Few things are more satisfying than waking up one morning, deciding you’re going to call out of work and declaring the rest of the day “Treat Y’rself Day.” With that in mind PhilaMOCA is hosting a whole daylong festival dedicated to treating y’rself and, in turn, treating s’meone else.
Stephen Pitalo likes music videos. He really likes them. So much so that he has a wide-ranging website about the Golden Age of Music Video, which he says is from 1976 to 1993. And tonight you can learn from his deep knowledge of music videos at The History of Music Videos: Part One at PhilaMOCA.
Pitalo’s multimedia presentation will begin with early jazz films, TV performances and movie musicals before eventually moving into the 1980s and the birth of MTV. It ends with the downfall of hair metal and the beginning of the Seattle grunge and alt-rock scene. Doors at PhilaMOCA (531 N 12th St.) open at 7 pm; the event starts at 7:30 pm. Read more »
Kick off the first weekend of the New Year with the perfect cultural trifecta: performance, art, and music. Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, the internationally acclaimed Asian-American dance company, will offer a sneak peek of their latest performance piece this evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The company's newest contemporary work, Home; S. 9th St., "explores the diverse community of South Philadelphia’s famed 9th Street neighborhood." Be the first to see it before the world premiere at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in the fall of 2015. The museum's galleries will be open for perusing as well, and light bites and a variety of cocktails will be served in the Great Stair Hall. Museum admission can be purchased online. Friday, January 2nd, 5 p.m.-8:45 p.m., $17.50-$23.50, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Head to the Barnes Foundation tonight and toast to the New Year, First Friday, and the birth of foundation founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes! The special First Friday fete will feature live music from M'Balia Singley and Luke Carlos O’Reilly and Friends–a roots-gospel-country band–as well as a trunk show courtesy of menswear designer Wale Oyejide. Guests can also explore the exhibitions, catch a short talk by Barnes docent Molly Walker, and enjoy delicious cocktails and light fare. Tickets are available for purchase online. Friday, January 2nd, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $25 or free for members, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
From Foobooz: The long delayed reopening of the Mainland Inn in Harleysville is set for Friday evening. The restaurant will source much of its bounty from the neighboring Quarry Hill Farm and other local farms. Chef Ezra Duker is in the kitchen. The Philadelphia native has worked at Morimoto Napa, The French Laundry and the Orrery, in London. More plus menu details here.
New Year's resolutions aren't really effective until Monday, right? Make your way to Old City's Pinot Boutique this evening and indulge while you can. First Sip Friday features five tastings of delicious local wines from Paradox Vineyard, Auburn Road Winery and Pinnacle Ridge Winery–plus some festive bubbles–all for only $5. While you sip, shop from a wide array of wine, beer, and cocktail accessories. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Cheers! Friday, January 2nd, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., $5, Pinot Boutique, 227 Market Street.
Jam band lovers assemble: Gov't Mule, the side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, will take the stage at The Tower Theater both Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are available for purchase online. Friday, January 2nd and Saturday, January 3rd, 8 p.m., $25-$50, The Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby, PA.
Beer cures a variety of ills, including the post-holiday blues. Take a free tour of one of Philly's favorite breweries–Yards Brewing Company–this weekend, and discover how they craft their award-winning ales. Afterward, sample some of their finest brews in the tasting room and nosh on featured food truck fare. You can worry about hitting the gym come Monday. Tours are first-come, first-served, so be sure to get there early! For more information, click here. Saturday, January 3rd, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, January 4th, 12 p.m.-3 p.m., Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Avenue.
The acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers of Cirque de la Symphonie will team up with The Philadelphia Orchestra this weekend at the Kimmel Center. The cirque act, which performs exclusively with symphony orchestras, will show off their "heart-stopping, gravity-defying" skills to an incredible program of orchestral showpieces. For more information, click here. Tickets are available for purchase online. Saturday, January 3rd at 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 4th at 2 p.m., $60-$135, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street.
From Be Well Philly: The City of Philadelphia, as well as several neighborhood groups, are offering Christmas tree recycling services throughout the month of January. While technically you may put your tree out with your weekly garbage pile, we don’t suggest it. Those trees end up in landfills, while recycled trees get used for compost, wood chips or other needed projects in local parks. Check out the guide here for locations, dates and times for tree recycling near you.
