UPDATE [8/3/2015, 9:42 pm]: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith take to their social media pages to say they are not getting a divorce. Read their responses here.
UPDATE [8/3/2015, 1:53 pm]: Don’t pull out your Kleenex just yet. GossipCop.com has a conflicting report, saying the superstar couple are not heading to divorce court. The site claims to have “checked in with an impeccable Smith family source, who tells us [Radar] is once again off-base and that talk of an end-of-the-summer divorce announcement is 100 percent ‘not true.’”
ORIGINAL: After 17 years of what seemed like blissful, great-sex-filled marriage, Philly’s Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are reportedly calling it quits.
According to Radar, who broke the news, the couple have been working carefully on “a confidential settlement to protect their $240 million fortune, and prepare their kids for the fallout.”
It may be hard to believe, but urban wildlife extends far beyond subway rats and cockroaches. Local nature nuts, Billy (aka Bernard) Brown and Tony Croasdale, launched the Urban Wildlife Podcast on July 1st. The podcast focuses on obscure critters that share our home and even wonder city streets when we’re not looking.
Brown and Croasdale talk with some of the region’s renowned wildlife brainiacs and prove that you don’t have to off-road the Serengeti to interact with fascinating creatures. “There is great stuff to treasure close to home, even as close as our backyard,” says Brown. The podcast covers a wide range of topics that aims to surprise and educate. Listen as Brown and Croasdale delve into the secluded life of urban coyotes, and discuss the overlooked yet still captivating history of sidewalk plants.
Dozens of your favorite Center City restaurants are offering special prix-fixe menus during a special summer edition of Center City District Restaurant Week. Select establishments will offer a $20 lunch, while others will serve dinner for $35 per person. Sunday, August 2nd through Friday, August 14th (excluding Saturday, August 8th), various times and locations throughout Philadelphia
This free daytime concert at The Mann on Monday features a host of the hottest young talent in the region. Performers at the Rising Stars of Tomorrow concert will be between the ages of 8 to 19, which makes this great family entertainment. Monday, August 3rd, 11 am, free, The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Get your zen on under the trees on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this Wednesday evening. This free happy hour power yoga class at The Oval is designed for all levels, so even if you don't know what a downward-facing dog is, don't fear. Wednesday, August 5th, 6 pm, free, The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
"Phone home" this Wednesday night at the South Street Headhouse District's "Dinner and a Movie" series, featuring the film E.T. Pay-as-you-go at a variety of food vendors and restaurants before the start of the big show at 8 pm. Wednesday, August 5th, 6 pm, pay as you go, Headhouse Square Shambles, 122 Lombard Street
The Free Library's Greater Olney Branch is hosting a free six-week African cooking class. Participants will learn how to prepare plant-based recipes that are low in cholesterol, saturated fat, sugars, and excess sodium, while learning about major African foods. Wednesday, August 5th, 6 pm, free, Free Library Greater Olney Branch, 5501 North 5th Street
The eclectic sounds of the West Philadelphia Orchestra will be swinging on Wednesday night at the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series. Your show ticket also gets you access to the Museum's vast collection for the evening. Wednesday, August 5th, 5 pm, $10, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Paul Anderson, Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Al Van Der Beek make up The Piano Guys, the musical group that puts a classical spin on pop music. They'll be playing The Mann on Wednesday, and guests can purchase a special "meet and greet" package if they want to meet the men behind the music. Wednesday, August 5th, 7:30 pm, $35-125, The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Join members of the Mural Arts Program this Thursday evening for an arts and crafts session at The Oval. Guests will have the chance to make kaleidoscopes, pinwheels, origami, paint-by-numbers, chalk art, and temporary tattoos. Thursday, August 6th, 6 pm, free, The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Mt. Airy's Park Before Dark series continues this Thursday evening with family fun for all ages. There will be lawn games and relay races at Lovett Library Park suitable for children and adults alike. Thursday, August 6th, 6 pm, free, Lovett Library Park, 6945 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia Magazine's own Best of Philly party is this Thursday, and it'll be an evening full of food, drink, and entertainment. This year's bash is at Dilworth Park, and will feature dozens of our Best of Philly winners. Thursday, August 6th, 6:30 pm, $90, Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street
Art meets science in this exhibit featuring the works of Philadelphia painter and neuroscientist Greg Dunn, who turns images of human neurons into fine art. The New York Times calls his images “haunting.” Mütter Museum, now till January 7. —Victor Fiorillo
The long-running Broadway play Defending the Caveman returns to Philadelphia at the Penn's Landing Playhouse. Local performer Vince Valentine takes on the comedic one-man show about gender, sex, and relationships, guaranteed to make you laugh in your seat. Through August 30th, various times, $45-65, Penn's Landing Playhouse, 211 South Columbus Boulevard.
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The School of Rock AllStar Concert this week at World Café Live brought me back to a time of pop quizzes and social ladder-climbing. Yet, I doubt any members of the School of Rock band have to worry about winning popularity contests. Their all-star talents automatically make them the coolest kids in town.
An army of teen rock prodigies took center stage on Tuesday night to deliver a psychedelic show that would have made Jack Black proud. Two Allstar teams and two local school house bands took turns working the stage in half-hour increments throughout the night. At any given time there were about a dozen teens rocking the platform at once, accompanied by an instrument of their choosing. Instrumentalists included electric guitarists, keyboard players, and those on bass and drums. And let’s not forget about the show-stopping vocalists whose pipes were so powerful, it was hard to believe they’re barely post-pubescent.
Many people thought the Meek Mill/Drake feud was over when Drake dropped “Back to Back” earlier this week. The track — which featured a photo of Joe Carter celebrating his walkoff home run to beat the Phillies in 1993, which hurt — was generally regarded as excellent by the online commentariat. And of course it was! Drake is a huge pop star with an army of ghostwriters!
It also referenced a Tootsie’s, which unfortunately was not the South Street restaurant but a strip club in Miami. (It would’ve been so perfect if it were Ms. Tootsie’s!)
Anyway, last night Meek Mill released his response. He got a local heavyweight to produce it, too: Chester, Pennsylvania’s own Jahlil Beats (who produced “Ima Boss” — Meek’s hit with Rick Ross — and the classic “Tony Story”). It also samples The Undertaker’s theme music? As usual, Jahlil Beats is great. Read more »
Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation.
Rebecca Ferguson, the lovely 31-year-old Swiss ingénue who stars alongside Tom Cruise in the latest Mission: Impossible film, Rogue Nation, doesn’t scare easily. On her first full day on set, in location in Vienna, she had to jump off a large building while being wrapped around Mr. Cruise, facing her fear of heights, and her fear of accidentally crushing the ribcage of the most famous movie star in the world. The espionage thriller finds her jetting around on a high-octane motorcycle in Morocco, holding her breath underwater for minutes at a time in order to save Cruise’s character from an underwater centrifugal chamber, and beating the living hell out of a bunch of turned-agent thugs all over the world. In Philly to promote the film, she happily plopped down on a couch in a posh suite at the Ritz Carlton, and held forth on the responsibility she felt toward the franchise, doing her own stunt work while suffering from vertigo, and what it was like to work with the aforementioned Mr. Cruise.
Whoop it up for the ninth birthday of one of Philadelphia's most popular squares with a day of family-friendly fun. As part of the celebration, children will be able to plant a symbolic willow tree, and indulge in free birthday cake and milkshakes from the nearby SquareBurger. The first 25 children in attendance will also get a free ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel. Friday, July 31, 11am, pay as you go, Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets.
Christmas in July celebrations haven't stopped yet, and the Oval is hosting one last bash to celebrate the made-for-fun holiday. Along with an appearance by Santa, festive carolers, and cocktails and food, there will be a special 1,600-square-foot pop-up ice skating rink for guests to enjoy. If it weren't 90 degrees out, you'd almost believe it was Christmas. Friday, July 31, noon-7pm, $5 for skating rink, The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
This weekend head out to 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. Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, August 2, 7pm, free, Clark Park, 4398 Chester Avenue. —Caralyn Dienstman
Hilarious satirical singer-songwriter Weird Al Yankovic will perform at The Mann Friday to promote his latest, Grammy-nominated #1 record "Mandatory Fun." Weird Al is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, so his show should be a good one, and a funny one. Friday, July 31, 6pm, $29-69, The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue.
J. Cole is a popular hip-hop artist, songwriter and record producer originally from North Carolina. J. Cole's musical breakthrough came in 2009 when he released his debut mixtape and was then contacted by Jay-Z and signed to his record label. His debut album was released in 2011 and hit number one on the Billboard 200, Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums chart. Since, J. Cole has released two more high-charting albums and has developed a loyal fan base. Listen before you go: "Work Out." Friday, July 31, 6:30pm, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Market Street, Camden, NJ.
The South Jersey Roller Derby Team will hit the Blue Cross RiverRink for the first-ever exhibition at the venue. The athletes will show off their skills at the 9:30am whistle, and then open up the rink so guests can glide along with them. Sunday, August 2, 9:30am, free, Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 South Columbus Boulevard.
