The team at Rock On Philly, a website dedicated to Philadelphia's music scene, has decided to inject a little fun into February with a music event on the eve of National Bubblegum Day. On February 5, MilkBoy Philadelphia will host a great lineup of local artists, as well as audience giveaways from Velodyne Acoustics and Glee Gum. There will also be a specialty cocktail for the occasion served up by the MilkBoy staff. The event will be hosted by Rock On Philly's Jennifer Logue, with backing by the incomparable Human Drum Machine. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. More details at RockOnPhilly.com.
MilkBoy Philadelphia, 1100 Chestnut Street, 215.925.MILK, MilkboyPhilly.com
Ride the Love Train
On February 8, celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Mural Arts Program landmark Love Letter project, as well as marriage equality in Pennsylvania! Ride the Market Frankford El into West Philadelphia and tour the series of 50 rooftop murals that express a love letter from someone to their sweetheart, from an artist to his hometown, and from local residents to their neighborhood. For the very first time, a same-sex couple will be wed aboard the Love Train—a landmark moment in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ history! Following the tour, toast the newlyweds at a lively dessert reception at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Visit MuralArts.org/lovetrain2015 or call 215.925.3633, ext. 16. $35 per person, $60 per couple. Space is limited and tickets are nontransferable. Check in at 11:30am,
SEPTA Jefferson Station (formerly Market East Station). Tour leaves promptly at noon.
Mural Arts Program Love Letter Tour, SEPTA Jefferson Station,
Zombie Skate @ Dilworth Park
Skate with ghouls on the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park! Hosted by Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, the Zombie Skate will be a fun and spooky way to celebrate Friday the 13th. From 7-10pm, skate to spooky music from a live DJ and have your photo taken with a zombie.
Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, City Hall at 15th and Market Streets,
Sweetheart Skate @ Dilworth Park
Hit the ice with your Valentine on February 14 at the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. From 7-10pm, skate to love songs new and old, played by a live DJ. Guests will also receive a complimentary red flower and can have their pictures taken in the photo booth for a special rink souvenir.
Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, City Hall at 15th and Market Streets, 215.440.5500, DilworthPark.org
The Bellevue Philadelphia is launching a Valentine's Day contest, "Love Letters from the Bellevue." Couples have a chance to win various prizes valued at over $1,000, courtesy of the Bellevue. Prizes include: one-night stay at The Hyatt at the Bellevue; a Nicole Miller gift for each of you; a Bellevue Salon & Spa Luxury gift bag; Tiffany & Co's Elsa Peretti Collection Crystal Heart Dish; a book from author Ashley Coleman, Dear Love: A Love Letter to You; and more! Submit your Philadelphia love story online, and answer the following: How did you meet? How long have you been together? How did Philadelphia play a part in your love story? Submissions cannot be longer than one page and must include a photo of the couple. All submissions must be received by February 9 and sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Rush Tickets for Philadelphia 76ers
For the remainder of the Philadelphia 76ers home games on Friday and Saturday nights, students are invited to catch the action on the cheap thanks to a new Student Rush ticket program. Students can watch teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and more, for just $25 for lower level seats, and $15 for upper level seats. Discounted tickets are available online with the code SIXERSU. Students must present their student ID when picking up their tickets. Student Rush nights include $1 pretzel night and $1 hot dog night. Runs on select days through March 27.
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street, NBA.com/sixers
Intimate Dining @ a.kitchen
It’s getting personal at a.kitchen’s new Chef’s Counter Menu. So personal, in fact, that only 12 people a night can secure a spot at the marble counter overlooking the restaurant’s charcoal grill. For $60, that seat guarantees a several-course tasting menu that showcases the wondrous creations coming out of the grill. A joint collaboration between Chef Eli Kulp and Chef de Cuisine Jon Nodler, the Counter Menu is inspired by Japanese omakase — a seasonal improvisation that puts all the decision making in the chef’s hands.
a.kitchen, 135 South 18th Street, 215-825-7030. akitchenandbar.com