October 22, 2014
Manayunk celebrates Halloween, or Halloweekend, with three days of themed events — from a zombie dance party and trick or treating to a screening of Hocus Pocus and an eerie one-act show.
The Halloweekend festivities kick off with a performance by the Manayunk Theatre Company at Bourbon Blue on Thursday, October 23. Watch the theatrical troupe perform Splatter, a one-act psychological thriller.
On Friday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m., nosh on fare from 7 restaurants throughout the neighborhood as Chew Philly debuts its haunted food tours. On Friday night, visit the new Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center for a free screening of Hocus Pocus at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, October 25, bring the youngsters out for an afternoon of trick-or-treating from noon to 4 p.m. Participating Main Street businesses will be marked with a scarecrow. Kids — and dogs, too! — are encouraged to come in their Halloween best for a costume parade throughout the neighborhood.
From noon to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, head to Pretzel Park for a fall festival complete with food trucks, live music, dance performances and more.
Elsewhere on Saturday, head to Main Street at Cotton Street for the second annual zombie thriller dance-off. Beginning at 3 p.m., put your Thriller dance moves to the test at this giant pop-up dance party. Dancers are encouraged to dress in their best zombie attire.
Competitors will be broken up by age groups — 13 and over and 13 and under. The last dancer standing and best zombie costume will be awarded cash prizes. Free registration is required and available online.
Don’t know the Thriller shuffle? Look to teachers from Merge Dance Studio for guidance before the competition starts.
The festivities close out at 6 p.m. on October 25 with the Halloween fire, floating light barrels down the Manayunk canal.
For the full rundown of events, broken down by day and time, click here.
Halloweekend in Manayunk
When: October 23-25
Where: Main Street, Manayunk
More info: www.manayunk.com
October 21, 2014
Get ready for a monster of holiday weekend, Philadelphia. We’re pretty psyched Halloween is on a Friday this year, since that means the parties and celebrations can go all weekend long.
Whether you’re looking for activities for pint-sized trick-or-treaters or blowouts for party-ready grown-ups, festivities are in high supply in neighborhoods across the city. Also on tap for Friday, October 31: haunted tours, an Edgar Allen Poe-themed performance, a Sherlock Holmes dinner, costume dance parties, a fantastic Halloween ball and more.
And here’s an idea: Stay over and avoid the hassle of getting home after the halloween parties end. There are several Center City hotels offering some awesome deals on Halloween night — Center City hotel deals start at just $139 per night. Click here for Halloween hotel options.
Below, we’ve highlighted more than 50 events happening on Friday, October 31 for maximum Halloween night celebrations.
Start planning your Halloween costume, gather your friends and plan your Halloween night using our handy guide.
HALLOWEEN PARTIES AT BARS AND RESTAURANTS
• Halloween at the Haunted Hotel Monaco
Heaven and hell come forth at the Hotel Monaco for its Halloween party. Stratus Rooftop Lounge will transform into heaven, complete with DJ, champagne and cocktails, while the first floor of the Monaco will be decked out in a hellish theme with haunting music, spooky drinks and more. Plus, there’s a complimentary open bar from 10 to 11 p.m. Early bird tickets are $25 and tickets at the door are $30. MORE INFO
• Halloween Dance Party at The Trestle Inn
The Trestle Inn’s annual Halloween dance party takes a Brazilian spin with Latin and Brazilian soul music in addition to a costume contest, drink specials (including a complimentary cocktail), go go dancing and more. The party starts at 7 p.m. with a free screening of At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul. Drink-fueled good times and bumping music rock from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. MORE INFO
• Night of the Philly Dead: Brews and Brains at International House
International House Philadelphia toasts Halloween with a zombie-themed dance party, costume contest and plenty of craft beer. Look forward to food, cocktails, music until 2 a.m. and even some zombie makeup consultations. Also groove to music by DJ Skeme Richards, a member of the Rock Steady Crew. Admission is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Tickets are available online and include an open bar and food. At the door, ticket prices will increase. MORE INFO
• Halloween at Silk City
Dance all night at Silk City’s Halloween costume bash. Come dressed to impress for the chance to win one of numerous prizes and get down to music from a rocking DJ. Cover rings in at $5 for gals and $10 for guys. MORE INFO
• Universal Cave Halloween at Johnny Brenda’s
Dance all night at Johnny Brenda’s Universal Cave Halloween, a full evening of music from a solid lineup of DJs. The party lasts from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. downstairs at the well-loved Fishtown music venue. MORE INFO
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• Making Time at Union Transfer
Dance ’til you drop at Making Time’s Halloween party edition at Union Transfer. Get down to music by headliners Dum Dum Girls in addition to Dave P. and Sammy Slice. The party starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Tickets, $15, are available online. MORE INFO
• Seven Deadly Sins at Yakitori Boy
