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Apr 16 2014

Summer Blooms In Philadelphia With New Museum Exhibitions

Baseball, Brains, Birds & More Add Interesting Twists To The Season’s Exhibition Line-up

This summer’s to-do list just got a lot longer thanks to new exhibitions cropping up in museums throughout Philadelphia. The shows treat visitors to a wide array of unusual collections, rarely seen treasures and interactive discoveries. And come mid-June, The Franklin Institute opens the doors to its eagerly awaited Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, a 53,000-square-foot addition to the iconic institution featuring a dramatic new permanent exhibition on the inner workings of the human brain and two temporary exhibition galleries.

Here’s a look at some of the fun and powerful exhibitions popping up in Philly in summer 2014:

Animals &

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Apr 16 2014

Major Philadelphia Art Exhibitions

Spring 2014 & Beyond

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

  • His still life works are the most iconic and enduring in the field. The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne charts a thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s paintings and shows how he set the genre on a new course. The exhibit features 21 Cézanne masterpieces. The Barnes’ permanent collection contains 69 Cézannes, including 16 still lifes, all of which will be on display. June 22-September 22, 2014.
  • The first comprehensive survey of the painter in nearly half a century, William Glackens brings together 45 paintings and
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Apr 1 2014

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region April 2014 Through March 2015

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014 
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015

APRIL 2014

Through April 6, 2014
BEYOND THE PAINT: PHILADELPHIA’S MURAL ARTS.
In conjunction with the Mural Arts Program’s 30th anniversary in 2014, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) showcases the cumulative work of 30 years of community-engaged art-making in Philadelphia through archival and documentary material. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

Through April 12, 2014
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
At the Academy of Music, this spectacular

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Mar 27 2014

Hispanic Heritage Events Bloom In Philadelphia This Spring & Summer

Festivals, Live Entertainment & Exhibits Celebrate Hispanic Culture

No need to wait until Hispanic Heritage Month in September to celebrate Latino culture. Philadelphia recognizes the richness of Hispanic culture all year long with colorful festivals, pulsating music, powerful exhibitions and more.

Here’s a look at some of the happenings taking place this spring and summer:

Ongoing:

  • For almost two centuries, baseball has transcended cultural differences and united minority communities on their path to understanding American values. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, on view at the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores how America’s favorite pastime has helped immigrants from all backgrounds become part of the
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Mar 19 2014

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair or zombies taking over South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a weekend celebrating all things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill. Throughout the year, Philly’s neighborhoods make merry with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for 2014:

CENTER CITY

Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures,
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Mar 19 2014

Philadelphia Jazz Makes History & Sweet Sounds

Jazz Clubs, Live Performances, Jam Sessions & Special Events Make Philly A Year-Round Destination For Jazz Music

As the birthplace or temporary home of such noted jazz figures as Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Bessie Smith, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Philadelphia plays an important role in the history of the art form. But it’s not all about history. Concerts and events make the city a jazz hotspot even today. As acclaimed bassist Warren Oree said, “There’s another ‘Sound of Philadelphia’—the sound of Philadelphia’s jazz.” Here’s where people can hear it all year long:

Festivals & Events:

  • The third annual Center City Jazz Festival, which celebrates the past, present and future of jazz in Philadelphia, is
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Mar 10 2014

What's In The Callowhill Neighborhood?

Food, Drinks, Culture, Shops, Galleries & Nightlife In Philadelphia's Callowhill Neighborhood

Dubbed the “Loft District” by real estate developers and “The Eraser ’Hood” by locals referencing the once-dark landscape that inspired former resident David Lynch’s cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something in between these two extremes. The stylish-yet-still-transforming neighborhood attracts both young professionals who enjoy its high-end condos and close proximity to Center City and artists looking for affordable-yet-expansive studio and gallery spaces. It’s a formerly industrial neighborhood that charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and the kind of hidden cultural gems that intrigue visitors and residents alike.

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Feb 27 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Gay-friendly Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at visitphilly.com/overnight.

Here are

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Feb 14 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at visitphilly.com/overnight.

Here are

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Feb 14 2014

What's In The Northern Liberties Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In Northern Liberties

Once considered Philadelphia’s favorite up-and-coming neighborhood, Northern Liberties has officially arrived, evidenced by the international restaurants, respected gastropubs and trendy boutiques—all this while maintaining the artistic vibe that made it so cool in the first place.

The warehouses that populate the former manufacturing district found new life as condos, galleries, stores and restaurants, and along with newly designed buildings, the area enjoys a pleasant mix of older functional and modern design. Two shopping/dining/art/entertainment plazas helped make Northern Liberties an accessible and thriving area: Liberties Walk and The Piazza at Schmidts.

The neighborhood lies north of Old City, and its borders

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Feb 11 2014

What's In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods?

