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August 1, 2014

With Art Philadelphia: Top Picks For August 2014 Art Happenings In And Around The City

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Look no further than our monthly With Art Picks for your best bets on the local art scene in Philadelphia, including major players like the Philadelphia Museum of Art alongside smaller galleries and art organizations. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

With so much happening on Philadelphia’s arts and culture scene, we want to make Uwishunu, in conjunction with sister site With Art Philadelphia, your one-stop-shop for all that’s happening with local art.

Every month, we gather our top art picks, featuring exhibits and events at smaller, alternative galleries and art spaces, as well as at the city’s major art institutions.

Don’t panic. Summer’s not over yet. There’s still plenty of time to bask in the amazing exhibitions and shows on view around town this season.

Make it last with our top picks for August art happenings.

• Surrealism and the Barnes Collection: A Journey into Imagination: Monday-Tuesday, August 4-5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Part dream interpretation, part code-breaking, this class at the Barnes delves into the symbolism behind the Surrealist movement with a look at the paintings in the galleries. A series of interactive experiences and projects turns the imaginary into the elementary, my dear Watson.

Year of Sound: Hollywood in the Amazon: Opening August 18, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. In 1931, a group of explorers from the Penn Museum recorded a film on the Bororo people, a first for a non-western speaking people. This early attempt in the documentary genre will be on display, along with artifacts brought back from the venture.

Picasso Prints: Myths, Minotaurs, and Muses: Closing August 3, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Who hasn’t been obsessed with Greek myth at some point in their lives? Rife with intrigue, vice, and fantastical creatures, it’s no wonder that the literature and legendary monstrosities provided inspiration to the works of Pablo Picasso. It’s your last chance to catch the exhibition of fifty prints, spanning four decades, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jazz Concert: The John Blake Jr. Trio: Saturday, August 2, 4-6 p.m., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street. In conjunction with the exhibition, Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper, a jazz performance at PAFA features improvisational violinist Diane Monroe and pianist Luke O’Reilly.

The Garden of Alternate Histories: Closing August 23, Paradigm Gallery & Studio, 803 S. Fourth Street, Philadelphia. Remember when those Choose-Your-Own-Ending Goosebumps books finally gave you a false sense of security? Relive the thrill with an interactive video installation by Sarah Bereza and Fall on Your Sword, in which the viewer controls the piece.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is home to a treasure trove of great works, and plays host to improv jazz artists this month, too. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

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August 1, 2014

The Fabric Workshop And Museum Opens Its New Exhibition Kazumi Tanaka: Mother And Child Reunion Today, Friday, August 1

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

This summer and fall, The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents new work by artist-in-residence Kazumi Tanaka, a Japanese-American sculptor. (Image courtesy The Fabric Workshop and Museum)

Memories, customs and traditional Japanese fabric processes come together to tell a riveting story in the newest exhibition at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, a space devoted to creating work in new materials and new media in collaboration with artists coming from diverse artistic backgrounds.

Kazumi Tanaka: Mother and Child Reunion showcases the creations of Tanaka, a Japanese-American sculptor who currently works as an Artist-in-Residence at the museum.

Known for creating detailed and finely crafted objects from materials like wood, hair and metal, Tanaka drew inspiration for her new exhibition from a recent trip home to Japan. While there, she studied with a traditional Japanese dye master and artist, and she incorporated the methods she learned into Mother and Child Reunion.

This exhibition will also include a video documenting Tanaka’s travels, her collaboration with FWM and Japanese dye masters, and her recollections of her childhood and culture.

Mother and Child Reunion is the first in a series of exhibitions at FWM entitled Convergence: Declarations of Independence, which focuses on artists working outside of the conventional art world.

The exhibit opens today, Friday, August 1, and will be on display through Sunday, November 9, and as always, admission is free.

