Art, live opera and cocktails

South Philly will celebrate opera, live performance, visual art and unique cocktails, all in one place as Society Hill Dance Academy will host Love Notes 3: Notes to Self on Jan. 13 at its venue at 1919 E. Passyunk Ave.

Two shows (6:30 and 9:30 p.m.) present a special collaboration of Pennsylvania businesses looking to highlight unique, world-class artists that make Philadelphia their home. Society Hill Dance Academy is teaming up with East Passyunk Opera Project and Top Dog Cocktails for the event.

“An integral part of our purpose is to put a spotlight on the exceptional, world-class artists who make Philadelphia their home,” said ePOP General and Artistic Director Katrina Thurman. “We’re delighted to share their work with our community. We’re also thrilled that several of our artists from previous Love Notes concerts are returning and can’t wait to introduce our audiences to some new artists as well.”

Tickets are available now at for $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP. All tickets include two exclusive cocktails from Top Dog Cocktails. Guests will enjoy performances by artists who have performed at venues including The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Cultural Center.

Love Notes 3: Notes to Self is the third part of a series that premiered virtually in 2021 during the pandemic. Love Notes 2 followed in 2022 with both virtual and live performances. Volume three promises to take audiences on “a journey through music of self-reflection, struggle, and growth, with a dash of levity and laughs along the way.”

Artists making their return for Love Notes 3: Notes to Self include Philadelphia-based opera singers and real-life couple, Ashley Marie Robillard and Joshua Blue as well as Katrina Thurman and pianist Aurelien Eulert. Additionally, Omar Saleem, DJ, beatmaker and member of the boom-bap jazz band, Mobbluz, will be setting the mood and mixing up some tunes. Artistic renderings on the theme of Love Notes 3: Notes to Self will be on display thanks to visual artist K.C. Grummun. Cookie Diorio will be the evening’s host.

Guests are invited to come to the early show and urged to catch dinner at one of East Passyunk’s neighborhood haunts after, or to enjoy an early meal and join ePOP for the late show. The modern industrial event space at Society Hill Dance Academy is inspired by the arts and the eclectic energy of the surrounding neighborhood with steel beams, bistro lighting and a striking, historic brick bar.

“Once the bustle of the holidays have ended, New Year’s resolutions have been set and have begun to lose their luster, the cold, dark days of January call on us to reflect,” Thurman said. “Join ePOP as they do a little soul-searching on the meaning of it all, while never taking themselves too seriously.”