17 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend



PHOTOS: Check Out the Phillies Mural Being Dedicated This Weekend

mural_600x860After years of planning and painting, Mural Arts’ Phillies mural is finally set to be dedicated in a ceremony this Saturday — and we’re all invited!

According to Mural Arts, the free event will be attended by a handful of alumni featured in the mural, current Phillies players, the Phanatic and the Phillies Ballgirls. There will be entertainment from the Whiz Kids, light bites, and a speaking program that will conclude with a festive mural dedication—with confetti and all.

The mural, designed by David McShane, is a whopping eight-stories high and 3,750 square feet. It faces the Schuylkill River and I-76 Schuylkill Expressway at 24th and Walnut streets, and features “30 prominent players and icons depicting historical moments from the team’s history – including the 1980 and 2008 World Series championships.” Among the familiar faces you’ll see in the painting—and attending the dedication ceremony on Saturday will be Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Mitch Williams, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Curt Simmons, Greg Luzinski, and more.

The festivities take place Saturday, August 1st. The party begins at 11 am, with the ceremony happening at 11:30 am at 24th and Walnut streets.

Check out some more photos of the mural below:



21 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend



Local Author Pens Debut Novel About Post-Graduation Blues

jenni fink sentenced to lifeMoorestown native Jenni Fink’s debut novel, Sentenced to Life, reaches out to the millennial generation and assures us we’re doing just fine. “I tried to think about what real life is right now and just put it into words so people can relate to it,” Fink explains. College graduates are all too familiar with the pressure of finding a job, getting married and having kids, but Fink seeks to calm these universal anxieties in her novel.

Sentenced to Life is a story of a young woman who gets a brutal wake-up call after receiving her diploma and moving back home. The book addresses relatable issues like changing family dynamics, rekindling past relationships and facing an uncertain future.

In anticipation of her book reading this weekend at James Oliver Gallery, I spoke to Fink—a graduate of the University of Arizona—about life after college and society’s unrealistic expectations of post-graduates.

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TONIGHT: Catch PHILADANCO for $10 at Dell Music Center

Photo by Lois Greenfield for PHILADANCO

Photo by Lois Greenfield for PHILADANCO-

World-renown dance company PHILADANCO returns to the stage of The Dell Music Center Friday with more talent and diversified acts than ever before, and for a price that won’t break your bank. Tickets are as low as $10, which Philadelphia Dance Company Founder and organizer Joan Myers Brown says makes the art from more accessible to the community. “We want to give them an opportunity to see PHILADANCO and other artists at a ticket price they can afford.”

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18 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend



19 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend



Cat Acrobats Are Coming to Philadelphia

Acro-Cats Circus Cats

Photo courtesy of Samantha Martin

Do you like acrobatic stunts but can’t deal with watching humans fling themselves a hundred feet in the air? You’re in luck: The Acro-Cats are coming to Philadelphia this weekend.

The Acro-Cats are performing six shows at the Painted Bride Art Center through Sunday. They’re led by trainer Samantha Martin, who created the show about 10 years ago. Martin’s cats — all former orphans, rescues and strays — is one of four “cat shows” in the country. But she says her show contains the only cat band, The Rock Cats (which features a chicken, Cluck Norris, on the cymbals).

Part of the proceeds for the shows in the city will go to the Philadelphia Community Cats Council. Read more »

Treat Your Pooch to the Dog Days of Summer Festival in Chestnut Hill

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Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Philadelphia

Our canine companions have shed their winter coats and are so eager to get out; they may just paw down the front door. Take them to the Dog Days of Summer festival! Chestnut Hill celebrates mans’ best friend with a day-long event that offers an abundance of activities catered to dogs and dog lovers, alike.

Look forward to caricaturists, music, and a photo booth. If the pooch just can’t seem to get that whole, “sit, stay, and roll over,” bit, professional instructors will be on-hand to help him figure it out. Once Sparky tires of obedience training, take him over to the pet psychic booth to get his paw read. Then head to one of the Chestnut Hill restaurants for “Yappy Hour” specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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10 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend



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