Rachel Vigoda

Entertainment and Travel Editor

rachel.vigoda@metro.us

Roots Picnic lineup announced

Philly’s own The Roots are back June 4 to host theninth annual Roots Picnic, all day long on Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Tickets ($75) go on sale Friday, Feb. 5, at noon, and you’ll want to snap yours up ASAP. This year’s lineup looks awesome and we all know how fast those tickets go....

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 1:13 AM

Try out for 'The Voice' in Philly

Prep your pipes, aspiring singing superstars: NBC’s “The Voice” is hosting open call auditions in Philly next month.Auditions for the hit reality show will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 11th and Arch streets (in Hall G) on Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21. You have to be...

Friday, January 29, 2016, 1:40 AM

Peek inside the minds of Disney and Dali in 'Architects of the Imagination'

Walt Disney and Salvador Dali never completed their animated short film “Destino,” but the friendship they formed working on it in the 1940s lasted the rest of their lives.That intersection between two of the 20th century’s most innovative and influential artists is explored in the new “Disney and...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 1:46 AM

5 snow day cocktails to make at home

A cold, snowy, stuck-indoors night is the best excuse to snuggle up with a warm cocktail. Here are five cocktail recipes perfect for sharing with your fellow house-bound buddies, or heating up as a treat for yourself — so get to the store and stock up on these ingredients right now.RELATED:Why you...

Friday, January 22, 2016, 6:30 PM

What to expect at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Remember that 21-foot-tall Eiffel Tower covered in 6,000 light bulbs in the Kimmel Center a few years back? Set designer and 2015 MacArthur Genius Award winner Mimi Lien designed the installation as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, and she’s coming back to wow us again...

Friday, January 22, 2016, 1:08 AM

Don’t miss out on these big concerts coming to Philly in 2016

As much as we love anintimate show at Boot & Saddle or Johnny Brenda’s, there’s something to be said for a full house dancing in their seats at a stadium show. Here are 13 concertsto put on your calendar in 2016.1. Macklemore and Ryan LewisThe Saturday, Jan. 23, show is sold out, but you can...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 12:36 AM

PHOTOS: Philly got fancy at Hair O' The Dog

Philly’s fanciest came out Saturday night for the 22nd annual Hair O’ The Dog gala, which draws a young-ish crowd of decked out partiers, some in glamorous gowns and tuxes, some competing to see how much skin they can show and still be considered dressed in formalwear.The event, which included food...

Monday, January 18, 2016, 12:12 PM

Eat well without spending a lot during East Passyunk Restaurant Week

East Passyunk Restaurant Week is coming back for the fourth year next month, so start planning which wildly popular restaurant you want to eat at now. Not that we needed a reason to dine on the Avenue, but we’re not about to turn down a $35 three-course meal at Le Virtu.The deal week is Sunday, Feb...

Friday, January 15, 2016, 5:13 PM

George from Seinfeld was in Philly last night

In one of the odder celebrity pairings we’ve seen lately, Einstein Healthcare Network invited Diana Ross and Jason Alexander to the first event in their year-long150thanniversary celebration. The sold-out party took place last night at the National Constitution Center.Alexander hosted the event,...

Friday, January 15, 2016, 1:38 PM

Rapper Wale partied at Coda after concert with Fetty Wap

Wale made history when he opened for Obama before the president’s final State of the Union speech on Tuesday, as the first rapper to do so — and then he came to party in Philly.After playing a concert last night at the Liacouras Center at Temple with Fetty Wap, French Montana and Logic, the D.C.-...

Friday, January 15, 2016, 11:40 AM

Chinese lantern festival will light up Franklin Square

Two hundred feet isn’t that long if you’re talking about, say, a lunchtime stroll, or how much time you have before GPS says “turn left!” But when you’re using "200 feet" to describe a dragon, that’s a whole different story. As part of its10-year anniversary celebration, Franklin Square is hosting...

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 4:04 PM

All the cool kids were at the Franklin Institute’s Science After Hours

Last night’s Science After Hours party at the Franklin Institute brought in 2,600 people — those lucky enough to score tickets, which had quickly sold out for the monthly 21-plus event.The theme was Speakeasy and guests took it to heart, donning their Roaring '20s best. Experiments and demos...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 3:29 PM

Make your Center City Restaurant Week reservations right now

Restaurant Week is always an exciting time for those of us obsessed with eating out — it’s our chance to try a hot spot that’s usually way too expensive for a random Tuesday indulgence.More than 100 restaurants are participating in Center City Restaurant Week, Philly’s biggest version of the deal...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 1:31 PM

Everyone still wants to go to Vegas

Longing to laze on the beach? Hurry up and book ASAP. January is one the best — read: cheapest —times to take that warm weather getaway you’ve been craving. But, according to Trip Advisor, the most popular winter destination is hot in a different way: Las Vegas topped the list among U.S. travelers...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 4:28 PM

How to save money on travel in 2016

When it comes to saving money on travel, when you go is as important as where you go. We checked in withMark Murphy, founder of TravelPulse.com, to find out the best destinations for warm weather getaways that won’t break the bank, andthe best times to book them.Not surprisingly, Murphy, who also...

Monday, January 11, 2016, 3:47 PM

Meet the Property Brothers at the Philly Home + Garden Show

Looking to spruce up your home for the new year? The first Philly Home + Garden Show is on next weekend, January 15-17, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. More than 150 exhibitors will be displaying their wares andgivingguidance on every type of home project you can think of, from...

Friday, January 8, 2016, 5:17 PM

Millesime and Ligne Roset is throwing a party to benefit Eli Kulp

Old City furniture store Millesime and Ligne Roset is opening its new 16,000-square-foot showroom with a party benefitting Eli Kulp, the city’s star chef who was paralyzed in the Amtrak derailment in May. Kulp’s Forkand High Street on Marketare both in Old City.The event, themed “Structured Chaos:...

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 4:41 PM

What you’ll be eating at Snap Kitchen

Austin, Texas-based Snap Kitchen is making the move to the East Coast — and we get them first. The take-out joint, focused on nutritious, well-portioned meals, is opening up seven locations in the Philly area this year, including four in the city.What you’ll be eating when you stop in to pick up a...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 4:09 PM

The best places to eat your vegetables — without missing meat

Forget greasy cheesesteaks. Here are five of the best places in Philly for a veggie-friendly meal that will please even the most devout meat-eaters.Miss Rachel’s Pantry1938 S. Chadwick St.Make a reservation at Rachel Klein’s weekly all-vegan, kosher communal dinner in her new retro, 1950s-decorated...

Monday, January 4, 2016, 5:30 PM

Jillian Mele and more Philly VIPs tell us how to start 2016 off right

We’re glossing right over those post-holiday blahs and moving ontoall the fun, festive things to do in Philadelphia in January. We asked a few of our favorite Philly VIPs to give us the inside scoop on what they'll be up to — and what we should put on our calendars too.Jillian Mele, Comcast...

Monday, December 28, 2015, 5:30 PM