Thursday, July 24, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:30 PM
The annual Puerto Rican Day Festival takes place Saturday, July 26 in Bristol, PA. (Photo via Facebook)

The weekend’s so bright I need shades. If your eyes are as sensitive as mine, you might too. So grab a stylish pair and let’s do some stuff.

Opening Thursday, July 24 a live-action theatrical performance where Marvel characters band together to triumph over evil comes to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly for Marvel Universe Live! Act fast, the show is only in town until Sunday, July 27 with various showtimes throughout the weekend—7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.  

A number of genres of dance from hip hop to tap to acrobatic physical theater are up for exhibiting during Koresh Dance Company’s Come Together Dance Festival, continuing through Sunday, July 27. All performances, starting either at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m., are held at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 3:00 AM
Habitat for Humanity hosts a happy hour at Howl at the Moon tonight. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

The present is a present.

For a forest adventure: Over the river and through the woods do little explorers and their parents go during this two-hour woods exploration, in which children ages three to five can observe woodsy animals, starting at 10 a.m. at Morrisville, PA’s Snipes Farm and Education Center.

For a food demo: Fajita, fajita. Learn how to make Tex Mex chicken fajitas any time between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the produce department at Weis Markets in Huntingdon Valley, PA.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:35 PM

We’ve already shared our love for XPoNential Music Festival, local radio station WXPN’s annual celebration of music and good vibes—and perhaps the only opportunity you’ll get to see Beck, Jenny Lewis, and Lucius, all in one weekend.

But #XPNFest doesn’t just feature big names—every year, festival organizers also make a point to include a healthy slice of local bands, and this year is no exception. Read on for our guide to the Philly bands playing this year’s fest—ranging from up-and-comers to the city stalwarts—then see them all live this weekend.

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: 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.

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