Archive: June, 2013
Begin this year's Fourth of July celebration with a classical performance from the famed Philadelphia Orchestra on the Delaware River waterfront.
Independence Day might be on July 4, but the city's festivities will kick off early with the classical concert on July 2 at Penn's Landing.
The concert features Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru and violinist Kristin Lee in various compositions throughout the night, including a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
This year marks the 21st year in which the inaugural Hoagie Day was celebrated. In 1992, the Hoagie was proclaimed the “Official Sandwich of Philadelphia” by Mayor Rendell.
This year's Hoagie Day began early this morning, Tuesday, July 2, with 200 Wawa associates helping make history by building a 4 ½ ton hoagie at the National Constitution Center. In addition to building the gigantic hoagie, they will be sending 5,000 hoagies over to Philabundance.
At noon, WMMR’s Preston Elliot will announce the official start of the Hoagie Day festivities. Mayor Michael Nutter will join The Color Guard, from the Army National Guard, as they march in the 4 ½ ton hoagie that will be served to the masses. Following the ceremony, members of the Philadelphia Police Department, Fire Department, National Air Guard and Army National Guard will compete in a hoagie building competition. The winners receive checks to the charities of their choice.
Rock out at one of the biggest local music festivals, with more than 500 musical performances at the 30th Annual Musikfest.
This year’s lineup is incredibly diverse with artists for everyone to enjoy, including headlining acts like Carly Rae Jepsen, OneRepublic, Ke$ha, Darius Rucker and Avenged Sevenfold. Hundreds of other artists will also take the stages during the festival for a 10-day music bonanza.
If you are scraping for pennies but want to experience the summer festival buzz, don’t fret: all performances are free of charge except for headlining shows on the Sands Steel Stage. Musikfest is the largest free music festival in the United States, so you definitely do not need tons of cash to experience fantastic live music.
As part of PECO’s Multicultural Series, Penn’s Landing will be home to the summer’s biggest celebration of Latino culture with a Hispanic Fiesta, hosted by The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia.
This two-day festival starts on Saturday, July 13 and wraps up on Sunday, July 14.
During this cultural spectacle, indulge in fantastic delicacies from the Hispanic diaspora and add even more Latin flare to your life and home with artisanal crafts.
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
Summer fun for the last week in June!
Thursday, June 27: Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin at Milkboy Philly
Indie popsters Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin boast a silly name, and a trove of catchy tunes, and this Thursday will stop by Milkboy Philly for an evening of summer vibes. Formed more than a decade back when a group of high-school friends started tinkering in bedrooms and dorm rooms in Springfield, MO, SSLYBY burst into the national consciousness in 2005, when their debut record Broom won the hearts of bloggers and DIY enthusiasts across the web. Since then, they’ve maintained a strong indie following, and this fall, will release their fifth LP, Fly By Wire, on Polyvinyl. We <3 SSLYBY for their breezy, feel-good melodies, and ability to perfectly capture emotion in a 3-minute pop song. Before you go: check out their new single “Nightmare Girlfriend” (their first in two years!) via SoundCloud—then stream all their previous releases for free via their website.
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
There’s nothing more patriotic than hanging outdoors, poolside with a burger, hot dog, ice cream and many cold adult beverages. Match that with the raddest DJs in the city and you’ve got yourself an all-American rager.
Making Time is putting on their annual RAD-B-Q party just in time for the Fourth of July festivities. Known for its kitschy interior, Bamboo Bar will host this year’s event and has everything you could possible want: a pool, tiki bars, fake palm trees and a pool!
Start off the evening with free PBR and $5 Sailor Jerry Rum and Vitamin Water ½ fishbowls from 7-9 pm. Oh, those fishbowls. PYT will be manning the grill and Little Baby's will be on site scooping your favorite ice cream.
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
The First Philadelphia One-Minute Play Festival will feature over 70 brand new One-Minute Plays by close to 50 playwrights from Philadelphia’s growing pool of exceptional contemporary writers; among them are some of the most important artistic voices in the nation.
Following sold-out performances in a dozen other cities, this festival serves as the culmination of a yearlong collaboration between the two companies after engaging in community and consensus building workshop sessions with local artists since August of 2012.
Artists will be working on this emerging short form to explore the relationship of the individual voice to the zeitgeist of a specific region. The writers have several weeks to complete scripts, with the only stipulation being that they can be performed in one minute.
Playwrights are selected by invitation and asked to engage in OMPF’s playmaking approach. Playwrights are encouraged to write about anything they are passionate about, and, as emerging themes or ideas become apparent, the plays are grouped into “clumps” to reflect those elements. Teams of directors and actors work to stage each clump of plays. And the result: 70+ fully mounted plays, all staged with 4 chairs.
This Festival will feature work commissioned by: Ian August, P. Seth Bauer, Barbara Bellman, BJ Burton, Joe Byers, Jim Christy, Joy Cutler, WIllaim DiCanzio, Paula Diehl, Madi DiStefano, Alex Dremann, Quinn Eli, Jeremy Gable, Jacqueline Goldfinger, Brian Grace-Duff, Katharine Clark Gray, Lindsay Harris-Friel, Warren Hoffman, Michael Hollinger, Ken Kaissar, Arden Kass, Sharon Kling, Julia Lopez, Sarah Mantell, Kathryn Peterson, David Robson, Jackie Ruggiero, John Stanton, Samuel Toll, Walt Vail, Nick Wardigo, David Strattan White, Douglas Williams, A. Zell Williams, Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Robin Rodriguez, Mark Costello, Bill D’Agostino, Annie Such, Sara Madden, Chris Davis, Kate Brennan, Elizabeth Scanlon, Wally Zialcita, and Seth Rozin.
Dance the night away (with the help of an open bar and a four-star buffet) at Zahav’s fourth annual summer party.
Michael Solomonov of Society Hill's renowned restaurant Zahav is kicking off the Fourth of July festivities early with Down the Shore 4: Klezmer Inferno on July 1 at Morgan’s Pier.
The party will be a Balkan-inspired disco with Eastern European sounds from West Philadelphia Orchestra. All-you-can-drink beer and sangria will get you in the mood to jive and groove throughout the night. Guests will also be able to nosh on some gourmet eats from Philly’s elite chefs, including Top Chef alum Jen Carroll, Peter Woosley of Bistrot La Minette and Lucio Palazzo of La Calaca Feliz.