Newsletter for Sunday, November 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
There’s a giant pipe and pair of shoes made out of licorice in the Kimmel Center lobby; photo via @trishinboots on Instagram
VETRI, LE BEC-FIN, LA PANETIÈRE: THE ILLUSTRIOUS CULINARY HISTORY OF 1312 SPRUCE STREET
As far as restaurants go, 1312 Spruce Street might be Philadelphia’s most charmed address. Now home to Vetri, one of the country’s most respected Italian dining rooms, the small townhouse in Washington Square West has served as the jumping off point for a remarkable number of acclaimed chefs over the past half-century — including Georges Perrier and his influential Le Bec-Fin. Here’s a look back at the location’s impressive history.
DINNER, DRINKS AND A SHOW: 14 PLACES TO GO BEFORE AND AFTER THE FILLMORE PHILLY
Philly has always played at the top tiers of the live music game, but recently the scene here got even more impressive with the October opening of the Fillmore Philadelphia. There’s a bar on site, and a chain Italian restaurant opening today, but one of the best things about seeing a show right in the middle of the city is that you can hit up independent bars and restaurants before or after. Here’s a guide to the best places within a 10-minute walk of the Fillmore.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM A ‘BIG BLUE’ SUPREME COURT TO CHIP FATTAH’S POSSIBLE ‘PRISON BLUES
Election week is over and just about everything happened as expected. The mayor is still a Democrat. The Republicans got their two normal spots on at-large City Council. Elsewhere in the city, a the son of a famous politician got convicted on fraud charges. Billy Penn recaps those stories and more and pairs them with music as part of the weekly #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
Bring something you baked, canned, pickled, foraged, grew or otherwise created for delicious consumption, and trade it for something new. There will be a potluck appetizer spread (bring something if you can!) to eat while the swap auction goes down.
Where: Free Library Central Branch at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: November 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free with advance registration
Familiar to anyone who's had a Guinness, nitrogenated beers are smoother and creamier than classically carbonated brews. Does that make sense for pale ales? Find out at the launch party for a new, limited edition beer from Yards called Nitro Ten Pence Ale, created in collab with Alla Spina.
Where: Alla Spina at 1410 Mt. Vernon St.
When: November 10, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $3 pints all night
Admission to the Constitution Center is discounted to $5 on Veterans Day (free if you actually are a vet or in the military). The Independence Mall venue is hosting a series of activities, including the chance to write a thank-you postcard to those who've served and make your own Americana and flag-themed arts and crafts.
Where: Constitution Center at 525 Arch St.
When: November 11, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: $5
More than 50 features and shorts from 17 countries across 4 continents make up this festival, back for its eighth year. There are post-show talks with directors, free screenings, panel discussions to attend, or just snag tix to one of the diverse variety of films shown over 10 days.
Where: Many venues at Various places
When: November 12, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. to November 22, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Varies
Live New Orleans jazz will play at the former Charles Maas Brewery in Northern Liberties to provide a soundtrack for bites and sips from over a dozen local vendors at the third edition of Noshhh. Sample holiday-themed cheese from Tria, booze from La Colombe, snack from Wok Works and treats from Chocamo Cookies plus more.
Where: Maas Building at 1325 Randolph St.
When: November 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $25 in advance; $30 at the door