Nov. 17, 2016
Chipotle to offer freebies at grand opening
Chipotle Mexican Grill will open underneath The Summit Nov. 18, giving its first 25 customers of the day one entree, drink, and order of chips and guacamole for free.
Nov. 7, 2014
Students sample Carla Hall’s new menu items
Celebrity chef Carla Hall made her second appearance on Drexel’s campus Nov. 5 as she and the team of students from the Center for Hospitality and Sports Management ran a food truck right outside of the Daskalakis Athletic Center during the pep rally. The pink-bandana-clad team was cooking up signature menu items from Hall’s Southern Kitchen: hot fried chicken, mac ’n’ cheese, braised collard greens and pickled green tomatoes. All the food was free, and the line never totally disappeared until the food ran out. The event was an attempt to get the community involved while students practiced cooking sizable quantities of these core dishes for large crowds.
Mar. 16, 2012
Philadelphia Theatre Company hosts [email protected] Festival
March 11 concluded the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s [email protected] Festival at the beautiful Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The two-week festival celebrates the importance of development in theatrical works. The first week of the festival kicked off Feb. 29 with “Philly Reality,” a product of the PTC education department. The monologue show is produced and created by students of PTC’s ActOut Saturday theater program with the help of teaching artists who are working professionals who teach their craft to youth all around the city. In homage to PTC’s production of “The Scottsboro Boys,” this year’s Philly Reality was developed around the theme of the Civil Rights movement, particularly, in Philadelphia.
Mar. 9, 2012
What’s Happening in Philly
Comedy Cabaret “Let’s Pretend We’re Famous” Philadelphia’s most comedic character couple, Jennifer Childs and Tony Braithwaite, return to the stage for a limited-engagement run of their newest comedy cabaret, “Let’s Pretend We’re Famous.” A trip down the red carpet featuring classic and original material, Childs and Braithwaite try on the high life for an evening of double-act antics (and a knockout Garland and Rooney medley)! For fans of “Let’s Pretend We’re Married,” 1812 Productions gives a hilarious first show of the season. Plays and Players Theater at 1714 Delancey St. Tuesday, March 6-25 Tickets: $20-$36 www.1812productions.org Leah Stein Dance Co. celebrates 10 years Philadelphia Dance Projects honors a landmark year for a movement pioneer with “Leah Stein Dance Co.’s 10th Anniversary,” an expansive program that reflects on the company’s past and contemplates the road ahead through duet and small-group works. During each performance, Philadelphia choreographer Leah Stein will walk audiences through her ever-contemplative body of work, from introspective site-inspired dances to bold collaborations. “This is an artist who is important to know,” Philadelphia Dance Projects executive director Terry Fox said. “Leah has paved the way for site-specific work and has forged new territory in the way she creates structures in her dances. Philadelphia Dance Projects’ mission is to give context to contemporary dance as an evolving form. This program shows the history of an artist with a particular style and virtuosity that we felt was important to examine and allows audiences to see the common threads throughout her works. It’s about getting close to the mover — watching logic and inspiration happen and getting inside the heart of it.” Thematically, “Leah Stein Dance Company’s 10th Anniversary,” an evening of six dances, focuses not only on Stein’s individual path but how she has shared it with her fellow dancers and collaborators over the past decade. These works, from serene and simple to brash and bombastic, also showcase Stein’s cherished relationship with the world around her. The choreographer, whose mission is to connect people, culture and physical environment, is well known for forging the territory of site-specific dance in Philadelphia, yet her connection to nature runs deeper than the spaces her dances have inhabited. This program incorporates many elements of the natural world, from the muscular, pulsing water of “Hull” to the weightlessness of “Kite.” Stein’s dances explore how we interact with our environment and how nature can enliven urban spaces. The Performance Garage at 1515 Brandywine St. Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11 Tickets: $20-$25 www.philadanceprojects.org Pennsylvania Ballet Presents “Messiah” Pennsylvania Ballet presents choreographer Robert Weiss’ “Messiah,” set to the universally popular score by George Frideric Handel and featuring The Philadelphia Singers. “Messiah” carries a special connection to Pennsylvania Ballet, as its choreographer is the company’s former artistic director. In this ballet, Weiss employs more than 50 individual scenes to convey an emotional spectrum of joy, suffering, passion and redemption. “Messiah” opens with a full choir onstage in a skeletal abstraction of a church. With sun streaming through the bare windows, dancers take the stage in a vivid, moving interpretation of this epic libretto, featuring stunning sets and costumes. The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra