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POSTED: Friday, July 18, 2014, 1:49 PM
Jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence will headline the 8th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Simon Public Relations)

After the hustle and bustle of another busy week, be soothed by the smooth sounds of jazz and embrace the culture at Saunders Park for the Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival this Saturday, July 19 from noon until 7 p.m. Arranged by the West Philly community organization People’s Emergency Center, the day promises to bring a wealth of superb performances, informative vendors and promising community engagement. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and entertained and unlike a fancy spa—which will also leave you refreshed—this day of leisure is free.

The park, at 39th and Powelton, welcomes internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence (who’s worked with artists like Tina Turner, Busta Rhymes and Frank Zappa) to the lineup as well as locals Josh Lawrence, Glenn Bryan & Friends, the Charlene Holloway Band, Shakera Jones Quartet, Nasir Dickerson and Renaissance Messengers, RK$TDY, featured youth performers from Play On, Philly, the Women’s Sekere Ensemble and West Powelton Drummers.

But as they say, the early bird gets the worm. If your morning routine includes fitness, get to the park by 9 a.m. for a family fitness challenge.

POSTED: Friday, July 18, 2014, 3:00 AM
Belt out your favorite ballads and sad songs during 'teary-oke.' (iStock Photo)

Where will you be today?

For sad singers: As a part of The Galleries at Moore’s latest exhibit Interchange, a live oracle card reading will be performed via Skype at 6 p.m. at the gallery on the Parkway. Immediately following, a sad song karaoke session, “teary-oke” will let performers belt it out to their favorite ballads.

For an evening of acceptance: LGBTQ individuals ages 21 through 29 are invited to join in a positive and engaging conversation at the William Way Community Center in Washington Square West from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 3:17 PM
The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform scores to award-winning films at The Mann Center. (Photo by Harry Sandler Productions courtesy of The Mann Center)

Movie night is getting a facelift courtesy of the Philadelphia Orchestra and The Mann Center. On second thought, perhaps it’s more of an ear-lift. Anyway, the famed orchestra will be performing the scores to three select films—live—as they screen at the outdoor venue in West Fairmount Park.

First up is the Golden Globe-winning Best Original Score for Gladiator. The orchestra and a full chorus will perform the score to the film, transporting viewers back to ancient Rome on Friday, July 18 at 8 p.m.—keep in mind that doors open at 6 p.m. for all events. Keep the kids at home for this one: Gladiator is rated R. Writer, author and talk show host for 94 WIP, Anthony Gargano will emcee the evening.

Tonight, tonight, you can’t see West Side Story tonight…but you can on Wednesday, July 30 when the second film in the series views. The Academy Award winning musical’s theatrical score comes to life starting at 8 p.m. Prior to show time, dancers from Main Line Ballroom will perform the famous choreography and teach show-goers some of the Broadway-worthy moves on the PECO Plaza at 6 p.m.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:24 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 08: Rockness Monster performs during the 2008 Cuervo Black US Air Guitar Championships at The Regency Grand Ballroom on August 8, 2008 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Elsa (Getty Images)

This weekend’s looking pretty good for all things awesome. I’m excited. Are you?

Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about fashion in the 18th Century at this symposium on clothing and textiles in early America at the Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus in Bluebell, PA. Discover the history behind the three-piece suit, footwear of early Americans and even attend a workshop where you’ll make an infant jacket. The convention runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 20.

Shoppers will be pleased with this: You have two opportunities to score one-of-a-kind finds and super savings this weekend. The shops, galleries, eateries and boutiques in Kennett Square are rolling out deals during the Kennett Square Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t worry about parking either—all the garages are free. Another major al fresco shopping experience is the return of the Franklin Flea. This time shoppers can get their vintage and antique fix at the McCall Schoolyard in Society Hill on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 3:00 AM
Art In The Age provided the craft spirits at's Tech Week event "A/S/L: Love and Tech" near 9th and Market streets on April 24, 2013. (Hillary Petrozziello / Staff Photographer)

It’s nice when reality is better than your dreams.

For diners: University City Dining Days are back starting today. 27 participating restaurants in University City are offering three course meals for either $15, $25 or $35 for dinner.

For a third “Thursdee:” Art in the Age, Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream are teaming up for a party at Pizza Brain from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with cocktails, pizza and ice cream (naturally) in Fishtown.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 1:33 PM
For the second summer, The Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway offers programming until August 17. (Photo by Alfred B. For via Cashman and Associates)

It seems that everywhere you turn lately there’s a new park, garden or other hangout spot popping up for the summer. The latest is The Oval at Eakin’s Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The outdoor cultural spot has hosted gatherings throughout the year, but now is—for the second summer—offering a full lineup of programming throughout the summer starting Wednesday, July 16.

For six weeks until Sunday, August 17, every Wednesday through Sunday, a variety of family and community friendly events and activities, bring more excitement to the Parkway.  

It all starts Wednesday, July 16 with a special kick-off event, unveiling the space’s art theme for the summer: Magic Carpet by artist Candy Coated. The five section piece comprising of color, 3D elements, sand boxes, a stage, games, and other sensory details, the Magic Carpet runs through the park’s eight acres.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 11:42 AM
INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Musicians Josh Homme (L) and Michael Shuman of Queens Of The Stone Age perform onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2014 in Indio, California. Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images for Coachella)

It’s the middle of the summer and there are a million cool things going on. Get psyched!

Friday, July 18: Cheers Elephant with Toy Soldiers

About 8 months ago, Cheers Elephant—the rollicking, Philly-bred, pop-rock quartet whose breezy anthems and high-energy shows made them a local fave—bid the City of Brotherly Love adieu—as a band—and relocated out West, for a fresh perspective on life and music. Since then, they’ve gigged around SoCal AND logged some studio time—and are now headed out on a massive, cross-country tour, which stops by Union Transfer this Friday. Originally formed by pals in Downingtown, PA, Cheers Elephant bonded over a love of British invasion and Elephant 6 artists, and spent 8 years refining their sound before making a move. The show also doubles as a farewell—for now—for Philly blues rockers Toy Soldiers, who will be entering a “deep, dark hibernation” following their set, to focus on other projects. Over the past 7 years, there are few local bands who’ve made us dance, sing, and smile with quite the same aplomb, and while we’re sad to see them go, we wish them the best of luck in the future.

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