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Mid-January 2016     Happenings Inside
IN Center City
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The Bacon Brothers Benefit Concert for Phase I of the Viaduct Rail Park: Announcing New Opening Act
We are pleased to announce that Rob Grote of The Districts will play a solo opening act before The Bacon Brothers on February 4 at Union Transfer. The concert will support the construction of Phase I of the Viaduct Rail Park, a Center City District-managed project, carried out in partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the Friends of the Rail Park.

Phase 1 of the Viaduct Rail Park will turn a dilapidated quarter-mile portion of the former Reading Viaduct that runs from Broad Street southeast across 13th and 12th Streets to Callowhill Street into a vibrant green park with walking paths, landscaping, lighting, seating and gathering spaces. Proceeds from this special concert will benefit Phase I of the Park. VIP and General Admission tickets are available by clicking here.


Center City District Restaurant Week is here! Now through January 22 and 24-29, participating restaurants are offering three-course dinners for $35 and three-course lunches for $20. Restaurants, menus and reservations are all at CenterCityPhila.org/RestaurantWeek. While there, you can enter the contest for 52 gift certificates from Center City restaurants. PLUS: During Center City District Restaurant Week, show your Restaurant Week receipt at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink in Dilworth Park for $1 off admission. Skaters can also enter to win gift certificates from participating restaurants.

Wednesdays, through February
Center City District Sips and Skate

Rothman Institute Ice Rink
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street

Through February 6
The Hard Problem

Wilma Theater
265 South Broad Street

Through March 20
Art of the Zo: Textiles from
Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Avenue

January 20
Carmen – on the Big Screen

Philadelphia Film Society
The Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut Street

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January 23 & 26
L’amore dei tre re

Academy of Vocal Arts Opera Orchestra
The Kimmel Center
Broad and Spruce Streets

January 24
Family Arts Academy: Animal Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Historic Landmark Building
118 North Broad Street

January 26
College Back-to-School Night

Rothman Institute Ice Rink
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street

January 30-May 30
Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

February 1
In the Biz Night

Rothman Institute Ice Rink
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street

The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is open every single day on the west side of City Hall! Admission is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $5 for adults. Skate rental is $9. Plus, the Rothman Cabin is steps away from the rink with tasty food and drink from Rosa Blanca Café. The Rothman Institute Ice Rink is sponsored by Rothman Institute, PNC Bank, 6abc, and Temple University Center City. Visit DilworthPark.org/rothmanicerink for hours, events, rental information, and more.


Get Tickets Now: Rothman Rink Sweetheart Skate
Tickets are now on sale for the February 14 Sweetheart Skate at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink in Dilworth Park! From 7-11pm, take your sweetheart skating under the stars, right alongside historic City Hall. Admission is $20 per person and includes skate rental, complimentary hot chocolate, a flower for each couple and free photo keepsakes from the Lovers Photo Booth. While playing everyone’s favorite love songs, a live DJ will offer the opportunity to dedicate a song to your special someone. Sweetheart Skate is presented by Whole Foods Market. To buy tickets online, click here.
Rothman Institute Ice Rink, Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street, 215.983.1291, DilworthPark.org

The Rosenbach Museum Hands-On Tour

On January 22, come to The Rosenbach Museum for Hands-On Tour: The Growth of Stoker’s Dracula. Get up close and personal with Bram Stoker’s hand-written notes for the novel as Rosenbach staff discuss what it takes to create an enduring monster. Created especially for visitors who seek an in-depth and focused look at their collection, Hands-On Tours allow you unparalleled access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public.
The Rosenbach Museum, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, 215.732.1600, Rosenbach.org

ScrappleFest Awaits!
Come to the Reading Terminal Market on January 23 and celebrate all things scrapple at ScrappleFest! Sample scrapple from local producers; enjoy live music; and watch a panel of judges crown the best scrapple dish in the Reading Terminal Market.
Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, 215.922.2317, ReadingTerminalMarket.org

Sensory-Friendly Sunday at the Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute is proud to welcome families, adults and groups with members on the autism spectrum as well as other differing needs. On January 24, 8am-12:30pm, the featured activity is Terrific Trains. This is a morning to enjoy the museum in your own way and in your own time. All are welcome!
The Franklin Institute, 271 North 21st Street, 215.448.1200, FI.edu

One Book, One Philadelphia 2016
The Free Library presents the 14th year of One Book, One Philadelphia. The goal is to promote reading, literacy, and libraries, by encouraging the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier is the 2016 featured book. The program will be supplemented by two adult companion books and one opera. The Civil War, by Geoffrey Ward with Ric Burns and Ken Burns, will provide historical context. Twelve Years a Slave, a memoir by Solomon Northup, will shed light on the horrific reality of slavery. Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer’s opera Cold Mountain, premiering in Philadelphia during One Book’s February kickoff, will offer a gorgeous musical expression inspired by Charles Frazier’s novel. The program runs through March 30.
One Book, One Philadelphia, The Free Library, Various Locations, 215.686.5322, FreeLibrary.org

Winter Warm Up at the National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is having a Winter Warm Up sale through March 31. For just $10 (usually $14.50) and $5 for children ages 4-12 (usually $8), visitors can experience the Center’s main exhibitions, take in the live production of Freedom Rising before it closes for renovations, view a rare copy of the Bill of Rights in the Constituting Liberty exhibit, and discover how freedom of religion became a fundamental right in Religious Liberty and the Founding of America.
The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, 215.409.6600, ConstitutionCenter.org

Brought to you by the Center City District
and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
Public Ledger Building
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