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Calendar: June 28-July 4

FRIDAY, JUNE 28Discussion | Meeting of the Sexes


Discussion | Meeting of the Sexes

Don’t worry, this isn’t some other dating event. It’s a night full of thought-provoking conversation and lots of sharing of ideas and art. Come with an open mind and be ready to set aside everything you already know. | 8 pm. $10. Inspire Art Space, 1646 Ridge Ave. eventbrite.com

Network | Girlfriends & Champagne

This is a networking event all about bringing you together with the powerful women around you. It’s always held on the same weekend as the BET Awards. Celebrities, influencers and businesswomen will all crawl out of the woodwork for this empowering event. | 11 am. Free. Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 N. Juniper St. eventbrite.com

Music | Valencia

This indie pop group’s music will transport you straight to California – even though they’re from Philly. They’re making a big comeback right now after going over 9 years without releasing an album. They have two new singles out now – “California” and “Rx.” Check them out and see what they’ve been up to. | 8 pm. $26. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com

Fashion | Philadelphia Kids Fashion Week

Come out to the launch of this five-day celebration of the finest kids fashion in the tri-state area. Stick around to catch the streetwear, ready-to-wear and high fashion runways happening throughout the week. These kids have more style than you ever will. | 6 pm. Prices vary. Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 Race St. phillysbfashionweek.com

LGBTQ | LGBTQ History Trolley Tour

This is a nice departure from the usual history tours focused on the accomplishments of old white men. Get to know all of Philly’s rich LGBTQ history on this two-hour long, BYOB tour. Get your history facts gay – not straight. | 7 pm. $38. Beyond the Bell Tours, 1315 Walnut St. peek.com

Comedy | This Week Sucked

At least it’s Friday, though! Relive all the horrible shit that happened to you this week and make it funny at this comedy show. Bring some booze and plenty of stories to share on stage. | 8 pm. $10. ComedySportz Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. comedysportzphilly.vbotickets.com

LGBTQ | Harry Potter Drag Show

Expect nothing less than Philly’s best queens all dragged up as your favorite Harry Potter characters. Step into Hogwarts and be greeted with some themed cocktails and house potions. It’s gonna get “Lestrange” up in here. | 10 pm. $27. The Victoria Freehouse, 10 S. Front St. brownpapertickets.com

Family Friendly | Dare to Shine Youth Empowerment Conference

We believe the children are our future. Bring the kids out for a kick-off family night before the inaugural conference and fair on Saturday. It’s all about empowering children and giving all kids access to the resources available for them in Philly. | 7 pm. Free. Dare to Imagine, 6610 Anderson St. eventbrite.com


Music | WDAS Summer Block Party

This R&B and soul music festival boasts an impressive lineup every single year. Jill Scott – a legendary Grammy-winning singer and poet – will be headlining this year, supported by Mase, Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild and DJ D-Nice. A portion of ticket proceeds will go towards Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation, which supports the success of youth in Philly. | 6 pm. $35-$350. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. manncenter.org

Interests | Northern Liberties Flea Market & Music Festival

Start the day with a flea market in the morning, followed by bands jamming all night. Give up a couple hours of your day to volunteer and get a free souvenir mug. Beer and food will give you all the fuel you need to shop and dance. | 9 am. Free. Liberty Lands, 913 N. 3rd St. facebook.com

Interests | Philly Vegan Pop Flea Market

Don’t miss the third annual happening of this all vegan flea. Several vendors will be impressing you with the products that they are able to make vegan. Try some vegan shawarma and some beauty products free of anything that has to do with animal products. | 12 pm. Free. Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. eventbrite.com

Music | Smells Like Children

Celebrate the allure of dark 90s music at this dance party. Expect to hear songs from the likes of Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and more. That smell is the smell of your young(er) 90s self coming out and burning up on the dance floor. | 10 pm. $7. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. 3rd St. facebook.com

Family Friendly | Martha Graham Cracker: For Kids

It’s not every day you get to catch a drag show for kids that’s not drag queen story time. Although, reading a book is part of this queen’s family-friendly cabaret act. Join Martha as she shares stories from her own childhood and sings with her band. | 11 am. $20. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. wilmatheater.org

Comedy | Peter Smith

Smith is ready to provide a cabaret show that’ll make your head spin. They have appeared in several New York newspapers and have been named one of five “Comedians to Look Out For” by Time Out Magazine. Don’t miss their first ever appearance in Philly. | 10 pm. $16. Good Good Comedy, 215 N. 11th St. goodgoodcomedy.com

