Calendar: July 20-26

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9am-5pm. Rain date: Sun., July 24. Clark Park, 43rd St. and Chester Ave. 215.546.9616.

Philadelphia Union vs. Real Madrid
Philadelphia Union faces one of the most successful soccer teams in the world tonight. Founded in the Spanish capital in 1902, Real Madrid was born 106 years before our hometown squad, which just celebrated its third anniversary. That’s a big gap in institutional experience. In addition, Real’s lineup includes many of the biggest, baddest international players like Spanish goalie Iker Casillas, Brazilian midfielder Ricardo Kaká and, arguably the best baller in the world, Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo. With the youngest team in all of Major League Soccer last year, Philly Union’s roster included seven rookies, like 16-year old Pennsylvania-native Zach Pfeffer, 19-year old goalkeeper Zac MacMath and 18-year old Jack McInerney. That’s a big gap in on-field experience. Needless to say, once they take Lincoln Field for this match-up, the Philly boys are gonna thrash, dominate and run circles around Madrid’s whiny, senior citizen brigade. Prediction: Philly 5, Madrid 0. -E.S.

9pm. $42-256. Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave. 267.570.4000.

Donavon Frankenreiter

Ignore the ‘70s porn actor mustache and naïfish, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” attitude. (Spend your youth on a beach and your outlook would be that sunny too.) The former pro-surfer and Jack Johnson buddy possesses enough lighthearted spirit and carefree charisma to pull off the innocence he professes. Where Johnson’s baritone lulls, Frankenreiter’s airy tenor dances, pulling you into his strummy, hippified folk-pop through sheer personality. It helps that he enriches the easygoing beach-pop with soul and blues-funk, while developing a defter melodic touch across five albums. He hints at life’s simplicity with such assurance, you want to believe over all evidence to the contrary. -Chris Parker
8pm. $25-$33. With Seth Pettersen. World Cafe Life, 500 N. Market St. Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400.

Brew at the Zoo
The Third Annual Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo is a great excuse to act like a kid again ... a tipsy kid, that is. The zoo will be closed to the public, allowing ticket holders to have free reign over the grounds. Locally sourced food the Fair Food Farmstand (fresh meats, cheeses and bread) and delicacies from Eclat Chocolate will be available. Now to the important stuff: More than 20 local beer distributors will be in attendance, including Victory, Flying Fish and Yuengling (Tiger’s blood will not be available). The zoo offers discounted tickets for designated drivers and a free shuttle from 30th Street Station. As if there weren’t already enough to see, drink and eat, the zoo will also have its Jim Henson Puppet Experience ‘X-tink-shun’ up and running. After all, isn’t the true motive behind this festival to raise awareness of animal extinction? -Kelly Offner

6:30-10pm. $30-90. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. 215.243.1100.

Sunday, July 24

Ballet X
Forget your old conceptions of tutu-clad ballerinas delicately pirouetting to the grandiose sounds of Tchaikovsky. Imagine enthralling performances focused on weightier themes like castration, nonconformity and the endurance of love. BalletX throws away ballet’s antiquated formalities with its 2011 season finale, a mixed-media amalgam of dance, fashion and film. The program will feature two choreographic world premieres: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Castrati, which focuses on the castration of singers in Italy during the 16th through 18th centuries, and Roger C. Jeffrey’s A Soliloquy Among Many, a stylized work exploring an individual’s journey breaking down the barriers of societal conformity. BalletX closes the curtain on its 2011 season with dancer and filmmaker Gabrielle Lamb’s cinematic exploration of dancers’ unconscious minds. Lamb studied dancers’ dream journals to explore what they dream about when not on stage, which the film manifests through choreography, improvisation and spoken text. -Jessica Herring

8pm. $20-30. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824.

Monday, July 25

Mountain Man
Despite the masculine nomer, this Mountain Man is actually three ladies. One acoustic guitar and three voices are all these women need to evoke dreamy sounds straight from the Appalachian hills in summer. Vocals are lush with powerful, devotional harmonies that evoke classic old time country à la the Carter Family, but rare and spontaneous enough that you’ll feel like you’re listening to backwoods field recordings from Alan Lomax. With their gentle and complex melodies and cavernous vocals, these women are as spiritual as Bon Iver and as raw as Gillian Welch. -Emma Eisenberg

8pm. $12. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.563.3980.

One Nation Under Sex
Author Larry Flynt and Columbia University history professor David Eisenbach are teaming up to bring you the history lesson they don’t teach you in school. Since his magazine, Hustler, hit newsstands in the ’70s, Flynt has made a reputation as a challenger of the traditional lessons learned in the classroom. He infamously posted an ad in the Washington Post offering $1 million to anyone with “documented evidence of illicit sexual or intimate relations with a Congressperson, Senator or other prominent officeholder.” Together with Eisenbach, creator and host of the History Channel special, The Beltway Unbuckled, their book, One Nation Under Sex, traces how private affairs have shaped public decisions throughout American history—from Ben Franklin’s seduction of French women to save the American Revolution to Eleanor Roosevelt’s lesbian relationships that inspired her crusade for women’s rights. Want to hear more? Head over to the Central Library to hear these authors speak about the book. Think Page Six meets History 101 in the best way possible. -Trishula Patel

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

Tuesday, July 26

Taj Mahal Trio
Taj Mahal is both a legendary bluesman and a world renowned expert in music history who carries an encyclopedic knowledge of world music in his head that pours out of his body in great rivers of sweat every time he saunters on stage. When the Harlem-born son of a gospel singer and West Indian drummer wraps those giant hands around the guitar neck and lets loose, the only guarantee is that the sweat with run, a smile will cross his face and minds will be blown. He pulls set lists from a huge catalogue that stretches back to the early days working with Ry Cooder in the Rising Sons, collaborations with the Howlin’ Wolf or Muddy Waters, selections from Grammy-winning 1997 Senor Blues and all-time classics like “Farther On Down the Road (You Will Accompany Me).” While we normally wouldn’t endorse a drive out to Bethlehem, Taj is worth the trek. -T.M.

6pm. $42-$49. Musikfest Café at Steel Stacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

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