Tuesday, March 31, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 1:02 PM
Adorable girls in the best dressed contest for girls 3 - 5 years old at the 83rd annual Easter Promenade on South Street, April 20, 2014. (HughE Dillon/Philly.com)

There are few things better than a visit from the Easter Bunny, some flowers, and some great holiday traditions.

Take a hayride to the magical Bunnyland at Linvilla Orchards (598 Linvill Rd., Media) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, April 4. Besides the bunny posing it up in his house, there’ll be pony rides, face painting, train rides and more.

For two days, Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, at Shadybrook Farm (931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley), an Easter festival will take over the farm grounds with games, inflatables and treasure-filled eggs. The Egg-stravaganza runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 3:00 AM
Actors Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray attend Fox's "Empire" ATAS Academy Event at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel on March 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Hopefully making you forget today is a Tuesday.

For a primetime affair: Meet two of the stars of FOX’s “Empire,” Jussie Smollet (Jamal Lyon) and Philly native Yazz the Greatest — born Bryshere Gray — (Hakeem Lyon) at FYE Broad Street (100 S. Broad St.) at 4 p.m. To score a wristband, you’ve got to purchase an “Empire” Season 1 soundtrack at FYE.

For singles: Forget Tinder. This is how it’s done IRL. Solo folks ages 24 to 39 can meet dozens of folks at this 7 p.m. speed date night at the Victoria Freehouse (10 S. Front St.)

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2015, 5:10 PM
Iron Hill Brewery in Chestnut Hill (8400 Germantown Ave.) MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer

There’s no fooling around in April when it comes to beer events in the city.

Between festivals and special-themed boozy nights, you’re sure to discover at least a handful of new brews at these "hop-enings."

When it’s 4/4 on the calendar, the Grey Lodge (6235 Frankford Ave.) celebrates Quad Day. Starting at 11 a.m., head to the Northeast Philly pub and enjoy four punch-packing quads. Beers for the night include: Free Will Black Friday Quad, Otter Creek 20th Anniversary, Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale, and Weyerbacher Quad.

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2015, 2:10 PM
Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble are set to perform during this year's Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month. (Photo courtesy the Kimmel Center)

Philadelphia is alive with the sound of jazz this April. Celebrating Philly’s prominence as a jazz culture hub, the entire month is dedicated to the genre with not just performances, but art, discussions, films and more for Jazz Appreciation Month.

The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at City Hall (1401 JFK Blvd.), where Mayor Michael Nutter will make statements and pianist McCoy Tyner will be honored with a performance from the Philadelphia Clef Club Youth Jazz Ensemble.

Three Fridays in April, (Fridays April 3, 10 and 17) the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) Art After 5 program is dedicated to three jazz artists with international influences. Starting at 5 p.m. each night, the lineup includes The Secret Trio, Denise King and Chris Aschman featuring John Swana. 

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:17 PM
Chef/owners Andrew Kochan (right) and Tim Lanza (left) of Marigold Kitchen (photo by Dallyn Pavey)

The first week of April isn’t playing around when it comes to food events.

If grand openings are your thing, Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop is opening its new location in Fishtown. If you’re in love with oysters, Pennsylvania 6 will satisfy your shucking needs. Have kids? City Tap House in University City invites you and the little ones to their restaurant for a special brunch this weekend.  

Check out these events:

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2015, 3:00 AM
Meet up with other board game fanatics tonight. (iStock Photo)

Be prepared for some great Instagrams.

For herstory: We know about the prominent men in Philadelphia history, but what about the women? Check out “The Women of Philadelphia: A Documentary,” at 6:30 p.m. at New Century Trust (1307 Locust St.) to learn about the ladies that shaped Philly.

For a culinary marathon: It’s a meaty Monday at World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) when eight courses of beef — braised, dry rub, slow roasted — paired with bourbon and beer is served starting at 7 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 2:08 PM
Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth (center) battles Jahzeer Terrell (left), Terence MacSweeny, and Sean Bradley in Arden Theatre Company's production of "Macbeth." (Mark Garvin)

Take your pick: There’s a wide selection of Shakespearean greats onstage all around the city within the coming weeks.

For one more show only, Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m., children and their parents can get a bite-sized dose of Shakespeare in “Romeo and Juliet” at Widener University’s Alumni Auditorium (off of East 14th St., Chester).

A bloody power trip for the ages, “Macbeth” takes audiences on a passionate thrill ride through Sunday, April 19 at the Arden Theatre (40 N. 2nd St.). Shows begin at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 2:27 PM
The egg hunters were off and running at Cherry Hill West High School in 2012. (Tom Gralish/Staff Photographer)

The closest thing to searching for buried treasure is taking it to the fields and woods for an Easter egg hunt. Here are some picks that your kids (and a few for you too!) will be sure to enjoy.

Saturday, March 28
Pickering Manor North Field (26 N. Lincoln Ave., Newtown): 3,500 candy-filled eggs will be up for grabs starting at 9 a.m. Hunts broken down by age, including an adult and grandparents hunt. (Rain date Saturday, April 4.) 

West Laurel Hill Cemetery (215 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd): Chocolate and prize-filled eggs will be hidden on cemetery grounds for the 10 a.m. hunt. Music, raffles, photos with the Bunny, magic and caricatures are also planned. 

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