Tonight Picks: Get Outside! Pong On The Cira Centre, PIFA, Philadelphia Science Fest, Fairmount Restaurant Week And More

It's a beautiful night to dine alfresco especially at Fairmount Restaurant Week, which will conveniently place a short post-dinner stroll from viewing Pong on the Cira Centre from the Art Museum steps. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

After a chilly few days, temperatures are spring appropriate once again. This calls for a celebration, so head out to one of the many happenings in the city tonight. The Philadelphia Science Festival, Philly Tech Week and PIFA are all in full swing with a bunch of events at locations all over the city.

But that’s not all, read on for our top picks for events this evening.

Dine Alfresco: Whether you’re grabbing a bite, a full feast or a few drinks with friends, a spring night is the perfect opportunity to do so outside. Head to your favorite neighborhood spot with sidewalk seating or a patio and enjoy the spring weather. There are a bunch of restaurants that boast outdoor seating, and there’s no better time to dine outside than on one of the first balmy days of the season. Check out our alfresco dining roundup for a detailed listing of some of the city’s most loved spots for outdoor dining.

When: Wednesday, April 24
Where: Restaurants across the city
Cost: Pay as you go

PIFA and the Philadelphia Science Festival Present Icarus at the Edge of Time: Tonight, the Philadelphia Science Festival and PIFA are teaming up to present a one-night-only show about space, black holes and time travel. Icarus at the Edge of Time is a modern take on the ancient Greek myth, Icarus. Tonight’s performance features a original score by notable composer Philip Glass that is to be performed by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. The performance begins with a brief presentation from an esteemed member of the science community on black holes and the science of general relativity. Plus, tickets are now available for just $5 with promo code “Space.” Out of this world!

When: Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: $5 with promo code “Space”

Long Live Our Treasures: The Science of Conservation and Preservation at the Penn Museum: Learn preservation techniques from folks at some of the area’s leading museums and attractions at this Science Festival program at the Penn Museum. Learn about the work that goes in to keep mummies, ancient books and other delicate artifacts intact and in shape thousands of years later. Also get advice on how to preserve precious items of your own. Take part in hands-on demonstrations and listen to five speakers discuss different aspects of conservation. Also discover two of the Penn Museum’s marquee exhibits; Unearthing a Masterpiece: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel and In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies. Tickets are available online.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: $12 General Admission, $5 Teachers

Institute of Contemporary Art Spring Exhibitions Opening: The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania presents two new exhibitions this spring and tonight marks the opening reception for both. Practically In Shadow is a multi-dimensional exhibit hung among the skylights that will change appearance with the shifting natural light. The artist, Karla Back, will be in attendance at the reception to discuss Practically In Shadow. Each One as She May: Ligon, Reich and De Keersmaeker also opens this evening. It is a collaborative exhibition curated by five UPenn students that explores repetition through drawing, dance, film and sound. Bonus: Like all events at the Institue of Contemporary Art, this is a free event.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art at UPenn, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost: Free

Philly Tech Week Presents Pong on the Cira Centre: Tonight is the last night of Philly Tech Week’s world’s biggest video game event. The exciting Pong on Cira Centre allows diehard video gamers to play pong on the side of the Cira Centre as created by a Drexel University professor. Pretty cool, right? Preregistration is required, but those looking to watch the video game on the massive, 83,360 foot screen can do so at the art museum steps.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free

Fairmount Restaurant Week With Art: It’s the second to last night of Fairmount’s Restaurant Week With Art event. Numerous Fairmount restaurants are offering three-course meals on the cheap; all menus ring in at $35 or less. Participating restaurants include Granite Hill, London Grill, Cantina Feliz and The Belgian Cafe. The full list of participating restaurants (and their menus) is available here. Art and delicious food mix tonight as participating restaurants present displays of art in addition to their three-course dinner menu. Art displays vary at each location.

When: Wednesday, April 24
Where: Participating Fairmount restaurants
Cost: $35 or less

Nerd Nite CSI at Frankford Hall: The Philadelphia Science Festival transforms Frankford Hall in to a nerd’s playground (beer and CSI, what could be better?) tonight at 7:30 p.m. A skull specialist, a toxicology specialist and other CSI-investigator types will be in attendance to share their knowledge with the masses. For your listening pleasure, live prohibition era jazz will raise spirits as well. On top of cool CSI activities, happy hour pricing will be in effect for the duration of the event.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $5 entry

PHS Presents Private Edens: Lessons in Creating Your Own Garden Paradise: As part of its spring series of events, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society hosts a lecture at 6 p.m. by esteemed garden writer Jack Staub. Guests will take away knowledge on creating their own garden haven with tips and tricks from professionals just in time for the blossoming spring season. Immediately following the presentation, guests are invited to a signing of Staub’s new book, Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens and a wine and cheese reception.

When: Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th Street
Cost: $10, members; $20, nonmembers


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