Friday, October 21, 2016

Revolution Chop House




Valley Forge Casino Resort, (1160 First Avenue) has announced the opening of Revolution Chop House. Executive Chef Les Bender’s menu  features classic and big cuts of steak, chops and seafood as well as a revolving menu section in which seasonal and local ingredients will be highlighted. Chef Bender, with his 35 years of experience, has garnered many awards, among them induction into the prestigious American Academy of Chefs. He currently oversees all culinary operations for the Valley Forge Casino Resort but the Revolution Chop House will let him focus more on the intimate dining experiences in the steakhouse dining room. Menu highlights include but are not limited to verlasso salmon, braised boneless short rib, king crab legs, filet mignon, veal chops, Colorado lamb chops and a 40 ounce tomahawk ribeye (for two). Guests will receive table-side presentations and personalized preparations. The Revolution Chop House hours are  Sunday-Monday 5pm-9pm;  Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm  and Friday-Saturday 5pm-11 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 610-768-5003. Happy Hour will begin later in the fall.

Nick's New Look





Nick’s Bar & Grill, located at 16 S. 2nd Street has announced the debut of their first ever brunch service.  Every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Old City hot spot will serve brunch favorites that use their new in-house smoked meats, their signature ground bacon and beef burgers and other variations of Philadelphia favorites. As a compliment to the new brunch menu, customers can build their own Bloody Marys for only $6.00. To accompany the in-house mix and Tito’s vodka, you can have your choice of rim (Old Bay, Salt, Bacon)and your choice of extras like Stuffed Olives, Olives, Pretzel rods, Lemon, Lime, Celery, Peperoncini, extra Horseradish, extra Tabasco or Worcestershire Sauce. For an additional $1.00 you can add shrimp or bacon. There are ten items on the brunch menu and more will be added soon. The menu will also be complimented with  weekend share plates for groups of two or more.
For more information, call (215) 928-9411, visit, Nick’s Bar & Grille on Facebook or @nicksoldcity on Twitter.

More December Events at the Kimmel



Philadelphia’s jazz orchestra returns to the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday December 3 at 8:00 p.m. for a musical tribute to American saxophonist John Coltrane in his 90th birthday year. The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) led by world-renowned trumpeter Terell Stafford, will perform Trane-ing Day- a program that celebrates the jazz icon and highlights his ties to Philadelphia. The program will also feature The Harlem Nutcracker by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. 

The New York City based string quartet, Well Strung, will present their holiday show, A Well-Strung Christmas in the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. The string quartet will fuse pop and classical music in their show.  The quartet is comprised of Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant, (2nd violin) Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) blending their vocals and strings. In addition to performing live and creating entertaining music videos, the quartet performs for school classes and answers questions from the students.

For the 4th year, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is presenting what has become a beloved tradition, A Soulful Christmas. This year's performance, taking place on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Verizon Hall, will honor Grammy Award winning gospel artist Richard Smallwood. This joyous event brings together more than 300 voices from local choirs to perform holiday spirituals and gospel favorites, complemented by messages of hope for the season delivered by local church leaders. A Soulful Christmas will feature the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale led by Artistic and Music Director J. Donald Dumpson alongside hundreds of singers from the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale Youth Choir and seven other choirs. Special guests will include Brian Lenair, saxophone, Marvin Mills, organ, Patty Jackson, WDAS-FM radio announcer and Fred Blain WNAP-AM radio announcer. 

Tickets for above shows are available now and can be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting online at  or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales for 10 or more can be purchased at (215)790-5883.

The 2016-17 Broadway Philadelphia Season, presented collaboratively by the Kimmel Center and the Shubert Organization, presents the smash-hit musical Mamma Mia! based on the hit songs of ABBA. Mamma Mia! Is produced by Work Light Productions. The show will return to Philadelphia for a limited holiday engagement December 27-31 at the Merriam Theater as part of its farewell tour.  Allentown native Lizzie Markson will appear in one of the lead roles, “Sophie” in the national touring production coming to Philadelphia. Mamma Mia! is the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway. The special edition cast recording is available on Decca Broadway.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased by calling (215) 893-3333, visiting, or the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales for 10 or more are available by calling 215-790-5883

December Events at the Kimmel



Obie-winning playwright and songwriter Ethan Lipton returns to the Lipton SEI Innovation Studio December 1-3 to debut his newest work, The Outer Space. Lipton’s newest hilarious and bittersweet song cycle follows a married couple as they leave the noise, pollution and overpriced rents of earth for the vast terrain of the final frontier. Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directs this out-of-this-world musical about the sacrifices we make for viable living and love. The Outer Space will be part of The Public Theatre’s spring season beginning in February 2017. The Outer Space brings up many questions about life and love and tests this couple’s fortitude on their journey to their new home. Ethan’s work has been seen in major cities across the country and internationally in Scotland and Australia.

