August 2018 Events in University City

Jul 25, 2018 8 months ago

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! 

What's Happening in August


  • Shakespeare in Clark Park Presents Twelfth Night
    • Shakespeare in Clark Park returns with a presentation of the comedy Twelfth Night, directed by Jack Tamburri.
      • When: July 25-29th 7 pm
      • Where: Clark Park (4300 Baltimore) or, if raining, Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center (3680 Walnut Street) 
      • Price: Free
      • More Details Here




  • Movies in Clark Park: Back to the Future 

    • Four weeks of UCD's free outdoor movie series kicks off with the 80s classic. Before the movie, time travel back to the 80s by wearing your best 80s outfits, getting your picture taken with Pop-Up Polaroid's photo booth, and dancing along to the top hits of the decade. Enjoy foor from Pitruco Pizza and Chewy's
      • When: Friday, August 10th. Event starts at 6:30, movie starts at approximately 8:15 (weather permitting). 
      • Where: Clark Park Bowl (43rd and Chester)
      • Price: Free
      • RSVP for updates here



  • Mussar for Elul class
    • Mussar – the Jewish ethical tradition – is a daily practice that supports you through daily journal writing, group learning and accountability, and 13 virtues that help frame an ethical life.
      • When: Tuesdays, August 4, 21, & 28 and September 4 from 6:30-8:30pm
      • Where: Kol Tzedek, 707 S. 50th St., 19143
      • Price: $36 non-members, $18 members. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email [email protected] about sliding-fee scales.
      • More information


  • Theatre in the X Presents The Wiz 
    • This is The Wiz like you've never seen it before! An homage to Hip Hop and Black cinema of the late 80s/early 90s, our iconic characters will journey through an Oz remixed with all the nuance and cultural swag of the Black experience in America.
      • When: August 12th, 19th, and 26th at 5 PM
      • Where: Malcolm X Park 5100 Pine St
      • Price: Free
      • Read more


  • Bat and Moth Night at The Woodlands 
    • Pack a picnic for Nature Nights: Bat & Moth Night with the Academy of Natural Sciences, Bat Scientists from the Sewall Lab of Temple University, and Lil’ Pop Shop. Bat Walk begins just after sundown!




  • Movies in Clark Park: Coco
    • Come to Clark Park to for un poco loco showing of Disney's Coco! Before the movie, enjoy una fabulous performance presented by the Mexican Cultural Center Philadelphia. El Guaco Loco and Ice Cave will have food to accompany your trip to the Land of the Dead. So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, dancing feet, and enjoy this free movie in Clark Park!
      • When: Friday, August 17th. Event starts at 6:30, movie starts at approximately 8:15 (weather permitting). 
      • Where: Clark Park Bowl (43rd and Baltimore)
      • Price: Free
      • Click here to RSVP and stay updated!



  • The York Street Hustle with Three Aksha
    • The 40th Street Summer Series continues with The York Street Hustle! The York Street Hustle commands the crowd with classic sounds of the 1960s that are reinvigorated, reenergized and reborn. This band’s signature sound permeates through vintage tube amps, giving new life to this nostalgic art form. With grit, sweat, and attention to detail, The York Street Hustle is the Northeast’s premier 10-piece 1960s soul tribute band. The repertoire now spans well over 70 songs including more than a decade worth of Detroit, Memphis and Chicago soul. Openers Three Aksha seeks to preserve and promote Indian culture and heritage through classical Indian Bharatanatyam dance choreography.
      • When: Saturday, August 18th at 6 pm
      • Where: 40th and Walnut behind the Walnut West Library
      • Price: Free!
      • Click here to RSVP


​​Cacao Dance Philly

  • Cacao Dance is an Ecstatic Journey + Wilde at Heart Gathering :: holding space for freeform dance, workshops, sound journey, and cacao ceremony. We gather in beautiful community spaces for enchanting journeys in sound - leaving shoes, intoxicants, conversation, and self-judgment at the door. We cultivate a consent-based culture based on the values of personal responsibility, authenticity, mutual respect, and awareness. 



