Arts and Entertainment Guide for Summer 2017


As the summer tantalizingly inches closer, you may start thinking about ways to entertain yourself in the upcoming months — whether it’s heading to a concert or checking out a new art gallery.

From beer gardens to beaches, there are plenty of activities to do during the warmer months. But if you’re looking for a more artsy experience, here is an early look at a few ways to spend your summer and satisfy your artistic cravings.


National Museum of American Jewish History

101 S. Independence Mall E., Philadelphia

215-923-3811 •

In addition to its permanent collections and exhibitions on view, the museum will host a variety of events throughout the summer — plus you can gain free admission on various dates.

From Yiddish Folk to Jazz: An Arts Salon – June 27

Join award-winning composer and saloniere Andrea Clearfield for performances inspired by the special exhibition “1917: How One Year Changed the World,” featuring music of the era, from Yiddish folk and American jazz to art songs and chamber music, as well as an original dance piece drawing on themes from 1917.

Independence Day at NMAJH – July 4

Visitors can explore the museum and see an original letter written by George Washington to the Jewish Community of Newport, Rhode Island, and enjoy interactive tours, story time and Independence Day arts and crafts projects.

Gershman Y

401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

215-545-4400 •

Photography Exhibition – June 7 to Aug. 27

The newest installment in a partnership with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) opens with Stanley Muravchick’s collection of Philadelphia-centric photographs, called “Urban Light,” which explores compelling visual dynamics found in our daily urban experiences.

A Day in Doylestown – June 15

Take a trip to Doylestown and visit sites such as the Pearl S. Buck House and the Michener Museum to look at several exhibitions.

Katz JCC

1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, N.J.

856-424-4444 •

Get Real with a Housewife – June 28

Author and Real Housewives of New Jersey star Siggy Flicker returns to her roots in South Jersey where she’ll speak about life on the set of a hit TV franchise and finding your self-worth as discussed in her book.

Gourmet Wine and Dine – July 9

The annual Gourmet Wine and Dine event is a kosher food and wine extravaganza highlighting top chefs from the Philadelphia and South Jersey region and featuring a feast, ethnic music and regional Jewish heritage. Plus a barbecue-inspired menu that’ll leave your mouth watering.

Pro-Am – Aug. 7

Get your golf on with a pro from the PGA Philadelphia Section. Finish the day with a lavish cocktail hour and dinner and honor this year’s Roger Davis Memorial Community Service Award recipients.

Milton and Betty Katz JCC

501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, N.J.

609-822-1167 •

Heading “down the shore,” as we Philadelphians like to say? There are still tons of events going on that will be perfect after a day at the beach.

Pet Fair and Doggie Dash – June 30

Spend the day with your pet and enjoy related events for both you and your favorite four-legged friend during the inaugural “Barks on the Beach” pet fair and doggie dash.

‘Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean’ – On display from June 10 to July 28

Take a look at more than 200 color images by award-winning photographer Wyatt Gallery that highlight the little-known history of the earliest Jewish communities as seen through the remaining historic sites in Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius and Suriname.


Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia

215-763-8100 •

‘Wild: Michael Nichols’ – June 27 to Sept. 17

Explore the work of legendary photographer Michael Nichols: artist, technical innovator and ardent advocate for preserving natural habitats.

‘Philadelphia Assembled’ – Now through July

It sounds like a Marvel movie, but this exhibition joins art and civic engagement by bringing together hundreds of collaborators from across the city to explore Philadelphia’s changing landscape and tell a story of radical community building and active resistance.

The Rosenbach Museum and Library

2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia

215-732-1600 •

Bloomsday 2017 – June 16

Join the Rosenbach’s annual Bloomsday jubilee to celebrate Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s epic Ulysses.

The Michener Art Museum

138 S. Pine St., Doylestown

215-340-9800 •

Life is a cabaret, old chum! The PNC Arts Alive Broadway Cabaret Series at the Michener began in May with Wicked’s Eden Espinosa and continues through the summer with some standout performances in addition to upcoming art exhibitions.

Leslie Odom Jr. – June 8

It’s Aaron Burr, sir! The Philadelphia native and Hamilton star will perform at 8 p.m.

