Tuesday, January 27, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 3:00 AM
View of dining room at City Tap House Logan Square at 18th and Cherry Streets. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Snow won’t stop us.

For comfort food: Snow? Where? Pub and Kitchen (1946 Lombard St.) will open at noon today and will serve some cold-weather menu faves like grilled cheese, cheeseburgers and smoked duck schmitter with Genoa salami, duck breast, braised red cabbage, raclette and a jalapeño "special sauce" served on a poppy kaiser roll. 

For a birthday: The Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a birthday celebration for their main man Edgar Allan Poe at City Tap House Logan Square (2 Logan Square). Other than Poe trivia, expect a dramatic reading of “The Raven” and drink specials from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 2:40 PM
The African American Museum in Philadelphia kicked off Kwanzaa with a seven day celebration of African culture and heritage. Here, Camaro Facinet, of Guinea, a member of the Camara Arts and Baba Zumbi Soweto music group, plays traditional African Drum and Dance music. ( (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)

Throughout February nationwide, African American heritage and culture are celebrated during Black History Month. Locally, numerous locations pay tribute with discussions, events and exhibits. Here are just a few.

From Sunday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 28, the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.) hosts daily programming, including an info session on the Emancipation Proclamation, a giant game board featuring African American history questions, the “Breaking Barriers” show highlighting notable African Americans in history, and self-guided tours centering on the biggest moments in African American history. Specifically, on Monday, Feb. 16, the museum will offer free admission, kids crafts and story time from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In conjunction with “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) until Friday, April 10, an artist’s roundtable with Odili Donald Odita, Joyce J. Scott, and William Earle Williams — all of whom have work in the exhibit — will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1.

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:28 AM
Upstairs bar and classroom at Kensington Quarters, 1310 Frankford Ave. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

You know when Super Bowl Sunday comes around you’re going to eat big. Besides waiting until then to enjoy some great foods and snacks, here are food event options for you to consider.

If you missed your opportunity with treating yourself to Center City Restaurant Week last week, don’t worry, you still have a chance. Beginning on Sunday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 30 the same great restaurants participate in a week of deals ranging from $20-35. Some restaurants worth mentioning are Audrey Claire BYOB, Bank and Bourbon, High Street on Market, and XIX (Nineteen). Pick up your phone and make a reservation now. The deal is offered during the restaurant's hours of operation. 

If intimate dinners are what you’re about, Tuesday, Jan. 27 will be a day to mark on your calendar. Beginning at 7 p.m., Kensington Quarters (1310 Frankford Ave.) chef Damon will prepare a five-course offal menu with a wine pairing for $75. What to expect for the evening are smoked pork liver sausage, stuffed pork trotters, grilled beef heart, and more. Call 267-314-5086 for more information.

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 3:00 AM
The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a healthy snacking workshop today. ( AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer )

Back to the grind.

For dinner: The second portion of Center City Restaurant Week continues today with dining deals at a selection of Center City eateries. Pick your restaurant and get chowing!

For good habits: Before you plop yourself in front of the TV to watch some football on Sunday, get schooled in healthy snack recipes courtesy of a registered dietician and chef. The crash course in guilt-free munching takes place at 6 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch (1901 Vine St.).    

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 1:23 PM
Bosie (Reed Luplau) haunts Oscar’s memory throughout the opera. (Photo by Ken Howard, courtesy of Opera Philadelphia)

Philly’s gone Wilde.

The prolific playwright will serve as the focus for a number of different events in Philly over the next coming weeks, including Opera Philadelphia’s East Coast premiere of “Oscar,” the story of the writer’s imprisonment for “gross indecency” due to his relationship with another man. “Oscar” plays at the Academy of Music (Broad and Locust Streets) at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6; 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11; 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Come early and get some insight on the opera’s themes, music and production an hour before showtime.

Even before the show hits the stage, other Wilde-themed activities and goings on will highlight the legend.

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:22 PM
Gun$ Garcia will show girls run the world Friday at Voyeur for Discwoman. (Photo credit: Elliot Goldstein)

QOTA at The Bottle Shop

The first Queer on the Avenue (QOTA) of 2015 will be taking over The Bottle Shop (1837 East Passyunk Ave.) Thursday, Jan. 22.

QOTA is a monthly socializing event on East Passyunk Avenue for the LGBT community.  Specials will include $4 spiced warm cider, $4 wine by the glass, $3 seasonal beer on tap and $5 meatball sandwiches. And, as always, hundreds of craft beers at The Bottle Shop afforadble take out prices. The Bottle Shop is about to make a move up East Passyunk to some new digs, so this will be their last QOTA in their current space.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:19 PM
Brothers Charlie, 5, and Jack Jamieson, 10, enjoy an afternoon of sledding at Strath Haven HS in Wallingford, Tuesday December 10, 2013. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)

For those who don’t fancy snowboarding and skiing on a mountain resort, Philadelphia and its surrounding regions are full of hills of all sizes to get your snow thrills on. Grab your sled or your trashcan lid and hit up these sloped parks.

Austin Meehan Middle School (3001 Ryan Ave.) Philadelphia

Austin Meehan Middle School is a great spot to get your thrills on. The hill is pretty steep, so get ready to fly fast to the bottom. Not only is the hill steep, but it is also wide, making more room to sled if it gets crowded.  

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 11:06 AM
Zola Jesus attends LAVA Lucky 13 Party At TAO Downtown on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for TAO Downtown)

Four ways to space out this week!

Saturday, January 24: Suburban Living

Band on the rise! Suburban Living is the project of Philadelphian Wesley Bunch, ‘80s pop enthusiast and suburban expat, who recently relocated to the City OBL from Virginia Beach, VA to further his musical and cultural exploration. And while he may not live in the suburbs anymore, he still crafts tunes influenced by suburban ennui and complacency; TV shows and Taco Bell. A project conceived some 3+ years back when Bunch found himself jobless and alone in Virginia Beach, with nothing but Twin Peaks for inspiration — Suburban Living splits the different between cheeseball ‘80s pop and gauzy dream pop, while at the same time effortlessly encapsulating feelings of restlessness and detachment. He’s now readying the release of his debut, self-titled record (out January 27) and will play a celebratory show this weekend, alongside Night Panther’s Mike Cammarata and Chris Radwanski plus We The They’s Peter Pantina. Suburban Living never felt so good.

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