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The world-renowned jazz guitarist, singer, and recent Grammy-Award winning producer, John Pizzarelli, has established himself as a prime contemporary interpreter of the Great American Songbook and beyond. With a repertoire that includes Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and The Beatles, he has been hailed by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.”
Enjoy a two-part performance at Rowan University, with the John Pizzarelli Trio, followed by a big band set in collaboration with the Rowan Jazz Band, led by Denis DiBlasio. (Feb. 3, Pfleeger Concert Hall at Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, N.J., cpa.rowan.edu/boxoffice/marie-rader-presenting-series/johnpizzarelli.html
Prepare to laugh! Prepare to cry! Prepare to join Steve Solomon for the updated, and funnier than ever, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy!” Join Steve at his family get-together – along with 35 characters, two dogs, an escaped hamster, one bathroom, and one plunger. You’ll meet the whole gang including his Italian/Jewish family, Steve’s ex, their therapists, the kids, the grandkids, the TSA … you get the picture. All these wacky characters are brought to life by Steve’s talent with accents, dialects, and hilarious storytelling. It’s a side-splitting one-man show you won’t want to miss. Come ready to belly laugh. (Feb. 8-12, Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol, Pa., brtstage.org)
Each week of the year, Gran Caffe L’Aquila visits a different city in Italy and features their local bar, wine, and cuisine. Join them as they celebrate with the tastes and aromas of Verona, Veneto. (Feb. 13-19, Gran Caffe L’Aquila, 1716 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa., grancaffelaquila.com)
The Delaware County Press Club presents a Lunar New Year celebration at Margaret Kuo’s Kitchen at the Promenade at Granite Run. Enjoy a family-style luncheon with delicious Chinese delicacies and an entertaining program with a local journalist or broadcaster. (Feb. 15, Margaret Kuo’s Kitchen, 1109 W Baltimore Pike, Suite A, Media, Pa., margaretkuoskitchen.com)
The Bridal Showcase/Wedding Expo at the Merion features wedding exhibits with everything you need for your wedding day and married life! Enjoy wedding seminars, tips and advice from the experts, DJ and musician showcases, fashion show with bridal fashions and tuxedos, and prizes from every distributor. (Feb. 16, The Merion, 1301 Route 130, Cinnaminson, N.J.)
Looking for a perfect date night? Take your special someone to the Valentine’s Soul Jam featuring the Whispers, The Stylistics, Bloodstone, and Heatwave at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. (Feb. 19, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J., hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com)
Enjoy chocolate in a multitude of decadent presentations, from sweet hand-rolled truffles to ooey gooey melted chocolate fondue, at the Philly Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival. Quench your thirst with Champagne, Prosecco and premium wines, and a sip of fine whiskies. Or enjoy a nice selection of craft beers, ciders, boozy milkshakes, and non-alcoholic beverages. They’ll have cupcakes, cookies, cakes, candies, macarons, cake pops, bean-to-bar chocolates, popcorn, doughnuts, and more. And it’s not just sweet treats! Snack on savory items like pretzels, artisan cheeses, and charcuterie, too. Included in your ticket price is a tasting glass to enjoy unlimited wine and whiskey. (Feb. 18, (2 Sessions Sold Individually – Saturday), Philly Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, Pa., chocolatewinewhiskey.com)
The Winter Wedding Expo in the Hall of Fame Club Luxury Club space at Citizens Bank Park features over 100 wedding pros. (Feb. 19, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, Pa.) Begin planning your dream wedding at the Elegant Bridal Show at The Claridge Hotel. (Feb. 19, The Claridge, 123 South Indiana Ave., Atlantic City, N.J., elegantbridal.com/bridalshow/2132)
Turn your dream wedding into a reality! The Delaware Bridal and Wedding Expo features an amazing selection of wedding professionals, bridal fashion shows, live DJ demos, plus prizes and give aways. (Feb. 19, Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St., Wilmington, Del.)
The Keswick Theatre hosts a night with internet sensation Vic DiBitetto! With 1.2 million followers on social media and over 500 million video views worldwide, Vic DiBitetto is blue-collar comedy in a red sauce! He’s created many viral video characters like Tony Gaga, That Guy, Frankie Pentangelli, Fool by the Pool, and Ticked Off Vic; his Yankee and Giant locker room satires are legendary; and his Bread and Milk video comes back on TV, radio, and news outlets every time it snows. (Feb. 24, Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside, Pa., keswicktheatre.com)
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so if you’re looking to plan a special date night dinner for your valentine, be sure to check out our Dining Guide.
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