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January 06, 2015

10 indoor events for a warm night out

From celebrity side-projects to art house film screenings, there's something for everyone to do.

Events Live Arts
IvoDimchev Fest Danny Willems/FringeArts

Ivo Dimchev's wild "Fest" plays at FringeArts Jan. 13 and 14.

The weather isn't getting warm any time soon, so ditch the fire pits and walks in the snow for warmer, indoor affairs. From concerts and stand-up acts, to author chats and beer-and-chocolate tastings, there are tons of fun things to do inside where it's nice and weather-resistant. Enjoy a night out (without really being out) while you dream of sunshine and spring flowers. 

Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band

Now that "The Newsroom" is over and "Dumb and Dumber To" was a huge critical flop, you may be yearning for some quality Jeff Daniels-fueled entertainment. Enter the Ben Daniels Band, which features Jeff's son. The father-son performance is sure to delight Americana fans and "Newsroom" hate-watchers alike. 

Wednesday, January 7
8 p.m. | $25
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
(215) 222-1400

Flyers vs. Capitals

A trip to an icy hockey game might not be your warmest indoor option, but a game against division-rival Washington will fire up the fans.

Thursday, January 8
7 p.m. | $45-$200
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
(215) 218-7825

Helium Presents: Greg Behrendt

Comedian and writer Greg Behrendt hits the Helium stage in a show perfect for a co-ed audience. As a script consultant for "Sex and the City" and the co-author of "He's Just Not That Into You," Behrendt made a name for himself as comedy's dating expert. 

Thursday, January 8 through Saturday, January 10
Showtimes vary | $16-$34
2031 Sansom St. 
(215) 496-9001
Ages 21 and up (or 18 and up with a parent)

Dreams that Money Can Buy / Angry Boy

In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' exhibit on alumnus David Lynch, International House is screening "Dreams That Money Can Buy," a film representative of Lynch's predecessors and inspirations. Jon Dieringer, founding editor of Screen Slate, has curated this program to include the opening short film, "Angry Boy."

Friday, January 9
7 p.m. | $9; $7 for students and seniors
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St.
(215) 387-5125

Golden Globes Party GayBINGO!

This monthly event brings together the old-fashioned game of bingo with the funky fabulousness of the Bingo Verifying Divas, a group of drag queens who lead the night's festivities. This month's theme is (you guessed it) the Golden Globes. 

Saturday, January 10
6-9 p.m. | $25 for reserved seats, $20 for balcony seats 
Gershman Y
401 S. Broad St.
(215) 731-9255

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Take a trip to Paris without the travel expenses with a viewing of the famous opera, "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," as performed by the Opera de Paris. This performance marks the Opera de Paris debut of Italian stage director Damiano Michieletto, too.

Sunday, January 11
1 p.m. | $20; $18 for members and $10 for students
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa.
(610) 527-9898

First Person Arts StorySlam: Little Things

Do you have a story to tell? Then join this month's StorySlam, a storytelling competition where strangers tell a room full of listeners their best story in just five minutes. The winner gets $100, and this month's theme is "Little Things." Good luck!

Monday, January 12
8:30 p.m. | $10; $8 for members
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
(215) 222-1400


This play begins with a performance artist negotiating a deal at a festival in Copenhagen and quickly devolves into a self-proclaimed "manifestation of sexual fantasy and power." Brought to FringeArts by choreographer Ivo Dimchev, this quirky performance contains dark humor and nudity. 

Tuesday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 14
7 p.m. | $15-$29
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
(215) 413-9006 

Seth Grahame-Smith, "The Last American Vampire"

Writer Seth Grahame-Smith has written for the small screen, the big screen, for comic books and for Web series. If you're a fan of Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," then don't miss him talking about his latest work, "The Last American Vampire."

Tuesday, January 13
7:30 p.m. | Free admission
Central Library
1901 Vine St.
(215) 686-5322

One Last "Shot" of Chocolate: Beer and Chocolate Tasting

To close out the Academy of Natural Sciences' "Chocolate: The Exhibition," attend a night of chocolate tastings and beer pairings. Chefs from 12th Street Catering will be on hand to chat about cooking, baking and beer. 

Thursday, January 15
7-9 p.m. | $35 plus fee
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
(215) 299-1000
Ages 21 and up