WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Art on view
Michener Art Museum: Current exhibits at the James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, include “Iron and Coal, Petroleum and Steel: Industrial Art from the Steidle Collection,” on display through Oct. 25, and “Herman Leonard: Jazz Portraits” through Oct. 11. Opening July 25 is “Veils of Color: Juxtapositions and Recent Work by Elizabeth Osborne.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for youths 6-18. For more information, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call (215) 340-9800. The museum also presents “An Evening of Impressionist Song” with soprano Emily Eisen at 7 p.m. July 29 in the Edgar N. Putman Pavilion. Tickets are $20, $5 for students, $10 for members.
Return of the king
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire: Located at the Mount Hope Estate & Winery, Route 72, Cornwall, the Renaissance Faire will celebrate its 35th anniversary season with the return of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine. In 1513 Henry returns to England, after defeating the French in the Battle of the Spurs, to discover that the Scots have invaded and that the queen has suited up in armor and rode north to speak to the troops. The faire’s 13-week run Aug. 1-Oct. 25 will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday. The festivities feature more than 90 shows daily on open-air stages and the shire streets with music, dance and action performances. The Revels Schedule features the Royal Falconer’s birds of prey, wenches and rogues singing tales of “love and drynke,” archery demonstrations, musicians, jugglers, hypnotism, children’s “trunke shows” and more. The entertainment also includes improvised song, swordplay, mud begging, man-powered rides, a Gaming Village, the Fight Circle, a Dungeon Museum and an Amazing Maze. The day’s events culminate in an Ultimate Joust and Finale in Song. Each of the 13 weekends has a theme. Admission is $30.95, $11.95 for children 5-11. Games, rides, foods, beverages and crafts have additional costs. Visit www.parenfaire.com for complete details or call (717) 665-7021.
The Mann Center’s Young People’s Concert Series: hosts a free performance by the Rock School for Dance Education at 11 a.m. Monday, July 27 at Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia.
Franklin Institute: “Mess Fest” has different daily themes of “Nasty Nature,” “Art and Design,” “Splish Splash” and “Gross Anatomy” noon to 4 p.m. July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2. Science educators at the Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St., Philadelphia, have come up with new, big and messy science demonstrations that they’re waiting to show off. Get complete information at www.fi.edu.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: “The Great Outdoors” involves art-making, family tours and performances by the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers. It happens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Art Museum, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Admission is $20, $18 for seniors, $14 for students and youths 13-18, free to children 12 and under. Call (215) 763-8100 or search for Family Festivals in the calendar section of www.philamuseum.org.
Sesame Place: July 30 is the park’s 35th birthday. To celebrate the day Sesame Place opened its gates in 1980, those that arrive arrive early get “Sesame Street” themed birthday hats and party blowers at the front gate (while supplies last). Also, check out a character birthday celebration in front of a giant birthday cake. Everyone’s favorite “Sesame Street” friends will be at the front of the park for birthday hugs and photo ops between 10 and 10:45 a.m. A DJ will be playing family-friendly party tunes between noon and 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The park is at 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne. For ticket information, see www.sesameplace.com.
Smith Memorial Playground: A “Kidchella” kids music festival is held in conjunction with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation 6 to 8 p.m. July 24. Children 10 and younger and their caregivers are invited to see The Alphabet Rockers, Play Date, and Shine and the Moonbeams. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Smith, 3500 Reservoir Drive in East Fairmount Park, just above Kelly Drive near 33rd and Oxford streets. Food trucks will be on the premises. All adults must be accompanied by a child. Tickets are $10. RSVP to http://smithplayground.ticketleap.com/kid2015.
Bucks County Playhouse: The playhouse’s Youth Company stages “Aladdin Jr.” through Aug. 2. Show times are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sundays. The theater is at 70 S. Main St., New Hope. Tickets are $16, $11 for children. Call (215) 862-2121.
Clark Park: From July 29-Aug. 2 the park welcomes the crowds for the free theater performances of “Shakespeare in Clark Park.” This year, “The Winter’s Tale” takes the stage at 7 p.m. in the West Philly park, near the intersection of Chester Avenue and 43rd Street.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: It’s the musical comedy “The Calamari Sisters’ Big Fat Italian Wedding” July 29-Aug. 2. Performances are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 29, 7:30 p.m. July 30, 8 p.m. July 31, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 3 p.m. Aug. 2. Tickets starting at $30 ($15 for students) are available by visiting www.brtstage.org or calling (215) 785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol.
