Swank up your happy hour this evening by enjoying post-work libations and live music at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tonight's Art After 5 programming features a performance from Northern Arms–who we dubbed the Best Local Band of 2014. Revel in the group's unique mix of "evocative melodies and epic arrangements" as you sip cocktails, nosh on light bites, and explore the galleries. Museum admission is available for purchase online. Friday, January 9th, 5 p.m.-8:45 p.m., $17.50-$23.50, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. —Marquesa Rotuski
Just when you thought you had detoxed from all that New Year's Eve drinking, think again: the first ever Big Philly Beerfest is invading the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. Guests will be able to sample over 300 beers, all while raising funds for Animal Rescue Partners. There will also be a ton of food trucks and vendors to help you sober up! Tickets can be purchased here. Friday and Saturday, January 9th and 10th, 7:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street.
From Foobooz: Because the crew at Little Baby’s seems completely incapable of doing a normal thing when a weird option presents itself, they’re having an ice cream auction. In January. But hey, if you’re a big fan and have just been dying to get your hands on some of their rare, lost, forgotten or out-of-print flavors, this is the night for you. They’re planning on digging through every freezer to find all the odds and ends of the past year, and will be putting every single one of them up for auction on Friday evening. Sean and Andrew Arsenalt from Brewery Arts are going to be this year's auctioneers, and they're also going to be offering up pours of some of their beers throughout the event. Admission is free (as are the drinks), but be sure to bring a cooler and some cash if you're interested in bidding on ice creams that you'll never see anywhere else--and likely never see again. Friday, January 9th, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Little Baby's Ice Cream World Headquarters, 2311 Frankford Avenue. —Marquesa Rotuski
Grammy-nominated Wale is kicking off 2015 with his "Simply Nothing" tour at the Theater of the Living Arts, the second stop on his journey across the country. The performer, who is taking his show on the road to over 32 cities, will feature numbers from his upcoming album aptly called The Album About Nothing. You can get tickets here. Friday, January 9th, 8:00 p.m., TLA, 334 South Street.
If you're a fan of quirky, late-night movies, then the Ritz at the Bourse has a treat for you: a Friday midnight showing of the very strange and dark comedy The Room. This low-budget, R-rated flick about deception and lust will surely be even more humorous after you've had a few drinks before the show, and for $10, it's a fine way to close out your evening. Friday, January 9th, midnight, Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead Street.
Former Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, returns to the City of Brotherly Love for a series of concerts with the Fabulous Philadelphians. Good seats are still available for the shows, which feature the works of Strauss and Schumann. Tickets are available here. Friday, January 9th, 2 p.m., and Saturday January 10th, 8 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street.
If you missed out on last week's First Friday art festivities because you were detoxing from the holidays, no fear: Napoleon Gallery is hosting the opening reception of "Distant Operator" by artist Marianne Dages this Friday. Dages, who has exhibited across the country and has taught at Temple's Tyler School of Art, presents a series of work on paper and object assemblage. Friday, January 9th, 6 p.m., Napoleon Gallery, 319 N. 11th Street.
Avoid impending frostbite this weekend by heading to Penns Wood Winery to get extra toasty. The winery is teaming up with local cheese and honey artisans to bring oenophiles an exclusive tasting and pairing experience every weekend in January. Each sit down pairing features five premium Penns Woods wines, coupled with a variety of cheeses and honey. This Saturday, enjoy live piano from Grace Anne Field as you sip and sample. Advance reservations are required: call (610) 459-0808 to secure your spot. Cheers! Saturday, January 10th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, January 11th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $28 per person, Penns Woods Winery, 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, PA. —Marquesa Rotuski
Round up the little ones and head to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens for PECO Family Jams, a family-friendly monthly event series. This Sunday, get crafty and help adorn the gardens with winter flare by making beaded snowflakes. Afterward, join a tour at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. and explore the glittering mosaics. Sunday, January 11th, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., $3-$7 (free for children 5 and under), Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street. —Marquesa Rotuski
You may have put your Christmas decorations away for the year, but the folks at Longwood Gardens still have theirs up and fully illuminated. It is your last chance to catch the iconic holiday displays for the season: they'll be boxing their glittery goods up after this Sunday. Check out our feature on the holiday magic here. January 9th-11th, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.
If all of that holiday shopping is still taking a toll on your wallet, Philly Improv Theater has the perfect Sunday solution: a free mixer that is sure to tickle your funny bone. Join them for Super Free Sunday, where three of their improv students will be randomly picked to star in a created on-the-spot show. It's a great and humorous way to start off your week. Sunday, January 11th, 7 p.m., Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street.
Two great groups of musical experimenters will take the stage at Fringearts this Sunday evening. The Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, formed in 1967, blends musical styles from bop to jazz to create a unique and memorable sound. Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley are both highly in-demand jazz artists who are known for their improvisational works. Tickets available here. Sunday, January 11th, 8 p.m., Fringearts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard.
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