Wednesday, July 23
The John Byrne Band
Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Pastorius Park concert series features the John Byrne Band for its second to last performance of the summer. Led by Dublin native John Byrne, the band plays traditional Celtic folk music, along with more modern arrangements. 7:30pm. Free. Pastorius Park, Abington Ave. and Lincoln Dr. 215.248.8810. chestnuthill.org
Come Together Dance Festival
The Koresh Dance Company is celebrating the art of dance with a weeklong festival of performances. Pooling 24 acclaimed Philly companies from a range of disciplines—street, tap, jazz, contemporary, world and ballet—Come Together will expose diversified techniques to the city’s dance enthusiasts and make it easy for them to get it all at once. 7:30pm. $35. Through July 27. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. koreshdance.org
Thursday, July 24
This is Hardcore
Joe Hardcore, the czar of the Philadelphia scene he’s adopted as a moniker, has once again put together a staggering, cross-generational lineup of over 60 bands. Entering its ninth year, This is Hardcore has a well-earned reputation as one of the preeminent weekends of hardcore music in the nation. Since moving from the Starlight Ballroom at 9th and Spring Garden to the Electric Factory in 2012, TIH hasn’t looked back. And it’s been host to some of the biggest reunions and most memorable sets in the last decade of American hardcore.
For the older heads, there’s BL’AST!, Bold, CIV, Crowbar, Dropdead and Fury of Five. Phillyphiles will be well represented as always, with a set from hardcore luminaries Blacklisted, as well as Rock Bottom, Wrong Answer and Wilkes Barre’s finest, Cold World and Title Fight.
NYHC legends Madball celebrate the 20th anniversary of Set It Off, their debut LP, and help close out the weekend on Sunday. Joining them at the end of the bill for a rare appearance is local outfit Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza (pictured). Fronted by Jason Goldberg, who now owns the Olde City Tattoo shop, Bad Luck 13 boasts a notorious history of highly destructive crowd responses—See Hellfest 2004 and various unlucky Jersey venues in 1998. This one TIH finale you’ll be pissed if you missed. // DANIEL GELB
Through Sun., July 27, various times. $35-$125. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. thisishardcorefest.com
Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am!
What rhymes with Amelia Earhart? Lovers of spoken word can start brainstorming; the famous lady pilot is honored at the Painted Bride Quarterly’s poetry slam tonight. The event is hosted by PW alum and Philly Mag staff writer Steve Volk. 7:30pm. Free. Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St. 215.731.9909. drexel.edu
The Magnificent Seven: Part VI
Hosted by 2013 WitOut Award Winner for best standup Aaron Hertzog and 2013 Philebrity Comedian of the Year nominee Alison Zeidman, the stand-up showcase by Free for All Comedy returns for even more laughs. 8pm. $7. Boot and Saddle Bar, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528. bootandsaddlephilly.com
Spruce Street Harbor Park
The city’s most beautiful corner this summer, which already provides an urban beach, lily pad gardens and floating barges, has another treat in store for Philadelphians. Tonight, local bands Purling Hiss and Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band will perform on the central stage, accompanied by video projections and 3-D artwork from the Vox Populi Gallery. 7:30pm. Free. Spruce Street Harbor Park, Columbus Blvd. and Spruce St. delawareriverwaterfront.com
Friday, July 25
XPoNential Music Festival
There’s something for everyone at XPoNential, the 21st consecutive outdoor summer music festival from the radio mothership, WXPN. Well, maybe not hip-hop or anything for metalheads, but for easy, breezy indie rock aficionados, this is a damn buffet. Let’s start with the headliners: Saturday boasts Dawes, Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams, and Sunday’ll feature the Districts, Band of Horses and Beck. Those six are at the Susquehanna Bank Center, but Wiggins Park, from noon until nighttime, is almost its own world, and that’s where you’ll get access to the wonderful up-and-comers and slightly smaller acts that may, in fact, yield more joy and pleasure than the big guns.
