Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:00 AM
#ALifestyle Event, a night of information about clean eating, takes place at local eyebrow threading establishment, Anju Threads. (Photo via Facebook)

Five things, and all of them are for you.

For burgeoning chefs: Learn the basics of tomato canning, bruschetta and other perfectly tomato-y cooking tips at this free 11 a.m. cooking class at Weaver’s Orchard in Morgantown, PA.  

For an artful lunch: Kids ages four and up can create an Asian-themed art project over lunch at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA at 11:30 a.m.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 1:19 PM
Wolverine battles two Chitauri Warriors as he fights to save Storm and Cyclops from Loki’s clutches in Marvel Universe Live. (Photo via Feld Entertainment)

With the kids home for the summer, it might get a little tricky keeping the entertainment calendar full. Luckily, you don’t have to think too hard since these local theaters have stacked this summer’s programming with loads of family friendly performances to keep the young ones occupied. From familiar stories to television shows brought to life, the tots will have a blast (and you just might, too).

On Tuesday, July 22 over the course of an hour at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, a variety of short films will be shown, starting at 10:30 a.m. Appropriate for ages four and up, none of the films top 17 minutes. And you might fool the kids into learning something too: many of the featured shorts are from international filmmakers.

Every Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. until Saturday, August 2, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents everyone’s favorite glass slipper-wearing Disney princess’s story on the stage at the Schubert Theater at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:00 AM
Take a paddle boat ride around Penn's Landing Marina and other things to do today. (Photo via Facebook)

Whether you’re staying down the shore or are back in the city, today’s events are A-plus.

For a competition: Dancers of all ages from all over the country will be competing in the Sophisticated Productions National Dance Competition in Wildwood, NJ. The second day of the contest runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Wildwood Convention Center through Friday. See the glitz and glam for no cost.

For gardeners: Join master and avid gardeners at for a lesson in gardening at the shore at the Nature Center of Cape May in Cape May, NJ at 10:30 a.m. for an hour class.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 3:17 PM
The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform scores to award-winning films at The Mann Center. (Photo by Harry Sandler Productions courtesy of The Mann Center)

Movie night is getting a facelift courtesy of the Philadelphia Orchestra and The Mann Center. On second thought, perhaps it’s more of an ear-lift. Anyway, the famed orchestra will be performing the scores to three select films—live—as they screen at the outdoor venue in West Fairmount Park.

First up is the Golden Globe-winning Best Original Score for Gladiator. The orchestra and a full chorus will perform the score to the film, transporting viewers back to ancient Rome on Friday, July 18 at 8 p.m.—keep in mind that doors open at 6 p.m. for all events. Keep the kids at home for this one: Gladiator is rated R. Writer, author and talk show host for 94 WIP, Anthony Gargano will emcee the evening.

Tonight, tonight, you can’t see West Side Story tonight…but you can on Wednesday, July 30 when the second film in the series views. The Academy Award winning musical’s theatrical score comes to life starting at 8 p.m. Prior to show time, dancers from Main Line Ballroom will perform the famous choreography and teach show-goers some of the Broadway-worthy moves on the PECO Plaza at 6 p.m.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 9:43 AM
Artist collective Applied Mechanics present a new piece of interactive theater, 'We Are Bandits.' (Photo by Maria Shaplin)

In another piece of interesting theater news (but really, does it ever stop around here?) is the upcoming free performances from artist collective Applied Mechanics. Drawing influence from Russian feminist punk-rock group P*ssy Riot, the performers will debut a piece of interactive theatre, We Are Bandits.

Playing with the conventions of protest art, feminism and activism, the theatrical work aims to take the viewer on their own personalized journey through the performance space—Asian Arts Initiative. You’ll step into a world already in motion, with multiple stories happening simultaneously and the viewer picks which character or story they’ll follow. And play along: Characters will ask you to perform tasks, so join them at a table or answer their question if asked.

Throughout the show you’ll experience a rock concert and help enact social change in the scope of the world you’ve stepped into.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 1:33 PM
For the second summer, The Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway offers programming until August 17. (Photo by Alfred B. For via Cashman and Associates)

It seems that everywhere you turn lately there’s a new park, garden or other hangout spot popping up for the summer. The latest is The Oval at Eakin’s Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The outdoor cultural spot has hosted gatherings throughout the year, but now is—for the second summer—offering a full lineup of programming throughout the summer starting Wednesday, July 16.

For six weeks until Sunday, August 17, every Wednesday through Sunday, a variety of family and community friendly events and activities, bring more excitement to the Parkway.  

It all starts Wednesday, July 16 with a special kick-off event, unveiling the space’s art theme for the summer: Magic Carpet by artist Candy Coated. The five section piece comprising of color, 3D elements, sand boxes, a stage, games, and other sensory details, the Magic Carpet runs through the park’s eight acres.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 11:42 AM
INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Musicians Josh Homme (L) and Michael Shuman of Queens Of The Stone Age perform onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2014 in Indio, California. Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images for Coachella)

It’s the middle of the summer and there are a million cool things going on. Get psyched!

Friday, July 18: Cheers Elephant with Toy Soldiers

About 8 months ago, Cheers Elephant—the rollicking, Philly-bred, pop-rock quartet whose breezy anthems and high-energy shows made them a local fave—bid the City of Brotherly Love adieu—as a band—and relocated out West, for a fresh perspective on life and music. Since then, they’ve gigged around SoCal AND logged some studio time—and are now headed out on a massive, cross-country tour, which stops by Union Transfer this Friday. Originally formed by pals in Downingtown, PA, Cheers Elephant bonded over a love of British invasion and Elephant 6 artists, and spent 8 years refining their sound before making a move. The show also doubles as a farewell—for now—for Philly blues rockers Toy Soldiers, who will be entering a “deep, dark hibernation” following their set, to focus on other projects. Over the past 7 years, there are few local bands who’ve made us dance, sing, and smile with quite the same aplomb, and while we’re sad to see them go, we wish them the best of luck in the future.

POSTED: Friday, July 11, 2014, 3:20 PM
"Omega Point," a piece in Hilary White's "SEER" will be on display at Space 1026. (Photo via Hilary White)

When the humidity gets to unbearable levels and you feel like you might die if you spent another second outdoors, turn to the area’s museums and galleries. There are a slew of new exhibits and bodies of work for your wandering eye to appreciate this summer.

The underground, do it yourself music scene is visually depicted through Geoff Hall’s photographs, displayed in the University of the Art’s Sol Mednick Gallery on Broad Street until Friday, August 1.

Historic Philadelphia buildings and other notable landmarks are honored at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s 200th Anniversary exhibit, on view through Friday, August 8 in Old City.

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