Get your calendars ready: The University of Pennsylvania’s radio station WXPN is hosting an inaugural 5K run this fall, with a post-race dance party at World Cafe Live.
It’s happening on October 5th over at Penn Park. The timed race benefits the station’s Musicians On Call program, which places volunteer musicians in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the region to bring music, room to room, to patients. Those same performers will be out on race day, performing acoustic sets along the course, providing a pretty neat soundtrack as you run.
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You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.
Piers Morgan sure had it wrong when he told Lindsey Stirling the world had no place for a dancing dub-step violinist during the 2010 season of America's Got Talent. (Today, her viral hit "Crystallize" has over 95 million YouTube views.) With a background in classical violin, Stirling may be the only musician out there creating powerful combinations of Celtic folk music with futuristic electronic beats. Monday, June 23rd, 8 p.m., Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street.
Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Ben Folds brings The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience to Philly this Tuesday as part of his 2014 tour of collaborations with renowned orchestras across the globe. Join Folds and our own Philadelphia Orchestra for an evening of his successful pop hits and new piano concertos. Tuesday, June 24, 8:00 p.m., The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue.
Granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and grand-nephew of John Steinbeck: Not only have they formed a genius folk-rock group, but they're also husband and wife. The dynamic duo brings together their folk roots with creative new sounds in their most recent album, Wassaic Way, produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone. Wednesday, June 25th, 8:30 pm., Boot & Saddle, 1131 South Broad Street.
Say Anything has had some rough patches over the years, but lead singer Max Bemis seems to have the rock band back on track with the recent release of their album Hebrews. The tracks on Hebrews are reflective of Bemis's own life, with the songs written after his daughter's birth bringing a tone of redemption rather than worry. Thursday, June 26th, 8:30 p.m., Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street.
Friday: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, $16
In 2005, indie rock group CYHSY proved that fame can still be attained without a record label or press agency. Their self-titled, self-produced album gained the attention of prominent music websites and blogs, and the rest was history. Lead singer Alec Ounsworth also gives CYHSY a Philly connection — while the other band members reside in Brooklyn, Ounsworth remains in Philly, and has released collaborations with Philly's Dr. Dog and Mazarin. Friday, June 27th, 9:30 p.m., Johnny' Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue.
Saturday: Lady Gaga ($49.50-$225)
Lady Gaga has launched her fourth world tour, "Lady Gaga's artRave - The ARTPOP Ball." While her "Born This Way Ball" tour was abruptly abandoned in early 2013 due to a hip injury, Lady Gaga has set out to reconnect with her fans with an evening full of everything you'd expect from a Gaga show — outrageous, eccentric outfits, and an emphasis on being "1000 percent you." Saturday, June 28h, 8:00 p.m., Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
It's impossible not to enjoy the upbeat, feel-good tune of "Keep Your Head Up," the single that brought attention to Andy Grammer in 2011. His newest song "Back Home," released in April, captures the same sweet vibes and catchy lyrics, telling fans to "raise your glass" to "nights that you can't take back." Sunday, June 28th, World Cafe Live, 8:00 p.m., 3025 Walnut Street.
We recommend checking out these events going on around Philly this week:
The Phillies is hosting its annual fundraising day at Citizens Bank Park this Monday. Fans of all ages can take pictures with some of their favorite players while enjoying a host of games across the field. Those looking to channel their inner Steve Carlton can also sign up to take a few throws in the bullpens. A silent auction will round out the phestivities. All of the money will go to help strike out ALS, the neuromuscular condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Monday, May 19th, 4:30 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.
In a story slam local poets and artists deliver five-minute narratives built around a given theme. More than a storytelling competition, these artists invite listeners into their lives with passionate and real anecdotes. Expect a unique experience connecting with others as local raconteurs offer an intimate glance into their personal lives. All of the stories Monday night will be based on the theme of “Busted.” Monday, May 19th, 7:30, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
Get a look behind the curtain of an actual performing group at this exclusive open rehearsal. Two aspiring playwrights and two actors will bounce ideas off each other, channeling new means for inspiration and playing with different creative techniques. See the artistic process on full display with this behind-the-scenes glimpse into theater production. Monday, May 19th, 8 p.m., Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street.
Only 1 in 10 registered voters went to the polls last election. That's just crazy. No matter what your politics, make your voice heard on Primary Election Day in Philadelphia. Check out Committee of Seventy for a great rundown of local elections, and its superb polling-place finder. Also keep track of the day's election coverage via Philly Mag's news blog. Tuesday, May 20, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., various locations.
A handful of some of Philly’s best local talent will perform intimate acoustic sets upstairs at World Café Live. Along with them will be recently signed recording artist Lindsay Cohen, who will be playing from her new EP. That's five artists for $5 — a steal, no matter who you are. Tuesday, May 20th, 7:30 p.m., World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
From Be Well Philly: This Wednesday, Bryn Mawr Running Company’s Bryn Mawr location is hosting a Prediction Run, sponsored by Brooks. The idea is this: Leave your Garmin at home, and try to predict your finish time for either a five-, seven- or 10-mile course. The 10 people who finish closest to their predicted finish time will win shoes, clothes and other prizes from Brooks. The run costs just $5. Runners will gather at the Bryn Mawr store (828 West Lancaster Avenue) at 6 p.m., and leave by 6:15. More here.
Art never tasted so good. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be hosting a 90-minute cooking class lead by Executive Chef Gerald Drummond this Wednesday. Those who sign up will learn the recipes of fashion designer Patrick Kelly, who was known to entertain guests with comfort food favorites he learned from his grandmother. Kelly is the focus of a must-see exhibition being held at the museum, "Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love." Participants will be able to sample the food they create and will receive recipes for all dishes. Wednesday, May 21st, 6 p.m., The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Birthdays are the theme for Tell Me a Story's three-year anniversary show at Shot Tower Coffee. The Queen Village shop will host a series of comedians and story tellers as they reveal comical yet true stories based around the theme. Producer and curator of “Tell Me a Story,” Hillary Rea will host. Nothing is off limits in this romp down memory lane. Wednesday, May 21st, 7:30 p.m., Shot Tower Coffee, 542 Christian Street.
William Shakespeare turns the big four-five-oh this year, and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. Dust off your high-school copy of Hamlet to join one of said festivities this week. On Wednesday, Ursinius College English Professor Matt Kosuzko will host a discussion on the influence of Shakespeare’s tale of the tragic prince of Denmark. Wednesday, May 21st, 6 p.m., Parkway Central Library – Room 108, 1901 Vine Street.
Eakins Oval will play home to a festival of art, food and music beginning on Thursday. Shop, dance and stroll in front of the Art Museum on the first of this three-day soiree featuring food trucks, and live DJ’s. This open-air market is partly hosted by PHAIR to create a community of unique shopping and artistic businesses. Thursday, May 22nd, 5 p.m., Eakins Oval on the Parkway.
Last night, 300 people came out, hell or high water, to support LIFT Philadelphia’s “upLIFTing Leadership Award” celebration at World Live Café. LIFT is an organization that helps people get out of poverty.The national organization with locations in five U.S. cities was co-founded when Kirsten Lodal, then a student at Yale, saw that there wasn’t a single organization that took care of the needs of people in poverty, and that as a result the impoverished often had to go to several different organizations to get the help they needed. Today, Lodal’s vision is realized as LIFT, a national nonprofit working to “lift” people out of poverty for good.
Last night Drexel University’s president John Fry was presented with the “upLIFTing Leadership Award” for his visionary leadership and commitment to civic engagement. Fry told the guests that LIFT was the perfect partner for Drexel, as he attempts to instill similar values — that they must help others to achieve success — in his students.
Jill Aschkenasy, a Haverford resident and founder of Our Closet, a pop-up shop for free clothing, was presented with the “upLIFTing Community Award” for her innovative approach to providing struggling community members access to free, high-quality clothing during times of crisis.
The recipient of the “upLIFTing Commitment Award” went to LIFT member Tyrone, who has benefitted over the years from LIFT services to help him get back on his feet again.
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It’s not often I get to write about a music venue—I leave that to our pals over at Ticket—so I’m jumping at the opportunity.
Philly’s World Cafe Live is hosting its first-ever, 100-percent-meat-free meal next month, where even the beer is vegan.
The Vegan Beer Dinner, to take place on Monday, April 28th, will include four courses (menu TBA) and five beers, along with live music from jazz singer Sara Street. From the event’s website:
“All food items will be 100% vegan, and all beers will be styles made without animal product, and coming from breweries who do not use any animal products in their fining process(no isinglass, gelatin, bone char, etc). Confirmed beers include: Southern Tier Gemini, Founders Imperial Stout and Lancaster Hop Buggy.”
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Last year Philly Beer Scene hosted Band of Brewers with six local breweries putting together bands to rock World Cafe Live in a battle-of-the-bands type of event. And this year it promises to be even bigger.
Curt Decker of Nodding Head Brewery will serve as emcee and each band will have the opportunity to perform three songs on stage. A panel of celebrity judges will pick a winner. The audience will also get to choose a fan favorite. A part of proceeds will go to the charity of choice of the winning band.
Each brewery will be also be represented by at least one of their draft beers.
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AP reports that 41-year-old Kimberly Myers of Voorhees, N.J., will be awarded $1.4 million in damages after she had her collarbone and skull broken when the lead singer of the band Fishbone stage-dived on top of her at World Café Live in 2010.
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