Calendar: July 3-10

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Wednesday, July 3

TOUR
Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia 
There aren’t many 300-year-olds held as dear to both city and nation as our fellow newsman Ben. Honor our forefather and follow his footsteps through colonial Philadelphia with a tour that begins at his home and print shop, Franklin Court, and continues on to many significant sites of the birthplace of our nation. 6pm. $8-10. Franklin Court, 322 Market St. 215.546.1146. preservationalliance.com

MUSIC
The Maine
This pop punk band out of Arizona has morphed from a predictable, by-the-numbers troupe to a forward-thinking and independent crowd-pleaser. Their latest LP, Forever Halloween, shows an active and welcome urge to grow outward. 5:30pm. $20. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

DANCE
Summer Wonder: Native Nations Dance Theater 
Is it gonna rain? The Hopi Indians don’t just turn on the TV and consult the Bowtie-they work for their forecast. They go out and rustle up snakes—some of ‘em poisonous, because why not—and carry them (alive!) in their mouths while performing a water-summoning ritual. See the dance yourself at the Penn Museum, along with other Native American traditions. 11am. Free. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000. penn.museum

DANCE
Beauty & Brains Burlesque 
Enjoy geek chic with a nerdy martini or a C++ cocktail and local performing legend Reggie Bügmüncher. Miss Gypsy of Karnevil will be the second mistress of pain, and Nikki Malicious, Mary Wanna and Mika Romantic will be on hand to talk nerdy to you, too. 8:30pm. $10. Raven Lounge, 1718 Samson St. 215.840.3577. ravenlounge.com
 

Thursday, July 4

CONCERT
Wawa’s Welcome America
“We will not provide exact numbers of deployment for the July 4 event or any other event held within the city,” a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police responded when questioned about security at this year’s July 4 Wawa “Welcome America” Parkway party. “We have been coordinating with the Mayor’s Office, as well as other city agencies, to strategically plan for the upcoming event. Our officers will be out in force and very visible in our efforts to maintain a safe and enjoyable holiday for all.” We asked because, in recent years, there’s been trouble downtown on the nation’s birthday. In 2011, a stampede began following unsubstantiated reports of gunfire after the Goo Goo Dolls played. Last year, there actually was a shooting at 17th and JFK that left three teenagers injured. Here’s hoping for a bloodless holiday! This year’s celebration is set to go on all week; it’s actually already begun, and it features multiple activities at locations all over the city. Remaining events include a photo exhibit, movies, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and multiple food soirees, naturally. If you’re interested in the full state of goings-on, check out WelcomeAmerica.com for details. The weather had originally promised rain-and it probably still will, but as of now, Accuweather says it’s going to be “warm and humid on the 4th,” then hot and humid the rest of the week. So, while you may be uncomfortable outside, at least you won’t be getting rained on. Maybe. Thursday night’s main stage promises comedian Kevin Hart hosting, Philly homegirl Jill Scott, David Duke-dick sporting John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato and probably-knowing producing band the Roots—a surprise act or two. The city also promises interactive entertainment on the Parkway, hopefully free of National Security Agency surveillance. But, like the weather, one can never be sure. (Randy LoBasso)

July 1-7. Various locations. welcomeamerica.com

MUSIC
Toy Soldiers’ Vinyl BBQ
Ron Gallo’s a solid dude, and his band, Toy Soldiers, is one of the best Philadelphia’s got to offer. Sure, we’ve got our share of Kurt Vile-ish groups, and then, you know, we’ve got our R&B heroes. But Gallo & Co. feed this outstanding niche of roots, Americana and old-timey classic rock ’n’ roll that simply needs to be filled. They haven’t reinvented anything. They use the instruments you tend to expect a rock band to use: guitars, drums and some keys, maybe a little harmonica and tambourine. But it’s their song-making skills and undeniably infectious energy that makes them as outstanding as they are. Essentially, if you come to a Toy Soldiers show, you’ve allowed yourself to be converted by the service delivered unto the masses by Gallo and his able mates.

