Wednesday, March 4, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 2:07 PM

Maybe your inner artist is a little shy, which is why these classes are perfect — you can build your confidence with a little liquid courage. Grab a bottle and some pals and find your Picasso. 

Art in the Pod (216 Bustleton Pike, Churchville): Walk away with a completed 16x20 canvas. All materials are provided including non-alcoholic beverages for non-drinkers and those under 21. BYOB classes are open to painters 12 and up with an adult and 18 and up without. Classes will see the entire group creating works inspired by famous artists.

Canvas Mixers (542 Haddon Ave., Collingswood): Leave the kids at home and either book a private party or hop in a three-hour instructor-led canvas-painting class.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:00 AM
"SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody" puts a comedic spin on the "50 Shades of Grey" franchise. (Courtesy photo)

It’s a special day for fun.

For a tasty tour: Traverse and taste traditional delicacies during this tour of the Italian Market. Departing at 10:30 a.m. at 9th and South Streets, you’ll be treated to the sights and tastes of South Philly vendors. 

For a meal: Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week continues on with $15 lunch and $35 dinner specials — plus free parking after 6 p.m. — at participating restaurants, including Iron Hill Brewery (8400 Germantown Ave.), Paris Bistro (8229 Germantown Ave.) and more.

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:37 PM
Sustainable Fish Fridays at Dettera Restaurant in Ambler (129 E Butler Ave) (photo courtesy of Dish Public Relations)

Don’t welcome March with an empty stomach.

For those who are in need of a beefy burger, Lucky Strike is your destination. In the mood for some Cajun flavor? Visit Drexel’s Academic Bistro for a special pop-up dinner. And for those who want the ultimate pairing event, Brewer’s Plate is finally here.

Lucky Strike Lanes' (1336 Chestnut St.) burger of the month honors St. Patrick’s Day with a special Irish Burger available throughout March. The burger, best paired with a Guinness, includes 1/3 pound beef patty, Tillamook white cheddar, grilled onions, lettuce, bangers, and barbecue sauce on a brioche bun with a side of potato chips. The burger is priced at $12.95.

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 11:44 AM
Double bassist Joseph Conyers (right) works with members of the bass section of the All City Music orchestra during a rehearsal. His organization, Project 440, will take over running the School District program. ( (Ed Hille)

It’s all about teamwork this week with the Philadelphia Orchestra. With a week full of events that will see the famed orchestra partnering with various local groups, music appreciators of all ages will find classical entertainment to enjoy.

Hundreds of students from over 30 Philadelphia high schools will play in Monday, March 2’s All-City Music Festival, featuring the All-City Choir, Band and Orchestra. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center (Broad and Spruce Streets), the free concert will see Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin serving guest conductor duties for the finale.

Students will get the chance to see the Philadelphia Orchestra in action before they hit the stage for the big show on Thursday, March 5. At 10:30 a.m., over 700 students will sit in on an open rehearsal at the Kimmel Center (Broad and Spruce Streets) before that evening’s 8 p.m. Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3. featuring pianist Emanuel Ax. Before the show, however, at 6 p.m. amateur cellists can get the chance to play with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Register ahead of time, though, or just come to watch the community take part in a free arts event.

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 3:00 AM
Philadelphia Orchestra presents Sound All Around at the Academy of Music, an interactive music program designed for ages 3-5. (Photo by Ryan Donnell)

Today gets five stars.

For sonic exploration: Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra team up with a storyteller for a dynamic storytelling and instrument-exploring session. Held at both 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at the Academy of Music (Broad and Locust Streets), today’s Sound All Around program features clarinet music.

For a tour: Enjoy a guided view of the Hagley Museum (200 Hagley Creek Rd., Wilmington) at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. today. 

POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2015, 4:55 PM
Tim Patton and Christina Burris gather around some kegs at their new St. Benjamin Brewing Co. on 5th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. The three-barrel nanobrewry is opening up just in time for Philly Beer Week. (David Maialetti/Staff)

The month of March hosts one of the most overrated drinking days of the year: St. Patrick’s Day.

For one thing, the Irish holiday isn’t the only drinking event worth mentioning. This month includes beer festivals, charity events, boozy brunches and more.

Raise a glass to these events.

POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2015, 2:45 PM
"The Gender Weave Project" features work by Moore College of Art and Design students. (Photo by Lydia Nobles)

Ladies, March is all about you. Women’s History Month is chock full of events showcasing the raddest women around (that would be all of you!). 

Students from Moore College of Art and Design — the country’s only women’s visual arts college — will exhibit work at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (11 W. Mt. Airy Ave.) that explores gender identity. “The Gender Weave Project” opens with a reception on Friday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. and runs until Sunday, March 29. Exhibiting artists and other guests will speak at an International Women’s Day panel on Sunday, March 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.) tips their hats to women in history with a new interactive program “Decoding the Lyrics: Bad Romance – Women’s Suffrage,” using pop songs to lead visitors through that chapter in herstory, playing at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. from Sunday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 31. Other activities include a Women’s History self-guided tour and giant women’s history game board.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 1:57 PM
Guests look over the Robertson's Flowers & Events display inspired by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's exhibit "Dancing the Dream," at the Philadelphia Flower Show's private preview for members of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Feb. 28, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Since 1829, the Philadelphia Flower Show has been wowing crowds with displays of horticultural goodness. Once more, the show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.) from Saturday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 8. With over a week of acres of gardens, floral exhibits and displays attractions and events honoring the movies — especially Disney ones — don’t get lost in a pollen-fueled daze.


Entrance Garden: Channeling the movies of the '20s, visitors will walk through an Art Deco theater adorned with flowers. The garden will also see palm trees, chandeliers, blossoms, moss, jewels, hostas, lilies and roses. More info.

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