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January 15, 2015

Video Interlude: Center City’s Rosa’s Fresh Pizza Featured On The Ellen Degeneres Show For It’s $1 Pay-It-Forward Slices

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Center City has been selling $1 slices since the pizza spot opened at the end of 2013.

In addition to selling $1 slices, the pizza place is known for its customers who “buy forward” by purchasing a slice of pizza in advance for the next homeless person who comes into the shop. In the past nine months, more than 8,500 slices of pizza have been donated to those in need.

This week, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza’s owner, Mason Wartman, was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he received a $10,000 check from Shutterfly to keep the momentum going.

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza is located on 11th Street between Chestnut and Market streets — stop in to pay it forward.


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January 15, 2015

Get Your Ticket For Winterfest Live! To Enjoy More 150+ Craft Beers, Live Music And More At Xfinity Live!, Saturday, January 17

Xfinity Live

Raise a glass to winter at Xfinity Live this weekend at the South Philly destination’s Winterfest beer event on Saturday, January 17.
(Photo courtesy Xfinity Live)

Football season at is over, but the fun continues off the field at our city’s awesome South Philly sports complex.

This Saturday, Winterfest Live!, a winter craft beer festival, will unite craft beer lovers of all kinds at Xfinity Live!.

In addition to live music, a DJ and more, this hoppy hootenanny will offer guests unlimited samplings of more than 150 beers from breweries including Smuttynose, Shiner, Magic Hat and DuClaw.

As they drink their way through specialized areas like Victory Beer Hall, The Bourbon Barn and The Whiskey & Cider Lounge, attendees can take advantage of exciting touches like outdoor fire pits, games, prizes, activities, giveaways and more.

The celebration of suds starts at 3 p.m. (VIPs get in an hour earlier) and doors close at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now online. VIP access is sold out, but general admission is available (while supplies last) for $40 per person ($30 per person for groups of eight or more).

Not drinking? Designated driver tickets go for $20 each.

Plus, every ticket includes a souvenir beer stein, access to the official after party and even free parking – you can’t get much better than that!

Winterfest Live!
When: Saturday, January 17, 3-7 p.m.
Where: Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Cost: $40 per person, $30 per person for groups of eight or more, $20 per designated driver
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January 15, 2015

The Philadelphia Home Show Returns To The Pennsylvania Convention Center With Hundreds Of Exhibitors, January 17-19 And 23-25

The Philadelphia Home Show returns with more than 300 exhibitors offering everything from gardening to architecture services.
(Photo courtesy Marketplace Events)

Seeking to refresh your nest? This month, The Philadelphia Home Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with more than 300 exhibitors here for all of your home improvement and home decor needs.

Kicking off this Saturday and running for two weekends, January 17-19 and January 23-25, the home show spotlights the latest trends in remodeling, decorating and gardening.

Experts in everything from garden and landscape to interior design and furnishing to architecture and planning are setting up shop to answer all of your questions and help you get your home to where you want it to be. The full list of exhibitors is available right here.

A few celebrities in the world of home design will be in attendance as well, look forward to tips from Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” as well as insights from DIY Network’s James Young of “I Hate My Kitchen” and local Philly carpenter, Jeff Devlin of “I Hate My Bath.”

Note, this year the show returns for two weekends only — January 17-19 and 23-25 — instead of its weeklong event. Tickets are $10 online, $13 at the doors and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Tickets are available for single days only.

Bonus: The Philadelphia Home Show offers free parking at Ikea on Columbus Avenue, along with a free shuttle to the Convention Center and back.

For more information, tickets and the complete Home Show schedule, check here.

The Philadelphia Home Show
When: January 17-19 & 23-25
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost: $13 for adults at the door, $10 for adults in advance, $3 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 3
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January 15, 2015

Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s 209th Birthday With Free Celebrations At The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site And In Old City, January 17-18

Edgar Allan Poe House

Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s 206th birthday with a weekend of festivities at the Edgar Allan Poe House. (Photo courtesy Edgar Allan Poe House)

Benjamin Franklin’s birthday isn’t the only literary anniversary on the calendar this weekend.

