Thursday, March 5, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 3:06 PM
Artist James Dupree shows work at the Art Sanctuary. (Photo courtesy Art Sanctuary)

It feels like we were just figuring out where to go for February’s First Friday. This month, though, we’re that much closer to spring. Check out some highlights of Friday, March 6th’s events. 

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (315 Chestnut St.) knows a thing or two about books — in addition to their signature alchemy. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., hear talks from CHF fellow Stefano Gattei about the intricacies of astronomy books while getting crafty with calligraphy, marbling and hand-stitching your own books.

Showcasing the work and stories of Lao Americans in Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine St.) presents “Laos in the House: Voices from Four Decades of the Lao Diaspora.” Come for an opening reception running from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:56 PM
Build connections throughout Philadelphia at networking events in March (iStock)

For those whose spring break has come to an end, or for recent graduates who are looking to secure a new job, networking events are in no short supply. If you’re looking to kickstart your bright future, check out these upcoming meet-and-greet events.

Urban Saloon (2120 Fairmount Ave.) invites professionals in the marketing field to connect with five local associations on Wednesday, March 4 during the Market Alliance of Philadelphia’s Networking Event. Companies to meet include: BMAPhilly, MENG, PAMA, PhillyDMA and PhIMA.  

In advertising? Whether you’re a word-savvy copywriter, a graphic designer, or an inspirational account manager, on Thursday, March 5 the 2015 Addy Awards take place at Union Trust (717  Chestnut St.). This evening dedicated to celebrating the best in the biz kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by the award ceremony for Best of Print, Digital, Self-Promotion, and more from 8 to 9:15 p.m. A post-party will start immediately after the event.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 11:00 AM
Chilly Moody. (Colin Kerrigan /

What we’re seeing live this week!

Wednesday, March 4: Gang of Four

When Gang of Four arrived on the scene in the late 1970’s, all angular riffs and smart, snarky lyrics — they must have caught punk fans off-guard. But then again, that was precisely the point. Combining jagged guitars with bouncy bass grooves and cynical lyrics — about love, political inquiry, and the relationship between the two — Gang of Four led the post-punk revolution, their brilliant, brittle songs inspiring future generations. Formed in 1977 by peers at the University of Leeds, Gang of Four set out to marry the raw energy and passion of punk with the band’s interest in radical political theory — and in doing so, tapped into something harsh, nervy, and oddly resonant. Their debut record, Entertainment! (the title itself a sort of snarky statement) has been dubbed one of the best rock records ever from sources from Kurt Cobain to Pitchfork, and despite a series of mediocre records in the early ‘90s, they’ve remained untouchably cool ever since. This Wednesday, they bring their attitude and vibes to the TLA, touring behind 2015’s What Happens Next … although we’d be lying if we said we’re not hoping for some Entertainment in the mix as well.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 3:00 AM
The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers free yoga classes tonight. (iStock)

No jokes here, just serious entertainment.

For a talk: Three female video game and animation industry artists will speak at 6 p.m. about their experiences in working in gaming at Moore College of Art and Design (20th St. and the Parkway). 

For a stretch: During tonight’s pay-what-you-wish admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) includes not only gallery tours and crafts, but two free yoga classes, one at 6 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 2:07 PM

Maybe your inner artist is a little shy, which is why these classes are perfect — you can build your confidence with a little liquid courage. Grab a bottle and some pals and find your Picasso. 

Art in the Pod (216 Bustleton Pike, Churchville): Walk away with a completed 16x20 canvas. All materials are provided including non-alcoholic beverages for non-drinkers and those under 21. BYOB classes are open to painters 12 and up with an adult and 18 and up without. Classes will see the entire group creating works inspired by famous artists.

Canvas Mixers (542 Haddon Ave., Collingswood): Leave the kids at home and either book a private party or hop in a three-hour instructor-led canvas-painting class.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:00 AM
"SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody" puts a comedic spin on the "50 Shades of Grey" franchise. (Courtesy photo)

It’s a special day for fun.

For a tasty tour: Traverse and taste traditional delicacies during this tour of the Italian Market. Departing at 10:30 a.m. at 9th and South Streets, you’ll be treated to the sights and tastes of South Philly vendors. 

For a meal: Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week continues on with $15 lunch and $35 dinner specials — plus free parking after 6 p.m. — at participating restaurants, including Iron Hill Brewery (8400 Germantown Ave.), Paris Bistro (8229 Germantown Ave.) and more.

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:37 PM
Sustainable Fish Fridays at Dettera Restaurant in Ambler (129 E Butler Ave) (photo courtesy of Dish Public Relations)

Don’t welcome March with an empty stomach.

For those who are in need of a beefy burger, Lucky Strike is your destination. In the mood for some Cajun flavor? Visit Drexel’s Academic Bistro for a special pop-up dinner. And for those who want the ultimate pairing event, Brewer’s Plate is finally here.

Lucky Strike Lanes' (1336 Chestnut St.) burger of the month honors St. Patrick’s Day with a special Irish Burger available throughout March. The burger, best paired with a Guinness, includes 1/3 pound beef patty, Tillamook white cheddar, grilled onions, lettuce, bangers, and barbecue sauce on a brioche bun with a side of potato chips. The burger is priced at $12.95.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 1:57 PM
Guests look over the Robertson's Flowers & Events display inspired by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's exhibit "Dancing the Dream," at the Philadelphia Flower Show's private preview for members of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Feb. 28, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Since 1829, the Philadelphia Flower Show has been wowing crowds with displays of horticultural goodness. Once more, the show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.) from Saturday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 8. With over a week of acres of gardens, floral exhibits and displays attractions and events honoring the movies — especially Disney ones — don’t get lost in a pollen-fueled daze.


Entrance Garden: Channeling the movies of the '20s, visitors will walk through an Art Deco theater adorned with flowers. The garden will also see palm trees, chandeliers, blossoms, moss, jewels, hostas, lilies and roses. More info.

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