Carrie Underwood, Celebration of Black Arts and other great events in Philadelphia, June 29-July 6

Country star Carrie Underwood will open the new Etness Arena at the Hard Rock


Celebration of Black Arts

Sunday kicks off a month full of programming celebrating African American literature and art. Look forward to author readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, and a giant block party for the 20th birthday of the Art Sanctuary Gallery, the organizer behind the annual Celebration of Black Arts. — Grace Dickinson

Through July 31, select locations citywide, free,

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Enjoy free admission this Sunday at the Barnes Foundation, where family-friendly programming is set to unfold all day long.


Free First Sunday Family Days at the Barnes Foundation

Head to the Barnes Foundation this Sunday to experience life-changing art by African, French, and Pennsylvania artists, including  Matisse, Renoir, Picasso, Soutine, Cézanne, Rousseau, and Modigliani — all entirely for free. On the first Sunday of the month, the museum opens its doors sans admission fees, giving families with kids under age 18 priority access. Arrive before 10 a.m. to secure tickets once the Barnes opens, and then hang around for lunch onsite and an afternoon of games including Giant Jenga and miniature golf. The Almanac Dance Circus Theatre will also perform this Sunday starting at 1 p.m. — G.D.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, free, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.,



Chicago’s jazz-driven satire on 1920s crime and corruption heads to the Broadway Theater of Pitman starting this Friday, June 29. Grab tickets now and settle in for a night of timeless classics, including “All That Jazz,” “Class,” “Cell Block Tango,” “Mr. Cellophane,” and more. — G.D.

Through July 22, Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, N.J., $31,


Three Aksha presents Sajeeva

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“Sajeeva,” by Three Aksha Dance.

Sajeeva brings a chance to see Bharatanatyam, a form of Indian classical dance, with a contemporary twist. Part of the choreography will interweave expressions of popular desi games like hopscotch alongside more traditionally composed sequences. — G.D.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Painted Bride, 230 Vine St., $30 in advance, $35 at the door,


Family Fun in the Garden: Vegetables Day at Meadowbrook Farm

Admission to Meadowbrook Farm is free for families on the first Thursday of each month. Come out to convene with nature while exploring the onsite Alice’s Garden. Programming for the evening will include a storytime session, craft-making, and a veggie-centric scavenger hunt. — G.D.

4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, free,

This Friday, head to the Betsy Ross House for a historical tour, followed by a screening of “The Giant Claw” outside in the courtyard.


The Giant Claw

Spread out a blanket in the Betsy Ross House courtyard and enjoy an outdoor screening of the sci-fi flick The Giant Claw. Admission includes a tour inside the historical house. Guests are invited to arrive early with a picnic and a bottle of wine. — G.D.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., $5,


Carrie Underwood

Simon Cowell’s minx is all grown up and opening up the brand-new Hard Rock at Atlantic City. Here’s hoping she’ll follow up her hit “The Champion” with an “E-A-G-L-E-S.” — Lauren McCutcheon

8 p.m. Friday, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk (at Pennsylvania Avenue), Atlantic City, sold out, resale from $225,

Chris Stapleton

What a triple bill. After years as a behind-the-scenes Nashville MVP, headliner Chris Stapleton has blossomed into one of country’s biggest stars, enjoying well-deserved critical and commercial success. He’s a powerhouse singer and writer, as well as guitarist, and his music has a raw immediacy uncommon to the mainstream. Veteran Marty Stuart is a country traditionalist with a progressive bent, and he and his well-named band, the Fabulous Superlatives, continue to make exciting, adventurous music. Brent Cobb is a relative newcomer whose second album, Providence Canyon, is one of the year’s best. — Nick Cristiano

7 p.m. Friday at the BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden. Tickets: $34 to $79. 856-365-1300,

Snarky Puppy

The Texas-born, Brooklyn-based collective Snarky Puppy relishes the slippery divisions between genres. The big band is well-versed in jazz and funk, fusion, and hip hop, with members multitasking in various other groups; it has collaborated with artists from South America and Africa; it is rarely the same from night to night or tour to tour. Led by bassist Michael League, the band lists 17 members on its website, although the uncertainty of the configuration on a given night — in our case, Friday at the Fillmore, with soul singer Raul Midon — is part of the fun. They’re unpredictable and irrepressible. — Steve Klinge

8 p.m. Friday at the Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. $37-$59. 215-309-0150,

WDAS Block Party

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Native sons Boyz II Men were honored in a ceremony renaming Broad Street between Christian and Carpenter Streets “Boyz II Men Boulevard.”

If you were going to blindly trust anyone with throwing a block party, WDAS – self-tagged as the radio station behind “Philly’s Best R&B & Throwbacks” – would be your event planner. For its debut live block party, the station welcomes a DJ who started his career spinning for street gatherings, Jazzy Jeff, along with local singers displaying various shades of soul eclecticism: Jill Scott, Bilal, and Boyz II Men. — A.D. Amorosi

7 p.m. Saturday at Mann Center for Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., $35-$204,

Concert Atop the Crypts: Divine Hand Ensemble

The Divine Hand Ensemble takes advantage of the haunting backdrop of the historical Laurel Hill Cemetery to perform music on the iconically sci-fi instrument, the theremin. Performers use their hands to disrupt an electric field, producing eerie music best heard among Victorian graves and echoing mausoleums. — Thea Applebaum Licht

6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. $20. 215-228-8200,


Sam Hunt

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Sam Hunt will sing on the Atlantic City beach this summer.

The John Legend of country (Hunt was a writer before becoming a solo act) kicks off Atlantic City’s trio of beach concerts. Next up: Demi Lovato (July 26) and the Chainsmokers (July 29).

2 p.m. Sunday, beach from Missouri to Indiana Avenues, $59.50 GA (resale from $70), 800-653-8000,

Sam Smith

Who in Sam Smith’s camp decided to book Britain’s most moaning and weepiest singer into Philadelphia – the cradle of liberty – during this city’s explosive celebration of independence? Then again, if you’re looking for a pity party and tear-in-your-lager emotionalism, you couldn’t do better than his most recent album, The Thrill of It All.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $35-125,