Michelle Avery Konczyk: Entropy
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Michelle Avery Konczyk: Entropy
The Hard Rock Cafe will allow patrons to take to the stage in exchange for a free burger on April 17 with the restaurant’s annual “Sing for Your Supper” event. Customers who take to the stage and sing with the performing band from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. will receive a complimentary Local Legendary Burger.
Hard Rock Cafe is located on 1113 Market St.
Girlpool, comprised of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, is an LA-based band that recently decided to move to Philadelphia. Here, the band finished its album “Before The World Was Big,” which will be released on June 2.
The college-age duo explores a range of issues through its music, including oppressive societal conformity and suffocating gender roles. Girlpool will perform on April 8 at Union Transfer with Waxahatchee and The Goodbye Party.
Now approaching its eighth year, the annual Roots Picnic will feature a diverse array of contemporary artists on May 30. The lineup includes everything from Toronto-based R&B artist The Weeknd, to the Greenwich native electronic rock duo Phantogram, to Harlem-born rapper A$AP Rocky. The Roots will perform with neo-soul singer Erykah Badu, who was featured on the group’s hit song, “You Got Me,” co-written by Temple alumna Jill Scott with The Roots in 1999.
The Picnic has always taken an eclectic approach to its lineup, showcasing nationally and internationally known artists like Janelle Monáe, Snoop Dogg and De La Soul.
As usual, the picnic will be held outdoors at Penn’s Landing, and audiences will have access to local Philly vendors and merchandise.
Philly Muffin baker Pete Merzbacher will be sharing his culinary talents Feb. 25 with a sourdough bread-baking demonstration at Reading Terminal Market.
Hosted by Fair Food, the class will teach participants the basics of bread crafting from the ground up. In addition to complimentary drinks, event-goers will also be sampling sweets courtesy of Philly Muffin. Additionally, participants will be granted all the ingredients needed to bake their own bread upon leaving as a parting gift. Tickets will cost $35, and the event will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Foobooz will be hosting its annual Philly Cooks event Feb.18 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
The event will grant participants access to the food of over 30 participating restaurants in the Philadelphia area. General admission tickets are available for $100 via Eventbrite.com. The event will run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. All in attendance must be 21 or older.
Exclusive tasting tours are also available, in which event-goers are given exclusive access to some of Philadelphia’s top rated restaurants. The tours will run Feb.16 and 17, where access will be granted to three restaurants per tour day.
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center will be holding its 2015 Winter Food Swap on Jan. 27. The event will allow participants to bring their own home-cooked dishes to exchange.
Food-swappers will place bids on each other’s homegrown culinary goods silent-auction style, with tables and booths set up to display individual dishes. The event will also include a potluck table for attendees to sample other participants’ dishes. The swap is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Registration information can be accessed through the Philly Swapper’s Eventbrite page.
Local chef Jameson O’Donnell will be holding a cooking demonstration at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Feb. 17, where O’Donnell will be recreating a fictional fish chowder from the novel “Orphan Train.”
The event is a part of the free library’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” project, an initiative that works in tandem with the Mayor’s Office to encourage literacy and cooperation within the Philadelphia community by discussing a single book through films, workshops, lectures and culinary exhibitions each year.
The chowder O’Donnell will be preparing, Terry’s Famous Maine Fish Chowder, gets its name from “Orphan Train,” by Christina Baker Kline, the novel selected for “One Book, One Philadelphia” this year.
The demonstration will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Culinary Literacy Center of the Free Library. Tickets are $10.
The Culinary Literacy Center, of the Free Library of Philadelphia, will be offering a free, six lesson cooking program every Tuesday at 6 p.m. from January 6 to February 10. The program, titled “A Taste of African Heritage” will share a plant-based traditional African-American diet with its participants.
The goals of these sessions are to fight diabetes and heart disease by encouraging healthy diets within the Philadelphia community.