March 3, 2014
The Huffington Post just published an enthusiastic piece citing 31 reasons why Philadelphia is the most underrated city in America.
Among the reasons: our amazing BYOB restaurants, the Barnes, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, soft pretzels, Reading Terminal Market, the forthcoming Bike Share program, Fairmount Park, our accessible races like the Philadelphia Marathon, our great beer, and, of course, cheesesteaks.
Check out the full list of 31 reasons here.
31 Reasons Philadelphia Is The Most Underrated City In America [Huffington Post]
March 3, 2014
A splashy restaurant on the ground floor of the Kimmle, Volvér patrons will have the chance to choose between two dining experiences: a sophisticated champagne-and-caviar bar or an intimate exhibition-style dining room.
To enjoy the approximately 80-seat lounge, diners can simply walk-in for global small plates, an extensive caviar selection and a huge champagne menu.
But to experience a meal in the 34-seat dining room, tickets must be reserved — just like they would to see a performance in Verizon Hall.
Hardly a traditional reservation system, tickets to dine at Volvér are akin to theater or sporting event tickets and are available for parties of two, four or six starting on Wednesday, March 12.
During each two nightly seatings, carefully composed multi-course tasting menus created by chef Garces and chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski will be served from a completely open kitchen, revealing nearly the entire back-of-house culinary process.
For the pre-theater tasting option, the menu features eight courses and will range from $75 to $120 per person. Later, a second seating — the “Performance” — will start with a first course of four snacks, followed by a staggering 12 courses for $175 to $250 per person. For both seatings, beverage pairings or a la carte beverages will be available.
The open-to-the-public restaurant within the performing arts center — a first for Philadelphia — makes for a gorgeous new ground-floor destination, and is set to further animate this already multifaceted public gathering space.
For more information and to book dining tickets come March 12, check online.
Ticketed Dining at Volvér
When: Tickets on sale Wednesday, March 12
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets
More info: www.volverrestaurant.com
March 3, 2014
This month, the Philadelphia Flamenco Festival returns for its second year of passionate performances.
Presented by Pasión Y Arte, a modern feminist flamenco group, the festival kicked off with live performances at Longwood Gardens on Saturday, March 1 and is slated to continue through Sunday, March 16.
The festival brings together flamenco-themed film screenings, live performances, discussions and workshops at locations across the city.
Over the course of the Philadelphia Flamenco Festival, guests will learn about the history of flamenco, modern flamenco dance and will even have a chance to learn dance steps from seasoned performers.
Tonight, Monday, March 3, International House Philadelphia hosts an opening reception for the fest and a screening of Flamenco Hoy, a film that has held its own at film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival and Montreal Film Festival. The film spotlights modern flamenco through dynamic dances, songs and musical accompaniment.
The festival closes on Sunday, March 16 with a performance led by modern flamenco artist, Israel Galván, that challenges what we might recognize as flamenco by presenting a different kind of modern flamenco movement. Look forward to a rhythmic show that features the sound of snapping, toe tapping and vocal patterns instead of music.
The full list of events and their locations is available right here.
To catch all of the action, purchase a festival pass which rings in at $90 per person. While festival passes do not cover all events (but, they do cover most!), pass-holders receive discounted admission to the uncovered events.
Tickets for individual events are available as well.
Tickets are available online.
Philadelphia Flamenco Festival
When: Through March 16
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Festival Pass, $90; Individual events vary
More info: www.philaflamencofest.org
March 3, 2014
On any given night of the week, there’s no shortage of awesome music rocking stages in our fair city.
We’ve sifted through flyers, calendars and tapped in-the-know friends to bring you the best of what’s going on in Philadelphia, music-wise.
Here’s a look at the shows we’re the most excited about during the month of March, including stadium-sized concerts from big names like Sting and Arcade Fire, as well as more intimate shows from awesome up-and-comers and hometown heros like Marsha Ambrosius.
Read on for our picks of the best live shows to take in this month, below.
• The Men: Tuesday, March 4, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue. The Men are rock and roll chameleons. The band’s 2012 Open Your Heart was raw and punk in a way that brought to mind the realness of Steve Albini’s best ’90s rock, but the group’s follow-up, New Moon, steers towards more jangly, (but certainly no less heartfelt) country-influenced tracks that bring to mind both a whole lot of Neal Young. Now, show up to hear the evolution of this Brooklyn-born band — its latest album, Tomorrow’s Hits, releases on March 4, too.