And look forward to the fall, when the museum will host a special public reception on Thursday, October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kazumi Tanaka: Mother and Child Reunion
When: Exhibit: August 1-November 9; Public Reception: Thursday, October 2, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street
Cost: Free
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August 1, 2014

Weekend Picks: 2nd Street Festival In Northern Liberties, First Friday, Restaurant Week In Fishtown, Visit Philly Beer Garden Series At Frankford Hall, Two Festivals At Penn’s Landing And More

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UPDATE: Bacon Fest at The Oval, scheduled for this evening, has been postponed on account of weather. Stay tuned for a make up date. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

First Friday happenings reign this evening in neighborhoods all over the city. Look forward to a one-of-a-kind party at Little Baby’s Ice Cream, the 2014 Fringe Festival Guide Launch Party at FringeArts, a First Friday bash at The Barnes Foundation and more.

Also along the Frankford Avenue corridor in Fishtown, which is home to First Friday celebrations, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series fills Frankford Hall with beer discounts, games, giveaways and more. Stop by from 4 to 7 p.m. to hang out with us.

The festivals of summer continue this weekend, too, when the streets of Northern Liberties host the 2nd Street Festival, an all-day blowout featuring music, numerous beer gardens, shopping, alfresco bites and much more. Penn’s Landing hosts two festivals this weekend, too. Head out for the Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday and the ACANA African Festival on Sunday.

With a chance of rain in the forecast for the weekend, be sure to check in on Facebook or Twitter regarding festivities slated to happen outdoors — and cross your fingers for sunshine!

Read on for our guide to this weekend.

Friday, August 1

Top Pick: First Friday

• First Friday in Old City, Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Manayunk

Top Pick: Bacon Fest at The OvalUPDATE: Baconfest has been postponed. Stay tuned for a make up date to be announced.

Top Pick: Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Frankford Hall

Top Pick: Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn’s Landing

Top Pick: BlackStar Film Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Restaurant Week in Fishtown, Northern Liberties and along Penn’s Landing

Top Pick: Free Cold Brew Iced Coffee From Saxbys Coffee & Visit Philadelphia

First Friday! at The Barnes Foundation

2014 Fringe Festival Guide Launch Party at FringeArts

Perry Wuz Here: An “Art” Show and Exploitation of a Crooked Mind Under the Influence of Ice Cream at Little Baby’s

Free Screening of Rear Window in Lovett Library Park in Mt. Airy

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Free Screening of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die at The Betsy Ross House

The Mann Center Presents The Philadelphia Orchestra and the People’s Choice Concert

Corner Store (Take-Out Stories) at Asian Arts Initiative

Game Night at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

Costumes Of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Clam Bake at Granite Hill Restaurant at the PMA

BlackStar Film Festival Presents Kahlil Joseph

The Book of Mormon at the Forrest Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Roma Club Philadelphia Meet & Greet at Fado Irish Pub

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution at the Academy of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Country Fest at XFinity Live

Frankford Hall in Fishtown

The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series returns to Frankford Hall just in time for First Friday along Frankford Avenue, come hang out starting at 4 p.m.! (Photos courtesy Frankford Hall)

Saturday, August 2

Top Pick: Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival at Penn’s Landing

Top Pick: Shakespeare in Clark Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: 10th Annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium Bike Race Series in West Chester

Top Pick: PHAIR Open-Air Market at Headhouse Shambles

Top Pick: Free Screening of Big in Japan in Liberty Lands Park

Beer Camp Across America Festival: Mid-Atlantic Edition at Penn Treaty Park

Free Screening of Pitch Perfect at the Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy

Summer Salute Free Tastings at Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin

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August 1, 2014

Deal Alert: The Barnes Foundation Hosts Its Monthly Free First Sunday Event, This Sunday, August 3

End the weekend with a trip to The Barnes Foundation as it presents its monthly free First Sunday, this Sunday, May 4. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

As if the First Friday events and weekend festivities on tap over the next few days aren’t enough, the Barnes Foundation closes out the weekend with its monthly Free First Sunday.

Every first Sunday of the month — including this Sunday, August 3 — guests are invited to stroll the galleries of the Barnes for no cost at all.

The museum promises visitors a look at Dr. Barnes permanent collection which consists of hundreds of works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and many other renowned artists, as well as the temporary exhibition, The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne.

This weekend’s First Sunday celebrates the mingling of nature and art with Coming Together: Art and Nature programming.

