EXCLUSIVE: Grammy-Winning Singer Susan Graham Talks About Her Philly Recital Engagement

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Grammy Award-winning and international mezzo-soprano star Susan Graham will be making her Kimmel Center recital debut on April 2nd. Graham, known for her interpretations of the Frenchrépertoire (especially Berlioz), has also found much fame performing the works of Mozart and Strauss in almost every major opera house in the world. The American-born singer hails from Midland, Texas, where every 5th of September has been deemed “Susan Graham Day” in her honor. I had the opportunity to ask the down-to-earth diva about her concert in Philadelphia, her upcoming engagements, and what role she’s dying to play.

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In the Kitchen at Volver

Kyle Baddorf, Josh Massaro and Jose Garces testing recipes.

Kyle Baddorf, Josh Massaro and Jose Garces testing recipes.

Last Thursday I checked out how menu testing was going over at Volver with Jose Garces, Natalie Maronski and the rest of the Volver team.

I was lucky enough to eavesdrop on the team as they discussed the best way to plate their salad with greens from Garces’ Luna Farm. I smelled water that had the fragrance of pot soil. I sampled “Kentucky Fried Sqab” from the performance kitchen’s pressure fryer. And I got a bite of perhaps the best fish I’ve ever tasted.

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5 Shows You Should See in March

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Brewer’s Plate Is Set for This Sunday


Brewers’ Plate is one of our favorite events of the year. The pairing of local beers and local restaurants brings out the best in both. Brewers’ Plate 2014 is set for this Sunday, March 9th at the Kimmel Center.

The event costs $65 for general admission tickets and $135 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets get in an hour early (5:30 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m.) and also have access to the Sausage Showdown. The Showdown pits seven Garces Group Restaurants, along with the Garces Catering Group in a sausage and beer competition. VIP ticket holders also get access to a special collaboration beer between Victory Brewing and Sam Adams, exclusive access to another level of the Kimmel Center, complete with  cheeses, charcuterie and chocolates, as well as a swag bag to take home.

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TONIGHT: The Cast of Mamma Mia! is Performing at Tabu

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Gabrielle Mirabella, Georgia Kate Haege, and Carly Sakolove in “Mamma Mia!,” showing now at the Kimmel Center. Photo courtesy of Kevin Thomas Garcia.

The cast of Mamma Mia! is killing two birds while in town performing at the Kimmel Center. Tonight, they’ll make their way to Tabu to perform in the show’s nationwide cabaret series that raises funds for The Trevor Project, the organization dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBT teens.

“Cabaret for a Cause: Making Music. Making Memories. Making a Difference.” is 90 minutes of entertainment featuring singers, dancers, impressionists and comedians from the show. In addition to the performance, the cast will auction off some gift baskets, gift certificates and a couple tickets to see Mamma Mia! before it leaves Philly on March 2. Thu., Feb. 27, 11 p.m., $10, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street. 

Photos from the show after the jump

5 Things to Do in Philly this Week: Tune-Out, TuneIn, Timberlake and More


Tuesday Tune-out: PhilaMOCA’s weekly Tuesday Tune-Out revives old-fashioned picture show interest for the Netflix-weary. This week’s installation pairs live scoring from Philly-based Marlo Reynolds and Phil Benson with John Schenk’s abstract-experimental feature Blue Wonder. It’s like the movies, but without Gerard Butler, and with beer.  TuesdayFebruary 25, 7:30 p.m., $5, PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.  

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Opera Philadelphia Announces Ambitious, Star-Studded New Season

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Star countertenor David Daniels will perform the title role in Theodore Morrison’s “Oscar” in February.

Opera Philadelphia’s 40th anniversary repertoire, announced earlier this week, is the company’s most ambitious and star-studded to date. Some of opera’s most well-known singers will be performing in the City of Brotherly Love as part of the five-production 2014-2015 season.

It is one of the first times in recent history that Opera Philadelphia has attracted internationally known and acclaimed performers to its stages at the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts — it’s not every day that Philadelphia audiences are treated to the likes of David Daniels (who many would contend is the world’s leading operatic countertenor), Lawrence Brownlee (an internationally known bel canto specialist, although he won’t be performing from that repertoire in Philly), and Eric Owens (a Philadelphia native whose bass-baritone has been heard at opera houses the world over.)

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A Preview of Jose Garces’ Volver at the Kimmel Center

Designed by Philadelphian Conrad Booker, the textile mural is inspired by Volver's logo.

Designed by Philadelphian Conrad Booker, the textile mural is inspired by Volver’s logo.

Volver, Jose Garces’ culinary showcase is set to open in April at the Kimmel Center. The space will feature a caviar and champagne lounge as well as a forty-seat performance dining area. Garces, architects KieranTimberlake and interior designer Marguerite Rodgers have collaborated to design a space that highlights the arts, culinary and otherwise.

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