Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:32 PM
An aerial view from the Municipal Services Building of the almost-finished Dilworth Park in front of City Hall (WEST Side) as seen Aug. 19, 2014. The park will partially open (about 2/3's) on Sept. 4, 2014. The transportation concourse below the park will be completely open by that date. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

The long-awaited renovation and reveal of Dilworth Plaza — now tweaked to Dilworth Park — is upon us. With an opening slated for Thursday, Sept. 4, the transformed public space (featuring an outdoor café, tree grove, open space, fountain, public art and will in the winter months include an ice rink) has a weekend (and continued schedule) of opening events set for its triumphant unveiling.

The park officially welcomes guests at a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4 with remarks from Mayor Michael Nutter followed by an all-day party running until 5 p.m. featuring performances from the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Mad Beatz, Philadanco and more.

The following day, Friday, Sept. 5, pack up your lunch and enjoy it on the park’s lawn as the venue is filled with sounds from performers like the Rich Tucker Trio and the Hot Club of Philadelphia. Picnic in the Park starts at 11 a.m. and wraps up with a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 1:55 PM
Cannstatter Volksfest Verein Labor Day Weekend 2013 (Courtesy of Cannstatter Volksfest Verein via Facebook)

Labor Day has traditionally been a day to celebrate the American worker but has since evolved into the last hurrah of summer for most of us. Before you get caught up in the faster pace of fall with school, work, and after-school activities, take some time this Labor Day weekend to make some lasting family memories that will keep you warm as the days and nights grow cooler. Check out these events going on Saturday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 1.

If you’d like to start the kids early on their history lessons, the National Constitution Center Museum in historic Philadelphia will be open all Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Aug. 30 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31 noon to 5 p.m., and Monday, September 1 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Travel back to Revolutionary times and learn about printing and candle making. Take in "In the Army Now Show." Your kids will especially love dressing up in period clothes and story time.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Experience all things German at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein in Northeast Philadelphia from Saturday Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 1 starting at 12 p.m. Festivities will include crafts, German wine and beer, German-American singing and dancing, as well as rides and games for the kids.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:46 AM
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: Kanye West performs onstage as Samsung Galaxy presents JAY Z and Kanye West at SXSW on March 12, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern (Getty Images for Samsung)

What we’re doing Labor Day Weekend!

Thursday, August 28: X

X are one of those great punk bands who have been jamming together, on and off, for nearly 40 years now — but still sound as raucous as they did in the old days. Originally formed in 1977 by bassist/occasional actor John Doe, his girlfriend/vocalist Exene Cervenka, and guitarist Billy Zoom — with drummer DJ Bonebrake hopping aboard shortly after — X helped kick off the first wave of American punk in the 1970s, and helped establish hometown LA (more known for its proximity to Hollywood and for inspiring bands like The Beach Boys) as a legit punk scene.  Their distinct blend of three-chord punk with bits of rockabilly, blues, and boy/girl harmonies won them critical appeal—and 35 years later, songs like “Adult Books” and “White Girl” are still righteous ragers known to cause headbanging. The band went through several break-ups and reunions throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s — but is now back together, and will play a supercharged show at the Troc this Thursday. The last time we saw them live, they played for two hours, Doe stomped and sweated, Cervenka wailed like a Banshee, and Zoom winked at me. What will this Thursday hold? There’s only one way to find out.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 3:00 AM
Happy hour at the graffiti bar at Sampan on July 16, 2013. ( CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer )

Let’s hit the town.

For an orchard affair: Young children can pick apples and hear an apple-themed story at Weavers Way Orchard in Morgantown, Pa. at 9:45 a.m.

For a finale: Farewell, summer. Today is the chance you have to take advantage of Center City Sips, a seasonal happy hour taking place at numerous Center City bars and restaurants from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:07 PM
Looking at "Pitcher and Plate with Pears." "The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne" runs to Sept. 22 at The Barnes Foundation. ( MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer )

We’ve all been there: The physical demands of a wild holiday weekend leave you weary by the time the actual holiday rolls around. With Made in America and countless parties hitting the scene this weekend, you might need a day to unwind before heading back to the office. For a more laid-back approach to Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, step into any one of these museums that’ll be open for the holiday.

Monday is the final day to check out The Academy of Natural Sciences’ feathered exhibit “Birds of Paradise,” featuring exotic rain forest birds from New Guinea. The Logan Square museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also has exhibits about bugs, dinosaurs and dioramas.

Camden, N.J.’s Adventure Aquarium’s doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their Hippo Haven exhibit gives visitors a chance to get some face time with the aquarium’s two hippos. Watch them chow down as biologists shed some knowledge during feeding sessions: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:05 PM
The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to the Urban Saloon. (Courtesy of the Urban Saloon)

The last long weekend of the summer is coming, but why wait until Friday at 5 p.m. to start the festivities? Urban Saloon in Fairmount is kicking off the Labor Day Weekend on Thursday, Aug. 28 with a street festival. Between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., as part of the Made In America festivities, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be stopping by the saloon for a visit. Come meet these gentle beasts and enjoy $3.50 beer specials and plenty of entertainment. The Eagles game will be on big screens both inside and outside.

Clydesdales are draft horses originating in Scotland that are known now primarily as show horses or used to pull fancy carriages. Their height and the unique “feathering” around the hooves make these gentle beasts a sight to see. The Budweiser Clydesdales travel the country 10 months of the year visiting different events, pulling a early 1900s beer wagon. Although you won’t be able to ride in the wagon, you will be able to get up close to the horses. Keep your eyes out for their riding companions, the dalmatians, as well.

Other family fun activities include a DJ and a PAWS adoption tent, where there will be some furry friends looking to be adopted. For all you fashionistas, you can even shop for glam fall fashions from the Smak Parlour Fashion Truck. Alex’s Lemonade Stand will also be there and as a thank you for donations to fight childhood cancer, they will be giving out cotton candy to the first 175 kids.

POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014, 1:57 PM
The Allentown Fair runs from Tuesday, Aug. 26 through Monday, Sept. 1. (Photo via Allentown Fair)

Whether you’ve begun your Labor Day vacation a little early or are eagerly awaiting summer’s last hoorah, the Allentown Fair brings the perfect mix of A-list performances and festival favorites like 4-H judging and carnival rides to the Allentown Fairgrounds from Tuesday, Aug. 26 through Monday, Sept. 1.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty of all there is to do and see during the seven-day extravaganza.


POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:26 PM
Bartenders (left to right) Sara Arment, Colin OÕNeil and Al Sotack mix drinks at Franklin Mortgage. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer ) (David M Warren / Philadelphia In)

All throughout this week, the city of Philadelphia and its surrounding areas have events that certainly run a broad range for all food and drink cravings. Whether you fancy the distinct flavor of juniper berries, want a little exotic flavor from the great outback, or just want a quick meal while you play outside, this week will be a great one for your stomach urges.

You can have all the liquor bottles in the world but that doesn’t mean you can create a decent cocktail. On Monday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m., the folks over at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Center City are showing the ways of a balanced cocktail featuring a workshop about the spirit derived from juniper berries, gin. The class cost is $130 per person and will have guests walking out with a better understanding and seasonal trends of this spirit.

Up in Conshohocken, chef/owner Chip Roman and chef de cuisine Yianni Arhontoulis are bringing the flavor from Down Under to Blackfish Restaurant on Tuesday, Aug. 26 as they host an Aussie Black Truffle dinner. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. guests will taste dishes such as duck and truffle roulettes, and an albacore and truffle ballotine, just to name a few. Dinner is $65 and is BYOB.

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