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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Nov. 22-24

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and cultural places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at [email protected].

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

1. Closing Soon: Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

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Where: Various locations

When: Runs through November 22-24

The 39th Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival ends this Sunday. The cultural film celebration has been holding special screenings and panel discussions since the beginning of the month. Come see films from more than 20 countries from around the world. Don’t miss the shorts, documentaries, long features, and others.

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2. Closing Soon: Obsolescence 

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Where: Paradigm Gallery + Studio | 746 S 4th St

When: Runs through Saturday, November 23

Obsolescence will end its run at the Paradigm + Gallery this Saturday. The amazing exhibit features the work of Swedish artist, Ulla-Stina Wikander. Wikander has created stunning pieces of embroidered vintage household items. Don’t miss your chance to see this creative display.

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3. Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

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Where: Various times

When: Various locations

The Philadelphia Marathon will be bringing some fun and amazing events to the city this weekend. The festivities begin this Thursday when Mural Arts will be unveiling their latest street mural, dedicated to the longrunning marathon. This Friday, Mayor Jim Kenney will be holding a press conference at opening the opening of the Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Each year, Over 30,000 runners gear up for The Philadelphia Marathon. There will be a full marathon, half marathon, Rothman 8K race, Dunkin’ Munchkin Kids Run, and more. Come out to participate or watch this amazing display of endurance, will, and athleticism.

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4. Longwood Gardens Celebrates the Shape of Christmas

Where: Longwood Gardens | 1001 Longwood Rd | Kennett Square, PA

When: Runs through Sunday, January 5

Longwood Gardens always has a fantastic Christmas display. The conservatory will be trimmed and laced with several Christmas lights and fixtures. The colorful fountains will also be dancing to your favorite holiday classics each day at this indoor and outdoor experience. The beautiful setting will be filled with strolling carol singers, ornaments everywhere, and a half-million lights glowing throughout the park.

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5. LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo 

Where: Philadelphia Zoo | 3400 W Girard Ave

When: Runs through Sunday, January 5

The Philadelphia Zoo opened LumiNature this week. Bring your entire out to bask in “12 different illuminated experiences. You’ll be amazed by the winter wonderland light show, vibrant wild animals,  and other themed displays.

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6. Tour Historic Philadelphia with a Historic Holiday Pass

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Where: Various locations

When: Various times

This year, several Historic Philadelphia businesses and attractions have joined forces to offer visitors a holiday gift that will keep on giving. The wallet-friendly Historic Holiday Pass, powered by PECO, gives you access to discounts for museums, attractions, shops, restaurants, and much more. Stop by the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, partake in Historic Holidays and Nights featuring, tree lightings, menorah lightings, military and boat parades, shopping, and several other activities. This will be a spectacular way to take in the sights and sounds of the season and great attractions.

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7. Worse-Case Scenario Survival Experience 

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Where: The Franklin Institute |  222 N. 20th St

When: Runs through Sunday, April 19

The Franklin Institute is offering up and amazing deal for The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience exhibit for Philly Influencer readers. You can use promo code WCMOMMY to receive $3 off daytime, adult admission for up to 4 peopleYou can also visit the website or call 215-448-1200 to order your tickets today. Based on Joshua Piven’s best-selling book, this immersive exhibit teaches you how to outlast some of the most severe occurrences the wilderness and life can throw at you.

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8. Mean Girls at the Academy of Music

Danielle Wade (Cady Heron), Megan Masako Haley (Gretchen Wieners), Mariah Rose Faith (Regina George), Jonalyn Saxer (Karen Smith), Mary Kate Morrissey (Janis Sarkisian), and the National Touring Company of Mean Girls Credit: © 2019 Joan Marcus

Where: Academy of Music | 240 S. Broad St

When: Runs through Sunday, December 1

Regina George once went to see a musical at the Academy of Music so now you have to. One of the most memorable films of the previous decade has been turned into a hit Broadway show. The award-winning creative team of Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin, and director Casey Nicholaw should not be missed.

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9. Come Together Dance Festival

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Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre | 480 S. Broad St

When: Runs through Sunday, November 24

The Come Together Dance Festival will be taking over the Suzzane Roberts Dance Theatre this weekend. This yearly gathering of dozens of dance companies in the city features over 100 dancers. The genres of tap, jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop, and several others will be on display at this rhythmic showcase.

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10. The Barber of Seville 

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Where: The Kimmel Center | 300 S. Broad St

When: Runs through Sunday, November 24

Conductor Christian Capocaccia and director Chas Rader-Shieber bring  Gioachino Rossini’s work to life like never before. The Opera buffa tells the story of beautiful Rosina love for a nobleman in disguise. The talented work of Rosini and Sterbini is truly a can’t miss.

