Wednesday, July 16
The Oval Opening
Get ready for another summer of fun (and free) activities at the Eakins Oval, which kicks off its second season tonight with a newly designed beer garden made of repurposed materials found in parks and a five-part art installation courtesy of multimedia artist Candy Coated. 5:30pm. Free. Eakins Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.422.4169. theovalphl.com
Yards Beef and Beer Dinner Cruise: Saison and Sunsets
Yards Brewing Company and WMMR partner up to host this seaside buffet aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. The cruise features an open beer bar and a menu that features signature short ribs and a build-your-own-cheesesteak station. 6:30pm. $56.90. Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Columbus Blvd. spiritcruises.com
Thursday, July 17
6th Annual Pizza Olympics
It’s been a long day; you’re jonesing for a couple slices, and even after reading last week’s pizza-themed PW, you still can’t pick a pizzeria to call. Well, on Thursday night, you won’t have to decide: The banquet hall at Penns Landing Caterers will be filled-to-overflowing with table after table after table of pizzas, ranging from traditional pies with cheese and sausage to all kinds of crazy I-never-thought-to-put-that-on-a-pizza selections.
For six years now, PW’s sister paper, The South Philly Review, has been serving up the tasty concept known as the Pizza Olympics: a dinnertime sampling event of some of the city’s most satisfying slices at the biggest pizza party South Philly has ever seen. For just $15 admission—hey, that’s less than one pie costs at some places!—you’ll get to spend three hours savoring a lineup that includes a combination of returning favorites and newcomers. Cacia’s Bakery, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Downey’s Restaurant, Gennaro’s Tomato Pie, Lanci’s Bakery, Paulie’s Pizza, Powelton Pizza, Rosario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant and Pete’s Famous Pizza have all signed on; more will be announced as the event gets closer. Attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorites in a variety of pizza disciplines. Best crust, best veggie pizza, best Sicilian/square, best sauce, most creative toppings, best white pizza, best tomato pie and best overall slice. Last year’s top winners were SliCE, Santucci’s Original Square Pizza, Paulie’s Pizza and Cacia’s Bakery, among others. But c’mon: in this contest, there really are no losers.
Unlike the Olympic Games that come around every four years, these Olympics won’t waste your time with a parade of pizza vendors or speeches; when there’s a crowd of several hundred hungry patrons lining up at the door, there is only one phrase that matters: Let the sampling begin! Go ahead and start messaging your friends. There’ll be more offerings to choose from than any one hungry face can possibly eat. // BILL GELMAN
6pm. $15. Penns Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. 215.336.7404. southphillyreview.com
Death Metal Angola
With music’s enduring, sustaining ability to express everything from joy and sorrow to nostalgia and rage and every emotion in between, it’s easy to see why we seek it out to soothe, relax or simply catch the feels. But, as metal and hip-hop have illustrated so well, when music is used to convey raw emotion or give voice to horror and despair, what starts out as an opportunity for artistic release can easily turn into validated righteousness that informs, inspires and ultimately uplifts.
The 2012 documentary Death Metal Angola, directed by Jeremy Xido, follows the lives of Sonia Ferreria, who runs the Okutiuka Orphanage in Huambo, Angola as caretaker for 55 young boys, and her musician boyfriend, Wilker Flores, who is determined to give the young survivors of violence and poverty a voice through death metal, thrash metal and melodic hardcore. Together, the couple attempts to launch the first-ever national concert, illustrating the harsh realities of living in a war-torn country and the surprising healing properties of relentlessly harsh music. On the other side of two major wars—one for independence from Portugal and the other a long, drawn-out string of civil wars damaging the nation from the inside—Angola sits on some of the most sought-after riches in the world: oil and diamonds. Xido’s vibrant, atmospheric film leaves no doubt that the battle-worn country’s passionate children are its real treasure.
Presented by the appropriately-named Awesome Fest and co-presented by the upcoming Blackstar Film Festival, Death Metal Angola is a rare and wonderful look into the healing powers of music, hailing from the most unlikely of places. // KENNEDY ALLEN
9pm. Free. Clark Park, 4398 Chester Ave. theawesomefest.com
University City Dining Days
For the 10th year in a row, University City and 27 area restaurants will unleash the “3 courses, 3 prices” deal for diners looking to get some great eats on the cheap. Participating restaurants include Copabanana, Pod, Distrito, Pattaya and many more. Through July 27. Various locations. universitycity.org/university-city-dining-days
At the height of the French Revolution in 1789, a small group of French leaders made their way to Philadephia to seek refuge. Furstenberg, an associate professor of history at Johns Hopkins, recalls their efforts to integrate themselves into metropolitan society. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Friday, July 18
Puss N Boots
Incredibly, its been 12 whole years since we first heard Norah Jones’ breathy croons on “Don’t Know Why,” the smash single off her 2002 debut Come Away With Me. The Denton, Texas native has since amassed nine Grammy Awards and sold over 50 million records across the globe. She’s a generational talent, having blended cues from jazz, pop, soul and country into her own unique signature sound.