Supporting the excellent documentary they recently debuted at Johnny Brenda’s, The Maybe Trails, TS are about to embark on a humble domestic tour, and before they leave their hometown, they’ll get sent off by local lovers down to groove, shake, dance and lose self-control. They specialize in loud, head-bobbing and guitar-shredding soul that recalls an era that doesn’t get celebrated nearly as often as it should, when radios blared searing solos and dude rock was authentic. With support from excellent peer bands the Lawsuits and Levee Drivers, Philadelphia’s certain to send ’em off properly to share their sound with the rest of the nation. (Bill Chenevert)

Noon, $10-$20. Jamaican Jerk Hut, 1436 South St. 215.545.8644. ohnotoysoldiers.com

EXHIBIT
The 1968 Exhibit
The National Constitution Center celebrates the ’60s with an exhibit bringing one of America’s most colorful, chaotic and culture-shifting years to life. Highlights of the 12 exciting exhibitions areas that encourage “playful” interaction include awe-inspiring artifacts such as an actual Bell “Huey” helicopter used by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and a vibrant Music Trip Lounge with rock-star memorabilia. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. constitutioncenter.org

ART
Visibility Project
The Visibility Project combines art, media and social justice to document the personal experiences of queer Asians and Asian-Americans. The exhibit features more than 30 photographs and videos of and by queer Asian-Americans, put together by the project’s director, Mia Nakano. Through Oct. 4. The Leeway Foundation, 1315 Walnut St. leeway.org


Friday, July 5

MUSIC
DMX
DMX is one fascinating creature, don’t you think? It was May of ’98 when “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” was released as a single from It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. He wasn’t quite yet 27, and his past was barely his past. Then, he put out Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, with that creepy-ass blood-covered album art, and it went triple platinum. He showed a little bit more humanity with a very solid single, “Slippin’,” right before his 28th birthday. In the video, he shows his mother­-who’s playing cards-his report card, and she waves him away like she’s busy. Earl Simmons, it reads, with a row of A’s, but mama’s not playin’-not with any tired-ass grades anyway. Young X goes into his bedroom and rips it into shreds, packs a bag and escapes through the window.

Fast forward 15 years later, and he’s making headlines for his behavior on Iyanla, Fix My Life, disrespecting former Philly-ite Iyanla Vanzant for trying to help him mend things with his own son. X is a fireball of energy, his speaking so packed with volatility and anger, it’s no surprise he’s made a career out of explosive, raw power. You’d never guess that he’d performed an off-the-cuff a capella rendition of “Merry Christmas Song (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)” prior to that, nor that it ripped around the Internet nabbing the acclaim it deserved. For this rare opportunity to catch DMX in the act, brace yourself. It won’t be a light-hearted experience. (B.C.)

9pm. $40-$45. With Chase Allen, Tiani Victoria, I-Know Brasco + DJ Aktive. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com

MUSIC
Lantern Album Release 
Proto-metal from the fifth dimension comes flying out of the vortex, looking for a place to party. All they need now is your love of scrums and scuffed-up kicks. 9:15pm. $10. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

ART
Body Without Organs 
A display of offbeat visuals and themes from artists Sean Robert FitzGerald and Alex Da Corte will plague the walls with color in this boundless display of abstract art. 6pm. Free. The gallery at FJORD, 2419 Frankford Ave. 215.837.2980. fjordspace.com

MUSIC
The Sounds of Tarantino 
Foot fetishists, dialog hounds and B-movie addicts can come together to celebrate the director most in touch with their cinematic needs—through the music used in his films. Themed cocktails, live music and fun movie montages abound! 8pm. $5. Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. Third St. 267.324.3348. ortliebslounge.com