Throughout the day, hear live salsa, funk and Caribbean tunes from the El Caribefunk band, take part in hands-on Cézanne-inspired activities with Fleisher Art Memorial teaching artists and more. The full list of the day’s programming is available here.

While tickets to the Barnes Foundation are normally available in advance, tickets are only available on the day of on first Sundays. Tickets become available at 9 a.m., so be sure to get there early!

Tickets include access to the permanent collection gallery, special exhibition and any programming taking place that day.

Also, note that the Barnes Foundation offers a maximum of two adult tickets and two children tickets per transaction.

How’s that for an affordable day at the museum?

Free First Sundays at The Barnes Foundation
When: Sunday, August 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and First Sunday of every month
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free
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August 1, 2014

Reminder: The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series Heads To Frankford Hall Today For First Friday In Fishtown With $4 Yards Philly Pale Ale, $3 Sausages, $2 Bavarian Pretzels And More

Frankford Hall

Week 8 of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series hits Fishtown beer mecca Frankford Hall today, Friday, August 1, from 4-7 p.m. Be there to start your weekend off right. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Start the weekend right, Philadelphia. Raise a brew to summer with the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series!

Continuing this Friday, August 1, the roving happy hour series kicks off the first weekend of the month with a return to the ever-hopping Frankford Hall in Fishtown.

Running all summer long, the series pops up at one of Philadelphia’s awesome beer gardens every Friday all the way through Friday, August 29. The pop-up happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m., and includes specials on food and local craft beer, giveaways and more.

Coinciding nicely with First Friday along Frankford Avenue, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series happy hour embraces the evening of arts this week by fueling folks with deals on craft brews and fun summertime giveaways.

The expansive Starr Restaurants beer garden in Fishtown helped get all of this beer garden action started a few years back, and we’re psyched to return to the source.

From 4 to 7 p.m., score $4 pints of Yards Philly Pale Ale, a classic dry-hopped pale ale that’s been named “One of the best pale ales in the country” by the New York Times.

All of Frankford’s other draft beers will be on happy hour, too, with half litres for $5 and whole litres for $10 and more.

In addition to the deals on beer, the food specials are awesome too: Frankford Hall’s excellent array of sausages and wursts — bratwurst, bauernwurst, weisswurst and the amazing kasekraner — are all just $3. Plus $2 Bavarian pretzels with the awesome dipping mustart. Check out Frankford’s happy hour menu right here.

Plus, look out for giveaways of free summer swag (think sunglasses, pint glasses) and a free takeaway Philadelphia Neighborhood customizable notebook.

Shout that you’re coming by RSVPing via Facebook right here.

The indoor/outdoor accommodations might come in handy, too, but a few rain drops won’t put a damper on happy hour since this week’s event is RAIN or SHINE.

After Frankford Hall this week, the series will visit a single beer garden each Friday. Check out the full summer schedule right here.

First Friday Along Frankford Avenue

Make an evening out of it by pairing your visit to Frankford Hall with a stroll along Frankford Avenue for Fishtown’s First Friday happenings. And then dinner at one of Fishtown’s several awesome places to eat. In addition to Frankford Hall, we’re thinking Stock, Beddia, Kraftwerk, Lloyd, Fishtown Tavern, Fette Sau, JB’s, Sancho Pistola’s and so many more. For more ways to explore, check out the Fishtown Neighborhood Guide on

See you out there, folks.

Visit Philly Beer Garden Series: Week 8
When: Friday, August 1, 4-7 p.m., RAIN OR SHINE
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

Frankford Hall

Cheers to Friday! The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series hits Frankford Hall for First Friday action this Friday, August 1. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

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August 1, 2014

Watch The Philadelphia Eagles Play For Free As The Team Welcomes Fans For A Free Training Camp Open Practice, This Sunday, August 3

Game on! The Philadelphia Eagles invite fans to a free open practice, this Sunday, August 3. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Eagles)

Watch the Philadelphia Eagles play for free as the team hosts a free open practice, this Sunday, August 3. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Eagles)

Looking to cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles for free? You’re in luck, this weekend the Philadelphia Eagles will host a free (yes, free!) training camp open practice on Sunday, August 3.

