Tonight Picks: BlackStar Film Festival, Outdoor Movie Screenings, Old City Eats And More

Spend your Thursday night out and about in Philly...

It’s another Thursday night of summer fun in Philadelphia.

Movie lovers are in business with the BlackStar Film Festival kicking off tonight in West Philadelphia, while free film screenings at Schuylkill Banks and The Schmidt’s Commons bring Hollywood movie magic outdoors.

From the classic R&B of artists like Fantasia and Babyface to rock music like Rancid, there are several options for live music tonight as well.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

BlackStar Film Festival Opening Reception at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

Photo By M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

BlackStar Film Festival kicks off tonight with an opening reception at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. Chat with filmmakers, artists and film lovers and enjoy the new Lossless art exhibit. Lushlife will provide a soulful soundtrack fit for the big screen.

BlackStar Film Festival Opening Reception at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

When:Thursday, August 3, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Pearlstein Gallery, 3401 Filbert Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

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Old City Eats

People eating al fresco at Red Owl TavernPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Another evening of food- and drink-filled happy hour hits Old City tonight. Running from 5 to 8 p.m., the recurring event promises food and drink deals at some of the neighborhood’s most-frequented spots, including The Little Lion, High Street on Market, Revolution House, Red Owl Tavern (above), Capofitto and more.

Old City Eats

When:Thursday, August 3, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Session with Cruisr and Former Belles

Spruce Street Harbor Park’s popular concert series continues tonight with performances from Cruisr and Former Belle. Enjoy great music in a fun atmosphere and explore the park’s hammocks, games, beer gardens and eats before or after.

Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Session with Cruisr and Former Belles

When:Thursday, July 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.sprucestreetharborpark.com

Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks at the Grays Ferry Crescent: Hidden Figures

Free outdoor movie screening at Grays Ferry Crescent on the Schuylkill River in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Schuylkill Banks

Tonight, the Schuylkill Banks at the Grays Ferry Crescent hosts a free screening of Hidden Figures, an award-winning film about three African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1960s. The film is slated to start at 8:15 p.m., but before the movie, guests are encouraged to stop by to take part in a pre-show raffle and to enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks.

Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks at the Grays Ferry Crescent: Hidden Figures

When:Thursday, August 3, 8:15 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks by the Grays Ferry Crescent, Entrance at Wharton Street
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Screenings Under The Stars: Magnificent Seven

The al fresco movie nights at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing start up for August with a screening of Magnificent Seven tonight. The recent release follows a group of people as they adventure through the Wild West. The flick is expected to start around 8:30 p.m.

Screenings Under The Stars: Magnificent Seven

When:Thursday, August 3, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Essence of Entertainment Series: Fantasia and Babyface at the Dell Music Center

The Dell Music Center continues to jam thanks to the soulful sounds of the Essence of Entertainment Series. Tonight, Grammy Award-winning R&B starlet Fantasia and R&B legend Babyface perform their countless hits.

Essence of Entertainment Series: Fantasia and Babyface at the Dell Music Center

When:Thursday, August 3, 7 p.m.
Where:Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:$32 and up

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Quinquennial Carnival! at Little Baby Ice Cream

Fishtown’s popular ice cream spot Little Baby’s Ice Cream is the site for tonight’s Quinquennial Carnival! Celebrate Little Baby’s five-year anniversary with ice cream, beer and mini-tacos.

Quinquennial Carnival! at Little Baby Ice Cream

When:Thursday, August 3, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Little Baby’s Ice Cream World Headquarters, 2311 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Screening of Serenity at The Schmidt’s Commons

Bring a blanket to The Schmidt’s Commons tonight for a free movie screening of sci-fi movie Serenity. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Free Screening of Serenity at The Schmidt’s Commons

When:Thursday, August 3, 7-9 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Pairings on the Parkway: Brian Fitzy at Sister Cities Park

The weekly Pairings On The Parkway series meshes singer-songwriter music with the breezy environs of Sister Cities Park, and tonight, attendees can enjoy the sounds of Brian Fitzy. The park’s Logan Square Cafe will offer a special summer grilling menu and wine will be available by the glass and bottle from Chaddsford Winery.

Pairings on the Parkway: Brian Fitzy at Sister Cities Park

When:Thursday, August 3, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th Street
Cost:Free

www.centercityphila.org

Parks On Tap Jr. - Culture on Tap

Roving beer garden Parks On Tap’s satellite edition Culture On Tap brings drink specials and live music to City Hall. Savor the sounds of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble while enjoying great drinks in the heart of the city.

Parks On Tap Jr. - Culture on Tap

When:Thursday, August 3, 4-9 p.m.
Where:City Hall, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Pod Sushi School

Get a tasty crash course in creating your own sushi tonight at Pod. Learn top techniques from a master chef and take your fresh creation home after you’re done.

Pod Sushi School

When:Thursday, August 3
Where:Pod, 3636 Sansom Street
Cost:$50

www.podrestaurant.com

Live Music Tonight

Good Old War at World Cafe Live and Rancid and Dropkick Murphys at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing.

Live Music Tonight

When:All shows are tonight, August 3
Cost:Ticket prices vary and are subject to availability

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