Raise a glass
Indian Valley Public Library: Indian Valley Beer Fest 2015 is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 25, rain or shine, on the library grounds, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford. Sample up to 50 local and craft beers and enjoy live music, a 50/50 raffle and a Home Brewers Competition. Food will be available for purchase food from Jesse’s Barbecue, and Empanada Mama & Love Hot Dog Co. VIP tickets — which get you early admission at 4 p.m., catered fare by Cura Hospitality and one-off and limited specialty beers not available to other attendees — are $65. General admission tickets are $40 and designated drivers are $10 (includes $5 food voucher and one soda). Call (215) 723-9109 or visit www.indianvalleybeerfest.com.
Pennypacker Mills: Victorian teas were a way for women to entertain close friends or relatives. To be invited to a tea party signified that you were part of the host and hostess’ inner circle. This elegant pastime is celebrated 4 to 7 p.m. July 26 on the mansion porch, 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. A three-course luncheon will be prepared by the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College and served by Pennypacker Mills living historians. Musician Matthew Dodd will entertain with “Songs and Stories of the American Road.” The fee is $40 per person. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling (610) 287-9349.
Flavors of film
New Hope Film Festival: The festival returns July 24-Aug. 2, with screenings of a variety of independent films at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Ave., and the Stephen J. Buck Memorial Theater, 180 W. Bridge St., both in New Hope. Get a look at the festival program online at www.newhopefilmfestival.com or visit www.facebook.com/newhopefilmfestival.
BlackStar Film Festival: Held July 30-Aug. 2, the festival showcases films by and about the global black experience. Screenings are scheduled to take place in Philadelphia at International House, 3701 Chestnut St.; Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St.; and World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. For tickets and the program guide, go to www.blackstarfest.org.
Style and entertainment
King of Prussia Mall: The mall teams up with online fashion resource Refinery29 for a music festival-inspired Style Festival event 1 to 6 p.m. July 25. Things to look for in the Nordstrom Court are the “Sound Stage” with electronic music band Austra and DJs ASTR and Jilly Hendrix; the “Style Stage,” which somehow combines indie boutiques, national brands and summer’s trends, such as “Jean Scene” and “Fringed Benefits;” and the “Beauty Stage” with pop-up beauty bars giving shoppers music
festival-inspired hair trends. Also, check out the range of metallic, jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos at the pop-up tattoo parlor, courtesy of Flash Tattoo. The “DIY Stage” offers opportunities to personalize custom band-inspired tour tees — a keepsake souvenir from the experience. The mall is at 160 N. Gulph Road, Upper Merion. On social media, use the hashtags #R29StyleFestival and #FoundAtSimon. For updates, visit www.simon.com/stylefestival or King of Prussia Mall’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.
Dali Quartet International Music Festival: The 12th annual camp and festival offers classical music concerts for the public. At 7 p.m. Aug. 1, it’s the Faculty Kick Off Concert at the Joseph Ambler Inn, 1005 Horsham Road, Montgomery Township. Admission is $5. A free Quartet Fellows recital is held at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at North Penn Church of Christ, 300 North Wales Road, Montgomery Township. See the student chamber recitals free at 6 p.m. Aug. 7, and 4 and 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at North Penn Church of Christ. The Finale Concert is at 4 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce St., Philadelphia, where there will also be pre-concert activities for children and adults from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. See www.arconetwork.org or call (215) 919-3204.
Paris Bistro & Jazz Café: After an 18-year break from the jazz scene, singer Wendy Simon returns for shows with the Tom Adams Trio at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. July 26 at 8229 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. There is a $5 cover charge. For more information, call (215) 242-6200 or visit www.parisbistro.net.
MGK House Band Competition: Classic rock radio station WMGK is looking for its next official house band. The house band, which will eventually be decided Aug. 21, performs at station events throughout the year. Semi-final rounds — each with a different set of bands — will be held 8 to 11 p.m. July 30 at Cavanaugh’s River Deck, Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia; Aug. 6 at Havana in New Hope, and Aug. 14 at Chickies and Pete’s South Philadelphia on Packer Avenue. Check the events page at www.wmgk.com.