• Paul Simon and Sting: Friday, March 7, 8 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street. Talk about a show that you should take your mom to! There’s no way that you can can’t channel fond memories of the ’80s with Paul Simon and Sting. Between the two of these rock icons, they’ve got some serious multigenerational staying power. Fingers crossed for Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes and Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.
• Arcade Fire: Monday, March 17, 8 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street. Fresh off of an Academy Award nomination for scoring Spike Jonze’s Her, Win Butler and company are back on the road supporting a fourth album, Reflecktor, produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. Danceable disco vibes via Murphy plus interactive opener Dan Deacon ensure that this night is going to be nothing if not totally fun and visually mind-blowing.
• Marsha Ambrosius: Monday, March 17, 8 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street. Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., TLA, 334 South Street. Marsha Ambrosius might not be a household name, like, say, Sade, but her British-bred R&B resume speaks volumes. Starting out as one half of Floetry, she’s collaborated with the like of Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle and Jamie Foxx, and has penned some memorable hits for Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake. Now Philadelphia based, her TLA show is going to be a warm, hometown night of silky smooth song.
• Warpaint: Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street. Channeling a mix of ethereal/electronica/sounds/trip hop of Tricky and Massive Attack, California quartet Warpaint adds dreamy dreamy vocals reminiscent of Portishead for a chilled out listening experience that’s bedroom ready.
• RAC: Sunday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., The First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street. RAC stands for Remix Artist Collective, but the name isn’t really apt anymore for André Allen Anjos’ solo project. With remixes for the likes of Washed Out, Surfer Blood and Lana Del Ray, Anjos has since moved on to releasing totally infectious dance tracks like Let Go with vocals from Bloc Party’s Kele.
• Dum Dum Girls: Sunday, March 23, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue. Dum Dum Girls gothic aesthetic has been getting plenty of attention with the release of the new album Too True — and with good reason. It’s a darkly poppy mix of surf-accent guitar with lead vocalist Dee Dee channeling Blondie in all the right ways. Melodic Portland dream pop trio Blouse opens. Update: This show is now sold out.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: Monday, March 24, 8 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street. There’s something magically innocent about Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr and it has nothing to do with a love of NASCAR. The outfit’s sound is summery and swirly with a very serious nod to Brain Wilson and the Beach Boys, especially when it comes to lighthearted harmonies and super sweet subject matter.
• Three of Clubs: Wednesday, March 26, 8 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. Your night at the Three of Clubs tour is going to go a little like this: You’re going to start off with the sunny roots rock of Venice Beach’s Terraplane Sun, move on to the upbeat synth sounds of Little Daylight and round out the night with heartstring-pulling indie pop of Flagship.
• Childish Gambino: Friday, March 28, 8:30 p.m., Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street. Donald Glover might be most recognizable as Troy (of Troy and Abed fame) on NBC’s Community, but he also has a solo hip hip project called Childish Gambino. (And yes, the name did come from a Wu-Tang name generator.) Much like his sophomore album, Because the Internet, Glover can be a bit all over the place, but is never not entertaining. Update: This show is now sold out.
March 3, 2014
The weather outside may not feel like spring, but the promise of sunshine and flowers feels within reach this week, thanks to the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which is in full swing despite the weather — and offering an excellent online ticket deal available today only.
The Convention Center isn’t the only destination in town to house gorgeous floral displays this week, though. The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the year-round home of one of the world’s greatest collections of Post-Impressionist and early-Modern paintings, many of which naturally depict flowers and landscapes.
This week, the Barnes celebrates its collection and the annual Flower Show with a fresh opportunity to visit the Parkway museum, which was designed as a “gallery in a garden, a garden in a gallery.”
In addition to the expert-led and premier tours available this week — with a focus on landscapes in honor of the Flower Show, too — this Friday brings the Barnes’ monthly First Friday fete.
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 7, crowds are invited to First Friday! In Full Bloom to see the collection, sip cocktails, take in inspirational music and hear a short talk about the Barnes’ Merion Arboretum.
Throughout the evening, hear locally renowned Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra perform American composer Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring, a gallery talk on new exhibit Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders, as well as a “top plant” talk with Barnes Horticulture Education Coordinator.
As with all Barnes’ soirees, the permanent collection will be available to take in all night long and a cash bar and light snacks keeps things festive.