Edgar Allan Poe wrote some of his most acclaimed literary pieces at his home at 7th and Spring Garden streets. Today, his former home is the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, which is hosting a full weekend of festivities in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s 206th birthday.

On both Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18, visit the museum for a birthday activities like cake and a Happy Birthday sing-along. Activities like kid-friendly activities, readings of Poe’s work, special home tours and more.

Arrive early! The first 15 children to arrive on each day will receive a special birthday souvenir.

Also over the weekend, the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States will be hosting a program about Edgar Allan Poe and Benjamin Franklin’s (it’s also Franklin’s birthday this weekend!) contributions to the literary scene in Philadelphia. The free presentations will be at 3 and 3:30 p.m. on both January 17 and 18.

Bonus: Access to all of Poe’s birthday celebrations is completely free.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday Weekend
When: January 17-18
Where: Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 532 N. 7th Street and Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., 420 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free
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January 14, 2015

Celebrate The 309th Anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday With Deals, Attractions, Parties And More In Historic Philadelphia, January 16-19

 Benjamin Franklin Museum

Philadelphia’s historic district marks Benjamin Franklin’s birthday with great fanfare at locations including the Benjamin Franklin Museum. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Arguably Philadelphia’s favorite son, Benjamin Franklin remains quite the celebrity in the City of Brotherly Love and his upcoming 309th birthday on January 17, 2015 is cause for many celebrations.

Here in his longtime home of Philadelphia, free museum admission, birthday parties, a parade and appearances by Ben himself are among the festivities to honor one of America’s favorite Founding Fathers this weekend, January 16-19.

Here’s a look at how Philadelphia will mark Ben’s big day.

• Free Admission to Benjamin Franklin Museum

January 17-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Benjamin Franklin Museum, 317 Chestnut Street. In celebration of Benjamin Franklin’s 309th birthday this year, the Benjamin Franklin Museum hosts free admission to the Old City museum for three days this weekend. From Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19, visitors can simply arrive at the museum anytime during operating hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to take advantage of the deal. MORE INFO

Benjamin Franklin Tippler’s Tour

January 16, 17, 23, and 24, 5:30 p.m. Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut streets. The over-21 set joins a Colonial guide for the Tippler’s Tour with Ben Franklin, a rollicking pub crawl with stops for drinks and snacks at four Old City establishments. Franklin “himself” joins the tour along the way and stays for a chat at City Tavern, the final stop, to enjoy a Yards Brewing Company Franklin Spruce Ale. MORE INFO

Benjamin Franklin Birthday Celebration

Friday, January 16, 11-11:30 a.m. American Philosophical Society, 105 South 5th Street and Christ Church Burial Ground, 5th and Arch streets. The American Philosophical Society (APS), one of the many organizations created by Ben, honors its founder with a procession and wreath-laying, among other more academic happenings. Representatives from various organizations bearing a Franklin birthright gather at APS and proceed to Franklin’s grave at Christ Church Burial Ground for a wreath-laying and tributes. Preceding the wreath-laying, residents and visitors are invited to a free seminar on observing the natural world from 9 to 10:30 a.m. MORE INFO

Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center celebrates Ben Franklin’s birthday with make-and-take activities and more. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

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January 14, 2015

Tonight Picks: Ice Rink At Dilworth Park, Ambler Restaurant Week, Winterfest At Penn’s Landing, All-You-Can-Eat Ribs At Percy Street Barbecue And More

Dilworth Park

Take in the city views while ice skating —or enjoy a hot cup of cocoa — at the ice rink at Dilworth Park.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

The middle of the workweek is here and is bringing a variety of hump day happenings to Philadelphia and the region.

Embrace the winter chill by enjoying hot cocoa and an evening of ice skating at either the ice rink at Dilworth Park or RiverRink at Penn’s Landing.

For those looking to take it inside, make plans to have dinner out tonight as the restaurants in Ambler present Ambler Restaurant Week tonight (and all week long). On South Street, Percy Street Barbecue continues its new winter series and serves up all-you-can-eat ribs this evening.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Embrace the winter with an evening of ice skating and hot chocolate at the ice rink at Dilworth Park. Admission is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $4 for adults. For those who don’t own their own skates, rental is $8. The rink will be open until 9 p.m. this evening.

