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Where to Celebrate Dad in Philadelphia

From a scotch dinner to a US Open viewing and beyond, here's how to honor your special guy.

June 10, 2013

by michelle mass
photography courtesy Bistro St. Tropez (Bistro St. Tropez); Philadelphia Museum of Art (Granite Hill); Warren Grant (ramblewood); Starr Restaurants (Route 6)


Lilly Pulitzer's Exclusive U.S. Open Print

A limited-edition print honors the tournament, held at Merion Golf Club this year.

June 07, 2013

Lilly Pulitzer has designed an exclusive print that beautifully embodies the U.S. Open, held this year from June 13-16 at Ardmore’s Merion Golf Club

Available exclusively at the Merion Golf Club and on the United States Golf Association’s website through June 21, the hand-painted print is a modern version of a classic toile. The USGA helped with the creation, incorporating picturesque views from around the club. As with all of their designs, Lilly Pulitzer stayed true to their signature pastel color scheme of pink and green.

“One of the greatest honors we can bestow at Lilly Pulitzer is designing a custom print,” said James Bradbeer, president of Lilly Pulitzer. “Given that the Open is in our backyard, we were thrilled to help them celebrate.”

In addition to the brand's Murfee scarf ($118), the print is also available on a shoreline tote bag ($78). Both are perfect for any summer excursion. 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, 610-265-7607

By Michelle Mass


P.POD Pop-Up Shop This Weekend

stadler-Kahn pays homage to local artisans with a pop-up at Metropolitan Gallery 250.

June 05, 2013

Center City textile and design shop stadler-Kahn (1724 Sansom St., 267-242-7154) presents the second Philadelphia Produces Original Design, or P.POD, Pop-Up Shop from June 7-9 at Metropolitan Gallery 250. Shoppers will be able to peruse items that are solely designed and/or produced in Philadelphia.

The three-day happening will kick off June 7 with a party at Metropolitan Gallery (6-9 pm), where guests can shop the pop-up’s 11 brands as they indulge in refreshments like Shane Confectionery’s taffy courtesy Metropolitan Bakery, cheese from new Reading Terminal purveyor Valley Shepherd Creamery, and Nodding Head Brewery’s summer beers. Regular hours (11 am-4 pm) will be in effect Saturday and Sunday, allowing attendees to shop Philadelphia labels like Liz McIlvaine, Peg & Awl, Girls Can Tell, and Groundwork.

“This pop-up is a vision of things to come,” says stadler-Kahn owner Alex Stadler. “In the future, Philadelphia will have a curated, multi-disciplinary permanent design shop devoted to all of the extraordinary things that are being created right here in our city.” The first P.POD opened in the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the 2011-2012 holiday season with over 40 local designers and saw great success. 250 S. 18th St., Center City, 215-545-6655

by michelle mass
Photography by Carrie Collins (Fabric Horse); Sara Selepouchin (Girls Can Tell); Ernie Seskin (Groundwork); Alex Stadler (S-K); Jane Feldman (Liz McIlvaine)


Magpie Introduces Pie Milkshakes

Magpie's innovative milkshakes make the perfect summer treats.

May 31, 2013

Magpie pie milkshake.
Magpie's pie milkshakes are served in mason jars.

South Street sweet spot Magpie introduces its innovative pie milkshakes just in time for summer's first heat wave. The delicious twist on the classic dessert allows those with a sweet tooth to blend their favorite slice of Magpie’s signature pies—fruit, cream, and custard—into a decadent 16-ounce milkshake.

Each serving combines Bassets vanilla ice cream and your choice of the daily pie selections into a custom-blended shake served with both a straw and a spoon for easy enjoyment. For the month of June, Magpie will offer an all-star lineup of pie milkshakes including apple pie, chocolate-coffee-cinnamon-pecan, butterscotch bourbon, coconut cream, and lemon curd. Made with the freshest ingredients, both sweet and savory pies are available every day.

