Community Calendar: May 18, 2022

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May 18

Dish it Up – From 6-9 p.m. at Lincoln Financial FIeld, Women Against Abuse Inc. will host the 14th annual event and women chefs will bring their culinary skills to compete for best dish of the night, selected by a panel of celebrity judges. This event is Philadelphia’s only women chef competition and attracts close to 500 business and community leaders and food aficionados. Former Philadelphia Eagle Troy Vincent and Tommi Vincent will be honored as the 2022 Advocates of the Year. Tickets start at $150 and are available at  www.womenagainstabuse.org/events/dish-it-up.

May 21

Friends of Whitman Library Spring Cleanup – from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteer to help clean up and beautify Whitman’s yard. All gardening/cleanup supplies and bottled water will be provided by the Friends. Meet outside of the library. Rain date is May 22.

May 21-22

The Colour of Culture: A Celebration of the African Diaspora – a free live art gallery and two-day exhibition showcasing local black visual artists and live music. Celebrating the cultural diversity of creatives in communities of color. Live music showcase and cypher lounge with Milena & friends of Solfed Open Mic, a roundtable discussion on Black Arts and Liberation, a custom vintage clothing shop by Rashied Amon of the Black Culture Museum, paired with Sounds of the Diaspora with DJ Reezey and “Brown St. Café,” which is a black-owned coffee brand-tasting by ZBE coffee accompanied by artwork by Nile Livingston. From 1-7 p.m. on May 21 and 1-6 p.m. on May 22 at 1226 N. 52nd St.

May 22

PEP Services BYOB Paint & Sip Fundraiser – from 1-3:30 p.m., at 1200 S. Broad St., Programs Employing People Services will host a BYOB Paint & Sip Fundraiser. Tickets are $35. All paint supplies will be provided. Sign up at https://lnkd.in/ePp_Fryx or call 215-952-4260.

May 24 

Chef Christopher Kearse takes over Stina Pizzeria – Guest Chef Series benefitting local charity, Kearse will showcase his culinary skills and expertise in a multi-course prix fixe menu focused on contemporary French fare for $85/person with an optional wine pairing for $20/person. A portion of proceeds will benefit Novick Urban Farm, a local nonprofit organization with a mission to provide health food access and education. Reservations can be made by visiting https://www.stinapizzeria.com/.

May 27

Twilight in the Gardens – At Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., from 7-10 p.m., BYOB after-hours event celebrating the start of the summer programming season with a live performance by Dendê Macêdo and cold porcelain creations with Ivonne Pinto García. Bring a blanket, snacks and drinks and picnic in the mosaicked labyrinth. At craft tables, hands-on activity with cold porcelain, guests can create incredibly personalized pieces with fine detail, such as jewelry and sculptures. Tickets are available online or via phone (215-733-0390, Ext. 119) and are $25/Adults, $20/Students and Seniors, and $16/PMG members. Space is limited. Proof of vaccination is required.

May 31

Elegance Quartet free mini concert – At 6:30 p.m. at Stephen Girard Park at 2101 Shunk St. Bring your beach chairs and blankets and enjoy the free concert. Elegance Quartet is an electric string ensemble and rhythm section, performing a wide array of genres from modern pop to classic rock, movie scores to game themes. 

June 2

Philadelphia Orchestra free Pride Concert – at 7:30 p.m. in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the performance will be a celebration of resilience, perseverance, joy and love — themes that will be apparent throughout the evening in Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Jennifer Higdon’s Fanfare Ritmico, selections from Barber’s Suite from Souvenirs and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. 

This is a free, general-admission event but tickets are required for entry and can be reserved at www.philorch.org/pride-concert.

June 3-4

‘rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN (and other sorted pandemic musings)’ – On June 3 at 7 p.m. and June 4 at 2 p.m., hosted by Theatre Exile, a Paper Wings event featuring original works written by students from Fanny Jackson Coppin and Franklin Learning Center. Thirty students wrote original works using World Building prompts created by education director, Mx. TS Hawkins. Through imaginative and thematic activities, group assignments and peer review, the students had an opportunity to gain real-world experiences and learn how to collaborate in a writer’s room. Virtual event registration is required. Donation suggested. Visit: https://theatreexile.org/education/paper-wings-2022/ or call 215-218-4022.

June 4

Seltzerland – At the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St., a festival celebrating all things hard seltzer. Guests can sip from over 100 flavors of hard seltzer from brands including White Claw, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer, Vizzy, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer and Smirnoff Spiked Seltzer. General admission tickets are $35 and VIP tickets start at $55. For tickets or more information, visit https://www.seltzerland.com/philadelphia.

June 9

Jackie the Joke Man Martling – At the Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia at 8 p.m. Opening for Martling is Rich Harkaway, a local Philadelphia urologist by day and a comedian by night. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase now at Philadelphia.LiveCasinoHotel.com or AXS.com.

June 11

Tony Danza’s Standards and Stories – At 8 p.m. at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, Tony Danza and his four-piece band will make their debut in Philadelphia with their show, Standards & Stories. Tickets start at $59 and are available at AXS.com.

Lyric Fest’s ‘My Favorite Things’ – at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St., featuring soprano Jennifer Aylmer together with pianist Laura Ward. Tickets: $25. Visit https://lyricfest.org/tickets/.

July 8

Ashanti at Live! – At 8 p.m. at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, actor and author Ashanti to headline the Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. Tickets start at $70 and are available at Philadelphia.LiveCasinoHotel.com or AXS.com.

July 22

Dom Irerra – At the Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia at 8 p.m., South Philadelphia native Dom Irerra returns to make his comedy debut at the Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. Tickets start at $30 and are available for purchase now at Philadelphia.LiveCasinoHotel.com or AXS.com.

August 26

An evening with the Housewives – At 7 p.m. at Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia, enjoy an intimate, fun-filled evening with some of your favorite Celebrity Housewives when Teresa Giudice (New Jersey), Dorinda Medley (New York) and Dolores Catania (New Jersey) host an “Evening with the Housewives.” Tickets start at $45 and are available for purchase at Philadelphia.LiveCasinoHotel.com or AXS.com.