Wednesday, July 9
Deb Callahan Band
This week’s installment of Pastorius Park’s summer concert series features a headlining set courtesy of the Deb Callahan Band, a Philly-via-Boston blues-soul hybrid. The band is currently working on its fifth album, which will be released at the end of this year. 7:30pm. Free. Pastorius Park, Millman St. and Hartwell Ln. 215.248.8810. chestnuthill.org
The National Museum of American Jewish History’s baseball-themed summer film series kicks off with this 1984 adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s novel about a Major League hopeful (Robert Redford). Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey will be on hand to discuss the film. 7pm. $5. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 Independence Mall East. 215.923.3811. nmajh.org
Thursday, July 10
A Sun Ra Celebration
The Penn Museum honors what would have been the Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with readings of his sci-fi-rooted poetry set to futuristic music as well as an afro-futurist dance party featuring remixes of the jazz pioneers songs. 7pm. Free. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000. penn.museum
Two Arts, One Story: A Performance
Tonight, the Philadelphia Art Alliance hosts the Zach Mama’s Motherhood Band, performing original compositions by its namesake and Dan Nissenbaum, while Mama’s brother, Axel Mathieu-Mahias, showcases his painting talents. 8pm. $15. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. philartalliance.org
Best known as the face behind the popular “Food in Jars” blog, writer Marisa McClellan directs her focus toward assorted jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys for her new cookbook, Preserving by the Pint. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Friday, July 11
Ron Lambert and Christopher Moss: Gist
During our unending quest to achieve “perfection”—be it via our jobs, our homes, our bodies or the gadgets we acquire—more often than not, we fallible humans often tend to lose sight of the bigger picture, like the people with whom the Universe has tasked us to share this earthly experience. In an attempt to shed light on this fascinating phenomenon, performance and exhibition space Grizzly Grizzly presents Gist, a visual study through painting and sculpture, that put the focus on small things that make up the larger entirety. Inspired by the Gestalt Theory’s concept of “gist memory,” artists Ron Lambert and Christopher Moss attempt to convey the idea that the human mind considers an entire object before registering its components, suggesting the whole is, in fact, greater than the sum of its parts.
Lambert’s provocative sculptures combine building materials and everyday domestic items intertwined with organic forms, illustrating our drive to seek the superlative while finding beauty—and acceptance—in our failed attempts. And Moss’ 15 paintings are arranged in a way that are meant to appear chaotic and frenetic at first glance, but make sense when viewed individually, then as a unit.
The word “gist” defines the essence of something, an overall understanding of an object or an idea. Grizzly Grizzly’s thought-provoking exhibit challenges visitors to understand—and ultimately, appreciate—the gist of our existence. // KENNEDY ALLEN
6pm. Free. On display through Aug. 1. Grizzly Grizzly, 319 N. 11th St., 2nd floor. grizzlygrizzly.com
The Philadelphia Film Society’s horror series screens the vastly underrated Trollhunter, a 2010 found-footage thriller about a group of students who run afoul of not-so-mystical creatures in the Norwegian wilderness. Midnight. $5-6.66. PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom St. 267.239.2941. filmadelphia.org
The Soundtrack Series in Philadelphia
This live show and podcast gives performers the opportunity to share the stories and memories that they associate with a given song. 8:30pm. $15. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0978. tinangel.com
Sketch Comedy: The Theme Show
ManiPedi hosts this gathering of hilarious sketch and improv comedians who will base their performances around the time appropriate theme of fun in the sun. 9pm. $10-$12. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 267.233.1556. phillyimprovtheater.com
Film al Fresco
Indie filmmaker Marc Dickerson’s new black comedy, Not the End of the World, follows a couple who struggle with how to carry on with their lives after their friends and loved ones relocate to a new dimension following the end of the world. 7:30pm. Free. Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.965.4000. moore.edu
MIND & BODY
Free Yoga on the Race Street Pier
Yoga practitioners of all levels are invited to partake in this free, scenic, six-day-a-week course that runs throughout the summer. The hour-long classes will be taught by yoga collective Yogis United. No need to sign up in advance; just bring your own mat and enjoy the view. Various times. Free. Race Street Pier, Race Street at N. Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com
Saturday, July 12
The young folks are sure to go nuts for this: an all-day outdoor festival at Bamboo Bar, with fishbowl booze aplenty and a pool for your drunk dunking. Pure Productions and Cult Classic, two sibling production and creative collectives, are teaming up for Pure Classic, one hype Saturday flush with DJs, producers, emcees and party starters practically all day long. All three headliners are pretty fresh-faced, but they’re up-and-coming young guns making notable names for themselves in a blossoming EDM and DJ culture in Philly and Jersey that’s becoming more and more creative with every Soundcloud page.
