November 18, 2014
A stellar public place gives its guests a sense of belonging, connection — and maybe even inspiration.
This Friday, the folks of HyLo Labs continue their series of taking public spaces to a personal level with the wrap of the event and interview series, The 3rd Space.
Celebrating both HyLo’s third business anniversary and its creative community on N3rd Street in Old City, the series tapped creative locals to share their “third place” — that is, the public place or space that serves as their home away from home — via online interviews and a monthly in-person event.
This month marks the third event in the series, and thus (appropriately) the wrap-up of The 3rd Space program.
To celebrate its culmination, HyLo Labs hosts a trio of artists at its cool Old City space for The 3rd Space: After Dark this Friday, November 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Show up to hear spun tunes from DJ Cheynsaw, live music from the creative guys of Minka and installation pieces from visual artist Scrandy.
The best part, though, might be the promise of a transformation of the HyLo space into South Philly’s awesomely seedy after-hours club The Republican, a place the band Minka holds near and dear.
Tickets, $7 in advance, include complimentary Miller High Life beermosas and are available online. Note that tickets are and $10 at the door.
And for a sneak peek of what’s to come check out the video below.
The 3rd Space: After Dark
When: Friday, November 21, 6-9 p.m.
Where: HyLo Labs, 242 N. 3rd Street
Cost: $7, advance; $10, at the door
More info: www.the3rdspace.co
November 18, 2014
Bring the pint-sized set to Sesame Place for a major dose of Christmas cheer as the Bucks County attraction presents A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place, an annual event set to make merry on select dates from this Saturday, November 22 through December 31.
Located just 30 minutes from Philadelphia, Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning PBS show Sesame Street.
For more than a month this season, hundreds of light-up trees fill the amusement park, and upon entry, guests are greeted by a colorful and sparkling display of Christmas trees in a Christmas tree forest.
Throughout the park, guests find thousands of twinkling lights and plenty of holiday decor in addition to special holiday shows, Christmas shopping, festivities in the new Cookie’s Monster Land and visits with Santa in his Furry Workshop.
Lovers of Sesame Place’s furry friends should look out for the Christmas edition of Elmo the Musical – Live at Sesame Place! Plus, the Furry Express train ride brings folks through the Twiddlebugs’ Gingerbread Cookie Factory, which promises music, sweet smells of gingerbread, sound effects and even some treats at the end.
On most weekend nights throughout the season, the holiday events culminate in a Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade complete with classic holiday tunes and strutting Sesame Street characters. The complete parade schedule is available here.
Access to A Very Furry Christmas is included in the price of general admission, and tickets are available online.
Tip: Scoop up tickets online to save $5 and get a free second visit! Visits do not have to be on consecutive days and the ticket is non-transferable.
A Very Fury Christmas at Sesame Place
When: November 22-December 31
Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Cost: Included in General Admission
More info: www.sesameplace.com
November 18, 2014
These days, East Passyunk Avenue is one of the most exciting culinary epicenters of Philly.
That distinction, of course, has been built on years of groundwork laid by pioneering restaurants — chief among them Paradiso.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the restaurant and wine bar is hosting an all-star neighborhood dinner extravaganza on Monday, December 1.
With each of 10 local chefs contributing a course, it’s a one-stop shop for sampling all of the Avenue’s greatest edibles — which are extensive.
The meal starts off with passed hors d’oeuvres from Paradiso chef Lynn Marie Rinaldi (carne crudo; hamachi tuille; and sea urchin on testina crostini) then winter market vegetables from Will’s Chris Kearse.
From there, diners can expect a wildly diverse array of flavors, from Nicholas Elmi’s (Laurel) kombu-cured fluke with Easter egg radish, citrus and dill to Luke Palladino’s mushroom and tallegio crespelle to Lee Styer’s foie gras soup with Asian pear, butterscotch and pecan.
Sister restaurant Izumi’s chef Corey Baver will provide the ninth course — mortadella-stuffed quail with porcini mushroom and parsnip puree.
The entire feast culminates with Belle Cakery’s Jesse Prawlucki Styer’s dessert: amaretto ricotta cheesecake with almond crumble and cranberry compote.
The meal runs $125 per person before tax and gratuity, but that seems like a pretty fair price to pay for such a grand taste of the neighborhood.
