Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 1:12 PM
BRU Craft & Wurst (1316 Chestnut St.) (photo courtesy of Aversa PR)

Black Friday isn’t just about getting that Kindle on a discounted price; it’s also about food and beverage deals too. Take a break from the crazy lines and bag handling and grab yourself a drink from one of these locations on Friday, Nov. 28. As if you didn’t party enough this week.

Black out (not literally, remember…pace yourself!) with Kraftwork (541 E. Girard Ave.) and Sidecar Bar (22nd Christian St.) as they offer a special Black Friday brunch themed around Thanksgiving leftovers. Not only can guests chow down on brunch items such as turkey sausage pot pie, biscuits and gravy, crispy mashed potatoes and country ham Benedict, but they can also wash down brunch with a special dark beer list featuring selected porters and stouts. Beer menus to each bar are different. Kraftwork opens at 10:30 a.m. and Sidecar opens at 9 a.m.

If you woke up at 5 a.m. to start your Black Friday shopping, by 10 a.m. all that running around may be calling for a much needed beverage. White Dog Café (200 W. Lancaster Ave.) opens its doors early and offers guests $4 mimosas, Bloody Marys, and red/white sangrias.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 12:36 PM
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Musicians Jesse F. Keeler (L) and Sebastien Grainger of Death From Above 1979 perform during Day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images)

This Thanksgiving season, we’re thankful for awesome bands.

Wednesday, November 26: Teen Men

Teen Men is the project of Spinto Band guitarists Nick Krill and Joe Hobson — plus visual artists Albert Birney and Catharine Maloney — who together craft zany, 3-dimensional pop known to inspire glee. Formed 3 years back (but really invigorated last year) Teen Men came together as a laidback side project and a chance to make “music without consequences” — and has managed to hold on to that motto since. Taking their name from a vintage Playboy ad — and their attitude from teen men across America — the foursome take a spontaneous approach to songwriting, melding visual art and music to create something multi-faceted and fun. Live, they incorporate projections, shadow puppets, props, and more — plus Krill’s trademark twee vocals, breezy guitars, and Birney and Maloney’s spacey keys. They play Boot & Saddle the night before Thanksgiving — in the band’s own words, come hang with old friends and “find out if the chick you liked sophomore year is pregnant and everything’s indelibly changed in your universe.”

POSTED: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 11:27 AM
"This Is the Week That Is" targets TV bloviators like Al Sharpton and Ann Coulter in one of the show's many musical sketches. (Mark Garvin photo)

Show all your visiting family members just how incredible Philly is for events and entertainment — that is unless you don’t want them to ever leave.

If rock history — as opposed to world history — was more your style in high school, Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29’s Not Just Rock Expo and All Things That Rock Festival will be a dream come true. With over 150 vendors selling rock memorabilia and other collectibles, live performances from Micky Dolenz, Romeo Delight, Octane and more, the expo will keep you busy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Ave., Oaks, Pa.).

Dig up details on dinos at the Academy of Natural Sciences’ (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) Dinosaur Days. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Nov. 30, see fossils, attend interactive shows, make crafts and more.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 3:00 AM
Kids can take a yoga class with Elmo at the Franklin Institute today. (Photo by Darryl W. Moran courtesy of the Franklin Institute)

Can you feel the love today?

For a furry exercise: Kids can stretch and bend alongside Elmo in a youth-friendly 30-minute yoga session at the Franklin Institute (222 N. 20th St.) starting at 11 a.m.

For a dining deal: Every Wednesday The Raven (385 W. Bridge St., New Hope, Pa.) offers a three-course prix fixe dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring a performance from musician Jessica DiDonato.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 3:53 PM
Dillon Francis performs at the Myspace Secret Shows at 2013 SXSW Presented by Chevrolet at the Copper Tank Events Center on March 15, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jason Kempin (Getty Images for Myspace)

Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday, Nov. 26) is considered one of the biggest drinking days of the year. That being said, almost every bar is throwing a party or will be packed to the door anyway. Here are some locations you can get your pre-Turkey Day festivities on.

The folks at American Sardine Bar (1800 Federal St.) have been slinging drinks and whipping up food for the past three years and invite you to party with them, because it is their birthday and who doesn’t like birthday parties? Starting at 5 p.m. enjoy a special menu created by the cooks, giveaways, live music, and great beer selection such as The Bruery Tart of Darkness, Firestone Walker Agrestic, and more ranging in draft and can.

Japanese tapas lounge and karaoke zone, Yakitori Boy (211 N. 11th St.) gets into the holiday spirit with beat-the-clock hourly specials with Stoli drinks, shot specials, and live music by DJ Vic during their Masquerade Party. The party starts at 5 p.m. 

POSTED: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 1:10 PM
Headhouse Square Shambles lights up their holiday tree on Sunday, Dec. 7. (Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District)

Things are about to get merry and bright. The season’s most beautifully adorned trees will get the switch flipped on within the coming weeks at these local lighting ceremonies. 

Adventure Aquarium (1 Riverside Dr., Camden, N.J.): Weekends from Friday, Nov. 28 through Thursday, Jan. 1 and Friday, Dec. 26 through Thursday, Jan 1, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster lights the aquarium’s tree at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day.

Sesame Place (100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, Pa.): Every half hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (and some nights until 8 p.m.), Sesame Street tunes and Christmas carols will blare around the park’s tree as the giant plant sparkles for visitors. The show runs on weekends in November and December (and Dec. 26-31), starting Friday, Nov. 28.

POSTED: Monday, November 24, 2014, 12:40 PM
A young parade watcher tries to catch confetti during the Thanksgiving day parade. November 28, 2013 ( RON TARVER / Staff Photographer )

What would Thanksgiving be without the traditional Thanksgiving Day Parade? Before you gorge in the year’s best meal, hit the parade route on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov 27, grab those hand warmers and take in the sights from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

The Route
The parade begins at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard towards 16th Street where it then turns left and then left again on Arch Street, followed by yet another left onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where it continues toward the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Thanksgiving Day Zone
Throughout the entirety of the parade, The Oval (at Eakins Oval on the Parkway) will welcome performers, live animals from the Philadelphia Zoo, a kids’ zone featuring activities from the Franklin Institute, and A.C. Moore, photo booth, Dunkin’ Donuts samples and more. 

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. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/

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