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Painted Bride Art Center: Witness feats of feline agility as “The Amazing Acro-cats Phrolic into Philadelphia!” at the Painted Bride, 230 Vine St., Philadelphia. Show times are 8 p.m. July 10, 5 and 8 p.m. July 11, and 2 and 5 p.m. July 12. Tickets are $21 and available at www.circuscats.com.
Beware the Blob
Blobfest: Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre, at 227 Bridge St., is at the center of Blobfest, a celebration of the 1958 movie’s place in the history of Phoenixville. Although the reenactment of the running-out-of-the-theater scene July 10 is sold out, there’s still a free street fair July 11 and screenings of “The Blob” and other cult classic films July 11-12. Street fair highlights include live music, a Fire Extinguisher Parade, a costume contest and appearance by Kris Yeaworth, son of the director of “The Blob.” Films being double feature screened at the Colonial with “The Blob” include “Creature of the Black Lagoon 3D” and “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein.” Get the complete schedule, and locations for a self-guided “Blob” tour, at www.thecolonialtheatre.com.
History and a treat
Evans-Mumbower Mill: It’s an ice cream social with tours of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Authority’s 19th century water-powered grist mill at Swedesford and Township Line roads, Upper Gwynedd. Check it out 1 to 4 p.m. July 19. Cost is $5, $3 for children.
Bergey Mill: The Lower Salford Township Historical Society hosts an ice cream social from 6 to 8 p.m. July 19 at the farmstead site on Bergey Mill Road.
DCP Theatre: The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of the musical “Working,” running July 17-Aug. 1 at 795 Ridge Road, Salford Township. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and July 30-Aug. 1 at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be opening weekend director’s wine receptions July 17 and 18 and a patron appreciation on July 30. Tickets are available for $15, $13 for seniors and students. Call (215) 234-0966 or visit www.dcptheatre.com.
Green Lane Park: See outdoor theater as Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 7 p.m. July 11 at the park amphitheater. Admission is free; bring your own seating. The park is at 2144 Snyder Road, Marlborough Township.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: The Summer Musicale Fest continues with “You’ve Got A Friend,” with songs by James Taylor, Carole King, Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon. Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 16, 8 p.m. July 17-18 and 24, 3 p.m. July 19 and 26, 2 p.m. July 22-23, and 3 and 8 p.m. June 25. Tickets start at $32 and are available by visiting www.brtstage.org or calling (215) 785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol.
Wilma Theater: Ballet X’s Summer Series will feature an evening of works by Adam Houghland, including a new special collaboration between Hougland and local singer-songwriter Chris Kasper. Kasper, who has performed with the likes of The Avett Brothers and Amos Lee, will play songs from his 2013 album “Bagabones” live for the performance. Show times are 8 p.m. July 10, 2 and 8 p.m. July 11, and 2 and 7 p.m. July 12. During the July 11 performance, guests will be treated to “A Pie, A Pint & The Process” for an extra $5. Tickets range from $22-40. The Wilma Theater is at 265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 546-7824 or see www.balletx.org.
Kimmel Center: Philadelphia Dance Projects will present explore the relationship between science fiction, disco, astrophysics and the black American experience in “Discotropic” at 7:30 p.m. July 18 in the SEI Innovation Studio, Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia. This inside look at the rehearsal process of the work includes an opportunity for the audience to participate in the making of the work, followed by a conversation with choreographer Niv Acosta. Tickets are $10 and available at www.kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.
Eastern State Penitentiary: The experimental cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies humorously re-imagine the French Revolution at 5:30 p.m. July 11 at Eastern State, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. Admission is free. After the excitement of the storming of the castle-like facade of the retired prison and a mock beheading, local restaurants will feature French-themed entertainment and food and drink specials. The penitentiary will reopen for twilight tours for $10, $8 online at www.easternstate.org.
Coca-Cola Park: A Color Fun Fest Run — with both day and night 5K races — is held July 11 at the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs stadium in Allentown near East Highland Street. Run through five color stations and hear dance music. There will be prizes, food, free entry for children 12 and under, and more. See http://colorfunfest5k.com/locations/allentown.
Indian Valley Public Library: Folk musician Dave Fry is in concert as part of the Second Fridays series at 7:30 p.m. July 10. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Delaware Valley University: The Lenape Chamber Ensemble presents two different concert programs at 8 p.m. July 11 and 18 in the university’s Life Sciences Building Auditorium. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students. Delaware Valley University is off of New Britain Road, Doylestown. Call (610) 294-9361 or visit www.lenapechamberensemble.org.