While certainly gifted enough to make records fly off the shelves and sell out arena tours on her own, Jones has never shied away from collaboration. Last year, she released Foreverly, a duet album with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, which re-imagined the 1958 classic Songs Our Daddy Taught Us by the Everly Brothers. Now, Jones has thrown herself full-on into Puss N Boots, her all-female alt-country side project.
Kicking around since 2008, Puss N Boots was originally an exclusively live-show collab for Jones. Together with jazz singer-songwriter Sasha Dobson and bassist Catherine Popper, they’ve taken their act into the studio, resulting in their first full-length PNB album, No Fools, No Fun, which dropped on Tuesday. It features five original jams from this supergroup of gals, as well as seven cover versions. Jones, Dobson and Popper don’t pigeonhole themselves though; the record includes their takes on diverse tunes from artists like Johnny Cash, Neil Young and Wilco. They continue their headlining tour with a toe-tapping jam at the TLA tonight. // DANIEL GELB
8pm. $35. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599. tlaphilly.com
Lil’ Steph Presents Rasputin’s Room
Unleash your inner troublemaker, and indulge your sinful desires once again with Lil’ Steph’s most famous contribution to the city’s burlesque scene. Joining Steph onstage will be Joey Martini, Minx Arcana, Raquel Reed, Ginger Leigh with Mr. Unloved and Lucky Penny. 9:30pm. $10-$12. Ruba, 416 Green St. 215.627.9831. rubaclubstudios.com
Life on the Fringe
Utilizing music, dance and theatre, local artist Sebastian’s multimedia concert Life on the Fringe seeks to give voice to the unheard and underrepresented people in society. Audiences will have five chances to see the performance today; admission includes a free beer. 3:30pm. $10. Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St. 6097924499. voxpopuligallery.org
Lunar Stroll: Photographing Laurel Hill After Hours
Despite the ominous setting, Laurel Hill Cemetery is no stranger to nocturnal fun, and tonight is no different. Folks are invited to grab their cameras and capture some of the site’s most striking visual wonders. 8pm. $20. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200. thelaurelhillcemetery.org
Movie Under the Stars
The Salvation Army’s 6th annual Christmas in July fundraising campaign—meant to illustrate that “need knows no season”—continues with an outdoor screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard. 8:30pm. Free. Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia, 1340 Brown St. 215.787.2962. salvationarmy.org
Saturday, July 19
Philadelphia Color Run
From the grueling Spartan Race to the hometown-pride-filled annual Broad Street Run, Philly has its fair share of physically demanding competitions. Turns out there really is a race for everyone, and this one specifically is guaranteed to leave you happy. Okay, well—it’s intent is to leave you happy. Your body’s still got to cooperate.
With “the Happiest 5k on the planet” as its tagline, The Color Run returns to the area, bringing health, happiness and literal splashes of color to local fitness enthusiasts. Founded back in March 2011, this race is not about beating your best time or trying to keep up with the the uber-athlete running next to you. It’s more about getting off the couch and running—or walking—with your pals in an untimed event to promote wellness. On the three-mile course, racers begin in white clothes, only to be dashed with colorful paints at each kilometer, ending in the well-earned Finish Festival.
This larger-than-life party will be filled with music, dancing and the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with accomplishment—plus, to add a level of exclusivity to the mix, the Philly Color Run is now part of the newfangled 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour. In addition to the bursts of color, racers now have cool attractions to look for throughout the race, as well as an opportunity to run through a kaleidoscope at the Finish Festival. Racers also receive a kit full of colorful accessories to underscore just how awesome it is to run for fun. // K.A.
