Wednesday, April 1, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 11:33 AM
Joshua Tillman (C) of Father John Misty performs onstage at That Tent during day 1 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2013 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Wednesday, April 1: Father John Misty

I Love You Honeybear, the new record from singer-songwriter Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty) — is one of the weirdest and most compelling things I’ve heard in some time. Consider, for example, opening track “I Love You Honeybear.” The song starts slow, with a sweeping, Disney-esque feel — over which Tillman sings, innocently: “Everything is doomed and nothing will be spared. But I love you, Honeybear.” This same duality recurs throughout, as Tillman reconciles love and openness with a world that seems propelled by its exact opposites, navigating through sincerity and snark. A musician since childhood who was raised in a deeply religious household, Tillman grew up wanting to be a preacher before he began writing and performing. He released his first, untitled record in 2004 — spurred by support from Damien Jurado — and has been on a roll since, releasing a slew of indie LPs in addition to logging 4 years drumming with Fleet Foxes. He’s now touring behind Honeybear and will stop at Union Transfer this Wednesday. Come for the beautiful melodies; stay for the weirdness and contradictions.

8:00 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., sold out.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 3:00 AM
Fold it up at the Philadelphia Museum of Art tonight. (iStock photo)

No fooling around here.

For nimble hands: Keeping in line with recent exhibit “Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano,” master the paper-folding art of origami at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For active gals: All levels lady runners — meet at Dilworth Park (1 S. 15th St.) at 6:30 p.m. for a three-mile Center City run led by City Fit Girls.

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/

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.

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