Tonight Picks: The Food And Beer-Driven Taste Of Philly Event, GeoFest 2013 Kicks Off, Free Music At The Kimmel Center And More

Warm up on this chilly night with a few drinks and a meal at one of Philadelphia's countless awesome restaurants, like Barbuzzo above, followed by one of the many evening events slated for tonight. (Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia)

Warm up at an indoor event across the city or with some comfort food at some of the Philly’s most popular restaurants as this evening’s temps stay close to freezing.

From discounted lobster dinners to the start (and continuation) of numerous fall festivals, this evening brings its fair share of events to the Philadelphia region.

The third annual GeoFest, presented by the Geographical Society of Philadelphia kicks off tonight as it hosts renowned actor, Andrew McCarthy (of ’80s Brat Pack fame), in an evening talk about his travel experiences and his new career as a travel writer.

The First Person Arts Festival continues with a hilarious evening show in Old City hosted by popular Philadelphia drag queen Martha Graham Cracker.

Tonight, the annual Taste of Philly event brings food and beer from popular restaurants to the Crystal Tea Room for an evening of delectable fare and drinks and Rachel Claudio, who has opened for musicians like Common and The Roots, shares her soulful music with the Kimmel Center at a free concert.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Philadelphia Weekly’s Taste Of Philly: Sample eats and drinks from more than 30 of the city’s bars and restaurants at the seventh annual Taste Of Philly event presented by Philadelphia Weekly. BRÜ Craft & Wurst, Bufad Pizza and Chima are just of the few eateries slated to participate. As far as drinks, look forward to beer from Yards Brewing Company, Round Guys Brewing Company, Weyerbacher Brewing Company and more. Tickets are just $35 per person making for an evening of affordable treats.

When: Wednesday, November 13, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, 100 E. Penn Square
Cost: $35

Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center: The Kimmel Center’s free and monthly Sittin’ In jam session returns for the night with a bonafide musician hailing from Australia by way of Paris. Listen to Rachel Claudio, who has opened for the likes of Common and The Roots, entertain the crowd with a medley of pop and soul vocals accompanied by local jazz musicians. Enjoy sips from Garces Catering and rock out to the tunes of a renowned songstress.

When: Wednesday, November 13, 8-11 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: Free

GeoFest Presents Andrew McCarthy at the Ritz East: Andrew McCarthy, an actor who is largely known for his roles in the Brat Pack movies of the ’80s, comes to town for the annual GeoFest, a festival that brings a thought-provoking lineup of events that focus on the beauty and wonder of the planet and its people. Listen to McCarthy discuss his life-changing travel experiences and his new career as a travel writer.

When: Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd Street
Cost: $20 for Geographical Society, $25 for non-members

Shake Shack’s Center City Happy Hour: This week, Shake Shack Center City launched an all-new happy hour for its patrons. From 4 to 6 p.m., indulge in the Shack’s solid beer and wine selection during its discounted hours. Sip Shake Shack’s exclusive ShackMeister Ale by Brooklyn Brewery, Victory Brewing Company’s Festbier or a glass of Shack red or white wine. While you’re there, be sure to pair your sips with one of Shake Shack’s tasty burgers.

When: Wednesday, November 13, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Shake Shack Center City, 2000 Sansom Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Dear Sir or Madam at the Christ Church Neighborhood House: As part of the First Person Arts Festival, drag queen performances and interviews take over the Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City as Martha Graham Cracker (a.k.a. Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dito Van Reigersberg) interviews and performs with some of Philly’s other top drag performers. Tickets are $20 per person and the performance (which is bound to be a good one) begins at 9 p.m.

When: Wednesday, November 13, 9-10:30 p.m.
Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
Cost: $20

17 Border Crossings at FringeArts: Tonight, watch Thaddeus Phillips, a Fringe Festival-seasoned artist, take the stage at the month-old FringeArts building on Columbus Boulevard for the opening night of his one-man show, 17 Border Crossings. The comedic show centers around stories from his own experiences crossing borders in everywhere from South America to Europe. Tickets are $29 per person and are available online.

When: Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m.
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $29

Lobster Mania at Route 6: After a super popular Lobster Month in October, Route 6 updates the promotion with nearly half-off lobster prices through the end of November. Need dinner plans? You’ve got them.

When: Wednesday, November 13
Where: Route 6, 600 N. Broad Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Lobster Month at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House: Enjoy deep lobster discounts and themed menu additions created specially for the lobster month promotion at Doc Magrogan’s in University City and West Chester. Enjoy a lobster-centric dinner of discounted lobster rolls, a surf and turf platter, steamed lobster and lobster bisque (perfect for this chilly night).

When: Wednesday, November 13
Where: Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House; University City, 3432 Sansom Street; West Chester, 117 E. Gay Street
Cost: Pay as you go



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