Friday, August 1, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:22 PM
Purchase art inspired by the ocean during The Art Of Surfing Festival beginning on August 1. (Photo via Facebook)

As you’re packing your vacation bags and gathering up the kids for the ever-so-meticulously planned yearly shore adventure getaway, you turn on the TV and boom, thunderstorms are on the radar all weekend long. Your lazy river rides and roller-coaster thrills just went down the drain. But just because Mother Nature dampened your outdoor trip doesn’t mean your weekend is spoiled. Here are a few things going on indoors if your vacation lands this weekend. As always, take the weather forecasts with a grain of salt, we could have sun this weekend for all we know.

School is just around the corner and if there are tears in your pants and moth bites in your sweaters, it looks like you’ll need a back-to-school shopping fix. Sharpen up your wardrobe for the upcoming school season during Delia’s Clothing Sale running on Saturday, Aug. 2 through Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood. Your wallet will thank you. Opens at 9 a.m.

Discover the next Kurt Angle or Karate Kid as the 2014 NAGA Battle at the Beach takes place at the Wildwoods Convention Center, in Wildwood starting on Saturday, Aug. 2 and running through Sunday, Aug. 3. Saturday features grappling matches by adults and teens, followed by Sunday’s grappling matches featuring a children-caliber tournament. Are your muscles aching for some attention? You can also compete in this tournament if you think you have what it takes. Registration online is finished, so just sign up at the door prior to the event. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m.

POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 1:28 PM
The King and Queen request your presence at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. (Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire)

When Jonathan Rhys Meyers first appeared as a young King Henry VIII in The Tudors series (2007-2010) on Showtime, we got to see what Henry was like before he had all those wives, when he was first married to Catherine of Aragon of Spain. Now the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire has brought its own version of the young king to life. This weekend, Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3, the faire will open its gates as King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine come to visit the English shire of Mount Hope (Mount Hope Winery & Estate in Manheim) after a diplomatic mission in France, where the king brokered a treaty between France and Charles V (The Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain). While the royal couple is hoping for a relaxing respite from their travels, there is never a dull moment in this shire. What say you? Long Live the King!

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, open every Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 2 to Oct. 26 (also on Labor Day Monday) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., offers a trip back in time to 1525 to a small English village, where festivities are underway for the royal visit. There is enough entertainment for the whole family with song, swordplay and theatrical performances at the many open-air stages. Your nipperkins will enjoy the Amazing Maze, Gaming Village and Human Chess Match. All guests are encouraged to dress as the locals do in proper Renaissance attire.

When you need a break from all the shows, stroll through the village and browse the wares of all the merchants and handcraft artisans who have set up shop. You can even purchase real swords and shields from an authentic blacksmith.

POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:56 PM
Now in its fourth year, the Phreak N Queer Arts and Music Festival celebrates the local LGBTQ community. (Photo via Facebook)

Another DIY music and arts festival is making its rounds this weekend. The Phreak N Queer Arts and Music Festival celebrates LGBTQ artists and performers with events extending into Sunday, Aug. 3. The volunteer-run festival promoting visibility and social change is now in its fourth year.

Over a dozen visual artists will hit off First Friday in style at Space 2033 in Fishtown. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, see routines by performance artists Voyager, Sebastian and J., while physical art from Sean Saifa Wall, Corrynn Brown and other artists can be seen on the walls from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Evil V provides the sounds.

The night continues on Friday, Aug. 1, at The Bike Stop for Cutn Paste, where transgender rapper Quay Dash and guest DJ SPF666 will bring the sonic entertainment in Center City (along with the monthly event’s resident DJs Nolita Selector and Precolombian) starting at 10 p.m. The space features two floors with a pool table and photo booths.

POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:29 AM
Enjoy the outdoors with a flick during Movies Under the Stars & Stripes. (Photo courtesy of Historic Philadelphia)

With the nice weather in full effect, besides the dreaded thunderstorms happening once a week it seems, outdoor movie screenings have popped up all throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding areas, bringing the “drive-in” feel back into our lives, just without vehicles. Starting on Friday, Aug. 1 at dusk, the Betsy Ross House is playing the part with outdoor viewings during their Stars & Stripes movie viewing series with films produced as early as 1959. People with soft stomachs, beware: All the movies shown in Betsy Ross’ Old City courtyard are horror films, and classic ones at that. What makes watching horror films outside more terrifying than they already are inside? Well, for one thing, you’re not protected outdoors, so a zombie could always come up from the bushes and snatch you up.