ART
CHF First Friday: Sensing Change Exhibit
The Chemical Heritage Foundation premieres a new exhibit on environmental change, tackling the familiar topic afresh through a series of thought-provoking and peculiar visuals. 5pm. Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. 215.925.2222. chemheritage.org

FOOD
Taste of Philadelphia
Food lovers unite for a three-day collaboration of culinary vendors and music that will send your taste buds ablaze. Food trucks will open their windows, and all sorts of little nibblers will be offered to the public for this savory celebration. Noon. Free. Penn’s Landing, 301 S. Columbus Blvd. welcomeamerica.com


Saturday, July 6

COMEDY
Kevin Nealon
Call me crazy, but having witnessed decent amounts of standup comedy over the past year, my conclusion is that B-list comics are always funnier than their A-list counterparts, and usually for obvious reasons: The former’s lustre faded early (if it ever really arrived), so they hone their chops on the road. Kevin Nealon’s never really achieved leading-man status-other than Weeds and the short-lived animated series Glenn Martin, DDS, he’s mostly appeared in Adam Sandler-friend flicks over the years. But his mastery of deadpan, sardonic standup stands near unsurpassed.

His seven-season role as Doug Wilson on Weeds provided its sociopathic comic relief, sealing his small-screen legacy after nine years on Saturday Night Live, where he served as “Weekend Update” newsman for three. But did you know Nealon’s a rabid animal-rights activist? He’s hosted fundraisers for animal protection agency Farm Sanctuary after becoming “aware of what some situations these animals were going through and what went into factory farming and into our foods,” he told Headline News’ Jane Velez-Mitchell earlier this year, “and I also realized how easy it was not to eat meat.” He suggested, while on the show, that companies using confined crates to store their animals “need to change their attitude and how they do things.”

Pretty serious stuff for such a funny guy. Speaking of funny, Nealon admitted during a standup routine that despite his Weeds character, he doesn’t smoke pot. Call me crazy, but I don’t believe that. (R.L.)

7:30pm and 10pm. $30-$37. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedy.com

FESTIVAL
Seventh Annual Philly Phyzz Fest
A day of fun, treats and activities for the whole family to enjoy in celebration of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, Philly native, soda brewer, and the “father of American surgery.” This posthumous birthday party takes place in the Physick House, which happens to be the only free standing federal-style mansion left in Society Hill. 1pm. Party Free, House Tour $5. Physick House, 321 S. Fourth St. 215.925.7866. philalandmarks.org

FOOD
Fireworks Dinner Cruise
We know it’s two days late, but true American enthusiasts like to keep the celebration going longer than 48 hours anyway. Spend the evening on the largest outdoor deck in Philadelphia, enjoying a dinner buffet, an illuminated skyline and, of course, the Penn’s Landing fireworks display. 7pm. $84.90. Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Columbus Blvd. 866.455.3866. spiritofphiladelphia.com

MUSIC
Brother JT, The Photon Band
Brother JT has defined the underground aesthetic for more than three decades, and his latest, The Svelteness of Boogietude, sees him expanding his psychedelic sound to include jazz, ballads and the ever glammy stylings of T. Rex. 9:15pm. $10. With JJL, Jeremy Grites, and Mike Kennedy. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

ART
Diane Lachman: Color Chords
Muse Gallery’s July exhibition features Diane Lachman’s exploration of the expressive nature of color. A teacher of color theory, Lachman blends hues in the same way disparate tones are harmonized in musical chords. Through July 28. Muse Gallery, 52 N. 2nd St. 215.627.5310.  musegalleryphiladelphia.com

OUTDOOR
Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches
Ten one-of-a-kind “storytelling benches” have been scattered throughout the Independence Hall area, with each telling riveting tales of our nation’s history in the places where they actually happened. Uniformed storytellers will be on hand at each site to tell free five-minute stories and hand out stars to children who can then place them in their story flag. Blank story flags are available at any bench, and once filled with stars can be redeemed for a History Hero Certificate and a free carousel ride! 11am. Free. Various locations around Independence Hall. 215.629.4026. historicphiladelphia.org
 

