The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why
Guys. We’re halfway through July. How did that happen already?
Ponder the complexities of time dilation.
>>>Thursday: It’s Bastille Day! In honor of French national history, a variety of bars are participating in the Fairmont French Fling Bar Crawl. From The Belgian Café to Bridgid’s Bar and Restaurant, drinks and celebrations abound. Swing by for a taste of what Fairmont has to offer. The crawl starts at 7:00 pm and is restricted to 21 and up. Pay as you go.
>>>Thursday: The Franklin Institute continues its Night Skies in the Observatory series tonight with an in memoriam theme to NASA’s final shuttle mission. Held in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory (on the rooftop of the Institute), the Institute’s Chief Astronomer, Derrick Pitts, will host the event. If you’re an astronomy enthusiast, if you’re curious about the history of the NASA shuttle program, or if you just enjoy stargazing from time to time, tonight is your night. Thanks to the good weather today, tonight’s skies are supposed to be especially clear for viewing our celestial neighborhood. The event kicks off at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5 at the door. Stargaze the night away!
>>>Saturday: The Global Fusion Festival is back! Get your music-loving self down to Penn’s Landing for the 5th annual free concert by noon so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. This year’s roster of artists includes British singer-rapper, Estelle, up-and-coming Anthony David, and Philadelphia natives OCD: Moosh and Twist. And that’s not all! For the 21-and-over crowd, the Festival is hosting a beer garden to help you cool off on a hot Saturday afternoon. And if you’ve got some under-21s to look after? Don’t worry—there’s plenty of family-friendly activities too.
>>>Saturday: Our very own Fringe-collaborator, HYBRIDGE Arts Collective is hosting it’s first annual anniversary gala down at Broad Street Ministry. Celebrating their successful run with the Last Mondays series, the Gala keeps with the tradition of dinner-and-a-show. Audience members get a fresh-cooked meal to go along with a night of performance. Participating artists include: Alex Bechtel and Michael Doherty in the Bech/Doh Sketch Show, dancer Zornitsa Stoyanova, and headliner Headlong Dance Theater (yeah, you know—they’re also in a Live Arts show). Sounds like a party, right? Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
>>>Saturday: MM2 Modern Dance Company is running a preview of their upcoming Fringe show, ONE WORD, at The Performance Garage. Under the direction of Steven Weisz (of the danceJournal blog), this piece uses dance as the medium to explore language and communication. The performance starts at 6:00 pm. Grab your tickets here.
>>>Saturday: LAB Fellow, Les ‘el malito’ Rivera will be performing at the Trocadero’s Lingerie Party alongside New York natives, Wyldlife, and Snakes Don’t Hisss. Age restricted to 21 and up, doors open at 10:30 pm. Ticket info here.
>>>Sunday: Philly Stake dinner and funding event will take place at Bartram’s Garden. A recurring event held in support of local arts initiatives, attendees pay a sliding scale ($10-$20) for a locally sourced meal and the opportunity to vote on which arts project proposal should receive funding. All proposed projects are aimed at contributing to the vitality of Philadelphia, so swing by and help decide which will get funded! Ticket pre-sales available here.