Calendar: July 6-12

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7pm. $25-30. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200. freespiritpi.com

The Vendy Awards

Isn’t it time we give some recognition to the dedicated Philadelphians who risk summer scorchers and winter snowstorms to keep us fed? The First Annual Vendy Awards (read our cover story here!) are coming to town, pitting the best street chefs against one another in a competition judged by our very own culinary connoisseur, Brian McManus along with Jennifer Carol, Drew Lazor, Michael Solomonov and Jamie Shanker. Oh yeah, and Mayor Nutter. Such an assortment is fitting for the first-rate chefs sporting their stuff at the Vendys. Whether it’s Cucina Zapata’s Mex/Thai fusion or Sugar Philly’s French Macarons visitors are guaranteed an eclectic and lip-smacking array of samples. Chefs, on the other hand, are guaranteed white-knuckle competition for the Vendy Cup. Some chefs may lose, but all hungry passers-by will be winners. Proceeds go to the Food Trust, who try to make Philly’s great eats a staple for all. -Carl A. O’Donnell

3-7pm. $25-$55. Piazza at Shmidts, 1050 N. Hancock St. streetvendor.org/vendys/philly

Nubian Marketplace

To paraphrase Young Jeezy: It’s a recession. Everybody broke. So Pearl of Africa’s here to give everybody hope. The hope that they’re giving comes in the form of the Nubian Marketplace. The goal of the marketplace is not only to offer unique wares and tasty vittles for sale, but to promote self-reliance and summon the dormant entrepreneurial spirit in some of us. The hope is for more and more people make the leap from consumer to businessperson by one day becoming a vendor and ultimately building a stronger community. While shopping and networking, there will be free arts and crafts for the young’ins. All proceeds will go toward funding for the annual African Independence Day Ma’at. Come out and be (or learn how to become) the change you wish to see. -Ryan K. Smith

Noon-6pm. Free. Pearl of Africa, 624 South St. 267.296.5082. shoppearlofafrica.com

Hispanic Fiesta
Simañana me amas me escapo contigo—to the Hispanic Fiesta taking place on the waterfront. These lyrics are from the song “All Up 2 U” by New York-born bachata group Aventura, one of several artists that will be performing at the fiesta over the weekend. Hosted by the Council of Spanish Speaking Organization, Inc., the event will include a variety of folkloric music, dancing, entertainment, art, crafts and cuisine. Get your salsa, merengue or bachata on while savoring the delicacies of Latin American and Caribbean cuisines. On Sunday, salsa singer José Alberto “El Canario” will make you swoon with his salsa romántica, while Colombian-born, N.Y.-bred actor and comedian Carlos González will be on hand to provide comic relief from the heat. And while mixing business with pleasure isn’t always the best policy, bring your resume along for Colonial Penn Insurance’s Job Corner. Be sure to include those salsa classes you took in college—both in your resume and when you’re hitting the dance floor. -Trishula Patel

2pm. Free. Through Sun., July 10. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut St. 215.922.2386. delawareriverevents.com

Sunday, July 10

Maps & Atlases
In an age where even our iTunes feels the need to apply a genre to all music, Maps & Atlases elude all classifications by incorporating everything from folk to experimental to progressive and math rock, all while continuing to prove their music knows no bounds. After their self-released EP Tree, Swallows, Houses in 2006, they released another self-recorded EP, You and Me and the Mountain, two years later before signing with Barsuk Records. They spent most of 2009 working on their long-awaited first full-length album. Perch Patchwork debuted June 2010 with interesting time signature changes, highly addictive pop-influenced melodies and Philadelphia-native Dave Davison’s distinct and confident voice. Maps & Atlases will leave you satisfied while wondering what could be next. -K.T.

6:30pm. $29. With RX Bandits + Zechs Marquise. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. livenation.com

Monday, July 11

Wild Nothing + Twin Sister
Sick of all the fuzzy-buzzy, twee-goes-to-the-beach music that’s been making the indie kids go gaga? Then stay away from Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Don’t even go downstairs for a quick Kenzinger. But if you love your pop woozy with a dash of melancholy, this is the double-bill you’ve been waiting for. A featured band on Weathervane and WXPN’s “Shaking Through” series last year, Twin Sister’s a five-piece from Long Island. No proper LP yet, but their new label, Domino, will deliver one this year. Headliner Wild Nothing’s super-dreamy debut, Gemini, came out last year on Captured Tracks. The video for “Chinatown” showed old film images of a cute little boy looking for his lost dog. It’ll make your heart go boom boom boom. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com

Tuesday, July 12

Global Fusion Fest
In case you haven’t been keeping up with Census data, Philadelphia is more multi-culti than ever. While a healthy stroll through West Philly can give you tastes of our myriad ethnic traditions in the most organic, street-level way possible, there’s no harm in celebrating Philly’s official Global Fusion Festival Week,. The carnival-themed festivities kick off Monday with music and eats at the Hard Rock Cafe. Throughout the week, there’ll be salsa dancing at Reef Caribbean Lounge, discount tickets available for Miss Saigon at the Walnut Street Theater, and zydeco music at Penn, among other events, and your favorite ethnic restaurants might be among the many offering specials. The highlight of it all promises to be an all-day fest on Sat., July 16, at Penn’s Landing with a concert headlined by British R&B singer Estelle that’ll also feature performances by Melanie Fiona and Anthony David, plus tons of vendors. -Michael Alan Goldberg

Through Sun., July 17. Various locations. globalfusionfestival.com

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1. piscean said... on Jul 13, 2011 at 10:01AM

“Craig D. Lindsey, re: Kid Cudi
preeeeeeeetty sure the skinny jeans comment is racist...yeah, it is. Like a racist Paul Lynde”

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