Friday, August 1, 2014
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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: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:40 PM
The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble are one of the featured performers of the ACANA Festival. The group was founded in 1984 and is co-directed by Jamal and Ronsha Dickerson. It has grown to be one of the largest professional authentic and traditional African Dance & Drum Ensembles in the United States of America, headquartered in Camden, New Jersey (PHOTO: Jake Krolik)

To put it plainly, you killed it this week. It's time to relax and have a little—nay, a lot—fun. Leave the planning to us.

We’ve got a heck of a lot of festivals kicking off the first weekend in August.

The four-day film festival, BlackStar, offers local and worldwide premieres of films starring A-list actors like Michael K. Williams (The Wire)—he’ll even be in attendance!—and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 3 at various times and locations throughout University City (but mostly International House Philadelphia). The first event begins at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:00 AM
Abington Art Center's KidFest features an evening's worth of family-friendly activities. (Photo via Facebook)

The best things come in groups of five.

For a parody: Based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the comedic retelling of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This irreverent, jaunty and parody-driven musical brings a little England to Beach Haven, N.J.’s Surflight Theatre. The show has two performances today: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

For kids: Philadelphia Caribbean music group Trinidelphia will perform during the Abington Art Center’s KidFest, featuring art activities, a moon bounce and more, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Jenkintown, P.A.

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.

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: 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.

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