Archive: July, 2013
The Seaport Museum's highly anticipated exhibit, Oh Sugar! opens its sugar-coated doors on Friday, Aug. 16.
The exhibit, curated by Ryan and Eric Berley, chronicles the super-sweet love affair Philly always has had with delectable confections. From colonial sugar cane trade to candy manufacturing, the history of sweet stuff will be illustrated with more than 100 artifacts on display.
Local favorite Dock Street Brewery will host a blockbuster movie night every Tuesday from August 6 through 27 starting at 8 p.m.
While you are watching the night's featured film, nosh on Dock Street's delicious pizza and cool off with their signature brews.
As if the movie nights don't sound enticing enough, film-goers will get $1 discounts on small pizzas and $2 discounts on large pizzas, plus Dock Street's beers will be $1 cheaper. Who says you can't enjoy good food, drinks and movies on a budget?
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
Where you’ll find us this week
Wednesday, July 31: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Ted Leo is living proof that you don’t have to be young and poor to be punk. In fact, the 42-year-old, prep-school bred, Jersey-based rocker is one of the best punks we know, having spent the past 20+ years consistently subverting expectations and writing ragers. A veteran of both the DC and New York punk scenes in the 1990’s, Leo formed The Pharmacists in 1999, and quickly won fans with his unique blend of pop melodics and punk aggression, anchored by his unmistakable high-pitched vocals and earnest, emotionally-charged lyrics. Since then, he’s remained remarkably consistent, continuing to churn out aggressive nugs with regularity, and playing high-energy shows that completely overturn the notion of the 20-minute punk set, sometimes raging for up to 2 hours. This Wednesday, he’ll play a free show at Morgan’s Pier, alongside opener Waxahatchee—a.k.a., Philly’s own Katie Crutchfield. We recommend showing up early to snag a few beers and check out Crutchfield—whose achingly honest take on love and heartbreak has already earned her a Pitchfork BNM, not to mention the respect of countless 20-somethings.
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
August starts with a variety of ways to enjoy the summer sun and cool summer nights at the Delaware River Waterfront.
Smooth Jazz Summer Nights followed by Friday Night Lights
Smooth Jazz fills the waterfront every Friday night in August starting with keyboardist Alex Bugnon, an energetic force on the contemporary jazz scene, producing over nine albums and building up a huge fan base as a touring musician. Stay after the show for a beautiful landside fireworks display.
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
Celebrate the works of emerging Black filmmakers during the second annual BlackStar Film Festival from Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4.
The film festival will spotlight cinematography from the African diaspora with 75 feature films, short films and music videos that encompass various genres, from profound dramas to inspiring documentaries.
Among the many screenings is a special presentation of Victoria Mahoney’s coming-of-age film Yelling to the Sky, which will precede a Q&A session featuring composer Zakee Kuduro and the film’s star (and The Roots’ frontman) Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.
Step up and hit the dance floor at various Philly locations during Philadelphia Dance Day on Saturday, July 27.
Whether you are a novice or a ballroom pro, you can move and groove during this all-day celebration of creative expression.
From classic ballet and swing to smokin' hot hip-hop, Latin and even burlesque, all genres are covered and there is a workshop that suits everyone's style and taste.
Listen to fantastic live performances from emerging musical acts during the 23rd annual Concerts in the Park Series in Rittenhouse Square on Wednesdays, August 14, 21 and 28.
Locally and nationally established bands will rock the stage and perform the best of many genres, ranging from jazz, rock, country and R&B.
Headlining acts include Doc Gibbs, Lady Alma and Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra. Not to mention there will be a surprise guest on the night of August 28, and it’s sure to be a pleasant treat.
On Wednesday, July 24, The Oval on the Parkway is transforming into a Halloween bash for just one night!
As film nerds await the release of Edgar Wright’s sci-fi comedy The World’s End, The Oval is hosting a ghoulish evening fit for zombie freaks with a screening of Wright’s classic film Shaun of the Dead, as well as a Michael Jackson-inspired “Thriller” dance-off competition before the movie.
The indie-cult "romantic comedy with zombies" begins at 8:30 p.m., right after guests stretch their zombie arms out and hit the floor for the "Thriller" dance-off.