There's lots to do, see and hear today through Thursday in and around Philadelphia

Posted: June 21, 2013


Philadelphia Triathlon

"Tri"-ers from across the country converge on the Schuylkill to run and bike on both sides of the river and swim in it (downstream), too. The Please Touch Museum and the Falls Bridge are good spots to catch the (early-morning) action.

Parking at 4231 Avenue of the Republic. Adult triathlons: 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (19.3 miles) and 6:30 a.m. Sunday (31.9 miles). Kids' fun run: 11:45 a.m. tomorrow (100 meters to 1 mile),

Manayunk Arts Festival

Annual juried show takes over Main Street. This year, among the 300 exhibitors are two dozen newcomers, in the Emerging Artists Tent at Roxborough Ave.

Main Street between Green and Shurs lanes, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, free,

Pixar in Concert

The excellent Pittsburgh Symphony performs to video clips from hits like "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles," a kid's paradise led by Lawrence Loh. Fireworks follow.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday, $15-$59.50, 215-893-1999,


King of Pop Hip-Hop Workshop

Learn the secrets to Michael Jackson's famous dance moves, and even a few new ones, in a mere 75 minutes.

The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St., 2 -3:15 p.m. Sunday, $15, 215-645-2717,

Merengue Lessons

Vango Lounge and Skybar hosts beginner-level merengue classes taught by a Center City salsa teacher every Monday. The dress code is casual, so feel free to wear your salsa sweats.

116 S. 18th St., 8:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, free, 215-568-1020,


Make Music Philly

The jazz players, hip-hop artists and indie rockers you'll encounter in both usual spots (Ortlieb's, World Cafe Live) and public spaces (LOVE Park, Parkway Central Free Library) today are taking part in a worldwide celebration of free music on the summer solstice. Anyone can play, as long as you register on the webpage.

Various locations, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. today,

Firefly Music Festival

The coolest sleepover summer fest within easy driving range lights up with everyone from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty to Vampire Weekend, Ellie Goulding, the Lumineers and Kendrick Lamar. Weekend passes are gone, but you can still buy in by the day.

Dover International Speedway, 1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, Del., 12:45 p.m. today-11 p.m. Sunday, single-day admission $98, 312-253-6532,

The Rolling Stones

This may be the last time, I dunno. For sure, it's the last show of the U.S. leg of the "50 and Counting" tour. And you know it's rare and special when sometime Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is invited back into the fold, to grease up a few biggies.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 8 tonight, $147-$597, 800-298-4200,

Roy Book Binder

This guitarist-singer-composer is celebrated for his brand of blues that emphasizes his formidable storytelling prowess as well as his dazzling, fingerpicking style of guitar playing.

Christ Ascension Lutheran Church, 8300 Germantown Ave., 8 tonight, $25,


Long-lived, well regarded, low profile indie rockers finally make their overdue debut at this logical locale, with Mike Doughty adding some Soul Coughing vibes.

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tonight, $25, 215-222-1400,


Latin American Grammy winning superstar often throws electric rock guitar and even electronica bits into his ruthlessly experimental, punk to pop recordings and shows. This time around, Juanes' tour is billed "Loud and Unplugged." There'll be more room for his rootsy Colombian vallenato style but pumped up with a brass-heavy band.

Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 8 tonight, from $49.50, 215-922-6888,

West Oak Lane Festival

While the outdoor, jazz and R&B flavored fest of the same name is no more, lifes of that party including vibes master Roy Ayers, Philly neo-soul singer Carol Riddick and jazz flautist Bobbi Humphrey aim to keep the buzz going. Also on tap: Urban Guerilla Orchestra, Clef Club Senior Youth Band.

Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Ave., Glenside, 2:30-9 p.m. tomorrow, $43, 215-572-7650,

Toby Keith

Always stirring the hornet's nest, honky-tonk "new traditional" country dude mixes flag wavin' political anthems with party hearty libertarian ditties like "Weed with Willie" and the tequila loving "Grain of Salt." Kip Moore opens.

Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, 7 p.m. tomorrow $20-$89, 800-745-3000,

Todd Park Mohr

The bigheaded one goes it solo and bluesy without the Monsters.

Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $25, 215-928-0978,

Bachman & Turner

They've dropped the "Overdrive" from their collective name and added an "and," but it's a safe bet Randy and Fred aren't leaving such Bachman-Turner Overdrive signatures as "Takin' Care of Business," You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and "Roll On Down the Highway" off their current tour.

Resorts Casino Hotel, Boardwalk at North Carolina Avenue, Atlantic City, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $35-$55, 800-736-1420,

Bruno Mars

Hit songwriter first, keening singer second, Mars throws out the love-struck/sex-crazed laments and soul-pop hooks like it's everybody's business. Opening act Fitz and the Tantrums walk the Halls and sow the Oates of blue-eyed soul romance, too.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 7:30 p.m. Monday $40-$130 800-298-4200,

One Direction

You might not know you're beautiful, but this mega-huge Brit boy band does, and that's key to their appeal to millions of youngsters in or approaching their awkward phase. Expect the sold-out crowd to blast eardrums with squeals of, "We love you, Harry!" as One D. plays on.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, sold out. 800-298-4200.


The first-ever Hip Hop for Philly event has nabbed Fabolous for a free show on National HIV Testing Day. Anyone aged 13-34 who gets tested ahead of time at one of the four participating centers earns a ticket to the show, plus a chance to attend the upcoming (8/13) Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake mega-concert.

Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 8 p.m. Thursday, testing info 215-985-4448, ext. 200,



"Life of Pi"

Mt. Airy kicks off its "Moonlight Movies and Dining Al Fresco" series on the first night of summer. Sample Native American fare and quirky ice cream flavors from Zea May's and Little Baby's food trucks. Then watch "Life of Pi" at Lovett Library Park (rain location: Cliveden Carriage House).

6945 Germantown Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. (movie at 8:30 p.m.) tonight, free,

"Adventures in Babysitting"

The summer movie series Awesome Fest screens this '80s classic (hello, Elisabeth Shue!) on a 30-foot outdoor screen. Bring a blanket; grass can be itchy.

Drexel Park, 32nd Street and Powelton Avenue, dusk Thursday, free,

"Moonrise Kingdom"

Enjoy this sweet, summery, classic Wes Anderson flick - and a view of the Schuylkill River. Snacks and beverages are first-come first-serve. Get there early.

Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge, dusk Thursday, free,


Pets in Prison Weekend

Star pupils and trainers from the New Leash on Life shelter-dog training course at Graterford take the spotlight at Eastern State Penitentiary, in a good way. The dogs will perform tricks and commands. Some are up for adoption. Festivities also include tales of four-legged guests (and guard-dog employees) from the creepy pen's 143-year history.

2027 Fairmount Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, $10-$14 (under 7 free, but tours of prison ruins not recommended for kids that age), 215-236-3300,


'The Last Five Years'

One of the more unheralded musicals of the recent past is this off-Broadway gem, staged through June 30 by the 11th Hour Theatre Company. It's a tuneful, humorous and sometimes bittersweet look at love, marriage and everything that goes into (and is taken out of) both.

Caplan Studio Theater, 211 S. Broad St. (16th floor), showtimes vary, $28, 267-987-9865,

Tracey Morgan

The former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star is back on the boards doing his brand of "did-he-just-say-that?" stand-up.

Borgata, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $49.50-$55, 866-900-4849,

- Compiled by Becky Batcha, Chuck Darrow, Tom Di Nardo, Lauren McCutcheon, Mike Russell and Jonathan Takiff

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