Restaurant, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods

For years, insiders have flocked to South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, creating a sort of renaissance for the thoroughfare itself. Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and sushi fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this street famous—not to mention the two across-the-street cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks. Generally, the area known as East

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Feb 3 2014

Rocky's Legendary Philly Weekend

Inspired By Rocky’s Arrival On Broadway...Oh, And Six Rocky Films

LOCATION: Center City, South Philadelphia and East Falls

TRANSPORTATION: On foot or by trolley, taxi or car

DURATION: Two nights and two days

After captivating the hearts of millions of film fans, Rocky Balboa is about to score a TKO on Broadway. The musical production of Rocky das Musical delighted critics in Hamburg, Germany, and now it’s crossing the Atlantic, bringing the fictional character who is so synonymous with Philadelphia to New York City. The stage production closely follows the original movie plot, inspiring fans to explore the boxer’s beloved city of Philadelphia. Here’s a two-day, two night itinerary that

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Feb 3 2014

Many Of Philly's Finest Attractions Are Free–Or Almost

Places To Go & Things To Do For Visitors On A Budget

When it comes to visiting Philadelphia, some of the best things to see and do are free—or close to it. For families and budget-conscious travelers eager to explore the region, that’s great news. Check out the city’s many low-cost or no-cost attractions, including historic Independence Hall, student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, the high-tech production line of Herr’s Potato Chip Factory and the always-colorful Mummers Museum.

Historical Sites:

  • Snuggled behind the east wing of Independence Hall is Philosophical Hall, a brick building erected in the late 1780s that was the nation’s first museum, national library and academy
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Jan 31 2014

New Look, New Features For Two Major Philadelphia Attractions

Franklin Institute & Philadelphia Zoo Complete Major Renovations In Time For Summer Season

Two of Philadelphia’s most popular attractions, The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Zoo, are undergoing massive renovations and will unveil dramatic new looks just in time for the busy summer travel season.

Philadelphia’s big cats will soon have an overhead outdoor trail system at the Philadelphia Zoo. When the see-through mesh trail system, called Big Cat Crossing, is complete in April 2014, visitors will be able to see lions, tigers, jaguars and other large felines roam 14-feet above the ground of America’s first zoo. This innovative, first-in-the-world campus-wide trail system, designed for a wide variety of species, is revolutionizing the

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Jan 27 2014

What's In The Fairmount and Spring Garden Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The Fairmount & Spring Garden Neighborhoods

Just near the renowned institutions that line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often lumped together and dubbed the “Art Museum area,” but the personalities of these laid-back districts separate them from nearby Center City.

Fairmount easily stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. Despite its proximity to downtown, the residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to the friendly residents and atmosphere. What to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-attraction. Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and the better-known Fairmount, Spring Garden distinguishes itself

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Jan 24 2014

What's In The Society Hill Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Entertainment, History & Parks In Philadelphia's Society Hill

With its cobblestone streets and original 18th- and 19th-century buildings that line the streets from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Walnut to Lombard Streets, Philadelphia’s quaint Society Hill neighborhood remains as picture-perfect today as it was hundreds of years ago. Its proximity to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Independence Visitor Center make it hard for visitors and locals to resist the appeal of walking the same streets the nation’s founders once strolled.

Following an era when the neighborhood was home to a number of luminaries—Samuel Powel, the first mayor of the

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Jan 23 2014

Philly Celebrates Black History Month

Exhibitions, Performances and Special Program Highlight A Month of Activities

Since Philadelphia’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping the city’s personality. This February, Philadelphia celebrates that heritage and Black History Month with special events, exhibitions, film screenings and other activities. Visitors can join members of the esteemed Tiberino family of artists on guided tours of The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, catch the Tony Award®-winning classic Porgy and Bess at the Academy of Music or explore the path to Civil Rights at the National Constitution Center.

Here are some highlights of Philadelphia’s Black

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Jan 23 2014

Philadelphia's 2014 Visual Arts Calendar

City’s Art Scene Makes Every Day Colorful

Philadelphia’s vast and vibrant art scene boasts daily, weekly, monthly and annual events that keep the culture calendar packed. Here are some of the recurring events making Philly a year-round visual arts destination:

Tour Time:

  • The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program offers a variety of tours of the city’s more than 3,600 indoor and outdoor murals. People see the city’s colorful walls during a guided walking tour of Center City, trolley tours through diverse neighborhoods and the Love Letter tour, which uses the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line as its mode of transportation—just to name a few. Most tours depart
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Jan 16 2014

Quirky Events In Philadelphia

Gay Bingo, Bad Movies, Racing Grandpas & Other Zany Events Make Philly Fun All Year Long

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Philadelphia gained an international reputation for being a pretty quirky place, thanks to an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked Bell. It seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:

January-February:

  • The perpetually sold-out SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl 21 pits amateur speed eaters against one another in a race to see who can gobble the most chicken wings
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Jan 15 2014

Live And Loud: Philly Music Never Sounded So Good

In Venues Large & Small, Musicians Of All Genres Entertain Audiences As Diverse As The Music

With dozens of venues cultivating and showcasing live music throughout Philadelphia, it’s no wonder that Jay-Z chose Philadelphia as the location for his two-day Made In America music festival in summer 2012 and 2013. The city has played host to major music festivals in the past, including Live Aid in 1985 and Live 8 in 2005. And it has produced major artists such as Chubby Checker, Hall & Oates and Patti LaBelle, and more recently, The Roots, Will Smith, Pink, Circa Survive, The Dead Milkmen, Chill Moody and Kurt Vile. Here’s a look at where these musicians are getting their

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