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

By Nicole Finkbiner
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Outdoor Nighttime Events

Indie Film Series

Every Wednesday night, you’ll have a chance to discover a new local indie filmmaker well before they get picked up on Hollywood’s radar. Prior to the screenings, a guest speaker will introduce and discuss each film. The series begins June 15 with “Hopes & Fears,” a local film highlighting the good, the bad and the beautiful in Philly. Local R&B/jazz singer Jeannie Brooks will also hold an exclusive performance before the screening at about 6:45 p.m.

Every Wed. through Aug. 31. 7:30pm. Free. Headhouse Square, 122 Lombard St. 215.922.1223. southstreet.com

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights

Cap off a sweaty Friday night with some cool, smooth jazz. The Toronto-based group Four 80 East will kick off the season with their unique blend of R&B, soul and jazz. It’ll culminate with a performance by Philly native and Jay Leno’s former sidekick, Kevin Eubanks.

Every Fri., Aug. 6-27. 7:30pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penns Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com


“Glendi” is Greek for “party” and that’s exactly Midtown Village’s newest Greek restaurant will be throwing every Thursday night throughout summer. Creating the feel of a Grecian street fair, the series will feature a different lineup of local musical guests, art showings, dance groups and fashion exhibits each week.

Every Thurs., 9pm. Free. Opa, 1311 Sansom St. 215.545.0170. opaphiladelphia.com

Screenings Under The Stars

 Catch a popular film every Thursday night on the RiverStage’s massive screen. They have several Academy Award-winning titles lined up for July like The King’s Speech, 127 Hours and The Social Network. You might not actually be able to see the stars, but at least you’ll have the scenic backdrop of the waterfront.

Every Thurs., July 7-Aug. 25. 8:30pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penns Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com

 Summer Nights Garden Music Series

All summer long, an eclectic mix of musicians will be bringing the cultural collections inside the Penn Museum to life outdoors in their beautiful garden. The musical stylings will range from reggae and Afro-beat to Irish folk and Mid-East fusion. Arrive early and tour the museum for just $5.

Every Wed., June 22-Aug. 24. 8pm. $5. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. penn.museum

Concerts at the Piazza

Once again, PW is treating city-dwellers to it's free summer concert series, each show featuring two to three acts. Shaking things up a bit, we'll be holding them at the Piazza this year. To keep you in suspense, we won't name any names just yet, but we can tell you we've got a national contemporary band in mind as well as a major player in the local scene.

Wed. Aug. 17 & 24. 6pm. Free. The Piazza, 1015 N. Second St. philadelphiaweekly.com

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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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