9am. $40-$45 to participate. South Philadelphia Sports Complex, South Philly. facebook.com/thecolorrun/events
Summer Ale Festival
The Philadelphia Zoo hosts this homage to summer brews and exotic creatures. Sample more than 40 seasonal craft beers in the company of the Zoo’s fantastic array of majestic animals, all while being treated to live music and delicious food samples. 6:30pm. $55-$90. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Ave. philadelphiazoo.org
Sidewalk Sizzle & Ice Cream Freeze
Reading Terminal Market celebrates National Hot Dog and Ice Cream Month with an outdoor festival offering a variety of the Market’s best summer-themed food, along with live music and contests. 10am. Free. 12th and Filbert sts. readingterminalmarket.org
Celebrating Philly Publishers
Philly’s burgeoning literary scene will be on full display tonight with a celebration of the Working Writers Group coalition in the city. Six different and diverse authors will read selections from their Philly-area published works, including authors Ann de Forest and Debra Leigh Scott. 7pm. Free. Musehouse, 7924 Germantown Ave. 267.331.9552. musehousecenter.com
3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off
Twenty of our area’s top grill masters face off in Headhouse Square to claim the title of top dog. Chefs from popular area restaurants, including Hot Diggity and Misconduct Tavern, will grill up their finest franks to be judged by a panel of chefs and celebrities to earn the $1,000 first place prize and bragging rights. 1pm. Free. Headhouse Square, 200 Pine St. 215.413.3713. dogdays14.eventbrite.com
Christmas in July Kettles
Join local celebrity mascots and the Salvation Army to ring in Christmas in July. Those unmistakable kettle bells and collection jars will be placed throughout Center City, giving a respite from the heat for those longing for that late December holiday feeling. Various locations. saphilly.org
8th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
People’s Emergency Center hosts this free day-long celebration of jazz, family-friendly activities and live music performances. The festival will also feature a variety of food trucks, artisan crafters and more. Noon. Free. Saunders Park Greene, 39th St. and Powelton Ave. lancasteravejazzfest.com
Saturday in the Park
The folks behind former music venue the Blockley have struck again, this time with an outdoor concert benefiting art nonprofit InLiquid. Today’s festivities include performances by Splintered Sunlight and Philly Bloco, as well as food trucks and more than 30 craft vendors. 2:30pm. $10. Liberty Lands Park, 913 N. Third St. theblockleystaff.ticketleap.com
Sunday, July 20
Grim Philly Twilight Tours
Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, psychopathic killer the “Corpse Collector” and H.H. Holmes will all be included in this tour of the darker, modern and more gritty side of Philadelphia’s history. Join three historians/guides as they recount tales of yellow fever death and show up-close grave visits of our founding fathers. The tour includes a complimentary beverage and a stop at a local tavern for beer and snacks. 2pm. $29.99. Independence Visitor Center. 1 N. Independence Mall West. 856.829.3100. grimphilly.com/tours
Paul Mooney, of Chappelle’s Show fame, brings his act to the waterfront for two shows tonight. A former cohort of Richard Pryor, Mooney has been cracking sides and causing stirs since the mid-’60s. 6pm and 9pm. $30-$40. Hibachi, 325 N. Delaware Ave. 267.670.5443. comedyonthewaterfront.eventbrite.com
The Five Minute Follies: Sam Sandler
Magician Sam Sandler is the nation’s preeminent deaf magician, blending elements of magic, humor and deaf culture into his routine. Tonight, he is joined by the Clown Town comedians, singer Sarah Lynn Dewey, Tap Dance Troupe Tapestry and culture comic Craig Liggeons. 3pm. $15-$18. Adrienne Theater Playground, 2030 Sansom St. fiveminutefollies.com
Monday, July 21
In 2011, Philadelphia-based artist Sarah Koljonen, who specializes in printmaking and painting, helped develop an arts-based curriculum for schoolchildren in Bolivia. This, among her other projects, resonates with the interconnected nature of art, a theme currently celebrated in the Interchange exhibit at Moore. Koljonen, and many other artists hailing from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, display their work that showcases the mutuality and reciprocation of art creation. Through Aug. 23. Moore College, 20th St. and the Ben Franklin Pkwy. moore.edu
Beginners Brewing Class
Hop on the homebrew bandwagon with Malt House Ltd.’s two-part tutorial class. Using simple ingredients and basic kitchen utensils, this informative class will take you step-by-step through the brewing of your very own five gallon batch of beer. 7:30pm. $45. Malt House Ltd, 7101 Emlen St. 215.242.1700. malthouseltd.com
Tuesday, July 22
History professor at USC by day and fiction novelist by night, Deborah Harkness is one of the busiest literary folks around. Her New York Times-bestselling All Souls Trilogy comes to a conclusion with The Book of Life, which follows historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont on a new adventure. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org
FOOD & DRINK
The Philadelphia Wine + Food Festival Uncorked
This first-time wining and dining experience, hosted by Philadelphia magazine and Fine Wine + Good Spirits, was created with the city’s young professionals in mind. Sample more than 120 samples of wine, munch on delicious snacks, and purchase bottles of your favorite wines from the evening. 6pm. $50. Sister Cities Park, Logan Square, N. 18th St. at Ben Franklin Pkwy. phillymag.com
Wednesday, July 23
Who’da thunk a little West Philly comics shop would end up publishing the most anticipated graphic novel of the year? That’s what’s happening, though, thanks to Locust Moon Comics’ Kickstarter campaign to fund the upcoming publication of Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, an all-star tribute to the groundbreaking turn-of-the-century newspaper strip featuring comics luminaries including Michael Allred, Jill Thompson, John Cassaday and Craig Thompson alongside such top local talent as J.G. Jones, Box Brown and Jeffro Kilpatrick. The fundraising effort has already raised $100,000—twice the publisher’s goal—but fans still have through Wed., July 23 to pre-support the book. Locust Moon is holding a party that evening at 7pm to celebrate—so check out the project, then come out and celebrate.
