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POSTED: Saturday, August 23, 2014, 3:00 AM
"The Diligent Needle," a new exhibit at Winterthur Museum opens today. (Photo via Winterthur Museum)

Do something for yourself today.

For a race: If the thought of the physical demands of a four-mile paddleboard race exhaust you, reconsider when discovering the proceeds of this contest go to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, an organization that rehabs rescued marine mammals and sea turtles. Registration opens at 7 a.m. at Pleasantville, N.J.’s Comfort Inn and Suites and the first race of the day begins at 8 a.m.

For an opening exhibit: “The Diligent Needle,” an exhibit about a pastime from a bygone era showcasing the intricacies of needlework during the 17th through 19th centuries opens today at Delaware’s Winterthur Museum. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014, 5:27 PM
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Rod Stewart performs during the launch of his two-year residency "Rod Stewart: The Hits." at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace August 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller (Getty Images)

With two weeks left until the shore season is unofficially over, pack up your bags and soak up some seashore entertainment with these events.

Starting on Friday, Aug. 22 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 24, discover a magical, unknown world brought to you by the talented cast of Cirque De Soleil as Varekai and its interesting characters take the stage at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Showtimes vary.

From Friday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 24, sports fanatics can get that Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card they’ve always wanted as R.K. Sports promotions holds its Sports Card, Toy, Comic, and Collectibles Show at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Aside from athletic collectibles and toys available, visitors have a chance to get autographs from WWE wrestling superstars Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, and King Kong Bundy with appearances also by NFL Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti and Negro League baseball star Bob Scott. The event begins at 3 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:11 PM
Five Dollar Comedy Week is organized by Kate Banford and Aaron Nevins. (Photo via Kate Banford)

We’re all about a bargain here, and what better bang for your buck is a comedy festival featuring over 30 performances for a mere $5 a show?

Five Dollar Comedy Week runs from Monday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 31 at Queen Village’s Shubin Theatre with entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. each night (however, daily workshops begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday). The shows are all produced independently and feature over 150 local performers. And we so dig homegrown talent.

The week begins with no shortage of theatrics as performers and attendees meet at Rittenhouse Park at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 for an Olympic-style run to Shubin Theatre for a torch-lighting ceremony followed by a 7 p.m. show about cooking, “Cookblock.”

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 AM
Soundgarden Hall is located at 520 N Columbus Blvd. (Photo courtesy of Doug Vansant)

If you’re having a bad day, this might make it a bit better.

For a birthday: Landsdowne, Pa. record store Vinyl Revival is turning one and to celebrate, they’re holding a sale, starting today. Get 50% off all new and vintage albums and 45’s during store hours, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. That’s not all: they’ll have complimentary birthday cake and beverages, too, and at 7 p.m. folk-singer Betty Soo performs.

For a last chance: Today is the last shot you’ll get to view “Corner Store (Take-Out Stories)” at Asian Arts Initiative. The exhibition explores the cultural differences based on which side of the counter in a corner store you stand. The Center City gallery is open from noon until 6 p.m. today.  

POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:58 PM
Maya Beiser is one of the many performers included in this year's Fringe Festival late-night after shows. (Photo via Canary Promo)

As if the entertainment lineup for this year’s Fringe Festival weren’t rich enough already, FringeArts has just announced the schedule for free, late-night performances for those who can’t bear to head home for the night. Stay for the show after the show during the duration of the Fringe Festival on select evenings at FringeArts’ waterfront home.

It all starts on the festival’s opening night, Friday, Sept. 5, at 11:30 p.m. on the FringeArts Stage with the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret: the ever-popular drag variety show, hosted by Miss Martha Graham Cracker herself. This performance features some help from members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The following night, Saturday, Sept. 6, two-thirds (Dennis Diamond and Daryl Hannah, to be exact) of quirky magic trio Elephant Room  grace the stage at La Peg at 10 p.m. for your standard disappearing and levitation acts but with kooky personality.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 12:36 PM
The giraffes were having fun too at last year's Country Fest. (Courtesy of Elmwood Park Zoo)

You don’t have to live deep in bluegrass country to be a country music lover. Even here in the Philadelphia area, a country twang gets our motors running. For some down home country fun, put on your cowboy hat and head to the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown for 92.5 XTU Country Fest Friday, Aug. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Line up for some country dancing with 92.5 XTU, who will be broadcasting live from the zoo with Andie Summers as well as David Duong and Matt Spitko, who will give live performances. Spitko is an emerging artist who will have his first album, “The Light” out this fall.

For you more daring types, go a little buck wild with the mechanical bull. Show your western toughness by seeing how long you can stay in the saddle. If John Travolta can do it in Urban Cowboy, then so can you.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:21 PM
Learn about how the brain is always changing at the Franklin Institute (photo courtesy of Colin M. Lenton)

Good old Benjamin Franklin is recognized as one of the Founding Fathers of our nation. But aside from being a part of our nation’s foundation, he was also an inventor, writer, and scientist. With the Franklin Institute located next to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, city visitors and residents can check out this massive building dedicated totally to science. Tip your hat to the whiz kids as you look at these current and permanent exhibits.  

On June 14, the Franklin Institute opened its newest permanent exhibition, Your Brain, located on the second floor. Visitors can get an in-depth look at all things brainy as they travel through this exhibit that features an interactive neural network that is triggered by your footsteps. Follow a visual pathway of your brain, test your noggin with illusions, and see why your brain is always changing.

Their current exhibit 101 Inventions That Changed the World runs through Monday, Sept. 1, and visitors can travel back in time and discover how inventions such as Velcro changed the world and why it is used in many clothing items and space suits. After you build up your inspiration during this exhibit, use your smarts to create the next great item that will revolutionize modern life.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:06 PM
The Spirit of Philadelphia holds a number of cruises throughout the remainder of the summer. (Photo via Spirit of Philadelphia)

Sometimes things on land just fall a bit … flat. That’s why we’re hitting the high seas, so to speak, for the remainder of the summer. I hope you’ve got your sea legs; it’s time to kick it like high-class cruisers. Swim trunks and flippy-floppies not required.

Summer happy hours in Atlantic City are best spent oceanside. Every evening at 6 p.m. until Sunday, Sept. 14, see the marinas and back bays of Atlantic City while sipping on your favorite beverages. You’ll set sail from the Historic Gardner’s Basin.

The next two Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27, sip on selected wines on a one-hour cruise departing from Dravo Dock in Wilmington, Del. Take your pick from one of the three sail times each night: 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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