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October 28, 2014

The South Street Neighborhood Celebrates Day Of The Dead With A Festival And Parade From Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens On Sunday, November 2

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

The South Street neighborhood and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens team up to present a Day of the Dead festival and parade on Sunday, November 2. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

The South Street neighborhood and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens team up to celebrate Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, with a parade and festival on Sunday, November 2.

The festivities will start with a parade that leaves from Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens at 1:45 p.m. Skeleton puppets, dancers, mariachi music and Frida Kahlo-costumed guests will accompany guests down South Street to 4th and South streets to the festival area. Parade participants are encouraged to dress in costume for the walk down South Street.

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., a family-friendly festival at 4th and South streets will fill the street with Day of the Dead-themed crafts, shopping from local vendors, lots of live music, face painting, art demonstrations from the artists at the Eyes Gallery and more. The 400 block will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Fill up on food from local restaurants and food trucks including Tuk Tuk Real, Baron Von Schwein, Copabanana, Farm Truck, Las Bugambilias and Woolly Mammoth. Dress in your best Frida Kahlo-inspired costume and makeup for the chance to win the Frida Kahlo look-a-like contest.

Leading up to the festival, the fountain at Headhouse Square will play host to a Day of the Dead altar for guests to pay homage to loved ones.

Day of The Dead Festival and Parade
When: Sunday, November 2, 1:45-7 p.m.
Where: Parade leaves from Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street; Festival, 4th and South streets
Cost: Free
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October 28, 2014

Now Open: Lo Spiedo, A New Rotisserie And Grill At The Philadelphia Navy Yard From Marc Vetri And Team

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With the opening of Lo Spiedo at The Navy Yard, chef Marc Vetri has given diners an excellent reason to head south for a meal — namely, juicy meats from a custom 72-inch rotisserie.

The ever-expanding restaurant empire of Philadelphia super chef Marc Vetri continues to grow, with the opening of a second Osteria in New Jersey last fall, a second Pizzeria Vetri in the works for Rittenhouse, and now this week’s opening of the hotly anticipated Lo Spiedo at The Navy Yard.

Nearly two years in the making, Lo Spiedo — which is Italian for “the spit” — is now serving lunch and dinner in Building 500, a former gatehouse right at the Broad Street entrance to The Navy Yard.

Not only will this opening give the growing community at The Navy Yard an amazing dining option — the rotisserie and grill is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner daily — but Vetri’s latest debut will also provide the city at large with an amazing incentive to take a trip south.

Read on for more on the newest Vetri restaurant in Philadelphia.

The Layout

With an entire building at its disposal, the Vetri team has produced a true destination restaurant at The Navy Yard.

Visible from the front gate, the 4,700-square-foot historic brick Lo Spiedo building is located within the Navy Yard’s new Crescent Park, a three-acre entrance plaza.

Featuring around 130 seats inside, plus a large outdoor dining area, the bi-level restaurant can accommodate groups and will make for an ideal spot for the yard’s community to grab lunch, happy hour or dinner.

But the new space is open after normal Navy Yard business hours, too, opening up the complex in a brand-new way. All patrons of the restaurant will be able to enter The Navy Yard after normal Navy Yard business hours and on the weekends, plus free parking is available at the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, and there is free street parking.

Inside, the renovations of Philadelphia-based Michael Gruber Design have made the former gatehouse a inviting space. Industrial-feeling elements like brick, exposed beams and concrete are balanced by big windows, mirrors and vintage-style touches like wainscoting and mosaics.

The Food and Drink

This latest addition to the Vetri family continues in the spirit of its sister spots with a menu based on Italian dining traditions. Lo Spiedo, though, goes beyond the staple trattoria fare and focuses its menu on goods from a custom 72-inch rotisserie.

Hot-off-the-spit eats anchor the menu, with such highlights as crispy chicken wings, a spit-roasted half chicken, pork ribs with rosemary and a gorgeous Creekstone Farm fiorentina steak.

Lo Spiedo hardly only dishes meats, though. Accompanying the juicy grilled entrees, the kitchen turns out a large crowd-pleasing menu of such goods as housemade pastas, grilled focaccia, creative panini, composed salads and small plates like fried mozzarella, creamed kale and whole-roasted cabbage with gorgonzola.

