Friday, March 6, 2015

POSTED: Friday, March 6, 2015, 3:00 AM
The RUBA Club still a hangout for the Russian community, but it also hosts public poetry readings, Fringe Arts events, indie band gigs, and more. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)

Friday, we meet again.

For dinner: Expand your beer palate to include English, Irish and Scottish brews. Tonight’s 5 p.m. dinner at the Washington House (136 N. Main St., Sellersville) will pair these Celtic beers with each course. 

For an evening snack: Have your cheese and eat it, too. Five aged cheeses paired with cured meats will be served throughout a 6 p.m. mozzarella-making demonstration, lead by Valley Shepherd Creamery’s representative Zeke. Held at the City Kitchen in Reading Terminal Market (51 N. 12th St.), it’s going to get cheesy.

POSTED: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 1:38 PM
Disney’s Frozen Exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Saturday February 28th 2015. (CHRIS FASCENELLI / Staff Photographer)

Snow or not, it’s always a good time to get out and about. Things are heating up this weekend.  

The final weekend of the Philadelphia Flower Show will see a Girls Night Out on Thursday, March 5, a pet day on Friday, March 6, an appearance from Christina Milian on Saturday, March 7, and Cinderella Sunday on March 8 — that’s all in addition to the incredible exhibits and demonstrations. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 7 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Tchaikovsky’s classic “Swan Lake” score sets the scene for the Pennsylvania Ballet’s revamping of the famous ballet. Check it out at the Academy of Music (1500 Walnut St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8.

POSTED: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 10:11 AM
A pear margarita served in a glass rimmed with cinnamon and chili pepper, will be served at Sancho Pistola's. (Photo via Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer)

If you're lucky enough to have the day off, businesses all across Philadelphia and its surrounding regions are offering deals. Don't sleep in today. 


POSTED: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 3:00 AM
The entrance to the SEI Innovation Studio fetaures at 20 by 30 foot glass panel mural at the Kimmel Center. (Colin Kerrigan/Philly.com)

Fresh out of the oven, still gooey and warm.

For an opening: The newest bar, U-Bahn (1320 Chesnut St.), an underground clubhouse, officially opens at 4 p.m. today. Come for beer (18 taps will be pouring local drafts), food (like house-made pickles, cheese boards and snacks) and entertainment (Brian LaPann and DJ Ben Arsenal will perform). Oh, and arcade games!

For British brews: The Victoria Freehouse (10 S. Front St.) is offering $5 pours of Old Cask Imports from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 3:06 PM
Artist James Dupree shows work at the Art Sanctuary. (Photo courtesy Art Sanctuary)

It feels like we were just figuring out where to go for February’s First Friday. This month, though, we’re that much closer to spring. Check out some highlights of Friday, March 6th’s events. 

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (315 Chestnut St.) knows a thing or two about books — in addition to their signature alchemy. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., hear talks from CHF fellow Stefano Gattei about the intricacies of astronomy books while getting crafty with calligraphy, marbling and hand-stitching your own books.

Showcasing the work and stories of Lao Americans in Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine St.) presents “Laos in the House: Voices from Four Decades of the Lao Diaspora.” Come for an opening reception running from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:56 PM
Build connections throughout Philadelphia at networking events in March (iStock)

For those whose spring break has come to an end, or for recent graduates who are looking to secure a new job, networking events are in no short supply. If you’re looking to kickstart your bright future, check out these upcoming meet-and-greet events.

Urban Saloon (2120 Fairmount Ave.) invites professionals in the marketing field to connect with five local associations on Wednesday, March 4 during the Market Alliance of Philadelphia’s Networking Event. Companies to meet include: BMAPhilly, MENG, PAMA, PhillyDMA and PhIMA.  

In advertising? Whether you’re a word-savvy copywriter, a graphic designer, or an inspirational account manager, on Thursday, March 5 the 2015 Addy Awards take place at Union Trust (717  Chestnut St.). This evening dedicated to celebrating the best in the biz kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by the award ceremony for Best of Print, Digital, Self-Promotion, and more from 8 to 9:15 p.m. A post-party will start immediately after the event. Update: This event has been postponed until Thursday, March 12.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 11:00 AM
Chilly Moody. (Colin Kerrigan / philly.com)

What we’re seeing live this week!

Wednesday, March 4: Gang of Four

When Gang of Four arrived on the scene in the late 1970’s, all angular riffs and smart, snarky lyrics — they must have caught punk fans off-guard. But then again, that was precisely the point. Combining jagged guitars with bouncy bass grooves and cynical lyrics — about love, political inquiry, and the relationship between the two — Gang of Four led the post-punk revolution, their brilliant, brittle songs inspiring future generations. Formed in 1977 by peers at the University of Leeds, Gang of Four set out to marry the raw energy and passion of punk with the band’s interest in radical political theory — and in doing so, tapped into something harsh, nervy, and oddly resonant. Their debut record, Entertainment! (the title itself a sort of snarky statement) has been dubbed one of the best rock records ever from sources from Kurt Cobain to Pitchfork, and despite a series of mediocre records in the early ‘90s, they’ve remained untouchably cool ever since. This Wednesday, they bring their attitude and vibes to the TLA, touring behind 2015’s What Happens Next … although we’d be lying if we said we’re not hoping for some Entertainment in the mix as well.

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.  

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