is accompanied by The Philadelphia Singers. Soloists include Suzanne Ramo, soprano; Jamie Van Eyck, mezzo soprano; Steve Sanders, tenor; and Levi Hernandez, bass. The Academy of Music at 240 S. Broad St. March 8-17 Tickets: $20-$140; $15 student rush tickets available one hour before the show www.paballet.org Arden Theatre presents “Cyrano” Arden Theatre Co. 2011-12 mainstage season continues with Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano” in a new version translated by Michael Hollinger, co-adapted with director Aaron Posner. This classic French love story reimagined for an American audience lets audiences discover if Roxane will fall for Christian’s dashing looks or Cyrano’s daring poetry in this passionate romance full of wordplay and swordplay that’s been an inspiration to writers and lovers for centuries. “Cyrano” marks Hollinger’s first full-scale translation, for which he used his fluency in French to develop the play with Posner’s lean and athletic directorial style in mind. Hollinger has premiered seven plays at the Arden, including three Barrymore Award winners for Outstanding New Play: “Opus” (one of American Theatre’s Top 10 most produced plays in 2009), “Ghost-Writer” and “Red Herring,” performed by the Drexel Players in winter 2009. Arden Theatre Co. at 40 N. 2nd St. Thursday, March 8 through April 15 Tickets: $29-$45; $5 student rush five minutes before showtime www.ardentheatre.org Craft Beer Express The concept behind the Craft Beer Express is simple: a handful of Philly bar owners wanted to share their love of beer with people who appreciate a fine brew as much as they do. What better way than a pub crawl? The Craft Beer Express collaborated to create a crawl that would attract a knowledgeable audience who has a passion for quality beers and in-depth tasting events. Tickets are available online up until the day of the event, and bus routes are added for patron transportation. Participating bars include: Kraftwerk, Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap, Bishop’s Collar, The Sidecar, Pub on Passyunk East, Brauhaus Schmitz and Race Street Cafe. Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: $10 www.craftbeerexpress.com
Mar. 2, 2012
What’s Happening in Philly
Monday, March 5: The inaugural announcement of The Terrence McNally New Play Award — Michael Hollinger’s “Hope and Gravity,” followed by a champagne reception.
Feb. 10, 2012
Remembering the life of J Dilla
Six years ago the hip-hop community lost one of the greatest and most talented producers music has ever seen. James “J Dilla” Yancey passed away Feb. 10, 2006, from a blood disease called TTP.
Jul. 1, 2011
What’s Happening in Philly
Superheroes Who Are Patriotic! Save The Day Productions signature series, Superheroes Who Are Super! delivers word-for-word staged readings of comic books that at once celebrate and parody the soap operatic qualities of classic comics. Each performance runs approximately one hour and features comic books brought to life with the best in low budget costumes and special effects, witty word play and absurd physical hijinks alike. Performances include: Captain America Comics #1, “Meet Captain America,” Journey Into Mystery #83, “Introducing… The Mighty Thor!” and Marvel Treasury Special, “Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles.” Since its inception in 2007 by creator Daniel Student, Superheroes Who Are Super! has performed to sold out audiences of regular theater goers and comic book aficionados alike at its Philadelphia home, Plays & Players Theatre, including a run in the 2009 and 2010 Philly Fringe. Additionally, Super Heroes Who Are Super! performed at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC in July, 2010 and is a regular at Atomic Comics on South Street. Plays & Players Mainstage, 1714 Delancey Place Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 2 at 2 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 at door www.savethedayproductions.org Annual Indie Film Series The South Street Headhouse District’s Annual Indie Film Series goes through a time warp on July 6 with a showing of the ‘70s cult classic, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” After their car breaks down during a long journey, a young couple seeks shelter in the quirky castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, where hijinks and dance routines ensue. Attendees are encouraged to don their most eccentric attire in tribute to the film’s outrageous apparel. The guest with the best costume in the crowd will be awarded a fantastic prize from one of the District businesses. Wednesday’s showing will be hosted by Scott Johnson, otherwise known as Count Scotchula and leader of Philadelphia’s own Rocky Horror troupe, which has been actively performing in the area for ten years. Be sure to come out and join Johnson and his troupe for an exciting evening of corsets, fishnets and, of course, the “Time Warp”! The Indie Films Series is an annual summer event for the South Street Headhouse District. The series, which kicked off June 15 and will run until August 31, features independent films and special guest introduction each week. The series highlights local filmmakers, wardrobe stylists, make-up artists and more. Headhouse Square at 2nd and Pine Sts. Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. www.southstreet.com 17th Annual QFest Scheming Philadelphia go-go boys, ABBA-singing drag queens, and kids who try to rid their mothers of their lesbian ways – needless to say, QFest is BACK! Running July 7, 2011 to July 18, 2011, they’re bringing the funny, while tackling the issues of religion, politics, gay rights and marriage. And with a healthy dose of parties (someone mention a men’s swimsuit fashion show?), there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy. The 17th edition of QFest kicks off with two Opening Night Features: The Philadelphia Premiere of “Judas Kiss” and the Sundance hit “CoDependent Alien Lesbian Same.” “Judas Kiss” tells the story of a washed-up filmmaker who travels back in time and meets his college-aged self. Featuring 2006 QFest Rising Star Charlie David and the 2011 QFest Rising Star Award recipient Sean Paul Lockart, “Judas Kiss” screens at 7:15 p.m. at the Ritz East Theatre 1. Immediately following the film, Director J.T. Tepnapa, Charlie David and Sean Paul Lockart will host a Q&A. If a time-traveling gay man isn’t your thing, maybe space-traveling lesbians are, as the co-Opening Night feature is “CoDependent Alien Lesbian Same” screening – a hilarious first date film that takes three tall, bald, lesbian space aliens and drops them on planet Earth (New York) with the critical mission to break a few hearts and overcome ‘big feelings’ – screening at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz East Theatre 2. With the film comes the opportunity to dress space-tastic and to meet actress Lisa Haas and producer Laura Terruso immediately following the film. Following is a an opening night party at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, and then of course, 11 more days of LGBT cinema goodness. At participating theaters Single tickets to regular screenings: $10 www.qfest.com “Giselle in 3D” – One Day Only! Continuing its mission to offer groundbreaking in-theater events of all types, NCM Fathom presents “Giselle in 3D,” the world’s first 3-D ballet to be shown with RealD 3D technology. Pre-recorded at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, “Giselle in 3D” captures the beauty and movement of a world-class performance in a new and multi-dimensional way, offering cinema audiences a ‘best seat in the house’ experience from anywhere in their local theater. At participating theaters Tuesday, July 12 at noon and 7:30 p.m. www.fathomevents.com Cocktails and Comedies The National Museum of American Jewish History will present three classic American comedies on three Tuesday nights in July featuring Jewish comedians and filmmakers. The new “Cocktails and Comedies” summer film series will include a cocktail reception on the Museum’s 5th floor terrace, which offers a view of Independence Mall not available anywhere else. The films and the dates they will be screened are: “The Producers,” Tuesday, July 12; “Annie Hall,” Tuesday, July 19; and “The Princess Bride,” Tuesday, July 26. All films begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by cocktails at 6 p.m. on the Museum’s Robbi and Bruce Toll Terrace overlooking Independence Mall. The National Museum of American Jewish History at 5th and Market Sts. Tuesday, July 12, 19 and 26 at 7 p.m. $15 for films and cocktails; series package is $36 www.nmajh.org/filmseries Secret Cinema Summer Screenings The Secret Cinema is excited to announce its latest three screenings, happening in a succession of Wednesday evenings in July and August at the Institute of Contemporary Art, in the heart of University City. The films will focus on a variety of summery and artful concerns, and will take place on the ICA’s delightful rooftop patio (weather permitting – otherwise, the screenings will be moved to ICA’s indoor auditorium). After two themed Secret Cinema programs of short films, they will collaborate with ICA on a special multi-media party celebrating ICA’s current gallery exhibition “That’s How We Escaped: Reflections on Warhol,” complete with live music and film projections. As always with Secret Cinema events, all of the films will be shown using 16mm film (not video) projected on a giant screen. July 13’s screening will present “Summer Means Fun!” This unique program of long-unseen newsreels, educational films, comedy shorts, and cartoons focuses on assorted aspects of summertime recreation: surfing, swimming, camping, fishing, the rodeo and more, as seen by classrooms and moviegoers of the past. Highlights include “New England Holiday” (1947), “Swim Parade” (1949), “Helter Swelter” (1950), “Skaterdater” (1966), “How Do They Make Surfboards?” (1970)… plus Shemp Howard in “Boobs In The Woods” (1940)! Institute of Contemporary Art at 118 South 36th Street Wednesday, July 13 at 9:00 p.m. Admission: $7 www.thesecretcinema.com University City Dining Days University City Dining Days sizzles for two weeks this summer! Twenty-nine of University City’s most popular dining destinations – including newcomers Biba Wine Bar, Baby Blues BBQ and JG Domestic – are now preparing for University City Dining Days which will take place Thursday, July 14 to Thursday, July 28. Participating restaurants will offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $30. For the full list of participating restaurants, visit www.ucdiningdays.com.