Though the pie milkshakes are new to the menu, owner Holly Ricciardi has already wowed Philadelphians with her baking expertise. “We opened Magpie in September 2012, so this is the first season that we’ll be working with all the rich, sweet summer fruits,” Ricciardi says. 1622 South St., 267-519-2904

By Michelle Mass


The Terrace Bar Opens on the 'Rocky Steps'

The Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes an alfresco dining experience, starting next week.

May 29, 2013

The Terrace Bar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Guests can enjoy an artisan cheese plate and fresh brew atop the Rocky Steps at the new Terrace Bar.

Just in time for the summer season, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will debut the Terrace Bar, a new outdoor seating concept atop the “Rocky Steps.” Museum-goers can get a first look at the innovative eatery when it opens for happy hour on June 5.

In conjunction with the museum’s current promotions—Pay What You Wish on Wednesday nights and Friday night’s Art After 5—guests can experience the world-renowned art collections while enjoying drinks and delicious food by culinary powerhouse Stephen STARR Events.

“We couldn’t be more excited to open up the Terrace Bar on Wednesday and Friday evenings this summer,” says Simon Powles, president of Stephen STARR Events. “Not only can guests enjoy the stunning collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during these special evening hours, but they can now sit outside on the Terrace and enjoy great food and drinks while overlooking our wonderful city.”

With an unmatched view of the Philadelphia skyline as a backdrop, diners can indulge in a variety of gourmet dishes inspired by Starr’s most well-loved restaurants. Bites like chicken and ginger dumplings (based on items at Buddakan), spinach and manchego empanadas (a nod to Alma de Cuba), and lobster mac and cheese (a hit at The Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar) will be served up each night.

Additionally, on the first Wednesday of each month, the Terrace Bar will host a happy hour from 5-7 pm featuring specially priced beers and glasses of wine, as well as signature cocktails. Among the libations served will be The Kir Royale, a combination of Champagne, cassis, and fresh raspberries, while Violent Femmes is a drink mixed with Smirnoff blueberry vodka, crème de violette, and lemon. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100

The Terrace Bar will be open from 5-8:45 pm Wednesday and Friday evenings through September.

By Alexandra Leshner


Anthony Elms Talks ICA's 'White Petals'

The ICA Curator gives a glimpse into the exhibit, which examines self-expression in fashion.

May 22, 2013

On view at the University of Pennsylvania Institute of Contemporary Art through July 28, “White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart” presents a fascinating view into the concepts of adornment, self-presentation, and branding. Drawing inspiration from novelist J.G. Ballard—who defined fashion as “a recognition that nature has endowed us with one skin too few, and that a fully sentient being should wear its nervous system externally”—a group of artists utilized a variety of mediums, from costumes and jewelry to sculptures and paintings, to explore how our sartorial choices reflect our personalities.

Philadelphia Style sat down with the showcase's curator, Anthony Elms, to discuss the group exhibition and what visitors can expect.

Where does the title “White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart” derive from?
The title comes from one of the many translations of, and versions of, the Narcissus myth. When it is clear that Narcissus cannot pull himself away from his own reflection, some versions say he dies, and is transformed into the narcissus flower (white petals, a yellow center); in other versions he is transformed into the flower. The version I quote might be worded somewhere between a warning and a promise.

Describe the theme behind the exhibition.
Simply put, I hope, while how we dress or adorn—with jewelry, perfume, etc.—ourselves does not necessarily express something authentic about ourselves, it is a tool we all use to craft where we want to be politically, socially, sexually, economically, and perhaps most importantly, aspirationally. We can invent new spaces and new identities simply through paying attention to how we look in the mirror.

