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Saturday, June 30

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival
This week marks the return of the Clark Park Summer Solstice, a tradition dating back to the ’70s that sees the neighborhood turn out for a lazy day in West Philly’s central park. Music, art and vendors, many of them from the neighborhood, set up shop to feature their (typically) local, organic, environmentally conscious, handcrafted goods. Local bands emerge from basements for a performance under the longest lasting sun of the year. Kids get their own special events and local activists will seize the chance to tout their favorite social justices causes. -Allyn Gaestel

Noon-8pm. Free. Clark Park, 43rd St. and Chester Ave.

Super Creature of Energy and Power
On June 16, a diverse group of local artists and students from the University of the Arts kicked off Commotion Festival, the culmination of a six-month long art project inviting communities members from the Point Breeze, Grays Ferry and South of South Street neighborhoods of Philly to interact and explore their respective hoods in new ways. Now, for the grand finale, the festival is hosting an all-day block party featuring live music from several local talents, a gallery of artwork by neighborhood artists, food and a family-friendly movie. Yet, the highlight of the event will be the Frankenstein-like raising of a 20-foot tall “super creature” by local visual artist Jebney Lewis. Starting at 8 p.m., Commotion also welcomes folks to experience “Night Ferry,” a large-scale interactive sound and video art installation in the new Grays Ferry Crescent at the Schuylkill Banks. -N.F.

2pm. Free. South Philly, 2200 Fernon St.
Vegan Pizza Day
Vegan pizza is a delicious minority in the culinary world. So why not devote an entire day to praising a specific variation on the usual pie? Vegan Pizza Day promises to do just that. While anyone is encouraged to observe the fledgling holiday by merely making a dairy-free and meatless dish of their own, specialty pizza shops across the country will be celebrating it. Among these fine eateries is Philadelphia’s Blackbird Pizzeria, where cholesterol-free pie-lovers are welcome to commemorate the holiday. The local vegan pizza parlor will feature a special completely vegan buffalo wing pie for the day. It sounds like a cheesy stunt, but don’t worry: it isn’t. -Ashley Kole

11am. Free. Blackbird Pizzeria, 507 S. Sixth St. 215.625.6660.

Sunday, July 1

Air Sex World Championship
Why spend your Sunday night trolling the Internet for porn when you can watch a bunch of shameless strangers hump the air live before your very eyes? Set to the music clip of their choosing and donning their best bedroom attire, participants will each get two minutes to creep out/impress the crowd as they get it on with an imaginary partner. The only rules are those set in place by the state of Pennsylvania, including that they keep their junk concealed. The three favorites—determined by local celebrity judges—from the first round will advance and must perform to a surprise piece of music. Ultimately, it’ll be up to the audience to decide which lucky individual goes home with a prize package and the chance to compete against the best air humpers in the nation. The night also features live music from New Jersey rockers Big Damn Heroes and the eclectic, multi-chick-fronted act Molly Rhythm, along with a stand-up set by comedian Ian Fidance. -N.F.

8pm. $10. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488. northstarbar.com11am. Free. Blackbird Pizzeria, 507 S. Sixth St. 215.625.6660.

Naked Girls Reading: Pretty in Pulp
Listen up, palooka. Put down that racing form and cast your peepers over this item. Five beautiful broads are gonna peel off their glad rags and read you some bedtime stories courtesy of typewriter-jockeys like Raymond Chandler. Sound too good to be true? Well, it ain’t. This high-class literary salon got started in the Windy City back in 2009. Local artiste Miss Rose got wise to it and decided to bring it to this burg. She’s in cahoots with Hayley Jane, Miss Mary Wanna, Nasty Canasta and Ruby Solitaire. These dishes all got great gams and healthy lungs. In fact, they look like they coulda just stepped right off the cover of your favorite dog-eared paperback. Curious to know if they’ll pull off this caper? It’s gonna cost you some scratch, but less than a double sawbuck. Of course, if you’re dizzy over some dame, bring her along and Miss Rose’ll give you a discount for being all gentleman-like, because she knows a hard-boiled guy like you always figures the percentage. So ankle it on over and case this joint. -R.S.

9pm. $15-$25. Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, 531 N. 12th St. 267.519.9651.

Monday, July 2

A Life Once Lost
A Life Once Lost’s name abbreviates to ALOL, but don’t go thinking that these locals are in the business of giving you a giggle. On the contrary, they dig their claws into downer topics—depression, suicide, failure, self-loathing, misanthropy—while turning out toxic, groove-heavy metalcore. The entire shebang is delivered with brutish power and stern expressions (well, at least in their press pics). As they continue to assemble the long-sat-upon followup to 2007’s Iron Gag, ALOL are doing a five-date Monday night residency at Kung Fu Necktie in July. While discussing the “brutal” vibe of one of their records, Sabolick said, “It’s also just the Philly vibe, you know. It’s an angry vibe, pretty much. I’m an angry person.” -Reyan Ali

8pm. $8. With Black Sheep Wall + Chimpgrinder. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Tuesday, July 3

Talib Kweli
In the ’90s, when most rappers were spinning yarns about “stick-up kids, corrupt cops and crack rocks,” only able to see the harshness right in front of them, Talib Kweli looked beyond. He rapped about the potential to be more, while remaining keenly aware of the hardships and temptations that threaten to erode such aspirations. Kweli knows the system is broken, and still raps about that plenty. But he also wants to know how it broke, and seeks solutions on how it can be fixed. He’s always done so without the militant baggage of the ’80s rap scholars—X Clan, Paris—who preceded him; he’s the smart guy who doesn’t have to constantly remind you how smart he is. Or, as Kweli himself put it on “K.O.S. (Determination),” “At exactly which point do you start to realize/ That life without knowledge is just death in disguise?” Preach. -Brian McManus

8pm. $22. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Roots Mural Arts Paint Day
Throw on your paint smock and get artsy with the Mural Arts Program during public paint day this week. Part of the Wawa Welcome America! celebration, Mural Arts invites people of all ages to come out and help paint the new mural, which honors the Roots and their history at city schools (Black Thought and ?uestlove went to the High School for Creative and Performing Arts) and the band’s contributions to the city. The newest addition to Philly’s mural scene will be showcased as part of the South Street corridor, on Sixth and South Streets. The spot is doubly meaningful: It’s in the South Street Headhouse District, where the Roots started, and it’s also across the street from the “Mapping Courage: Honoring the Legacy of WEB Dubois and Engine 11” mural. All materials are provided and, luckily for some, no experience is required. -Fiona Lockyer

2-5pm. Free. Independence Mall, Sixth and Market sts. 215.685.0750.

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