Tonight Picks: Opening Night Of Pennsylvania Ballet’s Final Show Of The Season, Retro-Rama At The Constitution Center, Make-And-Take Party At Art Star And More

The Academy of Music hosts the Pennsylvania Ballet's final performance of the season tonight, and galleries, boutiques, museums and more host other surefire hits this evening. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

Another week has come and gone, and the weekend is already sneaking up on us, Philadelphia.

Thursday night plays host to scores of events perfect for anyone yearning to get out and about tonight.

Though stormy weather caused a couple events to be cancelled or postponed (including the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll), the skies have cleared and made way for a number of tonight’s planned festivities to commence.

Whether you are looking to spend time partying like it’s 1968, enjoy an evening at the ballet or check out a photography opening, tonight’s happenings in Philadelphia ought to fulfill your wish for entertainment.

Read on for our top picks for this evening.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s Forsythe & Kylián: Opening tonight, the Pennsylvania Ballet presents its season finale, Forsythe & Kylián. The show features works by two contemporary choreographers, and a world premiere by the company’s choreographer in residence, Matthew Neenan. The performance of Forsythe & Kylián ends the series of contemporary works performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet.

When: Thursday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $30 and up

Retro-Rama at the National Constitution Center: To kick off The 1968 Exhibit at the National Constitution Center, head out for the Retro-Rama party tonight featuring all the best things from the year 1968 (including the outfits!). Guests are encouraged to wear their finest ’60s apparel to pair with food hailing from 1968 (think chicken pot pie, Salisbury steak and fondue) and musical favorites from the decade performed by cover band, Strictly ’60s. Drinks will be flowing; enjoy Victory Summer Love ale and cocktails made with Bombay Sapphire East Gin and Dewar’s Scotch Whisky. Strut your stuff down the (ahem) shag rug and get one of the first peeks of the new exhibit which doesn’t officially open to the public until tomorrow.

When: Thursday, June 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: $40 Non-members, $35 Members

Open House: Ruth Scott Blackson at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia: The Hidden City Festival’s series of events are going strong. Tonight, visit the Athenaeum of Philadelphia for a meet and greet with Ruth Scott Blackson, the artist behind the Through The Pale Door installation. Learn how she created the installation and the process of her work. Be sure to come with questions on hand. The first session tonight is from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the next is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free for Hidden City pass holders. Don’t have a Hidden City pass yet? Get one here.

When: Thursday, June 13, 5:30-6 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m.
Where: Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th Street
Cost: Free for Hidden City pass holders

Thirsty Thursday and 80s Iron On Make and Take at Art Star Gallery and Boutique: The popular Thirsty Thursday events return to Art Star Gallery and Boutique this summer. The official kick off is tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. where the ’80s are the focal point. This evening, try your hand at ’80s-inspired iron on make and take t-shirts and groove to musical hits from the ’80s. The event is free for those who bring their own t-shirt to decorate, or t-shirts will be available for $10 a piece. Bonus: be sure to browse the shop, all regularly priced items are 20 perent off! Double bonus: cucumber and mint gimlets will be flowing all night.

When: Thursday, June 13, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Art Star Gallery and Boutique, 623 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Varies

Cocktail Hour and Book Signing at Art in the Age: Sip on Art in the Age’s tasty cocktails this evening while mixing and mingling with the ultimate hunter and gatherer and foodie author, Rohan Anderson. Anderson, author of Whole Larder Love, a book informing readers how on to grow, gather, hunt and cook their own food will be in the Art in the Age shop signing books and answering any questions you may have.

When: Thursday, June 13, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street
Cost: Free

Love Free or Die at WHYY: WHYY and ITVS Community Cinema host a free screening of the film Love Free or Die tonight at 7 p.m. The film tells the story of Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to become a bishop. His battles, challenges and calls for support from religious groups are brought to the spotlight on screen. The film debuted in 2012 on the PBS series Independent Lens, it is now being rereleased in celebration of Gay Pride Month. Registration is required and admits two people. Registration is available here. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

When: Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m.
Where: WHYY, 150 N. Sixth Street
Cost: Free

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s Contemporary Photography Competition And Exhibition Opening: Celebrate opening day of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s Contemporary Photography Competition And Exhibition tonight. The free celebration allows art-lovers to mingle with the curators, photographers featured in the exhibit and fellow art-lovers. A variety of photographs will fill space at the North Philadelphia spot within the Crane Arts Building; keep your eyes peeled for vast nature shots, portraits, candid pictures and more.

When: Thursday, June 13, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Photo Art Center, 1400 N. American Street #103
Cost: Free

Summer Photography Opening at Stadler-Kahn: Opening tonight at Stadler-Kahn is Summer, a photography exhibition by Christine Chisholm (the wife of Fergie Carey of Fergie’s Pub, Nodding Head Brewery Company, Monk’s Cafe, etc.). The exhibit centers on the subject of how childhood is realistically experienced as opposed to the nostalgia that is often associated with the younger years. The exhibit will be on display through July 15.

When: Thursday, June 13, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Stadler-Kahn, 1724 Sansom Street
Cost: Free


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