The Weekender: Northwest NiceUp, mayor instates shape supremacy, an inviting crew of hooting bicyclists, and more
Spend Saturday, July 20th at 6311 Germantown Avenue attending Northwest NiceUp, scheduled to roll from 5pm to 11pm. A fundraising event for The Food Trust (the organization that brings you Night Market!), the “party with a purpose” will be packed with performances by local bands and musicians, displays by some of the city’s most talented artists, scrumdiddlyumptious food trucks, refreshments dewing with cold, sweet condensation, on-screen and off-screen gaming competitions, interactive craftery, and so much more. Remember, this is a fundraiser! All attendees are encouraged to donate $10! Children are not asked to donate, citing the fiscal recession facing most working-class infants, but please make sure to tuck in your respective offspring before nightfall. (TIX/DONATIONS)
Mayor Nutter and the City of Philadelphia graciously implore you to discard your fancies for rhombuses, isosceles, and scalenes in favor of the City’s premier shape, The Oval. As a part of the More Park, Less Way initiative, Eakins Oval at 24th Street amd Benjamin Franklin Parkway transforms into the Park on the Parkway. Having officially kicked off on July 17th, everyday from 9am to 9pm the area will stream in a plethora of unique Philadelphia attractions including a live music series, storytelling, lectures, wellness activities, a beer garden, impressive murals, high-commodity food trucks, and films.
From Thursday, July 18 through the 20th, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chesnut Street is showcasing the work of the late American underground cinema experimentalist Warren Sonbert in a presentation of his films called Warren Sonbert Retrospective: Queer Identity / From Mise-en-Scene to Montage. Tickets are $9 for general admisson, $7 for students and seniors, and free for IHP members. Read Warren Sonbert’s profile on Light Cone. (TIX)
Philly Youth Poetry Movement hosts its monthly poetry slam at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street on Saturday, July 20th at 6pm. Philly Youth Poetry Night provides a safe, supportive environment for budding spoken wordsmiths to practice their talents and raise pride in their artistic voices. Entrants in the slam will earn points in hopes of eventually qualifying for the PYPM Slam Team that goes on to compete with teams from around the globe at the annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival.
If you find yourself having trouble coming down from the weekend and wanting to celebrate the full moon in a more innovative way than the typical bathrobed solo-rehearsal of the Thriller dance, meet up with a crew of howling, hooting bicyclists on the steps of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway! Monday, July 22nd, at 10pm is Full Moon Bike Ride, an open-invitation en masse bicycle gathering, riding and hollering every month through the gridded streets of Philadelphia. RVSP to the event on Facebook, suggest routes, meet strangers-in-transit, and hit up El Bar, 1356 North Front Street afterwards for a bikers’ social.