Noah Breakfast, Nadus and Lindsay Lowend (what a name, right?) are the top three of a line-up roster that’s about 20 deep. The sounds will undoubtedly be a melange of club bangers, trap jams, electro collage, video game sound sampling and remix heaven. The spinning sets will sandwich turns from area emcees and newbie vocalists, so this’ll be a great chance for folks to find local talent they never knew was in their background when they’re suddenly transfixed by a searing rhymer or inspired interpreter of 2014 ADD music culture.
You will not hear any Top 40 that hasn’t been thoroughly re-worked. You will hear creative studio concoctions and ultra-contemporary dance music performed almost exclusively for the purposes of blasting at full volume. // BILL CHENEVERT
4pm. $15. With DJ SYLO & Matt Ford, Dev79 & Buddy Leezle, Dayo & Trprkpr featuring DBNR, Baby Eagle, JXLbeats featuring XNDR & Tha Riva, PS118 featuring Mick Raw, Ganou & Kenny, Gabe Wolf + DJ YS. Bamboo Bar, 927 N. Delaware Ave. 215.931.0101. bamboobarphilly.com
Garces Free Community Health Day
The Garces Foundation, founded by Iron Chef Jose Garces and Dr. Beatriz Mirabal Garces, offers free medical and dental care for the city’s uninsured immigrant community. This free health and wellness event provides dental procedures, including oral exams, x-rays, cleanings and fillings, as well as cholesterol and diabetes screenings. 9am. Free. Garces Dental Group, 212 Race St. garcesfoundation.org
Eastern State Penitentiary and cabaret darlings The Bearded Ladies team up to celebrate the French Revolution in a “completely historically accurate” reenactment of the storming of Bastille. Marie Antoinette (portrayed by Terry McNally) will also be on hand to toss 3,000 Tastykakes from the top of the prison’s towers. Area bars and restaurants will be offering French-themed entertainment and drink specials. 5:30pm. Free. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. easternstate.org
Pretty Fly for a 5k
Oh snap! Get your fitness on at this nostalgic 5K celebrating all the old school hits of the ‘90s. Listen to the decade’s hottest jams as you make your way across the Parkway, cooling off with Kool-Aid and Tang, and then pick up a totally awesome fanny pack stuffed with slap bracelets, Pop Rocks, Warheads, Handi-snacks and more! 8:20am. Eakins Oval, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. prettyflyfora5k.com
Penn’s Landing Great Plaza will be converted into a carnival area showcasing all that Latino culture has to offer. Take in the harmonious rhythms and melodies of salsa, meringue, samba and mariachi while enjoying ethnic foods and artisan crafts from Latin American countries. The event also features a dance competition from Goya, free health screenings and kids activities, including a special appearance from Dora the Explorer. 2pm. Free. Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St. elconcilio.net
Sunday, July 13
Miss Sandy is an absolute icon. She has It. Her talents are many. She sings with a full, capable and brassy bombast, her breath control is that of an expert award-winning slam poet, and her wit is as sharp as the blade she’ll threaten to cut you with if you try to fuck with her. A viciously smart feminist and bi activist, she’s always on top of current events, so she’ll no doubt have some outrageously astute quips about Holly Lobby or Catholics for Obama. On the 2006-released Everything Bad & Beautiful, she brilliantly puts Condoleezza Rice and Rosa Parks together in a dreamlike dialogue that is so on point. Clearly, Rosa took Condi to school.
