The Bathtub Beer Fest
Held in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s new exhibit, “American Spirits: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” join the Bathtub Beer Fest for a unique, sudsy evening that harkens back to America’s darkest, driest chapter: Prohibition. There will be flappers and gangsters and plenty of beer served straight from the bathtub. You’ll enjoy samples of old-fashioned styles and new varieties, too. All attendees receive free admission to the National Constitution Center’s Prohibition exhibit (a $17 value!). This interactive display features hundreds of artifacts from this sad but exciting period. See the saloon-chopping axe wielded by Carrie Nation, a re-creation of an authentic speakeasy, and the first case of beer delivered to Franklin D. Roosevelt upon repeal. You’ll also have the chance to meet Daniel Okrent, the author of “Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” who helped create this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Grab your spats and head straight for this one-of-a-kind beer fest at the spectacular.
National Constitution Center, 5th and Arch streets
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”
Celebrate the holiday season with one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, “The Music Man!” It’s 1912, and the lovable, fast-talking con man “Professor” Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa, promising the townsfolk that he can teach the town’s children how to play in a magnificent marching band if they buy uniforms and instruments from him. It’s all part of a big swindle, but falling in love with the town librarian wasn’t part of the deal. With classic tunes that include “Ya Got Trouble,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “Till There Was You” and the show-stopping “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “The Music Man” is an irresistible, all-American musical for the entire family!
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
Wednesday Nov. 6 through Jan. 6
Cost: Prices vary
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” sails into The Franklin Institute this November, showcasing more than 300 legendary artifacts conserved from the ship’s debris field, offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers. The 15,000-square-foot exhibition takes visitors on a chronological journey through the life of Titanic, from the building of the legend to life on board. The Exhibition has been designed with a focus on the compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations. From china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line to perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples, the many authentic objects offer haunting and emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Saturday, Nov. 10 through April 7
Cost: Adult, daytime $29, after 5 p.m. $19.50
First Person Arts Festival
The only festival of its kind in the world, the 11th annual First Person Arts Festival, presented by the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Liberal Arts program, dedicates nine days to the power of personal stories told through all genres of art: stand-up storytelling, theater, memoir writing, dance, and more. This year’s festival features comedian Janeane Garofalo; celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson; Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, Sonia Sanchez; Philly food icon Rick Nichols; new works by our First Person Arts RAW artists; the inaugural PNC Arts Alive Story Day; and everyday Philadelphians in countless programs.
Now through Nov. 17
2012 Art by Architects
Art by Architects is the Philadelphia Center for Architecture’s annual celebration of architects’ creativity! This exhibition of fine art by architects highlights these designers’ other artistic talents in painting, photography, sculpture and more. Proceeds from the sale of these creative works support the center’s educational programs throughout the year.
Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St.
Now through Nov. 16
Cost: Free admission