Yakitori Boy hosts a seven deadly sins-themed party this Halloween complete with a costume contest, tunes from a DJ and a complimentary first shot. The best-dressed guests will receive VIP bottle service as a prize. MORE INFO
• Sherlock Holmes Dinner at The Treemont
Don your finest tweed for The Treemont’s costumed Sherlock Holmes dinner on Halloween night. Enjoy Sherlock Holmes-inspired drinks and food while wearing clothes that would have appealed to the master detective. Dinner costs $35 per person. 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
• Boos and Brews Spirit of Philadelphia Cruise
As part of its recurring Beef and Beer cruise, the Spirit of Philadelphia celebrates Halloween with a Boos and Brews cruise complete with an open bar, a build your own cheesesteak station and prizes for the best Halloween costume, but masks are not allowed. Tickets are $66.90 per person, and all guests must be over the age of 21. MORE INFO
• Howl-O-Ween at Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar gets in on the Halloween party action with drink specials, plenty of live piano music and a costume contest that includes up to $500 in cash and prizes. The party starts at 5 p.m. MORE INFO
• Halloween at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
For a cover fee of $5, dance and enjoy Halloween entertainment at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant’s Halloween Costume party. Dress in your Halloween best for the chance to win one of numerous prizes. MORE INFO
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October 21, 2014
Nowadays, everyone is a photographer. Smartphone cameras and Instagram have enabled the general public to take on the photographic medium like never before, giving rise to a widespread contemporary appreciation for the craft.
This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art gives photography fans the chance to cull tips from one of the greatest masters of the art in its new marquee exhibition.
Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography opens today, October 21 at Philadelphia’s Parthenon on the Parkway, and showcases the artist’s entire life’s work, including candid street portraits, close-ups of natural and machine forms, printed books, films and images from his world travels.
The first major retrospective of the iconic American photographer in nearly five decades, the sweeping Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibit displays approximately 250 of Strand’s greatest original prints — but that’s merely a fraction of the museum’s Paul Strand (1890-1976) holdings.
Of the museum’s more than 227,000 objects, the collection includes nearly 4,000 prints by the iconic photographer and filmmaker, a holding just recently multiplied by an acquisition of 3,000 prints from the Paul Strand Archive which created the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of Strand’s work.
Read on for more on this remarkable retrospective.
Housed in the spacious Dorrance Galleries, Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography offers visitors a wonderfully in-depth look at Strand’s development as a photographer and an influential American artist.
From Strand’s early works in the Pictorialist style of the 1910s to his then-progressive depictions of urban landscapes to his masterful extended portraits and beyond, the display presents Strand as a great modern artist whose contribution to the art world can still be felt today.
Curated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, the exhibition features approximately 250 of Strand’s finest prints taken during his six-decade career, with a particular focus on projects from the 1910s through the 1960s.
Organized in six themes, the exhibition moves through the galleries chronologically from Strand’s early works as a student at New York’s Ethical Culture School, where he first developed his passion for photography, through his periods of focusing on portraits, nature, landscapes and travel.
The exhibition will also include works of Strand’s contemporaries — the Alfred Stieglitz circle — and exhibit his works alongside paintings by such artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and John Marin, as well as photographs by Stieglitz, who helped to launch Strand’s career.
In addition to his wonderful images, visitors can also see excerpts of three of Strand’s films, including his first foray into moving pictures, the avant-garde Manhatta (1921).
Additionally, museumgoers can follow the audio guide of the exhibition for even more insight into Strand’s background, artistic process and motivation. Not only does the audio guide include narratives from the curators, but it also features stories from those who knew Strand and were photographed by him.
Special Programming and Events
Though the exhibition of more than 200 works might be engaging along, a variety of special events are happening in conjunction with this show throughout the fall, for members and the public alike.
Those who are serious about the art of photography should register for the History of Photography course Thursday, October 23 and Saturday, October 25, or take one of the many workshops offered this fall.
In collaboration with the International House, a Paul Strand film series explores the cinema that informed Strand’s filmmaking and shows Strand’s films in their entirety on select dates this fall. First up, see three short films on Friday, October 24. Check here for the complete schedule of films.
Additionally, the annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium focuses on Paul Strand this year, and runs Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8.
Note, too, that the exhibition will travel to Switzerland, Spain and England once its debut in Philadelphia has ended.
