Philadelphia Event Listings

Our selective, day-by-day guide to the best of what’s happening in Philly. Send event listings to

Friday 4/18

COMEDY: Godfrey
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

MUSIC: Boy George
9 p.m., TLA, 334  South Street

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

Saturday 4/19

ART: Dstructive Nature 2014 Presentation and Pop Up Shop
5 p.m., James Oliver Art Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street

ART: Opening Reception Occurences
7 p.m., Gallery 13 W, 4504 Regent Street

COMEDY: Godfrey
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

OUTDOORS: Clark Park Cleanup/Celebration
3 p.m., Clark Park, Baltimore Avenue at 43rd Street

Thursday 4/23

WOMEN: Young Women’s Initiative Preview Party
6 p.m., North Bowl Lounge, 909 North 2nd Street

EXHIBIT: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

Saturday 4/26

FILM: Edie and Thea: A Very Long Enagement
2 p.m., Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street

CHARITY: Spring Fling Bingo
7 p.m., UUc, 401 North Kings Highway

FESTIVAL: Spring Oktoberfest
6 p.m., The Cannstatter, 9130 Academy Road

Sunday 4/27

Tour: East Meets West Over Tea (Ceremony and Tour)
1 p.m., Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Fairmount Park

Monday 4/28

CHARITY: Spark: Sugar Rush
6:30 p.m., Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street

Thursday 5/1

COMEDY: Rob Schneider
7:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

Friday 5/2

SOCIAL: Young Friends Part at Spring at the Mansion
8 p.m., $70, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 South 18th Street

COMEDY: Rob Schneider
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

CONCERT: Matt Pond, PA
8 p.m. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street

ART: Print // Line Opening Reception
6 p.m., Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut Street

VARIETY: Peek-A-Boo Revue’s 16th Birthday Show
8 p.m., The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street

Saturday 5/3

FESTIVAL: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
12 p.m., Walnut Street, Broad to 19th Streets

COMEDY: Rob Schneider
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

CHARITY: Blingo to CureDuchenne
7:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 201 South Columbus Boulevard

ART: Celebration of the Feminine Exhibit
1 p.m., Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Commons Avenue

CONCERT: Spotlight on Award-Winning Students Free Gala Concert
7 p.m., Radnor Middle School Auditorium, 150 Louella Avenue

Tuesday 5/6

CHARITY: Pennsylvania Innocence Project 5th Anniversary Celebration
6 p.m., Kimmel Center Perelman Theater, 1500 Walnut Street

Wednesday 5/7

CHARITY: A Night of Broadway Stars: Celebrating 15 Years of Service to Homeless Youth
5:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
8 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

Thursday 5/8

ART: PAFA Annual Student Exhibition Preview Party
4 p.m., PAPA, 128 North Broad Street

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
7:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

DANCE: Director’s Choice “Mixed Bill” at PA Ballet
7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street

Friday 5/9

LGBT: Fifth Annual David Acosta Revolutionary Leader Award
6 p.m., William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

COMEDY: Todd Barry
7 p.m., Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street

 Saturday 5/10

FOOD: Wine + Food Festival
5 p.m. (VIP), 6:30 p.m. (general tasting), Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825-31 Norwitch Drive

COMEDY: Hal Sparks
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 

PARTY: Hawthornes 5th Annual Block Party
12 p.m., Hawthornes Beer Cafe, 738 South 11th Street

Sunday 5/18

CHARITY: The Durang Shebang
6 p.m., L’Etage Cabaret, 624 South 6th Street

CONCERT: Lower Merion Orchestra Free Performance
3 p.m., McShain Auditorium at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont

Saturday 6/7 

MUSIC: 2014 Chester County Blues BBQ
2 p.m., Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road

What Can Philly Learn From Kansas City?

Philadelphia was once the biggest, baddest town in North America.

We were once second only to London in size in the English-speaking world. The national capital. The nation’s financier. The biggest port. The center of American publishing. The birthplace of the advertising industry. A pioneer in broadcasting. The home of the nation’s first university, hospital, library… the list goes on and on.

