Fun Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

See Phoebe Robinson do stand-up, join an architecture tour of Fairmount, or hear Toy Story in concert.


Brian Sanders’ JUNK’s Dragonbutter: Beta Trials ends Sunday, but will return in September. (Ted Lieverman)

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THEATER/VIRTUAL
The Skin of Our Teeth
Quintessence Theatre performs a virtual production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “genre-defying” 1943 play. The official description sounds amazing: “Over the course of 5,000 years, a family manages to dodge apocalypse after apocalypse — a fire, flood, the Ice Age, plague, a dozen wars — all by the skin of their teeth.” Stars Rachel Bay Jones, Leigha Kato, Janis Dardaris, Lee Cortopassi, Jacinta Yelland and Caleb Ward.
$29 for a 72-hour viewing period, available through August 1st, more info here.

MUSEUMS/EXHIBITIONS
American by Craft: The Furniture of Olof Althin
This new exhibition celebrates the work of Swedish-born American cabinetmaker and antiques restorer Olof Althin. “Throughout his life, Althin navigated the intersections between immigrant and American, reproducer and restorer, and designer and maker.”
Included in museum admission of $5 to $10, opens July 23rd, continues through January 23rd, 2022, American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue.

COMEDY
Meg Stalter & Friends
Comedian Meg Stalter hosts the two-night 2021 Blue Heaven Comedy Festival at FringeArts. In addition to Twitter (where she’s a superstar) you can find Stalter on Hacks and Tooning Out the News. Also on the bill: Deanna Ortiz and more TBA. (The shows might sell out but there will be a waiting list at the door.)
$15-$25, 8 p.m., July 23rd and 24th, FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard.

SPORTS
Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
Thursday through Sunday, the Phillies have a four-game homestand against their league rivals the Atlanta Braves. Sunday is also Multi-Player Fathead day, meaning all kids 14 and under get six peel and stick decals, a.k.a. stickers.
$17-$170, July 22nd-25th, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.

THEATER
Dream Awake
Bucks County Playhouse’s Youth Company presents “a high energy 75-minute show featuring songs, dances, stories, and scenes, created by our cast and a variety of artists.” Two performances daily.
$20, 2 and 6:30 p.m., July 22nd through 25th, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope.

SHOPPING/COLLECTIBLES
Fishtown Card Show
A two-day pop culture shopping opportunity (a popcultshopop? yes!) at the Fillmore. We’re talking sports cards, Magic cards, Pokemon cards, greeting cards, probably not those, but other stuff like memorabilia, collectibles and all that sort of thing. Plus a DJ, giveaways and more.
$7 to $15, 10 a.m. through 3 p.m., July 24th and 25th, Fillmore Philly, 29 East Allen Street.

MUSIC
Folk Weekend @ People’s Light
People’s Light’s parking lot becomes a concert hotspot this weekend, with two days of drive-in and outdoor performances. On Saturday they’ve got Patty Larkin, Jeremiah Tall & The Lore and Amythyst Kiah. Sunday’s lineup includes Sean Rowe, Adam Monaco and The Dirty Grass Players.
$175 per car (up to five passengers), 6:30 p.m., July 24th and 25th, the parking lot at People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern.

GALLERY/EXHIBITION
To Re-Turn is a Forward Motion
This limited-time exhibition of works by artist Austen Camille explores “the meaning of home and belonging” and includes performance, writing, object-making, and “expansive time-based installations and processes.”
Free, July 20th through 25th, Cherry Street Pier, 121 North Columbus Boulevard.

ART/SHOPPING
Liberty Flea Market
Shop for vintage and antique goods at Cherry Street Pier on Saturday Sunday. Vendors include Bowline Vintage, Geometric Gems, Asbury Park Vintage, Evening Star Gallery, Change Is … Vintage, Tiger Snake Vintage and more. Here’s the whole list.
Free to enter, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 24th and 25th, Cherry Street Pier, 121 North Columbus Boulevard.

MUSIC
Eric Darius
The suave sax god does a four-night run at South Jazz Kitchen, as part of Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Series.
$33, July 22nd through 25th, Jazz Kitchen, 600 North Broad Street.

MOVIES
Christmas in July (The Horror Edition)
Well, the campaign to keep the Mahoning Drive-In from being shut down and turned into a solar energy farm was brief but successful, and all is right in the world. Why not celebrate with two days of schlocky Xmas movie classics? Friday: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) tagline: “He knows when you’ve been naughty,” and Christmas Evil (1980) tagline: “This Christmas you better believe in Santa … or he’ll slay you.” Saturday: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) tagline: “The nightmare is about to begin … again!” and Black Christmas (1974) tagline: “If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl … It’s on TOO TIGHT.” Damn, that’s a good one.
$10 per night ($20 if you want to camp out), 6 p.m., the Mahoning Drive-In Theater, 635 Seneca Road, Lehighton, PA.

DANCE
Dragonbutter: Beta Trials
This is your last weekend to sample some Dragonbutter, at least until the show gets revived in September. Brian Sanders’ JUNK — known for their daring, muscular movement performances, especially during the Fringe Festival — return with “an hour-long, immersive experience” that is “part video game, part escape room, and part performance.” Each show has an audience of 12 people, so tickets may go quickly.
$50, through July 26th, returns in September, 200 Spring Garden Street.

SHOPPING
Christmas in July in Chestnut Hill
Am I crazy or are people leaning extra hard into the Christmas in July thing this year? Maybe it’s because regular Christmas was a such a bummer. Anyway, use it as an excuse to stroll around Chestnut Hill on Saturday and Sunday, window shopping, real shopping and maybe buying a drink for the dude who has to wander Germantown Avenue in a Santa beard in the dead of summer. Yes, there are carolers.
Free till you buy something, 2 to 5 p.m., July 24th and 25th, Chestnut Hill.

COMEDY
Phoebe Robinson
The NYC-based author and comedian co-created and co-hosts 2 Dope Queens, wrote for Girl Code, and consulted for Broad City. She’s also appeared on Search Party and RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race. Oh, and just last week she guest hosted the Jimmy Kimmel show.
$25 to $35, July 22nd to 24th, Punch Line Philly, 33 East Laurel Street.

ART/MUSEUMS/EXHIBITIONS
Seeing Ghosts: 7 Photographers Capture Faded Wall Ads
This exhibition collections photos and videos of ghost signs — those faded, often hand-painted signs and advertisements you sometimes notice on old buildings. Includes work by Peter Woodall, MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson, Gibbs Connors, and more. Admission is limited, advance reservations recommended.
$10, continues through August 8th, Neon Museum of Philadelphia at NextFab, 1800 North American Street.

COMEDY
Ted Alexandro
The veteran comic used the pandemic break to create a new comedy record of time tested material called The Lost Album. You may recognize Alexandro from Teachers Lounge, Inside Amy Shumer and Oz.
$18 to $34, July 22nd to 24th, Helium, 2031 Sansom Street.

MOVIES
Now Playing @ PFS Bourse
Old — The new horror-thriller by M. Night Shyamalan starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps and Rufus Sewell. Tagline: “It’s only a matter of time.” Settlers — Wyatt Rockefeller’s sci-fi thriller about humans trying to survive on Mars. Stars: Sofia Boutella, Ismael Cruz Cordova and Brooklynn Prince. No tagline. Joe Bell — The true story of a father who walks across the United States to campaign against bullying. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton and Gary Sinise. No tagline. Black Widow — Scarlett Johansson continues her adventures in the MCU. Directed by Cate Shortland. Hey, they added taglines. Nice. Here’s one: “She’s Done Running From Her Past.” (Also playing at the Drive-In Theater @ the Navy Yard.)
$8 to $13, PFS Bourse Theater, 400 Ranstead Street.

MOVIES
Online Screenings from Lightbox Film Center
Lightbox Film Center is offering three documentaries for home viewing: The Witches of the Orient (2021), Julien Faraut’s documentary about the dominant 1964 Japanese women’s Olympic volleyball team. Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters (2020), Tom Hurwitz and Rosalynde LeBlanc’s documentary about choreographer Jones and his ballet that “gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief, and hope for salvation” during the AIDS crisis. Her Socialist Smile (2020), this doc by John Gianvito “meditates on a particular moment in early 20th-century history: when Helen Keller began speaking out passionately on behalf of progressive causes.”
$12, through July 25th, Lightbox Film Center.

ART/EXHIBITION
Current Exhibitions at the Art Museum
This is the last weekend to check out Senga Nengudi: Topologies, featuring works by the avant garde African-American sculptor, from the ’70s to today (through July 25th). Expressions, group show of prints, drawings, and photographs by William E. Smith, Käthe Kollwitz, Rembrandt, Tōjūsai Sharaku and more (through July 31st). Unexpected Surfaces, group show of drawing and prints by artists who create works using “surprising materials” (through August 15th). New Grit: Art & Philly Now, This group show features the work 25 artists with strong Philadelphia connections whose work “explore ideas of being and belonging” (through August 22nd). Fault Lines: Contemporary Abstraction by Artists from South Asia (through October 10th).
$14 to $25, weekend hours: Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., use north entrance on Kelly Drive.

MOVIES
The Goonies
Celebrate the amazing career of director Richard Donner with a screening of his 1985 kids classic starring Thanos, Samwise Gamgee, Joey Pants, The Tooz, Kerri Green, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton and Ke Huy Quan. Tagline: “Take the Oath. Join the Adventure.”
$8-$13, July 22nd-25th, Philadelphia Film Society Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street

HISTORY
Once Upon A Nation
Historic Philadelphia reopens its “storytelling benches” — comfy spots where curious/weary tourists/locals to sit down and enjoy “short, engaging tales that didn’t make it into the history books.”
Free, continues through September 6th, three benches in and around Independence National Historic Park.

MUSIC/FOOD
Dinner and a Show at Chris’ Jazz Café
Best-of-Philly winner Chris’ Jazz Café is offering three-course dinners and live music twice a night this weekend: On Friday it’s saxophonist Victor North & John Swana & Their Quartet. Saturday they’ve got Benny Benack II & his Quintet featuring Anais Reno.
$75, 8 & 10 p.m., July 23rd and 24th, Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom Street.

MOVIES
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Stars LeBron James, Sonequa Martin-Green and Bugs Bunny. From what I hear, nobody actually goes to space in this movie. Tagline: “Get ready for the slam dunk of the summer.”
$7 to $12, all week, Philadelphia Film Society Drive-In Theater @ the Navy Yard, 4747 South Broad Street.

 


 

FRIDAY, JULY 23rd

MUSIC
Rhett Miller
The Old 97’s frontman and solo artist is on a City Winery tour, celebrating 30 years in the music biz. If you’re a singer-songwriter yourself, you might be interesting in the Songwriting Is Magic — the Rhett Miller Retreat he’s hosting in Chicago in October.
$25-$35, 6 p.m., City Winery, 990 Filbert Street.

MUSIC/COMEDY
Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours
“Small town philosopher” Antsy McClain hosts an evening of music, poetry and storytelling set in a trailer park.
$21.50 to $30, 6 and 9 p.m., Sellersville Theater, 24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville.

MUSIC
Philadelphia Orchestra
Erina Yashima conducts a program entitled Pictures from an Exhibition: An Evening of Classics, including the music of Montgomery, Saint-Saëns, Coleridge-Taylor and Musorgsky. Featuring violinist Kimberly Fisher.
$25 to $55, 6 p.m., Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue.

MUSIC/DANCE
Sunset Drum & Dance
Acarajè Drums and Positive Movement Entertainment hosts a little night time jam session full of drumming and dancing down by the Delaware River.
Free, 8 p.m., Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 South Columbus Boulevard.

DRINKS/WORKSHOP
Rooftop Cocktail Workshop with Art in the Age
Old City’s Art in the Age continues its Summer Sippers cocktail workshop series on the rooftop of the Christ Church Neighborhood House. In addition to learning how to make the day’s specialty cocktail (ingredients provided), you also get to drink it.
$100 (for two people), 5 p.m., Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street.

MUSIC/DANCE PARTY
One Direction vs. Jonas Brothers
The full title of this event is “Best Night Ever: One Direction vs. Jonas Brothers Dance Party.” No DJ names are listed, and maybe that doesn’t matter since they only have two artists’ albums to choose from.
$15 to $20, 9 p.m., Fillmore Philly, 29 East Allen Street.

