Some new ones: hip-shaking pop princess Shakira (Taj, 9/18) and Madonna-esque glamour queen Lady Gaga (Wachovia, 9/14-15). And some old ones: 54-year-old British bad boy Billy Idol (House of Blues, 9/17) and the now-officially-a-senior-citizen (!!) Debbie Harry, bringing back Blondie (HOB, 9/11).
As the kids head back to school this month, why not join them in the pursuit of knowledge? Adult-ed classes around the city just keep getting cooler — like the Philly Beer School’s Friday-night sessions that run throughout the fall, and cover brewing, food pairing and — of course — tasting (around $35; vinology.com/beer). Theatrical types can use the Philly Improv Theater’s workshops ($199-$249; ) to channel their inner Tina Fey. And East Falls Glassworks’ two-hour to six-week glassblowing courses ($100-$470; eastfallsglass.com) sound downright useful (Christmas presents!). (Lyndsey Wajert)
AT THE LIBRARY
Head to the Parkway branch of the Free Library for appearances by these much-feted authors: Jonathan Franzen in support of his new novel Freedom (9/24); Water for Elephants author Sara Gruen with her also animal-happy Ape House (9/21); and the filthy-rich Terry McMillan, who’s updating us on the Waiting to Exhale gals with sequel Getting to Happy (9/8).
ON THE ROAD
Some events to keep you on your feet: Ditch that sports bra for the Philly Naked Bike Ride (9/5); uphold tradition with the ING Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon (9/19); face down the obstacle course/scavenger hunt that is the Great Urban Race (9/25); and go car-free along with thousands of other Philadelphians for Bike Philly 2010 (9/12).
“Art of the American Soldier”
The Constitution Center presents a fascinating but rarely seen collection cataloging a century of paintings and drawings by members of the Armed Forces (from 9/24).
Excessive weirdness takes over for two weeks with the 14th annual Live Arts/Philly Fringe Fest (9/3-18). And if you have the bread, don’t miss the first ever $200-a-head Feastival benefit and smorgasbord (9/15) at the Festival Hub, with hosts Starr, Solomonov and Audrey Claire Taichman.
While the honeybee population has been in an infamous state of decline worldwide, Joel Eckel, the 33-year-old Germantown man who founded the year-old Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, says there are plenty of bees to go around here. “I haven’t personally seen any shortage,” says Eckel (left), who keeps 25 hives that yield as much as 1,000 pounds of honey each year. Eckel adds that the number of people keeping bees as a hobby is actually on the rise (hence the formation of his group) and that he looks to Paris as inspiration for what Philly could become. “They have a beekeeping school, honey shops, hives on top of the opera house,” explains Eckel. “They never lost the tradition of beekeeping.” To see what all the, er, buzz is about, check out the guild’s first-ever Honey Fest at various venues throughout the city, September 10th-12th. Phillyhoneyfest.com.