Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:45 PM
The Philadelphia Collection, eight days of fashion events, starts Wednesday. (RYAN S. GREENBERG / Staff Photographer)

Following New York City’s jam-packed Fashion Week, we here in Philadelphia are spotlighting our own style community through a week of runway shows, pop-up shops and cocktail parties via the Philadelphia Collection, running Wednesday, Sept. 17 through Wednesday, Sept. 24. Now in its fifth year, the event celebrates the city’s “collection” of retailers, boutiques, designers and fashion students.

With over 45 events happening throughout the seven-day soiree, here’s where you’ll find us channeling our best Anna Wintour.

Phashion Phest would be a good start. Helping to kick off the week on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., the evening features a fashion show, student designer showcase, and a cocktail reception at the Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St).

POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:34 AM
A collection of Halloween decorations are on display at the Woodmere Art Museum. (Photo via Facebook)

Get a good look, it won’t last forever.

For an early Halloween spook: A collection of Halloween-themed decorations, cutouts, hats and more are on display at the Woodmere Art Museum (9201 Germantown Ave.) courtesy of Philadelphia artist Peter Paone, who’s collected the items his whole life. The museum’s open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. today.

For a spore-y time: So you really want to grow your own mushrooms at home. Now’s your shot at Weavers Way Farms at W.B. Saul High School (7100 Henry Ave.). After leaving this 90-minute class, starting at 6 p.m., you’ll be properly equipped with all the skills and tools necessary to grow oyster mushrooms at home.

POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:14 PM
Peace Day Philly is a local initiative for the International Day of Peace. (Photo via Peace Day Philly)

Starting Monday, Sept. 15, for the third year, dozens of organizations and venues across the city will participate in Peace Day Philly, a week of concerts, gatherings and discussions, promoting peace. Culminating on Sunday, Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace, Peace Day Philly aims to bring the sentiment of the national event on a local level.

Eddie Conway and Dominique Stevenson, co-founders of the prison mentoring program Friend of a Friend will elaborate on prison programs that can help turn prisons into a more peaceful setting — and the politics that go along with it on Tuesday, Sept. 16. They speak from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the American Friends Service Committee (1501 Cherry St.).

Start the day on a green note on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Philadelphia Urban Creators (11th and York Streets) as the community gathers to work on the garden from 9 a.m. until noon. Bring your garden tools and any other supplies — they’re taking donations.

POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 1:37 PM
Stroll along Baltimore Avenue in University City for some great deals on Thursday, Sept. 18 (photo by Ben Tran)

What do you get when you mix the Philadelphia area’s top chefs, one dollar bills, and tons of beer? The food events in Philadelphia this week in which you don’t want to miss out on.

Although the Eagles are not playing at home this evening, there’s a big deal going on in the stadium. The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society’s 10th Annual Chef’s Dinner for PAWS is set to take place on Monday, Sept. 15 at Lincoln Financial Field (1 Lincoln Financial Way) in South Philadelphia. Beginning at 6 p.m., local chefs from Philadelphia and surrounding areas create a three-course food-and-wine pairing for 12 guests each. Proceeds from this event go towards PAWS. Looking for a table? Email Dana@phillypaws.org for information.

You can never go wrong with a cocktail for dinner, especially when a distiller pairs up the right match for the evening. Sixth-generation rum maker, Roberto Serralles will make a visit to Bar Ferdinand  (1030 N Second St.) on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Northern Liberties for a special four-course Rum Distiller Dinner featuring special dishes with cocktails from Serralles rum, Don Q. The dinner is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. and costs $50 per person. Dishes to expect are salpicon of octopus and mussels, trout, pork belly, and dessert.

POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:49 AM
Underground Arts hosts a performance from Brooklyn's The Drums tonight. (Photo via Facebook)

Today is serious business. Seriously fun.

For Monday Night Football: Every Monday night during football season at Independence Beer Garden (100 S. Independence Mall West) enjoy craft beer and crabs while watching the game. The deal starts at 11 a.m.

For warmth: An afternoon program on the history of Amish quilts starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Mercer Museum (84 S. Pine St., Doylestown). The presentation starts with sweets and a talk from Janneken Smucker, Assistant Professor of History, West Chester Chester University.

POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:44 PM
The Mexican Independence Festival on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Sunday, September 16, 2013 in Philadelphia. (Photo by (Douglas Bovitt)

Over the next month, Philadelphia lights up with the sights, sounds and flavors of Latino culture for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Beginning officially on Monday, Sept. 15 (the day before Mexico’s Independence Day), the festivities continue into October.

Things get started a day early on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard) with a fiesta in honor of Mexican Independence. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., get your fill on authentic cuisine (including the Best Taco in the Delaware Valley contest!), mariachi bands, dancers and crafts.

Work up an appetite for worldly cuisine and music on Sunday, Sept. 14 as Puerto Rican singer Rosa Diaz performs for two hours at Reading Terminal Market’s (1200 Arch St.) Center Court seating area starting at noon.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:34 PM
Learn about America's history during Constitution Day (photo courtesy of the National Constitution Center)

In the month of September, three single words were made famous 227 years ago, and those words were not: “When is dinner,” “I love you,” or “do your homework.” Those three words were “We the People.”

Since 2004, Sept. 17 has been observed as Constitution Day, and the National Constitution Center in Old City (525 Arch St.) is opening its doors for free that day to offer a little history lesson on the day made important by our Founding Fathers. During this eventful celebration, the center will be full of historical exhibits but also will entertain visitors with hands-on activities and workshops where you can learn calligraphy skills and more. Special activities scheduled to take place during the day are as follows.

Starting bright and early at 8:30 a.m., visitors are encouraged to take the Preamble Challenge on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center to test their skills on the introduction of the Constitution. After the brain is tested and awakened, a special flag-rising will have the stars and stripes flying high in the sky as the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution — members of a national society dedicated to patriotism — partake in the activities.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 1:54 PM
"Dancing Tulips" by Nicholas Longenecker. (Photo courtesy of Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center)

As things calm down following a wild summer, let’s kick it indoors and check out the latest and greatest in the galleries and museums for September.

Art for a cause. This exhibit at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery (709 Walnut St.) features work up for exhibition and purchase to benefit BalletX Dance Company. The work is up for grabs until Friday, Oct. 3 Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On view now until Sunday, Oct. 26, impactful press images from the Civil Rights Movement are on display at the Mercer Museum (84 S. Pine St., Doylestown). The traveling exhibit, “For All the World to See” examines the media’s role in the movement. Stop in Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

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