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Thursday, Dec. 1: Opening Night reception for Underground Nights: When Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable Met The Y

The Gershman Y is thrilled to present a truly groovy exhibition in the Gershman Gallery, open through Jan. 4. Curator Cheryl Harper has created an exhibition centered around recently found and rarely seen photos from the late Philadelphia photographer, Sam Moskovitz. Harper has pulled together an impressive slate of ephemera, film clips, and artifacts to capture the magic of the Velvet Underground’s Philadelphia premiere at the behest of their then-manager, Andy Warhol. If that weren’t enough, we’re teaming up with THE PHILLY SHOPS for a very special pop-up market that night – The Factory: A Pop Up Shop. Read more about the exhibition HERE and then register for the FREE Opening Reception December 1st HERE!

richieunterbergerWednesday, Dec. 14: Multimedia book talk with rock critic, Richie Unterberger

No one knows The Velvet Underground quite like Richie. The San Francisco-based prolific rock critic and author, with decades of rock ‘n roll knowledge, is poised to delight the audience with details and stories of the 1960s premiere of the Lou Reed-fronted and Andy Warhol-managed Velvet Underground & Nico. Visions of the Velvet Underground: A Talk by Richie Unterberger will be more than a talk about his book White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day By Day; it will be a multi-sensory experience you won’t want to miss. Book your seats HERE!

GET YOUR TICKETS BEFORE WE SELL OUT! Yo La Tengo and Dean & Britta on Dec. 15: What Goes On – The Velvet Underground at the Y 50th Anniversary

ylt_smile_-_carlie_armstrongCelebrate the 50th anniversary of the Velvet Underground’s Philadelphia debut with a trip unlike anything you’ve ever experienced! Enjoy a performance by the legendary Yo La Tengo, who portrayed the Velvet Underground in the film I Shot Andy Warhol. Their set will pay homage to the concert that took place on the same stage nearly 50 years prior to the day. Start the evening with 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, featuring Warhol’s four-minute silent film portraits with commissioned soundtracks performed by Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips. Get your tickets today!

Sunday, Dec. 18: Our 14th Annual Latkepalooza celebrates the Potato Pancake with Gourmet Chefs and a Family-Friendly Festival

latkes2Celebrate the magic of the latke with outstanding area restaurants interpreting the Hanukkah classic! Shredded and mashed potatoes, a pinch of kosher salt, eggs, and… the rest is up to our chefs. Circles Thai, Estia, Frankford Hall, Jones, Kanella, Mission Taqueria, Sabrina’s Cafe, and Tria Taproom – thousands of latkes will be served! Savor sufganiyot (Hanukkah donuts) by Federal Donuts and enjoy beverages by Canada Dry Delaware Valley Bottling Company, as acclaimed Philadelphia kids band, The Plants, performs, while Hanukkah crafts and balloon artistry delight children of all ages. Get your tickets HERE!

Thursday, Dec. 24: Moo Shu Jew Show brings big laughs to Chinatown with a Y favorite combining comedy and Chinese dinner

mooshujewshow-comediansOn the first night of Hannukah, the Gershman Y invites you to have a laugh and a delicious Chinese dinner at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. We can’t wait to see what kind of sets these talented Jewish comedians will cook up for the 8th annual Moo Shu Jew Show. Co-produced with late night TV favorite Cory Kahaney, this year’s lineup features Julie Goldman (The People’s Couch), Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), and Avi Liberman (The Late Late Show). This program sells out every year – so make sure you secure your tickets as soon as possible! Learn more about this hilarious comedy and cuisine night HERE.