Exhibitions: Poster Girls
First ladies might not be the new "It Girls". bu right now, they're definitely the "It women". See: The hubbub around Michelle Obama's every style choice, the Smithsonian's swanky new exhibition of first lady fashions, and "The American Alliance of Unpaid Servants," an exhibition of posters quoting the wives behind the presidents by Wayne letterpress studio Two Paperdolls. The show opens tonight in Old City's hipster-chic Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, and includes century old letter presses and later this month, card-making workshops.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 116 N. 3rd St., opening 6-8pm tonight, through February 29. Free. 215-922-2600.
Colorado bars offer a few great shakes in winter cocktail mixes
7. Mountain Sasparilla, Cafebar
The Mountain Sasparilla evokes the frontier, thanks to Root liqueur and its old-timey flavor. The bar takes High West double rye, mixes it with a muddled orange wedge and a bit of fresh vanilla extract, and tops it with Coke and soda.
"It's our take on an early pioneer drink," says executive chef Eric Rivera. "There's a root beer flavor, and the vanilla bean shines through. There's a nice warmth to it." 295 S. Pennsylvania St., 303-362-0227, cafebarcolorado.com
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New Winter Cocktail Menu at Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
Every season, Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. releases a completely new cocktail list – no small feat, considering the menu is half a dozen pages long and contains 30 or more carefully crafted sipping options. And every season, general manager and bartender Colin Shearn says the latest group of drinks is the best the Rittenhouse speakeasy has ever offered.
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SEEâï¿½¨The American Alliance of Unpaid Public Servantsâï¿½¨What: Two Paperdolls created a series of posters that pay homage to the presidents’ wives. âï¿½¨Why: Lord knows the ladies of the White House deserve some props. âï¿½¨When: Thru Feb. 29. Opening, Fri., 6-8 p.m.âï¿½¨Where: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 116 N. Third St. (215-922-2600).
TWO PAPERDOLLS EXHIBIT
As we’re all bombarded with speeches and promises and heated debates by presidential hopefuls, let’s not forget who the real heroes are here: Their wives. And, in honor of February’s President’s Day, Two Paperdolls—the uber-cool local letterpress company—is celebrating the great women behind our great presidents, with clever, funny, and altogether fascinating letterpress posters, designed and printed just for the occasion. They’ll be on exhibit at Old City’s Art in the Age shop, as will a working press; the opening reception goes down tonight. Hail to the chieftress.
Shooting Gallery: Art in the Age
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a Philadelphia -based artist collective championing the the ideals of fine craft and intellectual rigor. Through their website, social communities and, most of all, their flagship store, Art in the Age promotes “thought-provoking products of real cultural capital.” Their name comes from the title of Walter Benjamin‘s famous 1936 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” in which Benjamin laments the advent of image reproduction and the loss of “aura” or awe for a single work of art.
Art in the Age also makes the absolutely delicious liquor ROOT, an organic spirit distilled from U.S. sugar cane with flavors inspired by pre-temperance alcoholic Root Tea (sassafras, sarsaparilla, etc.). Find it here.