July 2018 Events in University City

Jun 26, 2018 7 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 July



  • University City Dining Days
    • Our University City Dining Days promotion returns with three-course meals at over 35 favorite local restaurants! Enjoy meals for $15, $25, or $35. See the full list of participating restaurants and make your reservations at www.ucdiningdays.com 
      • When: July 12 through the 22nd  
      • Where: Throughout University City and West Philadelphia
      • Price: $15, $25, or $35 




  • Curio Theatre Summer Camp
    • Theatre professionals engage campers in acting, improvisation, movement/dance, theatrical design, and playwriting. 
      • When: Session 1: June 2-13 (No camp July 4). Session 2 July 16-27, daily from 9:30 AM to 3 PM
      • Where: 4740 Baltimore Avenue in Calvary Center for Culture and Community
      • Price: $450 per two-week session
      • Learn more


  • Graphic Novel Workshop at Walnut Street West
    • In this series of programs, children will plan, draw, and write a graphic novel over the course of the summer. 
      • When: June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 6, from 2 pm to 3 pm.
      • Where: Walnut Street West Library (204 S. 40th Street)
      • More information 






  • The Penn Museum's Sphinx "Staycation"
    • On the final weekend that the Sphinx is accepting visitors, a Penn Museum photographer will be on hand, to immortalize the visit with family and Sphinx portraits for all guests—to be emailed as keepsakes until the Sphinx returns on view.
      • When: June 7th-July 8th from 1pm to 4pm
      • Where: The Penn Museum (3260 South Street) 
      • Price: $10 for adults, seniors and students (6 to 17)
      • Click here for more information




  • Jezabel's Studio's 1st Birthday Celebration 
    • On Sunday July 8 from 2:00 to 4:00PM, say hi and chat while the staff from Jezabel's grills and makes a traditional Argentinian staple: the choripan. After you enjoy a sandwich, grab a piece of birthday cake made by Jezabel herself.


  • WXPN Welcomes Bombino with Lady HD
    • For Independent Venue Week, we’re hosting Tuareg guitarist Bombino (nicknamed “the Sultan of Shred” by New York Times)
      • When: Tuesday, July 10 at 8pm
      • Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
      • Price: $20
      • Link


  • Naked Under Leather
    • Lightbox Film Center presents Naked Under Leather, a series of films that explore the leather jacket as a symbolic icon in American cinema. 
      • When: July 7th through August 1st 
      • Where: International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street)
      • Price: $8-$10
      • More information




  • Las Cafeteras with Philadelphia Women's Slavic Ensemble at the 40th Street Summer Series
    • The 40th Street Summer Series continues with East LA's Las Cafeteras! Don't miss their Afor-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver mixed traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform). Don't miss a great night of family-friendly free music and fun!
      • When: Saturday, July 14th
      • Where: 40th and Walnut behind the Walnut West Library
      • Price: Free!
      • Click here to RSVP



  • 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, July 15th 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 








  • Comedy at the Cannery
    • Head to the Dock Street Cannery + Lounge for free comedy! The event will be hosted and curated by Mykal Carter-Jackson. 
      • When: Wednesday, July 25 from 8-10 PM (doors at 5)  
      • Where: 705 South 50th Street
      • Free





  • 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




  • Brewery Takeovers at The Pub at The Porch 
    • UCD's outdoor beer garden the Pub at The Porch is collaborating with local breweries for takeovers! Don't miss St. Benjamin's on Thursday, July 12th and Love City on July 26th. 
      • Where: The Pub at The Porch at 30th Street Station
      • Price: Pay as you go





  • Spotlight Artist Series: Three Man Cannon
    • The locally focused record label will present indie rockers Three Man Cannon for a free upstairs show.
      • When: Wednesday, July 25 at 8pm
      • Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
      • Price: Free
      • Link








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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