Philly Celebrates Jazz — the city’s celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month — returns this April with live performances, special talks, film screenings and workshops at venues across the city. Highlights this week include a free screening at The Rotunda of A Tuba to Cuba, a documentary about New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band and their journey to Cuba to learn about their musical roots (Thursday); a jazz performance by Roxi Fab and Shekhinah B. at the John Anderson Cultural Center (Friday); and performances nearly every evening at Chris’ Jazz Cafe (Monday-Saturday).
When:Varies by event
Where:Various locations including Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom Street
Cost:Varies by event
More than a dozen restaurants in Media, a town located 12 miles west of Philadelphia in Delaware County, serve diners three- or four-course meals with a side of delicious discounts through Friday during Media Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants include Azie, Dos Gringos, Iron Hill Brewery and Lotus Farm to Table.
When:Through Friday, April 12
Where:Various locations including Azie, 217 W. State Street, Media
Cost:$25-$45 (+ tax, alcohol and gratuity)
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia continues through Sunday — while the city’s cherry blossoms are expected to be in peak bloom! — to honor Philadelphia’s traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural connections. Awesome events to look out for this week include an amateur sushi-making competition (Thursday); a performance by Taiko artist Kaoru Watanabe (Friday); and Sakura Sunday, the fest’s grand finale. Taking place at Fairmount Park Horticulture Center beneath the flowering sakura (Japanese cherry trees), Sakura Sunday features live music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, a cosplay showcase and loads more.
When:Through Sunday, April 14
Where:Various locations including Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne and Horticultural drives
Cost:Varies by event
The Kimmel Center’s free monthly jam session La NOCHE kick starts the week with a night of scintillating Latin sounds and dancing. At this installment, Canadian Afro-Cuban post-rock band Battle of Santiago gets crowds moving following the La NOCHE band’s always-entertaining set.
When:Monday, April 8, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
The seemingly unstoppable Philadelphia Phillies host the Washington Nationals — Bryce Harper’s former squad — for a series of games at beautiful Citizens Bank Park this week. Ballpark snack enthusiasts, take note: The first Dollar Dog Night of the season is Tuesday!
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Big names performing in Philly this week include Justin Timberlake (Tuesday), Chelsea Handler (Friday) and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton (Saturday). Plus, folks attending any Live Nation Philadelphia show at The Fillmore, The Met or the Wells Fargo Center can amplify their show-going experience by booking the Visit Philly Live Nation Hotel Package. The package features $230 in free concert-enhancing perks, including free venue parking, free food and drink vouchers, a late hotel checkout and more.
When:April 9, 12 & 13
Where:Various locations including the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event
Broadway Philadelphia brings the classic story of Anastasia to the Academy of Music stage this week. The musical — based on the book (and movie) of the same name — tells the legend of Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia and her discovery of her mysterious past.
Former Top Chef star Kwame Onwuachi comes to the Parkway Central Library on Wednesday to discuss his recently published memoir, Notes from a Young Black Chef. Currently the executive chef at Kith and Kin in Washington, D.C., the 29-year-old culinary talent is a finalist for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation. This author event is free and open to the public.
When:Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
#HereTheyCome! The Philadelphia 76ers, led by 2019 All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, hope to finish off their stellar regular season with a win on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. Then — cue the citywide excitement (and anxiety) — it’s on to the first-round of the NBA playoffs, which begin on Saturday.
When:Last regular-season game: Wednesday, April 10; NBA Playoffs begin Saturday, April 13
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event
Pride & Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical tells the love story of the famed Motown pioneer and his wife, Anna Gordy Gaye. Set in the 1960s, the musical features 28 songs from the Motown catalog and includes some of Gaye’s biggest hits.
Great news: Art Star, the handmade craft boutique and art gallery that calls Northern Liberties home, is opening a second shop inside The Bourse Food Hall! Similar to its flagship shop, the space inside The Bourse will carry a range of handmade goods from national and local artists. Guests are invited to celebrate the opening — and shop! — at The Bourse on Thursday.
When:Thursday, April 11, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Bourse Food Hall, 111 S. Independence Mall East
Part of The Academy of Natural Sciences’ Door 19 event series, this James Bond-themed scientific soiree invites daring guests to meet some of nature’s deadly assassins in person, explore the off-limits ornithology (birds!) and malacology (mollusks!) collections with experts, play spy-movie trivia and more. Guests can also enjoy drinks from an open bar and bites from 12th Street Catering all evening.
When:Thursday, April 11, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$85, public; $65, members and Drexel alumni
The Rosenbach dives deep into its collection of 20th-century queer writings and artwork at this hands-on tour. Featured on this tour: a love letter penned by Marlene Dietrich, illustrations by Jean Cocteau, an explicit poem in Isadora Duncan’s handwriting and more.
When:Thursday, April 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where:The Rosenbach, 2008 Delancey Place
Cost:$15, general admission; $13, seniors; $10, students; free, members and Delancey Society
The extraordinary Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers bring their exquisite and abstract choreography to the stage for two performances this week at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The artful movements are inspired by both Asian and Western culture.