Delaware Valley University: The Lenape Chamber Ensemble’s final Summer Gala Concert is at 8 p.m. July 25 in the Life Sciences Auditorium, off New Britain Road, Doylestown. Violinist Cyrus Beroukhim and pianist Marcantonio Barone join violist,Brett Deubner and former Philadelphia Orchestra assistant principals violinist Nancy Bean and cellist Lloyd Smith to perform Mozart’s “Sonata in B Flat for Violin and Piano,” Swedish composer Tommie Haglund’s “String Trio” and Cesar Franck’s “Piano Quintet.” Tickets are $18, $15 for students and seniors. For information call (610) 294-9361.
University Lutheran Church: Crossroads Music presents “Joe Hill Roadshow” in tribute to the 20th century labor activist and songwriter at 7:30 p.m. July 25. The bill includes Magpie, Charlie King, and George Mann. Tickets range from $10-$30. The church is at 3637 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Check out www.crossroadsconcerrts.org.
Kimmel Center: The Philadelphia Orchestra offers a Free Neighborhood Concert at 6:30 p.m. July 30 in Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The program will include selections by Bernstein, Berlioz and Ravel. Although admission is free, you still need to get tickets at www.philorch.org.
The Rosenbach: The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, is offering Hands-On Tours for visitors allowing you access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. At 3 p.m. July 24 catch “James Joyce & Irish Authors,” and a “Love Letters” tour will be at 4 p.m. July 26. Advance registration is recommended by calling (215)732-1600, ext. 100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for students.
New Hope Automobile Show Road Rally: Cruise Bucks County to raise funds for New Hope Automobile Show Education Scholarships and the Fox Chase Cancer Center at 10 a.m. July 26 from New Hope-Solebury High School, 182 W. Bridge St., New Hope. Cost is $25 per car. Registration is not required, but those who would like to lock in their participation can email their contact information to email@example.com. Classic and current models are welcome. The New Hope Automobile Show will be held Aug. 8-9. For more information, call (215) 862-5665 or visit www.newhopeautoshow.com.
East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26, enjoy antique, classic and custom cars; live music and DJs; crafts; a moonbounce and children’s entertainment on East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson streets, Philadelphia. Visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com.
Penn’s Landing: From 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2, the African Cultural Alliance of North America hosts its signature ACANA Festival, a free outdoor concert experience that brings artists, groups and dance troupes from around Africa to perform for Philadelphia audiences on the Great Plaza off Columbus Boulevard. There’s also food, traditional and modern clothing, and arts and crafts vendors.
Glen Foerd on the Delaware: Jazz Age on the Delaware is a Roaring ‘20s-themed lawn party 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 at Glen Foerd. Come dressed in period attire, while enjoying music, dancing, lawn games, food, cocktails and a pie baking contest. Go to www.jazzageonthedelaware.com for directions. Tickets are $45, $55 at the gate, free for children 12 and under. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 632-5330.
Pennypacker Mills: Families are invited to enjoy “In the Good Old Summertime” — a Victorian-style summer event on the grounds of Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker’s early 20th century home — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 1. Admission is free and features music by Matthew Dodd, a car show by the Delaware Valley Classic MG Car Club, lawn games, refreshments, tours, the exhibit “What’s the Bright Idea? The Evolution of Lighting,” garden-themed crafts and more. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Visit www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills.
Center City Restaurant Week: It runs Aug. 2-7 and 9-14 at more than 120 restaurants, with three-course prix fixe menus for $35. Some participating restaurants will also be offering a three-course lunch option for $20 per person. Use m.CenterCityPhila.org to search participating restaurants, check menus and make reservations on your phone. For additional details, check www.centercityphila.org/life/RestaurantWeek.php.
2nd Street Festival: A block party sponsored by the businesses of Northern Liberties, the 2nd Street Festival features live music, workshops, art, shopping, local eats and beer gardens from noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 2 on Second Street between Germantown and Green streets, Philadelphia. See www.2ndstfestival.org.
Nature center features
Churchville Nature Center: Guided tours of the Janet V. Makiewicz Butterfly House are offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25-26. Reservations are $8, $6 for seniors, $5 for children 4-12. A tour of the center’s Lenape Village starts at 1 p.m. July 26. Reservations are $8. Call (215) 357-4005 or email email@example.com. The center is at 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville.