Issues to do that weekend in Pa., N.J., and Del.

Curling seems to be turning into a way more standard pastime as two winter festivals, South Jersey’s Fireplace & Ice Competition and Chestnut Hill on Ice, are that includes the Olympic sport. If that doesn’t excite you, and music is extra your velocity, not less than three tribute bands are within the space, paying homage to Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, and sure, the late, nice Prince.

The Philadelphia Auto Present revs up on the conference middle; and the Philadelphia Eagles kick off on the Linc in hopes of pulling out the NFC championship win.

Arts & Tradition | Sports activities | Open air | Youngsters | Reveals/Expos | Music | Comedy | Meals and Drink | Delaware | New Jersey

Arts & Tradition

A Soldier’s Play

A man in uniform sits at a desk onstage.
Norm Lewis in “A Soldier’s Play” (Joan Marcus)

Charles Fuller gained a Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for A Soldier’s Play, which was changed into a film starring Howard Rollins, Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington, and Patti Labelle in 1984. Fuller, a Philly native, additionally wrote the screenplay a couple of murder in a segregated navy unit in 1944. When Grasp Sgt. Vernon Waters is shot to dying, it falls on a Black JAG officer to analyze. Veteran Broadway star Norm Lewis stars within the newest revival of the play which is on a nationwide tour by the 2022-23 theater season.

The Final Parade

It’s 1991 in Kyiv, Ukraine: A Jewish household is considering whether or not they need to keep put, or to migrate to America. Thorny questions come up in Stephanie Satie’s play, “The Final Parade”, because the household tries to navigate a greater life. With apparent similarities to the present battle in Ukraine, it ought to shed some mild on the historic battle between Russia and the embattled nation. In February, on Speaker Saturdays, Satie, director Seth Rozin, and actor Leah Walton will host post-performance discussions, and on Speaker Sundays, varied friends are scheduled to additional discover the themes of the present.


  • The place: The Arden Theater, 40 N. 2nd St. 
  • When: Thursday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, March 12
  • How a lot: $31 and up

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage brings her prodigious abilities to Clyde’s, a comedic play a couple of group of previously incarcerated staff on a quest to create the proper sandwich. The employees could also be chafing underneath a tyrannical boss however feeding the truckers who depend on their meals whereas touring throughout Pennsylvania turns into a shared mission.

Lunar New 12 months Celebration

Hundreds descended upon Chinatown on Jan. 22, 2023 to rejoice the Lunar New 12 months. (Cory Sharber/WHYY)

Rejoice the “12 months of the Rabbit” at The Free Library’s Lunar New 12 months Celebration on the foremost department. It consists of music and dance performances, a kids’s Taekwondo demonstration, a style present, martial arts, Chinese language opera, and extra. The Free Library is internet hosting the all-ages occasion at the side of the Pennsylvania Asian Institute.

Sports activities

The Philadelphia Eagles vs. the San Francisco 49ers

As you may anticipate, the Eagles NFC championship sport is formally bought out. Your greatest guess, if you wish to cheer the Birds on in individual, is to attempt your hand at designated resellers like StubHub.  Simply be cautious, there’s a scammer born each minute and a sucker to maintain them in enterprise. Don’t be that individual. Tickets are going for effectively over listed costs, together with standing room solely beginning upwards of $600. For that worth, you possibly can at all times invite some pals over, purchase some Eagles gear, provide a full unfold of meals, and nonetheless have cash left over. A handful of bars and eating places round Philly are additionally providing particular offers throughout sport time. But when it’s a must to be there, we get it! Simply be ready to pay up for the privilege.

Open air

Chestnut Hill on Ice

The storied borough of Chestnut Hill hosts the annual Chestnut Hill on Ice occasion which brings winter actions to the forefront. Together with ice sculptures, an ice bar, and an ice bonfire, this yr’s occasion premieres road curling, which you’ll register to play prematurely or in individual day of. (Thirty minutes of group play for the winter sport requires a payment.) Chili specials, retail reductions, stay music, and different occasions, together with picture ops with an Ice Princess and her BFF, are taking place as effectively.


