Thursday, January 29, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 2:22 PM
P.O.P.E.'s Chili Cook-Off will warm you up on Saturday. (iStock Photo)

It’s the perfect opportunity to witness some athletic competition — and to enjoy some grub while doing it — among other things. Say hello to February with this weekend’s events.

Activists, politicians and other notable historical figures are brought to life by Philadelphia actors in “Voices of a People’s History of the United States.” Featuring excerpts from speeches and writings from Malcom X, Cesar Chavez, abolitionist David Walker, and more, the play is based on the book edited by Anthony Arnove and historian Howard Zinn. The show hits the Plays and Players Theatre (1714 Delancey St.) at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31.

All weekend at Plough and the Stars (123 Chestnut St.), Celtic supporters will gather for Feile Weekend, featuring Irish music and a soccer match viewing party. Things get underway at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 and continue until Super Bowl time on Sunday, Feb. 1.

POSTED: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 12:17 PM
Weird Beard Revue will celebrate their one year anniversary on Saturday. (Photo by Patrick Hagerty)

Qventures Theater: The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane

On Thursday, Jan. 28, join Qventures for a special pre-show reception and performance of InterAct Theatre Company’s The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane. Pretty Mbane follows a young South African soccer phenom who flees to England escaping persecution, only to return during the World Cup to face her country’s blind eye towards LGBT-related violence.

Reception begins at 7:00pm. Play is at 8:00pm.  For tickets.

POSTED: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 3:00 AM
Come to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for a screening of 'Them!' (Photo courtesy BMFI)

A Ramone and a movie? It’s so good.

For boozy art: Channel your best Picasso (or Van Gogh or Monet or Cezanne…) whilst sampling Crossing Vineyards (1853 Wrightstown Rd., Washington Crossing, Pa.) wines during a 6:30 p.m. painting class. Bring your pals, leave your own stash at home — alcoholic and otherwise — and paint on.

For sonic history: Former drummer of The Ramones, Marky Ramone will stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) to chat with Inquirer music critic Dan Deluca and to sign copies of his memoir “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg” at 7:30 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 3:10 PM
Guests at the Philadelphia Auto Show's 2014 Black Tie Tailgate on February 7, 2014. (Teresa McCullough / Philly.com)

Start your engines. The Philadelphia Auto Show revs back into the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.) from Saturday, Jan. 31 to Sunday, Feb. 8 featuring hundreds of new, exotic and classic cars, ride and drive opportunities and Q&As.

Before the event officially begins, a black-tie tailgate cocktail party on Friday, Jan. 30. Featuring an open bar, food from Garces Group, and entertainment in the midst of the auto show displays (Mercedes-Benz and Lexus displays to be exact), this fundraiser benefiting the division of neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

During the weeklong run, there are a number of events and features you can partake in.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:50 PM
Musicians Dan Rothman, Hannah Reid, and Dominic 'Dot' Major of London Grammar perform onstage at Royce Hall, UCLA on May 19, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

What we’re seeing this week!

Friday, January 30: London Grammar

British trio London Grammar craft dark, deep, electro-pop ballads you can get lost it, nestled between powerful vocals and twinkling, expansive keys. Conceived of in 2009 when vocalist Hannah Reid met guitarist Dan Rothman freshman year at university (with keyboardist/drummer Dot Major hopping on board a year later), the band first turned heads with 2012’s “Hey Now,” a beautiful, stirring slow jam simmering with emotion, that easily would have made its way on to the Garden State soundtrack, if only it arrived 5 years earlier. Since then they’ve risen to the ranks of superstars in their home country, thanks to an appearance on Disclosure’s Settle and the strength of their debut LP, If You Wait — a sexy, downtempo record you can make love to at night and wake up to the next morning and still dig. This Friday, they journey to the Electric Factory, where they’ll saunter and croon their way into your heart; absorb this video for “Hey Now” first to get in a sexy mood.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 11:24 AM
Enjoy the big game at Palladino's on East Passyunk Ave. (Photo courtesy of Luke Palladino Hospitality Group)

Super Bowl XLVIII champs, the Seattle Seahawks are set to take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Although the majority of people in Philadelphia will be rooting for neither, Super Bowl Sunday brings friends and family together for a watch party that typically includes tons of drinks and food. If you’re not going to a house to watch the game, a large number of bars and restaurants are offering drink specials during the championship. Choose your favorite location and enjoy the big game.

Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South St.)

If you’re a loyal soccer fan to this bar, watch the game here. The German Brauhaus will have a giant projector screen set up for all those to view the game plus a spread of pork rinds, roast beef, meatballs, wings, and more for $20. Beer specials start at $5.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 3:00 AM
The Big Quiz Thing, a traveling game show, makes its way to Philly this weekend. (Photo by Ryan Muir)

How many more days until spring?

For dinner: Hope you’re hungry. Percy Street Barbecue (600 S. 9th St.) offers all-you-can-eat ribs (including corn bread and fries) starting at 5 p.m.

For lyricists: Drawing on themes from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s (26th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art” a number of local writers, musicians and performers, curated by author, poet and emcee Lyrispect. will present an evening of African American celebration starting at 6:30 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 4:14 PM

If you can’t make that winter getaway a reality, at least make it a one-day rejuvenation. Treat yourself to a day at the spa. 

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