When: Wednesday, January 14, until 9 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: $4, adults; $3, children 10 and under; $8, skate rental

Ambler Restaurant Week

Dinner out, anyone? Ambler Restaurant Week returns to 15 popular participating restaurants throughout Ambler with dinner (and lunch!) deals for all to enjoy. Participating restaurants include Cantina Feliz, Dettera Restaurant and Wine Bar and Hungry Bear Cafe. Price points vary depending on the restaurant.

When: Wednesday, January 14
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Varies

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Visit RiverRink Winterfest for everything from happy hour and Village Whiskey-inspired fare to ice skating and arcade games. The favorite Penn’s Landing destination will be open tonight until 10:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday, January 14, until 10:30 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs at Percy Street Barbecue

Tonight, Percy Street Barbecue continues its all-you-can-eat ribs night. Yes. Beginning at 5 p.m., fill up on unlimited ribs, french fries, coleslaw and cornbread for $27 per person. How’s that for a comfort meal?

When: Wednesday, January 14, 5 p.m.-close
Where: Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street
Cost: $27 plus tax and gratuity


Visit the town of Ambler for meal deals at 15 restaurants, including Forest and Main Brewery, pictured above.
(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

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January 14, 2015

Free People Hosts An Afternoon Of Free Fitness Classes And Healthy Treats At Lithe Rittenhouse, Tuesday, January 20


Want to get lithe? Head to an afternoon of free fitness from Free People and Lithe Method, whose founder Lauren Boggi is shown here sporting the new FP Movement gear. (Photo courtesy of Lithe Method and Dominic Episcopo)

C’mon, keep those resolutions in check.

On Tuesday, January 20, fitness plays with fashion and fun during #FPLETSMOVE, a Free People clothing and Lithe Method fitness collaboration to send up the debut of FP Movement, a new line of women’s fitness gear.

Held concurrently in six different cities around the world, including New York, London, Sydney and Vancouver, the launch event includes fitness classes, tasty bites, free swag and plenty of inspiration for a healthy year.

In Philadelphia, Lithe Method Rittenhouse hosts the afternoon event. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., head to the Rittenhouse studio for free Lithe Method classes with music by DJ SYLO, healthy bites from Pure Fare and free #FPLETSMOVE tote bags for the first 50 guests to arrive. Sweet.

Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m., and the two sessions of Lithe classes run at noon and 2 p.m. In between, guests can check out the new gear and snack.

To join in the feel-good fun, be sure to RSVP via Facebook and arrive early to claim your spot. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

#FPLETSMOVE Free Fitness Event
When: Tuesday, January 20, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Lithe Rittenhouse, 255 S. 17th Street, 2nd floor
Cost: Free
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January 14, 2015

Roundup: A Guide To Martin Luther King Day Happenings And How To Spend The Long Weekend In Philly, January 16-19

Philadelphia Museum of Art

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, museums and attractions across the city are honoring the activist with everything from free museum admission and themed tours to live performances and dance parties. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weekend of giving back and educational events in the name of his mission.

For those looking to volunteer, the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service returns for its 20th year and is the largest MLK Day event in the country. Click here to browse service projects and volunteer on the official MLK Day of Service page.

In addition to hundreds of volunteer service projects, museums and attractions celebrate Martin Luther King Day with special events (including free museum admission!) and festivities throughout the day.

Plus, many observe the holiday on Monday with a break from work, making for a long weekend in Philadelphia. In addition to MLK Day-specific events, there are a variety of winter happenings at hand like Winterfest, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the PMA, Center City Restaurant Week and Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Franklin Institute.

Read on for our guide to Martin Luther King Day events in Philadelphia and fun ways to spend the long weekend.