Kicking off the series of spook on Friday, Aug. 1, at dusk is the 1962 film, "The Brain That Wouldn’t Die," directed by Joseph Green, involving a mad scientist who is crushed when he finds out his girlfriend is decapitated during a car accident, resulting in bringing her back to life — her head, that is.

Did you ever have a conversation with a plant? Well, at least a conversation where it talks back to you? Probably not, and if so, that’s weird, but in the 1960s comedy/horror film "Little Shop of Horrors," you’ll get to watch a clumsy floral-shop worker interact with a giant plant whose favorite saying is, “Feed Me!” and the plant is hungry — for blood. The viewing of Roger Corman's classic will be on Friday, Sept. 5 at dusk.

POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 3:00 AM
Take your significant other to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens for Deluxe Date Night. (Photo via Philadelphia's Magic Gardens)

Hooray for Friday!

For bacon lovers: Have you heard the word? In case you haven’t: it’s bacon. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy free (!) bacon, food trucks, music from DJ Apt One & lil’Dave, bacon cooking demo, a screening of Apollo 13 (Kevin Bacon — duh) and more at The Oval on the Parkway during Philadelphia Bacon Fest.

For a First Friday event: As a part of the Phreaq N Queer Music and Arts Festival (running until Sunday), Space 2033 in Fishtown will host a First Friday affair with readings from performance artists and physical work shown within the gallery from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 2:13 PM
The crowds were packing the street at last year's festival (Photo Credit: Danya Henninger)

Hold off the Monday blues for as long as you can this Sunday, Aug, 3, with live entertainment, shopping and outdoor fun at the 2nd St. Festival in Northern Liberties. The festivities start at noon and will last until 10 p.m. so enjoy a little last hurrah before the workweek begins anew.

North 2nd Street will be closed off between Germantown & Green Streets, and there will be three music and events stages as well as plenty of workshops, art, food, and beer gardens to be enjoyed. Don't miss this rain-or-shine, free festival.

Here is the musical lineup for the day. Make special note of when your favorite bands are playing so that you don’t miss a thing.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:04 PM

We missed First Friday last month. (Thanks a lot, 4th of July.) But now the unofficial holiday is back and better than ever with the glory of August. Pop your head into any of the following opening receptions, family affairs or retail outings on Friday, Aug. 1.

If your need for speed just cannot be contained, the Speed Raceway in Horsham, Pa., has the solution. To celebrate its second anniversary, the go-kart facility is offering half-price races all day, from noon until 10 p.m. with a chance to win a $250 gift card.

For a garage sale that’s actually in a garage, head to West Chester, Pa.’s Chestnut Street Parking Garage from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to shop for vintage home goods, accessories, clothing, repurposed jewelry, and other up-cycled goods. A jazz band and food vendors will also be on site throughout the evening.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:43 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Musician John Legend performs onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images)

What we’re checking out this week! 

Wednesday, July 30: Nine Inch Nails

This week in Philly is all about repping your favorite ‘90s bands—in addition to Nine Inch Nails, there’s also The Offspring and Bad Religion playing Saturday at the E-Factory, and Slightly Stoopid playing Saturday at Festival Pier. But we’ll take NIN over the pretty fly for a white guy crew any day (although we still think Bad Religion is cool), and Trent Reznor’s pulverizing affronts over pretty much anything else. Since the late ‘80s, Reznor and co. have redefined “industrial” music, adding melody, theatrics, and sex appeal, and these days, songs like “Head Like a Hole” and “Closer” are practically generational anthems. Plus remember when Rez called out the Grammy producers for cutting short his performance last winter? That was bad-ass. The band is now touring behind 2013’s Hesitation Marks, but we have a feeling they’ll revisit some old tunes too. Also on the bill: Seattle grunge-metal giants Soundgarden, featuring Chris Cornell and his trademark 4-octave vocal range. The band released the surprisingly solid King Animal in 2012, although we’d be lying if we said we hope they don’t bust out some “Black Hole Sun,” so we can all pretend we’re in middle school again.

About this blog
Discover great events, festivals, museums, parties, music, restaurants, movies, performances, and art happening in Philadelphia. Want to share an event? Click here to submit an event for consideration on Philly.com

Gabrielle Bonghi Philly.com
Kate Bracaglia Philly.com Music Blogger
Colin Kerrigan Philly.com Photographer
Jim Teti
Danya Henninger Philly.com
Natalie Hope McDonald for Philly.com
Allie Volpe philly.com
Tim Reardon philly.com
Tracey Romero Philly.com
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected