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July 18, 2014

The Inaugural Night Out Restaurant Week Brings Dining Deals To Penn’s Landing, Northern Liberties And Fishtown Restaurants, August 1-10

From August 1 through 10, more than a dozen restaurants in Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Penn's Landing serve up dining deals for the first-ever Night Out Restaurant Week. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

From August 1 through 10, more than a dozen restaurants in Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Penn’s Landing serve up dining deals for the first-ever Night Out Restaurant Week. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Mark your calendars, Philadelphia! The first-ever Night Out Restaurant Week, organized by SugarHouse Casino, brings lunch and dinner deals to more than a dozen restaurants along Penn’s Landing, in Fishtown and Northern Liberties.

Depending on the restaurant, fill up on $10 or $20 lunches and $25 or $35 dinners.

Visit Bar Ferdinand for a $35 three-course dinner of plates including roasted mussels, pork belly, fried manchengo cheese and seared scallops. Click here for Bar Ferdinand’s full Night Out Restaurant Week menu.

Head to Jerry’s Bar for a $35 three-course meal featuring plates like ricotta gnocchi, meatballs and toast, steak frites, pierogis, churros and more. The full menu is available right here.

The Moshulu serves up a $35 seafood feast for dinner and a $20 feast for lunch. Choose from menu items like calamari, salmon, mahi mahi, lemon ricotta cheesecake and more. The full menu is available here.

Additional participating restaurants include Circles Thai, El Camino Real and The Chart House. The full list of participating restaurants is available right here.

Bring your Night Out Restaurant Week receipt to SugarHouse Casino and receive $10 of free play in addition to live music.

Note that not all participating restaurants are serving both lunch and dinner, so be sure to check with your desired restaurant regarding the menu.

Night Out Restaurant Week
When: August 1-10
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Lunch, $10 or $20; Dinner, $25 or $35; Depending on the restaurant
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July 18, 2014

Uber Ice Cream Trucks Return To Philadelphia Today, July 18, With On-Demand Ice Cream Trucks From 11 A.M. To 5 P.M.

Uber Ice Cream

We all scream for ice cream — and today, Uber answers the call with on-demand ice cream trucks available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Image courtesy Uber)

Have you ever dreamed of summoning an ice cream truck to your doorstep? Thanks to Uber, today you can.

Today, Friday, July 18, score sweet treats on demand via Uber Philadelphia thanks to a global one-day-only blitz that adds ice cream trucks as an option on Uber’s smartphone app, which usually offers on-demand town cars or SUVs.

In more than 100 cities across the globe, ice cream trucks will be on the road from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., while supplies last.

For $25, you’ll get one ice cream bundle — five pieces of ice cream and an Uber Tank Top.

You can purchase more than five pieces of ice cream from a single truck, but only in increments of five. So, five for $25, 10 for $50, and so on. The drivers will not be selling individual pieces.

Plus, there’s no cash required. All of the treats will be charged directly to your Uber account.

If you don’t have an Uber account already, sign up here.

Demand for the ice cream trucks is expected to be very, very high and availability is quite limited, so it may take multiple tries to tap an available truck. Be patient, though, since the folks at Uber intend to deliver as much ice cream as possible.

Uber Ice Cream
When: Friday, July 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (while supplies last)
Where: Throughout Philadelphia
Cost: $25 for an ice cream bundle (5 pieces of ice cream and an Uber tank top)
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July 17, 2014

Tonight Picks: University City Dining Days Kicks Off, Free Outdoor Movie Screenings Across The City, Beer Garden Quizzo At Memphis Taproom, Third Thursdee At Pizza Brain And More

Tonight, pack a picnic dinner to Clark Park as it continues to host free alfresco film screenings. Tonight, watch Death Metal Angola, a Philadelphia premiere. (Photo by Ryan Collerd courtesy The Awesome Fest)

Tonight, Clark Park continues to host free alfresco film screenings as it plays Death Metal Angola, a Philadelphia premiere. (Photo by Ryan Collerd courtesy The Awesome Fest)

The weather this evening is seriously perfect, making for an ideal opportunity to take advantage of the numerous alfresco events on tap for the next few hours.

