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PW's Fourth of July Weekend Picks

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 03:41:45 PM By PW Staff
Friday, July 3 OUTDOORS Liberty Block Party The biggest Philly block features delicious street eats, live music and family-friendly entertainment in celebration of America’s birthday. 1pm. Free. Liberty Block Party, Fifth St. between Market and Chestnut. welcomeamerica.com (Photo by Devon... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Coffee, booze & liberty: because only some drugs are American

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 07:52:41 PM By Timaree Schmit
Ostensibly, the Fourth of July is about freedom. Realistically, we recognize that the freedom Americans seized in 1776 was fairly narrow in scope and didn’t apply equally to all of us. While our nation has been a standard-bearer for personal liberties in many ways, we have a lot of arbitrary... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: July 1-8

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 07:37:15 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, July 1 MUSIC Penn Museum Summer Nights: Rivers The Americana folk band heads to the Penn Museum’s summer music series for an evening of three-piece harmonies and mesmerizing guitar. Sip on summer cocktails while snacking on regionally-themed treats in the lush garden. 5pm. $10.... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: 40th Street Summer Series; Tall Ships; and more

Friday June 26th, 2015 04:22:00 PM By PW Staff
Friday, June 26 EXHIBIT Tall Ships Challenge Step aboard more than a dozen of the tallest ships in the world at the largest sailing event in the United States. Along with historical reenactments, live music, youth sailing sessions and a craft beer garden, you’ll also get a chance to see... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: June 24-July 1

Tuesday June 23rd, 2015 07:53:10 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, June 24 EXHIBIT Discovering the Impressionists Manet, Degas, Pissaro, Renoir, Monet, Sisley, Delacroix, Corot, Monet, Cassat, Rousseau. Some names, right? In 2015, they’re world-renowned—iconic painters now regarded as absolute masters of the medium. But that wasn’t... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: STEAMpunk Expo; Vendy Winner's Circle; and more

Friday June 19th, 2015 03:19:42 PM By PW Staff
Friday, June 19 FOOD Vendy Awards Winner’s Circle Miss the Vendy Awards last week? Celebrate the 2015 food-truck champions tonight, along with live music from Connie’s Ric Rac and a Sly Fox Beer Garden. Participating trucks include this year’s nominees, along with previous... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Reason no. 1 to do the Manayunk Arts Festival: lush, gorgeous photography

Wednesday June 17th, 2015 08:13:33 PM By Stephen H. Segal
When a big city happening has been going on for 26 years straight, it’s easy to take it for granted. But if you’ve gotten blasé about the Manayunk Arts Festival, I beseech you: Consider it anew. There are plenty of reasons to do so—for instance, dozens of new and emerging... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: June 17-24

Tuesday June 16th, 2015 06:12:59 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, June 17 PERFORMANCE Everyman Black: From Manchild to the Promiseland Critically acclaimed playwright, actor and director Maurice Brian Henderson stars in this collection of stories that explore the troubles and hardships of growing up as a black male in America. 6:30pm. $20. Rotunda,... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Art for the Cash Poor; Odunde Fest; and more

Friday June 12th, 2015 08:57:14 PM By PW Staff
Friday, June 12PERFORMANCE Tongue & Groove: WHO Improvisational comedic ensemble Tongue & Groove’s latest performance has the audience anonymously submit responses to the question, “Who are you?” They then create a hilarious, impromptu show inspired by the... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: June 10-17

Tuesday June 9th, 2015 07:12:14 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, June 10 SCREEN Sons of Ben Follows the inception of the Philadelphia Unions’s support group, and their pursuit to bring Major League Soccer to town. 6pm. $40. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com COMEDY Reginald Ballard You know him from Martin as Bruh Man from... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Craft Beer Crawl; Super Run; and more

Friday June 5th, 2015 05:11:25 PM By PW Staff
Friday, June 5 PERFORMANCE Butt Kapinski Creator/performer Deanna Fleysher stars as Butt Kapinski, a private eye who’s producing a film noir. The one-woman interactive show has Kapinski moving through the audience as she crafts a hilarious story filled with mystery, impromptu singing,... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Summer Guide 2015

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015 07:59:15 PM By PW Staff
The heat is on—finally! You've come to the right place, as PW's Summer Guide forecasts the best in what's in store this season, from exciting outdoor events and fun street fests to comedy shows and stage productions you won't want to miss. In this issue: Opera Philadelphia presents... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

It is time once again to drink outside

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015 07:51:50 PM By Brian Freedman
Like so many of us, I spent the winter drinking alone, hunkered down inside, often on my couch, because I couldn’t face the Arctic outside world. I’m pretty sure that, between Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s Day, I drank twice my body weight in homemade Manhattans and Old... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Summer festivals, block parties & outdoor fun

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015 03:12:40 PM By PW Staff
JUNEFranklin Flea Shop for vintage, reclaimed and locally-made goods. Second and Fourth Saturdays through Oct. 10, Headhouse Plaza, 550 S. Second St. franklinflea.com/headhouseBlue Cross RiverRink Summerfest RiverRink transforms into a warm-weather wonderland, complete with roller rink, arcade,... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

13 can’t-miss theater happenings

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 09:30:08 PM By Bill Chenevert
While most of our fine local theater outfits take a break until the fall, opportunities to catch amazing productions on stages across the city still abound. Some dramas, comedies and dance performance series are just getting into the full swing of their respective runs, while others await your... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

20 nights of summer laughter

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 09:22:25 PM By Helen Kuhn
This summer’s chock full of zany comedians coming through Philly to leave their mark on our collective psyches. Break out the calendar, and get to planning some evenings out filled with sheer comic ecstacy.Reginald Ballard You know him from Martin as Bruh Man from the fif’ floor and... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Opera Philadelphia kicks off summer with ‘Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD’

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015 02:38:36 PM By Bill Chenevert
Charlie Parker is easily one of the most iconic jazz artists of a certain generation. Lovingly referred to as “Yardbird” or simply “Bird,” his saxophonic prowess is damn near unparalleled. Calling Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and John Coltrane creative contemporaries... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: June 3-10

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 08:55:13 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, June 3 COMEDY Duofest Annual comedy blast returns with another laughter-filled weekend of improvised shows by performer pairs. Comedy duos from all across the country and the U.K. are scheduled to appear, along with standup workshops, parties and more. June 3-6. Philly Improv Theater,... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

PW's Weekend Picks: Philadelphia Burlesque Festival; Cupcake Smash; and more

Friday May 29th, 2015 03:26:05 PM By PW Staff
Friday, May 29 PERFORMANCE The Philadelphia Burlesque Festival Exuberant, creative, sassy burlesque acts blending vintage charm and modern attitude can be found on stage around Philly every week of the year—and yet, somehow, we don’t have an annual festival showcasing them. This ... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]

Calendar: May 27-June 3

Tuesday May 26th, 2015 08:30:19 PM By PW Staff
Wednesday, May 27 DANCE Together We Dance Young dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet’s second company and PhilaDanco join forces for a performance featuring local up-and-coming choreographers. There will be also be a video presentation created by Pennsylvania Ballet’s Alexander Iziliaev... [This is a summary only. To read the full article, click the headline above.]


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