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Signature service: Boni Wolf

Established: 1983

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Q&A with Boni Wolf, Director

Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?

We help people follow their dreams in the entertainment world. Many of our students are out there doing commercials and TV shows like Law and Order, Boardwalk Empire, Nutella, Capitol One, Cartoon Network. PPL Electric and more. Over 25 kids were in student films this year the school set up.

How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?

We help clients to learn about the entertainment business and the right steps to take to have a career in acting. We help students with roles in local films and teach them the right way to audition for a role. We are working on the second season of our kids TV show and a new local teen radio show. Our students all have the opportunity to be in them.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

If your kid wants to be an actor ... or is looking to build confidence and self esteem, better public speaking skills ... and learn how to interview for a job, then this is the right place.

257 N 3rd St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Xochitl is named after the Nahuatl word for flower, but the sunny restaurant in Headhouse Square is more concerned with an entirely different part of the plant. That would be the pi?a, the core of the blue agave plant that Mexican jimadores turn into tequila. At Xochitl, selections from a comprehensive tequila list accompany slow-cooked Mexican comfort foods in a space designed for sipping and savoring. As guests dine, "a casual cantina vibe reigns," according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Chicken, carnitas, or spicy brisket tacos sail to tables on house-made tortillas with a different set of piquant toppings to complement the meat. While the staples maintain their classic appeal, some of the more complex dishes provide their own temptations. A deconstructed tamale, for example, arrives with plenty of flavor but without its traditional corn husk, and the pollo frito spends 24 hours soaking in brine before being steamed, fried, and drizzled with sweet chili sauce. A tiled backsplash behind the bar, carved woodwork, and mango-yellow walls all contribute to the dining room's homey charm. There's plenty of room for touches of whimsy?for instance, the trio of supersized loter?a cards that can be seen hanging on one wall.

408 S 2nd St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Brunch is synonymous with dishes and drinks such as eggs benedict and mimosas. But at Fire & Ice Restaurant Bar & Lounge, brunch is also synonymous with drag queens. Once a month, they grace the stage during Fire & Ice's gospel drag brunches, entertaining diners with their renditions of gospel classics and general fabulousness. Gospel drag brunches are part of the lounge's eclectic event lineup, which also includes comedy nights and a resident DJ, whose sets lure patrons onto a spacious dance floor awash in blue and purple lights.

And like the lounge's entertainment, the dishes served at Fire & Ice's restaurant are equally diverse. Borrowing from American bar food and Viet-Thai cuisine, Executive Chef Chris Nguyen seamlessly balances Western and Eastern flavors. The American influence mostly dominates the appetizer menu, which is anchored by bar snacks such as boneless wings with spicy honey butter sauce and cheesesteak spring rolls. The entrees, on the other hand, spring primarily from Asian cuisine, and include jasmine fried rice with smoked sausage and Alaskan cod wrapped in a banana leaf.

312 Market St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Tendrils of smoke curl slowly up from the ornate waterpipes at Eclipse Hookah Lounge, filling the air with the sweet smell of flavored tobacco. Sourced from the shisha experts at Starbuzz and Al Fakher, the tobacco is the cornerstone of the lounge's laid-back vibe, but the experience goes far beyond a little smoke. Here, overstuffed couches cast in the invitingly dim light of lantern-style wall sconces invite guests to settle in. Although the lounge is a suitable spot for a night of conversation, there are other distractions available; two 60" televisions flicker with lively highlights, and a professional audio system often fills the room with the chilled-out sounds from around the world. Guests can also take advantage of the lounge's affiliation with Kabobeesh, ordering beef tikkah roll sandwiches or chicken gyros from the restaurant ranked number 11 on Forbes magazine's Top 20 Best Eats for the Buck in America list.

613 South 4th Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Philadelphia may be known as the City of Brotherly Love, but the nation's former capital has a lot of dark secrets. On his?adults-only after-hours tours, Grim Philly Twilight Tours' historian, professor, and tour leader Joe Wojie?reveals the city's harrowing history.

He first introduces tour-goers to traditional tour sites, such as The Library of Congress and the home of John Adams's wig brusher, before quickly moving on to seedier locales, including the sites of whipping posts, gallows, and executions.?The tours might delve into the legend of 1980s killer Gary Heidnik, the inspiration for The Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill, or tell tales of the ghosts haunting City Tavern or of the pirate ghost ships roaming the dark waters of the Delaware.

Grim Philly Twilight Tours was named CityVoter's No. 1 city tour on the 2014 Philly Hot List.

1 North Independence Mall West
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Max’s Brew Bar is new on the Northern Liberties scene, but it aims to feel like a neighborhood fixture where groups of friends have socialized for years. Yes, there are Eagles, Phillies, and once-in-a-lifetime Eagles vs. Phillies games charging across the TVs, but there are also plenty of spaces designed just for conversation and a collection of board games including Jenga and Connect Four. All the while, bartenders work 34 taps—pouring everything from Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA to 21st Amendment's richly fruity Lower Da Boom—as the kitchen crafts health-conscious finger foods. The menu includes grilled paninis, sea-salted edamame, and silken hummus, although the selection changes seasonally to accommodate new ingredients. While outdoor seating surrounds the Piazza entrance, nightly karaoke invites patrons indoors to belt out their favorite tune or recite their favorite State of the Union address.

1050 N Hancock St
Philadelphia,
PA
US