15 Ways to Ring in the New Year in Philadelphia

Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC, via Visit Philadelphia.

Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC, via Visit Philadelphia.

Whether you want to party all night, spend a quiet evening enjoying the arts, or have some kiddies in tow, there’s something to do in Philly on New Year’s Eve. Why stay in to watch the ball drop when you can celebrate with the rest of the town?

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Photo via Shutterstock.

Photo via Shutterstock.

‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah
Don’t miss this fascinating special exhibit that explores the history of Hanukkah and Christmas music and the musicians who made them. Now through March 2015, free with admission ($11-12), National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.

12th Annual Latkepalooza
It’s a feast! Try out gourmet latkes from Talula’s Garden, Frankford Hall, Vedge, Sabrina’s Café, London Grill and more. Sunday, December 7th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., $15 for adults, $10 for ages 2-12, free for children under 2, The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street.

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Dutch Artist Duo PolakVanBekkum Reveal New Mural in Cedar Park

Back in May, artistic duo Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum arrived from the Netherlands for a residency in Philadelphia at the University City Science Center called Art Along the Avenue of Technology. Seven months later, the hard work the duo (known as PolakVanBekkum) put into its residency has come alive in the form of a mural titled 250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia.

The mural, which lives at 780 South 52nd Street, explores the crossroads of art, science, and technology. The work includes satellite imagery, photography, and GPS imagery to represent technological development and mobility. This spring PolakVanBekkum‘s formal residency will end with a capstone multimedia screening that displays the sounds of Philadelphia alongside Google Earth and Google Street View images.

In a statement, Van Bekkum said, “Our art is about landscapes, maps and things that move around in there. One of the tools we use is GPS, which we use the way a painter uses a brush and sculptors use chisels. With it we draw lines, make dots, suggest depth and show movement. We use GPS tracks to listen to people, look at the landscape and tell stories.” The artists revealed the scrim mural—a cloth hanging, rather than a painted mural – last weekend.

Check out the pictures of 250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia above, or see it yourself at the old Apple Storage Building at 780 South 52nd Street. For more information on the project click here.

Gay Gift Guide: 27 Philly LGBT-Owned Businesses to Support This Holiday Season

Add Analog Watch Co. eco-friendly watches to your list.

Add gay-owned Analog Watch Company’s eco-friendly watches to your list.

Keep the gay dollar circulating this holiday season by checking off your gift lists in Philly’s array of stellar LGBT-owned establishments. From home stores to salons to restaurants, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gay places to shop in and a little outside the city. Happy holigays!

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11 Kid-Friendly Holiday Happenings In and Around Philly

Sesame Place gets all lit up for the holidays. | Photo via Facebook.

Sesame Place gets all lit up for the holidays. | Photo via Facebook.

Doing something fun for the whole family isn’t hard during the holiday season. Philadelphia and its surrounding ‘burbs have plenty of kid-friendly picks, from child-sized live performances to jolly visits with Santa.

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In the Wings: QED Star Peter DeLaurier


Peter DeLaurier as Richard Feynman in QED. | Photo by Mark Garvin.

Storied presence on the Philadelphia theater scene Peter DeLaurier is currently playing American theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman in Lantern Theater Company‘s production of QED.

My name … is Peter DeLaurier.

I am … an actor. I’m also a director, playwright, teacher, theatre founder, director and producer. I’m a father, widower, friend, carpenter, plumber, plasterer, painter, auto mechanic, soccer ref, Quaker, Buddhist runner.

I grew up … in Kansas City, Missouri and spent five seasons with Missouri Repertory Theatre—at the time that it was one of the very few resident professional theaters in the U.S.—before moving to NYC.

On opening day … we didn’t rehearse, so I finally got my nasty house cleaned. Then I called up my director, Craig Getting, and arranged to meet him an hour before curtain to completely rework the opening beat of the show. The change was excellent and made a big difference to me in getting the show off and running. (Also, I wore my brand-new glow-in-the-dark boxer-briefs I bought because they were on sale, not because they glowed.)

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