Completing the offerings, Steve Wildy, the Vetri Family beverage director, designed a cocktail-focused beverage menu with six great options including a gin and tonic (with housemade tonic), a roasted tomato Bloody Mary and a savory porcini mushroom cocktail made with local Bluecoat Barrel Reserve gin.

For the complete food and drink menu, check right here.

Open daily, Lo Spiedo dishes lunch and happy hour Monday through Friday, with dinner nightly and brunch in the works. Reservations are now available here, so make plans to take a trip south for a taste of Vetri’s latest flavors.

This South Philly destination might just be the next great Philadelphia neighborhood.

Now Open: Lo Spiedo
When: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: The Navy Yard, 4503 S. Broad Street, Building 500
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 28, 2014

Liberté Lounge At The Sofitel Hotel Toasts French Wines At Its French Wine Fair, This Thursday, October 30

Liberte Lounge

Liberté Lounge at the Sofitel Hotel celebrates French wine at a French Wine Fair on Thursday, October 30. (Photo courtesy Sofitel)

Raise a glass, oenophiles!

Liberté Lounge at the Sofitel Hotel toasts French wines at its French Wine Fair, an event that brings a variety of wine hailing from France to the Rittenhouse bar and restaurant this Thursday, October 30.

Eight vineyards will be represented with a smattering of wines — red and white, sweet and dry — for guest’s enjoyment. Guests are also encouraged to pair their drinks with plates from chef Justin Perdue’s new fall menu.

Representatives from each vineyard will be on site to answer any of your wine-centric questions, from pairing ideas to pouring tips.

Giveaways and a raffle will round out the fun.

A donation of $10 is suggested for entry. Donations will get you more than 20 wine samples and hors d’oeuvres.

Half of the proceeds from the French Wine Fair will benefit Philabundance.

French Wine Fair at The Sofitel
When: Thursday, October 30, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Liberté Lounge at The Sofitel Hotel, 120 S. 17th Street
Cost: Suggested Donation, $10
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October 28, 2014

The Penn Museum Showcases Global Designs During Its Treasures Jewelry Sale And Show, October 31-November 2

Penn Museum

In addition to its permanent collection of ancient global artifacts, the Penn Museum hosts more than two dozen fine artists and jewelers for the annual Treasures Jewelry Sale & Show this weekend, October 31-November 2. (Photo courtesy Penn Museum)

Attention jewelry lovers: report to the Penn Museum this weekend to discover a trove of sparkly finds at the biennial Treasures Sale and Show, October 31-November 2.

An event organized by the Women’s Committee of the Penn Museum, the jewelry show and sale has evolved from the accessories and furnishings market of years past into something more along the lines of a highly curated designer trunk show.

Coinciding with the University of Pennsylvania’s homecoming weekend, Halloween and the Penn Musuem’s Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday, November 1, the Treasures show rounds out a very high-spirited weekend in University City.

More than two dozen designers and jewelers will gather at the event, bringing with them a huge variety of high-end, vintage and antique jewelry in a wide variety of styles.

Inspired by the amazing collections of priceless jewelry held by the Penn Museum, the show highlights handcrafted work that displays a similar attention to detail as the historic works and, in some cases, made in the same tradition.

While the show and sale are reason enough to visit the Penn Museum this weekend, visitors shouldn’t miss perusing those vast displays of art and artifacts — including ancient jewelry! — in the galleries, too.

In addition to the show and sale, an array of free and ticketed events are planned for Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 2.

The ticketed preview party on Thursday, October 30 offers an exclusive first look at this year’s show before it opens to the general public, while lectures, tours and trend talks are included in show admission.

Advance sale and show tickets, $15 for adults, are available online or by calling 215-898-9202. Tickets will also be sold at the door, and all tickets include regular Penn Museum admission.

Remember, proceeds from Treasures benefit the Penn Museum’s educational and outreach programs, serving to enhance the museum’s treasures for the future.

Treasures Jewelry Sale & Show
When: Friday, October 31-Sunday, November 2; preview gala on Thursday, October 30
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: $15, general admission; $13, senior citizens; $10, non-Penn students; free for for Penn students, faculty and staff with PennCard
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October 28, 2014

Adventure Aquarium Hosts Underwater Synchronized Swimmers The Weeki Wachee Mermaids On Their First Northeast Visit, November 1-9

Adventure Aquarium

The Weeki Wachee Mermaids of Southern Florida visit the Northeast for the first time this November. (Photo courtesy Adventure Aquarium)

Before Ariel and her six singing sisters were popularized as Disney princesses, there were the world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids.