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11. The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs The Firebird

Kelley O'Connor

Where:  The Kimmel Center | 300 S. Broad St

When: Runs through Saturday, November 23

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center will be filled by the wonderful works of Auerbach, Lieberson, and Stravinsky (full The Firebird ballet). The incredible program will be conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and will feature Mezzo-Soprano Kelley O’Connor. This musical tale of a prince, an evil king, and, a magical firebird is will not disappoint. Don’t miss your chance to see these talented musicians perform at this renowned venue.

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12. Friday Night at the Art Museum 


Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art | 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

When: Friday, November 22 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Come to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an immersive night of music, art, and fun. There will be cocktails and small bites at this week’s installment of the museum’s Friday Nights series. Tony Miceli Quartet with Larry McKenna will be performing at this artistic and cultural event. Enjoy gallery access and more before and after the performances.

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13. City Winery Weekend 

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Where: City Winery Philadelphia | 990 Filbert St

When: Various times

After its dazzling debut, City Winery Philadelphia has continued to fill its sound stages will tremendous performers. This weekend is no exception. This Friday night, Corey Smith will be on the mainstage. On Saturday you can hear singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw. On that same night, Cimorelli will be performing in front of a sold-out crowd in The Loft. Presented by WXPN, Dessa, will be performing on Sunday night. 

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14. An Evening with Sutton Foster

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Where: Merriam Theater | 250 S. Broad St

When: Friday, November 22 | 8 p.m.

Two-time Tony-winning actress, singer, and dancer, Sutton Foster will be at the Merriam Theater this Friday night. The star of the TV Land series “Younger” has performed in 11 Broadway shows. Stop by this popular theater for your weekend to be highlighted by this talent and an entertainer.

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15. Jim Norton 

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Where: Helium Comedy Club 2031 Sansom St

When: Runs through Sunday, November 24

Comedian and actor Jim Norton will be on the Helium Comedy club for four amazing nights this week.  Co-host of the SiriusXM Satellite Radio broadcast, “The Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show”, Norton is becoming a household name in comedy. He can be seen on his Netflix special “Mouthful of Shame” and other productions.

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16. Marlon Wayans 

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Where: Punch Line Philly | 33 E Laurel St 

When: Runs through Sunday, November 24

Speaking of household names in comedy, Marlon Wayans will be taking over Punch Line Philly this weekend. The comedian, writer, actor, producer, and entertainer is known for his off-the-wall comedy and brash delivery. Wayans will have you laughing the night away at this popular laugh house.

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17. Spurs vs. 76ers 

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Where: Wells Fargo Center3601 S. Broad St.

When: Friday, November 228 p.m.

The Philadelphia 76ers will put their perfect home record to the test twice this weekend. Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and the crew will be taking on the San Antonio Spurs this Friday night. Brett Brown’s old team brings their 5-win season into the WFC as the look for their sixth victory.

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18. Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park

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Where: Dilworth Park | 1 S. 15th St

When: Runs through Wednesday, January 1

More than 40 local artisans, designers, crafters, and confectioners will be on full display this season at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. Complementing the adjacent Christmas Village, this free admission shopping area is the perfect place to find a treasure for your loved ones.

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19. Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar

Where: Rivers Casino Philadelphia | 1001 N. Delaware Ave

When: Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th

With the holidays rolling around like the blink of an eye, it’s always a great choice to have multiple gift options available. The Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar will be one of the main features at Rivers Casino this weekend. There will be 75 of the art and craft vendors on location. There will also be food trucks at this event

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20. The Life Story of Mahalia Jackson

The Life Story of Mahalia Jackson

Where: The Met Philadelphia | 858 N. Broad St.

When: Saturday, November 23 2 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

The Life Story of Mahalia Jackson will be front-and-center on The Met Philadelphia’s stage for two amazing shows this Saturday. Starring fellow R&B and gospel singer Ann Nesby in the titular role, this powerful production follows this acclaimed vocalist’s rise to fame.  Lead by Tony Award-winning writer, director, producer, and playwright Nolbert Brown Jr, this musical features some of the best renditions of Jackson’s work.

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21. The Gathering: Black Women + The Photograph


Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia | 701 Arch St

When: Saturday, November 23 | 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia will be hosting The Gathering: Black Women + The Photograph this Saturday afternoon. The half-day conference dives into the “work and experiences of Black women and non-binary photographers”.  There will be panels,  a keynote speech by artist and collector Danny Simmons, and more.