Peddler’s Village: Celebrate National Blueberry Month in July with Bluegrass and Blueberries 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 11-12. Free highlights of the rain-or-shine event include locally grown blueberries and blueberry treats, plus bluegrass and country music acts. The village is at Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
Miller Symphony Hall: Classical Mystery Tour performs with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra for the pops concert “A Tribute to The Beatles” at 7:30 p.m. July 11. Tickets range from $20-$60. Miller Symphony Hall is at 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Call (610) 432-6715.
Awbury Arboretum: Rescheduled from May due to the weather, the Philadelphia Folksong Society’s Heartwood Music Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 12, and features food trucks, crafts and children’s activities in addition to outdoor performances on two stages by Full Frontal Folk, No Good Sister, Man About a Horse, Karmic Repair Company, Lizanne Knott, Kuf Knotz and Norman Taylor. The arboretum is in Germantown at 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Go to http://folksong.ticketleap.com/heartwood.
Historic Bethlehem: The 23rd annual Blueberry Festival, held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 18 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 19, is highlighted by live entertainment by This Way to the Egress, George King Jr. and Friends, Jack Murray, Craig Thatcher & Nike Van Wyk, She Said Sunday, Dave Fry, The Billy Bauer Duo and more. The full entertainment schedule for the Blueberry Festival is available by visiting the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites website at www.historicbethlehem.org. The festival site is the Burnside Plantation, 1461 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. It also includes crafters; blueberry confections; food vendors; beer, wine and mead; colonial demonstrations; pony rides; a blueberry pie-eating contest and blueberry cooking contests. Free parking is available in the Martin Tower lot. Tickets for the festival are $20 for the adult tasting tent, $8 for adult general admission, $4 for children 4-12.
Lincoln Financial Field: Kenny Chesney’s “Big Revival” Tour features opening sets by Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and Chase Rice at 5 p.m. July 11 at the Philadelphia Eagles’ stadium at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. Tickets range from $35-$225. Check availability at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.
Bryn Mawr Twilight series: Broken Arrow and a Neil Young tribute by Dukes of Destiny will be July 10; then it’s Megan & Liz and Found Wandering July 11. Both concerts start at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Gazebo, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Lower Merion. Tickets are $12, $5 for children 5-16. Bring your own seating. Also, bring a picnic or visit the nearby takeout restaurants.
Church of the Holy Spirit: A concert at 7 p.m. July 11 features Erica Cherry on clarinet, accompanied by Seth Trumbore on piano. The program will include works by Brahms, Gershwin, Milhaud, Vaughan Williams and more. Call (215) 234-8020.
SteelStacks: The Monster Energy BMX Team performs free shows on the Air Products Town Square, next to the old Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. July 11. In between demos, the BMX team will pose for photos and sign autographs, while Bethlehem-based Homebase Skateshop will present an éS Game of SKATE competition. At 7:30 p.m., there’s a free Levitt Pavilion performance by Black Violin. Steel Stacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Check out www.monsterenergy.com/us/en/sports/bmx.
American Swedish Historical Museum: Philly lagers, ales, stouts and other beers are paired with a spread of Swedish meatballs, cheeses and sausages with SmorgasBeer’d 5 to 8 p.m. July 18. The museum is at 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia. Advance tickets are $25. Call (215) 389-1776 or visit www.americanswedish.org.
University City: University City Dining Days returns July 16-26. Now in its 11th year, Dining Days will offer a chance to try out craft beer bars, celebrity chef restaurants, BYOBs, and cuisine from India, Ethiopia, China and Vietnam. Participating restaurants — which you can see at www.universitycity.org/university-city-dining-days — offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35.
Friends of the Wissahickon: Hike with FOW’s Trail Ambassadors 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 16 in Wissahickon Valley Park. Registration is recommended so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Bring water and a snack if desired. Contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check out free talks at the Cedars House, 200 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. At 1 p.m. July 12, hear about “Trails Less Travelled.” Meet at Johnson Street between Wissahickon Avenue and Lincoln Drive. From 2 to 4 p.m. July 12, it’s an “Invasive and Native Plant Safari.” Meet in the Kitchens Lane parking lot. For updates, go to www.fow.org.
Clean and Green
Lansdale Public Library: The annual Clean and Green Extravaganza offers book signings with authors John Waffles and Kirsten Sale, electronics recycling, a costume jewelry sale, a used book sale, a car wash, document shredding and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18 at the library, 301 Vine St., Lansdale.
Birds are back
Elmwood Park Zoo: The Birds of Paradise exhibit is open for the season and features dozens of Sun Conures and Canary-Winged Parakeets. Hand feedings are available for $2 per person. Birds of Paradise is open 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Zoo admission is $14.95, $12.95 for students, $10.95 for children 3-12 and seniors 65+. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. For more information, contact guest services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.