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Get your weekly art fix at tonight's opening reception for Wait for the Moon, the newest exhibition at Arch Enemy Arts. The show features 20 artists, each piece inspired by a different Brothers Grimm fairytale. Albeit slightly dark undertones, the works capture the curious world of folklore in striking light. The exhibit will remain on view through January. For more information, click here. Friday, December 12th, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Arch Enemy Arts, 109 Arch Street.
Brand new West Philly taqueria Wahoo's Tacos is getting into the holiday spirit with a Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday. A 15-foot tree will be lit on the outdoor patio in commemoration of restaurant's Toys For Tacos campaign. What's that all about, you ask? Guests who bring in a new, unwrapped toy between now and December 19th will receive a free taco meal on the house. Donations will benefit the Philadelphia chapter of Toys For Tots, who will send a contingent of marines to serenade guests during the tree lighting ceremony. Good deeds, full bellies. What's better than that? Friday, December 12th, 6:30 p.m., free, Wahoo's Tacos, 3180 Chestnut Street.
Team Sunshine Performance Corporation–in conjunction with FringeArts–presents the last two performances of The Sincerity Project this weekend. Described as more of an "anti-play" featuring seven performers, the production "takes the idea of a heart-to-heart conversation and explodes it into a theatrical derby of hilarious, ecstatic, and unconventional vulnerability." The performance approaches myriad topics–from death to ice cream–in a refreshingly avant-garde way. Admission is "pay-what-you-sincerely-think-it’s-worth," with a suggested ticket price of $30. For more information, click here. Tickets are available for purchase online. Friday, December 12th-Saturday, December 13th, 7 p.m., $15-$60, FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Cool holiday gifts will abound at the Punk Rock Flea Market this weekend, a funky pop-up featuring 500+ vendors with all sorts of goodies for sale. Think vinyls, vintage clothing, art, handmade jewelry, skateboards, and much more. The Flea will be open Saturday and Sunday, giving you plenty of time to snag unique presents for those whom gift cards just won't do. For more holiday shopping this weekend, check out The Nutcracker Market, Shop on the Square, and Franklin Flea. Saturday, December 13th-Sunday, December 14th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $3 entry donation, Punk Rock Flea Market, 461 N. 9th Street.
From Shoppist. The best reason to head to school on a weekend: the Crafty Balboa Holiday Market, which takes place at SS Neumann Goretti High School on Saturday from 11am to 5pm. The juried art and craft market, now in its sixth year, will feature over 50 vendors, and the lineup is good. Get there early—the first 50 shoppers get free Occasionette tote bags (which are adorable) filled with a sampling of special items from vendors. Even cooler? The Art Department will be on hand to help you create handmade gift tags and greeting cards. More information and 10 top finds here.
From Property: Orchestra performances, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Thinkfest, whatever your reason for going to the Kimmel Center, we bet you haven’t enjoyed the venue from this angle: a free Arts & Architecture tour will be given at the Kimmel this Saturday, as they are every Saturday for if you weren’t in the know. The tour includes a highlight of the Kimmel’s architectural details, displayed artwork (including the Moore Galleries and Percent for Art Collection) and an exterior examination of the building in context with the Philadelphia cityscape. Tours are given on a first-come, first served basis and are limited to 20 guests. More details here.
Gather up the little ones–and their favorite stuffed friends–for a special holiday tea party this weekend. Teddy Bear Tea includes "gingerbread man building activities with the Lacroix pastry team, a complimentary Rittenhouse Teddy Bear, and lunch from a child-friendly menu." For more information and to make reservations, click here. If you're looking for more seasonal family fun, check out our guide to Philly's best kid-friendly holiday happenings. Saturday, December 13th-Sunday, December 14th, 11 a.m., $30 for kids and $60 for adults, Mary Cassatt Tea Room, The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 West Rittenhouse Square.
From Foobooz: Pennsylvania 6 is hosting something a little different on Saturdays through the holiday season, dinner and drink specials to the tunes of Sinatra. PE6 will offer [Not Your] Same Old Saturday Night, three different specials, ranging from light fare to a full, multi-course meal, each designed to be shared by two people and paired with a bottle of wine. More information and the menu here.
Sunday's are meant solely for zero productivity and lazy, boozy brunches. Roll out of bed and head to Ardmore Music Hall for hangover-curing carbs, served with a side of soul. Live tunes will be provided by musician Zach Deputy, who describes his sound as "island-infused, drum 'n' bass, gospel-ninja-soul." Tickets are available for purchase online. Sunday, December 14th, doors at 1 p.m., show at 2 p.m., $12 in advance or $15 at the door, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA.