Other open practices are sold out, but guests of the August 3 open practice do not need tickets to enjoy the game.

Practice on Sunday begins at 12:15 p.m., but get there early to guarantee yourself a spot. And note, all seating is general admission.

The parking lots will open at 9 a.m. followed by HeadHouse Plaza at Lincoln Financial Field at 10 a.m. The interior gates open at 11 a.m.

For more information about the regulations, click here.

Parking is even free, too. Game on!

Philadelphia Eagles Free Open Practice
When: Sunday, August 3, 12:15 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost: Free
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July 31, 2014

Tonight Picks: Free Movie Screening At Paine’s Park, Special Events At The Oval, BlackStar Film Festival Kicks Off, Star Trek Into Darkness At The Mann And More

Pack a picnic (and BYOB!) and head to The Mann for a screening of West Side Story accompanied by the ever-loved Philadelphia Orchestra. (Photo courtesy The Mann Center for the Performing Arts)

Pack a picnic (and BYOB!) and head to The Mann for a screening of West Side Story accompanied by the ever-loved Philadelphia Orchestra. (Photo courtesy The Mann Center for the Performing Arts)

It’s the final night of The Mann Center’s summer movie series with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Treat yourself to an evening of film and music as The Philadelphia Orchestra provides the soundtrack for Star Trek Into Darkness. Lawn seats are just $14.50 and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and BYOB. Deal.

While a number of the free outdoor movie screenings take a beak this evening, the folks behind the screenings at the Schuylkill Banks keep on keeping on with a free screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Paine’s Park, last summer’s skate park addition to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

A few blocks away from Paine’s Park, The Oval continues to host a variety of free happenings this evening, look forward to a screen printing workshop, a drumming performance and more.

Also tonight, BlackStar Film Festival kicks off with a number of events at a number of venues in the city.

Our top picks for tonight, below

Free Screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Paine’s Park: Tonight, Paine’s Park, last year’s skate park addition to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, hosts a free screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Presented by the Schuylkill Banks Development Corporation, the screening also promises free snacks, beverages and raffles before showtime. The movie is slated to begin at 8:15 p.m.

When: Thursday, July 31, 8:15 p.m.
Where: Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge
Cost: Free

Special Events at The Oval: Tonight, The Oval keeps up the summer fun with a performance by the KyoDaiko Japanese Taiko Drummers, a screen printing workshop with Candy Coated, its well-loved beer garden and more.

When: Thursday, July 31
Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free

BlackStar Film Festival: The BlackStar Film Festival kicks off with a variety of film screening and events this evening. Tonight alone, look forward to a documentary film screenings, question and answer sessions with filmmakers and the opening night reception. Check out our guide.

When: Thursday, July 31
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Varies

The Mann Center presents Star Trek Into Darkness with The Philadelphia Orchestra: Tonight, The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the soundtrack of Star Trek Into Darkness at The Mann Center. Lawn seats start at just $14.50 making for a super affordable night of live music and film. Bonus: Guests are encouraged to make a night of it and pack a picnic dinner — and BYOB, too. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m.

When: Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost: $14.50-$75

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier: Attention yogis, Race Street Pier hosts a free yoga class tonight at 6 p.m. Bring your yoga mat (and a few friends) for an evening of yoga on the waterfront.

When: Thursday, July 31, 6 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard at Race Street
Cost: Free

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July 31, 2014

Celebrate Jerry Garcia’s Birthday At North Bowl With A Pop-Up Beer Garden, Vendors, Grateful Dead Tunes And Drink Specials, Friday, August 1

North Bowl

North Bowl throws a big birthday party for Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia this Friday, August 1. (Image courtesy North Bowl)

On August 1, 2014, iconic musician Jerry Garcia would have been 72 years old.

The late Grateful Dead frontman inspired a generation of hippie rockers, and continues to influence musicians across nearly every genre — from rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae and country to improvisational jazz, psychedelia and space rock.

