WATCH: High School Graduation Erupts in “Shake It Off” Flash Mob

High school kids love Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” A little over a week ago a school in Cinnaminson shared with the world a video they made to the catchy tune, and today the Internet’s all abuzz with footage from a graduation at Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire, in which the graduating class of 230-plus erupt into one big “Shake It Off” flash mob.

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The Bearded Ladies Bringing Hoedowns to PHS Beer Gardens in July

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Local cabaret troupe the Bearded Ladies are about to set out on a mini tour around the city to bring their song-and-dance shenanigans to some of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS)’s beer gardens. There will be 14 performances from July 1st to July 19th, all split between two beer garden locales: 1438 South Street and 829 Wharton Street.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Shania Twain at Wells Fargo Center

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For the first time in 11 years—and after a two-year stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas—country queen Shania Twain is on the road again on a national tour that kicked off in Seattle earlier this month. This spring, the 49-year-old singer announced that the tour, titled “Rock This Country,” will be the last time she goes out on the road, but not the last you’ll hear from her. She’s planning to release her fifth studio album, which she plans to release sometime in the next year.

The “Rock This Country” show is a high-energy retrospective of her career, spanning four albums and all the hits that made her country’s best-selling female artist. We’re talking “Who’s Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” “Any Man of Mine,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” and more.

She’ll make her way to Philadelphia on July 22nd, when she’ll play the Wells Fargo Center with opener Gavin Degraw. You can snag tickets here, but you may want to wait a week. We have two pairs to giveaway to local country fans in a contest that we’re running from today till next Friday, June 26th.

To win is simple, and familiar if you’ve taken part in our giveaways before: Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter in the box below. Next Friday, I’ll pick two of those names at random and you’ll be on your way to the Wells Fargo Center to rock this country with Shania. Good luck!

Rare Paul McCartney Artworks Going on Display at XFINITY Live

Paul McCartney‘s upcoming show at Wells Fargo Center is sold out, but promoters are giving fans another chance to experience the former Beatle—and this one’s free. At 4 pm on the day of his show, across the street at XFINITY Live, an exhibit will open displaying a series of rare, hand-signed lithographs that he’s made throughout his career.

McCartney's Beach Towels will be among the lithographs available for purchase at XFINITY Live!

McCartney’s “Beach Towels” will be among the lithographs available for purchase at XFINITY Live.

The collection comprises five of McCartney’s seven released lithographs, including Chief Rug, his first art piece in 10 years. The other works include Big Mountain Face, Egypt Station, Ancient Connections, and Beach Towels.

All the pieces will be available for purchase, but you better hurry if you’re interested. The exhibit closes on the same night, an hour after the curtain comes down on his show at Wells Fargo Center.

If Beatles art interests you, you may want to head down to Ocean Galleries this week, where you’ll find a display of the artwork of John Lennon that was curated by Yoko Ono. More info here.

Glowing Pedicab Sculptures to Hit the Parkway in 2016

Digital rendering of “Fireflies” on the Parkway, courtesy of Cai Studio.

Digital rendering of “Fireflies” on the Parkway, courtesy of Cai Studio.

It was announced this week that 50 local artists and cultural organizations will receive a total of $9.6 million in grants from the Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage, which means several projects that have been living in the heads of local artists will finally have a chance to see the light of day. Keep your eyes out for announcements from local organizations, including this cool idea from the Association of Public Art (aPA).

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5 Local Artists on Why They’d Rather Make Art in Philly Than Anywhere Else

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For the longest time, there’s been a perception that artists in Philadelphia need to move elsewhere if they’re going to make it in the arts. You know, the whole “grass is greener” concept that draws our precious creative types to cities like L.A. and New York. But that may be changing.

The Creators Project, an arts and technology blog that launched with the help of Intel, chatted with a handful of local artists—from actors to DJs to illustrators—to see why they stay in the 215 instead of jetting off to some perceived land of plenty. Here’s what they had to say:

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Collingswood Waitress, Scranton Dentist on New Season of Big Brother

CBS has announced the 14 cast members who will spend weeks locked in a house with other crazy people strangers on Big Brother 17.  The lineup includes John McGuire, a 27-year-old dentist from Scranton, and a 25-year-old waitress from Collingswood named Meg Maley. More info about each of them from CBS’s Big Brother site.

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John McGuire | Photo from CBS

McGuire “says he’s unlike any other dentist as he’s loud, obnoxious and never runs out of energy.” He says he’s going into the game looking for a showmance and his goal is to win Big Brother “so he can save his parents’ lake house and pay off his student loans.”

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Philly’s Marvel Experience Postponed

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For those of you eager to try out the Marvel Experience scheduled to come to Lincoln Financial Field this week, you’ll have to put off your excitement just a little longer.

Hero Ventures, the company in charge of the interactive show billed as “The World’s First Hyper Reality Tour,” announced today that the opening has been postponed to “allow more time for necessary technical enhancements.” That’s about all their giving as far as details.

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This Tiny Camper Will Be the Box Office for the 2015 Fringe Festival

Photo courtesy of Meg Morris.

Photo courtesy of Meg Morris.

This tiny camper trekked all the way from Ohio to begin a new life along Columbus Boulevard at the FringeArts building. Meg Morris, venue and patron services manager at FringeArts, announced on Facebook last week that it will be the official box office for the 2015 Fringe Festival.

According to Morris, it made its way to Philly thanks to FringeArts Producing Artistic Director Nick Stuccio, who had been on the lookout for a camper for over a month. He finally found this one from a seller in Ohio, which matched just the vintage, aluminum-siding getup he was envisioning. So he drove to Ohio to buy it and lug it back to its new location. The camper is actually a registered historical vehicle, a 10-feet-by-7-feet 1962 Nomad with vintage, original interior. “It’s in great shape.”

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