Welcome one, welcome all, to another edition of Philly Finds. I hate to start off this post being a “weather small-talk person,” but this recent weather has me in an absolute funk. I don’t want to leave my cozy apartment, and when I do, it feels like a chore. But, there are finds in Philly that must be found.
Some spot on my current hitlist are:
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Now, onto the finds!
Location: 1749 N. FRONT ST., PHILADELPHIA, PA
Stephen Starr’s latest creation is LMNO, a Baja fusion cuisine restaurant located in Fishtown. LMNO is not only a restaurant, but also an art gallery, bookstore and intimate music venue. Now that’s what we call a concept.
We were seated at the chef’s table (ooo la la), where we were treated to dinner and a show as we watched chefs prepare meals. Aside from the incredible food (what else does one expect at a Starr restaurant?), I was impressed with just how huge the space is. And it was absolutely packed.
And if you were curious if LMNO stood for something – it doesn’t (according to our waiter). Simply just the alphabet.
Fearless Restaurants Celebrates Women’s Women’s History Month
Location: Autograph Brasserie 503 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA
Autograph is celebrating National Women’s Month March 10, 2022, from 6:30-8:00 PM with cocktails and conversations featuring Mindie Barnett, author of You Don’t Need to Be a Bitch to Be a Boss: How to Flaunt Femininity, Embrace Empathy, and Win with a Vengeance, in an exciting Q & A moderated by Philadelphia Inquirer Editor Jenice Armstrong.
In her book, Barnett explores her own experiences working for the “devil” in that famous book of Prada and how she constructed her company on the complete opposite premise of leading with fear. Instead, she embraces her femininity and steers her team with a sense of warmth and compassion without losing her competitive edge.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mindie several times, and she is someone who I look up to and admire for the exact reasons mentioned above. She’s given me great career advice, and has been so kind and thoughtful.
Tickets are $45 and include a glass of sparkling, white or red wine, small bites and an autographed copy of Barnett’s book https://www.eventbrite.com/e/265209577987
Last week I attended the Philly premiere of Hadestown. I was lucky enough to also see it on Broadway this past fall, and wow , somehow it hit even harder seeing it the second time around. Written by the insanely talented Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown tells of the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice, with a modern, steam-punk twist. If you’re not familiar with this Greek myth, you of course can Google it, but it will spoil the ending. The decision is yours to make!
The Broadway production won eight Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, and the soundtrack is so beautiful and different, unlike anything else I’ve seen or heard on Broadway. Spring Awakening is perhaps the closest thing that comes to mind. And if you need even more reasons to see Hadestown, the Kimmel’s own Marketing Content Associate Morgan Horell can provide you with a few more here.
The show is running at the Academy of Music on the Kimmel Cultural Campus until Sunday, February 20 – so just a few more chances to catch it!