With flowing hair, bikini tops and colorful “tails”, these underwater performers have been thrilling audiences in Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida for more than 60 years.

Now, for the first time in their history, the group of graceful swimmers takes it show to the Northeast, with a stop in Camden, NJ.

November 1-9, the mermaids will mesmerize audiences at Adventure Aquarium where they’ll perform underwater alongside sea turtles, stingray and the other ocean dwellers in the Ocean Realm exhibit.

The mythical muses will perform daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Shows are included with general admission tickets ($29.95 for adults, $18.95 for kids 2-12, free for kids under 2).

Afterwards, attendees can interact with the stars of the show at in-person meet & greets.

To celebrate these guests, the aquarium hosts a special event on Thursday, November 6. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., members of the public are invited to come to the Mermaid & Pirate Ball, decked in their best themed attire, of course.

Tickets to the ball are available online now ($23 for adults, $16 for kids 2-12, free for kids under 2). A percentage of proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Don’t miss catching these underwater performers before they return to their native waters.

Weeki Wachee Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium
When: November 1-9
Where: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden
Cost: Included with general admission tickets ($29.95 for adults, $18.95 for kids 2-12, free for kids under 2)
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October 28, 2014

Bainbridge Green Hosting An Alfresco Food Truck And Beer Festival Tuesday Evening, October 28 To Raise Awareness For The New Park Space

Bainbridge Green

Tonight, October 28, Bainbridge Green, located from 3rd to 5th streets on Bainbridge Street, raises funds for a redesign of its current space with a food truck festival and Dining Under the Stars event. (Image courtesy Community Design Collaborative)

Bainbridge Green, an initiative to transform Bainbridge Street from 3rd to 5th streets into a re-imagined public space and park for community programming, hosts a food truck and beer festival tonight, October 28 at the site of the proposed development.

From 6 to 10 p.m., head to the park, which will be decorated with blooms and plants by the folks from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, to fill up on eats from food trucks including Nomad Pizza, Sugar Philly, Delicias Food Truck and Farm Truck. Pair your fare with alfresco beers like Warsteiner Pils and Koenig Ludwig Hefeweizen.

Tickets to the food truck and beer festival are $30 each and are available online. There’s no need to bring your wallet, the ticket price includes food and drinks.

The evening will close out with a live performance by the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

For those looking to donate a little more to the cause, an alfresco sit down dinner, Dining and Dancing Under the Stars, will take place on the other side of the park. The dinner, which runs $125 per ticket, includes a three-course meal plated by Southwark and Ela, cocktails, wine, beer and dessert. Tickets for the sit down dinner are selling quickly, so be sure to purchase yours soon.

Both events raise funds to help turn Bainbridge Green into the proposed community space.

Food Truck & Beer Festival and Dining & Dancing Under the Stars
When: Tuesday, October 28, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Green, Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th streets
Cost: Food Truck and Beer Festival, $30; Dining & Dancing Under the Stars, $125
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October 27, 2014

Broadway Philadelphia Launches Its Season With Tony Award-Winning Musical Newsies At The Academy Of Music, Opening Tuesday, October 28


The national tour of Newsies makes a highly anticipated stop at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music October 28 through November 2. (Photo by Deen Van Meer)

If you think a trip to New York is required to catch a big Broadway show, think again.

The hottest tickets to the best Broadway shows can be had with ease in Philadelphia, thanks to the performances of the Kimmel Center-affiliated Broadway Philadelphia series, which hosts the national tours of straight-from-Broadway shows.

This month kicks off the 2014/2015 series, and the season starts on a high note with the spirited Tony Award-winning show Newsies, opening this Tuesday, October 28 and running for just six days at the Academy of Music on the Avenue of the Arts.

A winning stage adaptation of the 1992 film of the same name — which starred a singing and dancing Christian Bale — Newsies has grown into a cult phenomenon, and both the movie and musical are loved for its score of songs composed by Tony- and Academy Award-winner Alan Menken.

