August 25, 2014
Looking for some laughs?
For those who love to chuckle (that’s everybody, in case you forgot), the city’s burgeoning comedy scene is worth some attention this week.
Beginning today, super-affordable comedic theater takes the stage at the intimate Shubin Theatre in Queen Village for the first-ever Five Dollar Comedy Week in Philadelphia.
The Comedy Week is the first of its kind in Philadelphia and promises to bring a wide range of local comedians to the stage in more than 30 shows over the course of the week — the festival runs from today, August 25 through this Sunday, August 31.
Look forward to everything from diary readings and online dating comedy to fart-joke workshops and a series of mini-shows. Plus, bonus shows with to-be-determined topics follow certain 10 p.m. performances, too.
As the name of the festival states, admission is just $5 per performance.
For those looking to catch a number of festival shows, a $25 wristband is available for unlimited access.
Guests are encouraged to reserve their tickets in advance. Click here for the full festival rundown and to reserve your tickets.
For more information about the individual shows, click here.
The week-long performance festival kicks off tonight, August 25 at 6 p.m. at Rittenhouse Square. Both performers and festival guests will embark on an Olympic-style run to a torch lighting at the Shubin Theatre.
Let the hilarity ensue.
Five Dollar Comedy Week
When: August 25-31
Where: The Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge Street
Cost: Individual Shows, $5; Unlimited Access, $25
More info: www.fivedollarcomedyweek.com
August 25, 2014
***UPDATE*** As of Wednesday, August 27, the Spruce Street Harbor Park season has been extended through Sunday, September 28. For more info, click here.
We hate to be the bearer of sad news, but alas, Spruce Street Harbor Park concludes its season at Penn’s Landing on Monday, September 1.
The pop-up public park on the Delaware River Waterfront has been an absolutely amazing addition to Philadelphia’s alfresco summer scene, and we’ll sure miss the hammock grove, urban beach, game-filled boardwalk and floating restaurant.
But before Spruce Street Harbor Park shutters, we highly suggest a trip to Penn’s Landing to take advantage of the space one last time. The park is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., with concessions and games available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and food and drink at The Blue Anchor floating restaurant available nightly on weekdays and all day on the weekend.
Plus, this Saturday, August 30 marks the final Art Star Pop-Up Market. Like the annual Art Star Craft Bazaar, the pop-up market brings out handmade gifts by some of the best indie crafters from Philadelphia and beyond to the Delaware River waterfront.
This two-month-long placemaking installation has sure delivered a substantial reminder to the city of the waterfront’s awesome maritime history and ever-developing future.
But don’t shed too many tears over the loss of a park at Penn’s Landing: this winter, pop-up beer garden and winter village Waterfront Winterfest will return to the waterfront! Stay tuned for more on the super winter recreation yet to come.
While the weather is warm, though, get out to the waterfront! Check right here for complete park, restaurant and concession hours.
Truly, don’t miss the final chance to check out what’s been a stupendous spot to enjoy summer in Philadelphia.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
When: Open through Monday, September 1 ***UPDATE*** The Spruce Street Harbor Park season has been extended through Sunday, September 28.
Where: 401 S. Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street
Cost: Free admission
More info: www.sprucestreetharborpark.com
August 25, 2014
The lush PHS Pop-Up Garden on South Street in Graduate Hospital is still packing in lovers of alfresco good times nightly.
Though just reveling in sunshine or moonlight in the garden is enjoyable, tonight the pop-up hosts a free outdoor movie screening with movie-themed quizzo.
Once the sun sets tonight, The Great Outdoors, an ’80s comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy, fills the alfresco movie screen. Prior to the screening, hang at the beer garden for a few rounds of The Great Outdoors-themed quizzo, which will begin at 6 p.m.
Make it a complete movie night with food and refreshments from the bar, Jamaican Jerk Hut or an on-site food truck — tonight’s featured food truck will be Oink and Moo.
Plus, guests who make a donation to PHS City Harvest will receive a free bag of popcorn.
Both the movie screening and quizzo are completely free.
Movie Night at the PHS Pop-Up Garden
When: Mondays, August 25, Quizzo, 6 p.m.; Movie, 8 p.m.