Discussion | Beneath the First Layer

The Pride Task Force – a coalition of queer and trans youth – will be hosting this talent showcase. Witness some incredible skills and a meaningful conversation on how to fight youth homelessness in Philly. Give your direct support by showing up and listening to what these kids have to say. | 6 pm. Free. William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. facebook.com

Music | Little Tybee

This six-piece group gets its name from a tiny island off the coast of Georgia. Hailing from Atlanta, this band blends several genre influences to create uplifting sounds. Come see why they work so well together, and why they’ve had the honor to open up for the likes of Kurt Vile, Of Montreal and more. | 8 pm. $15. MilkBoy, 1100 Chestnut St. milkboyphilly.com


Party | MTV 1996 Summer Pool Party

Start off the official summer the right way with a wild pool party. Not Your Basic Brunch is hosting this party that is the first ever of its kind in Philly. Dress in decade-appropriate swimwear and get ready to make a splash to the 90s best music. | 11 am. $50. Vesper Dayclub, 1031 Germantown Ave. facebook.com

Fundraiser | The Pynk Affair

Come enjoy this beer and music bash all to support local charities. There will be live music by Queen of Jeans and Magglezzz, as well as live art and aerial performances. Tyanna Foundation and Twist Out Cancer will benefit from a part of the proceeds earned here. You won’t feel bad about partying a little too hard. | 12 pm. $45. Yards Brewing Co., 500 Spring Garden St. yards.ticketleap.com

Outdoors | The Philly Moto Social

Roll into this celebration on any vehicle with two wheels. It’s all going down in a parking lot with live music, food, vendors and plenty of fresh beer. You might be overrun by bikers here, but that shouldn’t stop you from coming. | 12 pm. Free. Philadelphia Brewing Co., 2440 Frankford Ave. facebook.com

Music | Addis Pablo

Pablo is the son of Augustus Pablo, who was a pioneer in reggae music. He’s followed in his father’s footsteps and is continuing to bring the magic of reggae to stages everywhere. Come witness the legacy live, and help to carry it on for years to come. | 8 pm. $10. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. bootandsaddlephilly.com

Interests | Karaoke & Paint

We all need a relaxing event to cool down at the end of the weekend. Get guided through creating a masterpiece while you listen to people embarrass themselves trying to sing. It also works the other way around. It really all depends on how you want to spend your night. | 4 pm. $30. Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. eventbrite.com

Outdoors | Philly SOUL Picnic

Funky People Online is hosting this fifth annual outdoor celebration. All creative people into funk and soul are welcome. Jam out to live music and invite your favorite educators to honor this year’s theme of teacher appreciation. | 12 pm. Free. Lemon Hill Mansion, Fairmount Park, Lemon Hill Dr. funkypeopleonline.com

Music | Bastid’s BBQ

World-renowned DJ Skratch Bastid is the one behind this all-out party full of live performances and fresh BBQ. This party has some infamous history, and it’s the first time that he’s bringing it to Philly. Get ready for a DJ that’s super comfortable on stage and confident in his ability to give you the craziest night of your life. | 4 pm. $15-$20. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. facebook.com

Theater | Pss Pss

These clowns are ready to give you a hilarious and moving performance. They’ll teach you a little something about life and the crippling human condition – without saying a single word. Catch their last matinee performance before they leave the city. | 3 pm. $20. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. fringearts.com


Music | Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Movement

These guys bring blues and rock ‘n roll at a level you probably haven’t heard in a while. There’s no shortage of expertise here – Bryant has history playing in Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival when he was 15, and the guitarist, Graham Whitford, is the son of Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford. These guys must be making Nashville proud. | 8 pm. $20. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org

Performance | Imperfect Open Vibe

That’s exactly what this open mic is. Keep your guard down and feel free to share whatever talent you have with the crowd. Creators that don’t need a mic – like painters and photographers – are also welcome to join in on the fun. | 7 pm. $6.25. Imperfect Gallery, 5539 Germantown Ave. sss.ticketbud.com

Discussion | Speaker Series: The Human Swarm

Humans have evolved fast and now there’s way too many of us in this world. Entomologist Dr. Mark Moffett is going to pull up a chair and talk about how societies rise and fall. He’ll draw off the experiences of ants and bugs and show us that we could learn a thing or two from them. | 6 pm. Free. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. fi.edu

Interests | Serial Killers & Cemetery Tour

On this history tour, you’ll stop at some of the typical landmarks, like Elfreth’s Alley and the Betsy Ross House. Along the way, however, you’ll learn about serial killers’ activity in these areas and the killings they committed there. Go off the beaten path of your typical history tour – just don’t get murdered in the process.  | 10 am. $22.50. Liberty Bell, 599 Market St. eventbrite.com