Telly Leung – July 13

Leung has been seen onstage in many productions and starting this June, he will be starring in the title role in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. Catch him at 8 p.m.

“George Sotter: Light and Shadow” – July 29 to Dec. 31

Explore Sotter’s pieces of Bucks County in his trademark nocturne theme as well as playing with light and shadows.


Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

215-686-522 •

There will be dozens of author events at the library’s main branch. Here are a few authors participating in the free series.

Sherman Alexie, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – June 22

Alexie (a personal favorite), perhaps most well-known for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, will be in town to discuss his new book, a searing and soaring memoir about his difficult childhood and complicated maternal relationship.

Harvey Sachs, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience – June 27

The acclaimed saxophonist will discuss his autobiography and a life dedicated to jazz.

Kevin Hearne, Besieged; Chuck Wendig, Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy; Fran Wilde, Updraft – July 14

These authors with sci-fi flavors will join in conversation with Dena Heilik, department head of Philbrick Hall, the fiction department of the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Atlantic City

There’s always plenty to do beside relaxing on the beach. Casinos are offering top-notch entertainment opportunities this summer. Here are a few standout concerts and appearances.

June 17: An Evening with Journey at the Borgata

June 24: Patti LaBelle at the Tropicana

July 2: Jay Leno at the Borgata

July 16: Jill Scott at the Borgata

July 21: Theresa Caputo at the Borgata

Aug. 11, 12 and 13: Frankie Valli at the Borgata Music Box

Aug. 25 and 26: Jerry Seinfeld at the Borgata


The Keswick Theatre

291 North Keswick Ave., Glenside

215-5752-7650 •

The Purple Xperience – June 24

Pay tribute to the late, great Prince with this tribute show.

Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Showdown – Aug. 18

It’s the ultimate rock ’n’ roll faceoff.  

The Kimmel Center

260 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

215-893-1999 •

Seventh Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day – June 10

Programs and activities will abound will special performances by Opera Philadelphia and more. Check the website for a full schedule.

Evening with Stephen Schwartz – June 17

Join the composer of your favorites like Godspell and Wicked and others featuring the Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Garden State Girlchoir and New Jersey Boychoir.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

NPR presents ‘Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!’ – June 29

Host Peter Sagal leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news.

Buckingham McVie with special guests The Wallflowers – June 30

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac perform together for one night only. Don’t miss it!

Diana Ross – July 29

The Supremes’ singer returns to the Mann with her In The Name of Love Tour.  

La La Land in Concert – Aug. 17

Experience the original musical film like never before live with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

BB&T Pavilion

1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.


Dead and Company – June 25

The Dead return to Camden to get groovy with you.

Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper – July 12

This will surely give the girls a chance to have fun!

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers – July 21

The iconic groups will give an unforgettable performance.

Wells Fargo Center

3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

There are plenty of chances to see some of your favorite crooners this summer. Here are a few:

June 20: Neil Diamond

July 9: James Taylor with Bonnie Raitt

Aug. 8 and 9: Roger Waters, Us + Them


Lincoln Financial Field

1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia

215-463-5500 •

U2 – June 18

Citizens Bank Park

1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

215-463-1000 •

Country star Hunter Hayes performs a post-game concert after the Phillies take on the Atlanta Braves – July 29


Walnut Street Theatre

825 Walnut St., Philadelphia.

215-574-3550 •

Saturday Night Fever – Now through July 16

Put on your boogie shoes and come on down to see this musical packed with hits from the Bee Gees.

Bucks County Playhouse

70 S. Main St., New Hope

215-862-2121 •

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Now through June 17

Musical telling of the life of the bespectacled musician with the backdrop of some of his greatest hits.

Guys and Dolls – July 21 to Aug. 12

Enjoy one of America’s most legendary musicals and don’t rock the boat.

Kimmel Center

260 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

215-893-1999 •

The Kimmel’s Broadway Philadelphia series continues through the summer with these productions:

Forrest Theatre

1114 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Fun Home – June 13 to 18

Meet Alison Bechdel at three points in her life in this musical, based on her best-selling graphic memoir.

Academy Of Music

240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

Wicked – July 26 to Aug. 27

The iconic musical about Oz before Dorothy got there will defy gravity when it comes to Philadelphia.


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