Tonight Picks: The Last Night Of University City Dining Days, Opening Night Of The BlackStar Film Festival, Jaws Screening And Brewery Pair Up At City Tap House And More

Stay dry inside of the International House as it hosts an opening screening for the second annual BlackStar Film Festival which is set to bring a variety of black cinema to Philadelphia during the upcoming days. (Photo courtesy International House)

Don’t let the rain put a damper on your summer night.

Although a few happenings this evening are rained out — including The Awesome Fest at Drexel Park, Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing, the Rocky screening at Paine’s Park and The Oval’s Beer Garden — a number of spots won’t let a little water spoil the fun.

Head inside to a University City restaurant and enjoy tasty fare as University City Dining Days presents the last meal of its multi-week run, or celebrate the beginning of BlackStar Film Festival (or what Ebony magazine calls “the black Sundance”) as it kicks off its second year.

Indoor movie screenings, bar events and even a chocolate sale round out the offerings tonight.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

University City Dining Days: It’s the last night to catch University City Dining Days, a promotion that is bringing the masses discounted multi-course meals from a variety of well loved West Philly eateries. Depending on the restaurant, meals ring in at $15, $25 or $35. Our picks? Han Dynasty, Distrito and Aksum, but no matter your choice, you’re in for a treat. Don’t sleep on this one.

When: Thursday, August 1
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $15-$35 plus tax and gratuity

Question Bridge: Black Males at International House Philadelphia: Today marks the first day of the BlackStar Film Festival, join the festivities tonight at the International House Philadelphia as it presents Question Bridge: Black Males, a transmedia project that encourages harmony between black males. Tickets are available online. For those who have responded, an opening night reception follows at City Tap House.

When: Thursday, August 1, 6 p.m.
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost: General admission $10, Students and Seniors $7

Jaws Screening at City Tap House: In the case of rain, the folks at City Tap House move their outdoor movie screening inside for the weekly movie and brewery team-up. Tonight, catch a screening of Jaws and Narragansett Brewing Company featured brews. In addition to good beer and a good movie, classic movie fare will be available for attendees.

When: Thursday, August 1, 8 p.m.
Where: City Tap House, 3925 Walnut Street
Cost: Movie, free; Food and drinks, pay as you go

The Dell Music Center Presents Night of Worship: A little rain isn’t keeping this group of performers from entertaining. As part of the Essence of Entertainment concerts at the Dell Music Center, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Vicki Yohe and Vonny Lopez are set to perform a worship service full of song and dance beginning at 7 p.m. tonight, rain or shine.

When: Thursday, August 1, 7 p.m.
Where: The Dell Music Center, Ridge Avenue and Huntingdon Street
Cost: $25-$40

String Band Music Under the Stars: Every Thursday through September, The Mummers Museum hosts string bands in a series of free evening outdoor concerts. Guests are invited to enjoy soda, hot dogs and Philly soft pretzels while grooving to the provided tunes. In the case of rain, step inside the museum where the same merriment abounds. Tonight’s performance features the Greater Overbrook string band and begins at 7 p.m. Get ready to show off your finest mummers strut.

When: Thursday, August 1, 7 p.m.
Where: Mummers Museum, 1100 S. 2nd Street
Cost: Free

Tippler’s Tour Colonial Pub Crawl: Explore historic Philadelphia by way of colonial pubs on the weekly Tippler’s Tour Pub Crawl. The tour leaves from the Historic Philadelphia Center at 5:30 p.m. and takes guests around Old City with stops at National Mechanics, Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco, Salon 401 at Omni Hotel and City Tavern. Along the way, a tour guide takes guests from pub to pub and tells tales from the colonial era.

When: Thursday, August 1, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Tour leaves from the Historic Philadelphia Center, 600 Chestnut Street
Cost: Adults $40; Seniors, Students, Military $35

Films at the Fish: Looking for shelter from the rain? Visit the Walking Fish Theatre on Frankford Avenue to support local film at the Films at the Fish event. For $7, beginning at 8 p.m., catch a number of short films followed by a feature presentation. Tonight’s feature is Locomotive, a film about a down-on-his-luck musician.

When: Thursday, August 1, 8 p.m.
Where: Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $7

Teuscher Chocolate Summer Sale: Stock up on chocolate this evening at Teuscher Chocolate’s summer sale. The delicious chocolate, which was named the best chocolate in the world by National Geographic is celebrating Swiss National Day (today) with a 30 percent discount on its Art Deco collection boxes through August 4. Yum.

When: Thursday, August 1
Where: Teuscher, 200 S. Broad Street
Cost: Pay as you go


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