Dance | Waacking

Don’t worry, this isn’t THAT kind of whacking. Waacking is a dance form that was popularized in the 70s in gay clubs. Essentially, it involves quick movements with graceful footwork and lots of arm movements. | 8 pm. $15. Urban Movement Arts, 2100 Chestnut St. facebook.com

Fitness | Cats & Mats Yoga

There’s nothing more relaxing than practicing mindfulness with some adorable kitties. No matter your level of experience, show up, calm your mind and maybe even adopt a new furry friend. Stick around after for a complimentary cup of tea. | 7 pm. $15. Le Cat Cafe, 2713 W. Girard Ave. lecatcafe.org

Discussion | Deconstructing The Beatles: Abbey Road Side One

Scott Freiman has dedicated his career to being a Beatleologist. He’ll talk through every track on the iconic album and get into the inspiration behind them. We all know the album is a masterpiece, but know we could figure out exactly why. | 7 pm. Prices vary. Landmark’s Ritz Five, 214 Walnut St. landmarktheatres.com

Fitness | Family Wellness Workout

Working out with your family could either make it feel more productive or more stressful. Well, this is your chance to figure it out. Wrangle the whole fam any time you can and go to this high-energy Zumba and cardio workout – it will be happening every Monday until the end of October. | 6:30 pm. $10. St. Joseph’s University, 5301 Overbrook Ave. eventbrite.com


Art | Test Flights

Get an exclusive peek at the works-in-progress of acrobats, jugglers and circus performers. It’s pretty amazing that you get to witness some risky performances before they hit the stages of contemporary circuses. All for free, too. If you love any kind of art, you’d be dumb to pass this up. | 7 pm. Free. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. fringearts.com

Family Friendly | Kid Nation

This event gives kids an exclusive look into the music industry. Whether your little one is being groomed to be a star, or is just a big dreamer, this is perfect for them. Come out for an uplifting time, and stay for a chance to win some free concert tickets. | 12 pm. Free. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. welcomeamerica.com

Festival | Great American Party on the Plaza

Fourth of July celebrations come early with this all-out festival along Spruce St. There will be live performances from jazz performers and Broadway casts, including Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls. Sing along with Hamiltunes and get lucky in some exclusive giveaways. | 4:30 pm. Free. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org

Music | He Is Legend

These guys came back strong after taking a hiatus in 2009. They released some quintessential heavy rock singles this year – the latest being “Eye Teeth” released in the middle of June. Get hyped up for their forthcoming LP “White Bat,” to be released sometime this year. | 8 pm. $15. Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St. ticketfly.com

Event | Electric Cello & Puppets

Angelo Aiello and Rachel Icenogle are the artists behind this powerful puppeting duo. Their homemade puppets, which are crafted by Aiello, perform in short sketches to Icenogle’s original music. Witness their incredible chemistry and see how well their talents go together. | 8 pm. Free. Bob & Barbara’s Lounge, 1509 South St. facebook.com

Music | Roxy Music vs. Sparks

These two art rock bands were equally as popular in the 70s. Now, a DJ will be spinning their music in a battle of who’s better. Both bands found most of their fame in the U.K, so you might not really care about who wins this. You should, though, because this event might not ever happen again, so show up while you can. | 8 pm. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. facebook.com

Music | Dreadnought

This progressive rock group is no stranger to experimentation. Bouncing off of each other’s inspirations, they create some deep sounds with some instruments you may not here in typical rock music, like flutes and saxophones. These friends from Colorado are bringing their larger-than-life creations across the country to us. If only everyone could be as lucky as us. | 8 pm. $10. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com

Discussion | The Searchlight Series

Staff members at the former prison will be discussing the project “Hidden Lives Illuminated -” an exhibition of animated short films created by incarcerated artists. These films will be projected onto the outside of the prison later this summer. Get some insight into the challenges of teaching currently incarcerated inmates how to create films. That’s something you couldn’t discuss with just anybody. | 6 pm. Free. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. easternstate.org


Party | Space Jams: Team USA Edition

Party like it’s 1994 in the city where America began. Slam down some cheap drinks and fill up on some free cotton candy. This party is part of how we could make America great again – even though it’s already pretty fucking awesome. | 9 pm. $5. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. facebook.com

Dance | Three Aksha

Three Aksha is an ensemble that plays lively Indian music and performs traditional dance numbers. Their performance will begin and end with dance performances “Prayog” and “Charya.” The style of dance being performed is Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance. | 5:45 pm. $35. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. brownpapertickets.com

