Calendar: July 20-26

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Wednesday, July 20

Philadelphia’s Best Dive Bars + The Regulars
It’s hard to say exactly what separates a dive bar from just any low-key neighborhood bar. Or a good dive from a total shithole, for that matter. But if there’s anyone in this city who could make that distinction, it’s local photographer Sarah Stolfa and PW’s very own Brian McManus. Stolfa spent almost a decade serving many of the same patrons day in and day out at McGlinchey’s, the beloved Center City dive. Meanwhile, McManus devoted a year of his life (and his liver) venturing into more than 100 local dives where no one knew his name. Stolfa captured the colorful McGlinchey regulars in a series of highly detailed, large-scale photographs and compiled them in a coffee-table book. McManus took notes on his phone and compiled his observations into Philly’s first dive bar guide. The two come together to share anecdotes from their books and all that they’ve learned about this city’s dive-bar culture this week. -Nicole Finkbiner

7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341.

Thursday, July 21

More than 20 local pizza parlors put their pies to the test this week at the third annual Pizzalympics. Sample as many slices as you want from places like Chickie’s and Pete’s, SliCE and Napoli Pizza and rate them on best crust or best Sicilian slice. Philadelphia Entertainment Co.’s DJ Russ Ferrante will be kicking tunes to help you burn off all that cheesy goodness and there will be givaways and a raffles to benefit the Katie Kirlin Fund, an organization to foster participation in wheelchair sports for children in the Philadelphia area. Food, free stuff and a fundraiser—the Olympic gods would be so proud. -Kristin Toussaint

6pm. $10. Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd.

Ca Caw + Hope & Feathers

A new New York City jazz trio featuring saxophonist Oscar Noriega, keyboardist Landon Knoblock and drummer Jeff Davis, Ca Caw headlines this West Philly quadruple-header. As they have with big-gun collaborators like Chris Speed, Tim Berne and Jim Black, Ca Caw prudently locates a luscious sonic zone in the gaps between improvisation and notation, free and straight-ahead jazz. Led by Hoots & Hellmouth collaborator Matt Stein, Hope & Feathers is a quartet of extremely talented young Philly musicians that also plays with several other local jazz (and beyond) projects, like Inzinzac, the Scriptors, and Shot x Shot. With an unplugged set by local skronk-punks Split Red and a duo with guitar-shredder Nick Millevoi (Many Arms) and vocalist Bonnie Lander, tonight’s all about diversity. -Elliott Sharp

7pm. $5-10. With Split Red & Millevoi/Lander Duo. Green Line Cafe, 4426 Locust St. 215.222.0799

Morning River Band
Not to be confused with Aussie soft-rockers Little River Band (whew!), Morning River Band are four fellows from just across the river in Collingswood, N.J., who make melancholy country rock and breezy, back-porch indie-folk sorta like “Harvest Moon”-era Neil Young crossed with a bit of Jeff Tweedy. Come to think of it, they can be a little soft themselves, but never mawkish, at least. The band’s secret weapon is Dennis Bonfiglio on the lap steel—his playing is sublime, elevating the music far beyond your standard semi-acoustic singer-songwriter fare. Tonight, MRB celebrate the release of their new LP, Between the Ocean and the Blues, and based on the tracks we’ve heard, it should be a laid-back, sad-in-a-good-way, perfect-for-a-warm-summer-night gig. -Michael Alan Goldberg

7:30pm. $8. With Kalob Griffin Band + John Train. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Fighting Back Against Street Harassment and Gender-Based Violence

Whether it’s a catcall, lewd gesture/comment, intimidating remark or friendly, yet unnecessary greeting, street harassment is an unavoidable reality. If you’re a woman, there’s a pretty good chance you endure it on a daily basis but choose to just ignore it and keep walking. Four anti-street harassment activists are coming together to not only discuss its impact as the most widely accepted form of gender-based violence, but the safest and most effective ways we can go about actually addressing it. Nuala Cabral, a local media educator and filmmaker, and Rochelle Keyhan, founder of HollabackPhilly, an international movement that encourages victims of street harassment to speak up and put their harassers on blast via the Internet, will be on hand to talk it out. More importantly, local residents will have a chance to engage in the discussion and vent about their own experiences. -N.F.