Sadly, what most folks associate her with is her groundbreaking six-year run as Nancy Bartlett on Roseanne, where she trailblazed as an openly queer character, or as one of Madonna’s best friends, thanks to Madonna: Truth or Dare. But Bernhard’s career started in the late ‘70s, when she was moonlighting at the Comedy Store and doing nails at a chi-chi salon in Hollywood. In 1982, she was cast by Martin Scorcese in The King of Comedy, but it was her first two comedy albums—I’m Your Woman in ‘85 and Without You I’m Nothing two years later—that cemented her place in the annals. The rare tape or LP of either classic touchpoint in her career fetches huge prices at auctions.
Bernhard’s early years in Flint, MI and Scottsdale, AZ—and of course, motherhood—certainly feed the 59-year-old comedienne’s joke arsenal, but so does celebrity culture and her uber-famous pals (see “Iman” from the gut-splitting I Love Being Me, Don’t You?). Though Obama may be more her speed, get her going on Bush, Cheney and the Reagans, and you won’t be sorry. Chutzpah’s a word that folks love to bandy about when they talk about her, but she’s got more than that: balls, brains, and loads of heart and soul, too. // BILL CHENEVERT
8pm. $30. World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400. worldcafelive.com
Dog Days of Summer
Chestnut Hill goes to the dogs this week with an outdoor fest for our furry friends featuring pet rescue organizations, training workshops, face (and snout) painting, a paw reader, food, music and much more. Noon. Free. Germantown and Highland Aves. chestnuthillpa.com
Intro to Face and Body Painting
Award-winning body paint artist Georgette Pressler hosts this three-hour body workshop to teach you the skills to create living works of art. Learn about makeup products, get insider tips and create your own custom designs and characters. Noon. $100 (includes supplies). First Banana, 2152 E. Dauphin St.
Monday, July 14
Cupcake Decorating Happy Hour
Bakers of America keep producing more ways for the will power-free to enjoy cupcakes. From typical chocolate and/or red velvet versions to vegan jammies and gluten-free options, there seems to always be something for everyone in those delightful little frosted mini-cakes. But what if you want more from your cupcake than what Betty Crocker has to offer out the box? What if you want to wow your friends by busting out your own gems of fancy deliciousness at your next dinner party? Fortunately, Boozy Buttercream has just the answer.
In their Cupcake Decorating Happy Hour, the tastily-named Boozy Buttercream provides an opportunity for its guests to learn some confectionary finesse while enjoying cocktails in an environment that is as engaging as it is encouraging. Participating students will absorb the basics of cupcake design by learning the basics of using buttercream in all of its forms, like filling cupcakes and using a piping bag with a star tip—you know, to properly master all of those intricate designs your sweet-tooth addled friends will admire on those cupcakes before stuffing ‘em into salivating mouths. Maybe grasping BB’s new summer-themed designs will help you impress those crusty in-laws at your next barbecue.
The class cost includes four cupcakes, buttercream and the provided supplies, plus students will receive a take-home kit with a reusable pastry bag and all the tools they’ll need to practice and improve their skills with their own recipes. // K.A.
7pm. $50. Smiths Restaurant & Bar, 39 S. 19th St. 267.546.2669. boozybuttercream.com
The Odd and Remarkable Dioramas of Lori Nix
Lori Nix’s fascinating and imaginative photographs give guests a rare and playful look into the work that goes into the Academy of Natural Science’s amazingly detailed dioramas and sets. Through Aug. 3. Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. ansp.org
Monday Night Quizzo
Head to Strangelove’s every Monday night for some pub trivia with “Best of Philly” quizzo host JB Farley. Prizes include gift cards and more. 9pm. Free. Strangelove’s, 216 S. 11th St. strangelovesbeerbar.com
Tuesday, July 15
Robin Black with J. Courtney Sullivan
Robin Black’s debut novel, Life Drawing, follows a couple who leave the city for a more laid-back life in the country. The couple soon discovers that some betrayals are hard to leave behind. J. Courtney Sullivan’s The Engagements follows four couples over the course of a century. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Birds of Paradise
Inspired by the work of photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Edwin Scholes, this exhibit explores the behavior of birds everywhere, from their mating patterns to their unique calls. Through Sept. 1. Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy.