  • Movies in Clark Park: A Wrinkle in Time 
    • Take a trip with Meg Murry and friends at this showing of the beloved story, A Wrinkle In Time! Before the movie, create paper lanterns with artists from the University City Arts League. We will have food from PaperMill - Home of the Spurrito, Farm Truck, and Lil' Pop Shop. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a free movie in beautiful Clark Park! The movie will start shortly after 8 pm (when the sun sets completely).
      • When: Friday, August 24th. Event starts at 6:30, movie starts at approximately 8:15 (weather permitting). 
      • Where: Clark Park Bowl (43rd and Baltimore)
      • Price: Free
      • Click here to RSVP and stay updated!




  • Critter Crafternoon with Snapology
    • Join Snapology for this family-friendly event at the Pop Up at 36th & Filbert Streets. Create butterflies, insects, flowers, root systems and more with K'nex and LEGO bricks, and then let your child's imagination go wild with free building. 
      • When: Sunday, August 26th from 12:30-2:30 PM 
      • Where: PHS Pop Up Garden uCity (60 N. 36th Street)
      • Price: Free with pay as you go food and drink
      • Learn more and RSVP here 



  • Friends Quizzo at World Cafe Live
    • It’s a moo point whether or not you think you know all there is to know about FRIENDS. The only way you can truly prove your vast knowledge of 90’s sitcom is to PIVOTTTT your way over to World Cafe Live for a night FRIENDS inspired food, specialty drinks, trivia and more!
      • When: Tuesday, August 28th Doors at 5:30 Quizzo at 7 pm 
      • Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
      • Price: $5 + RSVP
      • RSVP with tickets today



  • Movies in Clark Park: Black Panther
    • t's WAKANDA FOREVER in Clark Park! Wear your best superhero outfit and take an adventure to Wakanda to see the smash hit Black Panther with a crowd under the stars! We'll be welcoming staff from Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, the only black-woman owned shop of its kind for activities, giveaways, and a costume parade. Come hungry and grab food from Baby Blues BBQ Philly, Foolish Waffles, and Lil' Pop Shop. 
      • When: Friday, August 31st. Event starts at 6:30, movie starts at approximately 8:00 (weather permitting). 
      • Where: Clark Park Bowl (43rd and Baltimore)
      • Price: Free
      • Click here to RSVP and stay updated!





Ongoing Exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 118 S. 36th Street

The Last Place They Thought Of

  • The Last Place They Thought Of explores how geographical, ideological and spatial paradigms determine and reproduce uneven social relations. Four artists – Torkwase Dyson, Lorraine O’Grady, Jade Montserrat, and Keisha Scarville – take very different approaches to this phenomenon, deeply considering how histories of racial, sexual, and economic exploitation have shaped our understanding of geography, and the realities of our environment. Through August 12th, 2018. Free. 





Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward

  • Organized by guest curator and artist Nayland Blake, Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward explores how the expanding influence of digital and online technologies, fandom subcultures, and artistic discourse has created new possibilities for queer identification, changing how personal roles and forms of expressions are defined in contemporary society. Based on the premise that the cultures of role play, sexual play, and digital play have all flourished beyond the boundaries of art structures, this exhibition provides a gathering place and platform for the exploration of queer play created by individuals and groups from the worlds of game design and theory, performance, kink, and activism. Through August 12, 2018. Free. 


Suki Seokyeong Kang: Black Mat Oriole

  • This is the US museum debut of Seoul-based artist Suki Seokyeong Kang’s ambitious project Black Mat Oriole (2017). A culmination of five years of research and production by the artist, the exhibition is conceived as an installation that brings together sculpture, painting, and video to engage viewers with the power and politics of space. While Kang’s expanded painting practice is rooted in her research into classical Korean poetry, craft, and dance, her concerns are firmly articulated in the present. This body of work references the historical Korean solo dance “Chunaengmu,” which was performed for royalty and adhered to strict codes of court etiquette. Through August 12th. Free.


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