Summer in the city means free outdoor movies, and tonight there will be crowds taking over public spaces for screenings all around town. At Clark Park, The Awesome Fest and the BlackStar Film Festival team up to host a free screening of the Philadelphia premiere Death Metal Angola. Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing presents a screening of Academy Award-winning film, Gravity and the Grays Ferry Crescent at the Schuylkill Banks takes us back to the ’80s with a screening of Back to the Future.

It’s also night one of University City Dining Days, dinner deals at more than 20 restaurants throughout West Philly. Grab an alfresco seat at participating restaurants like City Tap House, Dock Street Brewery or Han Dynasty and call it a night.

Outdoor drinks are the name of the game at numerous spots across the city, including all of the city’s great beer gardens, including Spruce Street Harbor Park, The Oval, Memphis Taproom and Independence Beer Garden.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

University City Dining Days: It’s night one of University City Dining Days, super-affordable dinner deals at more than 20 restaurants throughout West Philly. Depending on the restaurant, meals ring in at $15, $25 or $35 price points. Participating restaurants include Han Dynasty, Pod, Distrito, Dock Street Brewery, Sabrinas Cafe and White Dog Cafe. The full list of participating restaurants and their Dining Days menu is available right here.

When: Thursday, July 17
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $15, $25 or $35, Depending on the restaurant

Free Screening of Death Metal Angola at Clark Park: Presented by The Awesome Fest and the BlackStar Film Festival, Clark Park hosts a free outdoor screening of Death Metal Angola, a Philadelphia premiere about the African hardcore music scene in Angola. The film screening begins at 9 p.m. in the bowl in Clark Park. Plus, it’s a perfect evening to catch an alfresco film — have you been outside?

When: Thursday, July 17, 9 p.m.
Where: Clark Park, 4398 Chester Avenue
Cost: Free

Free Screening of Back to the Future at Grays Ferry Crescent: Tonight, Grays Ferry Crescent — at the Schuylkill Banks by Wharton Street — hosts a free screening of classic flick Back to the Future. Set to begin at 8:15 p.m., guests are invited to make their way to the park before the screening for free food, drinks and a free raffle.

When: Thursday, July 17, 8:15 p.m.
Where: Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade, Schuylkill River by Wharton Street
Cost: Free

Free Screening of Gravity at Penn’s Landing: Catch a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film, Gravity tonight at Penn’s Landing for the DRWC’s Screenings Under the Stars event. The film screening is slated to begin at 8:30 p.m.

When: Thursday, July 17, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Free

Gorgeous Night for a Beer Garden: Within the past week there have been a number of brand-new additions to the beer garden scene including Independence Beer Garden, The Oval and Fergie’s. The most recent openings come on top of more additions in the past few weeks, like the PHS Pop Up Garden and Spruce Street Harbor Park. Tonight’s weather couldn’t be more perfect for a beer or cocktail at one of the city’s new — or tried-and-true — beer gardens. Click here for our picks for the best beer gardens in Philadelphia.

When: Thursday, July 17
Where: Various locations
Cost: Pay as you go

Beer Garden Quizzo at Memphis Taproom: More beer garden fun fills Memphis Taproom in Fishtown. Tonight, Memphis Taproom invites guests out to its backyard beer garden for a rousing game of quizzo led by host JB Farley. Bring your smartest friends as the winner receives beer garden bucks or movie passes from the Phildelphia Film Society.

When: Thursday, July 17, 6 p.m.
Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street
Cost: Pay as you go

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July 17, 2014

Now Open: The Brand-New Beer Garden At Fergie’s Pub In Midtown Village

Fergie’s Pub in Midtown Village is now home to a full-fledged beer garden, open from Wednesday through Saturday.

The summer of the beer garden continues.

This week has not only seen the opening of Independence Beer Garden and The Oval, but Midtown Village joins the mix with the brand-new beer garden at Fergie’s Pub on Sansom Street.

Fergie’s has long been a tried-and-true Irish bar with a solid selection of beer, wine, cocktails and food, and now the pub invites guests to take it outside on select evenings.

