A Cheat Sheet for the City's Can't-Miss Summer Events

By Nicole Finkbiner
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June

SoLow Festival
This 11-day grassroots art event gives local up-and-coming artists the opportunity to produce and show work they might not otherwise have the means to create. Performing their experimental solo pieces in private homes and nontraditional venues across the city, 100 percent of the revenue goes straight back into their pockets. Meanwhile, the audience is only asked to pay as much as they can afford up to $10.

Through June 19. 7pm. $0-$10. Various locations. 267.207.4488. solowfestival.blogspot.com

9th Annual Celebration of the Drum

 Honoring the tradition of drumming and African Diaspora culture, the annual family friendly celebration showcases drummers, dancers and performing artists from the tri-state area. This year’s event will also include a special tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, the ’70s soul/jazz musician and spoken-word performer who died last month. Scott-Heron’s music and poetry is considered to have heavily influenced contemporary hip-hop.

Sun., June 26, noon. Free. Hatfield House, 3201 W. Girard Ave. 215.455.5885

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

Offering temporary relief from the slew of lame summer blockbusters, the five-day festival showcases feature films, shorts, animation and music videos from both the local and international film community. The screenings will be held at several different venues around the city.

June 22-26. Various locations. 215.592.1242. philadelphiaindependentfilmfestival.blogspot.com

Manayunk Arts Festival

More than 250 artists from around the country will line Main Street showcasing a variety of one-of-a-kind creations that include jewelry, ceramics, photography and sculpture. Two public art installations created in partnership with the Mural Arts Program will also be unveiled.

June 25-26. 11am. Free. Main and Levering sts. 215.482.9565. manayunk.com

July

Philadelphia Sound Konnosseurs

Before the Roots celebrate Independence Day on the Parkway, ?uestlove will be hosting an underground, all-star evening of hip-hop featuring DJ Spinna, J Rocc and Philly’s own Diplo. DJ Jazzy Jeff will join ?uest for a special performance. That same night, the Roots will be presenting local group Work Drugs over at Johnny Brenda’s.

Sun., July 3, 9pm. $29. Club Voyeur, 1221 Saint James St. 215.735.5772. voyeurnightclub.com

R . Kelly

With his string of sex scandals seemingly behind him, the multi-talented R&B artist released his 14th studio album last year and is now taking his smooth sound and panty-dropping lyrics on the road for his “Love Letter Tour.”

Sun., July 3, 7:30pm. $59. With Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.893.1999. manncenter.org

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1. Ellen said... on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:30AM

“Just wanted to point out that picture of the dancers with drums above is for the ART/GAGE festival at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, not the 9th Annual Celebration of the Drum.”

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