The circus comes to town in a big way at the end of the month with the return of Cirque du Soleil to the Philadelphia area, bringing its new big-top production Totem to town, May 30-June 23.
After its March U.S. premiere in New York, Totem makes its second stop in the Philadelphia area on the Camden Waterfront, just across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
As with all Cirque productions, Totem weaves circus arts with original music and storytelling. This show is inspired by myths of founding and origin, telling a story of species evolution through a visual and acrobatic language.
Four main characters lead the audience through 11 acts featuring 53 artists from 18 countries. Circus arts performers include a trapeze duo, a hoop dancer, roller skaters, Russian bars acrobats and unicyclists.
The Quebec-based organization presents its dynamic shows around the globe — there are currently 20 on view across the world, and 12 in the U.S. alone.
Tickets to Totem in Camden are available online, so reserve today.
Don’t miss the chance to experience the world of Cirque du Soleil in Philadelphia’s backyard.
Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
When: May 30-June 23
Where: The Camden Waterfront, Cooper Street and Delaware Avenue
More info: www.cirquedusoleil.com
PHILLY'S BEST DINERS!
• Melrose Diner: The slogan at the Melrose Diner, a 70-plus-year-old South Philly institution, is “Everybody who knows goes to the Melrose.” And, on weekend nights, it seems like every Philadelphian does. Booths here are shared, peach pies are homemade and the longtime servers are no-nonsense.
• Trolley Car Diner: The large neon lights reflect off the silver exterior of the Trolley Car Diner, a Mount Airy mainstay on Germantown Avenue serving up fresh, locally-sourced fare. Nostaglic noshers can sip La Colombe coffee while they work their way through a stack of hotcakes and the local paper’s crossword puzzle.
• The Mayfair Diner: Located in the — you guessed it — Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia, The Mayfair Diner has been a local favorite since 1932. President Obama has even eaten here. The classic diner-style restaurant is 125 feet in length, making it one of the longest diners in the area. NB: we still recommend getting there early on the weekends.
• Bob’s Diner: Touted as the place “where good people meet to eat,” Bob’s Diner has been serving the good people of Roxborough for more than 20 years from a vintage 1940s silver dining car on Ridge Avenue. (Take a sneak peek at Bob’s here.)
• The Dining Car: Located deep in the great Northeast, The Dining Car has been around for more than 50 years. This “Great American Diner” is famous for its French onion soup and Jewish apple cake. There’s also a full bar.
• Down Home Diner: Inside the always bustling Reading Terminal Market you’ll find the Down Home Diner, a little slice of “when times were simpler” that serves up no nonsense diner food to the Center City faithful.
The popular musical Sister Act arrives at the Academy of Music on Tuesday, April 2 and will be entertaining guests with its catchy songs until Sunday, April 7.
Though a touring show, this performance has a few Philadelphia tie-ins: Sister Act is set in our fair city in 1973. Plus, Philly native Ta’Rea Campbell stars as Deloris Van Cartier. Welcome home!
Based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg,Sister Act follows Deloris Van Cartier, an aspiring musician who loves the glitz and glamour of show business. She witnesses a murder and is put into hiding somewhere far from her comfort zone — a convent.
The hit musical features the lounge singer-turned-nun’s experience at the convent, her sudden connection with the convent’s chorus and the toe-tapping music that results from the unexpected partnership.
With music by Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, this show is sure to have you dancing and whistling out of the theater.
The show is part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series.
Tickets are available online.
Sister Act at the Academy of Music
When: April 2-7
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
More info: www.kimmelcenter.org
In The News
Philly nabs spot in Travel & Leisure's list of best pizza cities
The City of Brotherly Love (and pie!) claimed the number four spot on Travel & Leisure's list of "America's Best Cities for Pizza." Personally, I think Santucci's and Gennaro's Tomato Pie also deserved a mention.
Pizza may not have been part of the founding fathers’ diet, but it is the voters’ favorite food in present-day Philly, which ranked in the top 5 for its great museumsand cultural attractions. History meets pie at Pizza Brain, the “pizza museum” in Fishtown that serves thin-crust pies and houses more than 500 pizza-related artifacts. Meanwhile, at purist favorite Nomad Pizza, they slice your pie at the table, to prevent sogginess, and show a movie every Sunday night.
Original source: Travel & Leisure
Read the full list here.
When: Sunday, March 4 – Sunday, March 11, 2012
Philadelphia hosts the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world. This year’s theme is Hawaii. The show will wow visitors with a tropical experience that is part digital technology and part natural beauty. Sugar House Casino will sponsor a “man cave,” where sports will be projected and table games played.
Turtles: Journey of Survival at Adventure Aquarium When: January 14-March 24 Where: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden Cost: Adults $24.95, Children $17.95 More info: www.adventureaquarium.com
An exciting new exhibit is coming to the Adventure Aquarium. An in-depth exhibit, Turtles: Journey of Survival will be at the aquarium from January 14-March 24. The exhibit will dive into the world and survival of turtles and tortoises.
It will explore their survival over millions and millions of years – outliving dinosaurs and natural disasters. Attendees will get an exclusive look at land and aquatic turtles ranging in size from a turtle no bigger than a postage stamp, to a massive turtle weighing in at 450 pounds. This exhibit will house the most turtles that have ever been at the Adventure Aquarium at once – there will be more than 20 turtles at the exhibit.
Guests will learn how to help conserve vulnerable species of turtles through live shows and special appearances.
The Adventure Aquarium has paired up with the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor, New Jersey to help raise money and awareness for the Northern Diamondback Terrapins, a local turtle species that is at risk. Guests will also learn about other at-risk turtle species.
Be sure to check out the two newest additions to the Adventure Aquarium; two recently rescued Loggerhead Sea turtles.
Guests will also learn about the more peculiar habits of certain species of turtles. Learn which turtle emits a high-pitched screech to scare away predators and why the Painted Wood turtle dances for its food.
This family-friendly exhibit is great for adults and children alike. Get a firsthand look at the survival of turtles while learning how to help ensure they stick around for another 200 million years.
Wishing all our residents and their families a Happy Holiday and
a Safe and Peaceful New Year.
Dear Residents, GREAT NEWS! We recently went live and completed our new website.
One of the new features is our interactive resident board! Here residents are able to post event suggestions, new recipe ideas, or log on to see what's new around Forest Station Apartments. The office staff will be updating this page, by answering any questions posted, giving information on upcoming community events, and much more. Stay up to date on what's going on in your community.
If you have any additional questions about how it works, feel free to contact the management office. We hope everyone enjoys the new website. Here is a link to our resident's page:
READING TERMINAL HOLIDAY RAILROAD NOW OPEN!
Now – Monday, December 31, Open Daily at 10am
Closed Christmas Day
Location: Piano Court in the Market
Kids and adults alike will delight in this 500 sq.f. model railroad display with almost a third of a mile of track! Twelve working train lines rumble through a multitude of miniature scenery including Center City Philly, a Christmas Village, and snow-covered countryside. If you can’t make it in person, click herefor an “inside” look.