Paradiso All-Star Neighborhood Anniversary Dinner
When: Monday, December 1, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Paradiso, 1627 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost: $125, excluding tax and gratuity
More info: www.paradisophilly.com
November 18, 2014
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch celebrates paper art at the annual Book Paper Scissors sale, presented by the Philadelphia Center for the Book.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, November 22, jump start your holiday shopping (and support the local art scene!) by browsing goods from artists as they set up shop peddling a variety of paper-based art. Guests can browse prints, books, journals, handmade paper, paper jewelry and more.
Craft workshops will round out the day’s events. A kid-friendly folding, stitching and gluing workshop, for easy bookmaking, is slated to run from 10 to 11 a.m., and a flag book workshop (similar to pop-up books), which is ideal for teens and adults, will occur from 2 to 3 p.m.
Head out, bookworms, in celebration of the book-based crafts!
Book Paper Scissors at the Free Library of Philadelphia
When: Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.philadelphiacenterforthebook.org
November 17, 2014
Holiday shoppers looking to purchase creative and sure-to-be-coveted gifts this season have plenty of special markets, bazaars and pop-up shops to choose from in Philadelphia.
Pop-up holiday markets and events are cropping up all over town for a single day, a weekend, for several weekends or even for an entire month.
Gift givers can shop ’til they drop at such holiday-only destinations as the Franklin Flea Holiday Market, the PHS Pop-Up Shop in Chestnut Hill, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’s Art Star Holiday Shop, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Market at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and more.
Here’s a look at where shoppers can get in on the holiday pop-up shopping action, at both ongoing markets with multiple shopping days and special shopping events that come around just once a year.
HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOPS
• Art Star Holiday Shop at Winterfest
November 28-March 1, 2015. Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard. Opening to the public right after Thanksgiving Day on Friday, November 28, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest takes the perennial good times of the rink to a whole new level, transforming Penn’s Landing into a winterized riverfront park for the entire season. In addition to a skating rink, winter beer garden and light show, the Winterfest also hosts the crafty folks behind the Art Star Gallery & Boutique for a winter-themed retail experience with goods housed inside a repurposed shipping container. MORE INFO
• PHAIR at Franklin Square
November 28-December 23. Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street. Come Friday, November 28, the new Franklin Square Holiday Festival will open a daily Holiday Market with an array of vendors curated by PHAIR. As with the PHAIR maker market at the Shambles at Headhouse Square, the Franklin Square market will include a selection of artisans selling jewelry, clothing, toys and more. Also, open daily, the Franklin Square Holiday Gift Shop will stock a small selection of accessories and gifts. MORE INFO
• Christmas Village at Love Park
November 27-December 28. Love Park, 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. With its medieval-village type setting, the German-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition for holiday shoppers who can peruse more than 65 decorated booths selling international seasonal gifts, traditional German Christmas ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts are also among the offerings. MORE INFO
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November 17, 2014
Holiday cheer takes center stage at Macy’s Center City as its annual Christmas Light Show returns for the merry season.
The decades-old holiday tradition brings more than 100,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights to the wall of the Grand Court atrium at Macy’s Center City to present a four-story show of holiday images like snowflakes, reindeer, ballerinas and snowmen. The lighting display is accompanied by festive music from the world-renowned Wanamaker Grand Organ.
The Christmas Light Show opens on Friday, November 28 and continues with shows every two hours through Wednesday, December 31 — with the exception of Christmas Day, December 25. The twinkling light show can be seen everyday at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m.
In addition to holiday lights, Macy’s continues to deck its halls as it transforms its third floor into Dickens Village. The 6,000-square-foot Village brings Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to life with more than 100 fully animated figures reenacting 26 of the story’s most memorable moments.
Beyond the Dickens Village, Macy’s has been wowing crowds with their elaborate holiday window displays and celebrations since the 1870s. Macy’s continues this joyful tradition to this day so folks can stop by for their daily dose of holiday cheer.
Macy’s Christmas Light Show
When: November 28–December 31; closed, Thursday, December 25
Where: Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market Street
More info: www.visitmacysusa.com
November 17, 2014
Did you know Philadelphia is home to one of the largest four-millimeter LED screen in the world?
Spanning 83.3 feet wide by 25.4 feet high, the 2,100 square-foot video wall at the Comcast Center brings spectacular original programming to visitors 18 hours a day, and the holiday season is the best time to take it all in.
Celebrating its seventh year, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns to the Philadelphia screen for the 2014 holiday season starting Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27.