Head to Penn Museum for a special monthly film series, focusing on the variety of rich cultural traditions found throughout the world–and the museum's galleries. This Sunday will feature Local Color: Ghanairector Lane Clark, who has been making films in the same coastal Ghanaian town for 30 years. For more information, click here. Museum admission is available for purchase Sunday, December 14th, 2 p.m., $10-$15, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.
From Be Well Philly: Try Cross-training // If you haven’t yet tried a Unite Fitness workout, make this the week. Wake up bright and early for a 75-minute workout featuring 30 minutes of cardio intervals, 30 minutes of strength training and 15 minutes of yoga. It might be the best decision you make all week. Check out classes for every day of the week here.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science will host a special event this week worth checking out: a screening of important Philadelphia news footage from the Urban Archives, followed by a community discussion. Unedited North Philadelphia: Girard to Lehigh features rare news footage of the events that shaped North Philadelphia's history, like Progress Plaza, Yorktown, Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Temple University, and the 1964 Columbia Avenue Riots. Admission is free, though a suggested donation ($10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors) is encouraged. Tuesday, November 18th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., The Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 West Montgomery Avenue.
Get your drink–and belly-dance–on this Wednesday at P.M. at Penn Museum: Drinks with the Sphinx. This week's after-hours series will begin in the Egypt Gallery, alongside the 15-ton sphinx and the museum's impressive collection of architecture, art, and artifacts. Guests can explore the galleries like never before with an exclusive flashlight tour, engage in trivia games, get face-time with a real mummy at an interactive mummy station, and participate in a belly-dancing workshop. Plus, beer, wine, and cocktails from the cash bar will have you walking like an Egyptian in no time. Tickets are available for purchase online. Wednesday, November 19th, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $20 or $15 for members, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.
Feel the "bah humbug" spirit creeping in a little early this season? Join a group of storytellers and comedians, who hail from Philly and elsewhere, in an intimate setting for an evening of true and hilarious tales, memories, and confessions based around this special time of year. Tell Me A Story is hosted by the entertaining Hillary Rea, and this week's installment will include the storytelling talents of several regulars as well as newcomers. For more information, click here. Wednesday, November 19th, 7 p.m., $5, Shot Tower Coffee, 542 Christian Street.
Join Art Official in benefiting the Broad Street Ministry at the Jive Turkey Benefit. 60% of the proceeds will go to BSM, which provides sustained solutions to hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Philly. Your $20 ticket gives you access to live music, art, complimentary beverages, and food, plus an entry into a Jim Beam gift basket raffle. Wednesday, November 19th, 5:00-8:00 p.m., $20, Time, 1315 Sansom Street.
Take in new, cutting-edge pieces by Matthew Neenan, Jorma Elo and Olivier Wever that explore such far-reaching themes as film noir classics to gun violence. November 19th through November 23rd, various times, starting at $22, The Wilma Theater, 265 South Broad Street.
From G Philly:Change Philly Today is partnering with LGBT groups from Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia to shine an LGBT spotlight on National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. And they’re not merely going to be standing around waving signs or pinning on a button—these folks are spending an entire night in Thomas Paine Plaza to, as organizer Rusty Doll puts it, “show solidarity and bring awareness by experiencing for one night what it is like to be homeless.” More details here.
This Thursday, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), will host Movie Movie Live! (based on the podcast I Like to Movie Movie), a movie-themed, trivia and comedy game show. This month's theme is—and I swear I am serious—Nicholas Cage, which will cover everything from the well known basics to the "did that go straight to DVD?" The fun and games features a panel of comedians, prizes, and cheap alcoholic beverages, naturally. For more information, click here. Thursday, November 20th, 8:00 p.m., $5, PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.
From Be Well Philly: The Philadelphia Marathon is looking for volunteers who are willing to pitch in on race weekend, November 21st through 23rd. There are all kinds of opportunities available, from registration and t-shirt pick-up at the Expo to food distribution at the Rothman 8K to water hander-outer (that’s what they should be called, anyway) at the marathon. Volunteers will get free race swag for their efforts, of course, and the satisfaction that comes with pitching in. More details here.
From Foobooz: Until November 30th, Doc Magrogan’s is offering half-price whole steamed lobsters, as well as new lobster entrees and appetizers on the menu. For those of you out there who just can't get enough lobster, check out the main deal: An entire pound of lobster steamed in Old Bay (with side potatoes and corn on the cob) will cost you just $16. It's not every day you can fill up on this stuff by whipping out a single twenty dollar bill. More details here.
