Friday, November 21, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, November 21, 2014, 3:00 AM
The holiday season kicks off tonight in Peddler's Village. (Photo courtesy of Peddler's Village)

Friday, we’re in love.

For an after-work affair: HyLo Labs (242 N. 3rd St.) and the 3rd Space, an event and interview series urging dialogue and community involvement in Old City, is urging interested participants to “get dressed up to get messed up.” Intrigued? Stop by between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to hear live sets by Minka and Cheynsaw, see art by Scrandy and enjoy “beermosas” from Miller High Life.

For festive cheer: And Santa said “Let there be light!” We’re sure it’ll go something like that tonight as the big man turns Peddler’s Village (Rts. 202 & 263, Lahaska, Pa.) into a lit up wonderland during their Grand Illumination Celebration, running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this evening.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:05 PM
Singer Lance Bass attends Crackle's Summer Premieres Event celebrating the launch of 'Sequestered' And 'Cleaners' at 1 OAK on August 14, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

QOTA Under the Trees

Queer on the Avenue, a monthly LGBT networking event on East Passyunk Avenue, returns Thursday November 20th at Urban Jungle (1528 E. Passyunk Ave.). This annual installment is QOTA’s most popular, with attendees gathering under the festive and fabulous holiday decorations of this urban garden. Complementary light bites and beverages from Sailor Jerry and Pennsylvania Buckingham Valley Vineyards will be provided. MANNA will be there sampling pies and taking orders.

Pies sold by MANNA provide Thanksgiving dinners for families in need at the holidays. Doors at 6:00pm. No cover.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 4:08 PM
Avery Sparrow connects a left jab on Hassan Wasswau on the second installment of Tuesday Night Fights on Sept. 16 (photo by Darryl Cobb courtesy of Joe Hand Promotions)

Your Tuesday just got better.

On Tuesday, Nov. 26 Joe Hand Promotions and D and D Management Team present the third installment of Parx Casino's Tuesday Night Fights at the 2300 Arena (2300 Swanson St.) that will highlight both professional and up-and-coming boxers from specifically the Delaware Valley, as well as various states across America.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the card will feature five professional fights in several divisions: super middleweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, and welterweight.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 1:50 PM
The Big Quiz Thing, a traveling game show, makes its way to Philly this weekend. (Photo by Ryan Muir)

As the last weekend before the holiday season technically begins, take in as much as you can before the shopping mania hits.

Not just a marathon, but a half, 8k and kids fun run take place during the Philadelphia Half Marathon weekend. Exit through the gift shop, or the Health and Fitness Expo, rather. The Expo, featuring vendors and packet pickup, is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.) from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. All races start at 22nd and the Parkway at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 (8k) and 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 (half and full marathon).

Join Santa in a tree-lighting ceremony (7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22), see Cape May illuminated in Christmas cheer from the back of a trolley, chow down on brunch, sip away on wine tours and more during Cape May’s Holiday Preview Weekend with events taking place around the Elmen Physick Estate (1048 Washington St.) and beyond at various times Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 2:58 PM
Anibal Lopez's piece "For Rent" that will be included in the exhibition "Do it" at Moore Moore College of Art & Design. ( RON TARVER / Staff Photographer )

Since mid-September, the “exhibition in progress,” “do it,” a display based entirely upon local artists’ interpretation of other artists’ written instructions, has been presented at The Galleries At Moore (20th St. and the Parkway). Featuring objects, installations, performances and more from over 70 artist instructions, the exhibit takes DIY to a whole new level.

On Friday, Nov. 21, Moore College of Art and Design hosts a Philadelphia “do it” publication launch featuring new instructions from 27 Philadelphia-based artists, including Joy Feasley, Mark Stockton, Preston Link, Tim Belknap, Cindy Stockton-Moore, Anna Neighbor, James Johnson and more.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the artists will read and perform their own instructions in addition to local band RATKICKER’s music video debut — which happens to be a full-album cinematic interpretation of artist Meg Cranston’s instruction “The Most Horrific Tale.”

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 12:24 PM
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Rappers Method Man (L) and Redman perform onstage at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 23, 2009 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

What we’re seeing this week!

Thursday, November 20: The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers are a Canadian supergroup of sorts, whose members span the famous-amongst-indie-circles (Neko Case, Dan Bejar) — and the relatively unknown (Kathryn Calder of Immaculate Machine; Todd Fancey of Limblifter) — but who come together despite this to create beautiful, pristine pop. Since 2000, they’ve released six records which run the gamut from straight-up brilliant to still-good-but-not-great — and luckily, land squarely on the side of brilliant with their 2014 offering Brill Bruisers. And while this alone is reason to go see them live — perhaps even more compelling is the fact that experiencing the Pornographers in their full glory is an adventure like none other. These are joyous, life-affirming songs, and watching AC Newman bounce up and down, and Case belt out lyrics like a Siren goddess, and Blaine Thurier pound on his keyboard — only maximizes their impact. And while managing so many personalities and egos is inevitably tough (note I didn’t mention Bejar above — the last time I saw the Pornogs, he skulked in the corner and drank), the Pornographers have clearly unlocked the secret to fruitful collaboration. Go see them, and join in the celebration.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 10:30 AM
Davio's Thanksgiving Day dinner (photo by Felicia Perretti courtesy of Davio's)

If you’re not a fan of firing up the bird on Thanksgiving, many restaurants located in Philadelphia are offering special holiday platters featuring signature turkey platters with a wide range of sides. Here’s a list of restaurants to choose from. Reservations are recommended.

If you don’t see your restaurant listed, send us a message.

10 Arts Bistro & Lounge (10 S. Broad St.) – Located at the Ritz-Carlton, 10 Arts offers guests a four-course meal including fish or meat with traditional family-style sides and dessert. Cost is $110 for adults and $55 for children.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:14 PM

Among the many festive activities that come along with the holiday season, light displays may be one of the best. Whether seeing the illuminated sights is a longstanding family tradition or you’re looking for a new way to spread some cheer, these presentations should do the trick. 

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