BBQ at the Ballpark
It’s the ultimate tailgate party. Leave the grill at home, the beer, the games, everything. The crew at Rolling Barrel events is going to handle all of that and more for you at their 5th annual BBQ at the Ballpark event. Come between 3-7 p.m. to tailgate before the Phillies take on the Braves. Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse will provide an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet with veggie burger options for those noncarnivorous folk. All the sides, except the baked beans, will be vegetarian-friendly, too: cucumber tomato salad, potato salad and macaroni and cheese. Desserts will be provided by Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream and the Bent Spoon. Oh, and beer. There will certainly be beer, complimentary from PBC, Yards, Victory, Manayunk and Weyerbacher. Not enough for ya? How about special tastings, live music and games? And tickets to the tailgate also includes admission to the game! -Brenda Hillegas
3pm. $90. Citizens Bank Park, Jetro Lot, 700 Pattison Ave. rollingbarrel.com
Guitarist Ryan Mackstaller, trombonist Rick Parker and drummer Tim Kuhl are the Brooklyn-based Little Worlds, and they’re making a series of EPs focusing on Béla Bartók’s Mikrokosmos. (Book Two is out soon.) Composed for piano as a teaching tool, Mikrokosmos is no mere exercise: It stands up as a 153-part masterpiece, comparable in some ways to Bach’s Goldberg Variations, with section titles like “Triplets in Lydian Mode” and “Two Major Pentachords.” Little Worlds expands the palette for three instruments plus electronics, recasting Bartók in a distinctly noir-ish experimental vein and drawing on jazz/classical precedents that go back decades. West Philly’s the Horrible Department, a theatrical, accordion-fueled troupe, shares the bill. -David R. Adler
8pm. $5. With the Horrible Department. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave. 215.426.2685. museumfire.com
Given that late-era Grateful Dead was a rickety, frequently out-of-tune machine, Furthur (named after a legendary Ken Kesey tour bus) is arguably a better representation of the band and its legacy. Founding icons Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, plus newer recruits, have found a way to keep the Dead’s repertoire afloat, and why not. Say what you will about the late Jerry Garcia and his tie-dyed minions, but the Dead are a piece of cultural history, the musical link between hippiedom and the earlier Beat Generation. Their epic, country-jazzy improv spawned an entire genre, and they’ve still got something a lot of jam bands lack: songwriting genius. -D.R.A.
7:30pm. $34.50-$59.50. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.546.7900. manncenter.org
Sunday, July 8
Color Run Philadelphia
Ready, set, RAINBOW! The Color Run, a technicolor 5K race self-described as the “coolest course in town,” is stopping by Philly on its cross-country tour. Participants outfitted in white T-shirts transform into a spectrum of color throughout their run, with the help of color dust thrown by volunteers. Each kilometer brings a new hue for the runners, who sprint off from Eakins Oval, lap around Kelly Drive, and round out the day with an all-out color battle at the finish line. As if you needed any more incentive to carrying out your childhood fantasy of a no-holds-barred paint party, Color Run Philly supports Back on My Feet Philadelphia, a charity that aims to foster self-confidence in the homeless population through organized running groups. -Marissa Marzano
7am. $50-$55. Eakins Oval, 19th St. and Ben Franklin Pkwy. thecolorrun.com/philadelphia
Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Celebration
Woody Guthrie brought traditional music into the 20th century, filtering the hard-knock decades from the Dust Bowl through World War II through the lens of folk and blues. A key figure in the rediscovery of American folk styles from field holler to bluegrass, he composed his own songs, including classics like “This Land Is Your Land” and “Roll On Columbia.” Politically acerbic and egalitarian to the bone, Guthrie would no doubt have had much to say about Occupy Wall Street, J.P. Morgan and hedge-fund America, but he died of Huntingdon’s disease in 1967. The Philly roots rockers Mason Porter and friends celebrate Guthrie’s life and work in one of a nationwide series of concerts in honor of his 100th birthday. -J.K.
7pm. $10. With Mason Porter. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Monday, July 9
Laughs on Fairmount
Funny ladies Carolyn Busa and Mary Radzinkski host their weekly open-mic comedy night at Urban Saloon tonight, and you should be there—(A) because it’s free and you are always broke, and (B) because you can witness Philly’s best up-and-comers perfecting their material right before your very eyes. Lately, the place has been packed with solicitous upstarts lining up around the block at the 7:15 sign-in time just to entertain you. It’s not uncommon to see 30-50 comics a night. It will be imperfect and you will be drunk on drink specials and everything will be A-OK. -Abigail Bruley
8pm. Free. Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Ave. 215.232.5359. urbansaloon.com
First Person Arts StorySlam
This monthly event invites 10 people to share a personal story, relating to a set theme. A panel of audience members will then rate each of the storytellers on a 10-point scale and the one with the most points will score themselves an invitation to compete at the annual Grand Slam for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia.” Really, the beauty of the event is that you never know what you’re going to get—one story might make you chuckle while the next might make you cringe. Considering that the theme this month is “Wild Things,” one might perhaps guess we’re in for a night of laughs. Unless, of course, one of the featured storytellers happens to have a harrowing tale about being mauled by a wolfdog. -N.F.
8:30pm. $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Tuesday, July 10
By the time he was 20, Willy Mason had earned breathless comparisons to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, the backing of Conor Oberst’s Team Love label an opening slot for Death Cab for Cutie. Said Uncut of his 2004 debut Where the Humans Eat, “Rarely has an anachronism sounded so revolutionary.” The praise seemed a bit intemperate for what was, after all, a fairly understated bit of charm. Yet a second effort in 2007, If the Ocean Gets Rough polished Mason’s endearing scruffiness to a higher gloss, laying on backing vocals, a full band and stronger songs. Five years on, the world is still waiting for a follow-up, but Mason has been playing a lot of new material at recent shows. -J.K.
8pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Calendar: Sept. 2-9