Struggling to find something to do this summer? Don’t fret — we’ve got you covered with our picks of concerts, shows and events in your neighborhood.
The National Museum of Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall E., Philadelphia
215-923-3811 • nmajh.org
Conversation with Isaac Mizrahi June 27
Author of The New York Times best-selling book, I.M.: A Memoir, Isaac Mizrahi is joined by authors Maira Kalman and Alex Kalman for a conversation on their books and their friendship. Book signing to follow.
1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
856-424-4444 • katzjcc.org
Lana Turner: Life as a Hollywood Melodrama | June 27
Penn State Professor Moylan Mills presents the life story of Hollywood actress Lana Turner and the twists and turns of her career, like the killing of her lover, mobster Johnny Stompanato, by her teenage daughter. Bagel breakfast included. Cost $20 for JCC members, $35 for guests. 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Milton & Betty Katz JCC
501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, New Jersey
609-822-1167 • jccatlantic.org
Judy Collins | July 18
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes is still singing at the age of 80.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
215-763-8100 • philamuseum.org
The museum has several exhibits going on display this summer for public viewing.
The Impressionist’s Eye Through Aug. 18
See a broad range of impressionist sculpture, paintings and other works on paper shown together. Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh and multimedium artists will be shown.
Yoshitoshi: Spirit and Spectacle Through Aug. 18
Come discover the brilliant colors and spirited lines of the last great master of the traditional Japanese woodblock print. Tsukioka Yoshitoshi came of age as an artist as Japan opened to the West after 200 years of isolation. His work covers samurai warriors, nature, female beauty, historic events, ghosts and the horrors of the battlefield.
The Rosenbach Museum and Library
2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia
215-732-1600 • rosenbach.org
Bloomsday 2019 | June 16
Come join the fun for the annual celebration of James Joyce’s book Ulysses. The story follows the fictional journey of everyman Leopold Bloom through the streets of Dublin on June 16. Enjoy a free reading and live music.
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St., Philadelphia
215-686-522 • freelibrary.org
Frank Langfitt | June 19
As an NPR correspondent in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt created a free taxi service offering rides to passengers in exchange for their stories and conversation. Doing so allowed him to meet a ragtag group of characters whose lives he followed for years while China’s economic and political life changed. Now NPR’s correspondent, in London, Langfitt recalls his experience in his book, The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China.
Jennifer Weiner | July 9
The New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is known for writing more than a dozen novels, including Good in Bed, All Fall Down and In Her Shoes, which was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz in 2005. In her new novel, Mrs. Everything, Weiner follows two sisters throughout six decades as they try to find their place in the ever-changing American landscape.
Mary Pope Osborne | July 11
Mary Pope Osborne is the author of the beloved Magic Tree House series of children’s books, which have sold more than 134 million copies worldwide. To the Future, Ben Franklin! finds the time-traveling brother and sister Jack and Annie meeting Benjamin Franklin. Osborne’s sister and co-author, Natalie Pope Boyce, will also be present. Tickets cost $13.99 and include a book.
Andrew Shaffer | July 15
The author of The New York Times bestseller Hope Never Dies, a murder mystery starring Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Andrew Shaffer has a new book, Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery, featuring the duo back at it. Other works of Shaffer include Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters and The Day of the Donald.
If you’re not one for the slots, there’s plenty other thrills and top-notch excitement at the area’s casinos.
Borgata Event Center
June 29: Diana Ross
July 3: Meghan Trainor
July 5: New Kids on the Block
Aug. 16 and 18: Aerosmith
Aug. 20: Billy Ray Cyrus
Hard Rock Atlantic City
June 1: Kansas
June 8: Little Big Town
June 9: Pentatonix
July 5: Toby Keith
July 6: Earth Wind & Fire
July 12: Lionel Richie
Aug 2: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Aug. 9: Brad Paisley
Aug. 17: Keith Urban
Aug 24: Nickelback
Aug. 30: Hall and Oates
Aug. 31: Daughtry
Borgata Event Center
June 28: Joe Rogan
July 11 and 12: truTV Impractical Jokers
July 20: Sarah Silverman
Aug. 9 and 10: Jerry Seinfeld
Aug. 24: Jim Gaffigan
Aug. 30: Gabriel Iglesias
The Keswick Theatre
291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside
215-5752-7650 • keswicktheatre.com
Dio Return | June 7
Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio returns to Philly — via hologram — for one night only.
Happy Together Tour | June 19
Lineup includes The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV and The Cowsills.
Ultimate Elvis Tribute | Aug. 22
An era-by-era tribute to the King of Rock N’ Roll starring Elvis tribute artists Shawn Klush and Cody Ray Slaughter.
The Kimmel Center
206 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
215-893-1999 • kimmelcenter.org
Jewish Jazz | June 6
Composer and trombonist Dan Blacksberg explores jazz, klezmer music and Jewish and non-Jewish music from the Middle East and North Africa with Rabbi Yosef Goldman.
Cats | June 18-30
Broadway musical spectacular will make you meow with delight.
Bernstein’s Candide | June 20 to 22
The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 1956 quirky, complex, irreverent and hilarious operetta Candide.
Latin History for Morons | July 19 to 20
John Leguizamo gives a unique interpretation of Latin history in his Tony and Emmy Award-winning performance.
Mann Center for the Performing Arts
5021 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia
215-546-7900 • manncenter.org
Indiana Jones | June 15
The score of Raiders of the Lost Ark played by the Reading Symphony Orchestra as the film plays on a 40-foot screen.
Broadway’s Best | July 18
Classic hits from The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, The Book of Mormon, Cats, Waitress, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Little Shop of Horrors and more. Performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Star Wars | July 26
The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the score for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as the film is projected on three giant screens.
1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.
856-365-1300 • bbtpavilion.org
Dave Matthews Band | June 14
Virginia’s alternative rock artists comes to town.
Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World July 14
A match made in rock heaven.
Kidz Bop Live | July 19
Trust us, your grandkids will love it.
Hootie and The Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies | July 28
Not sure what these two have in common, but it should be good.
Alice Cooper and Halestorm | Aug. 16
If you like rock, you know who these guys are.
Rascal Flatts | Aug. 23
Life is a highway.
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Cirque du Soleil Crystal | June 20 to 23
Acrobats and trapeze artists — on ice.
Ariana Grande | June 24
Thank you, next.
John Mayer | July 22
My ex really liked him, and so will you.
Iron Maiden | July 30
The number of the beast.
Queen and Adam Lambert | Aug. 3
Don’t. Stop. Me. Now.
Backstreet Boys | Aug. 17
I want it that way.
Jonas Brothers | Aug. 18
Walnut Street Theatre Co.
825 Walnut St., Philadelphia
215-574-3550 • walnutstreettheatre.org
Legally Blonde: The Musical | through July 14
Nothing can stop this blonde.
People’s Light and Theatre Co.
39 Conestoga Road, Malvern
610-644-3500 • peopleslight.org
Mud Row | June 26 to July 28
Two generations of sisters defy the legacy of their foremothers.
Our Town | July 31 to Aug. 25
1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.
Bucks County Playhouse
70 S. Main St., New Hope
215-862-2121 • bcptheater.org
Mamma Mia! | June 28 to Aug. 3
Here we go again!
Shrek The Musical JR. | July 24 to Aug. 3
Like an onion, it has layers.
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