Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 2:06 PM
"Loop," a performance from Tangle Movement Arts opens on Thursday, Sept. 18. (Photo by Anne Saint Peter via Tangle Movement Arts)

If you’ve gotten your hands on a copy of this year’s Fringe Festival program guide, you know there’s no shortage of incredible performances to attend during this year’s festival, Sept. 5 through Sept. 21. (And if you haven’t — here you go.) Aside from the presented performances — including six world premieres — and free, late-night programming at FringeArts and La Peg, the festival highlights other creative corners of the city with their neighborhood festival shows.

Let us give you the details on just a few of them.

Based on everyday conflicts, Aleksandra Berczynski aims to answer life’s existential questions (you know, whether to act or not to act, to stay or to move on) in her mono-drama “Closure,” playing in Old City’s PII Gallery (242 Race St.) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, Saturday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 10.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12:19 PM
Table setting at window seat on first floor of Jerry's Bar, 129 W Laurel St., Northern Liberties. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer)

As if Labor Day weekend didn’t already give us enough reasons to indulge in great eats and beverages.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 7, eat and drink like kings and queens during these five food events.

When Yards Brewery, Weaver’s Way, and Jerry’s Bar (129 W Laurel St.) get together, no one is the third wheel as the three set up a special Farm to Bar dinner featuring fresh seasonal produce in dishes created by chef Matt Moon and sous chef Jim Pierce, all topped off with the perfect beer pairing. This four-course meal goes for $60 per person and includes crispy masa, New Jersey fluke, smoked chicken breast, and root beer floats. Vegan options are available. This event takes place in Northern Liberties on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 3:00 AM
Kids play with X-Rays during the opening of the new healthcare-related exhibit for children at Cooper at the Garden State Discovery Museum June 13, 2104. The exhibit was created in collaboration with Children's Regional Hospital. (Tom Gralish/Staff Photographer)

At least it’s a short work week, right?

For future doctors: The recently remodeled Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper exhibit at the Garden State Discovery Museum features an x-ray body puzzle, ambulance and more hands on qualities that’ll prepare the future life-savers of the world. The Cherry Hill, N.J. museum is open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

For an open house: Still on the fence about that dance class you’ve been debating on taking? Stop into Merge Dance Studio in Manayunk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to see their space, learn about classes and finally take the plunge and sign up for one.

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: 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, 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: 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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