15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend


Redcrest Opening
Feb. 1, 5 p.m.
Redcrest Fried Chicken
1525 S. 11th St.
Pay as you go

East Passyunk Avenue welcomes a fried chicken restaurant to its growing scene, offering up a signature buttermilk blend of chicken and a spicy Thai red-curry variety that is sure to be a standout. Of course, the experience is rounded out by the usual staples to expect from a fried-chicken joint: buttermilk biscuits, ice cream floats but, also, biscuit bread pudding.

Super Bowl Sunday at Mad Rex
Feb. 4, 11 a.m.
Mad Rex Restaurant and VR Lounge
1000 Frankford Ave.
Pay as you go

To celebrate the Birds’ participation in the Super Bowl, patrons can enjoy $3 drafts all day, a free Mad Rex IPA with any burger, a free order of loaded fries per party, 10 complimentary minutes of the NFL VR Experience and a chance to try a Johnny Walker Black cocktail that “bleeds green.” Plus, an abundance of TVs to actually be able to see the game on.

Nick’s Bar & Grille Super Bowl Party
Feb. 4
Nick’s Bar & Grille
16 S. Second St.
Pay as you go

For the big game, the Old City bar and eatery will discount roast pork and roast beef sandwiches to just $5. Domestic drafts are down to $3, meanwhile, with Miller Lite buckets served for $10.

The Little Lion Super Bowl Party
Feb. 4, 6 p.m.
The Little Lion
243 Chestnut St.
A ticket to the party gets Eagles fans not just an open bar, but an all-you-can-eat buffet. The restaurant’s also promising everyone will get a seat with a view of the game.


Uri Gurvich
Feb. 2, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

This month’s First Friday musical guest at the museum is Uri Gurvich, a saxophonist from New York City who was formerly a member of the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra. His quartet has released three albums, the most recent of which, “Kinship,” released in September.

Louis, Louis, Louis with Jumaane Smith
Feb. 2, 6 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Jumaane Smith covers classics from Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima. Smith is a trumpeter and vocalist who’s performed with Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Alicia Keys and Natalie Cole—even Justin Bieber.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World
Feb. 3, 10 a.m.
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Featuring live species of crocodile like the Siamese crocodile and the West African dwarf crocodile, this is an all-encompassing deep-dive into the history of one of the world’s oldest species. Guests can even test their strength against a crocodile bite and learn a bit of croc linguistics.

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!
Feb. 3 through May 6
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic

A temporary feature of the museum, this exhibit—based on the PBS show “Side the Science Kid”—invites guests into Sid’s home to explore his lab and learn about physics, the senses and other science-related subjects. Consider it a hands-on crash course in STEM education.

African American History Month
Through Feb. 28
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.

The National Constitution Center celebrates African American History Month with a collection of ongoing special programs in February, like an interactive show that unearths the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson and others, and a self-guided tour that takes guests to artifacts from President Obama’s inauguration and an original printing of the Dred Scott decision. There’s also a “giant game board activity” that encourages patrons to test their knowledge of African-American history.


NSFW Party: Physique
Feb. 3, 10 p.m.

A funky pop-up dance party that only comes once every few months, this edition of NSFW—with beats by DJ Sharyn Stone–runs with a retro athletic wear theme. This month, sign up for the party online and receive an email on Feb. 1 with the secret location.


Greensky Bluegrass
Feb. 1, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.

Greensky Bluegrass is a five-piece acoustic band from Michigan that’s released six studio albums and is mostly known for high-energy, stomp-your-feet performances fused with rock ‘n’ roll. They tour in support of 2016 album “Shouted, Written Down & Quoted.”

Emancipator Ensemble
Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
The Theatre of Living Arts
334 South St.

A fast-rising star in the EDM scene, Douglas Appling is a classically trained violinist who deftly infuses his electronic sound with other genres and cultures. On stage, he’s accompanied by a violinist. He tours in support of most recent album, “Seven Seas.”


Seeing the Forests and the Trees
Feb. 2, 6 p.m.
Center for Art in Wood
141 N. Third St.

The marquee attraction of the exhibit is a multimedia installation—of prints, videos and sculptures–by photographer Winifred Helton-Harmon. The exhibit showcases the destruction of woodlands from clearcutting, with a gallery talk planned with the artist and curator at 6 p.m.—to be followed by refreshments.


La Tasca Trunk Show
Feb. 2, 12 p.m.; Feb. 3, 12 p.m.
La Tasca Design
246 Race St.
Pay as you go

The show specifically focuses on evening and work bags custom-made in Germantown by Candy Coated. Come to buy or just to peruse the designs.


Let’s Make a Squeal!
Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
The Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St.

The ever-quirky Pig Iron Theatre Company brings a game show—“Let’s Make a Squeal!”—to the Trocadero, featuring deals-behind-doors humor and some eye-candy hosts. Acts for the evening: TJ Kong, Ballet X, Johnny Showcase and more. Proceeds support Pig Iron Theatre.

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