Located in the the parking lot adjacent to the pub, the beer garden promises an outdoor bar, twinkling lights, a handful of picnic tables and alfresco good times to boot.

Sip $6 draughts of Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Sixpoint Apollo Wheat, Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale and Angry Orchard Cider.

Beyond draughts, look forward to wine, a spiked lemonade beverage and cans of beer, too. Pair your drinks with food like hummus and chips, hot dogs, fried pickles, seitan tacos, cheesesteak spring rolls and more.

The beer garden opens its doors from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 2 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Like we alluded to above, Fergie’s is one of several new beer gardens spreading across the city this summer. Check out our full guide to the best beer gardens in Philadelphia.

Beer Garden at Fergie’s Pub
When: Wednesday and Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m.-midnight
Where: Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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July 17, 2014

The Bearded Ladies And Opera Philadelphia Reveal The Development Of ANDY: A Popera On Stage At The Wilma Theater Through July 27

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Opera Philadelphia pull back the curtain on the creative process of ANDY: A Popera during a two-week run at The Wilma Theater. (Image by Flying Hand Studio)

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Opera Philadelphia pull back the curtain on the creative process of ANDY: A Popera during a two-week run at The Wilma Theater. (Image by Flying Hand Studio)

What happens when an experimental cabaret troupe and an innovative opera company join forces? In Philadelphia, the result is a fabulously original pop-art opera.

Earlier this year, The Bearded Ladies cabaret and Opera Philadelphia embarked on a year-long collaborative project to create a fully staged pop-art opera, or “popera,” inspired by the epic life of pop artist Andy Warhol.

ANDY: A Popera debuted this past May with pop-up performances at venues ranging from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to non-traditional spaces like grocery stores and street corners.

Now in its second stage of development — an hour-long cabaret piece — ANDY: A Popera debuted at The Wilma Theater this week, continuing a two-week run in the lobby area through Sunday, July 27.

Though comedy, dance and original music by Heath Allen, along with the a few ’60s rock hits, the show delves into the central question “Is immortality worth dying for?” Characters include none other than Edie Sedgwick, Candy Darling, Marilyn Monroe, Dr. Peter Never, Campbell’s Soup Cans and Andy’s Wig (yes, a wig!).

Throughout the show’s development, the team has invited audiences to not only witness, but also to be a part of the creative process. Audiences should consider each performance is an experiment, and allow for changes from one evening to the next based on audience reaction and feedback.

Following the cabaret workshop, The Bearded Ladies will work with an operatic composer to create the final staging of ANDY: A Popera presented in conjunction with Opera Philadelphia, which will receive its world premiere in spring 2015.

Tickets to the cabaret, starting at just $10 for students, are available online.

Don’t miss out on this chance to see the creative process hard at work — with what promises to create amazing results.

The Bearded Ladies and Opera Philadelphia present ANDY: A Popera
When: Through Sunday, July 27
Where: The Wilma Theater lobby, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20, general admission; $25, cabaret tables; $10, students with ID
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July 17, 2014

Save The Date: The BlackStar Film Festival Returns With A Variety Of Films About And By People Of African Descent, July 31-August 3

The BlackStar Film Festival returns with a variety of films about the global black experience. (Image courtesy BlackStar Film Festival)

The BlackStar Film Festival returns with a variety of films about the global black experience. (Image courtesy BlackStar Film Festival)

The highly-anticipated BlackStar Film Festival returns for year three at the end of this month, from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3.

Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the film festival puts the spotlight on films about the global black experience and films by people of African descent. Throughout the festival, films of all sort fill movie screens. Look forward to documentaries, Philadelphia premieres, short film series, filmmaker spotlights and more.

Beyond dozens of film screenings, BlackStar also promises panels, discussions and receptions.

Festival highlights include the Philadelphia premiere of Half of a Yellow Sun, a discussion and film presentation by award-winning filmmaker Kahlil Joseph, the Philadelphia premiere of Dreams are Colder Than Death and more.

The full schedule of BlackStar films is available right here.

The price of festival events range from free evenings to ticketed affairs. For more information about individual ticketing for events, click here.

A festival pass, for access to all events, is available online for $125.