Loosely based on the historic Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies follows a group of orphaned teenage news boys who sell papers to make a buck. When publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise prices on the kids, a strike ensues — as does much leaping, twirling, passionate singing and awesome acrobatics.

When it hit Broadway just two years ago, Newsies received both public and critical acclaim, breaking attendance records at the Nederlander Theatre seven times and winning 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography.

In Philadelphia, audiences can catch Newsies Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.; and matinees Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tickets for Broadway Philadelphia shows range from $20 to $115 and are available online.

Following Newsies, a host of more than half a dozen additional Broadway shows will make stops at Philadelphia theaters this season. Look out for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (November 25-30), Motown the Musical (January 6-18, 2015), The Illusionists (February 24-March 1, 2015) and many more.

And remember, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts 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 right here for an updated weekly listing of available shows.

When: October 28-November 2
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20-$115
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October 27, 2014

The Philadelphia Film Society Screens Retro Halloween Films For Its Sinister Cinema: Halloween at the PFS Roxy, October 29-November 1

Looking for your Halloween film fix? You’re in luck.

Films about zombies, ghosts and insane folks take the spotlight at the Philadelphia Film Society’s retro Halloween film celebration.

During Halloween week, from October 29 through November 1, visit the PFS Roxy for scary films of all sort.

The series kicks off with a double feature screening of Dracula on Wednesday, October 29. At 7:15 p.m., the 1931 version of the film will be screened, and at 9 p.m., Bram Stoker’s Dracula will scare up some fun.

On Thursday, October 30, an Edgar Allen Poe double feature will fill the Rittenhouse movie theater. At 7:30 p.m., tune in to a screening of House of Usher followed by a screening of The Pit and the Pendulum at 9:30 p.m.

On Halloween night and Saturday, November 1, the theater hosts screenings of Halloween and Night of the Living Dead, both at 11:59 p.m. on both nights.

The full schedule of films and links to online ticket purchases is available right here.

Tickets are $6.66 for general admission and $5 for Philadelphia Film Society members.


Sinister Cinema: Halloween at the PFS Roxy
When: October 29-November 1
Where: PFS Theatre at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street
Cost: General Admission, $6.66; PFS Members, $5
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October 27, 2014

Your Complete Guide To Halloween Weekend In Philadelphia 2014: A Day-By-Day Breakdown Of The Best Parties, Concerts, Trick-Or-Treating, Haunted Activities And More

Terror Behind the Walls

Halloween is on a Friday this year, which means there are going to be Halloween festivities taking place all weekend long.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Halloween weekend is shaping up to be pretty epic this year, thanks to Halloween falling on a Friday. That means there are going to be three-plus days of Halloweens festivities blanketing the city.

Here’s how the weekend sets up: Thursday, October 30 is Mischief Night; Friday, October 31 is Halloween; and Saturday, November 1 is Day of the Dead.

We’ve organized a weekend guide by day to help you plan. We also included a list of ongoing Halloween events, like haunted houses and ghost tours, that run all weekend long.

Whether you’re looking to celebrate at a late-night bash, embark on creepy tour, take the kids trick-or-treating or dance to live music, the Halloween celebrations in Philadelphia are sure to satisfy.

On top of all of the weekend’s festivities, Sunday also marks the end of Daylight Savings Time, which means there’s an extra hour to celebrate this Halloween weekend.

Read on for our day-by-day guide to Halloween weekend, Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 2.


Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Select dates through November 8. The once-abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to one of the nation’s most frightful haunted house events, Terror Behind the Walls. Hollywood-quality sets, animatronics, custom-designed soundtracks and a cast of more than 200 professional performers delight in scaring thrill-seekers, earning kudos as one of the top haunted houses in the country. MORE INFO

Ghost Tours of the Olympia

Select dates through November 1. A night on the historic Haunted Olympia explores whether spirits still roam the ship when the Tri-County Paranormal Society. The ghost-huntering team demonstrates the equipment used in ghost-hunting before leading guests on a special investigative tour through the brig, engine room and some of the cruiser’s eeriest parts. MORE INFO

Flashlight Tours of the Mütter Museum

October 28-30. With case after case of skulls, skeletons and medical anomalies, the Mütter Museum is always intriguing. But during Halloween week, it becomes downright eerie on the rare nighttime, behind-the-scenes experience during Flashlight Tours of the Mütter’s galleries. MORE INFO


