In Philly, the concept of “street food” used to mean dirty water dogs or a pretzel, and the thought of handing out awards for that? Geddafuggouddahere. Now, of course, we’re in the age of gourmet street fare (our stomachs don’t mind one bit) and hell, why not pit some of the city’s finest mobile chefs against one another to find out whose cuisine reigns supreme? Ergo, the second annual Vendys—the “Gastro-Grammys,” the “Oscars of Street Food”—in which eight finalists will vie in a no-holds-barred, four-hour cook-off to determine who’ll hoist the coveted Vendy Cup (and probably triple their lunch-rush in the next couple weeks). Philly blogger Anna “Schmitten Kitten” Goldfarb is your host, and the competing chefs will have to impress an esteemed panel of judges that includes Tony Luke Jr., Marcie Turney and Joy Manning. Your ticket gets you plenty of kickass food and beer, so whatever happens today, you’re the real winner. -Michael Alan Goldberg
3pm. $55. The Lot at 39th and Market sts. streetvendor.org/philly2012
Philly Dance Day
Philly Dance Fitness is encouraging locals to dance till they drop during an annual all-day dance extravaganza. Starting at 10 a.m., several studios across the city will host free back-to-back dance workshops, covering salsa, belly dancing, hip-hop, ballet, tango and even pole dancing. Even better, the classes are open to any and all dance enthusiasts, even those with absolutely no rhythm or coordination. The festivities wrap up at the Historical Ethical Society Building with a Zumba party at 6 p.m. and a National Dance Day Routine at 8:30 p.m., when everyone is welcome to show off their newfound moves and dance the night away. There will also be a performance showcasing several local pros and dance troupes. -N.F.
10am-11:30pm. Free. Various locations. philadelphiadanceday.com
Twenty-two years have passed since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. In commemoration of this event, tireless activists and their supporters will gather at the National Constitution Center for Disability Pride. The event also kicks off a photography exhibit by Tom Olin and Harvey Finkle and a special dedication of Justin Dart Jr.’s wheelchair, who was with Bush in 1990 during the ADA signing. The event continues with a spirited march down Independence Mall, where attendees will have a chance to mingle at a Liberty Resources reception. -Kyle Bella
9:30am. Free. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. facebook.com/DisabilityPridePhiladelphia
This 1940s-themed soiree celebrates the era’s biggest sirens—from the movie queens to the femme fatales and even Rosie the Riveter—with a night of fancy costumes, cocktails and live swing music from local Rockabilly’s Delco Nightingale and the stunning Miss Kacie Marie. The performance troupe Nebulous Intent from the local vaudeville show Five Minute Follies will also perform their version of a radio drama. Guests are encouraged to channel their favorite siren and come donning their most seductive or glamorous attire. Should you feel underdressed, Itzy Bitsy Hats will be there selling their retro-inspired creations and snazzy stunners. -N.F.
9pm. $15. HeadHouse Pub, 122 Lombard St. 215.279.7587. headhousephilly.com
Sunday, July 29
The prodigals return on Valtari as Sigur Rós’ sixth album revisits the dour deliberate soundscapes that first earned them acclaim. The Icelandic quartet’s epic sweep, the icy, distant elegance and fragile beauty of singer “Jonsi” Birgisson’s cooing falsetto coalesced in striking cinematic set pieces with the grandeur of an Albert Bierstadt western landscape. Their last two albums—2006’s Takk... and 2008’s Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust—blew back the grey clouds to reveal a heretofore unwitnessed sunny disposition with concision approaching a buzzcut compared to their prior prodigious lengths. That approach recedes on Valtari, but for a few stray rays of heavenly illumination dancing cross the floor like a prison spotlight. -Chris Parker
8pm. $36. Also on Mon., July 30. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. manncenter.org
Monday, July 30
Illadelph Legends Festival
If Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo is your favorite movie—and if not, why the hell not?—and you’ve always wanted to pop, lock and break like Ozone, Special K and Turbo, then the long-running Illadelph Legends Festival is the place to bring your limber limbs and hip-hop heart. Founded by North Philadelphia native and world-renowned choreographer Rennie Harris, the week-long fest comprises full daily schedules of dance classes, lectures, workshops and more, presided over by Harris and a gaggle of masters and pioneers of hip-hop dance. Now in its 15th year, making it the longest-running such event in the country, Illadelph emphasizes history, aesthetics and cultural study as much as the proper techniques you need to be the flyest B-boy or B-girl on the block. -M.A.G.
9am. $20-$500. Through Aug. 1. The Rock School, 1101 S. Broad St. rhpm.org/illadelph
Tuesday, July 31
Franklin Square BDay
Parties for a 6-year-old child are normally a dreadful family obligation. Parties for a 6-year-old park sound a lot more interesting. Next Tuesday, Franklin Square, where Benjamin Franklin is fabled to have conducted his historic kite-and-key experiment in electricity, will be celebrating its 6th birthday since its rededication by Historic Philadelphia Inc. in 2006. The event will include a cake-cutting appearance by Mr. Franklin himself, a birthday party-hat arts-and-crafts station, mini-golf and the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, which will be running all day. -Fiona Lockyer
11am. Free. 200 N. Sixth St. 215.629.4026.
Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group
It was almost a decade ago, but it’s easy to imagine that Lyle Lovett’s guitar is just now drying out. After his 2003 Penn’s Landing show was delayed for hours by a drenching summer rain, he slowly brought out the musicians from His Large Band one by one, with the acoustic players least likely to be electrocuted coming out first. While he eventually made it up to full strength for a two-hour tour de force, those early-set acoustic numbers provided a kind of spontaneous magic, where Lovett’s unparalleled mix of country, blues, folk, big-band and gospel songs got to stand up naked as the day they were born. In this kind of unplugged setting, the virtuosic songwriting is what stands out most. Touring now with his smaller Acoustic Group, Lovett should be able to elicit a similar vibe at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. But this time, it’ll be a lot drier. -Jeffrey Barg
8pm. $54-$62. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. thegrandwilmington.org
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