• The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free Tribute Concert

Monday, January 19. Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the orchestra in their 25th annual free performance during the MLK Day of Service at Girard College. The 90-minute concert includes a world premiere piece, guest vocalists Laquita Mitchell and Rodrick Dixon, choirs from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, a reading Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and more. Tickets are first-come, first-serve and limited to four tickets per person. MORE INFO

• Sharing the Heritage Celebration at the African American Museum

Monday, January 19. Enjoy free admission to the African American Museum in Philadelphia all day and celebrate with special events and activities including hands-on service projects, a Community Celebration with live performances, readings and more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. MORE INFO


This weekend, head to the African American Museum in Philadelphia for special events in the name of Dr. King.
(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

• MLK Weekend at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

January 16-19. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a long weekend of special events and the opening of their new exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art. On Friday, January 16, guests can enjoy an extended Art After 5 with live music from Sound Reformation followed by a dance party in the Great Stair Hall until midnight. On MLK Day, the museum is offering pay-what-you-wish admission and features a variety of family-friendly workshops and projects throughout the day. MORE INFO

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January 14, 2015

The Arden Theatre Company Presents The World Premiere Of Under The Skin By Local Playwright Michael Hollinger, January 15-March 15

Arden Theatre

The Arden Theatre Company continues its season with a brand-new production of Under the Skin, a thought-provoking work by a Lancaster-born playwright. (Photo by Kristy Giballa for The Arden Theatre Company)

The ties that may or may not bind families together unfurl in fervid fashion in Under the Skin, a world-premiere work by Lancaster-born playwright Michael Hollinger produced by the Arden Theatre Company this winter, January 15 through March 15.

The set-up to the drama concerns a dying father who asks his daughter if she’ll donate one of her kidneys to him. The daughter, whose long been estranged from her father, needs to see if she can put aside her pent up anger in order to save her dad’s life.

When a new man enters the picture, sparks fly and secrets are revealed as they all grapple with the issues of forgiveness, inheritance and family.

The production represents yet another collaboration between the Arden and Hollinger, who’ve now worked on eight world premiere productions together, including Opus, Ghost-Writer, Incorruptible and An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf.

Their past efforts have met with much success, most especially Opus, which was one of the most produced plays in the country in 2011-2012.

As with these other works, Under the Skin offers much food for thought and sharp dialogue. Though the main topic is a kidney donation, the underlying themes delves into tensions that can arise when you hold someone’s life in your hands, and what does it really mean to give a part of yourself to someone else?

Previews of Under the Skin begin this Thursday, January 15, and continue through Tuesday, January 20. The show officially opens on Wednesday, January 21 and runs through Sunday, March 15.

Tickets, starting at $36, are available online.

Under The Skin
When: January 15-March 15
Where: Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $36-$50
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January 14, 2015

Head To RiverRink Winterfest At Penn’s Landing This Saturday, January 17 For A Frozen Party With PHS And A Free Fireside Session Concert


Skate your way through the winter at Blue Cross RiverRink, which hosts the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society this Saturday, January 17. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

The surest cure to a case of the winter blues is to just let it go.

This Saturday, January 17, a visit to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest can surely help anyone shrug off the chill of winter.

The winterized riverfront park’s regularly scheduled ice skating and s’mores roasting gets amped up with a bunch of special happenings both in the afternoon and after dark.

From noon to 3 p.m., the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) celebrates the cinema theme of its upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show (February 28-March 8, 2015) with a showing of Disney’s Frozen at Wintefest.

The family-friendly fun includes a sing-along to the Frozen soundtrack, a screening of the movie, themed giveaways, photo-ops and a preview of the 2015 Flower Show.

All Frozen-themed fun is free, and ice skating and refreshments are available to pay as you go.

Later, rock out inside of The Lodge next to a roaring (electric) fireplace as talented musicians put on a free concert for all ages from 8 to 10 p.m.

The monthly installment of Fireside Sessions with The Key stars Son Little and Dirty Dollhouse. For a preview of the artists, check here.

While grooving to live tunes, guests are encouraged to sip drinks like toasty hot cocktails and chilly craft beer and nosh on Village Whiskey-inspired eats from Garces Events.

General admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, including the concert, is free. Note that admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink is $3 with skate rental available for $10. Convenient on-site parking is available, too.

PHS Celebrates Frozen
When: Saturdays, January 17 and February 21, 8-10 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Free
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Fireside Sessions at RiverRink Winterfest
When: Saturdays, January 17 and February 21, 8-10 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Free
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The Lodge

Once a month, the Lodge at RiverRink Winterfest hosts free concerts by local bands, including this Saturday, January 17.
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

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