The fabulous Norah Jones will be coming to Philadelphia to sing at the Academy of Music for one night only on December 2, 2016 after returning from her month-long whirlwind tour of Europe. The 9-time GRAMMY Award winner, who has sold over 45 million albums, will be singing songs from her new album Day Breaks. Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Billboard all named Day Breaks one of this fall’s must-hear albums. Norah’s unique sound intertwines several styles of American music: country, folk, rock, soul and jazz.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj makes his theatrical debut at the Perelman Center at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Homecoming King on Friday, December 2 at 8:30 p.m. Homecoming King tells the story of the “New Brown America” and is based on events from Minhaj’s first generation Indian-American experience. The show focuses on Minhaj’s arrival in the United States, meeting his sister, interracial love, racism, bullying, and his family’s quest to achieve “The American Dream”. Hasan Minhaj has been making audiences laugh for years on The Daily Show and has made appearances on several other shows.  Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King originally opened off-Broadway for a limited run.  After receiving rave reviews, the show is touring North America

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is presenting the 32nd Anniversary tour of Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas by Chip Davis for two performances on Saturday December 3, 2016 at the Academy of Music. This performance is presented in association with Magic Space Entertainment and celebrates the group’s first Christmas album which was released in 1984 and revolutionized the Holiday Season music category. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis founded Mannheim Steamroller in 1974.  The group has sold over 40 million albums, including 28 million Christmas albums, 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum certified records.

Tickets for all events can be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999 ,visiting online at,or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales for 10 or more can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Legend of Georgia McBride

Dito van Reigerberg,  Matteo
 Schammell , Mikéah Ernest Jennings
The Arden Theatre Company, located at 40 N. 2nd Street, is presenting Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride on its Arcadia Stage through November 27, 2016. With the inimitable Dito van Reigersberg playing Miss Tracy Mills drag queen par excel lance, and Mikéah Ernest Jennings playing Rexy, a somewhat drunken drag queen, what could entice Casey (Matteo Scammer) to forego his beloved Elvis act and go on stage in drag?... certainly not his pregnant wife Jo (Jessica Johnson) but perhaps a paycheck from the club owner Eddie (Damien J. Wallace). This is a hilarious and engaging show. When Casey first puts on a wig and dress and has to lip sync an Edith Piaf song he doesn’t know, Tracy Mills helps out in wings with a bit of advice: “Just say watermelon mother f…. and no one will know the difference.  When you come to the chorus, sing, padum, padum, padum…” Success breeds success as Casey develops his own persona of Georgia McBride, refashioning his dazzling Elvis jumpsuit and adding glitzy heels and a countrified air. The jazzy costume changes are completed almost as quickly and as frequently as the detailed set changes. Tracy Mills makes a flamboyant entrance from behind the top tier of seats and shimmies her way onto the stage, lip syncing and flirting with the audience on her way. The entire ensemble cast is fabulous. The set and design by Jorge Cousineau, the costume design by Olivera Gajic, the lighting design by Maria Shaplin, and the choreography by Melanie Cotton fuse to make this production legendary. It is an outstanding night of pure fun. For more information or tickets, call 215-922-1122; visit online at, or walk-up at the box office, 40 N. 2nd Street.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Free Mexrrissey Concert





The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has announced that its Saturday, October 29th performance by Mexican rock band Mexrrissey will now be a FREE ticketed event – a gift to Philadelphia in celebration of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. The group will perform for one night only at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad Street. They will demonstrate a Mexican flare to the greatest hits of artists Mexrrissey and The Smiths. Fans can visit to secure free tickets. (fees may apply)

 Attendees are encouraged to stop by Bar Volvér at the Kimmel Center’s campus restaurant before or after the performance to purchase “The Mexrrissey Rocktail.”

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts & The University of the Arts

The Kimmel Center for the
Perfoming Arts



The new partnership between the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Arts will create a school-time involvement designed to expose every student in Philadelphia to an arts experience at the Kimmel Center cultural campus; provide The University of Arts students access to artists performing on the Kimmel Center’s cultural campus through master classes; create credit based competitive projects  for the UA students culminating in showings at the Kimmel campus; and develop cross organizational opportunities for staff and faculty. As part of this new partnership agreement, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is purchasing The Merriam Theater.  The theater was purchased by the school in 1972 and has been managed and operated by the Kimmel Center for the past seven years.
There are many events planned to celebrate the new partnership, among them:

October 11-November 19, 2016- 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m. - The University of Arts College of Art, Media & Design presents an exhibit of faculty work throughout the Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts.

October 16, 2016- The Hyatt at the Bellevue – The University of the Arts 140th Anniversary Gala

October 17, 2016- 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. Merriam Theater; The University of the Arts Inauguration of President David Yager      2:00 p.m. Reception, Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall, The University of the Arts

November 14, 2016- 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. SEI Innovation Studio, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts  Fine Arts visiting Artists Lecture by Eric Fiscl

November 16, 2016- 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Commonwealth Plaza The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Education Fair 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Arts Education Fair, Educator’s Reception, Hamilton Hall, and The University of the Arts

For more information on this new partnership, contact Leslie Patterson Tyler at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts  (215) 790-7173 or Paul Healy at The University of the Arts at (215) 717-6161.