Haunting Tours at the Rosenbach Museum and Free Library

October 29-31. During special-collections tours at the Rosenbach Museum and Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia, visitors get an up-close look at Bram Stoker’s hand-written notes for Dracula at the Rosenbach on October 29 and 31 and Poe’s manuscripts for haunting favorites like The Raven and Annabelle Lee at the Free Library on October 30. MORE INFO

Spooky Mini-Golf at Franklin Square

October 30-31 Tee up at Spooky Mini Golf, featuring fog, lights, music and Halloween surprises at Franklin Square. Mini golf will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 30 and 31. MORE INFO

Terror Behind the Walls Dinner at London Grill

Through November 8. Fuel up before getting spooked at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Enjoy the Fright and Bite package from London Grill which includes a three-course dinner, coffee or tea and a ticket to Terror Behind the Walls and a quick pass to beat the line. MORE INFO

Mutter Museum

This Halloween, take a flashlight tour of the always-eerie Mutter Museum. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

Ongoing. Discover what may be lurking behind the shadows throughout Old City. Ghost Tours of Philadelphia uncover haunted spots throughout Society Hill, Independence Mall and Washington Square, telling chilling tales of Benedict Arnold and Founding Fathers along the way. MORE INFO

Spirits of 76 Ghost Tour

Ongoing. Tiptoe carefully through cobblestone streets as the Spirits of 76 Ghost Tour guides tell tales of history and hauntings, stopping at 20 scary sites in some of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods. MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 – Mischief Night

Local Legends Flashlight Tour at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Pack a flashlight and prepare for an evening of bone-shivering, spine-tingling eerie tales when storytellers gather around campfires at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery and regale visitors with Ghost Tales and Goosebumps: Local Legends by Firelight, followed by palpitation-calming hot cider and snacks. MORE INFO

Halloween at Cantina los Caballitos

Seasonal food specials, pumpkin margaritas, prizes for best costumes and more await patrons at South Philly’s Cantina Los Caballitos on October 30. Dancing, a DJ and drink specials top off a fun night on East Passyunk Avenue. MORE INFO


The Monster Mashup at The Painted Bride

Old City’s Painted Bride Art Center has an evening of mischief, mayhem and live music planned for the night before Halloween. Electronic group Worldtown Sound System and rock band Cask & Co. will collide in a Mischief Night mashup to remember. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Tickets, which go for $15, are available online. MORE INFO

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October 27, 2014

Now Open: Timberland Brings A Brand-New Flagship Store To Walnut Street In Center City Philadelphia


Sure you can still find the iconic yellow boot, but the brand-new Philadelphia Timberland lifestyle store goes way beyond footwear, too, with clothes, accessories and more to outfit guys and girls for urban living. (Photo courtesy Timberland)

Yes, Philadelphia, yet another national retailer has joined the ranks of High Street shops in the Rittenhouse neighborhood.

Now open in the 1700 block of Walnut Street, Timberland joins Century 21, Nordstrom Rack, Uniqlo and Goorin Brothers in making its Philadelphia debut this month.

Truly, Philadelphians have a special affinity for ’Timbs (you know, the nickname for Timberland boots), so it makes perfect sense that a Philly Timberland flagship store should open in the heart of the city.

The flagship shop, though, may surprise those who haven’t shopped the brand in recent years.

Not just for yellow boots anymore, these days Timberland deals in a complete lifestyle line, and the brand-new store on Walnut Street stocks a ton of great boots, yes, but also sharp clothing and accessories for both men and women.

A keen attention to detail has long contributed to Timberland’s appeal — the famous yellow boot is made up of more than 35 components and an intricate construction — and the Fall 2014 footwear and apparel collections available at the Walnut Street shop all display tailored elements, high-quality materials and all-weather styles.

Open daily, the store has the complete Fall/Winter collection stocked. Our picks? Look for the all-weather footwear from the waterproof Earthkeepers line (winter-weather ready!), heeled lace-up boots for gals, versatile blazers for guys and the high-end, handcrafted boots from the Timberland Boot Company line, which is all made in America from super-high-quality leather.

And remember, Philadelphia (along with the rest of Pennsylvania) is tax-free when it comes to clothing and shoes!

All the more reason to go stock up on new ’Timbs.

Now Open: Timberland
When: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1709 Walnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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