival

More than 160 vendors fill Doylestown from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on both September 13 and 14, selling everything from fine art and jewelry to handmade glass and soap. Browse one-of-a-kind items for your home, yourself, friends or family, all created by artists from the local community.

The full list of participating artists, broken down by type of art, is available right here.

Four stages will put the spotlight on a variety of musical acts throughout the two-day festival. Music will fill the festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The full performance rundown is available here.

Since a festival isn’t complete without a variety of festival food, the Hamilton Street parking lot (between Oakland Avenue and State Street) hosts a food court full of treats like burgers, hot dogs, funnel cake, crab cakes, Philly pretzels, water ice, smoothies and more.

Bonus: There will be a free shuttle from festival parking lots to the festival grounds.

Take note: the festival is rain or shine.

Bike Races

The Thompson Criterium of Doylestown returns for its 12th year of intense cycling races. The race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the Cyclosportif 100K, a recreational ride through the surrounding area. Following the Cyclosportif, cheer on athletes during the women’s race (the first women’s race to take place during the Criterium!) at 10:30 a.m., the children’s race at noon and the men’s race at 1 p.m.

On Saturday, September 13, the annual UCI Road Race takes athletes from the festivities at the Doylestown Arts Festival to the borough of New Hope. More than 150 professional bicyclists will ride through the hills of Bucks County in hopes of taking home a prize. Click here to check out the race map.

Doylestown Arts Festival
When: September 13-14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: State and Main streets, West Oakland and Hamilton streets, Doylestown
Cost: Free
More info: www.doylestownartsfestival.com

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