How do you interpret J.G. Ballard's quote that inspired the exhibition?
J.G. Ballard is a writer who has always inspired me. I need to admit that I have been thinking about this quote for well over 20 years. If I could really answer this question, I probably wouldn't still be thinking about the definition. I know it feels right, and while it is perhaps difficult to directly fix an exact meaning to Ballard's words, they ring true. The nervous system is an amazingly ornate and complicated and delicate and essential part of our bodies. And this is no less true for the ways we adorn our bodies. If the nervous system drives how we react with and recoil from stimulus in the world, I think our fashions are how we attract or repeal others—in other words, how we react to the world. Our plumage pales when you consider that of some species.

What is your favorite piece from White Petals and why?
I can't name a favorite piece. All of the artists, and all of their works, were selected because they have something to say not just in-and-of themselves, but also together. They come together and offer a richness in the way they relate. Each of the artists needed to be in the exhibition, and each of the pieces has a distinct presence. They are all favorites.

What can visitors expect from this exhibition?
AE: Works from across a range of media by artists from a range of locations, ages, and experiences that have all, at some point, engaged with the many ways we adorn ourselves. Not just in fashion, as we think about it through the pages of a fashion magazine, but all the ways our clothes and jewelry can be a part of what we make ourselves to be. Hopefully some of the things will be confusing, others engaging, some beautiful, others a sharp wit, and a time or two, all of the above at once.

“White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart” is on display through July 28 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. at the University of Pennsylvania, 215-898-7108. Admission is free every day.

By Alexandra Leshner


Fitness Fundraiser: Optimal in Motion

Exercise for a good cause with this all-day event from FBPH and Optimal Sport Health Clubs.

May 17, 2013

Optimal in Motion fitness classes.
Optimal Sport Health Clubs will offer a variety of fitness classes that will whip you into shape and support a good cause.

Philadelphia fitness organization, Optimal Sport Health Clubs, will join the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health (FBPH) for an all-day fitness fundraiser, Optimal in Motion, on Wednesday, May 22.

A variety of exercise classes—including cycling, zumba, yoga, and bootcamp—will take place from early morning through the evening hours in order to accommodate the schedules of all participants. Optimal Sport is also encouraging partakers to gain sponsors to contribute to the cause; the individual who raises the most funds will win a free one-year membership to the premier health club. 

With four locations in the Greater Philadelphia area, fitness enthusiasts of all levels can sweat to support the advancement of breast and prostate cancer research and treatment. “It is our hope that through events like [Optimal in Motion] we elevate awareness and educate the public,” says Colleen Daley, executive director of FBPH. “The funds raised at this event will allow us to underwrite grants to local hospitals that provide free prostate screening for men of the Delaware Valley, and the Fund for Living that provides assistance to women with breast cancer and their families by helping to cover unique problems associated with their care that may not be covered by traditional insurance.”

A minimum donation of $20 is suggested, and a select few of the classes require reservations. For the complete schedule and to reserve your spot, visit optimalinmotion.com. Curtis Center, 601 Walnut St. LL30, 215-238-5751; The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St., 215-735-1114; 2132 S. Eagle Rd., Newtown, 215-579-7600; 2501 Mt. Holly Rd., Burlington, NJ, 609-239-6900

—Michelle Mass


Talented Actresses Talk Mame at BCP

A show featuring Andrea McArdle and Lea DeLaria kicks off Bucks County Playhouse's season.

May 13, 2013

As the kickoff to the Bucks County Playhouse's summer season, veteran actresses Andrea McArdle and Lea DeLaria light up the stage in Mame, a musical that follows the wealthy/flighty Mame Dennis (McArdle) as she is unexpectedly left to care for her orphaned 10-year-old nephew—with a dose of support from her hilarious best friend/“world’s biggest lush” Vera Charles (DeLaria). Philadelphia Style sat down with the leading ladies to find out more about their characters, what it’s like to perform in Philadelphia, and more.

