Tuesday, March 31, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 3:00 AM
"Dirty Dancing" at the Academy of Music, a musical based on the hit 1987 movie, stars Jillian Mueller and Samuel Pergande. (Matthew Murphy)

The first Tuesday of spring is proving to be quite rewarding.

For a look at addiction: Science has proven drugs’ ability to affect how the brain behaves. However, what happens before any usage occurs? Top addiction research professionals from Temple University will speak on an individual’s propensity for addiction at the Franklin Institute (222 N. 20th St.) at 7 p.m.

For zen: Take on some meditation and battle creeping stressors and negative thoughts at 7 p.m. with this Mindfulness Meetup at Baked Sunless Tanning (815 S. 4th St.).

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 1:26 PM
Local actors UArts students and alumni prepare a scene during rehearsals for "The Total Bent" which will be performed on March 28 as part of the Polyphone Festival. (Courtesy photo)

As if things weren’t thrifty enough with Five Dollar Comedy Week (through Sunday, March 29), you’re in for another performance score with the Polyphone Festival, University of the Arts’ five-day festival of five musicals for only $5.

Pairing UArts students and alumni with local and national theater professionals, the festival brings both new and classic material to the Merriam Theater (250 S. Broad St.) stage for five 7:30 p.m. performances — one a night — from Tuesday, March 24 through Saturday, March 28

First up on Tuesday, March 24, is the story of how a pie to the face became the impetus for Anita Bryant’s destiny for gay rights championing in the musical “Pied!

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 11:00 AM
Wyebrook Farm (150 Wyebrook Rd) photo by Jason Varney

It’s a great food week in Philadelphia. For one thing, Philadelphia Wine Week is upon us. Aside from the fermented grape events, this week includes new brunch offerings from Palladino’s and Top of the Tower, as well as a bar crawl in Fairmount.

For those who love farm-to-table, Wednesday, March 25, Wyebrook Farm (150 Wyebrook Rd.) in Honeybrook will debut restaurant offerings at 11 a.m. from farmer Dean Carlson and newly appointed chef, Andrew Wood of Russet Restaurant (1521 Spruce St.). What should you expect? Guests will enjoy in-season options made daily and priced anywhere from $8-30. Find out more information from Philly.com’s Michael Klein.

On Thursday, March 26 join Yards’ Tom Kehoe and the Philly Beer Week Crew for the inaugural #HOGTour. Although PBW 2015 doesn’t officially start until Friday, May 29 there’s no harm in starting things a wee bit early. The pub crawl will begin at London Grill (2301 Fairmount Ave.), and make its way to Urban Saloon (2120 Fairmount Ave.), The Belgian Café (2047 Green St.), and the Kite and Key (1836 Callowhill St.). All the fun starts at 6 p.m. and of course, the beloved Hammer of Glory will be in attendance.

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 3:00 AM
New Century Trust. (Photo via Facebook)

Like finding five pennies on heads.

For a deal: In honor of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) founding, the museum is offering pay-what-you-wish admission from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For dinner: Can’t get any better than wine and pizza, right? Try unique and lesser-known wines paired with wood-fired pizzas at Revolution House (200 Market St.) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

POSTED: Sunday, March 22, 2015, 3:00 AM
Alexis Onassis waves a Greek flag at the Philadelphia Greek Day Parade. MARCH 18, 2012. ( KATE McCANN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

Today’s highlights.

For families: As a part of the kickoff of the Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market St.), families are invited for a cookie-making demonstration, live music and a visit from wellness author and filmmaker Joe Cross (you might’ve seen him in the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead). Activities begin at 1 p.m. 

For a colonial treat: Watch beer and bread get made in 18th century fashion at Pennsbury Manor (400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

POSTED: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 3:00 AM
On the menu at the American Swedish Historical Museum? Waffles. (iStockphoto)

Almost as good as chocolate.

For breakfast: Waffles are on the menu today at the American Swedish Historical Museum (1900 Pattison Ave.) in honor of a late-March tradition. Get the back-story on why the tasty breakfast food is served over a spread of waffles, whipped cream, jam and coffee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For mummies: Become experts (or close enough) in reading and writing ancient hieroglyphics, learn about the mummification process, take tours of the Penn Museum (3260 South St.), walk like an Egyptian through dance classes and more at the museum’s all-day Egyptomania! event, running from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

POSTED: Friday, March 20, 2015, 3:58 PM
Caitlin Feeney and Andrew Jeffrey Wright perform Pluppets at The Bit Show (photo courtesy of Kate Banford)

If you thought $5 could only get you a Citywide Special, think again.

Five Dollar Comedy Week returns to Philadelphia on Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29 and includes 30 shows. The series will take place at the Plays & Players Theater (1714 Delancey St.).

Shake off those winter blues with some of these comic skits and workshops.

POSTED: Friday, March 20, 2015, 12:01 PM
The Garden State Film Festival returns this weekend. (iStock Photo)

Back again for the second year in Atlantic City is the 13th annual Garden State Film Festival, showcasing hundreds of independently produced movies of all lengths and genres through screenings, parties and panels. Running Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22, the festival is filled with plenty to see and do.

Live it up
Start the weekend on Friday, March 20 with a cocktail party at 7 p.m. at Resorts Casino Hotel (1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City) with a live band, book signing with author Marc Wortman, and a screening of As the Crow Flies, the story of bootleggers on a mission to transport stolen money through the mountains.

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