DNC 2016, XPoNential Festival and more this weekend


July 21, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Pay as you go

Several bars in the Gayborhood join forces for an evening of drinking and mingling to benefit victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12. Bar hop between places like Tabu, Woody’s, iCandy and Franky Bradley’s to see celebrity bartenders like Mayor Jim Kenney and take part in special activities planned for the evening. Proceeds from door and bar tabs will be donated to the cause.


Summer of Brosé
July 21, 5-8 p.m.
La Peg
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Pay as you go

Summer of Brosé is a wandering summer happy hour series celebrating “the men who love rosé and the people who love them.” Their next stop is this Thursday night at La Peg. Join them for glass upon glass of delicious pink wine and grub from the Seafood Shack under the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Twilight in the Gardens
July 22, 7-10 p.m.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South St.

Pack your own booze, blanket and snacks Friday night and head to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens for this monthly evening soiree that brings live music and hands-on art activities to the iconic destination on South Street. This time around, indie band Circadian Rhythms provide the tunes and local artist Lauren Wrightson teaches you how to make pennants.

DNC 2016

Political Moviefest at Dilworth Park
Through July 23, 8:30 p.m.
Dilworth Park
1 S. 15th St.

Every night through Saturday, catch a free outdoor screening atDilworth Park.The flicks are all political in nature, and were voted on by the public from a list of 12 candidates. The winners? “The Manchurian Candidate” (July 21), “The American President” (July 22) and “All the President’s Men” (July 23). While taking in the film, you can grab a hot dog or burder from Dilworth Park Café and Air Grille, and top it off with dessert at theCapogiro Gelato Artisanscart.

Boys and Girls on the Bus
July 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Pipeline Philly
30 S. 15th St.

Champing at the bit to get your DNC partying started? On the night before things kick off, Committee of Seventy hosts this informative panel discussion that takes a look at the differences in covering political elections in the 1970s and today. Journalism experts making up the panel include Scott Detrow from NPR, the Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson and CNN political producer Dan Merica.

DNC Pop-Up Tours
Through July 31, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Philly Tour Hub
229 Arch St.

Philly Tour Hub leads two walking tours based on the primary election season’s Democratic candidates. “I’m With Her: Hillary Clinton and Philly’s Founding Women” and “Feel the Bern: Bernie Sanders and Philly’s Revolutionaries” weave together our city’s history with the platforms that make these candidates famous—all with a touch of satire. The tours happen once daily, at 10 a.m. (Hillary) and 1:30 p.m. (Bernie), through the end of the month.


Red Bull Sound Select Presents
July 21, 8 p.m.
Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.

Philly music publication Jump Magazine curates this evening of music dedicated to highlighting promising up-and-coming musical talents from Philly and beyond. The emphasis this time around is hip-hop, with artists D.R.A.M., Grande Marshall, Xavier Omar and Aime slated to perform.

XPoNential Music Festival
July 22-24
Various locations

The XPoNential Music Festival brings three days of live tunes to various locations along the Camden riverfront. The excellent lineup boasts acts like Ryan Adams, Philly’s own Kurt Vile and the Violators, Alabama Shakes and Brandi Carlile. You can take part by purchasing single day tickets, or do the whole shebang with a 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass ranging from $160 to $316.

Wild Child
July 23-24, 8:30 p.m.
Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.

Infectious indie pop makers Wild Child set up camp at Philly’s Boot & Saddle for two nights this week. The Austin-based band, fronted by lead vocalists Alexander Beggins and Kelsey Wilson, are touring the country to promote their latest album, “Fools.” The work takes sad stories and transforms them into twee love letters about staying true to yourself in this bat-shit-crazy world. Perhaps none too coincidentally, Philly-based trio End of America opens.


“When a Man Decides to Hurt You”
July 22-August 20
Paradigm Gallery + Studio
746 S. 4th St.

A poignant exhibit showcases new work from artist Emily Smith, who found inspiration after being assaulted by a stranger on the street. The paintings place Smith–in watercolor–front and center amid striking floral patterns. The works aim to present an “examination of the profound physical and emotional impact of violence in America, particularly against women.” The opening reception takes place July 22 at 5:30 p.m.