This Friday, August 1, celebrate the life, music and spirit of Jerry Garcia at a come-one, come-all birthday party at North Bowl in Northern Liberties, a retro-feeling bowling alley, bar, restaurant and lounge.

Getting started at 7 p.m., Jerry’s Birthday Bash pays tribute to Jerry and the whole Deadhead culture with an indoor-outdoor shindig.

The lanes will be open indoors for rolling, but outside is where the party will really get down.

North Bowl’s parking lot on Second Street will be transformed into a one-night beer garden with plenty of Jerry-inspired drink specials (Sunshine Daydream, anyone?) and a NoLibs version of “Shakedown Street,” as the vendor area of Grateful Dead concert parking lots is known.

Vendors on tap to peddle goods include artists, jewelry designers, a soap maker, a potter and a botanist.

Also inside the beer tent, partygoers can check out projections of live Grateful Dead show footage and jam out to Dead tunes.

The birthday party lasts until 2 a.m., giving folks plenty of time to keep on keepin’ on.

Jerry’s Birthday Bash
When: Friday, August 1, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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July 31, 2014

The Martha Graham Cracker Spectacular Celebrates The Cabaret’s 9th Anniversary, This Saturday, August 2 At Johnny Brenda’s

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret throws a party for its 9th anniversary, this Saturday, August 2 at Johnny Brenda's. (Photo courtesy Johnny Brenda's)

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret throws a party for its 9th anniversary, this Saturday, August 2 at Johnny Brenda’s. (Photo courtesy Johnny Brenda’s)

Celebrate nine years of the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret with a one-of-a-kind performance celebration at Johnny Brenda’s, this Saturday, August 2.

One of the city’s best-known and most-beloved drag queens, Martha Graham Cracker is a local legend played by Dito Van Reigersber, also of the awesome Pig Iron Theatre Company, a Philly-based company that presents boundary-pushing shows all year long.

Martha always brings dynamic energy and fabulous camp, and this weekend’s show is no exception. Guests can expect performances of original songs as well as mashups of hits from Prince, Nina Simone, Motley Crue and more.

Before the main act starts, Rumi Kitchen, Johnny Showcase and other musical acts will provide live entertainment to warm up the crowd.

Following the cabaret performance, stick around for a DJ set by DJ Phil Sumpter.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m.

Ticket $15, are available online.

Martha Graham Cracker’s 9th Anniversary Spectacular at Johnny Brenda’s
When: Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Cost: $15
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July 31, 2014

The Annual Iron Hill Twilight Race Series Brings A Fun-Filled Afternoon Of Bike Racing, A Block Party And More To West Chester, Saturday, August 2

Iron Hill Twilight Race Series West Chester

The 10th Annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium is the marquee event of a race-filled weekend during the Iron Hill Twilight Race Series this weekend. (Photo by Piper Media Productions)

Yet another reason to love Philly: one of the east coast’s most important and popular professional bike races takes place right in our backyard.

This Saturday, August 2, crowds and bike riders will gather in West Chester for the 10th annual Iron Hill Twilight Race Series, an afternoon and evening of racing and other outdoor festivities.

One of the event’s highlights will undoubtedly be the Twilight Trike Challenge, where adults will speed along on kid-style three-wheelers. Awards will be given for three categories: fastest times, best costumed rider and best tricked-out trike.

Plus, Mike McGrath, host of “You Bet Your Garden” on WHYY, will be on hand to talk to crowds and answer questions.

The main event begins at 7:45 p.m. when hundreds of bike riders will compete in the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium, a high-speed, 0.6-mile race across eight city blocks. You won’t want to miss it!

This fun-filled day will also include a slew of other exciting events like the Pro-Am Women’s Criterium, the West Chester Dental Arts Kids’ Race, the Market Street Block Party, the Kinetic Physical Therapy Community Festival, a AAA Travel Kids Zone and performances form BMX stunt riders.

Check out the map for the day’s festivities below. And check out the day’s full lineup and schedule online.

10th Annual Iron Hill Twilight Race Series
When: Saturday, August 2
Where: Gay and High streets, West Chester, PA
Cost: Free
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