5 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: A Dark Place Inside, Welcome to Campus, and more

Every Friday we round up five of the best ways to spend your weekend in Philly. Have an event you’d like listed? Send details to ticket@phillymag.com

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Maniac Films Presents A Dark Place Inside Premiere:  For a background check on Philadelphia-based director/writer/producer Mike O’Mahony, look no further than the titles of his previous work. If Sloppy the Psychotic doesn’t sound like your idea of a Friday night flick, maybe skip tonight’s premiere of his newest filmA Dark Place Inside. For those who do enjoy a good grindhouse gore-fest (and can hold down a beer even as the on-screen heads roll), stow away “good taste” for a night of no-brow thrills. Fri., Feb 21, 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA,  531 N. 12th St.

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Drexel Welcome to Campus:  Presented by Drexel and Swim Pony, Welcome to Campus: Not Your Average Campus Tour dramatizes the already fairly dramatic going-ons of your typical college student. The student-performed, interactive theater performance stages a campus tour where the realities of college/adolescent life, and not just the highlights of the meal plans and study-abroad programs, are at the forefront. Catch the show in its first weekend run and maybe re-think letting your daughter take that semester in Barcelona. Fri., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., URBN Annex Black Box Theater, 3401 Filbert St.

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The Unflinching Eye: The Works of the Tiberino Family Circle: In honor of Black History Month, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is featuring a slew of special programming celebrating the black community of Philadelphia. This Saturday, join the Tiberinos, Philadelphia’s first family of African American art as they offer insight into their own works.   An intimate look into black history as it’s situated in Philadelphia’s narrative and a poignant display of art and the urban experience. Sat., Feb. 22, 1 p.m., African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.

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4th Annual Party for the Market:  The last time you were at Reading Terminal may have been at the request of an out-of-towner, but admit it, you were just as thrilled with that pork sandwich as your Aunt Sally. Show your support for  a Philadelphia institution this Saturday for Reading Terminal Market‘s “Party for the Market,” where a ticket gets you food, drinks, dancing and live entertainment. Proceeds go to the preservation of the historic market and will fund upcoming arts and nutritional programming. Sat., Feb., 22, 7:30 p.m., Reading Terminal Market, 5 N. 12th St.

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Salsa on Ice:  Things are heating up for Blue Cross RiverRink’s final weeks. This Saturday, join DeeJay Jonathan for an eclectic set of latin grooves to fumble around on skates to. And after embarrassing yourself to meringue rhythms, you can warm up in the Waterfront Winterfest lodge with craft beer and warm beverages. Ole! Sat., Feb 22., 3 p.m., Blue Cross RiverRink at Pen’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street. 

Sam Adams Wants to Help Your Small Business

btad_header_bannerSamuel Adams is bringing its Speed Coaching Event to Philadelphia on Monday, February 24th at the Reading Terminal Market. The event which is aimed at small business owners working in food, beverage, hospitality and craft brewing runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in up to six 20 minute, sessions with coaching professionals who will offer a range of expertise in areas such as marketing, packaging, sales and distribution. 

The event is free and part of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a micro-lending and coaching program for small business owners working in food, beverage, craft brewing and hospitality.

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching Philadelphia [Tickets]

Grilled Cheese That’s as Good as It Gets

Photo by Mike Persico

Photo by Mike Persico

Brian Freedman reviews Meltkraft, the grilled cheese stand that’s part of the Valley Shephard Creamery in the Reading Terminal. The grilled cheeses are of course glorious, after all you can choose bacon fat or duck fat for the sandwich to be grilled in. Freedman aslo provides tips on how to resurrect the sandwich should you decide to get it to go.

Artisan Grilled Cheese at the Reading Terminal Market [Philadelphia Weekly]
Meltkraft [Foobooz]

PHOTOS: LGBTers Showed Up in Droves for TOY 2013

(L-R) Brad Hemler, Jivey Rivas, Kristina, Jeb Rehmann, Angela Giampolo and Tim Adams at TOY.

(L-R) Brad Hemler, Jivey Rivas, Kristina, Jeb Rehmann, Angela Giampolo and Tim Adams at TOY.

On Saturday, I attended the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s (DVLF) annual holiday charity event, TOY. Taking place along the corridors and alleys of a closed Reading Terminal Market, over 400 showed up to eat, drink and be merry. Or should I say “Mary.” A big chunk of the crowd were LGBTers, who came out in their yuletide finest to support the cause, which, according to DVLF’s Ron Lucente, raised 350 toys that will be distributed to children between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

See more photos of the evening after the jump »

Where We’re Eating: Wursthaus Schmitz

Wursthaus Schmitz | Photo by Mike Persico

Wursthaus Schmitz | Photo by Mike Persico

When it comes to modernizing a cuisine, German has got to be one of the most challenging. There’s likely very little on the menu at any German restaurant in the country in 2013 that wouldn’t also have appeared on the menu of the local wursthaus in, say, 1587. And yet modernizing this almost elementally historic cuisine is exactly what chef Jeremy Nolen set out to do, both at Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street and now at Wursthaus Schmitz at Reading Terminal. Yes, you can still get potato salad here. And headcheese by the pound. And delicious sausages with ridiculous names. But you can also order sandwiches, and for some reason, even though they’re based on traditional combinations, every one of them—from the Bavarian, with its coleslaw and horseradish sauce, to the goulash-dripping Hungarian and the Lyoner (which is basically just a fried baloney sandwich with a passport)—feels like something wholly and completely new.

Wursthaus Schmitz
Reading Terminal Market
12th and Arch Streets
215-922-4287

This Weekend: Scrapplefest At Reading Terminal Market

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Pork roll has its place, but Pennsylvania is for scrapple lovers. The state is even in the shape of it! So celebrate your love for our hometown mystery meat at Reading Terminal Market’s annual Scrapplefest, happening this Saturday, November 2nd  from 10:00 to 4:00pm. Deitz & Watson, Hatfield Quality Meats, Godshall’s, Habbersett,  Leidy’s and (my personal favorite) Stryker Farms, will each be offering samples of their scrapple, griddled to perfection. Then at 2:00 a panel of judges including the inimitable Drew Lazor, Where magazine’s Laura Burkhardt, and writer-emeritus Rick Nichols of the Inquirer will taste dishes prepared by Reading Terminal Market vendors to determine the winner of a 3D pig plaque.

Rumor has it that entries are heavily of the scrapple-egg-and-cheese variety, but you might also see scrapple panzanella or mahi mahi scrapple hushpuppies. Let’s hope that they come with ketchup AND maple syrup.

Scrapplefest [Official]

Reading Terminal GM Mulling Run for City Council

Reading-Terminal-marketReading Terminal Market general manager Paul Steinke is seriously considering a run for City Council in 2015. Steinke has been the GM of the Reading Terminal for twelve years. Before that, Steinke was executive director of the University City District, and earlier, director of finance and administration for the Center City District.

Paul Steinke Contemplating City Council Run [Philadelphia Magazine News]

DVLF Releases Music Video for TOY 2013

Here is the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s promo video for its seventh-annual TOY event, the annual must-do fundraiser at Reading Terminal Market that collects toys to be distributed to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia living with HIV/AIDS.

The evening takes place on Sat., Dec. 7 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets run between $60-$150, and all attendees must show up with one unwrapped toy. Link to buy tickets here.

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