Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, September 1, 2014, 3:00 AM
Today is the last day to check out "Circus! Science Under the Big Top" at the Franklin Institute. (Photo by Darryl W. Moran)

Happy Labor Day!

For museum entertainment: The National Constitution Center on Independence Mall is open today from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and they’re giving visitors a peek back into the past by letting families try on Revolutionary War-era clothing and teaching through stories about Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and more.

For more: Head over to Logan Square where the Franklin Institute prepares to say goodbye to one of their exhibits “Circus! Science Under the Big Top.” Don’t say you missed it — get there between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

POSTED: Sunday, August 31, 2014, 3:00 AM
Artist N.C. Wyeth's studio, a short drive from the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Plans call for trails and programs guiding visitors to the historic properties owned by the conservancy. (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer)

Chill out today.

For an athletic ending: Do some sun salutations on Race Street Pier for the last time this season at 9:30 a.m. This is the last time you’ll be able to attend this free yoga session on the waterfront until next year. 

For an artistic tour: See the studio where N.C. Wyeth created thousands of works of art during this tour of his former studio. Buy your tickets online or at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa. The one-hour tour departs at various times today: 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 3:17 PM
Local improv group Bad Kitten will perform at Philly Improv Theater every Wednesday in September. (Photo by Lindsay Docherty courtesy of the photographer)

Philly Improv Theater, one of the city’s go-to spots for top comedy training and performances, has recently paired up with independent improv group Bad Kitten for the inaugural season in its Launch Pad series — a way for local funnymen and women to get hands-on direction from PHIT’s staff through a two-month residency.

The Bad Kitten players (Sam Abrams, Neil Bardhan, Ryan Birchmeier, Megan Elizabeth, Steve Holland, Daniel Reed and Lauren Rivera), who’ve all taken classes at PHIT, have been paired with director Raja Rajanathan and coach Alex J. Gross and will work with the two to put on some seriously hilarious performances throughout September.

Clear your calendars on Wednesdays Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. as the troupe brings its unique characters and physical comedy to the Adrienne Theatre at 2030 Sansom St.   

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 2:02 PM
Saturnia with DJ Shearn at The Trestle Inn on June 22, 2013. ( TIM BLACKWELL / Philly.com )

The summer may be winding down, so we might as well end it on a high note. Skip Made in America and hit the dance floor this Labor Day Weekend. 

DJs Sonny James, lil'dave, Phillee Blunt, Skipmode, Panek and Matthew Law are back in Fishtown for BODYROCK at Kung Fu Necktie at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 with special guest OP! Get hyped on these drink specials until midnight: $4 Stoli drinks, $4 Sailor Jerry drinks, 2 for $3 Genesee 12 oz cans.

'Twas the night before Made in America and all through Philly (well, more specifically Lit Ultrabar on North 2nd), DJs (like Enferno, Bonics, Mijo, Teknartist, Buster Radio & Eddie Sanchez) were spinning and things were bound to get silly. The festival pre-party begins at 10 p.m.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 1:09 PM

With September quickly sneaking up, with cooler weather on the horizon, you won’t have to worry about the atrocious heat making your sweat drop into your drink (or food).

Here are our picks for outdoor eating and drinking in the Philadelphia region.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 2:26 PM
MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 12: DJ Steve Aoki attends the 'Grand Opening' Party at the P1 on November 12, 2009 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt (Getty Images)

You've booked your hotel and the Atlantic City Labor Day weekend vacation is coming soon. Do you have tickets for the upcoming shows happening at the surrounding casinos and venues?

If not, there’s still time, and we are happy to help you decide what to do during your visit. From electronic beats, to guitar jamming superstars, this Labor Day weekend will rock your socks off!

Put a little country flavor in your weekend on Friday, Aug. 29 at 9 p.m. as Season 3 winner of "The Voice," Cassadee Pope amazes audience with her vocals as she performs songs from her album “Wasting All These Tears,” and her newest track “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.” This performance will take place at Atlantic City's House of Blues in the Showboat Hotel and Casino.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:32 PM
An aerial view from the Municipal Services Building of the almost-finished Dilworth Park in front of City Hall (WEST Side) as seen Aug. 19, 2014. The park will partially open (about 2/3's) on Sept. 4, 2014. The transportation concourse below the park will be completely open by that date. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

The long-awaited renovation and reveal of Dilworth Plaza — now tweaked to Dilworth Park — is upon us. With an opening slated for Thursday, Sept. 4, the transformed public space (featuring an outdoor café, tree grove, open space, fountain, public art and will in the winter months include an ice rink) has a weekend (and continued schedule) of opening events set for its triumphant unveiling.

The park officially welcomes guests at a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4 with remarks from Mayor Michael Nutter followed by an all-day party running until 5 p.m. featuring performances from the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Mad Beatz, Philadanco and more.

The following day, Friday, Sept. 5, pack up your lunch and enjoy it on the park’s lawn as the venue is filled with sounds from performers like the Rich Tucker Trio and the Hot Club of Philadelphia. Picnic in the Park starts at 11 a.m. and wraps up with a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:07 PM
Looking at "Pitcher and Plate with Pears." "The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne" runs to Sept. 22 at The Barnes Foundation. ( MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer )

We’ve all been there: The physical demands of a wild holiday weekend leave you weary by the time the actual holiday rolls around. With Made in America and countless parties hitting the scene this weekend, you might need a day to unwind before heading back to the office. For a more laid-back approach to Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, step into any one of these museums that’ll be open for the holiday.

Monday is the final day to check out The Academy of Natural Sciences’ feathered exhibit “Birds of Paradise,” featuring exotic rain forest birds from New Guinea. The Logan Square museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also has exhibits about bugs, dinosaurs and dioramas.

Camden, N.J.’s Adventure Aquarium’s doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their Hippo Haven exhibit gives visitors a chance to get some face time with the aquarium’s two hippos. Watch them chow down as biologists shed some knowledge during feeding sessions: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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