Noon. Free. South Street. 215.733.0390. phillymagicgardens.org.
Something happens when the thermometer rises that makes everyone want to be in a Frankie and Annette ’50s movie, sipping umbrella drinks, rocking out to surf guitar and grilling up a good old-fashioned clam bake. Enter the Kenzinger Clambake. The Philadelphia Brewing Company classic brew will play host to a full-on beach party within the walls of Johnny Brenda’s. DJ DNA, a.k.a. David April, will be spinning the requisite surf tunes and switch-blade rockabilly while you scarf down all the top-neck clams, monkfish, corn-on-the-cob and new potatoes you can handle. Easy on the third helpings there, chief, there is a limbo contest to win, after all. -Abigail Bruley
4-8pm. Pay as you go. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Franford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
New York City gay-rights activist and scholar Vito Russo is best remembered for his 1981 book The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies—a groundbreaking and definitive examination of the (mostly negative) portrayals of gays and lesbians throughout cinematic history that’s since become required queer film study reading. In the course of bringing that history to light and battling Hollywood stereotypes, Russo co-founded both the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) before his 1990 death from AIDS-related complications. Now, English Professor Michael Schiavi has written a biography of Russo called Celluloid Activist, which paints a detailed portrait of Russo’s fascinating life via unpublished letters, journals and extensive interviews with family members and friends. Tonight, Schiavi will read from the book and lead a discussion about one of the country’s most important gay rights figures. -M.A.G.
5:30pm. Free. Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. 215.923.2960. giovannisroom.com
Philly Dance Day
Want to dance, dance like it’s the last, last night of your life? This week’s Philly Dance Day opens up a slew of classes and workshops (from creative movement to African jazz and advanced hip-hop) at some of the city’s hottest dance factories for free! All venues are located within three miles of each other, so you don’t have to expend valuable energy walking from one class to another. It all ends with a huge Zumba party and social dance with swing and Latin music to give attendees a chance to show off their newly acquired moves. All dance enthusiasts are encouraged to attend, no matter your level of skill, coordination or balance. -Trishula Patel
10am. Free. Various locations. 215.645.2717. philadelphiadanceday.com
Sunday, July 31
Young Involved Philadelphia Summer Jam
Young Involved Philadelphia’s a community group that aims to civically engage and empower young Philadelphians, and this afternoon they’re hosting local music at the Jamaican Jerk Hut. Singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis has the sappy acoustic pop on lockdown and Betty Iron Thumbs is an indie-rock quartet that adds a bit of Rilo Kiley sunshine to their post-K Recs tropes. Nineteen year-old rhymespitter Ya Man Tee’s teaming up with Philly-via-Jamaica emcee Verso, whose Audacious Angel mixtape (2009) finds him channeling the conscious flows of Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Headlining is former-Hustle emcee Kuf Knotz, who delivered his solo debut, BoomBox Logic, last year on Drexel’s MAD Dragon Records. According to his recent, Weezy-inspired Tweet, his sophomore release is almost ready: “new music coming soon sorryforthewait.” Got a mixtape to hold us over? -E.S.
2pm. $15-$20. With Kuf Knotz, Betty Iron Thumbs, Ya Man Tee & Verso + Ryan Tennis. Jamaican Jerk Hut, 1436 South St. younginvolvedphila.org
Flea Market Madness
Sifting through piles of antiques and crafts to discover that ultimate flea market find can be maddening, but this Sunday Flea Market Madness will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. With 200 inside tables featuring vintage clothing, handcrafted jewelry, antiques and even repurposed furniture, hundreds of vendors will be laying everything out for the taking. Get there early—it’s set to start at 10 a.m.—to score the best flea market finds. -Kristin Toussaint
10am-3pm. 461 N. Ninth St. 609.589.3300
Monday, Aug. 1
Sia’s had a tough year. While her catalogue of catchy-as-crabs off-kilter jams (start with “Girl You Lost to Cocaine”) and gorgeously wackadoo videos have earned the Zero 7 collaborator and undercover songwriter-to-the-stars serious star power of her own, she hates the fame. Last year she had to cancel shows due to anxiety attacks on top of dealing with a thyroid disorder. So who knows how long she’ll tour before she drops out and opens a dog-grooming service like she has threatened on Twitter? Trust: Catch her while you can. Sia’s songs are lifted up by that galactic voice the way weightlifters hoist iron: the strength is otherwordly. Plus, she’s adorable, and her self-admitted touring nickname is “Vagina Croissant,” which she wanted to use as the title to the live album that became Lady Croissant—because even though pictures of vagina can sell anything, oddly, nothing with the word vagina sells. The world is a strange place. Go see Sia. -T.M.
8pm. $20-$22. With Oh Land! + Ximena Sarinana. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.
Tuesday, Aug. 2
British duo Graffiti6 is the brainchild of producer/DJ TommyD—who’s worked with Jay-Z, Kanye, Janet Jackson, and, uh, Right Said Fred—and blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter Jamie Scott, who’s toured with everyone from Ginuwine to Kelly Clarkson. Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse they most certainly are not, but together, the pair makes buttery, bright neo-soul and quasi-Bacharachian psychedelic pop full of organs and strings and urgent, skittery rhythms. Every once in a while they veer into Jamiroquai-style white-boy funk, but not often enough to make you gag. Live, they expand to a sextet and ramp up their electro-pop tendencies, so they should be able to make you move. -M.A.G.
9pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
We’ve all been there: noisy club, overpriced vodka drink in hand, awkwardly moving to house music while trying (but usually failing) to look appealing to the opposite sex. And most times, someone completely eclipses your efforts by busting out some break dance moves, with everyone observing in awe. Now you can rival them with a fresher incarnation of modern dance: floor dancing. Learn the art of the floor dance, which is moving, inverting, sliding and traveling in space without ever standing up. Jodi Obeid, a Philly-based, internationally renowned choreographer and ballet dancer, will teach the advanced class, where she will challenge normal conceptions of body movements with long dance phases on the ground while exploring how the mind and body work together. And it’s not just dance: it’s an intense workout that will tone abs and foster upper body strength. Although Obeid warns that it can be disorienting at first, by the end of the class you’re guaranteed to be reinvigorated and ready to outshine those amateurs on the dance floor. -Jessica Herring
10:30am. $10. Chi Movement Arts Center, 1316 S. Ninth St. 267.687.3739. kunyanglin.org
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