Monday, January 26, 2015

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 3:00 AM
The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a healthy snacking workshop today. ( AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer )

Back to the grind.

For dinner: The second portion of Center City Restaurant Week continues today with dining deals at a selection of Center City eateries. Pick your restaurant and get chowing!

For good habits: Before you plop yourself in front of the TV to watch some football on Sunday, get schooled in healthy snack recipes courtesy of a registered dietician and chef. The crash course in guilt-free munching takes place at 6 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch (1901 Vine St.).    

POSTED: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3:00 AM
Pancakes are what's for breakfast in New Hope today. (iStockphoto)

Look what we got for you!

For breakfast: To round out the Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival is a Sunday morning pancake breakfast at the New Hope-Solebury High School (180 W. Bridge St., New Hope, Pa.). Running from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. menu items include not only flapjacks, but eggs, French toast, sausage and drinks. Oh, and this is an all-you-can-eat event.

For meat: Learn the proper pig butchering techniques at this three-hour class, beginning at noon at The Farm and Fisherman (1120 Pine St.). Following the class, gorge on a five-course meal utilizing all the prepared meat from the class. Yum.

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 1:23 PM
Bosie (Reed Luplau) haunts Oscar’s memory throughout the opera. (Photo by Ken Howard, courtesy of Opera Philadelphia)

Philly’s gone Wilde.

The prolific playwright will serve as the focus for a number of different events in Philly over the next coming weeks, including Opera Philadelphia’s East Coast premiere of “Oscar,” the story of the writer’s imprisonment for “gross indecency” due to his relationship with another man. “Oscar” plays at the Academy of Music (Broad and Locust Streets) at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6; 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11; 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Come early and get some insight on the opera’s themes, music and production an hour before showtime.

Even before the show hits the stage, other Wilde-themed activities and goings on will highlight the legend.

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:36 AM
Enjoy samples of regional brews this weekend during Winterfest's Brewfest (photo by Matt Stanley courtesy of DRWC)

As if ice skating with a cabin next door filled with games, food, and drinks wasn't enough reason to go to the Delaware River Waterfront Winterfest (101 S. Columbus Blvd.), how about throwing in a mixture of live music, quizzo, and free beer… Yes, free beer. 

Beginning on Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 25 Winterfest will host Brewfest -- a weekend full of regional breweries showing off their goods. Not only will you get to sip on seasonal craft brews, but you’ll also get to treat your ears with entertainment, too.

If you only want to visit Brewfest one out of the three days it’s happening, here is a breakdown of what to expect each day.

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:22 PM
Gun$ Garcia will show girls run the world Friday at Voyeur for Discwoman. (Photo credit: Elliot Goldstein)

QOTA at The Bottle Shop

The first Queer on the Avenue (QOTA) of 2015 will be taking over The Bottle Shop (1837 East Passyunk Ave.) Thursday, Jan. 22.

QOTA is a monthly socializing event on East Passyunk Avenue for the LGBT community.  Specials will include $4 spiced warm cider, $4 wine by the glass, $3 seasonal beer on tap and $5 meatball sandwiches. And, as always, hundreds of craft beers at The Bottle Shop afforadble take out prices. The Bottle Shop is about to make a move up East Passyunk to some new digs, so this will be their last QOTA in their current space.

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:30 PM
Attendees at the Philly Home Show watch a demonstration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (Stephanie Aaronson/

It’s never too early to start planning for the weekend. Grab your hat and gloves — it’s about to go down.

Get your last taste of “Chocolate: The Exhibition” at the Academy of Natural Sciences (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) before it closes on Saturday, Jan. 24. Tracing the delicacy from its ancient beginnings to modern-day deliciousness, the exhibit is open to view all weekend from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 and Friday, Jan. 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

There’s nothing quite like a bargain. Shops in Downtown Haddonfield (along Kings Highway in Haddonfield) will be holding its annual sidewalk sale — indoors and outdoors — from Thursday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 25. Get your shop on from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:19 PM
Brothers Charlie, 5, and Jack Jamieson, 10, enjoy an afternoon of sledding at Strath Haven HS in Wallingford, Tuesday December 10, 2013. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)

For those who don’t fancy snowboarding and skiing on a mountain resort, Philadelphia and its surrounding regions are full of hills of all sizes to get your snow thrills on. Grab your sled or your trashcan lid and hit up these sloped parks.

Austin Meehan Middle School (3001 Ryan Ave.) Philadelphia

Austin Meehan Middle School is a great spot to get your thrills on. The hill is pretty steep, so get ready to fly fast to the bottom. Not only is the hill steep, but it is also wide, making more room to sled if it gets crowded.  

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 11:06 AM
Zola Jesus attends LAVA Lucky 13 Party At TAO Downtown on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for TAO Downtown)

Four ways to space out this week!

Saturday, January 24: Suburban Living

Band on the rise! Suburban Living is the project of Philadelphian Wesley Bunch, ‘80s pop enthusiast and suburban expat, who recently relocated to the City OBL from Virginia Beach, VA to further his musical and cultural exploration. And while he may not live in the suburbs anymore, he still crafts tunes influenced by suburban ennui and complacency; TV shows and Taco Bell. A project conceived some 3+ years back when Bunch found himself jobless and alone in Virginia Beach, with nothing but Twin Peaks for inspiration — Suburban Living splits the different between cheeseball ‘80s pop and gauzy dream pop, while at the same time effortlessly encapsulating feelings of restlessness and detachment. He’s now readying the release of his debut, self-titled record (out January 27) and will play a celebratory show this weekend, alongside Night Panther’s Mike Cammarata and Chris Radwanski plus We The They’s Peter Pantina. Suburban Living never felt so good.

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