Friday’s Wiggins-only night will be boss: Lucius is an outstanding girl-led avant rock five-piece, but it’s the finale of Rodrigo y Gabriela that will send you back home over the river smiling from the hangover of their delicious Flamenco and salsa sounds. On Saturday, don’t miss Dave Bielanko’s long-love country and garage-flavored rock band Marah, Tim Showalter’s triumphant dark folk achievement achieved via his buzzworthy Strands of Oak or Ingrid Michaelson’s softly sweet romanticism. But I, for one, am absolutely pumped for Lake Street Dive, who hit the stage at 4:30pm Sunday. Also that day? The Lawsuits, Philly’s humbly lovely American Diamond Recordings, the Texan alt-country beauty of Old 97s, and Man Man (pictured), our fair city’s champions of weird rock. // BILL CHENEVERT
Through Sun., July 27, various times. $30-$125. Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden, NJ waterfront. 215.222.1400. xpn.org
Sunrise at Hyde Park
Andrew Peter Crowley, Heidi Hayes and Ezra Berkley Nepon are just a few of the names starring in this new production about the alleged love affair between First Lady Elanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickock. The show includes words and music by Tom Wilson Weinberg. 8pm. $10-$20. William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220. waygay.org
Smith Memorial Playground hosts this family-friendly version of California’s famous music festival. Slated to perform are Walter Martin of the Walkmen, Grammy nominee Brandy Rymer and Seattle pop-rockers the Not-Its! 6pm. $10. Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr. 215.765.4325. smithplayground.org
Film al Fresco
The fourth program in Moore College’s Film al Fresco series focuses on short films—the longest of which is just shy of 13 minutes—that utilize live-action, animation and other interesting media. Participating filmmakers include Tyler Kline, Naomi Levine and Kevin Nguyen. 8pm. Free. Aviator Park, Logan Sq. West. 215.965.4027. moore.edu
Philadelphia Orchestra: Pixar in Concert
Relive the memorable moments of all 14 Pixar movies—from the original Toy Story to Monsters University—with a little help from the Philadelphia Orchestra, who will perform the famous scores set to clips of the films. 7pm. $35-$100. Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
Saturday, July 26
Philadelphia Dance Day
In 2010, our city’s copious array of dance companies—spanning a multitude of techniques—began setting aside one day out of the summer to bring communities together and encourage the otherwise uninitiated masses to get off their asses and try something new. Whether you’re a veteran milonguero or a mere misanthrope who brandishes a ready-made excuse whenever someone extends an invite to the club, the kind folks participating in Philadelphia Dance Day will welcome you with open arms, showing how having a little rhythm never hurt anyone—as long as you stretch beforehand.
Kicking off bright and early at 9am, the celebration will make its way across Center City, with more than 30 distinct workshops offered at eight different studios. And don’t expect any half-baked lessons, because instructors will be pulling styles from just about every corner of the world, several of which entail a little more discipline than simply moving in circles. But if you prefer to absorb the experience one baby-step at a time, there’s always your standard jazz, ballet, tap and other rudimentary classes for all ages and skill levels.
As tempting as it is to just rent a beginner’s DVD or check out a video-on-demand lesson, this opportunity only comes once a year, and with more than 450 people expected to show up around town, chances are you won’t be the only nervous party around. After all, nothing beats hands-on practice. // JAKE ABBATE
Various times and locations. Free. philadelphiadanceday.com
Verbal Connections Conversation Party
This monthly “new age social gathering” aims to help people ease into relationships of all sorts without any of the awkwardness that follows. Each guest must bring one question written down on a piece of paper, which will be put into a box and then drawn to be read out loud in front of the group. 7pm. $12. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org
Still We Rise
Maya Angelou’s passing earlier this summer closed a major chapter in American literature, and the Human Rights Coalition plans to honor her contributions with an evening of live poetry and music. DJ Brotha Onaci, LC the Poet and Luvjoi will be among those paying tribute. 5pm. Free. Malcolm X Park, 52nd and Pine St. hrcoalition.org
Paella Cooking Class Series
Bar Ferdinand will host an outdoor tutorial on how to prepare the best-tasting Spanish paella dish, as instructed by Chef David Ansill. The class also offers a wide array of appetizers, including the restaurant’s signature plate, Paella Valenciana. 7pm. $40. Bar Ferdinand’s, 1030 N. Second St. 215.923.1313. barferdinand.com
MIND & BODY
Awakening the Heart: Introduction to Meditation
Learn the basic principles of meditation and the Buddhist method of achieving relaxation with this entry-level course open to practitioners of every skill level. 1pm. $20. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1102 Pine St. 267.702.3817. meditationinphiladelphia.org
Ragas and Airs
