7 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Out of Your Hair This Summer

That hand won't go anywhere near your white walls if she's at summer camp. | Shutterstock.com

That hand won’t go anywhere near your white walls if she’s at summer camp. | Shutterstock.com

Yay Clay! Philadelphia
Throw on a smock and fire up the kiln! Yay Clay! is a ceramic art/pottery day camp program that offers a fun and creative outlet for kids and young teens ages 7 to 14. Professional instructors will teach campers the art of ceramics using real potter’s tools, techniques and the potter’s wheel. Yay Clay! offers 3-hour half-day (AM or PM) sessions or 6-hour full-day sessions. Pay by week starting June 22nd through August 15th. 3237 Amber Street. 

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Camp
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease in a comfortable air-conditioned space. The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts operates three summer camps that accommodate all skill levels and youth ages 5 to 18. Campers will be moving, climbing and swinging upside-down while supervised by the regions most experienced aerials instructors. Here is a perfect opportunity to clown around without getting into trouble. Summer sessions start July 6 and run through August 28. 5900A Greene Street.

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Prince Theater to Begin Screening Movies This Weekend

Photo by Derek Brad

Photo by Derek Brad

Thanks to Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the marquee is twinkling at Prince Theater again. The historic structure was bankrupt and all but extinct, when, in March, PFS swept in to save it. Since then, Prince Theater has rolled out some fine local entertainment, including a production by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. This weekend, though, it’s gearing up for summer with its promised film programming, which will make it the only movie theater in Center City where you can catch a mainstream flick.

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IN THE WINGS: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Star Jered McLenigan

When Wilma Theater’s Artistic Director Blanka Zizka decided to direct both Hamlet and Tom Stoppard’s dark comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, she made a radical decision to hire one cast to perform both shows. The lead actors, including Jered McLenigan, began rehearsals for the latter two weeks before Hamlet rehearsals. Now, after the opening of the Shakespeare drama, they are continuing the rehearsal process. McLenigan took our rapid-fire Q&A, where he discusses drinking his bottled tears on opening night, making himself up to look like Morgan Freeman and that time he made eggs for Eddie Vedder. 

Jered McLenigan

My name is … Jered McLenigan. I’m named after my father Gerard, whose name is pronounced like mine. My parents decided to spell my name phonetically and gifted me with a lifetime of misspellings. (Just kidding, mom and dad. Love you.) A lot of my friends and family call me Jerry.

I am … saltwater and stardust. Also I am allergic to shrimp.

On opening night … I wake before dawn, and in the deep blue ultraviolet early morning hues I bathe in dew and plant a seed in the earth with my mouth. I let the First Rays of Our Sun that break over the horizon shine into my eyes as I weep into a glass jar, saving the tears. I spend the next 12 hours wrapped in a coat of Spanish moss, meditating, chanting and purging; I hold a rose of Jericho and watch it bloom. Just before stepping onstage I drink my bottled tears.

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You Can Make Your Own Personalized Muppet

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Via Shutterstock.

If you’re as excited as I am for the recently announced ABC Muppets sitcom, you might want to run to the F.A.O. Schwarz website (don’t worry: even if the iconic NYC store is closing, the online shop is up and running), where you can create your own personalized Muppet that’ll be shipped right to your front door.

The rather ingenious concept is called “Muppet Whatnots,” and these custom puppet creations are being billed as the zany extras that you often see in the background throughout the Muppet movies and TV specials. For $99.99, you can create your own personalized puppet that looks just like one of the iconic characters that you’ve grown to know and love (or, make a Muppet doppelgänger for a loved one). Read more »


For two days this weekend, 6th and Market streets in Old City played home to CRAFT PHILA‘s Liberty Bell Fair, a juried exhibition by regional arts and crafts folks. The show brought out every kind of ware imaginable—from jewelry and glasswork to leather- and glass-made goods.

A rep from the festival says around 4,000 showed up for the festival, which also included food trucks, live music and street performances. We’ve got photos from the afternoon below. If you see something you like, you can contact the artist mentioned in the captions:


WATCH: Shirtless Diplo Shoots Hoops With Arcade Fire’s Win Butler

Temple-trained DJ Diplo and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler performed at the Hangout Festival this weekend in Alabama. Between sets, the two found time to hit the basketball court for a little Shirts vs. Skins action, with Diplo being the only one on the Skins team, apparently. Butler mostly sits the bench. Check out the video, via Stereogum, above.


(h/t Pitchfork)


IN THE WINGS: Cherry Hill’s Ben Lipitz, Star of The Lion King

Hakuna Matata! The triumphant return of Disney’s blockbuster Broadway musical The Lion King hits the Academy of Music stage May 20th through June 14th, and one of the tour’s leading men/warthogs is local. Ben Lipitz is a Cherry Hill native who plays the lovable Pumbaa in the Julie Taymor directed show. We caught up with Mr. Lipitz to grub worms, dirty jokes and his crush on Miss Piggy.

Nick Cordileone and Ben Lipitz in 'The Lion King.'

Nick Cordileone and Ben Lipitz in ‘The Lion King.’

My name is … Ben Lipitz

I am a … right-handed actor who can tell a great dirty joke. Read more »

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