Shakespeare in Clark Park Starts Tomorrow With Five Free Shows Through Sunday

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To sit or to stand? That will be the question at the 10th anniversary of Shakespeare in Clark Park. Grab your checkered blankets and bottled (or boxed!) wine to attend a free showing of Shakespeare’s tragicomedy The Winter’s Tale. The story concerns Leontes and Polixenes, rulers of Sicilia and Bohemia, who are best friends until a love affair threatens their relationship and shatters the long-held bond between their families.

“It’s a play that lends itself to a feeling of fairytale and fables, which is particularly well-suited for the outdoor setting,” explains Director Kittson O’Neill. The malleable sets and talented actors will transport audiences through two different kingdoms and act out a tale of friendship ripped apart by jealousy. “Part of the fun of this show is having such a large space to play with,” O’Neill says. “We’ll have some performers walk around the entire Park and come back around to enter different scenes.”

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Local Filmmaker Debuts Documentary on the Lives of Songwriters

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Grammy-winning songwriter and musician Scot Sax aims to show audiences the not-so-glamorous side of being a successful songwriter in his debut documentary, Platinum Rush, premiering tonight at the sixth annual New Hope Film Festival.

Sax has spent years as a renown songwriter for Warner Chappell, co-writing the Grammy-winning song “Like We Never Loved At All” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and writing catchy tunes for countless TV shows. Sax is also the frontman of power-pop band Wanderlust.

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3 Pro-Weed Events in Philly This Week

Mayor Nutter may have signed a marijuana decriminalization bill in October, but Philly still has a long way to go to legalization. Part of that journey involves educating folks about the benefits of marijuana, and that’s being done in a series of events that just so happen to be lumped together here at the end of July—from educational forums to a big ol’ bash on Friday. We’ve rounded them up so you don’t miss a toke … I mean a beat.

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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:



Penn Museum Offering $10 Admission Through the End of August

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The Penn Museum is offering an affordable escape from the summer heat. From now until August 31st, guests can enjoy museum highlights for only $10.

This summer’s special fee offers access to the museum of archaeology and anthropology’s international collections, like the Egyptian mummy gallery, Africa gallery and Greece gallery. And unlike a lot of special-deal packages at museums around town, this one actually includes its special exhibitions. Discover the extraordinary burial rituals of an ancient civilization at “Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and in Ancient Panama” or witness the unveiling of contemporary Native American identities at “Native American Voices: The People-Here and Now.”

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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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Spruce Street Harbor Park Celebrates National Hammock Day

Heads up, hammock hogs: Tomorrow, anyone who visits the Hayneedle Hammock Lounge at Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) will be (almost) guaranteed at least a half-hour of pure hammock bliss. To celebrate National Hammock Day—on Wednesday, July 22nd from 4-8 p.m.—a team of friendly hammock police will rotate visitors through the lounge to ensure that you don’t spend too much time awkwardly searching for an open spot to recline.

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Here Are the 2015 Philadelphia Geek Awards Nominees

This morning, Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences announced the nominees for their 2015 Philadelphia Geek Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the awards were established to “celebrate and honor Philadelphia’s bustling geek community.” There are 13 categories—everything from Scientist of the Year and Streaming Media Project of the Year to Visual Artist of the Year, in which Cory J. Popp is nominated for his stunning videos that pop up regularly on Ticket and other Philly Mag blogs. Other arts-focused nominees include the GroundSwell, the advocacy and community engagement branch of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance who are nominated for Geek Story of the Year for their efforts to organize a campaign to prevent budget cuts aimed at the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Longwood Gardens‘ light and sound show “Nightscape” also made the list, nominated in the I.R.I (In Real Life) Project of the Year category.

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