Dinos After Darkish

  • The place: Academy of Pure Sciences of Drexel College, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 
  • When: Friday, Jan. 27 – 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • How a lot: Pay as you would like, instructed donation, $10

It’s been thousands and thousands of years since dinosaurs final roamed the earth, however fortunately replicas exist to provide us fashionable people a glimpse again in time to the Mesozoic period. Greater than 30 creatures, together with a Tyrannosaurus Rex, are on show on the Academy of Pure Sciences’s Dinosaur Corridor. You and the kiddos can verify them out at Dinos After Darkish, an occasion that features entry to all of the exhibitions, together with the museum’s newest, Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss.  Youngsters can seek for fossils within the museum’s interactive Large Dig and see them being ready for show. The very best a part of all? Dinos After Darkish is pay-as-you-wish, so convey all the children you may handle.


Philadelphia Auto Present

People mill about at the auto show in Philadelphia.
(Courtesy of the Auto Sellers Affiliation of Larger Philadelphia)
  • The place: Pennsylvania Conference Heart, 1101 Arch St. 
  • When: Friday, Jan. 27 – Sunday, Feb. 5
  • How a lot: Kids 6 and underneath free, 7-12 and seniors, $11, $17 for adults

Philadelphia Auto Present is again! The annual automotive present provides fanatics the possibility to see, sit inside, and poke underneath the hoods of the newest fashions of vehicles and vehicles from greater than 20 manufacturers. Each Dodge and Jeep are set to display their respective off-road capabilities as a part of Rides and Drives, which additionally consists of an prolonged e-track for electrical vehicles from Ford, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Or head over to Customized Alley to seek out out what goes into making these personalised rides (like NBA star Luka Dončić’s $250K custom Apocalypse Hellfire model of the Jeep Gladiator). There’s additionally an possibility to enroll to check drive chosen vehicles on streets close to the conference middle.

Reel Life Expo

  • The place: Majestic Corridor, 800 W. Olney Ave. 
  • When: Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • How a lot: Free, pay as you go

Wellness isn’t just a brand new yr’s decision, it’s a year-round precedence. So reap the benefits of the Reel Life Expo, a well being and wellness occasion. The expo has so much to supply; together with greater than 35 health, well being, and life-style distributors, workshops on psychological well being and group yoga classes, together with two dialogue panels. Video games and competitions are scheduled and parking is free on the venue.


Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele

Adele’s music is given the “Candlelight” remedy with a string quartet taking part in the Grammy winner’s greatest hits together with “Rolling within the Deep,” “Set Fireplace to the Rain,” “Rumor Has It,” and “Somebody Like You,” amongst others in a 65-minute set. That is the primary of three live shows that includes Adele’s music; upcoming occasions embrace a tribute to Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Billie Vacation, and the legends of R&B and jazz. Musicians and venues range however all exhibits are accomplished by candlelight.

Della Mae

Four women smile into the camera as they pose for a photo.
Left to proper, Vickie Vaughn, Avril Smith, Celia Woodsmith, Kimber Ludiker (Courtesy of Della Mae)
  • The place: Philadelphia Folksong Society, 6156 Ridge Ave. 
  • When: Sunday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.
  • How a lot: $24 prematurely, $30 on the door

Della Mae sweeps into city this weekend. The Grammy-nominated all-female bluegrass band has an uncommon origin story. First, they shaped in Boston, not the primary metropolis you’d affiliate with the style. Second, they’re all girls, one thing co-founder and two-time nationwide fiddling champion Kimber Ludicker thought could be cool. Seems she was proper, because the group earned a Grammy nomination for his or her second album “The World Oft Can Be.” Now they’re making a tour cease in Philly to assist their newest launch, “Household Reunion.” Ludiker will host a pre-show chat at 6 p.m.

Brown Sugar Rolling Stone Tribute Band

The Rolling Stones have been going sturdy for 50-plus years due to co-founders Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. So it’s no shock they’ve a faithful following and a lot of tribute bands, together with not less than two with the Brown Sugar moniker. The native Brown Sugar is exclusive in that a number of members are African American, together with lead vocalist Pauline Houston McCall. They’re acting at Metropolis Vineyard so anticipate a run of Stones’ classics together with “Begin Me Up,” “Beast of Burden,” “Honky Tonk Girl,” and extra.