Don’t miss this snapshot of one of the great American masters.
Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
When: October 21-January 4, 2015
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included with museum admission
More info: www.philamuseum.org
October 21, 2014
Why does Philadelphia have so many amazing restaurants, purveyors and markets? Because our chefs are passionate. And in the spirit of foodie fervor, South Street restaurant Supper launches a new monthly series, Happy Hour Happynings, this Wednesday, October 22.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, chef/owner Mitch Prensky will co-host food-inspired events with some of his fellow Philly culinary masters.
Just like Supper’s classic-yet-elevated menu, Happy Hour Happynings will showcase delicious ingredients in accessible and unexpected ways.
Up first: Cheese 101. Prensky will team up with Whole Foods Market’s cheese guru Mike Coffey for a discussion that debunks cheese myths and reveals the secret to creating the perfect cheese board.
A spot at this dairy-licious event costs $15 per person, which includes the evening’s featured cheese board as well as happy hour drink specials.
Check online for the upcoming Happynings schedule.
Rumor has it that bacon is on the docket for November.
Supper and Friends Happy Hour Happynings
When: Every fourth Wednesday of the month, starting on October 22
Where: Supper, 926 South Street
Cost: $15 per person
More info: www.supperphilly.com
October 21, 2014
Fancy a good fright this Halloween season?
Eastern State Penitentiary’s truly terrifying Terror Behind The Walls turns the fright factor way up on fall fun with its hair-raising theatrical production.
One of the nation’s best-attended and top-rated haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls features Hollywood-quality sets, custom-designed props, realistic animatronics, digital sound effects and more than 200 costumed actors — all installed within the walls of an already-eerie crumbling historic prison that has been rumored to be actually haunted since the 1940s.
This year, Terror Behind the Walls intimidates more than ever before thanks to the return of an interactive option — where visitors can opt to be grabbed, held back, removed from a group or even incorporated into the show — and the addition of Machine Shop, a new haunted adventure to a space within the prison that has never been open to the public before.
The viewing experience is seriously scary (no, really), so be prepared for true terror.
We totally agree, and so do the thousands who visit to the site annually.
Due to the popularity, tickets sell quickly, especially on weekends with Saturday nights often selling out.
Looking to visit Terror Behind the Walls for Halloween? We highly recommend purchasing tickets early to ensure screams of terror — and we’ve got a scary good deal.
Use ticket code VISITPHILLY31 when purchasing tickets online for $3 off tickets to Terror Behind the Walls. The special discount code will be available through November 7 and is not applicable to Saturday night tickets.
Check right here for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets.
See you in the cellblocks.
Terror Behind the Walls
When: Select nights through November 8
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Ticket prices vary; Receive $3 off with code VISITPHILLY31
More info: www.easternstate.org/halloween
October 21, 2014
Celebrate all things fall at the annual South Street Headhouse District Pumpkin Fall Fest, returning this Saturday, October 25.
From noon to 5 p.m., fall-centric activities for children and adults alike will fill the historic Headhouse Shambles.
Enjoy hay rides, pumpkin painting, crafts from Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels mobile art studio, storytelling, circus aerial performances, street performances, a magic show, live music and more.
Pair your autumnal celebrations with food and drinks from Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, Pbon’s Fresh Phood and Chewy’s food truck.
Shopping from PHAIR, a weekly open-air market at the Shambles, will round out the fun.
Beyond the festivities at the shambles, a number of area restaurants will be dishing out special deals, too. Visit Tattooed Mom for a special pumpkin cocktail, complimentary wine with entree orders at Spitalieri’s and more.
South Street Headhouse District Pumpkin Fall Fest
When: Saturday, October 25, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Headhouse Square Shambles, 200 Pine Street
More info: www.southstreet.com
October 21, 2014
Sure, ghoulish entertainment may be the hallmark of Halloween, but goodie bags, cheerful costumes and neighborhood roving epitomize All Hallows Eve nearly as clearly as ghosts, goblins and witches.
Leave the tricks to the spirits of Philadelphia’s numerous haunted houses and eerie events.
For those seeking to satisfy a sweet tooth, we have a roundup of neighborhood festivals, retail districts and special events providing adults and children alike with trick-or-treating outings and celebratory strolls this Halloween season.
Read on for our top picks for candy-gathering Halloween spots and downtown strolls in neighborhoods and retail districts across the Philadelphia region.
