The Weekend Guide


Keep it on the down low.


What: Sip expertly crafted cocktails and nibble on French dishes at the slick, new bar tucked inside the Sofitel.
Why: Loosen your belt a few notches to make room for dessert. Made with vanilla ice cream, pink peppercorn meringue, and bubbled sugar, the Vacherin Liberté is a must.
When: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 120 S. 17th St. (215-569-8300).

The Secret Cinema

What: Screen vintage flicks, offbeat selections, and home movies — all shot in sixteen-millimeter film (crisp, clean digital is so overrated) — at venues throughout the city.
Why: Watch two rare films that follow The Velvet Underground way back in the day.
When: Fri., 8 & 10 p.m.
Where: Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race St. (215-965-4099). Tickets ($7) at the door.

Holiday Decorations That Jingle Your Bell

What: Spruce up your digs with a made-to-order garland, snowflake mobile, 3-D paper mistletoe ball, or Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
Why: No one likes a Grinch.
When: Before the first snowfall.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.

First Person Festival

What: Documentaries, live performances, and other events showcase folks who have the gift of gab.
Why: This American Life contributor Elna Baker shares her oratory skills and tips at the storytelling workshop.
When: Thru Sun.
Where: Locations and schedule online at firstpersonarts.org. Info at 267-402-2055. Tickets (prices vary) online at eventbrite.com.

Holiday Style Refresh Party
What: Get the lowdown on creating easy updos and braided styles to rock at your upcoming soirees.
Why: Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and goodie bags stuffed with Sebastian samples.
When: Wed., 7-9 p.m.
Where: Giovanni & Pileggi, 256 S. 16th St. (215-568-3040). R.S.V.P. (recommended) to ellebeauty3@hfmus.com. Admission is free.

Photo: James Narog / Courtesy of Liberté


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120 S 17th St
@ Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Moore College of Art & Design
1916 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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bt Spruce & Locust Sts
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