Calendar: June 29-July 5

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9am-5pm. $32. Delaware River Tubing, 2998 Daniel Bray Highway, Frenchtown, N.J. 908.996.5386. delawarerivertubing.com

Vixens and Vagabonds
Sure, there’ll be fireworks as part of Wawa’s Welcome America festivities, but for a truly adult take on independence, turn to Philadelphia’s Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque. “Red, White & Oooh!” is the theme of the troupe’s latest cabaret, which just so happens to take place over the holiday weekend. The hosts promise an evening of smart, sexy fun, from their own gender-bending antics to the vocal styling of guest artist Sabrina Chap, a talented playwright and editor who also tickles the ivories. “I’ve been fucked upside down and sideways / On turnpikes at Jersey Highways,” the dynamic vocalist belts on one number. Between acts, the Notorious OMG will keep things moving with his mixture of haute couture and low comedy. Audience members inspired by the onstage talent are encouraged to give the tassel-twirling contest a whirl. Proceeds benefit the Phreak N’ Queer Arts Fest; scenesters dressed in drag or bedecked in fetish gear get a discount at the door. -Raymond Simon

Sat., July 2, 8pm. $10-$12. Tabu Lounge, 200 S. 12th St. 215.964.9675. libertycitykings.com

Chinatown Block Party
The mystery of Asia has always been enticing—filling our imaginations with fire-breathing mythical dragons, ass-kicking kung fu masters and traditions as ancient as the majestic scenery. Yet we can sometimes forget that the intrigue of the Orient is right in our own backyard. Celebrate the ethnic eclecticism that sculpts America’s cultural landscape by heading to Philly’s little Eastern jewel: Chinatown. The Block Party is a celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant Asian community and offers up delicious dim sum and other food from Chinatown restaurants, including a traditional nine-course Chinese banquet. The main stage will feature a slew of performances, including opera, Chinese folk dancing, traditional Chinese music, a puppet show and the amazing “Changing Faces” traditional dance in which the dancer seems to magically change faces with the swipe of a silk robe. On the street level, enjoy the colorful lion dance, play some ping-pong and badminton or be a spectator at a Mahjong tournament. -Jessica Herring

Noon-4pm. Chinatown, 10th and Race sts. 215.922.2156. chinatown-pcdc.org

Sunday, July 3

Ice Cream Festival
Five hours of eating all the ice cream you want AND it’s for a good cause? Yep. Just $7 get you as many scoops of Ben & Jerry’s, Haagen-Dazs, Good Humor and Turkey Hill as you can handle. Penn’s Landing plays host to the 13th annual Let’s Lick Leukemia ice cream fest to benefit the Joshua Kahan fund to fight pediatric leukemia and the oncology unit of CHOP. Past years have raised more than $900,000. Stop by more than once during the three-day event and help reach the fund’s goal of hitting the million-dollar mark this year. Walking home to burn off calories highly recommended. -Brenda Hillegas

Noon. $7. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Walnut St. 856.310.5674. jkf.org

Marsha Ambrosius
For a minute there, people were getting worried that Marsha Ambrosius wouldn’t get her moment in the spotlight. After the harmonious half of the Brit neo-soul duo Floetry cut her ties with spoken-word partner Natalie Stewart, she signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment label in the mid-aughts. But instead of getting an immediate album from her, fans were pacified with a series of mixtapes, a couple of them good enough to have been an acceptable, full-length release (especially Yours Truly). Thankfully, she moved over to J Records and released her debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, earlier this year to rave reviews and successful record sales. But while we’re happy for Ambrosius, we kinda have a bone to pick with her. The first big number on Nights, the quiet-storm baby maker “With You” (written by her with  Alicia Keys) sounds a bit like Me’Shell NdegeOcello’s “Trust.” (Ambrosius is aware of the song, adding her own vocals on it on one of her mixtapes.) We know good artists borrow and great artists steal and all that, but couldn’t Marsha have given ol’ girl a songwriting credit? -Craig D. Lindsey

7:30pm. With R. Kelly + Keyshia Cole. $39.50-$99.50. The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. 800.745.3000. manncenter.org

Monday, July 4

Nobunny
If the prospect of celebrating independence day by takin’ it to the streets with thousands of people bloated on Wawa hoagies singing along to Michael McDonald songs makes you wanna jump off the Comcast Center, then this concert might just save your life. Justin Champlin, the half man/half lepus who founded San Francisco garage-punk squad Nobunny, always wears a bunny mask, oftentimes accessorizes it with only pink panties, and sometimes brings firecrackers and raw meat on stage. You can’t get any freer than that. Also on stage are Indiana-based doom-wavers TV Ghost, Dead Milkmen co-founder and prankster Joe Jack Talcum ripping a solo set, and a juicy punk trio called the Pussy Dogs. A pre-concert BBQ starts at 11 a.m., so bring some mustard and a doobie, brother! Ya mo be there! -Elliott Sharp

5pm. $10. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com

Tuesday, July 5

Life In A Marital Institution
This American Life contributor and monologist James Braly knows how to command a room. His new project, Life in a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour) is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a cynical one man show reminiscent of NPR story program The Moth this one man show chronicles Braly’s dark take on such subjects as love, family, and marriage, with a few anecdotes about dinner parties thrown in. Taking place largely in a hospice at the bedside of his dying sister, Braly’s humor is often in bad taste and more often gut wrenchingly spot on funny. By all acounts and critical acclaim, Braly is the next Jon Stewart, just swap Geroge W. Bush jokes for jokes at your family’s expense. -E.E.

8pm. $35. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824. wilmatheater.org

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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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