Interests | Booze of the American Revolution

There was obviously little to do for fun in the 1700s, especially during the Revolution. Luckily, getting plastered is a timeless activity. Discover the drinks that Washington and Adams indulged in when they weren’t busy founding our nation. | 7 pm. $29. Pinot Boutique Wine Bar, 227 Market St. eventbrite.com

Trivia | Rick and Morty Quizzo

You’re totally not a nerd if you know everything about this show, but you are if you brag about it all the time. However, this is the perfect time to hold all of that knowledge over your friends’ heads and see who knows more. You better not get all the questions wriggity-wriggity wrong. | 8:30 pm. Free. Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. bootandsaddlephilly.com

Party | Red, White and Brew Party

It can’t really get more American than this. Specials on Bud Light and a Phillies ticket giveaway? Might as well just throw an apple pie in our face. Come dressed in red, white and blue and get in for free. In America, though, you’re always free. | 7 pm. Prices vary. Howl at the Moon, 258 S. 15th St. howlatthemoon.com

Interests | Sip & Swap: Potluck & Plant Swap

Join in on this weekly potluck designed to bring people together. Bring a plant and take home a new one in its place. While you’re at it, bring your own dishes and utensils too, because this event is entirely bring-your-own. | 6 pm. Free. The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden, 2241 N. Phillip St. facebook.com

Music | Fally Ipupa

Ipupa is a well-established African musician. His music is definitely proven to make any listener want to hop up on a table and dance. You may not be able to understand any of the lyrics since they’re all in a different language, but that’s ok – you don’t really need to. | 10 pm. $50. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com

Music | Dave Nada and Tittsworth

These guys create club music that gets the whole place moving no matter where they perform. They’re not a package deal, but rather two musicians who are always collaborating. Their latest project is the brand new dance record label Hermanito. | 9 pm. $10. The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St. eventbrite.com


Music | Terminally Chill

It’s “lo-fi hip-hop radio – beats to study/chill to” live! Dance through your existential crisis at the only party of its kind dedicated to chillwave, vaporwave and all the indescribable genres between. Yes, we’ve come to the point in society where the internet has created its own music scene. Ah, fuck it, we’re all living in a simulation, anyway. | 10 pm. $3. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. facebook.com

Party | Ankara in the City

Come dressed in ankara attire to represent the African community in Philly. This vibrant fabric is one of the many beautiful creations of African people. Show up and keep this party going for years to come. | 3 pm. $20. Bleu Martini, 24 S. 2nd St. eventbrite.com

Party | Fourth of July Party: Car Wash & BBQ

BBQ, boobs and cars? Count us in. Knock out two birds with one stone here – grab some ribs and get a long overdue car wash. This is one of the most ‘Murican events offered this fourth of July. | 11 am. Prices vary. Bucks Cabaret, 2908 S. Columbus Blvd. facebook.com

Food & Drink | Gunghoagiefest

This brewery’s chef is going to be cooking up a bunch of six-foot hoagies, and she can’t eat them all by herself. Come help out and go crazy on some classic Philly food. She’ll also be making hoagie dip, which is basically another few hoagies without the bread. | 11 am. Prices vary. Second District Brewing, 1939 S. Bancroft St. facebook.com

Family Friendly | Fourth of July Sensory & Festivities

Don’t force your kids to stay up late just to watch some fireworks be set off. This is a daytime celebration for all families looking to have some fun. Start your day with a bunch of exciting crafts and activities, and end it with a red, white and blue balloon drop. | 10 am. Prices vary. PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St. facebook.com

Event | Philly Water Bar

We had no clue this was happening until now. Every week, you can get some free, fresh water here from the Water Department. They’re out to prove that Philly tap water really is safe for everyone to drink straight from the faucet. So, they’re really just serving up the same water that any of us could drink from our own homes. | 12 pm. Free. City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd. facebook.com

Music | July 4th Pool Party

It’s easy to drown in all the 12 musical acts that are set to play this all-day show. Just stay afloat in the pool, keep yourself full of quality BBQ food and you’ll be fine. This has all the best parts of a fourth of July party, minus the over-the-top nationalism. | 12 pm. $15. Cousin Danny’s Lounge, 5001 Market St. facebook.com

Music | Frank Velardo

This Philly native knows blues better than anyone. He last released the album “The Aardvark Felon” in 2012, but he may be playing some never-before-heard music here. You wouldn’t know unless you go. | 8 pm. Free. The Twisted Tail, 509 S. 2nd St. thetwistedtail.com

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