10 Things To Do This Week In Philly / NJ / Del.
The annual children’s concert festival is not just a show: there are also activities and events for children before the live show. And this is not a one-time event – there was one in June and another on August 13. This Friday’s concert features Alex and the Kaleidoscope as well as on-site food trucks and special gifts.
- What: Live concert for children
- Or: Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr.
- When: Friday July 16, 5 p.m.
- How: $ 12 and more, ACCESS card holders and Smith members pay $ 6. (You can register in advance to receive your passcode or purchase in person once you’ve presented your card.)
The Junie B. Jones book series has entertained children since its inception in 1992. The 30-book series on the adventures of 6-year-old Junie, 6, kindergarten and first grade, written by the late Barbara Park, has sold at over 55 million copies in Us alone. In 2005, Junie’s character was adapted for a musical produced by the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, both in person and live.
- What: Hybrid theater
- Or: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave.
- When: Thursday July 15, 10:30 am, 7 pm; Friday July 16, 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m. (online); Saturday July 17, 1:30 p.m. (online)
- How: $ 10 – $ 15
Local artists Lady Alma, the city’s reigning house music diva, and jazz band Vertical Current bring their talents to Cira Green on Friday night. The rooftop park with stunning city views is the backdrop for the free show, hosted by World Cafe Live. Until the popular indie music hall, which is just down the street, reopens in the fall, this is the best way to see some of the most popular artists who would normally perform there.
Since its founding in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts has been a champion of women artists. More than 80 works of art by more than 50 artists will be on display in the year-long exhibition which opened earlier this month. The works cover the years 1005 until the end of the Second World War. Two of these artists, painter Lauren Wheeler Waring and sculptor May Howard Jackson, were among the first African-American women to study at PAFA, and their art has recently been included in PAFA’s permanent collection.
- What: Art exhibition in person
- Or: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 118-128 N. Broad St.
- When: Until Sunday July 24, 2022
- How: Free with admission to the museum $ 8 – $ 15
South Jersey’s parks are not only places to experience nature and enjoy recreation, they are also outdoor concert halls. The 2021 concert series spread across four top parks runs through September and technically incorporates the XPoNential Music Festival which takes place in Wiggins Waterfront Park from September 17-19. But unlike the festival, the summer concerts – which include the Urban Guerilla Orchestra (August 19, Lindenwold), Grammy winner Lisa Fischer (August 9, Wiggins), Kathy Sledge (August 5, Cooper River) , The Spanish Harlem Orchestra (July 26, Wiggins), The Real Diamond Tribute to Neil Diamond (July 22, Lindenwold) and more – are free.
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