Philadelphia Museum of Art offers “Pay-What-You-Wish” program
The Museum’s main building will be open until 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday. Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday Nights are casual, exciting and illuminating. Come on your own or with family or friends! Explore the Museum and its remarkable collections in inventive, interactive and dynamic new ways. Gallery conversations take unexpected forms such as “triple play,” when we invite visitors to talk about three works united by a common theme. Mini-film festivals will be screened, showcasing international independent films and artist’s films as well as old favorites. Regional artists will offer in-gallery experiences or performance pieces. Once a month, visitors can play games inspired by the collection. “Pop-up” programs will include sketching in the galleries and storytelling. Every week, music will bring evocative aural sensations to the Great Stair Hall, and once a month, musicians will perform live in the galleries.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Wednesdays starting at 5 p.m.
Cost: pay what you wish
Three-course pork dinner at Amada
Pig Out at Amada! Whether in Atlantic City or Philadelphia, enjoy a three-course experience featuring endless Cochinillo Asado, our whole-roasted suckling pig, carved by our chefs tableside. Slow-cooked for 48 hours, the juicy pork is served with assorted tapas like chorizo a la plancha, herb-roasted fingerling potatoes and rosemary white beans. Stay refreshed with our unlimited sangria, offered in both red and white. First Course: Ensalada Verde, Tortilla Espanola (AC), Padron Peppers (Philadelphia), Chorizo a la plancha. Second Course: Cochinillo Asado, Garbanzos a La Catalana, Herb-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Rosemary White Beans. Dessert: Spanish Flan.
Amada, 217 Chestnut St.
Sunday, March 10, 4:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $55 per person for unlimited food, $75 per person for unlimited food and sangria
Presidents Day weekend at the Constitution Center
During Presidents Day weekend, visitors to the Center will learn about the role of the president and what it takes to be commander in chief. At craft activity tables, children can create campaign buttons, design their own presidential seals, and more. Guests also are invited to join in a special “Presidential Tour” of the Center’s main exhibition. During Presidential Trivia, participants will race against the clock to answer questions about presidential elections, inaugurations and even pets! Re-enactors will join the Center throughout the weekend to mingle with guests, pose for photos, sign autographs, and discuss their lives and presidencies.
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
Feb. 16-Feb. 18
Cost: free with admission
My Brother Marvin playing at Merriam Theater The musical genius of Marvin Gaye is undisputedly documented in the annals of music history with his continual string of No. 1 and top-10 hits, unforgettable duets and larger-than-life persona. No doubt, from his auspicious introduction to music at an early age until his premature and untimely death at the age of 45, one fact remained undeniably true — Marvin was the voice of his generation. But what about the man? What about the influences and people who shaped Marvin, those forces that destroyed Marvin, those who loved Marvin and the family that now carries on his legacy? What about that story, the real story, the true story of the marvelous Marvin Gaye! The world knows his music, but they don’t know the man behind the music. In this shocking and spellbinding new version of “My Brother Marvin,” audiences will experience the most candid and revealing story of life with this musical icon, a story that has never been told. Based on the firsthand accounts of Marvin’s sister Zeola, “My Brother Marvin” pushes the envelope by revealing Marvin’s internal battles, greatest fears and most salacious family secrets.
The Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Mosaic exhibition at Penn Museum
More than 300 square feet and nearly 2,000 years old, this ancient Roman floor mosaic is one of the world’s largest and best preserved. Discovered in 1996 in Lod, Israel (near Tel Aviv), the “Lod Mosaic” is often characterized as an archaeological gem. Learn about the mosaic’s discovery, history and conservation in this limited-time exhibition. See this unique masterpiece in its final United States venue before it travels to the Louvre in Paris and eventually becomes the permanent focus of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center in Israel.
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Now through May 19