• East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday
Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a stroll down East Passyunk Avenue this Saturday, October 25 and score more than just sweets from area businesses as part of the neighborhood’s Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday Halloween celebration. The fall festivities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. all around the neighborhood, and include more than 40 local artists and crafters, live music, mobile food vendors, a costume contest for kids — and for dogs! — and more. MORE INFO
• Rittenhouse Row Halloween Celebration
Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Children dressed in their Halloween best will fill the Rittenhouse neighborhood during its annual trick-or-treating bash. On Saturday, October 25, the Rittenhouse Row neighborhood invites costumed guests out for a day of free trick-or-treating throughout the area. Participating Rittenhouse Row member businesses will hand out free Halloween candy to all participating costumed trick-or-treaters, with no registration or fee required. MORE INFO
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October 20, 2014
Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, a dynamic husband-and-wife team, first shook up Philadelphia’s meatless-eating scene with their restaurant Horizons, and it earned them a fervent following.
In recent years, the duo’s lovely fine dining, plant-focused Vedge restaurant has developed a much wider fan base here in Philadelphia and beyond, with a bumper crop of accolades from the likes of Food & Wine and GQ magazines.
Now, Philly’s famed vegan restaurant has a laid-back sister in V Street, a casual bar and street-food concept from Landau and Jacoby, now open on 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square.
Roughly 1,000 square feet, the newly renovated V Street space leads with a sleek eight-seat concrete bar, and continues with a minimally adorned dining room and a rear space devoted to an open kitchen and chef’s counter seating. Overall, the bar exudes a cool and contemporary vibe, distinguishing V Street from the warm and sophisticated aesthetic at Vedge.
Like its big sister, though, V Street serves finely tuned plant-based small plates. But, whereas booking ahead is a must at elegant Vedge, V Street opts for an easygoing no-reservation policy — it’s a bar, after all — and a highly grazable menu of dishes that suggest sociable snacking is encouraged.
The curated menu of all-vegan takes on global street-food dishes begs to be paired with the inventive cocktails and interesting wines and beers.
Of the 16-item food lineup, start with such snacks as spicy Indian papadum chips with whipped dal before moving on to Peruvian fries, Korean-fried tempeh or South American-inspired carrot choripán. And don’t skip dessert — especially the ever-changing vegan soft serve.
To drink, the bar pours six super-creative cocktails (go for the mustard-spiked Colonel Mustard in the Library with a Dagger), 10 craft beers on draft and in the bottle/can, as well as 10 wines which are all available by the glass or by the bottle.
For the complete menu, check right here.
Remember, the informal eatery doesn’t take reservations, but is open nightly at 5 p.m. for bar and table service.
We recommend queuing up soon for a taste from this new kid on the block.
Now Open: V Street
When: Open daily, Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Where: 126 S. 19th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.vstreetfood.com
October 20, 2014
Children dressed in their Halloween best will fill the Rittenhouse neighborhood this weekend for an annual trick-or-treating extravaganza.
Participating Rittenhouse Row member businesses will hand out free Halloween candy to all participating costumed trick-or-treaters, with no registration or fee required.
Yup, the candy crawl is free and open to the public!
Stops include Knit Wit, Duke & Winston, Calypso St. Barth, Boyds, Devon Seafood Grill, Beans Beauty, Joan Shepp, Mettlers American Mercantile, Metropolitan Bakery and Susquehanna Bank.
On October 22, the official trick-or-treat map will be posted right here, so be sure to check back.
Rittenhouse Row Halloween Celebration
When: Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Participating Businesses
More info: www.rittenhouserow.org
October 20, 2014
Comforting fall flavors come together at special edition of the weekly N3RD St. Farmers’ Market in Old City.
Tomorrow, October 21, N3RD St. Farmers’ Market and Federal Donuts will team up to reveal exclusive one-time-only donut flavors inspired by the fresh goods at the N3RD St. Farmers Market.
Fill up on flavors including plum butter pecan, smoked paprika bacon, salted chocolate tahini, cashew nut butter and Indian cinnamon topped with a scoop of Weckerly’s pumpkin butter bourbon ice cream.
In addition to donuts, Tradestone Confections, a local chocolatier, will debut its hot chocolate at the farmers’ market.
Tomorrow’s farmers’ market will run from 2 to 7 p.m. and is located directly in front of Christ Church on Church Street between 2nd Street and American streets.
N3RD St Farmers’ Market, a weekly market that celebrates local food and local makers, will continue through Tuesday, November 25, but once Daylight Savings Time hits, the market will run from 1 to 6 p.m. instead of 2 to 7 p.m.
Federal Donuts Pop Up at N3RD St Farmers Market
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2-7 p.m.
Where: N3RD St Farmers Market, Church Street between 2nd and American Streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.n3rdmarket.com