Enjoy food, beer, music and (of course) coffee while simultaneously supporting the arts this Saturday, August 16 at the annual Greenstreet Coffee Summer Block Party.
Now an annual tradition in its third year, the good people at Greenstreet Coffee invite the public to their Point Breeze outpost, just off of 19th Street between Washington Avenue and Ellsworth Street, for an afternoon of music, games, beers, barbecue and — yup — coffee.
The $10 ticket goes towards all of the eats, drinks and entertainment, and all of the proceeds from the bash go directly to a great cause: Fresh Artists and the Palates to Palettes program, which allows students from disadvantaged neighborhoods to experience the wonder of both the visual arts and culinary arts.
Want to visit Greenstreet any day? Check out the coffees at the local roasters jewel-box shop in Washington Square West on Spruce Street, too.
Greenstreet Coffee Annual Block Party
When: Saturday, August 16, 1-7 p.m.
Where: 1919 Alter Street
More info: www.greenstreetcoffee.com
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ alumni roster reads like a who’s who of the American fine art world: Alexander Stirling Calder, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Benjamin West and many, many more studied within the walls of the historic arts institution on North Broad Street.
But not only great painters are developed at PAFA: renowned filmmaker David Lynch attended PAFA from January 1966 until the summer of 1967, and now the creative mind behind such on-screen classics as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Twin Peakswill return to Philadelphia.
In what will be the first major American survey of his work, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Artspresents a comprehensive exhibition of the wide range of artworks produced by David Lynchfrom 1965 to the present day.
Opening Saturday, September 13 in the Historic Landmark Building, David Lynch: The Unified Fieldexhibits more than 90 works by one of PAFA’s most illustrious contemporary alumnus, and features a wide complement of public programming — including multiple film screenings, of course!
A retrospective of work from all periods of Lynch’s career, The Unified Field will include rarely seen paintings and drawings revealing his early and ongoing studio art practice, as well as early short films made while Lynch was living in Philadelphia, including a previously unscreened film made for a gallery opening in 1967.
To complement the exhibition, PAFA also presents Something Clicked in Philly: David Lynch and His Contemporaries in the Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery, a showcase of more than a dozen of Lynch’s peers exploring the artist’s world in Philadelphia.
Beyond the exhibitions at PAFA, The Unified Field will include a wide range of public programming and celebrations within Philadelphia-area film community at the Philadelphia Film Society, International House Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.
Stay tuned for more on what promises to be a blockbuster Philadelphia exhibition, and mark those calendars now for the public exhibition preview party on Friday, September 12.
Coming Attraction: David Lynch: The Unified Field
When: September 13-January 11, 2015
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Historic Landmark Building, 118 N. Broad Street
Cost: Adults: $15 adults, $12 seniors/students (with ID), $8 youth (13-18), free for children 12 and under and military personnel
More info: www.pafa.org
The Brandywine River Museum of Art invites music-lovers out to its courtyard for an evening concert featuring one of Philadelphia’s own, Steve Cal, a blues rock guitarist and singer, and his band.
Tomorrow, August 15, the museum jump starts the weekend with an alfresco concert from 6 to 9 p.m. The music officially starts at 7 p.m., but guests are encouraged to hang out in the picturesque courtyard before the show.
While grooving to live tunes, enjoy food and drinks from a cash bar.
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for members and $10 for students. Tickets are availableonline.
The concert is presented with World Cafe Live Wilmington.
Brandywine Brings The Blues
When: Friday, August 15, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for members, $10 for students
More info: www.brandywinemuseum.org
Historic Philadelphia’s family-friendly favorite Franklin Square makes an ideal spot for families, history buffs and lovers of milkshakes all summer long.
This August, Franklin Square’s evening event series Things on Thursdays has kicked up the entertainment for the young and over-21 crowds alike with movie nights, quizzo, yoga and more.
On Thursday, August 28, the series comes to a close — but not before a food-and-beer filled bash.
From 6 to 9 p.m., celebrate the end of summer at Franklin Square with Food Truck Festivus.
More than half a dozen of Philly’s top trucks will pull up along 6th Street adjacent to the historic square to dish out street food, and a pop-up beer garden in cooperation with Starr Restaurants’ Fette Sau will keep the craft brews flowing.
Participating food trucks include: The Cow and the Curd, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Farm Truck Philly, The Grill Cheese, LeMoNaDe, Seoulful Philly, and Oink and Moo BBQ.
Plus, Starr Restaurants’ SquareBurger at Franklin Square will remain open throughout the festivities to satisfy Cake Shake cravings.
As for the beer garden, the pop-up hangout — dubbed Ben’s Beer Garden — will include Adirondack chair seating, twinkly lights and brews from Starr Restaurants’ Fette Sau.
Plenty of free games will keep the fun lively, too. Take part in volleyball, horseshoes and mini golf, or take a ride aboard the Liberty Carousel.
Sounds like a great way to kickstart the holiday weekend, right?
Food Truck Festivus & Ben’s Beer Garden
When: Thursday, August 28, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.historicphiladelphia.org
As if lovers of nature needed one more reason to visit the verdant countryside, this weekend Longwood Gardens launches its celebration of the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors.
While the downtown of Kennett Square fetes the humble mushroom with the annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, September 5-7, just outside of town, Longwood honors the coming-soon season.
In the coming weeks, the horticultural center’s landscapes will begin to glow with shades of yellow, orange, purple and red, and the beauty truly should not be missed.
This Saturday, September 6, visit the Kennett Square destination for opening day of The Garden Railway, a display of G-scale model trains with five locomotives and more than 45 different engines, as well as bridges, tunnels and water features.
While you’re there, don’t miss strolling through the newest outdoor garden: the gorgeous 86-acre Meadow Garden, which includes three miles of walking and hiking trails featuring colorful fields of wildflowers, the historic Webb Farmhouse and Galleries, and four learning pavilions.
Later this fall, look forward to the Pumpkin Playground, October 1-31, and the annualChrysanthemum Festival, October 25-November 23, and the after-dark Night of 1,000 Lights lantern festival, November 7.
Beyond the fall colors, Longwood also hosts frequent performances and special events. For more information on upcoming events at the garden, click here.
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Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens
When: September 6-November 23
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road
Cost: Include in general admission
More info: www.longwoodgardens.org