As is our holiday tradition here at Foobooz, we end our pre-Thanksgiving programming with the classic WKRP in Cincinnati episode “Turkeys Away”. It is, without a doubt, one of the finest bits of comedy ever created. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s definitely worth 24 minutes of your time. And if you have? Well then you’ve probably already hit Play…
Check it out below.
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An American in Paris touring company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
An American in Paris @ Academy of Music | Through November 27
This show has some serious musical theater cred. It’s based on a 1951 Best Picture-winning film starring Gene Kelly, with music and lyrics by the Gershwin brothers, which was in turn based on a 1928 composition by George Gershwin. On Broadway, An American in Paris racked up several Tonys, including Best Choreography. After the Wednesday night show there’s a free cast party open to people who bought tickets for the performance at the Logan hotel, the first in a new Late Night at The Logan series.
A Year with Frog and Toad @ Arden Theatre | November 23-January 29
Arden Children’s Theatre is bringing back A Year With Frog and Toad, based on the children’s books by Arnold Lobel. Barrymore Award-winning actors Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble step back into the roles of cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad.
Tree Lighting @ Philadelphia Museum of Art | Wednesday, November 23
6abc meteorologist Adam Joseph will be broadcasting live during the tree lighting celebration on the Art Museum’s East Terrace.
Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia
A Longwood Christmas @ Longwood Gardens | November 24-January 8
Longwood Gardens gets into the holiday spirit with half a million lights, fountains timed to holiday music, seasonal plants and strolling carolers.
Comcast Holiday Spectacular @ Comcast Center | November 24-January 1
The giant LED wall in the Comcast Center starts playing its holiday-themed show, with Jingle Bell Rock, The Twelve Days of Christmas, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet and more, on Thanksgiving Day.
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The older I get, the more I realize that for all of the progress Philadelphia prides itself on, there is still so much that needs to be done.
As I look around my West Philly neighborhood, not enough has changed in recent years to end the harsh realities facing inner-city Philadelphians each day. Every morning when I catch the Market-Frankford SEPTA line down 52nd Street, I pass by the same guys on the corner who are selling drugs as a way to survive. They’re young, black and unemployed — they’re partaking in a hustle that I’ve learned to not judge given that they’re not afforded many other alternatives. When entering the station, I also encounter similar traumatic images of homeless individuals sleeping near the stairwell.
And yet, each year our local elected officials give out turkeys instead of legislation to address the poverty that’s been plaguing our city for decades now. There’s something symbolic about this well-meaning tradition: It’s a Band-Aid on an epidemic, an action meant to look good (and make elected officials feel good), but that actually does very little. We’re still the poorest major city in the nation, and almost nothing has changed since officials announced an anti-poverty plan in 2013. Read more »
Michael Strauss of Taproom on 19th is reaching out to hospitality industry professionals who might not be able to get home for Thanksgiving to come into his South Philadelphia bar for a free turkey dinner.
And if you bring a dish to share, Strauss will buy you a beer.
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Last week, I wrote a story explaining why my wife and I had considered canceling our Thanksgiving plans because of the election results. All of the family members coming to our house voted for Donald Trump. Suffice to say, we did not. And given the lack of civility surrounding the election, we were a little concerned with how things would go. Read more »
Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia
As Thanksgiving nears (along with all the uncomfortable conversations you’ll likely endure at the dining table), here are upcoming road closures and changes to public transportation in Philly this weekend. Read more »
Such a noble creature…
This showed up in my mailbox over the weekend. An email from Nick Elmi at Laurel and ITV, titled “Wild Turkey from a turkey’s ass.” It begins:
I think we have a really great/really stupid idea for Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Since its the “biggest drinking day of the year” and we( I mean us) all need a reason to wind down we figured ITV could do something fun.
What came next was possibly one of the best ideas I’ve heard so far this holiday season.
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Every Saturday between now and the end of the year, Tria Fitler Square is hosting a wine market. Conveniently scheduled to coincide with Fitler Square’s weekly farmers’ market, you can purchase bottles of wine from Tria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday.
Beverage director Michael McCaulley has hand chosen six wines that will be available special prices per bottle. And you can even try before you buy, as all six wines are available as 3-ounce tasting pours for $3 each.
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Well, folks, believe it or not, Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. And while it sure feels great to give, there’s no denying receiving is pretty nice, too. Enter Barre3‘s Thanksgiving deal, where you get to give and get a little something — a free class, to be exact — in return.
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Since before we were married, my wife and I have hosted our families for Thanksgiving, mostly because we secretly consider ourselves to be the best cooks in the group. These annual dinners come with the normal family stressors: sister shows up with a ShopRite pumpkin pie; folks show up late without calling; father-in-law and mother-in-law won’t stop bickering. You know, normal family stuff. But this year, we’re presented with a scenario we’ve never encountered before: Our family members are the enemy. Read more »