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June 12, 2016 | Michael Harrington, Staff Writer
Summer is a great time for kids to play in the sand, climb trees, investigate tide pools, and lift rocks in the creek to see what's underneath. There's also plenty else for them to do, from children's concerts and theater to animatronic dinos. Kidchella (June 17, July 15, and Aug. 19, Smith Playground) Wee ones get a chance to break out the tie-dye and dance at the third annual children's festival, now a three-concert affair on Friday evenings. On tap: Jazz-folkie Lucy Kalantari and kindie-rocker Joanie Leeds (June 17)
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | Dan DeLuca
Firefly (June 16-19, the Woodlands of Dover) Firefly continues to thrive, with expected attendance of 80,000 per day, despite this year's mostly predictable, if perfectly respectable, lineup: Major Lazer; Kings of Leon; Ellie Goulding; Deadmau5; Florence & the Machine; Vince Staples; Earth, Wind & Fire; Fetty Wap; Of Monsters & Men; Mumford & Sons; and scores more. (855-281-4898, fireflyfestival.com ) XPoNential Music Festival (July 22-24, Camden Waterfront) The WXPN-FM (88.5)
NEWS
June 12, 2016
The media circus comes to town for July's Democratic National Convention, which also brings the six-day PoliticalFest - a wonk-friendly series of open-to-the-public history exhibits and special events. Pre- and post-DNC, epic street festivals, Penn's Landing ethnic fests, a first-ever BBQ fest, the return of Longwood Gardens' trippy Nightscape, and other festive goings-on give Philadelphians plenty to do with their long, sweet days of summer. Pride Day Parade and Festival (June 12, Gayborhood and Penn's Landing)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2016 | Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Philadelphia houses some of the best festivals, parades, and day parties. But we all have had moments when we were less than prepared for the long lines, crowds, heat, and long hours on your feet. Here are some must-dos to survive the summer festival season. Eat breakfast Don't skimp on the most important meal of the day. It's a good way to stay upbeat in the heat and to stave off cravings, especially because festival food tends to be expensive. A $5 breakfast quickly turns into a $15 one inside festival gates.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2016 | Dan Deluca, Music Critic
More than ever, summer music means "a room without a roof" as Pharrell put it in his "Happy" song of a couple summers ago. That means amphitheaters and all-day festivals - the latter of which dominate the June-to-September calendar - as well as the South Philly stadiums. Not to mention the streets of our fair city, where Leslie Odom of the Broadway smash Hamilton will host an all-local Wawa Welcome America! concert July 4 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and Made in America will return on Labor Day weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2016 | Steven Rea, Movie Critic
The movies of summer 2016 are rife with reboots and remakes, sequels and prequels, superheroes and supervillains. They're also full of cats and dogs - Weiner-Dog, The Secret Life of Pets, and Nine Lives , to name but three. Here's a select list of the high-profile Hollywood fare and more modest indie and art house titles coming to the big screen between now and Labor Day. If you experience an especially intense sense of déjà vu reading these capsule summaries, that's not necessarily because there are so many retreads and redos among them - some of the following blurbs appeared in an earlier summer movies roundup piece published in the Inquirer, Daily News, and on philly.com.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, STAFF WRITER
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Bob Rose  was still in junior high school when he promoted his first music show. A few hometown Bridgeton bands were looking for gigs, and a school dance needed performers. Several years later, in 1974, Rose put together his first big outdoor concert - a five act garage-band show at the now-defunct Palatine Race Track in Centerton, Cumberland County. Back then, social media didn't exist, so Rose had to rely on old-fashioned word of mouth and some concert posters.
SPORTS
June 9, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
That man on the Golden State Warriors' bench, the one they sometimes see Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking to - they recognize that guy, even almost two decades later. In his eighth NBA stop, Ron Adams is acknowledged as an NBA defensive guru, an assistant coach to be trusted with a vital part of the game. For a group of guys around Philadelphia in their late 20s, Adams isn't just any assistant coach - he also was their assistant coach, when they were a little band of third graders at Valley Forge Elementary School, playing in the Malvern Summer League.
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Summer school isn't new. But college students have found a new motivation to go: Save money. "In the past, it was, 'No way, I've been in class for 15 weeks, two semesters, I want a break,' " said Danyelle Thurman, the head of advising for Rutgers-Camden's arts and sciences school. "Now . . . the cost of college is increasing, they're trying to get out in a timely manner and not prolong things. " Colleges are increasingly stressing the financial benefits of graduating on time - or even early.
NEWS
June 6, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
It was an action-packed ninth annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier on Saturday. Shortly after the show kicked off at noon, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer for the Philadelphia hip-hop and Tonight Show house band, made news by announcing that the Picnic will be adding a New York date this fall. On Facebook, he teased New Yorkers that the until-now Philly-only fest will be coming to "a park near you. " (No specifics yet.) About an hour later, another surprise: During a set by 15-year-old singer and fashionista Willow Smith, her rapper-actor father, Will, came onstage and performed "Summertime," a signature of his DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince days.
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