Arts & Entertainment in Center City West

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Boston Magazine is no stranger to great food. For more than 40 years, the publication has covered everything to know about the city—including where to get the best meals. Yet despite their photographers' talents, no amount of barbecue sauce will make a picture taste like the real thing. Enter the magazine's annual event, The Cookout: a two-night culinary extravaganza that brings in some of the area's best chefs.

Night one, The Cue, fills the venue floor with aromas of ribs, pulled pork, and other barbecue favorites—not to mention other summer favorites such as corn on the cob. And drinks? That's also an area for competition, as 10 top mixologists pour their signature cocktails. Night two shifts to a different, equally delicious focus. The annual Battle of the Burger returns, and competitors—clad in their sesame-seed bun armor—come from 20 of the city's best restaurants, which were selected via online voting.

And though top chefs flock to the event, The Cookout is still primarily a celebration for the public. Tickets grant unlimited food and drink, along with the chance to meet chefs and listen to live music.

1818 Market St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.

2000 Hamilton St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

A slow browse of Bookhaven’s massive stock might lead you to believe the 26-year-old store has a used copy of just about every book you’ve ever heard about. The actual count is more like 100,000 tomes, according to co-owner Ricci Andeer, though with two floors, seven rooms and a lined hallway, it’s sure to be an imprecise figure. While the curious can pick through neat and tidy rows of literary fiction, history, philosophy and art books, handwritten signs point to more specified interests, like gardening, chess and travel. This sunny-up-front, dark-and-inviting-in-the-back storefront is nothing short of a book-lover’s dream, a place that feels quirky and knowledgeable, without being stuffy. And, with one shelf labeled simply “dinosaurs / insects”, it’s a place that certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously.

2202 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia,
PA
US

A fun & wonderful Paint-Your-Own pottery studio. No Sitting or Studio fees! BYOB all of the time. We offer programs for children and adults. We also offer American Sign Language classes for adults and a pre-school/toddler program every Wed. am. Call for details: 267-519-2626

622 S 9th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Owner Nancy Nagle stocks a colorful rainbow of knitting supplies in her bright and eccentric gallery, which has become a go-to outlet for the local knitting community. To meet the demand, she constantly stuffs her shelves with new styles of material, ranging from traditional yarns to luxury fibers—banana, recycled silk, and Wookiee fur—to carry-along yarns with sequins, flags, and lash. Nagle’s passion for fiber arts has introduced her to a community of artists who dye and spin some of her more than 20 brands of yarn. She uses the shop as a gallery to display the work of these local artists—including Philadelphia native John Stango—as well as share her own bold collection of woven work such as hats, shawls, and sweaters.

City Paper's A.D. Amorosi describes the two-floor Nangellini as a "doubly colorful" space as "bright and open as a bay window in Sag Harbor." Amorosi admires the gallery's art collection, and between the vibrant space's "faux-tin ceiling" and "matronly rugs," Nancy leads open and privately scheduled classes on knitting, crochet, and lace work. Classes cover all the basic techniques required for newcomers to begin creating their own woven pieces, such as scarves and felt toupees.

832 South St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

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620 S 5th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US