Festival events are slated to take place at International House Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art, Scribe Video Center, World Cafe Live and the Annenberg School of Communications at UPenn.

BlackStar Film Festival
When: July 31-August 3
Where: Various locations
Cost: Varies; Festival Pass, $125
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July 17, 2014

Gunners Run At The Piazza At Schmidt’s Debuts A New Chef, New Menu And New Friday Specials This Summer

Gunnars Run

Gunnars Run in Northern Liberties welcomes a brand-new chef to helm the kitchen at the casual American spot. (Photo by Dallyn Pavey)

Four years in, Northern Liberties pub Gunners Run is getting a re-do.

New chef and general manager Tim Bennett (formerly of Marmont) has retooled the menu at the Piazza-bordering hangout in an appealing American/European/Southern blend with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.

At the eating level, that means fried pickles with house remoulade or buttermilk ranch dip, seitan wings, pan bagna sandwiches stuffed with grilled mahi mahi and olives and baked meatloaf with port wine demi glace.

On Friday nights the menu will focus on shareable entrees such as half-kilo or kilo servings of mussels in a rainbow of accents (the 10 different selection include Russian, Latin, Southwest) and buckets of Nashville style hot fried chicken, along with pitchers of Troegs Sunshine Pils and margaritas. The sharing menu is available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Later on in the weekend, brunch time brings new offerings, too: a Bad Luck omelet with applewood bacon, cheddar house barbecue sauce and fried shallots; biscuit and gravy with homefries; and a vegan scramble with tofu and “chorizo.”

What’s not changed an iota? The outdoor courtyard seating, access to the Piazza’s stadium size TV and live entertainment and the generally good time vibe.

New Chef and Menu at Gunners Run
When: Daily
Where: 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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July 17, 2014

Old City Launches Its First-Ever Restaurant Week With Dining Deals At More Than 25 Neighborhood Restaurants, July 20-27

Old City Philadelphia

Old City launches its very first Restaurant Week this summer with deals July 20-27 at more than 25 neighborhood eateries, including Continental Old City. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Seeking a sweet summer dining deal? No sweat.

The first-ever Old City Restaurant Week kicks off eight days of bargains this Sunday, July 20.

Running July 20-27, the debut year of this Old City District dining event includes deals on meals at 28 neighborhood restaurants.

Starting this weekend, diners can score a three-course lunch or dinner for $15, $25 or $35, depending on the restaurant.

With a stellar lineup of both casual and high-end eateries, choices run the gamut from a three-course $35 dinner at High Street on Market, Amada or Farmacia to a $25 dinner at 4 Fathers Philadelphia or Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar, to $15 lunch at Rosa Blanca or Revolution House. And that’s just a handful of the offerings.

Plus, restaurant week participants should look out for the specially crafted “Cobblestone” ice cream for dessert. Made by The Franklin Fountain, the chocolate, peanut butter swirl and pretzel confection will be available at many participating restaurants.

As for drinks, the folks from Great Lakes Brewing and Southern Wine & Spirits have jumped in to offer participating restaurants deals on select beer, wine and spirits.

Plus, the fashionable ladies from the Smak Parlour Fashion Truck will pop up along the streets of Old City throughout the week.

Capitalizing on the momentum of a huge Night Market Philadelphia in Old City this past May, the district continues to draw diners to the area with this week-long event, and will follow-up its first restaurant week with its first Old City Fest, coming up on October 12.

For the complete lineup of participating restaurants and menus, check right here.

Remember, reservations are a must for any restaurant week dining, so book that table now. Making a weekend of the Friday night deal? Check here for deals on hotels.

Make your reservations now!

Old City Restaurant Week
When: July 20-27
Where: Multiple Old City restaurants
Cost: $15, $25 or $35
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July 17, 2014

The Kennett Square Sidewalk Sale Returns With Deals At A Variety Of Downtown Shops, July 19-20

The shops of Kennett Square swing open their doors to deal-seekers for its annual sidewalk sale, July 19-20. (Image courtesy Historic Kennett Square)

The shops of Kennett Square swing open their doors to deal-seekers for its annual sidewalk sale, July 19-20. (Image courtesy Historic Kennett Square)

Get shopping in Kennett Square as it hosts its deal-centric Sidewalk Sale, this weekend July 19 and 20.