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
To complement its annual fall festival, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts this three-day film festival to promote new and exciting indies, features, documentaries and more films fresh off the international festival circuit. SpringFest opens with Wild Rose, a feature about a Scottish country singer longing to find success in Nashville (Friday). Official Secrets, a fact-based political thriller starring Kiera Knightly, closes the showcase (Sunday).
Where:Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:Individual film tickets: $13 ($9 for PFS members); Opening night film & party: $50 ($40 for PFS members); All-access badge: $100 ($75 for PFS members)
Some of Cole Porter’s most celebrated songs, including Too Darn Hot and Anything Goes, get The Philly POPS treatment when the group performs an all-Cole-Porter show. The program, which features seasoned Broadway veterans Ben Davis and Lisa Vroman and jazz vocalist Catherine Russell, is part of guest conductor David Charles Abell’s concert series.
The intimate Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center hosts the city’s own PHILADANCO for a weekend of modern- and African-inspired dance performances. PHILADANCO’s spring showcase draws inspiration from Philly-born choreographers and Philly-made dance routines while also touching on subjects like African-American traditions and political issues that the African-American community faces.
Taller Puertorriqueño shines a light on Philadelphia-based artist Rafael Villamil at this new exhibition featuring an expansive and impressive collection of his paintings, drawings and assemblies. His meaningful artwork explores his experiences, desires and humanity. A free opening reception takes place on Friday and the exhibition runs through June 8.
When:Opening reception: Friday, April 12, 5:30-8 p.m.; Exhibition: April 12 – June 8
Where:Taller Puertorriqueno, 2600 N. 5th Street
Fans of the superhero comics and movies get a look at Marvel iconic memorabilia — including original Spider-Man art, T’Challa’s Black Panther costume, movie props and concept sketches — in Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at The Franklin Institute. The exhibition also promises immersive experiences, like Doctor Strange’s mirror dimension. A preview party on Friday includes character photo-ops on a red carpet and a panel talk with Marvel’s editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski and writers/editors Annie Nocenti (Daredevil, Spider-Man) and Danny Fingeroth (Iron Man, The Avengers).
When:Preview party: Friday, April 12, 6-10 p.m.; Exhibition: April 13 – September 2
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Preview party for adults 21 & up: $45, non-members; $35, members; Daytime exhibition admission: $35, adults; $31, children; Evening exhibition admission: $20, adults; $15, children; tickets include general admission
The African American Museum in Philadelphia invites families to its monthly Macy’s Family Funday on Saturday. A variety of interactive arts programming is on the docket, including a found-poetry workshop and a hip-hop and jazz musicology performance and workshop. The first 250 guests receive free admission to the museum for this event.
When:Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Sip and stroll around Peddler’s Village at this wine-centric event on Saturday. Hosted by Vintage Imports’ Michael Conti, guests get to try a variety of sparkling, white, rosé, and red wines from different regions in California. The tastings take place at Cock ‘n Bull, Earl’s New American and underneath a tent on the Village Green.
When:Saturday, April 13, 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Where:Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:$49 per person; reservation required
Legal-drinking-age individuals of all races and gender identities are invited to enter this nontraditional Walt Whitman look-alike contest for the chance to win prizes at Philadelphia Brewing Company. Categories include best costume, general knowledge, poetry recitation and best “pitch” explanation for why they should win. This event is part of Whitman at 200, a year-long celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday.
When:Saturday, April 13, 3-6 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Free with pay-as-you-go drink specials
Guests grab a card (or six) to play America’s favorite board game with a gaggle of the city’s campiest drag queens at the recurring GayBINGO! event series. Saturday’s groovy game night — with the theme “Swingin’ Sixties” — takes place at the Congregation Rodeph Shalom. Proceeds benefit AIDS Fund Philly.
When:Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Where:Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street
Brandywine Battlefield presents two engaging programs this weekend: On Saturday it’s 18th Century Day, where visitors can learn about Joseph Gilpin Jr. and the important trade of blacksmithing. Kid’s Day on Sunday offers free admission for children and teaches guests all about the lives of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Brandywine, the longest single-day battle of the Revolutionary War.
Manayunk Restaurant Week (April 15-26) begins with vendors and food trucks joining Main Street’s lineup of restaurants for an all-day eat fest known as the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival. The festival features alfresco eats from more than 50 food vendors slinging burgers, tacos, pizza, cupcakes, waffles and more, rain or shine.
When:Sunday, April 14, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where:Along Main Street in Manayunk
Cost:Free with pay-as-you-go food and drink
Beer connoisseurs can taste 60 varieties of “real ales” — unfiltered, unpasteurized beer that carbonates naturally inside a cask — from local and national breweries on Sunday at the 11th annual Real Ale Invitational at Yards Brewing Company. Participants include Flying Dog Brewing Company, SingleCut Beersmiths, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Also on tap: food and live music. Plus, all guests receive a commemorative glass.
When:Sunday, April 14, noon – 4 p.m.
Where:Yards Brewing Company, 500 Spring Garden Street
Cost:$65, regular admission; $30, designated driver