In 2012, NAKA Dance Theater's Jose Navarrete and and Debby Kajiyama travelled to Tohoku, Japan, to volunteer after the devastating tsunami. There they documented the decimation and struggle of Fukushima, highlighting how the environmental disaster affected lives and inspired art. As a prelude to their dance performance with SCUBA , Navarrete and Kajiyama present their experience in talk, video, and photos at a special one-night event at PhillyCAM. Monday, March 10th, free, 6:30 p.m., PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead Street
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Philly's iconic LGBT bookstore, Giovanni's Room, with a night of firsthand history from owner's past and present. Giovanni's Room is one of the nation's oldest LGBT bookstore, so there's a lot to talk about. Participants include founders Tom Wilson Weinberg and Dan Sherbo, and owners Pat Hill, Arleen Olshan and current owner Ed Hermance. The evening will be recorded and archived for the William Way LGBT Community Center. Tuesday, March 11th, 7:30 p.m., free, William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
Nerds rejoice! Join Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall for an evening of quizzo, beer and lectures from top speakers on the ill-fated Pompeii. Speakers include Dr. Janet Monge, a forensic and anthropology teacher; UPenn's Dr. Brian Rose, who will dish on on "Dining and Lovemaking in Pompeii;" and marine geologist Laura Guertin, who believes the Jersey Shore may be the next Pompeii. The festivities go hand-in-hand with the Franklin Institute's current exhibit, "One Day in Pompeii," where, quick tip, you should study up before quizzo. Wednesday, March 12th, 7 p.m., Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue, $5 drinks
In his latest, Eating My Garbage, Boston-based playwright David Mogolov is on a quest to find one good reason why this nation isn't completely doomed. Good luck. Mogolov's absurdist play makes its Philadelphia debut in its national tour this Wednesday at PhilaMOCA. It's got fast-food fatigue, spot-on commentary, and a pollster who sounds suspiciously like Laura Linney. Dig in. Wednesday, March 12th, 7:30 p.m., $5, PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street
Opening Reception for Crowd Control Exhibition: Give us your broke, your wasted, your sweaty masses. PhilaMOCA launches its March 2014 exhibition this Friday with a rousing show celebrating Philly's thriving DIY scene. The exhibit highlights crowd-centric snapshots of the DIY community, featuring work from local photographer/WKDU DJ Yoni Kroll and five other photogs who prefer the drama of the pit to that of the stage. Opening launch features performances by Philly surf-punk band Pushin' it 2 the Limit, and American Spiritual. Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m., $5-10 donation, PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street
SPRING!: No doubt this hellish winter has Philadelphians itching for spring like it's a new episode of Scandal. Hurry the new season's arrival with three spring-centric events this weekend: Greensgrow Farms, Kensington's urban garden and verdant haven for foodies and spade-wielders, starts its season this Saturday, so get your seeds and fresh fruit and veg fix in early. (Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m., Greensgrow Farms, 2501 East Cumberland Street.) If a round of putt-putt and a spin on a vintage carousel is more your speed, historic Franklin Square re-opens its park this Saturday as well. (Saturday, March 1, Franklin Square , 200 North 6th Street.) And of course there's the Philly spring extravaganza that is the Philadelphia Flower Show. The event, themed ARTiculture, is running through March 9. (Saturday, March 1, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street.)
Mummers Mardi Gras:Philadelphia Mummers come out of their usual 364-day slumber for the first-ever Mummers Mardi Gras. Mummers Fancy Brigades, jugglers string bands et. al. will be in attendance at the Mardi Gras bash, with additional entertainment by a live mural artist and t-shirt artist and wares from local vendors. And, in Mardi Gras fashion, feel free to indulge in the on-site food trucks and bars. Saturday, March 1, 3 p.m., $15, The Piazza at Schmidt's, 1001 North 2nd Street
10 Arts Philadelphia Red Carpet Party: There's no shame in watching the 86th Annual Academy Awards at home with a tub of ice cream and your own flippant commentary, but sometimes it's nice to show the town just how much better you could look than Jennifer Lawrence in that gown. Dress to impress for 10 Arts Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton's Red Carpet Party, with free snacks and drinks (!) until 7 p.m. Rub elbows with the glamorous of Philadelphia, watch the awards on the big screens, and hope no one catches you stuffing shrimp puffs into your mouth/purse. Sunday, March 2, 6 p.m., free, 10 Arts Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, 10 Avenue of the Arts.