G. Love & Particular Sauce

G. Love & Particular Sauce are the beloved Philly-grown group that mixed the sounds of the town into their very own gumbo of hip-hop, soul, rock, and blues. The indie band has launched seven studio albums during the last three a long time, together with 5 solo initiatives for G. Love, born Garrett Dutton, and a number of other EPs. G. Love & Particular Sauce are performing on the TLA in assist of the 2022 launch “Philadelphia Mississippi.” The venture marries Delta blues to Love’s Philly sound, incorporating collaborators Tikyra Jackson, Cam Kimbrough, and R.L. Boyce, together with rappers Speech, Schooly D, and Freddie Foxxx.

Marshall Charloff: The Purple Xperience

Prince was identified for his excellent musicianship and funky stay performances, dwelling by the credo “actual music from actual musicians.” Prince tribute bandleader Marshall Charloff has acquired rave evaluations because the frontman for The Purple Xperience since its inception in Minneapolis in 2011. Other than Charloff’s spectacular musical chops, The Purple Xperience boasts a bonafide member of Prince’s purple universe — keyboardist Matt “Physician” Fink, who toured and performed with Prince for over a decade.


Love’s a Joke

Comedy is even higher when it’s shared. That’s the premise of the “Love’s a Joke”  tour which Russian-born comic Vicky Kuperman created alongside along with her husband, standup veteran Max Cohen. They be part of Missy and Jeremy Corridor who, together with a rotating solid of comedians and comic {couples}, try to seek out humor in relationship, marriage, intercourse, and divorce.

The Good Latino

Is anybody good? Actually not comic Javier Ávila, whose one-man present “The Good Latino” pokes enjoyable on the stereotypes and expectations of Latinos. Ávila’s first present “The Bother with My Title” explored comparable themes of illustration and identification. If being a profitable comic weren’t sufficient, he’s additionally an acclaimed poet, creator, and educator who was named Pennsylvania’s Professor of the 12 months in 2015, the one Latino professor ever so honored. The creator of 11 books, his most up-to-date, “El antagonista” was launched final yr.

Meals & Drink

Northern Liberties Restaurant Week

  • The place: Varied venues
  • When: Friday, Jan. 27 – Sunday, Feb. 5
  • How a lot: $10 and $15 multi-course, prix-fixe lunch, $15, $25 and $40 dinner.

Saving cash on eating out is a should in case you’re a foodie or simply somebody who likes to eat. That’s why eating places periodically do restaurant weeks hoping that short-term reductions will in the end result in full-price paying clients. Northern Liberties Restaurant Week presents $10 to $15 lunches and $15-$40 dinners at greater than 20 eating places. The costs lengthen to eating in, takeout, and supply (charges not included).


Spokey Speaky

  • The place: The Queen Delaware, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.
  • When: Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.
  • How a lot: $18

Bob Marley would have celebrated his 78th birthday this yr. Legend has it that his final phrases have been “Cash can’t purchase life,” which aligns with the ethos he shared in his music. Spokey Speaky pays homage to the reggae celebrity and his legacy at their eleventh annual Bob Marley birthday live performance. The band says they’ve performed 103 completely different songs since they began doing the exhibits, so anticipate a mixture of Marley’s most-known recordings in addition to some deep cuts.

New Jersey

Fireplace & Ice Competition

  • The place: Excessive St., downtown Mt. Holly
  • When: Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • How a lot: Free, pay as you go

Mt. Holly’s thirtieth annual Fireplace & Ice Competition ought to be additional celebratory because the pageant returns for the primary time after COVID and the blizzard of ‘22 derailed it the final two years. The occasion consists of the annual Chili Prepare dinner-Off with a $250 first prize, a curling demonstration, hearth truck rides, a go to from the Jersey Sands sled canine, a cupcake contest, and s’mores gross sales on the Previous Schoolhouse, which serves as a warming area in the course of the fest.

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