The latest choreography from Usiloquy Dance Designs, inspired by the Indian Bharatanatyam tradition, weaves threads between the music and folklore of Indian as well as Celtic societies. The piece features six dancers and also contains an interactive portion for the audience to learn new dance techniques. 4pm. Free. The Irish Memorial, 100 S. Front St. 267.324.5917. usiloquydance.org
Ladies Night Pop-Up Shop Event
Live out your innermost Sex in the City fantasy with cocktails, shopping and plenty of door prizes at this girls-only mixer brought to you by the folks at YOakleyPR. 5pm. $10-$20. The Personal Chef Restaurant, 6388 Germantown Ave. 215.432.9867. yoakleypr.com
Dr. Never’s Lectures and the Bearded Ladies
As the country’s leading expert on Andy Warhol, Dr. Peter P. Never will lead a “musical lecture” on the importance of Warhol’s art in modern times. The lecture represents Stage 2 of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s Andy: A Popera, and will also feature the opening of a time capsule left by Warhol. 7:30pm. $10-$25. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.893.9456. wilmatheater.org
Sunday, July 27
Back in the spring of 1998, a little Silicon Prairie band called Braid unleashed Frame and Canvas, its third full-length LP, and indie music devotees soon realized this album was nothing short of a tour de force that dwarfed their first two. Pairing abrasively intricate guitar patterns against the dueling high-versus-low vocal harmonies of Bob Nanna and Chris Broach, they crafted a record that distilled the sound and imagery of the Midwest into a 12-song snapshot of working-class love and loss.
Jump ahead 16 years, and Frame and Canvas’ influence is still tangible, inspiring a new scene of early twentysomethings looking to prove that the spirit of the ‘90s is alive and kicking. It also helps that Braid has a new album out, No Coast, and while they’ve been mostly absent for over a decade, the emo OGs—as everyone seems to be calling them nowadays—haven’t strayed too far from their roots. Produced by Will Yip—if you’re a fan of Philly music, and you haven’t heard of him by now, it’s probably too late to ask—No Coast puts less focus on spastic time signature fluctuations and instead opts for textured melodic hooks that signify equal parts growth and rebirth. Despite its members pushing 40, there’s a constant youthful energy in Braid songs. Come bear witness, as they’ve not one, but two gigs at Boot & Saddle—an all-ages matinee with a 3:30pm showtime, followed by a 21-and-over encore later in the evening. // J.A.
3:30 and 8:30pm. $20. With A Great Big Pile Of Leaves + Marietta. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528. bootandsaddlephilly.com
Irish Pub’s 27th Annual Tour de Shore
The upcoming yearly summer ride from Philadelphia to Atlantic City aims to top last year’s 1,700 riders. As they’ve been doing since 1988, the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation is gearing up to peddle toward more fundraising for this year’s charitable beneficiary, Preston’s March for Energy, a nonprofit that helps disabled children get active with custom-made bikes. 7am. St. Irish Pub, 2007 Walnut St. 215.568.5603. irishpub.donordrive.com
East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival
Start your engines in time for this family-friendly festival, where the most eye-catching vehicles will be recognized in categories from antique to muscle. Eight bands and circus performers will entertain you as you shop at the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! show for eclectic local finds. A wide selection of food and drink will keep attendees satisfied as they revel in American motor ingenuity. Noon-5pm. Free. East Passyunk Ave., Broad and Dickinson sts. visiteastpassyunk.com
Monday, July 28
Russian Romances Concert
Musicians from the Russian Opera Workshop perform a variety of songs in the original language of the Russian Romances concert, which will precede the showing of Tchaikovsky’s opera, Eugene Onegin. A forward by composer Daren Hagen will accompany the special musical addition. 7:30pm. Free. Academy of Vocal Fine Arts, Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St. 215.735.1685. avaopera.com
This is Not a Test Book Signing
José Luis Vilson, a Manhattan-based math teacher, celebrates the release of his first book, a collection of essays on the subjects of race, gentrification and the education system based on his experiences as a Black-Latino educator. Chris Lehmann, founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, co-hosts the interactive discussion and signing event. 7pm. Free. Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St. woodenshoebooks.com
Tuesday, July 29
Having received multiple awards for his debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park, Skyhorse returns with Take This Man, a memoir that recalls his upbringing with five stepfathers and how his mother was willing to create a new identity in order to escape the truth of his birth father. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org
We Are Bandits
Taking inspiration from the feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot, Applied Mechanics’ new show explores the political movement through an interactive theater performance that encourages every audience member to take part. To go along with the theme of “radical democracy,” the group has made the show free for everyone. 8pm. Free. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.
