Your Arts and Entertainment Guide for Summer 2019


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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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.

BB&T Pavilion

1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.

856-365-1300 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

Mamma Mia! | June 28 to Aug. 3

Here we go again!

Shrek The Musical JR. | July 24 to Aug. 3

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