Tonight Picks: Brauhaus Schmitz’s Birthday, Outdoor Movie At ICA, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday At Two Museums, Opening Night Of Wicked At The Academy Of Music And More

Tonight, explore one of the city's many establishments hosting after-dark events, including a series of short films at the Institute of Contemporary Art. (Photo courtesy Institute of Contemporary Art)

As the weather remains a little iffy for this evening, it’s best to explore options both indoors and out in the City of Brotherly Love tonight.

Fortunately, in typical Wednesday night fashion, Center City Sips, Pay-What-You Wish Wednesdays, P.M. at the Penn Museum and Drink ‘n’ Draw at 3rd Ward Philadelphia fill the calendar.

In addition to the weekly events, numerous one-night-only happenings are in town.

Fingers crossed that the weather will hold out, but in the case of rain, head indoors to one of the slew of events on deck for tonight.

Our top picks for this evening, below.

Brauhaus Schmitz’s Fourth Birthday: Celebrate Brauhaus Schmitz as it turns four years old this evening with a budget-friendly party. The South Street beer hall begins the festivities with happy hour at 5 p.m. with $4 drafts of refreshing German brews. At 7 p.m., the party really starts. The $4 libations continue to flow into the evening, and chef Jeremy Nolen will be serving up free (!!!) appetizers to guests.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 5 p.m.
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Films by James Scott at the Institute of Contemporary Art: The terrace at the Institute of Contemporary Art welcomes filmmaker James Scott for an outdoor movie event beginning at 8 p.m. The evening is made up of a series of short films about artists and their works. In the early ’60s, Scott began creating the short film series of portraits of contemporary artists. The series used the power of film to display artwork in a new way. Tonight’s event comes perfectly paired with treats from Lil’ Pop Shop, popcorn and more. In the case of rain, the series will be shown in ICA’s Tuttleman Auditorium. ICA’s galleries will remain open until 8 p.m., so be sure to arrive early to take advantage of both the art and the film.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 8 p.m.
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost: Free

P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Concert Series: Head out to the Penn Museum for its weekly P.M. at the Penn Museum’s Summer Night Concert Series. This evening, listen to the tunes of Barakka, a local band that calls the beats of Turkish folk music home. Tickets are $5 per person and also include access to the Penn Museum’s collection.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3620 South Street
Cost: $5

Center City Sips: Wednesday evenings in the summer are full of all the discounted drinks and appetizers you can imagine thanks to Center City Sips. Indulge in $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers at 89 participating Center City bars and restaurants. Use this opportunity to try out one of Center City’s newest hot spots like Bru Craft & Wurst or Pennsylvania 6 or visit an old standby like Sampan, Milkboy or Jones. Many participating restaurants even offer a dinner discount of 15 percent to Center City Sips-ers. The full list of participating bars and restaurants is available here.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers

Wicked at the Academy of Music: The popular musical Wicked flys into the Academy of Music for more than a month of spellbinding shows. The first performance is tonight at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to buy your tickets as soon as you can, shows always sell out. It’s Wicked’s fourth time in Philadelphia, and the crowds never tire of the high-flying musical. The plot centers around life before The Wizard of Oz in a musical featuring a young Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of the North.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $40-$175

Closing Reception of John Y. Wind’s The Making of A Modern Man: Bid farewell to John Y Wind’s The Making of A Modern Man exhibit tonight at the James Oliver Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. The Making of A Modern Man is John Y. Wind’s first solo show and features works from the artist and jewelry designer. His jewelry is sold by retailers like Joan Shepp and Anthropologie. The exhibition is presented in part with InLiquid, a non-profit arts organization. It showcases Wind’s modren sculptures draped and eclectic collages.

When: Wednesday June 26th, 6-9 p.m.
Where: James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Discover the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s extensive collection at whatever price you choose to pay at its Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday event. From 5 to 8:45 p.m., explore the collection housed in the main building which includes art ranging from works by modern artists to art from thousands and thousands of years ago. An assortment of activities abound; the Great Stair Hall balcony hosts a yoga lesson (bring your own mat!) and numerous tours on a variety of subjects. Also visit the PMA’s Terrace Bar, alfresco tables overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with food and drinks from Stephen Starr Events. For those looking to save a buck or two, happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy $4 domestic beers and $1 off glasses of wine.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay-What-You-Wish

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History: All summer long, the National Museum of American Jewish History welcomes guests at whatever price they’d like to pay. Visit NMAJH for a look at its extensive collection and exhibits with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from the museum’s Pomegranates Cafe.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 5-8 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Pay-What-You-Wish

Drink ‘n’ Draw at 3rd Ward: Head to the new 3rd Ward Philadelphia this evening with your drawing tools in tow for its weekly Drink N’ Draw event. For $15 per person for non-members, $10 per person if you bring a friend and free for members, 3rd Ward provides guests with beer to sip and a model to sketch. The event runs from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 8-10:30 p.m.
Where: 3rd Ward Philadelphia, 1227 N. 4th Street
Cost: $15 for non-members, $10 if you bring a friend, Free for members


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