Why 1812 Productions Is Putting on Spanish-Captioned Performance of I Will Not Go Gently

Jennifer Childs in I Will Not Go Gently - 1812 Productions

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Fernando Mendez had done 5,000 words of translation, and it seemed like a lot. Then he looked at what was remaining in the text of the play, and he realized he wasn’t even a third of the way done. “You don’t even want to know” how long it took to translate the whole thing, he told Philadelphia magazine.

In all, Mendez translated 18,630 words. And, this Wednesday at the Plays & Players Theater, there will be a Spanish-captioned performance of Jennifer Childs’ one-woman play, I Will Not Go Gently. Mendez’s translation will be displayed on captioning equipment on a side of the stage.

The impetus for a Spanish-captioned performance came out of 1812 Productions’ work in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at Newcomer Learning Academy at Franklin Learning Center.

“We have a whole group of students we’re not able to serve because of the language barrier,” says Childs, who is also the producing artistic director and co-founder of 1812 Productions. “We can connect with them in the classroom but we can’t bring them to see our work.” Tyler Melchior, the marketing and public relations director for 1812, suggested  the company use its existing captioning equipment to subtitle the performance. 1812 had previously used it to put on shows for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Read more »

Tis the Season for Tomato Dinners

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Just about every restaurant worth its salt has is celebrating local tomatoes with at least an heirloom tomato salad nowadays. But a couple of restaurants are going to the next level by creating whole menus with the tomato as the centerpiece.

Meritage is offering a special tomato tasting menu from Friday, August 28th through Friday, September 4th. The four-course dinner includes lobster with tomato conserva to a tomato sorbet with lemon biscotti.

At Jamonera, the Midtown Village Spanish restaurant is celebrating Lo Tomatina, Spain’s huge tomato throwing festival. On Sunday, August 30th and Monday, August 31st, Jamonera is offering a 10 dish, tomato tapas dinner for $45 per person. The local tomato menu will feature everything from tomato gazpacho to tomato sofrito with chorizo.

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Amada Launches New Happy Hour

amada-happy-hour-940Earlier this month, we told you about Tinto’s new happy hour. Now, Jose Garces’s other Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia is getting a similar happy hour makeover.

Beginning today, Amada is offering a $5 tapas and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Look for favorites like Piquillos Rellenos (crab-stuffed peppers), Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes), and Croquetas de Jamon (ham croquettes) all to be on the happy hour menu.

In the drinks department, Amada will be offering $4 beers, $5 sangria, $6 wine and $8 cocktails.

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Tinto Adds New Happy Hour Deals

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Tinto is now offering happy hour Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jose Garces’s Basque restaurant is offering their most popular pintxos for $5 each. The restaurant is also offering $5 white and red sangria, plus $7 wines.

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Pig Out at Amada

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, Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Old City Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, is hosting its bi-annual Pig Out on Sunday, September 28th. There will be two seatings for the dinner; the first is at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m.

The dinner itself will feature a three-course meal starring endless amounts of the Amada’s signature dish, Cochinillo Asado, or roasted whole suckling pig.  The pig is carved table-side by a chef and is accompanied by side dishes including rosemary scented white beans, crispy roasted fingerling potatoes and for dessert, indulgent bacon and peanut butter macarons.

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Paella and Sangria Night at Jamonera

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Jamonera is hosting a Paella and Sangria Night tonight, Monday, June 23rd. Attendees will get a tapas appetizer, a pitcher of either red or white sangria and, of course, paella. But your decision may get tough when it comes down to what type of paella you’re getting because Jamonera is offering up three options – seafood,  vegetarian and a mixed dish, which includes seafood and meat.

Dinner is $35 per person. To make reservations, call 215-922-6061 or visit http://jamonerarestaurant.com.

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Bar Ferdinand’s Al Fresco Paella Cooking Classes

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Join Bar Ferdinand as they host Al Fresco Paella Cooking Classes on Saturday, June 28th, July 26th and August 23rd. The classes begins at 7 p.m. and will include cooking, tasting and learning about Spain’s most famous dish with the help of chef David Ansill. Chef Ansill will demonstrate the traditional ways of cooking the dish for participants to learn.

Tapas appetizers will be served and if your dish doesn’t turn out too good, don’t worry because Bar Ferdinand’s signature dish, Paella Valenciana, will be served as well.

Tickets are $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and include a starter paella kit with calasparra rice, chorizo and paella stock.

To learn more about the event, visit barferdinand.com. And if you’re interested in taking the class, call 215-923-1313 to make your reservations.

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A Couple of Closures to Bum You Out

A Twitter follower had tipped us off that the postage stamp-sized Cafe Nhu Y had closed its doors at 8th and Christian. And after a lot of denial, we’re willing to admit that our favorite bargain banh mi spot is indeed gone for good. A similarly distressed Naked Philly confirms the closure.

And in the Italian Market, there’s the odd story about the closing of five-month old Torero Tapas Bar. The Torero web site has the paella and tapas bar moving/merging with Tabblon in Drexel Hill. The Passyunk Post reports that a neighbor says it was a landlord dispute that led to the closing.

Take a Churro Break from Shopping

churros jamoneraIf you’re anything like me you’re looking forward to starting your Christmas shopping this weekend. And if you’re really like me, you’re already looking forward to the distractions that will keep you from completing your shopping.

One option that is sure to beckon like a siren, churros and chocolate at Jamonera. From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday the 21st, the Midtown Village tapas hotspot will be offering churros for $8 plus some hot drinks.

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