Pulse: Pursuits: What To Do In July

Stuff you can’t miss this month

Kickin’ It
Union vs. Manchester United
Just 10 days after the close of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, our soccer newbies battle the formidable Brits at Lincoln Financial Field (7/21).

Important Dates
Happy Birthday!
Refurbished mini-golf, carousel and SquareBurger spot Franklin Square turns four (7/31). Popular pachyderm Lucy the Elephant exceeds the typical life expectancy by half a century when she hits 129 in Margate (7/17-18). And the little place we like to call America celebrates 234 with … the Goo Goo Dolls? (7/4, in case you forgot.)

The largest gay film festival on the East Coast comes to Philly, with 100-plus movies and lots of fabulous parties. Venues vary. Visit Qfest.com for a complete schedule (7/8-19).

65,000,000 B.C.
Walking With Dinosaurs
Flash back to prehistoric times as the Wachovia Center is filled with life-size animatronics of a plateosaurus, a brachiosaurus and the truly terrible T. rex (7/14-18).

Back From the Dead
Not sure where these folks have been, but we’re glad they’re back (for the most part): Simon and Garfunkel (Taj, 7/31), the Go-Go’s (HOB, 7/17), Faith No More (Mann, 7/3), Huey Lewis (far right) (Caesars, 7/10) and Natalie Merchant (right) (Merriam, 7/20).

Girls Just Wanna …
Atlantic City
First came the Pier Shops (Tous! Gucci!), then the dreamy Immersion Spa at Borgata’s Water Club. But it wasn’t until the opening of Dusk (right) last summerCaesars’ dance-party extravaganza of a clubthat we realized: It’s good to be a girl (cutting loose) in A.C. And the trend continues this month: As Dusk celebrates one year, the Trump Marina debuts Discoa club with all the mirrored balls a dancing queen could ask forand the Borgata unveils a glitzed-out, revamped MIXX nightclub. Not your scene? The Chelsea’s new Tuesday gay karaoke parties are girlfriend-friendly and a hoot and a half.