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Every week we round up five of the best things to do in the week ahead. Weather pending, of course. 

BRAT productions three chord fiction

Philly “rock and roll theater company” BRAT Productions is getting a head start on Valentine’s Day with “Three Chord Fiction: Love Bites.” Designed as a way to introduce Philly to the next generation of cabaret performers, the showcase pairs actor-singers with local musicians and tasks them to perform a musical tale about love. After every night’s show a different band will take the stage to woo the audience with an amorous-minded set of tunes. Singers include Red 40, drag queen Cleo Phatra, Senor Papos & Jota, and BRAT resident artist’s Jess Conda’s alter ego Len performing with the Ladies of the Cursed Church Theater. Scheduled bands are The Fancy Balloons (Feb. 4), TJ Kong (Feb. 5) and Upholstery (Feb. 6). Feb. 4-6, 8 p.m., $10, Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.

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WATCH: Dr. J.’s Five Best Commercials

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Sixers legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving will be giving a free talk tonight as a part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Author Event series.

The Doctor, who mesmerized Sixer fans from 1976 to 1987, will discuss his life on and off of the court, as well as to promote his recently released book Dr. J: The Autobiography (in which we learn some things we wish we could unlearn). Of course, the good doctor is no stranger to shilling products. In the spirit of shameless self-promotion, let’s look back at the top five Dr. J commercials.

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Yellow Birds Is Philly’s “One Book” for 2014

13366259The Inquirer reports: “The Yellow Birds, a 2012 National Book Award finalist, will be named this year’s One Book One Philadelphia selection Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Powers will join Mayor Nutter; Marie Field, chair of One Book One Philadelphia; and Siobhan A. Reardon, president and director of the Free Library, for the event.”

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Culinary Literacy at The Free Library of Philadelphia

Tomato Dinner at Supper and Bistrot La MinetteGet ready to brush up on your culinary literacy. This Saturday, August 24th @ 11:30 a.m., The Free Library of Philadelphia will host chefs from the Philadelphia Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier as they present a cooking demonstration of recipes that take advantage of summer’s bounty in “Craveable Fruits & Vegetables: Delicious Dishes to Eat Right Now”. Recipes and samples will be distributed to attendees. 

The program is at the Main Library at 1901 Vine Street and is free of charge.

Did you know the Free Library regularly hosts author events with acclaimed chefs and is proud to offer the robust Julie Dannenbaum Culinary Literacy Collection at the Parkway Central Library?

Craveable Fruits & Vegetables [Free Library of Philadelphia]

Property’s Morning Obsession: Free Library Killing It Lately

Of course you already know about the Free Library’s virtual installation at Suburban Station (we are somewhere toward the bottom on the hold list for the Tenth of December). But have you seen the library’s new subway ads lately?

The Free Library is already on top of its Facebook and Twitter game, sharing interesting trivia and answering readers’ questions. Now they are featuring local librarians and other staff in a series of snarky subway station ads.

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Thomas Keller at the Free Library

Thomas Keller of Bouchon, Per Se, The French Laundry, Ad Hoc and Bouchon Bakery will be speaking at the Free Library of Philadelphia along with pastry chef and co-author of Bouchon BakerySebastian Rouxel.

The event begins at noon with the Inquirer’s Michael Klein moderating.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children and students.

Thomas Keller and Sebastian Rouxel [Free Library of Philadelphia]

Julie Powell At Free Library

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Julie Powell whose debut “Julie & Julia” became a movie this year is back with her second book, “Cleaving.” She’ll be appearing at the Free Library’s central branch next Tuesday in support of the book. Cleaving chronicles her troubled marriage and her interest in learning a physical skill.

Julie Powell has a new foodie project [Metro Philadelphia]
Julie Powell [Free Library]
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession [Amazon]

Don’t Eat Anything Your Great-Great Grandmother Wouldn’t Recognize As Food


So says Michael Pollan, acclaimed food journalist and best-selling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma in his new book In Defense of Food. That means no trans fats, bitches!

He’ll be speaking at the Free Library this Thursday, January 10th at 7p.m. Pollan is not just for food nerds. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a must read for anyone who eats. We’re guessing his new book, which tackles the thorny topic of nutritional information and misinformation, will be the same.

Michael Pollan | In Defense of Food [Free Library of Philadelphia]