Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:44 PM
Deniz Duran (left), 10, of Wilmington and Joseph Manisilla, 9, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, putt on the Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course at Franklin Square Tuesday, July 22, 2014. MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer

One of five original open parks in Philadelphia, North East Publik Square — later renamed Franklin Square after the iconic Philadelphia native — not only serves as a fun space for families and outdoor loungers, but it also offers a wealth of fun goings-on. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., the square located at 6th and Race Streets is preparing to finish out the summer on a high note. I’m sure Ben Franklin would’ve wanted us to have as much fun as possible in an area of land named after him; he seemed like a fun guy.

Speaking of the fun guy himself, Franklin will make an appearance at the square on Thursday, July 31, for Franklin Square’s eighth anniversary of its rededication. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can stop by the park, sip on a special birthday milkshake, grab a slice of birthday cake — cut by Franklin, of course — and enjoy the park’s other attractions.

What would a Philadelphia location be without a session of Quizzo? Take your knowledge to Franklin Square for a change of pace on Thursday, Aug. 7. You’ll be treated to beverages and snacks from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to help feed your brain through those tough questions.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 3:00 AM
Enjoy weekly summer specials at North Bowl in Northern Liberties. (photo via Facebook)

The typical case of the Mondays need not apply this week, your pillow will surely be forgotten after you check out these happenings.

For a crunchy celebrations: Deptford resident Meneko Spingner McBeth made it as one of four finalists in the Lay’s 2014 “Do Us a Flavor” contest and wants you to come try her flavor: Wasabi Ginger. Head over to the Deptford Mall in Deptford, N.J. and get a free sample of all four finalist flavors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. before America picks the top taste.

For fancy cleats: Starting at 11 a.m., Citizens Bank Park isn’t the only place in Philadelphia where viewers can catch a live performance in red and white pinstripe as the Freedom Youth Jamboree performs Catto at the Bat a live ballet performance revolving around baseball at the Mann Center in West Fairmount Park.

POSTED: Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:00 AM
There's a fine line between design that's quintessentially Philadelphian and just plain bad. Alex Stadler's at 1724A Sansom St.,November 5, 2012 is an example of an excellently designed shop. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Tell all your coworkers about this on Monday.

For a dreamy sale: Vintage goods, fine art, textiles and other items will be rolled out of Stadler-Kahn’s shop to 406 S. 21st Street in Rittenhouse for a Garage Sale of Dreams. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. get your shop on as price points range between $2 and $35 dollars.

For knee-deep enjoyment: It’s all fun and games until your Versace shoes get soaked. So don’t wear them. Norristown, PA park rangers will guide you through an animal-viewing adventure through Kepner Creek in Norristown Farm Park at 1 p.m. Be prepared to get wet.  

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: 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: 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: 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: 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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