Puppy Bowl Watch Party, The Disco Biscuits and more to do in Philly


Super Philly Chili Bowl
Feb. 4, 2-6 p.m.
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut St.

Philadelphia may not be known for its chili — especially not vegan chili — but that all may be about to change. Stop by the Super Philly Chili Bowl to taste meat-free chili recipes from 21 local chefs vying to take home the day’s top prize. Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary will also be on hand to offer up samples of their famous hot sauces.

Puppy Bowl Watch Party
Feb. 5, 2-5 p.m.
Devil’s Den
1148 S. 11th St.
Pay as you go

Head to Devil’s Den before the big game Sunday to not only watch the Puppy Bowl but mingle with muts from Morris Animal Refuge that actually participated in this year’s game. Dogfish Head Brewery will be on site offering up four cans for $15, and the Devil’s Den chef will whip up puppy-themed food specials. Proceeds from those Dogfish sales benefit Morris Animal Refuge.


Harry Potter Party
Feb. 2, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.
District N9NE
460 N. Ninth St.

For those of you wishing Chestnut Hill’s autumn Harry Potter Festival was a bit less … kid-friendly, The Appreciation Society has your back. The organization hosts this Unofficial Harry Potter Dress-Up Party for those 18 and over. When you arrive, you’ll be given Harry, Ron, Hermoine or Drake masks and then whisked off to your house for a night of muggle-worthy revelries. Themed drinks, like ButterBeer Pitchers and FireWhisky Shots, will be served all night.


The Disco Biscuits
Feb. 2-4
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.

They’re as delicious as they sound. Locally formed group The Disco Biscuits bring to the dance floor a funky melange of musical genres — from rock and techno to jazz, soul and blues. They’re bringing their sound — along with an amazing light show — to the Fillmore for a three-day music festival that also features groups Aqueous, Swift Technique and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies. Snag a three-day pass for $90, or buy a one-nighter ticket for $36.

Sing Out Loud
Feb. 4-5
The Drake
302 S. Hicks St.
Pay what you can

Mauckingbird Theatre Company stages an evening of new tunes that speak to the LGBTQ experience. John Daniels curates the affair, which brings to the stage a talented array of local singers, composers and instrumentalists. There are two performances, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.


“Church of Broken Pieces” and “Harlem, U.S.A”
Feb. 2-April 2
African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St.
Free with $14 museum admission

This week, the African American Museum in Philadelphia unveils two photographic exhibitions that offer different looks at African-American communities around the country. Among them is Dawoud Bey’s “Harlem, U.S.A.” The historic black-and-white exhibit, first shown in 1979, examines the many types of people who make up New York’s diverse Harlem neighborhood. The opening reception is Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m., but the exhibit is on view through April 2.

“The Kiss”
Through Jan. 2019
Rodin Museum
2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Rodin Museum reopens after a monthlong hiatus to get ready for a brand new exhibition that taps into Rodin’s sensual side. The installation, called “The Kiss,” comprises marble, bronze, plaster and terracotta sculptures of bodies bound in (mostly) loving embraces. See classics like “The Minotaur,” the sensual “Eternal Springtime,” and the installation’s namesake, “The Kiss,” that were all crafted by “The Thinker” sculptor within a 30-year period.

Through Feb. 12
The Drake
302 S. Hicks St.

Two of the 20th century’s most radical activist leaders, Marcus Garvey and Emma Goldman, share stage time in InterAct Theatre Company’s first production of 2017. The feisty world premiere puts the duo in a heated and oftentimes funny head-to-head debate about who has an edge when it comes to shaking up the status quo. They cover everything from race and gender to capitalism and free love. The timing couldn’t be more perfect considering our current political climate. Someone get Trump a ticket.


Feb. 3, midnight
Ritz at the Bourse
214 Walnut St.

On Friday night, one of the creepiest sci-fi films ever made slithers its way back onto the big screen in Old City. “Alien” concerns a space marines officer, played by Sigourney Weaver, whose spacecraft is taken over by a menacing, razor-sharp-toothed xenomorph. This screening is the director’s cut, so look out for some extra surprises.


Phila Flea Market
Feb. 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
820 Spring Garden St.
Pay as you go

Phila Flea Markets returns for its third and penultimate shopping day of its 2017 indoor season. If you can dream it, you can buy it at this market. More than 85 vendors sell everything from antique furniture and vintage jewelry to linens, glassware and clothing. There’s food on location too, to keep you satiated while you shop. The last market happens March 18 before returning to its outdoor venue early April.