All weekend, local businesses of all sort — children’s toy stores, clothing stores, jewelry shops, galleries, coffee shops and more — open their doors to deal-seekers.

Visit Kennett Square Jewelers for a 50-percent sale on pearls, 30-percent sale on silver, 20-percent sale on gold and more. Head to The Growing Tree Toy Shop for a 50-percent off deal on certain toys.

Also stock up on food and drinks as a number of speciality stores dish out deals on local wine, beer, mushrooms (since Kennett Square is the world’s mushroom capital) and more.

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 19 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 20.

For those looking to explore Kennett Square during the Sidewalk Sale, check out Visit Philly’s full guide to the restaurants, shops and attractions of Kennett Squre.

Bonus: Parking in Kennett Square garages is free on Saturdays.

Kennett Square Sidewalk Sale
When: July 19-20
Where: State Street in Kennett Square
Cost: Pay as you go
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July 16, 2014

Our Complete Guide To The Oval, The Awesome Pop-Up Public Park On The Parkway Launching Its Summer Season July 16-August 17, With A Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Art Installation And More

(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Last year, The Oval popped up on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a beach-themed placemaking installation. In 2014, The Oval' summer season runs July 16 through August 17 with a whimsical installation by artist Candy Coated, a beer garden and full calendar of events. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a Philadelphia cultural mecca — an epicenter of art museums, educational institutions and public spaces.

This summer, there’s yet another reason to proceed to the Parkway: The Oval summer season has returned for 2014.

After an awesome run in 2013, the open-air public space at Eakins Oval has once again transformed an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to summertime fun — this year with a brand-new theme and even more programming.

Open July 16 through August 17, The Oval will host tons of activities 10 hours a day Wednesday through Sunday, including free live entertainment, family-friendly programming, a lineup of food trucks and (wait for it!) a beer garden.

Also elevating the park-going experience this year, the Association for Public Art commissioned renowned local artist and designer Candy Coated to create a site-specific installation, Magic Carpet, to thematically connect the entire eight acres.

Read on for more on Magic Carpet and The Oval.

The Layout

Located within easy walking distance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, the Free Library, the Rodin Museum and Sister Cities Park, The Oval is situated in what was a surface lot in front of the Museum of Art.

An eight-acre open-air urban oasis, the painted-over parking lot and surrounding grassy areas is a super pedestrian-friendly public space, welcoming visitors to summertime-themed areas with features like tables and chairs, brightly colored sails and, yes, public restrooms.

A huge array of free activities and interactive events are scheduled both day and night, and The Oval will be open Wednesday through Sunday. From Wednesday to Friday, park hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. (weather permitting).

The Oval

The Oval, the temporary outdoor oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, welcomes some of the city’s best food trucks daily and a pop-up beer garden Wednesday through Saturday! (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Beer Garden & Food Trucks

Plan on coming hungry and thirsty to hang out at The Oval.

Beer Garden: Wednesday through Saturday, the Beer Garden at The Oval pours local brews in a shady grove. Built with repurposed park artifacts, including man hole covers, reclaimed bluestone, granite benches and bollards, and tree grates, The Oval’s beer garden is a breezy getaway under the trees.

Try your hand at lawn games including Trac Ball, Cornhole, and Kubbspel, a traditional Viking game of skill.

Look forward to a variety of craft beer options including 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat, Harpoon Summer Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Yuengling and an exclusive Yards draft.

Food Trucks: A daily lineup of food trucks (generally three savory, one sweet) will be dishing street food each day The Oval is open. Coordinated by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, who also bring food trucks to Love Park, look for trucks like Reuben on Rye, Braz BQ, Surf n’ Turf, Mama’s Meatballs, Guerrilla Ultima, Foolish Waffles, and Lil’ Pop Shop.

Food trucks will serve up eats at The Oval all day, but hours do vary. Generally, trucks roll through on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. On Saturdays, trucks serve from noon to 7 p.m.

The company of trucks varies daily, and is subject to change. Check here for a complete calendar of the food trucks at The Oval.

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