Center City Restaurant Week, Shakespeare’s ladies, and hoofin’ in the park in this week’s ‘Things to Do’
The week’s events include outdoor theater performances, tap dancing in Clark Park, and a Chinatown scavenger hunt.Listen 4:38
We can finally say with some authority that the event’s prognosis is looking much, much brighter. While full-scale festivals have not yet returned, if COVID vaccination rates continue to increase, expect to see some festival announcements later this year. The return of Delaware’s Firefly Festival and Camden’s XPoNential Festival are encouraging signs.
Center City Restaurant Week
Center City’s first big test of the post-pandemic restaurant climate comes at a good time, as COVID restrictions are being relaxed. The annual discounted dining event offers prix fixe lunch and dinner options, with both inside and outside dining from over 60 participating restaurants. Takeout is available as well at many eateries, but keep in mind, the “new normal” doesn’t yet include spontaneous dining, so make those reservations soon. Discounted parking is $9 at PPA lots and garages.
- What: Discounted dining event
- Where: Various venues
- When: Through Friday, May 28
- How much: Prix-fixe lunches for $20, dinners for $35
PAFA: Annual student exhibition
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is mounting its 120th annual student art exhibition. This year, the show is a hybrid, with both an online show and one in-person at the academy’s Broad Street location. All of the art can be purchased, with 30% of the proceeds going to PAFA scholarships and 70% going directly to students.
- What: Annual show from emerging artists
- Where: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad St.
- When: Through Sunday, June 6: Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- How much: Free with museum admission. This weekend, in celebration of National Hospital Week, PAFA is offering hospital workers and their guests free admission through Sunday, May 23.
Laurel Hill Cemetery: Shakespeare-inspired play
What would happen if the women of Shakespeare’s most famous works got together? Charles George must have wondered too, so he wrote a play about it. Love-struck Juliet meets with five of Shakespeare’s heroines — Desdemona, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Portia, and Katherine — to seek advice on love. Given how things turned out for Juliet, we’re not sure whether the advice was bad or she didn’t heed it, but the concept of imagining how the meeting went down sounds interesting.
- What: In-person outdoor play
- Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 215 Belmont Ave. Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
- When: Saturday, May 22, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
- How much: $10 – $20, children 5 and under free
The Mann Center: My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard
In one of the first major concert tours announced post-COVID, My Morning Jacket, the experimental rock band founded in Louisville, Kentucky will head out on a U.S. tour from August through November. They are scheduled for The Mann Center in September to support their latest project “The Waterfall II,” released in 2020. On their Philly tour stop, their opening act is Grammy award winner Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, whose solo album, “Jaime,” was released in 2019.
- What: In-person concert
- Where: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.
- When: Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale on the My Morning Jacket website now, to Mann Center members on Thursday, May 20, and to the public on Friday, May 21.
- How much: TBA
Ars Nova: Fundraiser for Sun Ra’s Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen, now almost 97, is a linchpin of the Sun Ra Arkestra as an alto saxophone and electric wind instrument player in the renowned avant-garde jazz band. Music advocacy and arts organization Ars Nova is hosting a virtual fundraiser for Allen to pay homage to his life and work. The Louisville, Kentucky native lived in Philadelphia as a teen, then followed a musical path after being part of the historic 92nd infantry, also known as the Buffalo soldiers. Allen’s been a vital part of the Sun Ra Arkestra for 60 years.
- What: Virtual charity event
- Where: Online, via Eventbrite
- When: Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m.
- How much: $25 – $250
CSz Philadelphia: Murder Manor
In the before times, CSz Philadelphia, the city’s improv stage, troupe, and school, hosted the sold-out stage production of “Murder Manor” for three straight years. We all know what happened next. Now, the improvised murder mystery comedy show has moved online. Attendees can use the live chat function (respectfully) to guess, play along, and figure out the clues as the show goes on. The cast includes the usual suspects, err, players, that appear in the long-running “ComedySportz” show.
- What: Online version of improvised stage production
- Where: Virtual via Zoom
- When: Friday, May 21, 8 p.m.
- How much: $10 – $50
Clark Park: The Lady Hoofers
In the spirit of such legendary hoofers as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, the Hines Brothers, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Savion Glover, and more, National Tap Dance Day is celebrated every year on May 23. Philadelphia’s The Lady Hoofers, the all-female tap dance troupe, celebrates it on Sunday, with a free tap performance in West Philly’s Clark Park.
- What: In-person outdoor performance
- Where: Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.
- When: Sunday, May 23, 5 p.m.
- How much: Free
Ardmore Music Hall: Aunt Mary Pat
Aunt Mary Pat is baaack, hun! Though she’s the diva of Delco, she’s heading to Montco this weekend to bring her regional brand of humor to the socially distanced, limited capacity masses. That’s OK, soon she’ll be back to her usual haunts at places like Acme, and the Wawa HoagieFest. Until then, you can see her live on stage while she skewers the Delaware Valley and its denizens we all know and love or, in some cases, endure.
- What: Limited capacity indoor performance
- Where: Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, Pa.
- When: Sunday, May 23, 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
- How much: $40 – $69
Franklin Square: Chinatown scavenger hunt
In conjunction with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, and in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Franklin Square is the starting point of a neighborhood scavenger hunt that takes participants through the storied area of the city to find clues that reflect its history and provenance. Participants can even win prizes.
- What: In-person scavenger hunt
- Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th St.
- When: Through Monday, May 24
- How much: Free, with registration at Franklin Square ticket window
Cooper’s Poynt: Outdoor movie night
You don’t even need a car to enjoy Camden’s Outdoor Movie Night, just a blanket or chair and some friends. The screening of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall’s “Coming 2 America,” the sequel of the 1988 classic, is being shown and admission is free, with advance registration. Masks are required when you’re not in your own group. Snacks will be provided as well.
- What: Outdoor movie screening
- Where: Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park, 801 Delaware Ave., Camden, N.J.
- When: Friday, May 23, 8 p.m.
- How much: Free, with registration
Keep checking with “Things To Do” as we continue to provide our picks for entertainment during the industry’s COVID-19 recovery. Please consult our coronavirus updates to keep up with the latest information regionally.
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