Go-go bar the Trestle Inn is hosting their second annual dog wash party this Saturday to benefit Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Dog owners can bring their pets to get cleaned and groomed while enjoying an atmosphere of live music, delicious food trucks and a fully stocked bar. Dog admirers are welcome, too! Saturday, August 1, noon-5pm, $20-35, The Trestle Inn, 339 North 11th Street.
The seventh annual, six-block-stretching 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties will happen on August 2nd. Taking place on (you guessed it) 2nd Street between Germantown and Green streets, the free festival celebrates it all—from music to drink to food to the arts—with more than 200 vendors. Sunday, August 2, noon-10pm, free, North 2nd Street between Germantown and Green Streets.
Local musician Joshua Thomas celebrates the work of Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell by performing two of her masterpiece albums: Blue, and Hejira, in entirety. Saturday, August 1, 8pm-11pm, $15, First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 South 17th Street.
Laura Marling is a folk singer-songwriter and musician based out of England. Since her 2008 debut album, Alas, I Cannot Swim, Marling has released four more studio albums and performed and toured internationally. In 2011, Marling won a Brit Award for Best British Female and an NME Award for Best Solo Artist. Listen before you go: "Once I Was An Eagle." Saturday, August 1, 8pm, Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden Street.
This unique series of performances, workshops, and seminars is dedicated to all elements of women in theater. The Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival features a variety of diverse plays, a Wo(men) in Shakespeare performance, and plenty of thought-provoking art. Through August 2nd, various times, prices, and locations throughout Philadelphia.
This summer, the opulent Glen Foerd Mansion will come alive with a Roaring Twenties lawn party complete with jazz, Prohibition-era cocktails, esteemed food vendors and more. Jazz Age on the Delaware kicks off on August 1st at the historic home, which claims to be the last Gilded Age mansion on the Delaware River. The day's activities will center around a picnic on the grounds of the mansion, with jazz performances and 20s-inspired activities taking place throughout the day. There will be performances by Philly and New York bands, like The Gin Canaries and Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, and a pie-baking contest. Sunday, August 1, 11am-5pm, $0-45, Glen Foerd Mansion, 5001 Grant Avenue.
Philly’s 104.5 hosts free concert series every summer with some of the top alternative artists in the nation. They offer concerts one Sunday a month from May to September, and all you have to do is download your free ticket when they become available online—if you catch them before they run out. This Sunday's show will feature Matt and Kim, Atlas Genius, Wolf Alice, Saint Motel and Commonwealth Choir. Sunday, August 2, 1pm, free, Festival Pier, 601 North Columbus Boulevard.
As part of PECO's Multicultural Series, a succession of outdoor festivities celebrating a different culture each weekend of summer, the African Cultural Alliance of North America presents the African Festival. Head over to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing to enjoy the day of African performance and dance groups, live modern Afro-pop and reggae tunes, African food, souvenirs, crafts and vendors. Admission is free! Sunday, August 2, 2-8pm, free, Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 201 South Columbus Boulevard.
At their summer-long Jazz Camp of Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center has been working with some of the most talented young musicians in the Philadelphia region. Get a taste of their hard work Friday afternoon at a free public concert in the Center’s Perelman Theatre. Friday, July 31, 11am, free, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
The Vulcan Lyric Festival invades the Prince Theatre starting on Thursday for a rotating selection of unique musicals, including Heathers: The Musical (!) and the Philadelphia premiere of Glory Denied. The festival's goal is to promote new works and young emerging artists. Through mid-August, various times and prices, Prince Theatre, 1412 Chestnut Street
If you think you have what it takes to be the next Real World star, drop by Paddy Whacks on Saturday August 1st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To audition, you must bring a recent picture of yourself (that will not be returned) and a form of photo I.D. Casting calls require that all candidates be at least 21. And sorry, no baby faces: Those auditioning must look between the ages 20 and 24. Go here for more information on auditions and to access online applications if you can't make it Saturday. More in to the reality-talent-show circuit? The fun continues the next day, Sunday August 2nd, when producers from American Idol will hit up the Liacouras Center to audition songbirds for the show's 15th and final season. More info on that event—which starts bright and early at 7:30 am—here.
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Come October, you could own a piece of Rocky history for the right price–you know, if living on the film’s set isn’t enough for you. AP reports that Sylvester Stallone will put hundreds of props and costumes from his 40-year film career on the auction block, including Rocky Balboa’s gloves, robe and boxing trunks.
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