Wednesday, July 30
Shakespeare in Clark Park
William Shakespeare’s iconic, world-renowned classics—flush with robust characters, intense situations, intrigue, death and comedy, set to infectious iambic pentameter—have earned adoration from both common fans and dedicated scholars since even before his death nearly 400 years ago. And while many people consider Shakespeare’s works a mite stodgy and difficult to understand, since 2005, Philly’s own Shakespeare in Clark Park has made his plays incredibly accessible. Utilizing the natural splendor of West Philly’s best outdoor greenspace as the venue, SICP continues to draw audiences from all over the city, as well as its loyal contingent of neighborhood die-hards, and this summer, they’re being treated to a massive production of Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine.
Based on Henry IV: Part I and Part II, this is a complicated tale that captures the complexities of loyalty to family versus forging one’s own path. The story focuses on the rebellious princes Harry “Hotspur” Percy, outraged by the king’s refusal to pay a family debt, and Hal, who would rather spend time in a pub with his friend Falstaff than listen to his monarch father. In addition to the intrigue of a feuding royal family, this particular staging of Henry IV boasts an amazingly elaborate scene: Act Five’s Battle of Shrewsbury features 100 additional participants, enabling park audiences to witness a realistic depiction of war’s inhumanity. After each show, attendees are encouraged to stop by the Conversation Station at Clark Park to participate in a dialogue regarding the inner workings of such a production, as well as meet the dozens of volunteers that made it possible.
As always, SICP is free to the general public, inviting local stage lovers to bring their whole families—with blankets, chairs and dinner for everyone—to enjoy the Bard’s timeless works of theatrical art under the stars. What better way to spend a summer evening: with kin and community. // KENNEDY ALLEN
Wed., July 30 through Sun., Aug. 3, 7pm. Free. Clark Park 4398 Chester Ave. 215.764.5345. shakespeareinclarkpark.org
Field of Dreams
The National Museum of American Jewish History’s baseball-themed summer film series continues with the heartwarming classic Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster and Amy Madigan. 7pm. $5. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 Independence Mall E. 215.923.3811. nmajh.org
Beer Camp Across America
In anticipation of the mid-Atlantic edition of the cross-country craft beer festival, Victory Beer Hall is holding a preview event a few days before the actual festivities. A ticket will get you 4 oz. samples of the 12 specially crafted beers for the event, food buffet, live music and more. 6pm. $25. XFINITY Live!,1100 Pattison Ave. xfinitylive.com
Out of Town
Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk With You?
After 12 years of teaching both sex ed and religion to Catholic school boys, Tony Braithwaite has endless stories to share in this hilarious one-man-show. Braithwaite shares tales about his father teaching him about the birds and the bees and talks about his failed Hollywood career, during which he auditioned to play Chandler on Friends. July 24-Aug. 3. $25. Act II Playhouse. 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. 215.654.0200. act2.org
FOOD & DRINK
AC Food and Wine Festival
This four-day food and spirits festival features wine seminars, tasting events, cooking classes and much more. Learn proper grilling techniques with Chef Robert Irvine, find out Martha Stewart’s best burger secrets, and sample mouth-watering food at a tasting village in the Grand Market. July 25-28. AC Boardwalk at Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 609.343.4077. caesars.com
Whether you run or walk for Ron Jaworski’s football-themed 5K run, 1-mile walk, or Kids Touchdown Dash, it is one step in the right direction toward tackling childhood obesity. The day will be filled with fun activities focused on staying active, happy and healthy. Sun., July 27, 8am. $25-$40. 82nd Street Park, Stone Harbor, N.J. racemine.com
In 1985, Robert Harling’s sister passed away due to diabetes. It was this event that moved Harling to write a comedy drama about six women who gather in a beauty parlor to laugh, even during times of stress and grief. New Jersey’s Dante Hall Theater Productions and Atlantic City Theater Company collaborate to present the hilarious yet moving story. Sat., July 26, 8pm. $18. Dante Hall Theater, 14 Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. intraweb.stockton.edu
Whether it’s through television sitcoms, film, late-night hosting or books, George Lopez has found numerous ways to entertain the masses. Tonight, he brings his standup comedy to Atlantic City for another hysterical performance. Sat., July 26, 8pm. $55. Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.317.1000. theborgata.com
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