Friday, July 25, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:03 AM
Bristol, PA's annual Puerto Rican Day Festival celebrates culture and traditions. (Photo via Facebook)

There’s no shortage of culture in the Philadelphia area, and thanks to numerous celebrations, festivals and block parties, we can get a taste of the world in our own backyards. Saturday, July 26’s Puerto Rican Day Festival in Bristol, Pa., will supply attendees to Bristol Lions Park a full day of color, dance, food and entertainment from noon until 8 p.m.

The day begins with a procession from King George Inn at noon with folkloric dancers, local Latin American dignitaries, and other colorful processionists.

Throughout the day at the park’s gazebo and wharf, various musical performers and dance groups will entertain the crowd with skillful Latin guitar melodies, tight harmonies, and authentic dance moves to set the backdrop to the numerous activities and workshops planned.

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:00 AM
A crowd takes advantage of the nice weather during a free yoga class on the Race Street Pier in Philadelphia on May 26, 2014. Classes are offered in the morning six days a week on the pier by Dhyana Yoga and Kaya Aerial Yoga instructors. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

Sometimes you need to take a moment—or five—for yourself.

For a morning routine: Start your Friday in the right pose at 7 a.m. free yoga at Race Street Pier on Columbus Boulevard.

For a freestyle event: Choose four different wines to create your own freestyle flight of wine at the Washington House in Sellersville, P.A. The evening starts at 5 p.m.

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 at either 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m., are held at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard.

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: 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.

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