14 Things to Do in Movies, Comedy, Dance, Books and Hot Air Balloons

Starring Doug Benson, Sherman Alexie, Megyn Kelly, ghosts, vampires and dinosaurs.

Dr. Alan Grant likes dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park @ FringeArts | Wednesday, June 21
Eat, drink and watch dinosaurs run wild in an outdoor setting. Upcoming screenings include E.T. (June 28), Friday (July 19), Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (August 9) and lots more. Hold on to your butts.

Solow Fest @ lots of places | Through June 25
The festival of daring dance performances continues. All shows are pay-what-you-can. Before you say you don’t think you like dance, check out the calendar.

Tuesdays with Stories featuring Doug Benson @ Helium | Wednesday, June 21
Comedians Joe List and Mark Normand come to Philly to tape their podcast with Doug Benson who likes marijuana and movies. Note: That’s the name of the podcast. This event is on Wednesday. P.S. Doug Loves Movies records Saturday and Sunday at Helium.

TNMOT AZTRO @ Vox Populi Gallery | June 22-24
The Connecticut “performance art and dance installation company” performs as part of the Projector Series of multimedia arts experiences.


Sherman Alexie @ Philadelphia Free Library | Thursday, June 22
A free reading and book signing by the author of Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Ten Little Indians. His new one is called You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.

Cocktails in the Courtyard @ Philadelphia History Museum | Thursday, June 22
A Jersey Shore-themed party, with boardwalk food, “coastal-themed cocktails” and music by Alex Delcourt Trio and DJs Jerry Blavat and Eddie Tully. Appropriate memorabilia from the museum’s collection will be on display.

Paul Vidich/Dennis Tafoya @ Head House Books | Thursday, June 22
Author Dennis Tafoya interviews Paul Vidich, the author of The Good Assassin, a new Cold War espionage novel.

Broadcast @ Christ Church Neighborhood House | June 23-25
11th Hour Theatre Company presents a new musical by Nathan Christensen and Scott Murphy about radio in the early 20th Century. Broadcast is part of the Next Step Concert Series which offers intimate, stripped-down musical productions.

Chester County Balloon Festival @ New Garden Flying Field | June 23-25
A family-friendly event featuring a beer garden, fireworks and hot air balloon-based entertainment, including tethered and untethered rides, a walk through an inflated balloon and a “balloon glow evening show, featuring special shape balloon rodeo.”

Twin Peaks : A Damn Fine Burlesque @ Ortlieb’s | Friday, June 23
Broad St. Burlesque offers an evening’s entertainment in a clean place, reasonably priced.

Ghost Hunt @ Eastern State Penitentiary | June 23 & 24
Tell me something, Ghost Hunts USA: What will you do with the ghosts when you catch them?

Manayunk Arts Festival @ Main Street, Manayunk | June 24 & 25
Giant arts fest, with lots of art to look at and/or purchase in the fields of jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber and more. So big there’s a shuttle bus.

Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly @ Philadelphia Free Library | Monday, June 26
NBC news personality Megyn Kelly talks with her husband Douglas Brunt, author of the new novel Ghosts of Manhattan. They’re good ghosts, Brunt.

The Lost Boys @ Trocadero | Monday, June 26
Maggots, Michael. You’re eating maggots — how do they taste? Are they okay? I just got a crock pot and I’ve kind of gone crazy trying out new recipes. Not too much bay leaf?