 


 

SATURDAY, JULY 24th

COMEDY/THEATER
Candice Guardino: Italian Bred
A comedy cooking show inspired by the creator’s own grandmother. The show includes virtual celebrity cameos, too. I won’t spoil it for you but they’re Italian.
$29.50-$45, 7:30 p.m., Sellersville Theater, 24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville.

MUSIC
Ace Enders
In addition to his solo work, Enders is known for playing with The Early November and I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business. Makin’ music. That’s Enders’ game.
$20, 7 p.m., Foundry at the Fillmore Philly, 29 East Allen Street.

FOOD/TOUR
Asian Food Market Tour
Take a guided tour of the dozens of Southeast Asian food vendors who set up shop in FDR Park. Enjoy samples along the way, but bring cash if you plan on buying from the vendors,
$10-$20 (pay what you can), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., FDR parking lot by Meadow Lake, 1500 Pattison Avenue and South Broad Street.

MUSIC/MOVIES
Toy Story In Concert
Philadelphia Orchestra performs along to a screening of the 1995 Disney/Pixar favorite starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney and more. Conducted by William Eddins. Tagline: “Hang on for the comedy that goes to infinity and beyond!”
$25-$65, 6 p.m., Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue.

STORYTELLING
Griot Tale Saturdays
The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents free storytelling/music performances every Saturday by Text Rich Ali, who “employs a range of musical genres and instruments to explore the evolution of Black culture through creative expression.” Families welcome.
Free, 1 p.m., Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

MUSEUMS/EXHIBITIONS
The European Rally
It’s “Time, Speed, Distance Demo Day” at South Philly’s favorite old car museum, which includes a driving demonstration and a “scrutineering technical learning session.” The featured cars are the 1938 Jaguar 3.5 Litre SS 100, the 1954 Austin-Healey 110-4 BN1 and the 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe. Those sound like good cars to scrutineer.
Included with museum admission of $10-$12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwitch Drive.

TOUR/WALK
Creatures of the Night Hike
“Teens and adults can join Will for an evening hike through the woods to listen for owls, bats, and see what comes to a baited insect trail.” This description is intriguing. What sort of beast is going to come out of the woods? How do you bait an insect trail? Insects follow trails? Every time I see a bug it looks like it doesn’t know where it’s supposed to be. And who the heck is Will?
Price unknown, 7:30 p.m., Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Veree Road.

MUSIC
Jesse Malin
The New York Punk mainstay (in bands like D Generation and Heart Attack, as well as solo) plays one of those intimate Ardmore Music Hall shows you’ll miss once they’re gone. I mean, maybe you will. These are weird, bad times, but you might look back at these intimate, scarcely populated shows one day and say, well that part of it was okay. With Diane & the Gentlemen.
$35-$118, 6:45 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue.

 


 

SUNDAY, JULY 25th

COMEDY
Janelle James
In addition to being an established standup, James writes for and sometimes appears on Showtime’s Black Monday, which is a great show. Everybody go watch it. She also hosts the podcast You In Danger Gurl.
$20 to $28, 7 p.m., Helium, 2031 Sansom Street.

MUSIC
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Awbury Arboretum’s Community Concert Series (created to “help musicians impacted by the COVID shutdown”) continues with host Barry Wahrhaftig of the Hot Club of Philadelphia. Led by Jeri Lynne Johnson, the Philly-based Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra emphasizes “cultural diversity and innovative community engagement.” This performance is outdoors in a tented patio and picnic area.
$10 to $30, 5:30 p.m., Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road.

TOUR/BIKING
Parkside Neighborhood & Centennial District Bike Tour
BYO bike and helmet — both are required — for this pleasant bike tour in and around East Fairmount Park. Led by Graham Robb and John Sigmund.
$20 to $40, 9 a.m. to noon., meet at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row.

TOUR/WALK
Architecture Walking Tour
The Preservation Alliance is offering this guided tour around Fairmount with an eye toward the days when it was Spring Garden — a suburb of the city. Sights include Victorian homes, Eastern State Penitentiary and more. Headsets will be provided, but you can use your own earbuds or headphones if you like.
$10 to $15, 2 to 4 p.m., meet in front of Jack’s Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Avenue.