Where: PHS Pop-Up Garden, 1438-46 South Street
More info: www.phsonline.org
August 25, 2014
Cue the Monty Python Spamalot YouTube clips. It’s all about the Spam at American Sardine Bar when Scott Schroeder’s sandwich shrine pays its respects to precooked canned meat product.
A collaboration between Schroeder, photographer Neal Santos and food writer Drew Lazor, the very special evening (which is also Santos’ birthday) will feature a delicious spiced lineup of Spam-tastic snacks.
Starting at 6 p.m. until the Spam runs out, the kitchen will turn out Spam Pandesal sliders on sweet Filipino rolls with mango and papaya slaw; Spam fried rice lumpia (fried rice formed into spring rolls and deep fried to a crisp); Spam corn dog; Spam tacos; Spam mac n’ cheese; and the list goes on.
Even more potential excitement for Spam lovers: the company has sent along extra flavors that are rare or unavailable in Philadelphia, such as Hot & Spicy, Bacon, Jalapeno and Teriyaki, each of which will be making an appearance in the specialty dishes.
The one-night-only menu will be served à la carte and will last as long as the supplies do.
Spam Night at American Sardine Bar
When: Wednesday, August 27, 6 p.m. until the food runs out
Where: American Sardine Bar, 18th and Federal streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.americansardinebar.com
August 25, 2014
Looking for a way to celebrate your favorite cute, cuddly canine? You’re in luck!
Tuesday, August 26 marks National Dog Day, and Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is rolling out the red carpet for the city’s four-legged friends.
From 5 to 8 p.m., the Monaco will host a pop-up puppy boutique where dogs can come, sit and stay to receive a good scrubbing. Doggie Style, one of Philly’s most beloved pet stores and boutiques, will give away gift bags to participants.
Although the wash is free, donations are appreciated. All proceeds will go to Operation Ava, a local no-kill shelter.
Don’t worry — there’s fun in store for the city’s human celebrants as well.
The patio at the hotel’s excellent eatery, Red Owl Tavern, will offer a “Dogs & Suds” happy hour featuring two canine-inspired food specials: the Philly Dog, a Kobe beef hot dog served with ketchup, German hot spicy mustard, diced onion, piccalilli and sauerkraut; and the Virginia Dog topped with chili, chopped onions and coleslaw.
Guests can also enjoy Dogfish Head brews for just $6 each. A portion of the proceeds from happy hour will be donated to Operation Ava as well.
Free Dog Washes and “Dogs & Suds” Happy Hour
When: Tuesday, August 26, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: Dog washes are free, happy hour specials are pay-as-you-go; Donations strongly encouraged More info: www.monaco-philadelphia.com
August 22, 2014
Feast your eyes on some of the most impressive gardens in South Philly at the fourth annual South Philly Garden Tour on Saturday, September 6.
The self-guided tours take garden-lovers to more than 16 gardens from 2nd to 10th streets from Fitzwater to Moore streets. The tours take guests through a variety of hidden and not-so-hidden treasures throughout South Philly.
Tour a community garden complete with a number of Isaiah Zagar murals, a Japanese tea garden, an herb garden at The Wishing Well, a garden that has been run by the same family for five generations and more.
Following the garden tour, The Industry will host an after party for all guests.
Event check in is at Gold Star Park at 613 Wharton Street. Day-of tickets will also be available at the park, though we recommend scooping up tickets now.
The event serves as a fundraiser for the South Philly Food Co-op. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Tickets are available online.
South Philly Garden Tour
When: Saturday, September 6, 1-4 p.m.; Rain Date, Sunday, September 7
Where: Tours Leave From Gold Star Park, 613 Wharton Street
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
More info: www.southphillyfoodcoop.org
August 22, 2014
A marvelous spectacle of circus arts comes to town in a big way next month with the return of Cirque du Soleil to Philadelphia, bringing its arena production Varekai to the Wells Fargo Center, September 10-14.
From its humble beginnings as a group of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now one of the biggest names in entertainment with dynamic shows around the globe — there are currently 19 on view all across the world.
