Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
January 20, 6:45 p.m.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.
British folk-punker Frank Turner and his backing band The Sleeping Souls return to the Fillmore for the first time since playing a massive 23-song set there in 2015. Turner is touring in support of his sixth studio album, “Happy Songs for Negative People.” Opening acts include gothic Americana five-piece Murder by Death.
January 20, 8 p.m.
334 South St.
Beloved Philly daughter Jill Scott leads an evening of A-plus soul music this Friday night at TLA. The concert features a whole lineup of sultry vocalists, like Bilal, Algebra Blessett, Robert Glasper and Kenny Lattimore—all of whom are coming together to benefit famed trombonist and North Philly native Jeff Bradshaw, who is battling a rare illness called Diverticulitis Disease.
Kings of Leon
January 19, 7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Nashville rock band Kings of Leon are touring the globe in support of their latest full-length, “WALLS,” an acronym for We Are Like Love Songs. The album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after its release, and has spawned well-received singles “Waste a Moment” and the eponymous “WALLS.” Philly is one of a handful of final stops in the States before they hop the pond to Europe, so see them while you can.
Center City District Restaurant Week
Sunday marks the beginning of the first leg of Center City District Restaurant Week, which features deals at more than 120 restaurants in Rittenhouse, Midtown Village and Old City through January 27. This is your chance to try out some of the city’s most-hyped dining spots, like Barbuzzo, Abe Fisher and fancy-pants Bar Volver on the cheap-ish. Three-course dinner menus at participating locations run for $35, while some venues also offer a $20 three-course lunch menu.
Poe Party 2017
January 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.
The Raven Society hosts a party to celebrate the 208th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe. The bash takes place in the super cool Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The evening includes cocktails, discussions about the birthday boy and a behind-the-scenes tour of the venue—one of the largest libraries of its kind in the nation. If you can’t make this, FLP offers free basic tours of the Rare Book Department at 11 a.m. every day.
Independence Visitor Center
Sixth and Market streets
OG Philadelphian Ben Franklin would have celebrated his 311th birthday on January 17. To celebrate, Historic Philly unrolls a series of special Tippler’s Tours pub crawls around Old City. The popular tour includes stops at a handful of historic watering holes, but hits its apex at City Tavern. There you can down a pint of Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce with ol’ Ben himself. Bonus points if you can lead the crowd in a singing of “Happy Birthday.”
“Grease” Dance Party
January 19, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Dolphin Tavern
1539 S. Broad St.
Heads up, beauty school dropouts. The Dolphin Tavern’s DJ David Atlas presents tunes from well-karaoke’d high school musical “Grease” along with other hits from the 1950s. Staying true to the time period, Atlas will spin only vinyl records. Make sure your hand jive is on point.
Women’s March on Philadelphia
January 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
2451 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
On Saturday, thousands of rabble-rousers of all genders gather along Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a march in the name of gender equality and for the protection of civil liberties for women. After the march, attendees gather at Eakins Oval for musical performances and speeches from local organizations and politicians, like Mayor Jim Kenney and State Rep. Brian Sims.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Chinese New Year Celebration
January 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
3260 South St.
Free with $15 general admission
The Penn Museum hosts one of the city’s longest-running Chinese New Year celebrations this Saturday. Held in the gorgeous China Gallery, the day welcomes The Year of the Rooster with traditional music, a Tai Chi workshop, calligraphy lessons and more. The whole shebang closes with a lively Lion Dance.
January 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
820 Spring Garden St.
Pay as you go
Phila Flea Markets moves its treasure trove of goods indoors for its winter 2017 schedule, taking place every first and third Saturday of the month now through March. If you can dream it, you can buy it at this market. More than 85 vendors sell everything from antique furniture and vintage jewelry to linens, glassware and clothing. There’s food on location,too, to keep you satiated while you shop.
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