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22. The Clay Studio Premiere Weekend 

(Stephanie Kantor: Rosewater)

Where: The Clay Studio |139 N 2nd St

When: Runs through Sunday, January 5

The Clay Studio will be premiering three amazing and free exhibits this weekend. Stephanie Kantor: Rosewater features intriguing sculptures by this Clay Studio Resident Artist. The works are reflective of Kantor’s passion for ancient stories, mythology, and the enthralling of the ocean. Get into the holiday season at Ornaments in the Studio. Bring your family out to shop in the studio’s gallery. You’ll find fabulous handmade and one-of-a-kind ornaments, giftable ceramic art, and more. At Katherine Hackl: Natural Silhouettes art lovers will be transfixed by this stunning and unique pottery collection. The exhibit features “hand-thrown functional stoneware and porcelain forms decorated with either hand-carved graffito or a new etched porcelain process”. The distinct pieces are adorned with botanical images, patterns, and illustrations.

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23. Flames vs. Flyers

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Where: Wells Fargo Center 3601 S. Broad St.

When: Saturday, November 23 | 1 p.m.

The Philadelphia Flyers will be hitting the ice at the Wells Fargo Center this Saturday afternoon to take on the Calgary Flames. The Flames and the Flyers are both in 5th place in their respective divisions. The home team will need all the cheers and screams they can get for this cross-conference battle.

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24. Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees

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Where: Woodmere Art Museum | 9201 Germantown Ave

When: Saturday, November 23 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Woodmere Art Museum will be hosting the Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees this Saturday evening. Come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a tree lighting, Santa, live music, cookies, and more. This weekend will also mark the opening of Merry and Bright II: The Christmas Collection of Jeanette TurnbullJeanette Turnbull has “decked the halls” at Woodmere with a creative installation of vintage and contemporary decorations that will captivate visitors of all ages. In addition, children’s toys, holiday trimmings, an extraordinary dollhouse replica of a Germantown home, and a sculpture of Belsnickel, a Christmas figure from German folklore—on loan from the Germantown Historical Society—will bring 19th-century holiday traditions to life.

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25. Heat vs. 76ers

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Where: Wells Fargo Center 3601 S. Broad St

When: Saturday, November 23 | 7:30 p.m.

The return of Jimmy Butler is this Saturday night. The Wells Fargo Center will be rocking when one of the NBA’s hottest teams, the Heat, comes to the Wells Fargo Center this weekend. This clash of Eastern Conference hopefuls will have the court filled with some of the best talents in the game.

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26. San Fermin 

Where: Union Transfer1026 Spring Garden St.

When: Saturday, November 23 | 8 p.m.

Indie rock band San Fermin will be playing Union Transfer this Saturday night. Led by Brooklyn-based composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, this collective released their fourth studio album The Cormorant I in October.

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27. Alice Smith 

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Where: Underground Arts 1200 Callowhill St

When: Saturday, November 23 | 9 p.m.

Rock, R&B, blues, jazz, and soul act Alice Smith will be performing at Underground Arts this weekend. Smith released her third studio album Mystery in October.  The powerful songstress will captivate you with her signature vocals and sound.

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28. Dru Hill & Ginuwine

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Where: Keswick Theatre291 N Keswick Ave | Glenside, PA

When: Saturday, November 23 | 8 p.m.

R&B hitmakers Dru Hill and Ginuwine will be singing their sizzling R&B tracks from the past this Saturday night. Come to the Keswick Theatre to hear “Beauty”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “So Anxious”, “Pony” and several other songs that ruled R&B years ago. These talented vocalists and performers will transport you to a great era in music.

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29. FOX 102.5 The Gambler’s Eagles Pregame Party 

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Where: XFINITY Live!1100 Pattison Ave

When: Sunday, November 24 | 11: 00 a.m.

Before each Philadephia Eagles game, head to PBR Philly inside of XFINITY Live! for the best kickoff show in Philly. Sean Brace, Eagles legend David Akers, Philly Influencer’s sports wagering ace Mark Drumheller, and Eagles Insider Adrian Fedkiw will be breaking down each matchup with in-depth analysis and insights. For those who can’t come down to PBR Philly, stream the show on the iHeartRadio app, 105.3 HD Radio, and more.

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30. Seahawks vs. Eagles 

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Where: Lincoln Financial Field | 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way

When: Sunday, November 24 | 1 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles will look to rebound this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. This battle of the birds will feature Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson, and plenty of other exciting names. If the Eagles want to crawl back into the playoff picture, a flip must be switch this weekend.

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