Come Together Dance Festival
For nearly 25 years, Koresh Dance Company’s Roni Koresh and his brother, Alon, have been active in Philadelphia dance, but their Come Together Dance Festival takes the art to a whole new level. Pooling 24 acclaimed Philly companies from a range of disciplines—street, tap, jazz, contemporary, world and ballet—into a five-night celebration of movement at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Come Together will both expose diversified techniques to the city’s dance enthusiasts and make it easy for them to get it all at once.
After last year’s successful inaugural season, returning favorite troupes include BalletFleming, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and the Rock School for Dance Education. And in addition to the host Koresh corps, we’d recommend making every effort to get to their Youth Ensemble set, plus see the acrobatically mighty Brian Sanders’ JUNK, hip-hop artist and filmmaker Raphael Xavier, and the eye-popping Rennie Harris Puremovement.
The fest’s vibe is a bit reminiscent of the Koresh Artist Showcases, which provide really affordable shows at their new permanent homebase in Rittenhouse Square. They’ve recently filled their black box theater with traditional Indian dance, salsa, spoken word and ballet. Still, Come Together is a wonderful opportunity to not only catch five shows—some companies will make appearances on multiple nights—but also attend an opening reception, participate in a talk-back with the artistic directors, make new friends over drinks and mingle with the dancers. // BILL CHENEVERT
Through Sun., July 27. Various times. $25-$100. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420. philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
Secret Cinema: The Pursuit of Happiness
Noted movie historian Richard Barrios leads a discussion and screening of the 1934 romantic comedy film The Pursuit of Happiness. Set in 1700’s New England, the film controversially includes discussions on sex and courtship. 6pm. Free. APS Museum, 104 S. Fifth St. apsmuseum.org
The Dynamics of Job Transitioning
This free workshop presented by local career coach Michelle Snow provides instruction on job transitioning, including how to master day-to-day job duties and gaining insight into company culture. 6:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Out of Town
Death 2 Hipsters
The creators of the N.J. award-winning documentary Dark Fall take a shot at it again with their new winter surfing flick Death 2 Hipsters. The film, directed by Dark Fall Productions founder Alex DePhillipo, can only be summarized as a surf comedy because apparently “synopsis’s are too mainstream and that’s just NOT KEWL”. The exclusive world premiere includes a free T-shirt poster and admission to Haven Night Club. Thurs., July 17, 9pm. $46.15. Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, 1 Castle Blvd, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.441.2000. death2hipsters.com
Major League Ultimate Frisbee Championship
The victors of the Eastern and Western Ultimate Frisbee Conferences will battle it out for national glory at this annual championship. The event also features a four-on-four hat tournament at Neumann University earlier in the day and special youth clinic. Sat., July 19, 6pm. $18-$65. PPL Park, 1 Stadium Dr., Chester. 610.859.3100. philadelphiaunion.com
Welcome Home, Soldier
Playhouse West Philadelphia presents this award-winning tribute to Vietnam War veterans—a tale of true stories about the homecoming of various soldiers. Creator, co-writer and director Tony Savant originally premiered the production in 1991, and this weekend marks its first presentation in the Delaware Valley. July 18-20. $5-$15. Center for Performing and Fine Arts, 211 Carter Drive, West Chester. brownpapertickets.com/event/699723
Le Noir, The Dark Side of Cirque
Enjoy an evening of aerial artistry and acrobatic performances from 20 of the most talented and globally recognized cirque performers. Le Noir is an intimate style cirque production incorporating audience members as a part of the show. The performances focus on the three key color themes of white, red and black to explore the range of the human emotions using a perfected stage created by producer Simon Painter. Through July 27. Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. Atlantic City , NJ 609.441.5000. baseentertainment.com
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