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Mid-December 2014   Happenings Inside
IN Center City
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The next Center City District Restaurant Week is coming! From January 18-23 & 25-30, 2015, participating restaurants will offer three-course dinners for only $35 and three-course lunches for $20. The full list of restaurants is up at CenterCityPhila.org/RestaurantWeek. While on the site, you can also make easy online reservations through OpenTable and enter a contest to win 52 gift certificates from Center City restaurants. You can find out first about Center City District Restaurant Week news on Twitter: @PhilaRestWeek.

And remember- Gift certificates to Center City District Restaurant Week participants can make great holiday gifts!


December 16 & 17
Russian Romances

Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce Street

December 17, 19 & 20
The Philly POPS: Christmas Spectacular

The Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

December 19
Handel’s Messiah

Vox Ama Deus
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
1723 Race Street

December 20
FrostFest and Breakfast with Santa

Center City District
Sister Cities Park
18th and the Ben Franklin Parkway

Through December 21
A Christmas Carol

Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut Street

December 27-30
All-Star Days

Academy of Natural Sciences of
Drexel University
1900 Ben Franklin Parkway

Through December 28
Something Clicked in Philly:
David Lynch & His Contemporaries

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
118-128 North Broad Street

December 31
New Year’s Eve

The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

January 1
Free at the Kimmel Presents:
New Year’s Day Celebration!

The Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

Through January 4
Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th and the Ben Franklin Parkway

The Rothman Institute Ice Rink is open through the holidays with extended hours! Enjoy daily open skating or brush up on your skills with four-week Learn-to-Skate lessons on Sundays! Plus, it can be rented for parties and special events. Get regular and holiday hours, prices, rink rentals and group rates at DilworthPark.org/rothmanicerink/.

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Go Home for the Holidays at the Roxy Theater
The Philadelphia Film Society presents Home for the Holidays, a 12-day movie potluck highlighting some of your favorite holiday and cold weather films from the 1940s through today. The series features everything from heartwarming classics like Meet Me In St. Louis and The Muppet Christmas Carol to Trading Places and Bad Santa. And they’ve even got Love Actually, on a BYOWine night. Home for the Holidays is the perfect excuse to gather the kids, grandkids, in-laws, neighbors, or whomever you’d like to meet under the mistletoe and enjoy some cinematic cheer. Now through December 24. Go to Filmadelphia.org for a complete schedule.
PFS at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street, 267.239.2941, Filmadelphia.org

Story Time En Française
It’s never too early to hear French – parents and little ones are invited to join Sonia Robinson for Story Time at Alliance Française de Philadelphie. Recommended for children up to five years of age. December 22 at 10:30am. The cost is $5, to be paid directly to the Alliance.
Alliance Française de Philadelphie, 1420 Walnut Street, 215.735.5283, AFPhila.com

Christmas Eve with the Gershman Y
The Moo Shu Jew Show is back with comedy and Chinese food on Christmas Eve – the perfect Jewish combination! This moo-shuggena show features four of the country’s top Jewish comedians and a multi-course Chinese meal for an evening that will leave you with a belly full of laughs and good food! The festivities will be held at the Ocean Harbor Restaurant. $69 in advance, $80 at the door. Go to GershmanY.org for more information and to make reservations.
Moo Shu Jew Show, Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race Street, 215.545.4400, GershmanY.org

Being {___} at Christmas
Snowy. Jewish. Happy. Caring. Buddhist. Generous. Family. Creative. Friendly. Sparkly. Fill in your own blank and join the National Museum of Jewish American History for their annual day of family-friendly fun. Baby Loves Disco will be spinning tunes. You can get your hands dirty with The Clay Studio. Tickle your funny bone with comedy from The Great Holtzie. Pull up a carpet tile for Story Time. And laugh out loud with classic comedies: The Marx Brothers'Duck Soup and The Three Stooges in Playing the Ponies and A Plumbing We Will Go. December 25, 10am-5pm. Free with regular museum admission.
National Museum of Jewish American History, 101 South Independence Mall East, 215.923.3811, NMAJH.org

The Olde Bar opens in the Old Original Bookbinder’s
Shuttered since 2009, the Old Original Bookbinder’s seafood house was a Philadelphia mainstay in its heyday. Iron Chef Jose Garces and his team have re-imagined the space as The Olde Bar oyster house. The restaurant debuts on New Year's Eve with a party just a short trip from the waterfront, so you can see the fireworks over the Delaware River. The ticketed party includes a full open bar, a sumptuous buffet-style menu and live music from The York Street Hustle, a 10-piece soul and Motown band. Tickets, $195 per person, are available for purchase online. Then, in early January, The Olde Bar will open with regular operating hours Sunday to Thursday 4pm to midnight and Friday and Saturday, 4pm-1am. Seating will be walk-in only.
The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street, 215.253.3777, TheOldeBar.com

Happy Birthday Ben Franklin!
Celebrate Ben Franklin’s birthday month in January by joining a Colonial host for drinks, snacks, and authentic stories from Franklin’s era on a very special tour of three modern day watering holes and one Colonial tavern. Along the way, Dr. Franklin will join the tour to share stories, lighthearted toasts, and of course a drink. The Tippler’s Tour is Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s tavern tour, with drinks and snacks at each of four stops – Omni Hotel, National Mechanics, Victoria Free House, and City Tavern. The tour guide entertains guests with songs and stories of Colonial drinking traditions. Hear tales about how taverns were used as recruiting stations and how news of the day was discussed in the taverns. January 16, 17, 23 & 24, at 5:30pm.
Tippler's Tour, Departs from Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut Streets, 215.629.4026, HistoricPhiladelphia.org

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and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
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