The university, hospital and library are all still around, but just about everything else is gone, long gone. (Save maybe for that broadcasting stuff, thanks to Comcast.) Yet somehow, it seems that whenever there’s a discussion about Philadelphia today, that past weighs heavily on our collective consciousness.

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Iverson and McNabb: A Tale of Two Retirements

The tale of two retirements speaks volumes about Philadelphia and our relationship with our sports stars.

Allen Iverson is finally calling it quits after running out of teams and countries that want his diminishing skills. The Philadelphia 76ers are sure to retire AI’s number 3 at a game this year.

The Philadelphia Eagles will retire Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 at halftime on Sept. 19, when former Eagles coach and McNabb mentor Andy Reid comes to town with his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Townhouse for Sale in Washington Square

Philadelphia is a city of squares. And while everyone knows Rittenhouse Square, it’s lower-keyed sibling, Washington Square is a preferred spot for urbanites looking to get outside without having to see or be seen. Where Rittenhouse and Washington squares are similar is in the stately homes that surround it—homes that recall Edith Wharton novels (had they been set in Philadelphia).  The townhouse for sale in Washington Square is ideal for someone looking for those classic architectural features, including a 60-foot marble entry, beamed ceilings, Fieldstone walls and intricate wood finishings, as well as modern touches, such as a new five-story elevator, security system and bar. There’s also a charming enclosed patio as well as a fifth-floor retreat, which could serve as an au pair or in-law suite.

228 W. Washington Square
Price: $3,999,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 6
MLS: 6043400

Old World Charm Meets Modern Conveniences in Society Hill

This home is a classic case of opposites attracting. Old World charm meets modern conveniences in Society Hill. The 1830s townhouse at 3rd & Spruce simultaneously boasts original plaster moldings, Pennsylvania red pine floors, King of Prussia marble mantels and original locks and custom cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances, surround-sound wiring and home theater. The kitchen opens to a garden with brick pavers and planters. It’s located in the always-in-demand Society Hill neighborhood, close to the Physick House and darling Three Bears Park. Although with features like these, you may find yourself wanting to stay in more and more.

332 Spruce Street Philadelphia
Bed: 5
Bath: 4 full, 1 half
MLS: 6184970

Have it all at a Rittenhouse Hotel Condo

Interested in having it all at one of Philadelphia’s hottest addresses? This Rittenhouse Hotel condo offers just that. Amenities include a chauffeur-driven town car, room service, housekeeping, 24-hour doorman, concierge, spa, salon and health club. Residents can also enjoy multiple large windows for great views of the city. Living close to Rittenhouse Square Park and some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants, shops and museums is also a plus. 

202-10 W. Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia
Price: $1,350,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2 full
MLS: 6140703

Uber-Luxurious & Spacious Symphony House Condo for Sale

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Symphony House condo for sale

Any urban dweller will tell you that space is a rare find in the city—which makes this 5,100-square-foot Center City stunner a hot commodity. This to-die-for spacious Symphony House condo for sale offers grand living in the heart of the city, with a custom granite bar, stone ledge walls and floor-to-ceiling window walls. The kitchen has a custom granite island, custom Viking appliances, six-burner cook top, subzero fridge and more. It’s all business in the executive suite, which features Venetian-plastered walls, built-in cherry cabinets and desk and a 42-inch plasma TV. There’s also a separate au pair suite, with full living and dining rooms. And from the four balconies you can admire the city views.

Symphony House Condo for Sale

400-440 S. Broad Street, #2008 Philadelphia 19146
Price: $3,295,000
Bed: 3
Bath: 3 full, 1 half
MLS: 6179607


Inside Scoop on Philadelphia Real Estate From an Expert

Inside scoop on Philadelphia real estate by Frank DeFazio.

Inside scoop on Philadelphia real estate by Frank DeFazio.

Agent Frank L. DeFazio has been in the real estate business for seven years and focuses largely on Center City and the vicinity. We had a chance to talk to him about the current market and glean some advice for buyers and sellers. Frank built and maintains the CenterCityTeam website, which provides free access to all Philadelphia Real Estate listings, and the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog.

