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Joe Sixpack’s Philly Beer Guide
By Don Russell (Camino Books, 240 pages)

The country’s best beer-drinking city just got even better now that our favorite hops and barley reporter, Joe Sixpack, has compiled the ultimate guide to the area’s best brews. Even if you don’t fit into Joe’s sociological breakdown (“We ain’t no pinky-extended wine sippers”), you’ll still want to read this book.


Experience…101
Sweet Honey in the Rock (Appleseed Recordings)

An inspiring tapestry of a cappella, folk, gospel, jazz blues and rock, all wrapped up in beautiful harmonies, captivating rhythms and positive messages, Experience…101 earned a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Album for Children. A collaboration between African-American sextet Sweet Honey in the Rock, based in Washington, D.C., and West Chester’s Appleseed Recordings, this spirited CD is a terrific tool for teaching kids greater awareness of themselves and the world around them—lessons adults can also benefit from.


Frida Kahlo
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo may be known as much for her “adventuresome artistic, sexual and political identity” as she is for her art. Her work conveys intense physical and emotional pain, much of it due to a devastating bus accident in 1925 and her inability to bear children. This retrospective includes portraits, self-portraits and still lifes, along with photos of Kahlo and her husband, famed muralist Diego Rivera. Through May 18. 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org.

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