Sunday, July 7

SHOPPING
The Underground Chic Pop-Up Shop
It’s hard to admit, but there comes a time in every cheap, usually-studded Forever 21 bag’s life when it’s simply far too tattered to carry on-usually after just a few months. Instead of replacing it with another fast-fashion find that will inevitably disintegrate as quickly as its predecessor, stop by the JAG Modern Gallery for the pop-up debut of the Underground Chic’s handbag collection for a more lasting option that’s not only easy on your wallet, but easy on the environment, too.

The sophisticated purses, reminiscent of the iconic Birkin bag sans the exuberant designer price tag, come in a variety of sizes and timeless brights that will go with nearly any getup, whether you’re in the market for an all-in-one bag to stash away everything you need for a night out, a daytime or work-appropriate bag or a clutch. Though the bags appear to be authentic leather at first glance, they’re actually made of a durable, 100 percent RPET (polyester made from recycled plastic bottles) with a crisp, photo-printed image, a much more eco-friendly material than the former.

Ranging from $32 to $125 depending on size, these things would make just as good a gift as they would a personal splurge. No matter your style or age, a bag by the Underground Chic has major potential to be your new go-to. (Lauren Arute)

5pm. Free. JAG Modern Gallery, 1538 Pine St. 215.840.8591. theundergroundchic.com

DANCE
Bootylicious: Beyoncè Hip-Hop Workshop
Good news for local Beyoncè fans who missed out on Philly Dance Fitness’s sold-out class devoted to the cheeky (pun intended) gyrations of the pop diva and her Destiny’s Child cohorts back in May: the Arts Parlor will play host to another workshop with “all-star trio” Angela, Maya and Deborah at the helm. Participants probably won’t be able to hold a candle to her Super Bowl performance, but at least they’ll have more reason to be excited for B’s headlining slot at the Made In America festival in August. 2pm. $15-$20. Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St. 215.645.2717. phillydancefitness.com

PARTY
Multi-Family Artist Sidewalk Sale
Leave it to the folks at Eris Temple to organize an entire day of artistic indulgence in West Philly. Visitors will be treated to a sale of assorted trinkets, live music and a barbeque during the first half, followed by a party celebrating the release of Lora Bloom’s Poking Through the Fabric of the Light that Formed Us, the winner of this year’s Blood Pudding Press chapbook contest. Noon-10pm. Free. Eris Temple, 602 S. 52nd St.


Monday, July 8

LECTURE
Doug Jerolmack: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Mississippi Delta
The region surrounding the Mississippi Delta, the distinctive coastal wetland section of the state of Louisiana, was one of the richest cotton-growing areas in the U.S. before the Civil War. Today, it remains financially valuable, supporting the economy of New Orleans with significant shipping traffic, oil production and commercial fishing operations. The BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina catastrophes are just the latest blows to this area, one that has been dying a slow death from decades of mismanagement. To hear more about this important geographic section of the southern U.S. (over a couple of beers), clear your schedule for tonight when Penn professor Doug Jerolmack will discuss the origin, current state and future of the Mississippi Delta. 

This event is part of the monthly “Science on Tap” gatherings, which, on the second Monday of every month, feature a brief and informal presentation by an expert, followed by a lively conversation in a relaxed bar setting. Jerolmack’s research focuses on the spatial and temporal evolution of patterns that emerge at the interface of fluid and sediment on Earth and planetary surfaces-which, translated, means what happens over time when water hits rocks. He’ll also discuss the forces that allowed the Mississippi Delta to form, the causes and consequences of modern wetland loss in coastal Louisiana and, most importantly, introduce possible solutions for the region’s long-term sustainability. (Drew O’Meara)

6pm. Free. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. 215.701.4883. scienceontapphilly.com

