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Top Five Things to Do in January

Our top picks to start off the New Year

1. Center City District Restaurant Week

Dates: January 17-22 and January 24-29, 2010
Locations: 100+ Center City restaurants

Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal for just $35* during Center City District Restaurant Week , which returns January 17-22 and January 24-29, 2010.

More than 100 of Center City’s finest restaurants are offering indulgent prix fixe menus that are both delectable and easy on the wallet. And with so many restaurants participating, you’re sure to find something suited perfectly to your taste.

Looking for a midday prix-fixe fix? Try the lunchtime option, including three courses for $20 at participating restaurants.

You can see a full list of restaurants and preview their special menus and make reservations online at centercityphila.org.

2. Philagrafika 2010

Dates: January 29 – April 11, 2010
Locations: Galleries, museums and art schools throughout Philadelphia

Philagrafika 2010 is an international festival that celebrates the role of print as a vital force in contemporary art, running from January 29 through April 11, 2010 throughout the city of Philadelphia.

Set to be one of the largest arts events in the United States, Philagrafika 2010 will showcase the work of more than 300 artists and will unite 88 Philadelphia area art institutions in the inaugural presentation of what will become a recurring event, anticipated to repeat every three years.

3. Blue Cross RiverRink

Dates: Through March 14, 2010
Location: Market Street and Columbus Boulevard | Map

Enjoy a rejuvenating outdoor adventure at the Blue Cross RiverRink , an Olympic-sized ice rink at Penn’s Landing. Take in the breathtaking wintertime view overlooking the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Don’t worry if it’s a little brisk — the RiverRink features a heated pavilion with a snack bar and game room to keep you warm. There’s also plenty of special events to keep you coming back each week — a live DJ or karaoke is featured every Friday and Saturday night from 8:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. to really keep you moving.

4. Body Worlds 2

Dates: Through April 18, 2010
Location: The Franklin Institute | Map

Take an eye-opening journey through the inner workings of the human body in this follow-up to 2005’s extremely popular Body Worlds exhibition. Experience the human body in all its elegance and complexity in the exhibition of entire bodies in dramatic poses.

Body Worlds 2 presents a broad collection of authentic human specimens, and, for the first time in Philadelphia, a special presentation on the brain. Featuring some of the latest findings in neuroscience on brain development, function and disease, this exhibit will inspire a greater understanding of and respect for the mysterious world of the brain.

5. Philadelphia International Auto Show

Dates: January 30 – February 7, 2010
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center | 11th and Arch Streets

Catch a glimpse of the automotive industry’s latest creations as they roll into the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the 2010 Philadelphia International Auto Show .

This year’s show will feature hundreds of concept, classic, luxury, and exotic cars. Back by popular demand is the Tuner Car Salon, featuring vehicles with customized, “suped-up” parts and accessories.

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