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Wednesday, June 29

Wawa Hoagie Day
After returning last year following a 10-year hiatus, Wawa Hoagie Day is back again. The first hoagie day took place in 1992 in front of City Hall when Ed Rendell took a few bites and declared the hoagie the ‘Official Sandwich of Philadelphia.’ This year, they’re taking the officiality thing very seriously, as Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia firefighters and police officers dole out segments of the 4.5-ton hoagie and Wawa beverages to the hungry public. Combine that with the United Service Organizations partnering to support soldiers and local heroes (people, not subs) and you’ve got one serious sandwich. -Abigail Bruley

Noon-2pm. Free. Independence Visitor’s Center Lawn, 1 N. Independence Mall West. wawawelcomeamerica.com

Garrison Starr
Starr’s an artist that sneaks up on you. At first blush she suggests a Lilith Fair acolyte, but wade into her seven-album catalog and you’ll discover a supple artist of great depth, grace and emotion. Like Kelly Willis, Starr’s comfortable with rock and country, though her twang’s of the Southern folk variety, and she doesn’t get to rock out as frequently live as on disc. (She mostly appears solo.) Her tender willowy vocals recall Shelby Lynne and her songs are less achy than searching, generally avoiding the narcissistic vibe one associates with singer/songwriters. Starr’s subtle grit, deft candor and agile arrangements manage to defy “chick music” conventions without losing their ladylike charm. -Chris Parker

8pm. $13-$15. With Jay Nash. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

Love, Us
In an effort to teach and spread religious, ethnic, sexual, generation and cultural tolerance to the community and beyond, the Rotunda is hosting the second annual “Love, Us” performance in conjunction with local programs that include the Mural Arts Program. The event features 10 performance artists displaying talents such as spoken word, freestyle rapping, singing soul and R&B and dancing. This year, the crowd will see the likes of Queen Godis, a singer and freestylist from Brooklyn, N.Y. -Alexis Sachdev

7:30pm. $8-$12. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org

Thursday, June 30

Battle Of The Bios 2
The idea of self is a tricky one. How you view yourself may be quite different than the perceptions of those around you. Probably no one knows this better than a drag queen. Therefore, who better to host Battle of the Bios, an event where a little light can be shed on both sides of this conundrum? Nueva Gabor will act as emcee as author/contestants bravely step forward, throwing their literary hats into the performance art ring. Each participant will present a short autobiographical tale to be judged by audience members. The contestant deemed to have the best fluidity, form, message and performance prowess will be rewarded with $100. To further tie into the self-reflexive theme of the evening, all attendees will have access to Magic Gardens’ “Sketching in Sequence” exhibit, a compilation of self-portrait-based animation projects created by the students of Oasis Art Center, an art education facility for mentally challenged children and adults. -Allison Krumm

7pm. $8-$10. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens,1020 South St. phillymagicgardens.org

Blackberry  Winter
“Way down in Missouri where I heard this melody ...” begins “The Missouri Waltz,” Blackberry Winter’s most haunting song from the soundtrack they singlehandedly put together for the indie hit Winter’s Bone, a movie which took audiences into the Ozarks to follow a young woman looking for the truth about her meth dealing father. Make no mistake about it, this is the music of a place in which anything is possible—even sawing off your dead and water-logged father’s arm—and nothing is. The music in the film tells a somewhat different story—of a place full of family, and tradition, and people sitting around just enjoying a few tunes. The band, formed specifically for the film, is composed entirely of musicians from the Ozarks region. On tour, they will be playing the complete set of music from the movie including traditional mountain folk songs and original compositions. -Emma Eisenberg

8pm. $18-$36. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

Friday, July 1

Science Fair
What do you think of when you think of chemistry? The crucial study of atomic and sub-atomic particles? That class you struggled to pass in high school? Maybe that meth lab in the trailer down the street? There’s no time like the present to think about the “central science” because 2011 is, in fact, the International Year of Chemistry. The Chemical Heritage Foundation—a library, museum and academic center—has been spending the year showing how chemistry has benefited mankind, and as part of that illuminative celebration they’re hosting a free science fair today with Independence Day flair. Chemist Tom Twardowski will whip up some smoke and (small) explosions. Mütter Museum Director Robert Hicks will appear in costume to talk about Civil War medical procedures (hopefully that’s about more than just a few swigs of whiskey and a stick in your mouth while they amputate your leg). And CHF Assistant Curator Rosie Cook will perform some “color experiments” and help you make your own lava lamp. CHF will also unveil its newest exhibit, “Elemental Matters: Artists Imagine Chemistry.” -Michael Alan Goldberg

1-8pm. Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. 215.925.2222. chemheritage.org

Cheap Girls
Upstart trio Cheap Girls—three dudes from Lansing, Mich.—make a scruffy and mostly chummy bar-band/power-pop ruckus that’s reminiscent of Buffalo Tom, early Soul Asylum, maybe even Uncle Tupelo. Without all the distortion, you can easily imagine some of their tunes being (almost) mainstream country hits, what with the appealingly earthy melodies and if-it-wasn’t-for-bad-luck-I’d-have-no-luck-at-all sentiments. But fuck that—the distortion makes it way more fun, and no band ever went wrong adding a few layers of J. Mascis-style guitar terrorism and going the no-fi production route. OK, a few bands have, but not Cheap Girls, who we expect to provide some rowdy thrills tonight. -M.A.G.

7:30pm. $8-$10. With Bomb the Music Industry!, Slingshot Dakota + Spraynard. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.821.7575. r5productions.com

Saturday, July 2

Gay Pride Day Floatilla
When Greg Crance’s 15-year-old son asked him why he was “made” gay, Crance assured him that’s how he was supposed to be and that he should be proud. Crance, owner and operator of Delaware River Tubing, thought the best way to raise tolerance, awareness and community support was to throw an all-out gay pride extravaganza. Arrive at 9 a.m. to receive an inner tube and get dropped off at the starting point. After a leisurely cruise, floaters will dock at an island in the middle of the river, where they will enjoy a free lunch by the “Famous River Hot Dog Man.” While on the island, a small panel of judges will critique tubers’ loud, proud and creative swimwear. Whoever wins the competition will choose which LGBT awareness group Delaware River Tubing donates a percentage of its proceeds to. Take a trip beyond city limits this patriotic holiday weekend, and celebrate an event that promotes liberty and justice for all. -Lauren Gordon

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1. Remi Engels said... on Jun 29, 2011 at 05:01PM

“Life In A Marital Institution is excellent. It is intelligent, well written and performed, and above all very funny.

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