Summer Guide 2012: Center City

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Ali Ryerson. Perhaps today’s most versatile jazz flutist is making a stop in Philly to share her talent alongside a quintet of brilliant jazz performers. July 14, 8pm and 10pm. $20-$22. Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St. 215.568.3131.

The Big FAUX 4 with Misstallica. What’s better than Metallica? An all-chick Metallica tribute band! With special guest Show No Mercy. July 14, 7pm. $12. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

The Murder at the Art Museum. Play the role of Sherlock and Watson as you help solve the mystery of the murdered museum curator. Studying the clues and secrets left throughout the Art Museum, your team of three or more will work together to figure out who the real culprit is. July 14, 2pm. $38. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Hispanic Fiesta. Two full days of entertainment and Latin-American cuisine will be featured during this free festival. July 14-15, 2pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St.

Hank’s Cadillac. Soak up the outdoors as this five-piece group plays all your favorite country jukebox tunes. July 18, 7:30pm. Free. Kahn Park, 1100 Pine St. 215.592.0481.

Masami and the Funk Faces. Join Philadelphia-based funk artist Masami Kuroki and his band as they rock the Barnes. July 20, 7pm. Free with admission. The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 866.849.7056.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran. Senior correspondent and former Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post, Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Little America illustrates the power struggle between President Obama and the military to rebuild Afghanistan. July 24, 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

Jackson Browne. Having first hit the Billboard charts in the 1970s with hits like “Running on Empty” and “Doctor My Eyes,” Browne performs classic, feel-good rock. July 25, 8pm. $40-$89. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.

Radio 104.5 Unity Tour. Featuring 311 and Slightly Stoopid with Soja. July 27, 6:30pm. $49.50. The Festival Pier, Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St. 215.928.8801.

Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert. The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for the fifth time to the RiverStage for a free concert followed by fireworks. July 27, 8pm. Free. RiverStage at the Great Plaza, Penns Landing, Columbus Blvd. between Market St. and Walnut St. 215.928.8801.

Negin Farsad. Last year, this writer, comedian and filmmaker embarked on a tour of the Midwest with other Muslim-American comics and filmed the experience for a hilarious documentary, The Muslims are Coming! Check her out this month before the film is released. July 28, 7pm. $10. Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St.

The Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt. Attendees will search the Art Museum for items such as dragons with bad breath, a deadly musical fruit, a botched tonsillectomy, a devil terrorizing church ladies and more. July 28, 2pm. $38. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215.684.7602.

ART/GAGE: Celebrate Philly Creativity. Celebrating all the creativity this fine city of ours has to offer, Philadelphia Magic Gardens’ annual all-day event features music, dance, poetry, fine arts and interactive activities for all ages. July 28, noon. $6-$15. Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St. 215.733.0390.

Hot Club of Detroit. These five jazz guitar extraordinaires have made a name for themselves by taking the jazz classics of John Coltrane and Pat Martino and transforming them into pieces bursting with musical innovation. July 28, 8pm and 10pm. $20-$22. Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St. 215.568.3131.

Philadelphia Dance Day. A full day of free workshops offering everything from ballet to pole dancing. The day ends with an open dance party at the Ethical Society Building. July 28, 10am. Various locations. 215.645.2717.


The Betrayal of the American Dream. Authors of America: What Went Wrong, Donald Barlett and James Steele, present The Betrayal of the American Dream, showing why Americans are correctly worried about the economic future. Aug. 2, 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

Derek Au and Darien Johnson. Inspired by tinware and origami, Derek Au’s ceramic pieces are sure to leave a lasting impression. Darien Johnson challenges how digital media defines a person’s notion of reality and interpretation of what is real. Aug. 3-Sept. 2. The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. 2nd St. 215.925.3453.

Tempesta di Mare: From Venice To Leipzig. At this First Friday event, attendees will listen to some of the music that inspired two of Germany’s greatest composers: Bach and Telemann. Aug. 3, 7pm. Free. The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights. Enjoy a relaxing summer evening listening to the sweet sounds of jazz followed by a breathtaking fireworks display over the water. Every Friday night in Aug. 7:30pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Market St. 215.928.8801.

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