University City Dining Days
University City residents and visitors can enjoy multi-course meals for $15 to $35 (depending on the restaurant) in some of the neighborhood’s popular dining spots. Visit universitycity.org.
Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival
39th Street and Powelton Avenue
This annual event will feature artisans and vendors along with a variety of specialty food trucks. This event will also include activities for children, community resources, and a pop-up computer lab. Jazz performers will include Jamal Jones and the Bureau of Sonic Wonderland Jazz Orchestra, Glenn Bryan and Friends, Geraldine Oliver, Chris Oatts, Jonathan Michael, and the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.
Monnette Sudler’s “Guitars Around the World”
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts presents the PNC Arts Alive “Jazz Cultural Voices” concert with Monnette Sudler’s “Guitars Around the World” featuring Sambarta Rakshit on Sitar and Haroon Alam on Tablas. Jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield and his trio; The Electric Lady Land Project featuring guitarists Sheryl Bailey and Vic Juris, joined by bassist Jerome Harris with Tommy Campbell on drums.
Mary J. Blige Concert
Hard Rock, Atlantic City
R&B and Hip Hop’s leading lady, Mary J. Blige, also known as the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” will be singing all of her hits live in this performance. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Smart, Funny, and Black with Amanda Seales
In this performance, Amanda Seales decided to use her humor, her Master’s degree in African American Studies, from Columbia University, and her love of games and music, to create a game show that serves as a safe space for the Black voice, and celebrates the many contributions Black Americans have made to history, pop culture and more! Call (215) 893-1999 or visit kimmelcenter.org for more details.
Philadanco Founder’s Day Concert
Venice Island P.A.R.C.
End the weekend, with an amazing performance from Philadanco for their annual Founders Day concert. The show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are necessary for this event. Call (215) 685-3583 for information.
Screening Under The Stars
Through Aug. 29 (Thursdays only)
Screening Under the Stars continues to delight movie lovers this summer. Viewing a unique spectacular film on the waterfront under the stars is the perfect family outing or a unique and memorable summer. Visit delawareriverwaterfront.com for more details.
The Whispers with Stephanie Mills
One of R&B music’s most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers, will be coming to Philadelphia to perform all of their hits live. Singer, songwriter, and actress Stephanie Mills will be the special guest. Visit mydelleast.com for details.
East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
East Passyunk Ave.
The annual showing of look-but-don’t-touch vintage classics, hot rods and more line South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue, as do food trucks and craft vendors. Check out visiteastpassyunk.com for more information.
Finesse Mitchell is a multi-faceted actor, comedian and author. Known for his witty take on timely subjects, relationship humor, and politics, he appeals to all demographics. In this performance, he will be doing what he does best, making people laugh. Go to punchlinephilly.com for more details.
India Arie with Raheem Devaughn and Major
Known for her powerful lyrics and songs that often tells a story, India Arie always lays it on the line when she performs. This concert will also feature R&B singers Raheem Devaughn and Major. This is one show you don’t want to miss! Visit mydelleast.com for details.
Blackstar Film Festival
Hailed by some as “the Black Sundance,” this International House-based event showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global Black experience and films by people of color. Visit blackstarfest.org to get more information.
Colored People Time: Quotidian Pasts
Institute of Contemporary Art
This exhibit examines how the legacy of slavery and colonialism continues to leave marks on American culture. Quotidian Pasts examines the complexities of collecting and displaying African objects, with artifacts from the Penn Museum displays alongside new work by Matthew Angelo Harrison. For more information, go to www.icaphila.org or call (215) 898-7108.
America to Zanzibar
Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia
This vibrant exhibition celebrates the diversity of modern and historic Muslim communities across Philadelphia and the world through art, technology, and interactive programming. Call (215) 581-3181 or visit pleasetouchmuseum.org for details.
Marvel: Universe of Superheroes
Marvel’s most iconic comics (original Spider-Man art), costumes (including T’Challa’s Black Panther, Star-Lord’s Walkman), props and immersive exhibits (Doctor Strange’s mirror dimension, digital transformation into Iron Man) on display in the exhibit Marvel: Universe of Superheroes. Call (215) 448-1200 for information.