Tickets to First Friday! In Full Bloom are $35 and are available online.
First Friday! In Full Bloom
When: Friday, March 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $35; free for members
More info: www.barnesfoundation.org
March 2, 2014
The 2014 Flower Show is off and running with a great opening weekend and a week ahead filled with a number of special events. But lest Mother Nature try to get in the way with, ahem, another snow storm forecasted for Sunday night and Monday, the Flower Show is using the snow as an excuse for a “Snow Day” ticket deal to the show.
Now through Monday at midnight, you can buy a regular admission Flower Show ticket for $20 online — a discount of $12 off the show’s normal admission price.
You have to buy the tickets online by midnight Monday, March 3. But the ticket can be used any day, starting March 3 and going through next Sunday.
Great move by the Flower Show. Taking the proverbial lemons of another snow storm and turning them into springtime lemonade. After all, while it may soon be a wintery mess outside, inside the Convention Center this week, it looks, smells and feels A LOT like spring.
And we’ll gladly take the reprieve.
Flower Show “Snow Day” Ticket Deal: Save $12 On Tickets
When: Deal is available online now through midnight Monday night; tickets can be used any day, March 3 – 9
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost: $32 $20 online
More info: www.theflowershow.com
February 28, 2014
On Sunday, March 2, The Philadelphia Museum of Art debuts its latest marquee exhibition, Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910. Set to remain on view through May 26 in the Dorrance Galleries, the exhibition spotlights the art and artifacts of the Joseon Dynasty in the first comprehensive survey dedicated the the subject in the United States.
Made up of more than 150 works from the past 500 years, many of which have never left Korea before this exhibition, guests can look forward to screen paintings, furniture, ceramics, books, costumes, textiles, calligraphy in addition to multimedia elements.
Read on for background, specifics and special events regarding the exhibition.
The rule of the Joseon dynasty lasted for more than 500 years — the longest-ruling Confucian dynasty — and consisted of 27 monarchs. The influence of the era remains evident in modern-day Korea and is evident through social norms, attitudes and modern manners.
The exhibition is a multi-institutional collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of Korea, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Terra Foundation for American Art, and will make only three United States stops.
Philadelphia is the first city to host what promises to be a extraordinary exhibit before it travels to Los Angeles and Houston.
The exhibition is organized into five sections that all spotlight the intricacies of the people of the Joseon Dynasty — their values and artistic accomplishments.
Upon arrival, guests will find a giant video screen that animates some of the items that can be found throughout the exhibition.
Ten Longevity Symbols, a focal point of the exhibition, is a 19-foot panorama of a Korean nature scene which features the 10 longevity symbols: mountains, the sun, water, mushrooms of immortality, deer, turtles, clouds, cranes, pine trees and rocks. The symbols come alive through animation by the folks of Blue Cadet, on an adjacent touch screen.
Intricately-painted screens, scrolls, fine pieces of furniture, glassware, clothing, portraits of the leaders of the dynasty and more also fill the gallery, including a Buddhist hanging scroll, also a registered National Treasure, donated by the Hwaeomsa temple in Korea. It is the 40-foot scroll’s first time out of Korea and can be found hanging proudly in the PMA’s Great Stair Hall.
Many of the items on-view are on loan from the National Museum of Korea, as well as both public and private collections.
Over the course of the exhibition, a number of special events are slated to take over the museum. As part of the PMA’s recurring Art After 5 events, a K-Pop Dance Party and Fashion Show entertains the public with special evening hours until 9:45 p.m. on Friday, March 28. First, look forward to a runway show of designs by students at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and then listen and groove K-Pop tunes.
On select Wednesdays during the duration of the exhibition (and one Sunday!), the museum presents varied Korean films — from modern day films to classic movies. Each film is slated to be introduced by Joe Kim, the founder of the Philadelphia Asian American film festival.
The complete list of corresponding events is available right here.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take in rarely-seen pieces of art and learn about one of the most powerful dynasties in world history during this multifaceted exhibition.
Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910
When: March 2-May 26
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included in general admission
More info: www.philamuseum.org
See below for an exhibition teaser video.
February 28, 2014
For a night out with drag diva Martha Graham Cracker, premier restaurateur Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Garden, Project Runway alum Kirsten Haskins Simms and many more notable locals, join in the annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? benefit and auction supporting the neighborhood of Mt. Airy.
