Friday, November 28, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2014, 12:15 PM
There's no shortage of seasonal events and happenings at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy of the DRWC)

You know the winter blues that start to sink in when it gets too cold to actually emerge from the comfort of your bed? Well, kick them to the curb, because this is major. Opening Friday, Nov. 28 is the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, held at 101. S. Columbus Blvd., the outdoor winter wonderland comes fully equipped with ice rink, fire pits, indoor seating area, games, food and drink and so much more.

Open seven days a week — with free admission — until Sunday, March 1, the space boasts a number of features throughout its duration as well as opening weekend and holiday events.

The Vibe
The view of Winterfest is not one to be missed. Surrounding the regulation-sized ice rink is a winter garden and forest — featuring recycled shipping containers, holiday greenery, woodchips, rocking chairs, picnic tables, lights and fire pits — designed by David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group.

POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2014, 3:00 AM
Meet Santa inside a 2,000 square foot cottage in the Cherry Hill Mall as a part of the debut of "Adventure to Santa." (Photo via Cashman and Associates)

No waiting in line at Best Buy for you today.

For a journey: You’ve got to work for your Santa sighting at the Cherry Hill Mall (2000 Rt. 38, Cherry Hill, N.J.). As one of only eight locations in the United States, the mall debuts Adventure to Santa: A DreamWorks DreamPlace, a 2,000 square-foot holiday cottage through which kids will meander until they finally reach their way to Santa. To avoid lines and weepy children, you’ll need to make your reservation ahead of time. The mall is open from midnight until 10 p.m. today.

For a marathon: And don’t worry, no running or an excruciating amount of miles included. Philly Improv Theater is holding an epic 38-hour-straight comedy festival at the Adrienne Theatre (2030 Sansom St.) hosted by local group Hey, We’re Cool. They’ll kick things off at 10 a.m. today. Expect disciplines like improv, stand-up, variety and sketch until midnight tomorrow.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 1:12 PM
BRU Craft & Wurst (1316 Chestnut St.) (photo courtesy of Aversa PR)

Black Friday isn’t just about getting that Kindle on a discounted price; it’s also about food and beverage deals too. Take a break from the crazy lines and bag handling and grab yourself a drink from one of these locations on Friday, Nov. 28. As if you didn’t party enough this week.

Black out (not literally, remember…pace yourself!) with Kraftwork (541 E. Girard Ave.) and Sidecar Bar (22nd Christian St.) as they offer a special Black Friday brunch themed around Thanksgiving leftovers. Not only can guests chow down on brunch items such as turkey sausage pot pie, biscuits and gravy, crispy mashed potatoes and country ham Benedict, but they can also wash down brunch with a special dark beer list featuring selected porters and stouts. Beer menus to each bar are different. Kraftwork opens at 10:30 a.m. and Sidecar opens at 9 a.m.

If you woke up at 5 a.m. to start your Black Friday shopping, by 10 a.m. all that running around may be calling for a much needed beverage. White Dog Café (200 W. Lancaster Ave.) opens its doors early and offers guests $4 mimosas, Bloody Marys, and red/white sangrias.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 11:27 AM
"This Is the Week That Is" targets TV bloviators like Al Sharpton and Ann Coulter in one of the show's many musical sketches. (Mark Garvin photo)

Show all your visiting family members just how incredible Philly is for events and entertainment — that is unless you don’t want them to ever leave.

If rock history — as opposed to world history — was more your style in high school, Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29’s Not Just Rock Expo and All Things That Rock Festival will be a dream come true. With over 150 vendors selling rock memorabilia and other collectibles, live performances from Micky Dolenz, Romeo Delight, Octane and more, the expo will keep you busy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Ave., Oaks, Pa.).

Dig up details on dinos at the Academy of Natural Sciences’ (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) Dinosaur Days. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Nov. 30, see fossils, attend interactive shows, make crafts and more.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 1:10 PM
Headhouse Square Shambles lights up their holiday tree on Sunday, Dec. 7. (Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District)

Things are about to get merry and bright. The season’s most beautifully adorned trees will get the switch flipped on within the coming weeks at these local lighting ceremonies. 

Adventure Aquarium (1 Riverside Dr., Camden, N.J.): Weekends from Friday, Nov. 28 through Thursday, Jan. 1 and Friday, Dec. 26 through Thursday, Jan 1, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster lights the aquarium’s tree at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day.

Sesame Place (100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, Pa.): Every half hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (and some nights until 8 p.m.), Sesame Street tunes and Christmas carols will blare around the park’s tree as the giant plant sparkles for visitors. The show runs on weekends in November and December (and Dec. 26-31), starting Friday, Nov. 28.

POSTED: Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:28 AM
Sidecar Bar

Yes, Thanksgiving is this week, but that doesn't mean that’s the only food event people are talking about. Check out these 5 food events that don’t involve a turkey. 

Yee-haw, Philadelphia! Put on your cowboy hats and sharpen your spurs with Pub & Kitchen (1946 Lombard St.) on TuesdayNov. 25 as they host their sixth annual Country Delight night. Folks can enjoy live country jams, drink specials, and BBQ and fried chicken menu items. The shindig starts at 7 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve is known as one of the biggest drinking days of the year and Dos Segundos (931 N. 2nd St.) wants you to celebrate the pre-turkey festivities with them on Wednesday, Nov. 26 during their '80s throwback party. Guest can enjoy an '80s themed drink and food menu with items like “Where’s the Beef?” burritos, “Your Mom” tacos, and Ecto-Cooler mixed drinks. The party starts at 8 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:14 PM

Among the many festive activities that come along with the holiday season, light displays may be one of the best. Whether seeing the illuminated sights is a longstanding family tradition or you’re looking for a new way to spread some cheer, these presentations should do the trick. 

POSTED: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12:46 PM
A work by Rebekah Callaghan in her collaborative exhibit, "Common Place." (Photo used with permission by the artist)

Apparently, it's about to get all cold on us. Just when we were getting used to the milder November temperatures, Mother Nature decides this is no more. With that in mind, it may be time to beat the harsher temps with some new exhibits in Philadelphia museums and galleries.

Taking landmarks you might pass on your walk to work, like an abandoned building, artists Alex Losett and Gary Reed take aspects of urban life often overlooked and present them in their collaborative exhibition, “Parallax,” comprised of black-and-white digital photographs and tromp l’oeil paintings. See it until Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Gray Gallery (222 W. Harvey St.).

Panoramic, layered paintings from Anthony Vega present a visual representation of travel, tourism and experience. Encouraging a modern-day social experience, “#aTourist,” housed at LGTripp Gallery (47 N. 2nd St.) through Saturday, Nov. 29, is also the way viewers can document their own encounters with the body of work. The space is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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