Friday, January 30, 2015

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015, 2:53 PM
The windows of an old factory a covered over in graffiti. Picture taken from Spring Garden looking north near 11th St. Graffiti around Philadelphia as seen on Monday, August 25, 2014. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ) (DN)

A neighborhood not often shined upon, and certainly not mentioned enough, is the “Eraserhood,” which gave inspiration to David Lynch’s 1977 film, Eraserhead.

This small section in Philadelphia lies just east and west of Spring Garden Street and borders Fairmount and Center City. For one thing, this area has a significant industrial feel to it. From underpasses to empty buildings, the neighborhood can make people think it’s desolate, but it certainly isn’t.

With its restaurants of varying cuisines, whiskey bars, easy transportation access, and venues to rock out at, this area is a perfect place to spend your day off. Whatever attraction you're seeking, the Eraserhood will satisfy you one way or another.  

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015, 3:00 AM
Winner DJ Phish performs at the Red Bull Thre3style Regional Finals at Voyeur in Philadelphia, PA, USA, on February 7, 2013. (Jeremy Deputat/Red Bull Content Pool)

You got plans later?

For a birthday: Double digits! Pinkberry (763 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. and 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, Pa.) is turning the big 1-0 and they’re giving you a gift. Both the Bryn Mawr and King of Prussia Mall locations are offering 10-cent small yogurt topped with edible glitter topping for those who “like” the respective store’s Facebook pages. The offer begins at 7 p.m.

For young professionals: Experience the days of vaudeville at the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) for a young professionals night inspired by the William Glackens exhibit. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. hear jazz from Dandy Wellington and his Band, dance tunes from DJ Adrian Hardy, cocktails and light dishes.

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, 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.

Bank & Bourbon (1200 Market St.)

For $25, enjoy the Super Bowl in the lounge and Bank & Bourbon’s signature burger, a local draft beer, and a shot of bourbon hand selected by the restaurants Bourbon Master. 

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.

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