Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:20 PM
Take a musical escape this week. (iStock)

It’s only Tuesday, but are you wishing for the weekend already? Make your workweek more bearable by treating yourself to a night out (or maybe more than one). Whether you are looking to just listen to some jazz or to jam out yourself, we got what you need.

On Wednesday, July 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the West Philadelphia Orchestra will bring its unique combination of Balkan, punk and jazz to the Penn Museum’s courtyard on South Street. The concert is free with the price of admission so get there early and check out the museum’s exhibits on Native American Voices and Human Evolution. I promise I won’t tell your boss.

Later that night, Chris’ Jazz Café on Sansom Street will be alive with the sounds of the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra. Playing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m, this orchestra, composed of some of the best area high school and college jazz musicians, celebrates Philadelphia’s rich jazz legacy with their energetic show. Chris’ Jazz Café will also host Michelle Lordi, a jazz vocalist on Thursday, July 31 at 8 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 1:47 PM
"They Die By Dawn," a film about old-West African American cowboys stars Rosario Dawson and Michael K. Williams, who will be in attendance at this year's BlackStar Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of Skai Blue Media)

In an age of indie film festivals, few celebrate diversity as much as this one. The BlackStar Film Festival, running Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 3, presents over 40 selected short, documentary and feature-length films from independent black filmmakers; panels and discussions; book signings; and for the first time ever, an awards ceremony. All events will be held at various locations throughout University City.

Centered on the festival's theme “Music is the Weapon,” some of its films and programming focus on music’s influence in cinema.

Here’s what you won’t want to miss at the third annual BlackStar Film Festival.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:00 AM
VSMYARD long view of meadow: Longwood Gardens has more than doubled the size of its meadow to 86 acres and restored the 18th-century Webb farmhouse, seen here in the background. (Photo by Daniel Traub)

I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

For a look in the past: History is explored through children’s eyes and literature at the Rosenbach Museum and Library’s “Bescribbled, Nibbled, and Dog-Eared” exhibit, focusing on early American children’s books. The Rittenhouse museum is open from noon until 5 p.m. today.

For plein air painting: Members from the Delaware Valley Art League will be painting in Longwood Gardens’ new Meadow Garden from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meadow, which spans 86 acres, will host the artists as they create works as visitors stroll through. All art created will be on display and up for sale on August 2 and 3 at the Kennett Square garden.

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: 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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