Each week, we go through our event listings to cull the perfect date night of the week—whether you’re longtime lovebirds or Tinder-finding newbies. This week, we’ll be taking you all the way to Ireland and Scotland via Old City for an evening of food, drink, and theater.
“It’s riveting to physically hear that much sound, and there’s so much going on,” said Amy Ray when I asked her what it was like to play her Indigo Girls music with an orchestra backing her up. “When we first started to do it, it was so hard because I’d be distracted by the power of it.” Read more »
It’s finally starting to feel like spring, and one of the season’s first big weekends is upon us. Here, a few suggestions on how to celebrate Easter weekend in Philadelphia.
Saint Matthew’s Passion at The Kimmel Center
Celebrate a classic holiday with classical music. This Easter weekend The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform Bach’s “Saint Matthew’s Passion” as it was done nearly 300 years ago. The groundbreaking performance will recount the New Testament story of Christ’s final days. Wednesday, April 1st, 8 p.m., and Saturday. April 4th, 8 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
Hayrides to Bunnyland at Linvilla Orchard
Let your imagination run wild as you journey through the charming Linvilla Orchard on a hayride to the Easter Bunny’s house. The fluffy fella himself will be there to great you at the end of your trip, posing for photo-opps and giving out candy. March 28th through April 4th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $8, Garden Center at Linvilla Orchard, 137 West Knowlton Road, Media.
Gina Giachero fell in love with music at a very young age, later majoring in it at Nazareth Academy in Northeast Philadelphia. “I’m lucky, because I always knew what I wanted to do,” she tells me over a cup of coffee at B2 in South Philadelphia. A music educator from Folsom, Pennsylvania, she graduated from West Chester University in 2004. Earlier that same year, she received life-altering news that would change her family’s world forever.
On Valentine’s Day in 2004, Giachero’s older sister Jennifer Lardani was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at just 26 years old. “I remember sitting at my now-husband’s house and her telling me. It was really shocking,”Giachero says. “It was hard, because there wasn’t just a test you could take that says, ‘Oh you have Parkinson’s.’ It has to be a process of elimination. They found out it was early-onset. Jenn is the type of person who doesn’t like to bring attention to herself. She doesn’t want to be known as the person with Parkinson’s. She was very intimate about it and not outspoken.”
Chances are, the coins jingling in your pocket or purse were probably made right here in Philadelphia at the United States Mint. Philly has been striking U.S. coinage since 1792, back when the City of Brotherly Love was still the nation’s capital. In those days, the U.S. Mint was housed in a complex of three small buildings situated at 631 Filbert Street, where once there stood a whiskey distillery. Horsepower helped run the presses that stamped out our nation’s early coins.
I have no idea who these people are, but considering the fact one of my colleagues actually “SQUEEEEEEE’d” twice (not once!) when he heard, I figured it was something I should share with other possible SQUEEEEEEEEers.
Doctor Who’s Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), and his companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) are coming to Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con this May for a reunion that will have people SQUEEEEEing all over the place.
UPDATE: Franklin Square will begin operation this Friday, but, due to the impending snowstorm, organizers have moved its spring kickoff festivities to Thursday, March 26th at noon.
ORIGINAL: Franklin Square has announced it will open for the season on the glorious first day of spring, this Friday, March 20th, at noon.