What’s the market like right now?
Everything in Center City is just crazy. Inventory is super-low so it’s created a feeding frenzy. The last 60 days have been nuts. Since 2008, I’ve been telling people to put in their offers about 10 percent below asking. You figure you’ll haggle to  about 5 percent below asking in most neighborhoods, you’ll get the deal done, and that’s a win. In the last 60 days, it’s been: bring your checkbook, be prepared to come in at or above asking, and you still might lose it to one of four other offers.

What’s an up-and-coming neighborhood to watch?
Personally, I think Avenue of the Arts is extending south. I would say from South Street to the stadiums just off of Broad, Newbold, East Passyunk, Passyunk Square. Because Philly is limited with their public transportation, having access to Broad Street line is a huge advantage. It’s attracting hipsters and young professionals who want to spend a little less and don’t mind a 15 – 20 minute commute. There are a lot of options for these buyers just south of Washington Avenue off Broad Street.  Also, the owner of the Melrose Diner recently opened the Broad Street Diner.  I’m always looking at where the commercial money is going because residential development typically follows.

What do sellers need to do to get their listing noticed?
I think pictures are paramount. We use professionally quality HD photos and always make sure that the pictures show clean, bright, uncluttered spaces. Quality pictures are important because I’m going to put them on the MLS and they’re going to syndicate out to hundreds of websites.  Every property is a little different but generally photos should be taken during the daytime unless the nighttime views are exceptional.

How many times should a buyer visit a house before making an offer?
I think it depends on the market. I grew up working with buyers so I think they should review listings, ask questions, go to open houses and really get comfortable with the inventory and prices before submitting an offer.  I usually recommend buyers go out with their agent three times and see six to eight houses per trip.  This will make sure the buyer knows the inventory and prices well enough to feel confident pulling the trigger once they see that perfect home.  But, keep in mind that in today’s market if you see one you like and you don’t put an offer in right away, you may not get a second chance.

View Prudential Fox & Roach listings in Philadelphia.

Rooms with a View


Renowned architect Neil Sandvold of Sandvold Blanda designed this full-floor condo in the Rittenhouse Square area, which dazzles with its 360-degree city views. Sure, you’re located within walking distance of great restaurants like Continental Mid-Town and Parc, but the professional kitchen will keep you eating in morning, noon and night with its built-in Miele espresso maker, 8-burner Wolf Range and Sub-Zero fridge. Not to mention, the designer worked with local artisans to install handcrafted, built-in cabinets, doors and credenzas.

1737 Chestnut St. #1000, Philadelphia
Price: $1,795,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
MLS: 6174365

View listing for complete description, slide show and virtual tour.

Exclusive Open Houses to Add to Your Weekend Must-See List


Looking for a beautifully restored farmhouse, a roomy Center City townhome or a new, high-end home in the ’burbs? Mark your calendar with these upcoming Open Houses.

(Visit individual listings on the Prudential Fox & Roach site for more details, photos and virtual tours.)

A double-wide in Society Hill with rooftop terrace and elevator.

Open House: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Price: $1,695,000
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
MLS# 6060720



Montgomery County
3250 Hedwig Lane, Collegeville 19426 (pictured above)
A completely renovated 1762 stone farmhouse nestled on 4-plus acres.

Stop by 3250 Hedwig Lane in Collegeville, new on the market, for an open house this weekend. Open House:  1-3 p.m.
Price: $2,480,000
Bedrooms: 6
Bath: 6 full, 1 half
MLS: 6176336



Chester County
1675 Minden Lane Malvern 19355
A gourmet kitchen and high-end finishings at this 1.4-acre Malvern property.

1675 Minden Lane Malvern Open House:  2-4 p.m.
Price: $1,399,000
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4 (full), 3 half
MLS: 6166444 



Delaware County
2 Bridle Lane, Newtown Square 19073
New home designed by Michael Visich Architects in a new community.

2 Bridle Lane, Newtown SquareOpen House: 12 – 5 p.m.
Price: $1,695,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5 full, 2 half
MLS: 6134895



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