An Evening of Ballet Both Classic and New
From June 9-12, the Pennsylvania Ballet will present Balanchine and Beyond, a program of four ballets featuring work by the "father of American ballet," George Balanchine and others. The program includes: Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, set to music by Paul Hindemith; the North American premiere of Trisha Brown’s O zlozony/ O composite, set to an original score by Laurie Anderson; and Varied Trio (In Four), by Jean-Pierre Frohlich, a collection of short dances set to the music of Lou Harrison. For tickets and information, visit balanchine.PABallet.org or call 215.893.1999.
Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street, 215.893.1999, PABallet.org
"So He Reads to Us From Something Called Ulysses"
Join the Rosenbach Museum for this year's Bloomsday Festival, June 9-16, celebrating James Joyce's modern masterpiece Ulysses with trivia, music, and much more! Bloomsday itself will take place on June 16 with its free, signature event: a day-long reading of selections from Ulysses in the Parkway Central Library, Rittenhouse Square, and at the Rosenbach.
Bloomsday Festival, Various Locations, 215.732.1600, Rosenbach.org
Summer of Wonder
The Free Library of Philadelphia's Summer Reading program takes place from June 13-August 5! Get into the season with engaging events and activities for all ages. The program kicks off with an event at the Parkway Central Library on June 13 at 10am featuring children's book illustrator Lauren Castillo (who created this year's Summer Reading art), the Phillie Phanatic, and more. Sign up for this year's program in person at your neighborhood library, where you will find programs, activities, and events for all ages, as well as bingo with a literacy twist for children and raffles for teens and adults.
Free Library Summer Reading Program, Various Locations,
Gary Papa Run Week
June 13-17, 11am-2pm, it's Gary Papa Run Week in the Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place, with activities occurring every day at lunch. Help fund prostate cancer research and awareness by learning more about the Gary Papa Father’s Day 5K Run/Walk during this week of fun.
at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street, 215.851.9055, ShopsAtLiberty.com
A '70s Wonderland
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia History Museum are hosting their annual Cocktails in the Courtyard party and this year's theme is the "Summer of '75." Celebrate with an alfresco evening on June 16 in the Museum’s Marian Mitchell Garden. Themed to 1970s Philadelphia, objects from the Museum’s collection that share the stories of Philadelphia over the decade will be on view in the Main Gallery. Enjoy throwback beats courtesy of Fishtown DJs Zenith Channel and view rarely seen slides from the Museum's Neil Benson Photographic Collection, which will be projected on the building's exterior. Dress in your retro best. Local food and summertime drinks will be served. $25 for museum members, $30 for general, $50 for two general tickets. 21 and over. Click here for tickets.
Philadelphia History Museum, 15 South 7th Street , 215.685.4830, PhiladelphiaHistory.org
Free Dinosaurs for Dad
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is celebrating fathers with a special Father’s Day promotion- dads get in free with one paying child on June 19. Kids can take dad to naturalist presentations featuring live animals and specimens, explore The Big Dig in Dinosaur Hall, and stroll through the Butterflies! exhibit. Visit ANSP.org to find more activities and online admission discounts for the rest of the family.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.299.1000, ANSP.org
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