MUSIC
Cirque Zuma Zuma
Bet you didn’t know there was such a thing as a limbo artist. Egyptian limbo artists, African dancers, traditional gumboot performers, South African contortionists, comedy acts, percussionists and vocalists will come together in the Cirque Zuma Zuma, described as an African-infused Cirque du Soleil. 11am. Free. Mann Center. 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.546.7900. manncenter.org

STAGE
First Person Arts Story Slam: Criminal
Recount some of your best criminal-themed memories in five minutes—like that time you ended up lodged in a fence outside a house party due to a botched escape plan when the cops showed up-to a room full of eager ears, or sit back and listen to the escapades of others. 8:30pm. $8-$10. World Cafe Live. 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
 

Tuesday, July 9

MUSIC
She & Him
Doe-eyed Zooey Deschanel, New Girl starlet and princess of twee, joined forces with producer and guitarist M. Ward to form duo She & Him. The pair, recently featured on Conan, will perform with Scottish pop group Camera Obscura for a night of indie-pop goodness. 7:30pm. $29.50-$47.50. Mann Center. 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.546.7900. manncenter.org

READING
Jon McGoran: “Drift” Book Launch
Self-described food trend follower and lover of thrillers with “massive crazy evil plots” Jon McGoran has combined the two not-so-different interests to write Drift, an ecological thriller centered upon a scheme of genetically modified illicit drugs. Local GMO experts will accompany the author’s reception. 6:30pm. Free. Academy of Natural Sciences. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.299.1000. ansp.org
 

Wednesday, July 10

FOOD
Taste of the Square
Please your palate with fellow foodies as you venture to four of Rittenhouse Square’s best off-the-beaten path spots for a tasting. The restaurants and starting point won’t be revealed to ticketholders until 48 hours before the gastronomic adventure. $45. Various locations. dishcrawl.com/thesquare

LGBT
Street Movies!
Transpass, a short documentary about the negative effects that the gender sticker on every SEPTA transportation pass has on LGBTQ riders, will be screened, along with quick clips regarding trans rights and queer identity produced by youth at the Attic. 4pm. Free. Attic Youth Center. 255 S. 16th St. 215.545.4331. atticyouthcenter.org

MUSIC
Belle and Sebastian
Making a long-awaited return to Philadelphia is seven-piece band Belle and Sebastian, known for their soundtracks to films like Juno, The Devil Wears Prada and High Fidelity. Indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo will join the group as part of a North American tour. 8pm. $39.50-$42. Mann Center Skyline Stage. 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.878.0400. manncenter.org
 

Out of Town

CONVENTION
Sports Card, Toy, Comic & Collectible Expo
With more than 125 tables of sports cards both vintage and new, comics, coins and more to rummage through, this convention is the perfect place to pick up your hoarder’s starter kit. Hasn’t your bathtub been looking lonely lately? Fri, July 5. Wildwood Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J. rksportspromotions.com

MUSIC
Jason Derulo
Get your fix of Top 40 music without anyone knowing. Camouflaged by a crowd of teens, your sunglasses and baseball hat, and the jungle that is Six Flags Great Adventure, you can dance like no one’s watching. Free with park admission. Sat., July 6, 7pm. Free with admission. Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, N.J. sixflags.com

COMEDY
Whitney Cummings
Her sitcom, Whitney, and her talk show, Love You, Mean It, may have gotten canceled, but Whitney Cummings is still a funny lady. The brutally honest comedian stops by A.C. for a night of laughs. Sat., July 6, 9pm. $35. Borgata Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. theborgata.com

STAGE
I Love Lucy Live
Relive two familiar episodes of one of the most popular shows to ever grace the small screen. Act as a member of a live studio audience as the cast recreates the environment of the Desilu Playhouse. Learn about the “new” technology used to produce television in the 1950s. Through Aug. 4. $29-$59. Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. harrahsresort.com

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