This stellar holiday experience captures the spirit of the season in a unique, free, 15-minute show screened on the Comcast Center’s Comcast Experience video wall, with its incredible resolution that’s five times that of an HDTV. Pretty cool.
The high-tech holiday show screens classic holiday images including scenes from The Nutcracker performed by the renowned Pennsylvania Ballet, a magical sleigh ride through the snow-covered Pennsylvania countryside into Center City Philadelphia and performances by some of Broadway’s best-known dancers.
Bigger and better than ever, this year’s spectacle features a brand-new Carol of the Bells animation featuring the sounds of 64-piece orchestra. Visitors will be greeted by a dozen animatronic snowmen throughout the lobby to help celebrate the holiday season.
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular runs from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day, daily, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the top of each hour (excluding 5 p.m. on weekdays).
You really have to see it to experience it (but you can get a sneak peek in pictures below).
And maybe best of all, it’s totally free.
Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular
When: Thanksgiving Day, November 27-New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays) every hour on the hour, seven days a week; shows are 15 minutes long
Where: 1701 JFK Boulevard
More info: www.visitphilly.com
November 17, 2014
Christmas is coming, which means the search for a perfect Christmas tree is on.
From Saturday, November 22 through Tuesday, December 23 — with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, November 27 — Linvilla opens up to Christmas tree seekers with a selection of more than 40,000 Christmas trees of all sort on its farm.
All cut-your-own trees are $59.99 plus tax. The cost of the cut-your-own tree includes a hayride to the tree farm and the lending of a saw to cut down your own tree. From there, the professionals at Linvilla will prepare your tree for the car ride home by wrapping it and securing it to your car.
Register here to cut your own Christmas tree at Linvilla.
Inside of Linvilla’s Garden Center, pre-cut trees are also available in addition to garlands, greenery, roping, wreaths and more.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at Linvilla Orchards
When: November 22-December 23; Except Thanksgiving, November 27
Where: Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media
Cost: $59.99 plus tax
More info: www.linvilla.com
November 17, 2014
Amazing news today, Philadelphia: Pope Francis is coming to Philly.
The Philadelphia visit will be Pope Francis’ first to the United States since his election in March 2013. Moreover, the trip will be the first papal visit to Philadelphia since John Paul II’s in 1979.
Come September, Pope Francis will be joined by tens of thousands of people from around the globe in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Held every three years, the WMOF is the world’s largest gathering of Catholic families and highly anticipated by its international audience.
Notably, the 2015 WMOF marks the first time in the event’s history that it will be held in the United States. Past destinations include Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City and Milan.
Approximately 100 speakers will lead panel discussions and workshops at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from September 22 to 27, all focused on the theme “Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” chosen by Pope Francis.
According to the archdiocese, the Pope’s three-day Philadelphia visit is expected to include his attendance at the intercultural Festival of Families on September 26 and a public Sunday mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway on September 27, which could draw up to 2 million people.
More detailed plans of the Pope’s visit will be disclosed in the spring or summer.
In the mean time, registration for the World Meeting of Families 2015 in Philadelphia is now open. To register and learn more about the WMOF, check here.
It’s Official: Pope Francis Will Come to Philly for World Meeting of Families [NBCPhiladelphia.com]
World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 [Visitphilly.com]
November 17, 2014
Spend a night with a 15-ton Egyptian sphinx, drink in hand, this Wednesday, November 19 at the Penn Museum, the University of Pennsylvania’s amazing trove of archaeological and anthropological art and artifacts.
The latest installment of the museum’s regularly scheduled P.M. @ Penn Museum after-hours events, Drinks with the Sphinx runs this Wednesday evening from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and begins in the Egypt Gallery — home to the monumental sphinx, which is part of one of the best collections of Egyptian architecture on display in the United States.
A spin-off of the museum’s super-popular family-friendly sleepover 40 Winks with the Sphinx, this week’s adults-oriented event takes a cue from the kids’ fun with plenty of playful activities.
Guests can take part in flashlight tours, a belly-dancing workshop, play a trivia game, engage with a special interactive mummy station, make a Turkish-style tile to take home and more.
All the while, guests can sip cocktails, wine or beer from a cash bar. Plus, admission includes one free drink (for all guests 21 and older).
Tickets, $20 for general admission, are available online and reservations are recommended.
Drinks with the Sphinx
When: Wednesday, November 19, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: $20, general admission; $15, Penn Museum members
More info: www.penn.museum