MC Lyte

MC Lyte

All-Stars of Hip-Hop concert

Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City)

Jan. 18

This concert will celebrate the origin of hip-hop music through some of hip-hop’s legendary artists. This concert will feature Public Enemy, KRS-One, Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, and Special Ed. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Philadelphia Restaurant Week

Various Locations

Jan. 18-23, 25-30

Get ready for plenty of delicious deals in the City of Brotherly Love. Enjoy the delectable creations from some of Philly’s best restaurants at an affordable $35 per person for a three-course dinner. Some restaurants are even offering a three-course lunch menu for $20 per person. Chow down and enjoy yummy food, good friends and great prices. For more information, visit philadelphiarestaurants.com.

Martin Luther King Jr. awards and benefit luncheon

Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel, Liberty Ballroom, Liberty Bell Pavilion

Jan. 19

Celebrate King’s birth at this annual luncheon, which features a symbolic National Bell Ringing ceremony.

Sound of Philadelphia concert

Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City

Jan. 31

This concert celebrates the Sound of Philadelphia. Take a trip down memory lane with the O’ Jays, Russell Thompkins Jr., The New Stylistics, and the Delphonics. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.

MUSEUM

Chocolate: The Exhibition

The Academy of Natural Sciences

Jan. 1-24

The Exhibit explores the delicious history of the world’s favorite treat. Visitors discover chocolate’s impact on human cultures and tropical ecosystems through 150 fascinating objects, including a life-size cacao tree, touchable pods and seed, European silver and porcelain servers and a range of creative packaging and advertising from the 1800s and 1900s. For more information, call (215) 299-1000 or visit ansp.org.

Stephen Hayes Cash Crop

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Jan. 2-5

The core sculptures in this exhibit are inspired by the infamous diagram of The Brooks slave ship. The cornerstone of this exhibition is a life-sized installation comprised of 15 chained forms that represent the 15 million men, women and children who endured the Middle Passage.

The exhibition will be augmented by historic slave dockets on loan from the Delaware County Bar Association and objects from the Lest We Forget Black Holocaust Museum of Slavery. There will also be a video by Dario Moore, artistic director of Moore Dance Project, comprised of a series of modern dance vignettes entitled “Sacred Slave Stories.” Visit aampmuseum.org.

NIGHT LIFE

Club Polaris

460 N. 9th St. (9th and Spring Garden streets)

(215) 893-9912

This is a place where jazz is played and music reigns supreme.

Cobre Restaurant and Lounge

812 N. Broad St.

(215) 235-1881

SoulFul Fridays — The restaurant and lounge will be offering a different type of getaway Friday, as the week can be washed away with neo-soul and classic R&B. Old school hip-hop will also be played. This setting is intended to create a smooth adult atmosphere. Up to $10.

Luxe Lounge

724 Arch St.

The lounge is designed with the urban professional in mind and targets the social elite. Plasma TVs, hand-painted murals and illuminated bar and walls highlight the new structure. “Sultry Thursdays” will be a staple to the establishment as neo-soul genius Eric Roberson will bring in up-and-coming artists from throughout the country. There will be dance hall, reggae and soca played every Friday.

Mint Lounge

50 S. 2nd St.

(215) 529-1610

Only for 21 and older, this nightspot holds “Hot and Sexy and Hollywood Wednesdays.” The dress for the club is stylish, so come dressed to impress.

Urban Educational Center

7571 Haverford Ave.

(610) 529-7054

WDL Oldies Cabaret — This event happens every third Saturday and the dress is very fashionable. The cabaret provides vintage oldies and R&B. This place will be playing all the old-school jams.

Xandu

520 N. Columbus Blvd.

(215) 627-7067

Party like a rock star each and every Sunday at Xandu night club. You never know which star will grace the place on “Celebrity Sundays.”

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at chill@phillytrib.com.

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