Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 2:55 PM
A variety of free dance courses will be offered Saturday, July 26 during Philadelphia Dance Day. (Photo by Sergio Rojstaczer

Since its beginnings in 2010, the event developed by So You Think You Can Dance co-creator Nigel Lythgoe—National Dance Day—celebrates all things movement on the last Saturday in July. On Saturday, July 26, Philadelphia has decided to put a local twist on the national occurrence by inviting dancers of all levels to numerous studios around the city for free workshops, performances, and a big party during Philadelphia Dance Day.

The day starts at Headlong Studios in Newbold for a 45 minute fitness dance class that incorporates elements of martial arts, healing arts and dance called NIA, starting at 9 a.m.

A traditional style of dance gets a fitness reboot at 10 a.m. at Major Moment Studio on South Street. Tap shoes aren’t required (but wear them if you have them!) at Tap Tonic, where you’ll use tap dancing routines to work up a sweat.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10:29 AM
INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Musician Beck performs onstage during day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images for Coachella)

Two festivals, plus lots of great, outdoor shows.

Thursday, July 24: Purling Hiss

Local rockers Purling Hiss craft fuzzy, grungy, garage-rock spazzers that will have you head-banging with righteous glee. The long-running project of Philadelphian Mike Polizze, Purling Hiss evolved, over the years, from a low-key bedroom project into a blistering three-piece, known for high-energy shows and melting faces. Their newest record, Water on Mars, marries the force and grit of “Lolita” with the bluesy pop forays of “Mercury Retrograde” and the toned-down psych of “She Calms Me Down.” They perform a FREE show this Thursday at the brand new Spruce Street Harbor Park, our new favorite spot for burgers and hammock-lounging. Also on the bill:  Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band, the psychedelic-folk explosion you never knew you needed in your life (until now). Did we mention it’s free? Before you go: check out this teaser from Hiss’s forthcoming record, Weirdon (due out this September), and get ready to indulge the summer vibes.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:00 AM
The Cape May Lighthouse hosts a family fun day today from 9 a.m. unil 2 p.m. (Photo via Facebook)

My gift to you.

For families: Today’s a nautical day of kid-friendly entertainment, crafts and activities at the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point, NJ during their family fun day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For web safety: Creating strong passwords, protecting your information and avoiding spam are all topics that’ll be covered at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch on Vine Street during their Internet Security 101 session at 10:30 a.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 5:20 PM
The New Hope Auto Show takes place on August 9 and 10. (Photo via Facebook)

What has four wheels, an engine and could arguably make you look pretty cool? Okay, I’ll tell: these vintage and antique cars that are on display (or up for auction) at car shows. It’s not exclusive to just old-school vehicles, either. All makes, models and years of various rods will be up for your viewing pleasure.

A multi-day auction and viewing affair takes place at Harrisburg, PA’s Farm Show Complex and Expo Center from Thursday, July 24 through Saturday, July 26. Gates to the Harrisburg Collector Car Auction open at 8 a.m. each day of the event, where potential buyers and spectators alike can view 1000 cars like a 1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 or a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible.

The following day’s auction, still at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is the Harrisburg Motorcycle Auction on Sunday, July 27. Gates still open at 8 a.m. for appreciators of the 200 bikes they’ll have in the expo center.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 11:40 AM
Christmas comes early with summertime Christmas in July events. (Photo via Adventure Aquarium)

It’s hot, it’s humid, don’t even mention the word snow—but the Christmas spirit is alive. We’re going to collectively rock around the summer Christmas tree this week during the area’s Christmas in July festivities.

It all starts on Thursday, July 24 upstairs at Revolution House in Old City. Starting at 7 p.m., sip on festive drafts like Slyfox Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale and Troegs Brewing Company’s Mad Elf Ale and watch some favorite holiday flicks.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “12 Days of Christmas,” “Silent Night,” you know the tried and true Christmas tunes, but what about the lesser known underground Christmas music scene? (Yes, it exists.) It’s all explored in the Awesome Fest’s Jingle Bell Rocks!, a film showing Thursday, July 24 at 9 p.m. in Clark Park in University City. Even director Mitchell Kezin will be in attendance.

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: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 2:19 PM
The Philadelphia Freedoms will feature promotions like Girls Night Out, a fashion show with Venus Williams and more starting this week. (Photo courtesy Comcast Spectator)

Sorry World Cup, we’re over you. Or we just need something to distract ourselves from the fact that our Twitter timelines are devoid of soccer commentary. That’s where the Philadelphia Freedoms come in. The tennis team begins their home schedule this week at Villanova University’s Pavilion in Villanova, PA with exciting A-list players and can’t-miss promotions.

The Freedoms, with the world’s current number four ranked singles player Victoria Azarenka, make their home debut on Tuesday, July 15 against the San Diego Aviators with first serve at 7 p.m. (though doors for all the matches open at 5:30 p.m.).

The next night, Wednesday, July 16 is Girls Night Out! Prior to the match against the Springfield Lasers, spectators who’ve purchased a Girls Night Out ticket can enjoy a special menu from Winnie’s LeBus Manayunk (featuring an artisanal cheeseboard, guac, hummus, kale salad, and tacos), desserts from Sweet Street Desserts and complimentary wine from Pinnacoli and Zaccagnini. The party, starting at 5:30 p.m., also includes an appearance from professional tennis player Lisa Raymond and tunes from country singer Kirsten Sowers.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:20 PM
128 teams competed in a recent cornhole tournament hosted by the Philadelphia Cornhole League at Citizens Bank Park. (Photo via Philadelphia Cornhole League)

Throwing bags, kicking balls, lounging about: Leisure is what the season is all about. No one wants to think about presentations at work or the impending fall semester—they want relaxation masked with the smell of sunscreen. Grab a few friends, get outside and have a balling time with these outdoor games.

The popular beanbag toss game, cornhole (or baggo, if you will), takes over the beach in Wildwood, NJ this weekend for the annual Wildwood Cornhole Tournament. Spanning over the course of two days, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, teams of two are invited to compete in this yearly tradition. Saturday’s contest starts at 11 a.m. and is open to players of all ages. However Sunday’s tournament is available for players ages 18 and up since cash prizes are on the line. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday and both days’ games take place on the beach at Wildwood Avenue.

The Delaware Sports Club holds a number of recreational leagues throughout the summer including a kickball league at Alapocas State Park starting Tuesday, July 15 in Wilmington, DE. This league meets weekly and teams of at least 12 (with a minimum of three women on each team) will play this schoolyard staple with game times beginning between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The club also hosts a cornhole league running on Thursdays through September 11, starting July 17 at CR Hooligans in Wilmington, DE. Teams of two to four will square off with start times starting between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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