This standing-room-only music hall was converted from a single-screen cinema, making it one of the more intimate venues in town.
Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South Street (215-922-1011).
Silk City, the age-old diner reimagined as retro eatery, beer garden, and live-music venue, hosts a variety of bands, DJ nights, and crazy parties.
Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street (215-592-8838 or silkcityphilly.com).
For the literati, Brickbat Books is a dream come true. The helpful owner sells hard-to-find titles and fills a monthly calendar of events with readings, performances, and live music.
Brickbat Books, 709 South Fourth Street (215-592-1207 or brickbatbooks.blogspot.com).
Tap into your inner hipster at North Philly’s Starlight Ballroom, which features a steady lineup of indie tastemakers and up-and-comers.
Starlight Ballroom, 460 North Ninth Street (866-468-7619).
Art gets a neighborhood twist at this intimate Kensington collective, which has monthly shows and local-music performances.
Little Berlin, 119 West Montgomery Avenue (610-308-0579 or littleberlin.org).
The sheer architectural stamina of the Kimmel Center can’t be denied — and it houses eight professional companies, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, and American Theater Arts for Youth.
Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street (215-790-5800 or kimmelcenter.org).
Take burlesque classes or catch a live show at the Fishtown venue.
Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue (215-427-9255 or walkingfishtheatre.com).
With exposed brick, spacious booths, and a lineup of bands that may give JB’s a run for its money, Kung Fu Necktie should be a favorite place to tie one on.
Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street (215-291-4919 or kungfunecktie.com).
Jam-band standbys (Umphrey’s McGee) and pop-electro acts (Robyn) play side by side on this stage.
Electric Factory, 421 North Seventh Street (215-627-1332 or electricfactory.info).
See a live show in Tin Angel’s intimate space, upstairs from Serrano restaurant. Hint: Dine at Serrano before the show to get a reserved table.
Tin Angel, 20 South Second Street (215-928-0770 or tinangel.com).
You’re just as likely to catch a first-run film as an international opera at the multimedia venue in Rittenhouse Square.
Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street (215-928-0770 or princemusictheater.org).
Grasso’s Magic Theatre has something for everyone, from shows for kids and families to risque adults-only performances.
Grasso’s Magic Theatre, 103 Callowhill Street (215-413-2917 or grassosmagictheatre.com).
Indie flicks (foreign, documentary) are the name of the game at any of the Ritz Landmark cinemas.
Ritz East, 125 South Second Street; Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street; Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead Street (215-925-7900 or landmarktheatres.com).
Entertaining children and adults for more than two decades, Arden Theatre gives the best seats in the house (and handsome ticket discounts) to yearly subscribers.
Arden Theatre Company, 40 North Second Street (215-922-1122 or ardentheatre.org).
You’ll find interactive shows, performance art, and a well-stocked bar at L’Etage’s cabaret and party destination.
L’Etage, 624 South Sixth Street (215-592-0656 or creperie-beaumonde.com).
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