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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: Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:00 AM
There's a fine line between design that's quintessentially Philadelphian and just plain bad. Alex Stadler's at 1724A Sansom St.,November 5, 2012 is an example of an excellently designed shop. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Tell all your coworkers about this on Monday.

For a dreamy sale: Vintage goods, fine art, textiles and other items will be rolled out of Stadler-Kahn’s shop to 406 S. 21st Street in Rittenhouse for a Garage Sale of Dreams. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. get your shop on as price points range between $2 and $35 dollars.

For knee-deep enjoyment: It’s all fun and games until your Versace shoes get soaked. So don’t wear them. Norristown, PA park rangers will guide you through an animal-viewing adventure through Kepner Creek in Norristown Farm Park at 1 p.m. Be prepared to get wet.  

POSTED: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 3:00 AM
The Wildwood Farmers Market offers fresh produce to beach-goers. (Photo via Facebook)

What we’re learning here is that “I’m bored” is never an option.

For fresh produce: There are few things better than some locally grown snacks to enjoy on the beach. Pick them up at the Wildwood Farmers Market held at the corner of Schellenger and Pacific Avenues from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Wildwood, N.J.

For a farm to table experience: Your day will begin at Walnut Hill Community Farm in West Philadelphia at 10 a.m. for a farm to table brunch lesson. You’ll then migrate to the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises where you’ll prepare and eat some locally grown brunch menu items.

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.

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