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Where to Get Your Drink on: The next few days could be a little stressful, what with Aunt Bertha and the gang coming into town. Oh, and you forgot to thaw out the turkey, didn’t you? Duh. My advice to you is to take part in one of the biggest drinking nights in Philadelphia, which just happens to be tonight. So shirk your responsibilities (just for a little) and belly up. Here, a guide to where to drink on Thanksgiving Eve. Details
Movie Openings
Silver Linings Playbook: Last week, Bradley Cooper’s newest film saw a limited opening to mostly rave reviews, which included a lot of Oscar buzz for the pride of Jenkintown. This weekend, it opens pretty much everywhere else, and you should probably go see it. I hear that there are lots of great Philly shots, and based on my colleague Aaron Mettey’s review, it sounds like a good way to kill a few hours over Thanksgiving weekend. Details

A Period Piece: Keira Knightley is Anna Karenina

“Futuristic Sex Fantasia”: Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes in Holy Motors

A Modern “Classic”: How much of The Holy Grail can YOU recite?

When Old Guys Rock: It’s been a while since the embattled Revel Casino in Atlantic City has hosted a show in its Ovation Hall, but things will be plenty loud this weekend when Steven Tyler and his friends from Aerosmith join forces with the guys from Cheap Trick for a night of party rock and beer guzzling. Note that the show is not sold out, possibly because the cheapest available tickets right now start at $184. That’s each. And that’s without service fees. Ugh. Details

A Blast from Philly’s Past: Tommy Conwell and his Young Rumblers

From Stone Temple Pilots: Scott Weiland gone solo

Could Be Fun: Mercury Radio Theatrer’s Gobblepocalypse

At the Borgata: Grammy-winning neo-soulster Maxwell

War Horse: Before it was the 2011 Steven Spielberg blockbuster, it was a 1982 children’s novel by British author Michael Morpurgo. And somewhere in between, it became a Tony Award-winning Broadway play filled with life-sized horse puppets instead of fancy schmancy CGI. The Broadway run closes in January, but the touring version is at the Academy of Music through December 2nd. Go see it. Details

Funny Guy: Brad Garrett in the Music Box

Continuing: Satchmo at the Waldorf, The Liar, and The English Bride

Ice, Ice Baby: OK. I admit it. I have never ice skated in my life. I’m not sure why I’ve never ice skated. It’s not that I fear the cold or the ice or falling on my face and getting it all ripped up by frigid shards, a trail of blood in my wake. No, that doesn’t worry me at all. Maybe this year, I’ll finally strap on a pair of skates and give it a try. Maybe. Anyway, the Blue Cross Riverrink opens this Friday for the season. If you see me out there, please don’t laugh. Details

Chugga, Chugga: Morris Arboretum debuts its annual Holiday Garden Railway

Gobble, Gobble: It was originally the Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade way back in 1920 when it began all the way through 1987, when Gimbels closed up shop. Then it became the Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Then IKEA. And now: it’s the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, so I expect a jelly donut or two with my marching bands and floats. If you don’t feel like getting up early and battling the crowds on cold on the Parkway, you can always join Cecily Tynan and Rick Williams on Channel 6 starting at 8:30 a.m. What time does that turkey need to go in again? Details

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