7pm. Free. Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St. 215.413.0999.          

Friday, July 22

Tommy Davidson
You probably first got to know and love Tommy Davidson on In Living Color as the funk-da-fied Kung-Fu instructor Sweet Tooth Jones or the Snackin’ Shack’s highly efficient, yet inaccurate short-order cook. He’s also had a presence in Tinseltown over the past 20 years in films like Strictly Business, Booty Call, Juwanna Mann and Ace Ventura 2. Most recently, he was ‘Runnin’ thangs’ in the cult-classic-ish Black Dynamite as the 93-pound mack, Cream Corn. With the exception of his “Sleep N’ Eats” character in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (depending on how you look at it), everything he’s done has been fun and entertaining. His upcoming show at Helium should be no different. He’s hitting the stage before his newest projects (A Black Dynamite cartoon and a role in Will Smith’s new animated show, Youngin’s) come to life. That funny bone’s sure to be tickled pink. -Ryan K. Smith

8pm. $20-$27. Helium, 2031 Sansom St.

Andrew Gray
Fans might not immediately recognize Andrew Gray out of context: We’re used to seeing him stomp, sweat and holler old-school boxcar anthems as part of Hoots & Hellmouth. Though H&H is on wildfire, Gray left the band last fall. On his mind? Focusing on his career teaching literacy to adults in Southwest Philly. But fear not, Gray has not abandoned music entirely. “My goal now is to keep everything self-contained,” Gray recently told PW. He’s been writing and laying down new tracks at West Chester’s Noisy Little Critter studio. “I wanted it to just be voice, guitar and the song. Very stripped down, very simple and accessible.” Gray explains that his new approach lets him focus on songwriting “instead of hiding behind a bunch of different instruments.” The upcoming show finds Gray reunited with old touring mate, Iowa bluesman William Elliott Whitmore, and presenting new work including the meditative and totally appropriate “Sing Along, Sing Alone.” -Tara Murtha

$10. With William Elliot Whitmore. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Saturday, July 23

Urban Farm Bike Tour
If you’re looking to go especially green today, the sixth annual Urban Farm Bike Tour—sponsored by Philly’s long-running Weavers Way Co-op—will leave you feeling like Kermit the Frog by the end of it all. Bring your bike (and required helmet) to the Weavers Way Farm in East Mt. Airy bright and early, and prepare for an epic ride around town to visit some of the area’s most vibrant and successful farms and farmers. The longer ride will take you to Saul Agricultural High School and Urban Girls Farm in the Northwest, a community farm in Brewerytown, Germantown’s Wyck House Farm, the Refugee Community Farm in South Philly, and SHARE in Hunting Park, among other places. A shorter ride, for less experienced cyclists, includes SHARE, Kensington’s Greensgrow, and West Philly’s Mill Creek Farm. Whichever ride you tackle, both return to Weaver’s Way Farm at 3 p.m. for a feast of grilled foods and beer. -M.A.G.

8am. $25-$30. Weavers Way Co-op Farm, 1011 E. Washington Lane.

Uhuru Flea Market
It seems as if the moment temperatures start to rise shops and vendors roll out deals for customers to enjoy. Uhuru Furniture, the furniture and collectibles store well-known for their great prices, is hosting a flea market in Clark Park this weekend. The all-day event will feature clothing, housewares, jewelry, bikes, records and books. Local artists will offer up ethnic art and crafts, while vendors sell snacks to munch on while browsing the market. The event will benefit the Uhuru Movement’s black community-led programs for economic development and social injustice in African communities. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about and support a worthy cause while picking up a little something something for yourself. -Sydney Scott

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