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The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why

Posted June 30th, 2011

It’s 4th of July Weekend and Pig Iron’s hosting a soiree? Sounds good to us.

While you gear up to enjoy an extra day off, check out what there is to do around the city:

>>>Thursday; Kicking off the weekend, Philadelphia urbano pop artist Les ‘el malito’ Rivera begins his residency with Philly’s Rogues Gallery. As an inaugural event of sorts, this former Fringe artist is performing well into the night, sharing the stage with Philadelphia locals: experimental electro-artist, Starkey, and politically-minded MC, Curly Castro . Performing TONIGHT at 9PM, the show is free and open to the public. Check out the details here.

>>>Friday: It’s First Friday! Head out to Old City to check out the open galleries, grab some free snacks, and enjoy the art that’s on display.

>>>Friday: Also, don’t miss the opening of Superheroes Who Are Patriotic at Plays and Players Theater (a venue that we know and love). Performed by Save The Day Productions, this family-friendly event won a Best in Philly award from Philadelphia magazine in 2010. The show opens at 8PM; tickets can be purchased for $12 in advance or for $15 at the door.

>>>Saturday: Pig Iron Theater Company (you know, the one that’s doing Twelfth Night) hosts a soiree in honor of their students at the Pig Iron School. In their own words: “For the past three weeks, a group of Pig Iron Summer Session students from all across the nation have been immersed in a rigorous physical theater curriculum…As our summer session draws to a close, we invite you to join us in a soiree–a celebratory showing of short original works created by the students during their time here in Philadelphia.” A night of original movement theater work? Awesome. If you’ve already got tickets to this one, consider yourself lucky. The event sold out (not that we’re surprised).

>>>Sunday: Voyeur Nightclub hosts PSK Presents: Questlove and DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Magnificent Love), Diplo, DJ Spinna and J Rocc. We don’t know if you know, but it’s kind of a big deal. Grab your tickets here and check out the other Philly’s 4th of July Jam shows while you’re at it.

>>>Monday: We know that when we say ‘4th of July,’ you think ‘fireworks.’ So after you’re done watching The Roots headline this year’s Fourth of July concert on Ben Franklin Parkway, stick around to watch the fireworks finale at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And if you can’t make it down to the Parkway, don’t worry. Here are a few other spots suggested for your viewing pleasure.

–Logan Tiberi-Warner