Looking for some fun, unique and safe ways to spend your weekend? In the age of social distancing, Metro has you covered. A few Philly establishments have come up with inventive ways to still have fun this weekend while staying healthy.
Zoom Comedy Roast with U Streat comedy
In times such as these, it’s important to let loose—and why not do just that through a comedy roast? U Streat Comedy has been organizing virtual Zoom comedy shows throughout the pandemic, and this Friday they will be hosting the “French Roast with Franqi French and Stephen Campbell.” The event is a roast-style comedy show where audience members can get involved and submit their friend’s social media information along with an embarrassing story to email@example.com for a chance to have a shoutout. The Roast will be hosted by Franqi French, winner of Standup NBC, and Stephen Campbell from Insomniac Events, and the duo will also be joined by standup comedians from Comedy Central, Netflix, NBC, and more as well. The event will take place May 20 at 9 p.m. through Zoom. A portion of the proceeds will also go to helpreliefphilly.com to help provide family-style meals for those in need.
Dinner and a Show with Balboa Catering
In the age of social distancing, you don’t have to leave your home to enjoy a gourmet dinner and entertaining show. Balboa Catering has partnered up with Chef Alex Garfinkel and close-up magician Adam Elbaum to present a specially curated evening that allows Philadelphians to dine-in and be dazzled in style. Those interested can purchase dinner kits that come with a ticket to Elbaum’s Zoom magic show (which will feature mind-reading, world-class card magic and even levitation) in the form of a box for one ($55 for box and ticket) or two ($80 for box and tickets). All meal kits come with an arugula salad, dinner rolls and strawberry shortcake and will also include an entree option (your choice of Lancaster chicken breast, Mid-Atlantic Wild Caught Salmon or vegetarian lasagna). Kits can be ordered online and the show will take place May 30 at 7 p.m.
Make Your Own Sushi Hand Rolls with Zama
If you’re in the mood to break out your sushi rolling skills, Center City hotspot Zama is here. Philadelphians can now order their own Make Your Sushi Kit for pick-up or delivery from the hotspot, with gluten-free, non-shellfish and vegetarian options available as well. The kit ($39) comes with 2 pairs of sushi gloves, one bowl of sushi rice, 12 sheets of premium seaweed (Kushu Miyabi Tokusen) 6 condiments (sesame seeds, crunchy crumb, spicy sauce, eel sauce, wasabi mayo and frying fish roe), ginger, wasabi, soy sauce, a chef’s selections of 6 assorted vegetables (chosen from cucumber, avocado, carrot, asparagus, cream cheese, jalapeno, mango and radish sprout) and sashimi grade fish (tuna, yellowtail, salmon, negitoro-scallion, shrimp tempura, BBQ eel, crab-stick and shrimp). Philadelphians can also upgrade to a ‘Black Belt’ option ($59), which also includes toro, king yellowtail and salmon toro. Sets must be ordered 2-hours in advance during dinner hours (5-8 p.m.) or the day before for a lunchtime pick-up or delivery (between 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.). Delivery will also be available through Caviar.
Live! – KOP Town Center’s Live Music Programming
If you miss the feeling of a live performance, King of Prussia’s Town Center can help you out on that front. According to a release, rather than cancel May’s Live! Performances, the Town Center decided to adapt the format to live steam artists on the KOP Town Center via the Facebook page to continue that same sense of togetherness — just in a way that fits this temporary “new normal.” Performances will be hosted every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. on the KOP Town Center’s Facebook page with this Friday’s performance featuring the Stephanie Brown Duo.
PA Ballet/ MANNA Fundraiser
This weekend, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philadelphia-based nonprofit, MANNA will be hosting a virtual 80s themed fundraiser on May 30. The event calls for dressing up, so think leg warmers, neon colors and plenty of teased hair, but viewers are also in for a treat with performances from soloist Alex Hughes and corps de ballet dancer Emily Davis alongside the Young Friends of Pennsylvania, plus other Pennsylvania Ballet company dancers will be in attendance. Registering is free, but according to the release, the establishment is asking for a donation to help raise much-needed funds for a vital charity in our city and donations of up to $10,000 will be generously matched by one of MANNA’s Board members. Those interested can register through paballet80s.givesmart.com or text paballet80s to 76278. The virtual fundraiser will take place from 7:30-9 p.m.
20 Second Trivia for the CDC
Need a virtual way to test your trivia-skills? Quizzo- loving Philadelphians can now join in on a fun and informative trivia every Sunday through Zoom. The Trivia created by David Horowitz is free to participate in, but those who do sign on are encouraged to donate to the CDC. Horowitz runs the event through Facebook, which is matching donations 2-1. The event is fun, witty and very entertaining, and takes place weekly at 8 p.m.