Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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 /

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. 

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 /

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: 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.

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