Moonshine and Valentines at the National Constitution Center
Channel your inner Roxie Hart or Billy Flynn at our edgy yet glamorous Valentine’s Day extravaganza, featuring live music by the Boilermaker Jazz Band and cabaret performances from the musical “Chicago” by award-winning Philadelphia actors. Strike a pose on the red carpet before exploring the must-see exhibition “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.” Sweethearts and singles alike will enjoy a sinfully decadent menu, exquisite whiskey cocktails, and beer by Philly’s own Yards Brewing Co., including their popular Brawler and sought-after Love Stout.
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
Thursday, Feb. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers
1812 Productions presents “To Fool The Eye”
Have a few laughs with “To Fool The Eye,” the latest work of 1812 Productions. Like a fairy tale heroine, Amanda, a poor hatmaker from Paris, is summoned to a chateau by an eccentric duchess. She has but one task: to make the duchess’ forlorn nephew forget about the death of his great love — the divine Leocadia. But Amanda soon finds she isn’t the only one playing a part, as, from every corner, layers of reality literally fall away to reveal that the trick of true love is no trick at all.
“To Fool The Eye” is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Jean Anouilh’s “Leocadia.” The play is presented in collaboration with Drexel University’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project.
Mandell Theater, 3201 Chestnut St.
Feb. 14 through March 3
“Drawn To Dinosaurs” at the Academy of Natural Sciences
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was the first in the world to create a mounted dinosaur skeleton for display, and to this day the Academy is known as “the dinosaur museum.” “Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus foulkii” is an intimate exhibit that reveals the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. The centerpiece is a full cast of the plant-eating duckbill dinosaur, Hadrosaurus foulkii, discovered in 1858 in Haddonfield, N.J., by an Academy member and later reconstructed by artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins based on Academy research.
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Now through June 9
Cost: Free with museum admission
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at the Kimmel Center
Join the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra as it presents the first of two concerts at the Kimmel Center in celebration of its 73rd anniversary season. Led by Maestro Louis Scaglione, PYO will perform Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, a work that profoundly exudes Slavonic dance and celebration yet seems to weep with joy and melancholy. Gloria de Pasquale, distinguished cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, will join PYO in a performance of one of the most popular concerti of Franz Joseph Haydn. The orchestra will then perform Bruckner’s “Romantic” symphony, his Symphony No. 4, which represents one of Bruckner’s most profound symphonic masterpieces.
Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
Sunday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Manayunk On Ice
The Manayunk business district kicks off the 2013 Valentine’s Day weekend with the return of the only extreme ice carving invitational in the region! Shrug off the winter blues and attend for three days of live carvings and winter fun for the whole family at Manayunk On Ice.
The frozen, love-inspired weekend will begin with ice being set ablaze at the opening Ice Bonfire. Then, throughout the weekend, master ice carvers will carve large ice sculptures live on Main Street, Fear No Ice will perform a theatrical ice carving show for visitors, and ice carving battles will put two ice carvers up against each other to battle it out for the title of best ice sculpture carved in just 30 minutes! Visitors can watch the live ice carving performances and also stroll the street and see 30 one-of-a-kind commissioned ice sculptures for Manayunk businesses.
Main Street, Manayunk
Feb. 8-10, various times