In Philadelphia, for seven performances only over five days, Varekai takes Cirque’s big-top style into the massive Wells Fargo Center arena for an all out circus extravaganza.
A show of 12 acts featuring more than 50 artists and musicians from 18 different countries, Varekai (which translates as means “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 to Varekai at the Wells Fargo Center are available online, so reserve today.
For a sneak peek at a few of the artists of Varekai, check out the video below.
Don’t miss the chance to experience the world of Cirque du Soleil in Philadelphia’s backyard.
Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai
When: September 10-14
Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost: $45-$100, adults; $36-$81, children (12 & under); $40.50-$85.50, military, seniors, students
More info: www.cirquedusoleil.com
August 22, 2014
Don’t let the threat of a drizzle put a damper on your weekend plans. Instead, start the weekend with an alfresco beer.
Tonight marks the second-to-last week of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, and tonight, it hits Independence Beer Garden with $4 pints of Yards Philly Pale Ale, $4 pretzel bites and free summer swag giveaways beginning at 4 p.m.
In celebration of the weekend, both The Barnes Foundation and The Philadelphia Museum of Art open their doors tonight for after-hours art, drinks, music and more.
And definitely make plans to hang out at Spruce Street Harbor Park the awesome pop-up park on the waterfront, before it closes for the season next weekend. Have dinner at the floating Garces restaurant, sip a beer in the beer garden or play games along the boardwalk.
Also, don’t miss the very cool exhibition about Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art – Making a Classic Modern – which runs through Monday, September 1 (leaving only a little over a week to take in the exhibition!).
Read on for our guide to this weekend.
Top Pick: Friday Night at The Barnes Foundation
Varga Bar Crab Boil (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Quince Productions GayFest! (Fri, Sat)
Top Pick: Our Guide to Brunch in Philadelphia (Sat, Sun)
Much more, below. (more…)
August 22, 2014
This Saturday, August 23, the recurring Philadelphia Flea Market fills the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts for an indoor shopping event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The vintage and antique-only market is set to bring 40 vendors into the Kimmel’s Commonwealth Plaza to sell everything from jewelry and furniture to glassware and home decor to the spotlight.
Admission to the flea market is completely free, and an ATM will be on site for those looking to purchase goods from the treasure trove.
The Philadelphia Flea Market is a weekly market that fills public spaces across the city — from Manayunk to Rittenhouse — in the spring, summer and early fall. The full Flea Market schedule is available right here.
Philadelphia Flea Market at The Kimmel Center
When: Saturday, August 23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.philafleamarkets.org
August 22, 2014
It’s hard to imagine a more bucolic place in which to explore art than the Brandywine River Museum of Art, run by the Brandywine Conservancy on a nature preserve.
The museum is housed in a renovated 1864 grist mill, and its grounds include wildflower gardens and, of course, that ever-meandering river. Since its founding, the museum’s collection has grown to include more than 2,500 landscapes, still lifes, genre paintings, and illustrations from hundreds of 19th- and 20th-century American artists.
On Saturday, August 23, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will take a turn towards the contemporary with the debut of its latest exhibition: Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield.
This spectacular exhibit will celebrate one of the 20th century’s leading artists with more than 50 paintings, borrowed from public and private collections across the country. Known for his passionate watercolor scenes, Burchfield’s works showcase a profound respect for nature and the American landscape.
The exhibit, on view through Sunday, November 16, will be accompanied by a slew of special programming, including lectures, curator-led tours, gallery talks and concerts.
In addition to the temporary exhibition and special events indoors, this weekend the museum also debuts the newly commissioned installation by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen.
A work of photography and found objects, Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses draws directly from the landscape of the Brandywine River Valley and invites viewers to take a closer look at the surrounding environment.
Access to the exhibit and installation are included with museum admission, and prices for special events range from free/included with admission to $40 ($32 for members).
Don’t miss these two contemporary displays at this countryside destination.
Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield and Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses
When: Saturday, August 23 through Sunday, November 16
Where: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Cost: Included with museum admission ($12 for adults; $8 for seniors $6 for students children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and Brandywine Conservancy members); extra cost for certain special events
More info: www.brandywinemuseum.org