Tell us how your prior experiences in movies, TV shows, and Broadway, have shaped your careers?
ANDREA MCARDLE: Annie on Broadway was just magical for me. I was sharing the stage with the best of the best, it was an iconic show—this kind of thing is so rare. It's made me grateful for every second.
LEA DELARIA: I was the first openly gay comic to perform on TV in the US. That projected me right into the limelight in an aggressive way. I was regularly seen in sitcoms and movies throughout the ‘90s, then George Wolfe cast me as Hildy in the Broadway revival of On the Town, and I’ve never looked back. New York theater allowed me to sing, act, [and] play both men and women; straight and gay.

How did you get involved with the Bucks County Playhouse?
LD: Jed Bernstein has revitalized the playhouse. He called me to do the Vagina Monologues and Andrea was in that as well. As soon as she told me she was doing Mame, I called my manager to say I wanted to play Vera. Just the thought of us doing “Bosom Buddies” [a song between McArdle and DeLaria’s characters in Mame] made me squeal like a little girl.
AM: The playhouse is my legacy. I was there way back when, but I've returned because it’s doing great work, and I adore Jed.

What can audience members expect from Mame?
LD: It is a truly fun two-and-a-half hours of music, dancing, and over-consumption of booze.
AM: Yeah, the audience is really going to get a treat, this cast is a wonder and Jerry Herman's music will transport them.

Can either of you relate at all to the characters you play in Mame?
AM: Oh, so much so, I totally relate to Mame—she is a woman who becomes a woman when she is forced to become a "mother" to a little boy. This child enables her in becoming a true heroine.
LD: Vera Charles is New York City. She is sophisticated, stoned, and scintillating. I, on the other hand, am fiercely loyal to my friends, and I will always speak my mind…so no, I don’t relate to her at all!

How does it feel to perform in Philadelphia?
AM: I'm a Philly girl so performing here is always a gift! I just love this town, every step of it. Richard Jay-Alexander, the director of my cabaret show demanded that I be honest—well, Philly keeps me honest! Philly will always be my home.
LD: The audiences here are warm and quick and delightful. In fact, the other night when I went out for my bow, I brought a Philly Soft Pretzel [with me] and took a big bite out of it. The audience cheered. You could really feel how they loved that tribute to one of the town’s biggest draws. Then Andrea came out, took it from me and took a huge bite, and they rose to their feet!

Mame plays May 23-June 9 at the Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, 215-862-2121. Tickets ($29-58) are available on bcptheater.org

—Michelle Mass
Photography by Mandee Kuenzle, Bucks County Playhouse


Whipped Bakeshop's Creative Cupcakes

The Fishtown bakery celebrates The Great Gatsby and Mother’s Day with specialty sweets.

May 10, 2013

In celebration of today’s release of The Great Gatsby, Whipped Bakeshop has created a limited-edition cupcake that embodies the refined yet quirky character of the film’s leading lady, Daisy Buchanan.

Dubbed The Drunken Daisy, the cupcake is comprised of an almond pound cake chock full of homemade apricot preserves, and frosted with an apricot-brandy buttercream that’s been cleverly piped into the shape of a delicate, blush-colored daisy. The confection is finished off with a dusting of coral sugar and edible gold glitter.

“We love The Drunken Daisy cupcake because it’s glittery, boozy, and generally a lot of fun,” says Whipped Bakeshop owner Zoe Lukas. “It’s iced to look like an apricot-hued daisy, so we think it makes a lovely and delicious Mother’s Day treat as well.”

Speaking of Mother’s Day, Whipped is celebrating the leading lady in your life with specialty cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. Show mom you’re sweet on her with Spring Bouquet Cupcakes, a set of 12 daffodil-adorned treats made from vanilla-buttermilk cake, raspberry jam, vanilla meringue buttercream, and bittersweet ganache. Or, if she prefers cakes, order the iced Lovely Lily Cake that features hand-painted lily blossoms and buttercream frosting. 636 Belgrade St., Fishtown, 215-598-5449

—Michelle Mass


Mother's Day Dining in Philadelphia

Treat your mom to one of these special Mother's Day menus on Sunday, May 12.

May 08, 2013

—Alexandra Leshner

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