Special screening of “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town”
Wednesday, March 14
5 – 8 p.m.
The National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
A New Jersey legend, Bruce Springsteen has earned the appropriate nickname “The Boss.” He and his fellow musicians, the E Street Band, have been belting out classic Americana since the early ‘70s, and have garnered international appraise. In addition to winning more than 20 Grammy Awards, Springsteen is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Needless to say, he’s quite the boss.
Given that record, which few recording artists can hold a lighter to, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame created an exhibit in Springsteen’s honor: From Asbury Park to the Promised Land, which makes its first stop at the National Constitution Center.
“The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town” is a special 90-minute documentary on the making of the band’s fourth studio album, “Darkness on the Edge of Town” (1978). Tickets to the exhibition include access to the screening, so you can also check out Springsteen’s famous Corvette, pages of hand-written songs and some of the legend’s Grammy Awards.
Night at the Mutter Museum with Dr. Sketchy
Friday, March 16
6 – 8:30 p.m.
19 S. 22nd St.
Spending the night in the Mutter Museum. Sounds sketchy, right? With the wall of skulls, preserved baby fetuses and a vast collection of human skeletons, this historic museum is almost too perfect as the backdrop to M.Night Shyamalan’s next psychological thriller or slasher flick.
There’s no reason to be scared, though. Nationally renowned Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is hosting an event for drawers of all experience levels at the Mutter. According to its website, the art school was founded more than five years ago in a Brooklyn bar as an outlet for alternative art lessons. “Artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality,” the website reports. Now, there are more than 100 locations of Dr. Sketchy’s throughout the nation.
There’s no required skill level, but all attendees are encouraged to BYO – bring their own materials, that is. Booze will be offered at the bar to drink away those creepy crawlies of the museum, and maybe enough to get yourself a sassy lassie for St. Patty’s Day celebrations the following night.
St. Patrick’s Day Tour, Tastes and Toasts
Saturday, March 17
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave.
We know: St. Patty’s Day is by no means considered “Under the Radar.” You’ve probably been stocking up on Guinness and saved all your green Mardi Gras beads for this special day. But for those who aren’t planning on an epic bar crawl – here’s to hoping those of you who are don’t actually end up crawling to the bar – St. Patty’s Day in the city does offer more cultured activities, especially down at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Since Philly has played host to large populations of Irish immigrants and Irish-Americans, it’s no wonder there is a large Irish presence in Laurel Hill. On March 17, the cemetery will host Jerry McCormick and Bill Doran as tour guides through the burial grounds, recounting tales of Philadelphia’s Irish souls. Afterward, guests will be able to sample beer and traditional Irish food at the Gatehouse.