Drinking Coffee with a Fork. Meet the authors of Drinking Coffee with a Fork: The Story of Steve Carlton and the ’72 Phillies and get your book signed. June 15, 12:30pm. Free. Barnes and Noble, 1805 Walnut St. 215.665.0716. barnesandnoble.com
Bloomsday Celebration. The Rosenbach Museum and Library will celebrate James Joyce’s Ulysses with dramatic readings by more than 75 creative Philadelphians at this open-air festival. June 16, noon-7pm. Free. Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place. 215.732.1600. rosenbach.org
Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie Raitt comes to Philly to promote her newest album, Slipstream, with special guest Mavis Staples. June 16, 8pm. $45-$85. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999
A Night with Folks from The Daily Show. Spend the evening laughing with Josh Rabinowitz, Hallie Haglund and Adam Lowitt from The Daily Show. June 16, 7:30pm. $10. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0770. tinangel.com
Keane. English alternative rock band Keane perform songs from their new album, Strangeland, with special guest Mystery Jets. June 16, 8pm. $35-$45. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org
Rookie Card’s Monthly Comedy Showcase. Local long-form improv group Rookie Card perform each month alongside one new local improv group and stand-up comic. June 16, July 21, Aug. 18. 7pm. $5. The Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. 215.840.3577. ravenlounge.com
Portuguese Festival. A full day of folk dancing, traditional live music and Portuguese cuisine and beer. June 17, 1pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Market St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com
Hazard County. The play follows a young producer who stumbles into town looking for stories and a fresh start; he believes he’s found both in Ruth—a broke young woman unable to access the trust fund set up for her children after her husband’s murder. June 20–July 1, 7pm. $15-$27. First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St. 215.563.1100. azukatheatre.org
John Heffron. Winning the second season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing was only the start to an impressive list of credits for this comedian from Michigan. June 20-23, various times. $15-$34. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedy.com
Kimmel Center: Sittin’ In. Each month, Sittin’ In will bring a new music session, featuring a guest host and his/her band of choice. This month, come listen to the eclectic sounds of the Back 2 Basics band and enjoy the drink specials as DJ Dozia serves as the evening’s host. June 20, 8pm. Free. Commonwealth Plaza, 300 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. In its fifth year, this five-day festival provides theatergoers an escape from the next book-turned-movie blockbuster. Independent filmmakers—local and international—gather in the city to present their feature-length and short films. June 20-24. Various locations. 215.592.1242. philadelphiaindependentfilmfestival.blogspot.com
The Fabulous Shpielkes. As part of their Concerts in the Park series, each month, Kahn Park hosts a lively evening concert right in the heart of Antique Row. Kicking it off is this internationally renowned mother and daughter team who have been performing their unique, upbeat style of Klezmer music since the ’70s. June 20, 7:30pm. Free. Kahn Park, 1100 Pine St. 215.592.0481. kahnpark.org
Philadelphia Orchestra Celebrates Leopold Stokowski. The Philadelphia Orchestra honors Stokowski’s appreciation for technological innovation. June 21-23, 8pm. $10-$100. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. philorch.org
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. Focusing on the basic themes of transcendent beauty, this 90-minute documentary provides the stories behind many masterworks of Islamic art and architecture. June 21, 6pm. Free. Academy of Music, Perelman Theater, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
Drunk Lion. Part of the SoLow Festival, this one-man show tells the tale of a young foreigner and a lonely lion who forge an unlikely bond over life, love and booze. June 21-23, various times. Robin’s Bookstore, 110 S. 13th St. 215.567.2615. robinsbookstore.com
Dave Waite. One of the funniest stand-up comics you’ve never heard of, Waite has been featured on Comedy Central and recently made his first network TV appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Kicking off the show are local comics Alex Grubard, Becca Trabin and Bradley Beck. June 23, 7pm. $10. Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. 215.840.3577. ravenlounge.com
Philadelphia Songwriters Project 2012 Winners Showcase. The Philadelphia Songwriters Project will announce the four winners for the 2012 competition, who will then perform on stage. June 23, 8:30pm. Free. Commonwealth Plaza, 300 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive. While best known for his role as Tom Haverford, the desperately debonair government official on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, this breakout comedian has quickly racked up and impressive acting career, starring in films like 30 Minutes or Less and Funny People. June 23, 7pm & 10pm. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
Creative Music Program Center’s Year End Concert. The Kimmel Center’s Youth Jazz Ensemble students perform their final concert, a section of original works composed throughout the year. June 23, 5:30pm. Free. Commonwealth Plaza, 300 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
The Fountains of Philadelphia Walking Tour. Take the Violette de Mazia Foundation’s Walking Tour to learn more about the many different types of fountains Philly features. June 23, 10am. $15. Logan Square, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 610.971.9960. demazia.org
Looking for summer excitement in your neighborhood—or an excuse to explore new parts of the city? Either way, you’re golden: Here’s our compass-based manual for locating the hottest fun to be found around Philly, one direction at a time!
OK, so maybe South Philly doesn’t have as many museums and theaters as Center City. It also lacks the bustling college scene of University City and all the super-trendy, “up-and-coming” allure of North Portfishington. Nevertheless, when you take a stadium complex, a beautiful green oasis, a vibrant arts community, and a slew of stellar dining establishments and mix them together into one giant melting pot, inevitably you wind up with a pretty awesome recipe for summertime amusement.
From the convenient entertainment hub that is NoLibs to the booming cultural mecca better known as North Portfishington, there are pretty much an endless supply of things for you to do, see, hear and eat this summer in North Philly.
Who’s ready to have too much fun in West Philly this summer? We are!
Unless you weren’t already convinced, hopefully we’ve proven to you by now that Philly is jam-packed with awesome summer events. But for a little suburban staycation, we threw in our top picks for events happening outside city limits.
Sunny enthusiasm, morbid fascination or retro nostalgia: Whatever mood you feel like cultivating in your culture, you can find it just inside the roundabouts-northerly edges of the Philadelphia city limits.