From the pages of Philadelphia Style, here's what's new on Philly's culture scene.
How to Celebrate July 4th in Philly
Philadelphia commemorates Independence Day with the over-the-top parades, festivals, and concerts of Wawa Welcome America! (June 27-July 4), which culminates in a trio of special events on the Fourth itself. The Independence Day Parade, from 11 AM to 1 PM, honors all things red, white, and blue. Expect marching bands, decorated floats, and more than 6,000 participants parading from Independence Hall down Market Street to the waterfront. The other side of town hosts the Party on the Parkway, dubbed America’s “birthday party,” an all-day fête with live entertainment from both up-and-coming and local artists, games, and food in the shadow of the Art Museum. It all leads up to the 4th of July Jam, the largest free concert in America, hosted by beloved hometown group The Roots and including big-name artists like Miguel and Jennifer Nettles.
What You'll See at BalletX’s Summer Series
BalletX’s Summer Series 2015 will feature an evening of new work from choreographer Adam Hougland. The England-based Juilliard graduate’s world premiere includes live music by Chris Kasper, a Philadelphia songwriter performing selections from his 2013 album, Bagabones. The series also includes rebooted performances of Hougland’s previous world premieres: 2007’s Risk of Flight, a dramatic and beautiful piece accompanied by three acoustic tracks from cellist Zoë Keating, and 2012’s Mashup, an over-the-top humor piece set to the music of parody band Big Daddy. July 8-12 at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 215-546-7824
Philly's New Elizabeth Osborne Exhibit
With “Veils of Color: Juxtapositions and Recent Work by Elizabeth Osborne,” the Michener Museum explores the connections between the Philly-based painter’s older and newer works, all of which display her dual affinity for abstraction and realism. On view are pieces from throughout Osborne’s near-60-year career, including recent works like 2012’s Festival and 2014’s Audrey in Profile. July 25-November 15 at the James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, 215-340-9800
The Story of Paul Durand-Ruel
The Art Museum chronicles the story of Paul Durand-Ruel and his patronage of Impressionist art with the exhibit “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting.” Focusing on the years between 1865 and 1905, it chronicles the development of the genre through documents and portraits of Durand-Ruel—a Parisian art dealer who spent his life funding and representing the names we now associate with the style—and the classic works of the artists themselves, among them Manet, Monet, and Renoir. June 24-September 13 at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100