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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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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