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Monthly Archive: July 2015



July 2015



Out and About: July 27, 2015

Written by , Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Shakespeare in Clark Park
(photo by Kyle Cassidy)

For its tenth season, Shakespeare in Clark Park will return with a production of The Winter’s Tale, a “tragic fable wrapped in romantic comedy.” The five-performance run will be directed by Kittson O’Neill and feature puppetry by Aaron Cromie and choral direction by Christina May. More information can be found at

When: Wednesday, July 29 through Sunday, August 2 at 7 p.m. nightly
Where: Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore Streets
Cost: Free

BlackStar Film Festival
(photo courtesy of BlackStar Film Festival)
This “celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context” returns to Philadelphia for its fourth year. Featuring world premieres, short film series, interviews with industry professionals and free events, the festival centered in University City is a must-see for any film buff. More information can be found at

When: Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2; times vary
Where: Venues vary; check schedules or
Cost: $8 – $150; check

Crane Arts presents Philadelphia Mobile Home Rally

Hosted by Crane Arts in the Icebox Project Space, this one-day arts exhibition “promises all the excitement of seeing dirty, used and abused artists’ pickups as objects of beauty.” Entries will be judged on the concept of “Mobile Home.” More information can be found at

When: Saturday, August 1; time to be announced
Where: Crane Arts Icebox, 1400 N. American Street
Cost: Free

A Little Summer Madness

This sampling of poets by Philadelphia mainstay, the Mad Poets Society, will feature the 34th Street Poets and singer/songwriter Steve Paskiet. An open mic will follow, if time allows. More information can be found at

When: Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
Where: Mansion Parlor, Media Borough Hall, 3rd and Jackson Streets, Media, PA 19063
Cost: Free

Center City restaurant week begins
(photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Restaurant Week returns to Center City again, offering meals from some of Philadelphia’s best kitchens at affordable prices. More than 120 restaurants in Center City will offer discounted three-plate courses. More information can be found at

When: Sunday, August 2 through Friday, August 7 & Sunday, August 9 through Friday, August 14
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $20-30



July 2015



Out and About: July 20, 2015

Written by , Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized

Barnes Foundation offering arboretum tours
Explore the Barnes’ outdoor space in Merion before summer slips away. The Arboretum features 31 state champion trees and a “remarkable example of 20th century landscape design.” More information can be found at
When: Now through late September
Where: Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion
Cost: $5 for non-members, free for members

Old City restaurant week
Experience some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants at a discounted rate. Some of the dining destination’s participating restaurants include Amada, Positano Coast, and Wedge + Fig. More information is available at
When: Now through July 25
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $15, $25, and $35 (not including gratuity or taxes)

Come Together Dance Festival returns to Philly
Presented by Koresh Dance and the Knight Foundation, 33 companies will unite for 5 days to display the best of Philadelphia dance. The third annual festival will have a bit of everything, from contemporary to tap, ballet to physical theater. More information is available at
When: Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26; performance times vary
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
Cost: $25-35 for tickets; $49-99 for passes

“Ingress Egress” opening reception
Paradigm Gallery + Studio will be presenting new works by Hannah Stouffer and Hillary White. Both are 3-D, mixed media artists known for their use of imagery and colors. More information is available at
When: July 24 at 5:30 p.m.; exhibit is open until September 12
Where: Paradigm Gallery + Studio, 746 S. 4th Street
Cost: Free



July 2015



Out and About: July 13, 2015

Written by , Posted in Art, Arts & Entertainment, Nightlife

Michelle Avery Konczyk: Entropy


Fishtown’s The Art Dept. opened a new exhibit this past Friday with watercolor artist Konczyk. The artist refers to her work as her “journal in picture form,” representative of separate experiences. More information is available at
When: Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12 p.m. through 7 p.m.
Where: The Art Dept., 1638 E. Berks Street
Cost: Free
Summer Kaleidoscope at the Oval
Beginning this Wednesday, Fairmount Parks Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation will host free, day-to-night activities throughout the rest of the summer. There are various events at the “quintessential meeting place on the Parkway,” from “Wellness Wednesdays” to “Arts & Culture Thursdays.” More information is available at
When: Starting Wednesday, July 15; various times
Where: Eakins Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free
Low Country Boil
The second edition of Chef Kevin Sbraga’s brings summertime, Southern-style seafood to Philly at The Fat Ham in University City. This family-style meal will feature shrimp boil, clams with tasso, country bread and much more. More information can be found at
WhenWednesday, July 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Fat Ham, 3131 Walnut Street
Cost: $45, tickets available at Eventbrite
Chef Eli Kulp Benefit Dinner
On the day declared “Eli Kulp Day” last year by Mayor Nutter, the city’s top chefs will band together to raise money for Kulp, who was injured in the Amtrak derailment. Amis, Eclat Chocolate, Lacroix, Laurel, Vedge and many other A-list restaurants will chip in to to benefit the influential chef’s medical expenses. More information can be found at
WhenThursday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fork, 306 Market Street
Cost: $200



July 2015



Out and About: July 7, 2015

Written by , Posted in Art, Arts & Entertainment, Nightlife

Longwood Gardens Nightscape
(photo by Hank Davis for Longwood Gardens)
The legendary gardens are teaming up with Klip Collective for a new display of light and sound, starting when the sun sets. More information is available at
When: July 1 – October 31, various times
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: $17-27 at

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art: Traction Company
(photo by Barbara Katus)
Traction Company, an artist collective founded and composed of PAFA alumni and staff, is currently showing an installation at the Academy. The exhibition will feature both individual and group projects. More information at
When: July 1 – October 11, various times
Where: 118-128 North Broad Street
Cost: $8-15 at door

Mad Poets Critique Circle

Hosted by Amy Laub, this critique circle provides supportive feedback for poetry. Attendees should bring 15 copies of their drafts for “roundtable critique and discussion.” More information at 
When: Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford
Cost: Free

Arch Enemy Arts Opening

The Old City gallery will host an artist spotlight on Veks Van Hillik in an exhibition titled “Animal Anomalie” and Scott Kirschner in “Transgressions of Conscience.” More information at
When: July 10, time TBA
Where: Arch Enemy Arts, 109 + 111 Arch Street
Cost: Free