LaBelle to rock the Capitol; SYTYCD airs Philly ep

HUGHE DILLON / FOR THE DAILY NEWS MLB commissioner and cancer survivor Bud Selig shows off his newly received Wistar Institute President's Award. With him is Wistar CEO Russel E. Kaufman.
HUGHE DILLON / FOR THE DAILY NEWS MLB commissioner and cancer survivor Bud Selig shows off his newly received Wistar Institute President's Award. With him is Wistar CEO Russel E. Kaufman.
Posted: May 30, 2014

PREFER not to hit up the Parkway for Philly's Wawa Welcome America Fourth of July concert, curated by the Roots and headlined by Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Aloe Blacc and Jennifer Hudson?

Then, turn your sights to Washington, where local powerhouse Patti LaBelle will perform on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for "A Capitol Fourth," broadcast live at 8 p.m. July 4 on PBS.

OG/Jersey boy Frankie Valli headlines, along with Jordin Sparks and Michael McDonald. Tom Bergeron of "Dancing With the Stars" hosts.

'Dance' party

Remember when "So You Think You Can Dance" brought its judges to Philly for the first time back in January? The episode featuring Philly auditions will air at 8 p.m. June 11 on Fox. The 11th season premiered last night.

At the time, judge Nigel Lythgoe, who used to choreograph Sound of Philadelphia acts, praised UArts dancers for their talent. Also, be on the lookout for Tony Award winner Billy Porter as the guest judge.

Charitably minded

* The Mural Arts Program will fete artist Shepard Fairey with the Tony Goldman Visionary Artist Award and director M. Night Shyamalan at its 10th annual Wall Ball tonight. Fairey, best known for his "Hope" portrait of President Obama (and his mural outside Fishtown's Rocket Cat), will DJ a set along with Cosmo Baker at Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.).

* Three musical mensches will be honored tomorrow at the Voice Foundation's annual Voices of Summer Gala. "Killing Me Softly" singer Roberta Flack, opera star Denyce Graves and funk pioneer Bootsy Collins will all be feted at the Westin (99 S. 17th St.).

Brandon Boykin, along with other Eagles buddies, will take to the chess table today at Lincoln Financial Field to challenge local students as part of the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge, in conjunction with After School Activities Partnerships.

Selig honored

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was honored yesterday with the Wistar Institute's President's Award, honoring someone who has been personally affected by cancer. Selig was diagnosed with melanoma in 2004 at age 70. While accepting the honor, Selig asked audience members to keep Phillies team president David Montgomery in their prayers. Montgomery underwent surgery for jaw cancer last week. The Daily News' own Ryan Lawrence reported that Montgomery is expected to make a full recovery.

Selig toured Citizens Bank Park while in Philly. His first time? Back in 2008, when the Phillies won that pretty trophy.

'Standing' room

Jimmy Shubert, the son of a Philadelphia detective, is a contestant on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," which premiered last Thursday.

You may recognize Shubert, an alum of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, from his recurring role as Jimmy (hard name to remember, huh?) on "The King of Queens." Check him out tonight at 10.

OUT AND ABOUT

* NBC10's Christine Maddela was seen dining out at Sbraga (440 S. Broad St.), tweeting out her enjoyment with their prix-fixe meal.


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