Wednesday, July 16
Queen + Adam Lambert
When Simon Cowell opined to Rolling Stone that Adam Lambert had a “touch of Freddie Mercury and the sexiness of Prince,” Lambert was still coming off his American Idol fame, eye shadow and all. Cowell probably had no idea how on point he was, with Lambert years later—meaning now—out on tour with the modern incarnation of Queen, once led by Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991 when Lambert was nine years old. Twenty years later, and Lambert’s fronting Mercury’s band.
Queen, aptly named considering the band is inarguably rock royalty, brings its 20-year catalogue to Philly for a Wells Fargo Center extravaganza, with Lambert singing lead vocals aside original Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May—and man, how thrilling it’ll be to witness Lambert singing in tribute to the unique styles of the charismatic Mercury, including the song that made Wayne’s World famous, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and pretty much every other Queen hit that has become worldwide rock standard. The tour’s been pretty well-received, too. Writes Jason Bracelin of the Las Vegas Review-Journal: Lambert sings with “an almost off-handed operatic flair” which fits the band well, particularly given that Lambert is prone to “unselfconsciously wear a leopard-print suit ... eliciting neither grimaces nor guffaws.”
Lambert’s comfort in his own skin-tight jeans probably accounts for his wide appeal in America, and, in particular, amongst queer people. After all, Lambert, like Mercury, is queer. That may not be news of the world, but it gives Queen’s ongoing legacy a kind of magic. // JOSH KRUGER
7:30pm. $35-$125. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 215.336.3600. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
Midsummer Night’s Hootnanny
This cabaret performance is dedicated to the beautiful songs inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. Performers include Sean Hoots (Hoots & Hellmouth), Zachary Chiero, Byron Kho, Jeffrey Barg, Laura Boyce and many more. 6:30pm. $12-$15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
Chairman and editor of Forbes Media, Steve Forbes is a leading voice in economics and finance. His new book examines the economic future of our country and how the destruction of the dollar threatens the global economy. 8am. $40. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Out of Town
Revel in the “Clash of the Kaiju” with screenings of several movies starring some of your favorite giant monsters, including King Kong, Mothra and Godzilla. July 11-13. $6-10. Colonial Theater, 227 Bridge St. Phoenixville. 610.917.1228. thecolonialtheatre.com
Replay America: Ultimate 80’s Music Festival
The Go-Go’s, Patty Smyth of Scandal, Martha Davis & The Motels and more will be heard at this retro dance party celebrating the music of the ‘80s. Rock out to the ultimate hits from the unforgettable decade. Fri., July 11, 7:30pm. The Plaza at PPL Park, 1 Stadium Dr., Chester. ilikebenfm.com
Musical of the Living Dead
Satirizing classic zombie movies with a musical twist, this show centers on 10 survivors of an outbreak holed up in a farmhouse and willing to try just about anything to get out. Fri., July 11, 8pm. $25-$30. The Black Box at Opera Delaware, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, Del. 302.658.8063. bootless.org
Combining a signature blend of pop, hip-hop and soul, TLC has toped the charts with hits like “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls.” Nearly 12 years after the death of Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes, the surviving members of TLC refuse to back down and are rumored to be releasing a new album later this year. Sat., July 12, 9pm. $65-282. Showboat/House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.343.4000. houseofblues.com/atlanticcity
Haddonfield Fine Arts Festival
Spend two days marveling over handcrafted ceramics, drawings, jewelry and more at this annual festival located in the heart of Haddonfield. July 12-13. Free. Kings Highway and Tanner St., Haddonfield, N.J. downtownhaddonfield.com
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