The Free Library's City Institute branch presents Hidden Treasure Jazz Duo on Monday evening as part of their summer concert series. The musical pair have been based out of the Philly suburbs for over 13 years, and are known for their smooth jazz stylings. Monday, August 31st, 6:30 pm, free, Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust Street
Join Angie from Studio 34 this Tuesday for a Sunrise Yoga class that is sure to be a perfect way to start your day at The Porch. This an all-levels session: All you need to bring is your own mat and some zen. Tuesday, September 1st, 7 am, free, The Porch, 2955 Market Street
If you ever wanted to know how to trace your family's history, but didn't know how, this free genealogy resources course on Tuesday will provide helpful hints and strategies. Space is extremely limited, and you must have a Free Library card in order to take part. Tuesday, September 1st, 10:30 am, free, Free Library, 1901 Vine Street
Grab your lunch and head over to 30th Street Station to hear local musician Dan Nosheny serenade you through your afternoon break. He'll be playing everything from tango to polka to pop hits during this free roaming concert. Tuesday, September 1st, 12 pm, free, The Porch, 2955 Market Street
Question: What do you get when you put a bazillion screaming teenage girls into Lincoln Financial Field? Answer: One Direction in concert, which is going down in Philly this Tuesday evening. You've been warned. Tuesday, September 1st, 7 pm, $29.50-$105, Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Some of Philly's hottest trans and queer poets are joining forces this Tuesday evening for a poetry reading at Wooden Shoe Books and Records. You Can't Kill a Poet, Vol. 7features Carrie Reilly, Tyler Antoine, Zach Blackwood, Link Boss, Boston Gordon, Ashley Robin Netanel, and Sherri Nicole. Tuesday, September 1st, 7 pm, free, Wooden Shoe Books and Records, 704 South Street
The Fringe Festival doesn't officially start till Thursday, but Philadelphia Artists Collective are debuting their Fringe contribution a few days early. On Tuesday, the curtain will go up on their latest, The Captive, a show that, when it was staged in 1926, was censored for its worldly subject matter. It concerns a woman named Irene, whose "quiet devastation sparks a chain of events that will shake the foundations of her otherwise tidy world.” Will it still resonate the way it did in the ’20s? It’ll be fun to find out. September 1-20, 8 pm, $25, Physick House, 321 South 4th Street.
Representatives from PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) will be on hand this Wednesday at Dilworth Park for a Yappy Hour, featuring drink specials and snacks for both humans and dogs. This week, a Comfort Caring Canine therapy dog will also be featured. Wednesday, September 2nd, 5 pm, pay as you go, Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street
Legendary guitarist, professor, and all around great musical guy David Falcone is playing a free concert on Wednesday at The Porch. Grab a dinner to go or head over before you dine for a musical experience like none other. Wednesday, September 2nd, 5:30 pm, free, The Porch, 2955 Market Street
He calls his style "the soundtrack to culture clash." Chris Zurich will be giving a free concert this Thursday evening at The Porch, where he'll be performing his take on soul, hardcore, punk, and reggae. Thursday, September 3rd, 5:30 pm, free, The Porch, 2955 Market Street
Philly Film Society's Movies on the Block series, which brings outdoor screenings and activities to under-served neighborhoods throughout the city, concludes this Thursday with a showing of Céline Sciamma's French-language, coming-of-age film Girlhood(see the trailer here.) The movie starts at sundown, but show up at 6 pm to take part in the accompanying activities. There will be performances by Kensington CAPA Drum Line and Jazz Combo, art classes with the Art Deptartment and Art Well, Kensington High School football scrimmages and food trucks. Thursday, September 3rd, 6 pm, free, Kensington CAPA High School Football Field, 1901 North Front Street.
It's here! The FringeArts 2015 Festival opens this Thursday, and features dozens of performances across the city. There's literally something for everyone, from theater, to music, to visual art, and dance, plus, of course, plenty Fringe-worthy surprises. Overwhelmed by all the choices? We've put together two guides to help you out. Here, find our picks for the “curated” shows, a.k.a. the performers who are invited and paid for by the festival. And here, the independents shows, a.k.a. the come-one-come-alls, which include everything from a comedy hypnosis show to stuff you should actually see.
The pop-rock quintet R5 returns to the Mann Center this Thursday after a packed concert at the venue last season. They recently released their second album, Sometime Last Night, and will be joined by special guests Jacob Whitesides and Ryland. Thursday, September 3rd, 7 pm, $29.50-45, The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
If you like your drag with an extra side of shock-factor, head to Kung Fu Necktie on Thursday night to see Sharon Needles (aka Aaron Coady). The avant-garde diva made a name for herself on the Pittsburgh performance art scene before going on to take the top prize on season four of RuPaul's Drag Race. Since then, she's taken her act on the road and released an album that hit No. 9 on Billboard's Dance / Electronic Albums chart. She'll be joined in Philly by local drag performance troupe Haus of Ham and rock group The Homophones for a night that’ll be anything but your typical Gayborhood drag. Think of it as a nice pre-gamer for your Fringe Festival experience. Thursday, September 3rd, $20-$50, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street.
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