Kimmel Announces New Balcony Bar For Summer 2017


New Outdoor Pop-Up Bar with the Best Views and Delicious Cocktails Overlooking Broad Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, June 5, 2017) –– The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Garces, announces a new pop-up bar on the second tier outdoor balcony of The Kimmel Center. The new Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel will be open for happy hour Wednesday through Friday throughout the summer beginning June 14. While the bar will serve as a Center City Sips location Wednesdays from 5–7 pm, it will be open for expanded happy hours Wednesdays from 7–9 pm, and Thursdays and Fridays from 5–9 pm (weather permitting). Admission is free and beer, wine, liquor, and select food by Garces will be available for happy hour prices (below).

Guests at the Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel will enjoy free WiFi, music, and the best happy hour above Broad Street. The Balcony Bar will be open throughout the season as the perfect complement whether attending the Kimmel Center’s robust summer programming including Fun Home, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and Wicked, or making the Balcony Bar their happy hour destination.

“We are excited to launch this initiative amid a summer bursting with fantastic programming at the Kimmel Center,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Center City Sips has become a beloved tradition in our neighborhood and we’re delighted to join in the fun, offering people extended happy hours replete with a beautiful view.”

“We love partnering with the Kimmel Center and are excited to introduce the Balcony Bar," said Chef Jose Garces. “We are excited to provide a new outdoor offering to allow Kimmel guests and the public to experience Garces hospitality all summer long."


Sips Pricing (Wednesdays, 5–7pm): $3 beer, $4 wine, $5 liquor
Happy Hour Pricing (Thursday/Friday): $5 beer, $6 wine, $7 liquor


Seasonal Pickles
Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders
Meatball Sliders
Black Bean Burger Sliders
Margherita Pizza
Shoestring Fries

Volvér, the Kimmel Center’s Campus restaurant by Chef Jose Garces, will be open and will also feature the Balcony Bar happy hour pricing in the bar area. The restaurant will have a special summer menu available.


Garces is a Philadelphia-based hospitality group specializing in personal dining experiences rooted in the rich cultural traditions and culinary vision of renowned Latin-American chef Jose Garces. Taking a heartfelt and creative approach to time-honored recipes and dishes, Garces operates more than 15 restaurants across the country, including 24, Amada, Distrito, Tinto, Village Whiskey, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic, Volvér, Rural Society, The Olde Bar, Buena Onda and Mercat a la Planxa (in partnership with Sage Hospitality). The eponymous group also offers additional services through Garces Events, a full-service catering and event division; the Garces Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community; and Luna Farm, Chef Garces’ 40-acre farm in Bucks County, PA. For more information about Garces Restaurants, Garces Events, the Garces Foundation, Luna Farm or founder and James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef Jose Garces, please visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (Chef Jose Garces), Instagram (Chef Jose Garces), Pinterest and LinkedIn. Garces Events runs more than 800 events per year, including weddings, social gatherings, corporate events and fundraising galas for 10 to more than 5,000 guests.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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PHL Life Sciences Video and Upcoming Conventions

Highlight Philadelphia as a Leading Life Sciences Destination


Philadelphia, PA - June 2, 2017 - The City of Philadelphia has hosting major meetings and conventions down to a science; and PHL Life Sciences, a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), has continued to position Philadelphia as a leading life sciences meeting destination, to the tune of $295 million in economic impact in 2016 alone. What better way to showcase Philadelphia’s commitment to Life Sciences than PHL Life Sciences’ latest promo video.


Notable locations like The Franklin Institute, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Reading Terminal Market and the Pennsylvania Convention Center serve as the backdrop as PHL Life Sciences executive director, Bonnie Grant; Margaret Foti, CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research; Dr. Stephen Tang, President & CEO of the University City Science Center; Madeline Bell, President and CEO of CHOP, and other area leaders get creative with sciences puns to highlight how Philadelphia is a leading destination for life science meetings and conventions, and that science is truly in Philadelphia’s DNA.

"We wanted a brief, fun teaser in the form of testimonials from selected industry leaders,” said Bonnie Grant, Executive Director of PHL Life Sciences. “Half of the meetings and conventions held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Center City hotels are life science-related and the economic impact generated with these types of booked meetings going forward is $3.2 billion. That says something about our city!"

"There is no city that better represents life sciences than Philadelphia," said American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) CEO Dr. Margaret Foti, who also serves as co-chair of PHL Life Sciences. "We are proud to be headquartered here and nearly 80% of the world's largest biomedical and pharmaceutical companies have a presence in the Greater Philadelphia region. With this new video, we show how our city has all the necessary ingredients for successfully hosting major life science meetings – from our international status as a life science knowledge hub to our LEED certified Pennsylvania Convention Center and hospitality infrastructure – a vibrant destination for a life science related meeting of any size."

Philadelphia continues to uphold its reputation as “America’s Life Sciences Meetings Destination” as it welcomes the country’s leading Life Sciences organizations throughout the year:

  • Bayada Home Health Care Annual Awards Weekend, June 1-4: Bayada is the leader in home health care services with a network of 18,000 professionals serving individuals in 22 states, offering a variety of home health care programs from personal care and companionship to private adult nursing and assistive care.
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2017 National Conference, June 23-26: AANP works to advocate for nurse practitioners in all medical fields through education, advocacy, research and leadership to advance the quality of the health care they provide.
  • National Medical Association Annual Convention, July 29-August 2: NMA is the country’s largest and oldest organization representing a network of 50,000 African American physicians and patients. Since 1895, NMA has worked to provide equality and justice in medicine and to eliminate disparities in health care.
  • American Osteopathic Association OMED 2017, October 7-10: With 129,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students, AOA works to promote public health, scientific research and cost effective care for underserved patients and to advance the philosophy of “whole-person care,” focusing on how all parts of the body are interrelated, to prevent illness.
  • The American Society of Cell Biology 2017 Annual Meeting, December 3-5: The ASCB is the world’s leading cell biologist community which has grown to 9,000 members worldwide, dedicated to studying cell biology to develop new scientific research, improve education, increase scientific discovery and promote diversity in the scientific workplace.


And for future years, PHL Life Sciences has on the books:

  • The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s BIO International Convention, June 2019: BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
  • American Heart Association Annual Meeting, November 16-20, 2019: The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The nationwide organization, which includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters, funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives

Ranked #2 in the U.S. as a premier science cluster, it’s no surprise that Philadelphia continues its success as leading Life Sciences destination. It just goes to show that science really is in our DNA.


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PHL Life Sciences, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), works to increase Greater Philadelphia’s recognition as a leader in the Life Sciences and a world-class destination for the industry’s meetings, conventions and business opportunities. Connecting Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware leaders in medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, higher education, research, venture capital and health care industries, the division works to collaboratively brand the region as “America’s Life Sciences Meetings Destination.”



Atlantic City Convention Center to Welcome Back AnimeNEXT for Their 16th Annual Convention

Event will be held June 9-11

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Wednesday, May 31, 2017) The Atlantic City Convention Center will welcome back the 16th Annual AnimeNEXT Convention, which will begin Friday, June 9 and conclude Sunday, June 11. The facility will welcome 30,000 anime enthusiasts over the course of three days.  

AnimeNEXT is the largest independently organized Japanese animation (also known as anime) convention in the tri-state area. This three-day event celebrates Japanese and East Asian culture and entertainment, with featured guests such as animators, voice actors and actresses, musical artists, and panelists. The convention will include concerts, panels, visual artists, workshops, cosplay contests, a video game room featuring arcade machines fresh from Japan, a vendor’s room, and meet and greet opportunities. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters and celebrities from pop culture, which is what people in the community refer to as cosplay or “costume play.”

This year’s notable guests include (but certainly are not limited to): TRIGGER, MAPPA, TMS, CAPCOM LIVE!, OBLIVION DUST, and many more. The three animation studios TRIGGER, MAPPA, and TMS are well known for series that have aired even in the U.S., including the upcoming Little Witch Academia series on Netflix, ReLIFE, and Yuri on Ice. CAPCOM LIVE will feature an orchestral style arrangement with music from popular video games, and OBLIVION DUST -- respected by artists around the world including those from Killing Joke, Sex Pistols, and The Cult -- will rock out with a unique blend of both Japanese and English songs. To learn more about this year’s guests, please visit:

Local Atlantic City businesses are expected to greatly benefit from AnimeNEXT at the convention center over three days. The estimated economic impact is expected to reach more than $5 million. In addition, 3,400 hotel rooms have been contracted by convention center visitors.

"We're really excited to be back in Atlantic City for AnimeNEXT! Even though this is only our second year in Atlantic City, it already feels like home. I'm proud of our staff for all the volunteer hours they've put in to help plan for our upcoming show. Also, Meet AC and the local businesses have been a tremendous aid in our planning process,” said Eric Torgersen, Chairman for AnimeNEXT 2017.

AnimeNEXT 2017 will take place June 9-11 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Operating hours will depend on the day, with registration opening at 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 9 and the final event ending at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 11 with closing ceremonies, during which attendees will be able to give feedback directly to the organizers. Attendees can expect to enjoy free shuttle service to travel easily between the convention center, convention hotels, the Boardwalk and parking lots.

Single day tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more event information and tickets, visit:

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AnimeNEXT has been in existence since 2002 and is organized by Universal Animation, Inc. AnimeNEXT has signed a five-year contract with Meet AC up until 2020.


About Meet AC

Meet AC, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) organization formed and funded as a public-private partnership by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to create economic development through conventions, sporting events, film production and group tourism. Meet AC focuses on three primary objectives: sales, marketing and services.

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