Your Friday night just got really good. The Awesome Fest is hosting a free outdoor performance by Macaulay Culkin's (yes, you read that correctly) cover band, The Pizza Underground–plus a giant pizza party–at The Oval. Culkin's band parodies The Velvet Underground, with pizza-themed songs and lyrics. The on-site beer garden will be open, and there will be performances from Ang and the Damn Band and Modern Colour, too, all followed by a screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And did I mention the pizza? Awesome Fest, we love you. More information is available here. Friday, July 18th, 7 p.m., The Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 24th Street.
This Friday, The Mann Center is screening Gladiator like you've never seen it before. The five-time Academy Award-winning film will be played on a giant screen, with the epic score performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra, right alongside the film. Gladiator Live is part of the Movie Nights at The Mann series this summer, which brings classic films to life with the sounds of the orchestra highlighting each story. You won't want to miss this. Tickets are available for purchase online.Friday, July 18th, 8 p.m., $14.50-$85, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue.
Did you know that July is National Hot Dog Month? What better way to celebrate the summertime BBQ staple than a cook-off with unique hot dog creations from over 20 popular restaurants and food trucks? That's right–this Saturday, The South Street Headhouse District and Hot Diggity! are hosting the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off. The cook-off will feature hot dogs and sausages created by top restaurants around the region, including Alla Spina, Brauhaus Schmitz, Headhouse Oyster & Crab Co., Twisted Tail, and many more. A panel of judges–from media, chefs, and celebrities (plus our very own Ticket editor, Josh Middleton!)–will rank the competition, awarding three prizes for the best dogs, with $1,000 for first place. In addition to samples of all the delicious hot dogs, attendees will enjoy live tunes from local band Black Stars, cold drafts from Victory Brewing Company and 5 O'Clock Brew Co., small batch pop from Mom Pops, and an opportunity to vote for the "fan favorite" dog. VIP tickets, which include early admission before the crowd (at 12 p.m.) as well as 20 food and drink tickets, are available for purchase online. General admission begins at 1 p.m. and is free, with pay-as-you-go food tickets available 4/$10 or 15/$30. All funds raised will support the preservation of the historic Headhouse Square Shambles. Come hungry! For more information, click here. Saturday, July 19th, 1 p.m., South Street Headhouse District.
From Be Well Philly: This Saturday, the folks at Pop Up Yoga Philly are hosting a $10 donation class outdoors at the Porch at 30th Street Station. Instructor Kate Goodyear—yup, the same gal doing the free classes up in Norristown—will lead, and funds raised from the event will go to the family of a 12-year-old boy who just had brain surgery on July 8th. Be sure to bring your own mat and water. RSVP over on Facebook.Saturday, July 12th, 4-5 p.m., The Porch, 30th Street Station.
Lions and tigers and beers, oh my! The Philadelphia Zoo is hosting its sixth annual Summer Ale Festival this Saturday. The adults-only soiree will have more than 40 regional craft beers to sample (with favorites from Yards, Troegs, Dogfish Head, and more), delicious eats from some of the best local food trucks (The Cow and the Curd and Mac Mart Cart, amongst others), plus live entertainment all evening long. All this among a cast of very exotic characters. Tickets can be purchased online in advance only, and include a souvenir tasting cup, free Zoo parking, and a free shuttle from 30th Street Station. More information is available here. Cheers! Saturday, July 19th, 6:30-10 p.m., $25-$90, Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.
From 7 Shows To See In Philly This Week:After years of setbacks and personal issues Queens of the Stone Age have released its first album in years: ...Like Clockwork. The riff-heavy rock group has had a strong following since its formation almost two decades ago, and they have not lost their touch. These guys are capable of getting loud, and the open-air venue at the Mann should enhance the experience. Sunday, July 20th, 7:30p.m., The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue.