Thursday, December 18, 2014

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 3:06 PM
The final holiday edition of the Franklin Flea takes place this Saturday. (Photo via Facebook)

Take a break from your last-minute shopping and enjoy one of the final weekends of 2014.

For over a month, different combinations of local independent shops have taken over a pop-up space at the Voorhees Town Center (2120 Voorhees Town Center) for a weekend. The final installment of Shop Up-Pop Up comes from chocolate vendor The Chocolate Clinic and local printmaker exit343design, selling wall art, T-shirts, stationery and totes. Shop away from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Comedy. Celebs. Audience interaction. That’s pretty much all you need to know about “Hang On With Aaron Nevins,” a comedy talk show, featuring celebrity conversations, laced with laughs and a chance for audience members to chime in whenever they feel the urge. This Friday, Dec. 19’s show at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) features guests Justin Guarini (“American Idol” and “Wicked”) and Jon Wurster (“The Best Show” on WFMU and drummer for Superchunk, The Mountain Goats and more). The show starts at 8 p.m.

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:27 AM
New Year's Eve in the Piazza featured five parties in one as thousands of people gathered to ring in 2013. (AL FOR /

Ring in, sing in, dance in, or do whatever you please on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31, but at least make sure you have a plan on where you are going. Here are some spots to consider if you are leaving your house to welcome the year 2015.

You’re cordially invited to experience the taste of a lifetime at Alla Spina (1410 Mount Vernon St.) this New Year’s Eve. Why is it the taste of a lifetime? Because beginning at 8 p.m. Marc Vetri’s Italian gastropub transforms into Club Vetri for a night of tastings, celebrations, and entertainment. With admission, guests will get signature tastes from Vetri restaurants such as Lo Spiedo, Amis, Vetri, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, and, of course, the host — Alla Spina.

For those in dire need of a classy time-travel soirée, beginning at 10 p.m. start your New Year’s Eve bash at Continental Midtown (1801 Chestnut St.) as they host their Roaring '20s Party. A great thing about this party is that not only is it free admission, but prohibition cocktails and special food servings will be available to ring in 2015. Don’t forget, dress your best as if you were in 1920.

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 3:00 AM
The 15th annual Reindeer Romp. (Photo by Alfred B. For)

Today is a day to remember…or forget.

For tradition: Mexican Christmas celebrations, Posadas, are held during nine days before Christmas. Get down to a Posada piano performance from Mexican pianist Pablo Horcasitas at the Kimmel Center (Broad and Spruce Streets) at 5 p.m. this evening.

For guy’s night: Stock up on athleticwear for her — or for yourself, no judgment — at Haddonfield Running Company (121 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, N.J.) for a dudes shopping night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring Christmas microbrews, beef jerky and Krimpets, discounts and shopping help.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 2:33 PM
Before they perform at the San Francisco and Chicago sketch festivals, The Flat Earth show off new material. (Photo by Tom Lovelund)

Local improv group The Flat Earth have been making us laugh since 2012. The oldest sketch team of Philly Improv Theater, together since 2012’s Fringe Festival, will hit the stage at Philly Improv Theater (2030 Sansom St.) for the last time this year for their brand-new scripted sketch comedy show, sure to make your stomach rumble: “An Evening With Venison Fajitas.”

Utilizing their wit, costumes and fresh ingredients, the players — including Jaquie Baker, Vincent DiCostanzo, Sean Landis, Rich Lee, Matthew Schmid, Molly Silverman, Adam Siry and Harry Watermeir — and director Paul Triggiani put their spin on office lingo, sci-fi TV and more in the new show, hitting the stage at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18 and Friday, Dec. 19.

Not only is this your last chance to unleash the laughs with The Flat Earth in 2014, it’s the final premiere of new material before the team hits the road, heading to perform in both the San Francisco and Chicago sketch festivals in January.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 12:47 PM
The first day of Kwanzaa was celebrated today at the African American Museum in Center City with a variety of activities including song, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts and magic. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)

The holiday season is in full swing and Philly is bursting with celebrations for all. Here are a few of the latest local Kwanzaa events.

Kids can get an interactive view of the holiday courtesy of Queen Nur’s song-filled presentations at the Garden State Discovery Museum (2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Friday, Dec. 26 and Sunday, Dec. 28.

For two days at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (701 Arch St.), the cultures and practices of the African Diaspora are honored through candle lighting, discussions and activities. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28, Mlanjeni Nduma and the Amazing Mr. Q will not only take on the candle-lighting duties but also will outline the Nguzo Saba — “Seven Principles — of Kwanzaa through song, dance and other activities. A dance interpretation of the holiday will be performed, and arts and child-friendly crafts will be provided throughout the day.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 10:29 AM
Tyler the Creator of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) performs live on the Main Stage on Day Two during the Reading Festival 2012 at Richfield Avenue on August 25, 2012 in Reading, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner (Getty Images)

Concert picks for the week before Christmas!

Friday, December 19: The Making Time $2 Bill with Nothing

Philly’s Nothing craft big, loud, noisy rockers that temper their more aggressive tendencies with a hazy, shoegaze wash — frenetic guitars giving way to melodic keyboards, and head-in-the-clouds, MBV-style vocals. Formed in 2011 following a jail stint for front man Nicky Palermo, Nothing not surprisingly concerns itself with questions of circumstance and redemption, from Palermo’s childhood growing up in Frankford to everyday existences fueled by loneliness, drugs, and depression. Of course, you might never realize any of this without delving into their backstory — on the surface these dudes are mainly loud and expansive, blowing eardrums, speakers, and yes — minds with their rock. They play Making Time’s $2 bill this Friday — show up before midnight and tix are just $2. You know — so you can save some money for Christmas presents booze.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 3:00 AM
The Dumpsta Players put their spin on '80s soap "Dynasty" tonight at Bob and Barbara's Lounge. (Photo courtesy the Dumpsta Players)

Take your time. Don’t want to cramp up.

For a history lesson: He may see you when you’re sleeping and know when you’re awake, but this exhibit at the Glencairn Museum (1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn, Pa.) traces St. Nick’s visual representation in the 1800s. The special display is open from noon until 4:30 p.m.

For a world record: The Congregations of Shaare Shamayim (9768 Verree Rd.) will construct and light the World’s Largest Balloon Menorah, an addition to the titles the Congregation already holds (World’s Largest Hamantasch and Number of People Blowing the Shofar) at 6 p.m. They’re aiming for the structure to stand at 22 feet, two feet higher than the current record holder. Afterwards, come inside for a magic show, latkes and sofganyiot (jelly donuts).

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 3:24 PM
Interior view of Bank and Bourbon. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

If you got your butt kicked in the kitchen on Thanksgiving and no one else in the family is stepping up to the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day task, restaurants across Philadelphia are open and some are even offering traditional dinners, like the Feast of the Seven Fishes, and holiday pairings.

Leave the cooking for another holiday and choose your favorite from our list:

Hey Chinatown! We didn’t forget about you either. Many Asian and mall restaurants located all over Philly will be open too.

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