Set for Saturday, March 15, the yearly soiree — now in its 10th year — takes over the historic Sedgwick Theater with an evening of culinary treats, live music and both a silent and live auction to support Mt. Airy and honor community leaders Bill & Mary Hangley and Shelly Yanoff.
This year, the Art Deco architecture of the Sedgwick inspires a festive theme, with Roaring Twenties-style atmosphere setting off food and drink from such Mt. Airy restaurants as Earth Bread + Brewery, Jyoti Indian Bistro, Malelani and Avenida.
Beyond the food, guests will enjoy jazz standards from the musical whiz kids of the School of Rock, live piano from Rich Rudin, founder of Maplewood Studios, a live raffle, silent auction, and a goodie-jammed live auction hosted by none other than by Dito Van Reigersberg, a.k.a. Martha Graham Cracker.
Tickets to the annual event start at $85 for guests age 35 and under, and are available online.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
When: Saturday, March 15, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue
More info: www.gomtairy.com
February 28, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare your appetites.
Next Sunday, March 9, Fair Food Philly presents The Brewer’s Plate 10th Anniversary Celebration, an exceptional beer-and-food pairing event featuring food and brews from some of the area’s top chefs, brewers, farmers, distiller and winemakers.
The hugely popular event (that generally sells out) moves to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts for the first time, but the mission remains the same — all proceeds benefit the nonprofit, which is dedicated to bringing locally grown food to Philadelphia restaurants and consumers.
For its 10th anniversary year, the culinary bash promises to be a cut above years past with celebrity guests, exclusive beers, break-out sessions and a new Locavore Lounge featuring a curated group of vendors like Choptank Oyster Company, Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Dock Street Tavern & Brewery, Philadelphia Distilling, Victory Brewing Company and many more.
With more than 74 participating restaurants, purveyors, brewers and distillers, there’s sure to be an opportunity to sample new flavors from the Philadelphia-area foodshed. For the complete list of participants, check here.
Tickets to the eat-for-a-cause event start at $65 for general admission and $125 for VIP tickets, which include early entry at 5:30 p.m., a keepsake tasting glass and tons of additional swag.
Scoop up tickets online and eat your way through this delicious annual event to support local foods.
Brewer’s Plate 2014
When: Sunday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets
More info: www.brewersplate.com
February 28, 2014
It’s a weekend of openings and closings in Philadelphia, and the first days of March bring some spring-like events to the mix — but not necessarily spring-like weather (seriously??).
The Philadelphia Flower Show returns under the theme of ARTiculture, a mash up of renowned art and intricate flowers and plants. Beginning tomorrow, March 1 and running through Sunday, March 9, the Pennsylvania Convention Center turns into a mecca for all things gardening and a haven for those looking for signs of spring.
Also this weekend, a number of the city’s most popular museums celebrate the beginning of the month with free or discounted admission on Sunday. Visit the Barnes Foundation and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts for no admission fee at all, and explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art at whatever price you’d like to pay as part of pay-what-you-wish first Sunday. Sunday plans, check!
Tomorrow marks the final day of the foodie frenzy, East Passyunk Restaurant Week. Visit any number of the 24 participating restaurants for deals on brunch, lunch and dinner. If you haven’t dined along the super popular restaurant row yet, visit today or tomorrow to take full advantage of the promotion.
Two museums debut new marquee exhibitions this weekend, too. The Penn Museum opens Native American Voices: The People — Here and Now on Saturday and the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910 on Sunday.
Read on for our picks for this weekend.
Top Pick: East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week (Fri, Sat)
Top Pick: Karneval Party at Brauhaus Schmitz
Top Pick: Embrace The Cold — Closing Weekend At The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Perfect Roundup for a Cold Friday Night — The Best Bourbon Bars In Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Onward Summit 2014 at Project Basho (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Welcome To Campus Show at Drexel (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Frogs: Nature’s Messenger at Adventure Aquarium (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!
** Must Read Before You Go: Top 10 Reasons Not To Miss This Year’s Philadelphia Flower Show
Top Pick: Allen Iverson Number Retirement Ceremony – Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards, 7:30 p.m.
Top Pick: Franklin Square Opening Day 2014
Top Pick: Sweet or Savory? Our Guide to Brunch in Philadelphia (Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now at the Penn Museum (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!
The Suit at the Prince Music Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)
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