Summer Arts Guide: Everything you need to know

See dancer Chloe Felesina perform with BalletX.  Credit: Alexander Iziliaev.
See dancer Chloe Felesina perform with BalletX.
Credit: Alexander Iziliaev.

 

Get your culture fill this summer, from Broadway blockbusters to intimate art exhibits.

‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents a collection of fashion-centric stories by the late humorist Nora Ephron and her sister Delia.
June 25-July 7, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St., 215-985-0420, www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org

‘Wicked’
The Broadway hit retelling of “The Wizard of Oz” from the Wicked Witch of the West’s perspective returns to the Academy of Music.
June 26-Aug. 4, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., 215-731-3333, www.kimmelcenter.org

Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe
PAFA presents a career survey spanning 40 years of works by the artist, whose pieces balance abstract and representational approaches.
June 27-Oct. 13, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad St., 215-972-7600, www.pafa.org

David Sanborn & Bob James
Both artists are well known as smooth jazz progenitors, but their new quartet spotlights their still-vigorous straightahead jazz chops.
June 28, Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com

‘La Voce Della Luna’
Twenty years after his death, Italian maestro Federico Fellini’s final film has its long-overdue Philadelphia premiere.
June 29, International House, 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, www.ihousephilly.org

BalletX
The experimental ballet company’s annual summer series presents its first evening-length work by a guest choreographer, Nicolo Fonte’s “Beautiful Decay,” which explores aging through the music of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”
July 10-14, Wilma Theater, Broad and Spruce streets, 215-546-7824, www.balletx.org

QFest
The 19th annual edition of Philly’s gay and lesbian film festival features more than a hundred films, from campy comedies to incisive documentaries on issues facing the LGBT community.
July 11-22, 267-765-9800, www.qfest.com

Free Form Funky Freqs
This blistering jazz-funk-rock power trio features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and Philly’s favorite free-funk rhythm section, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston.
July 12, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com

Uri Gurvitch
The Israeli-born jazz saxophonist’s latest CD, “Babel,” explores influences from across the globe in a concept born of the Biblical tower.
July 12, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and Ben Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org

‘First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia’
The Art Museum has acquired more than 8,000 new pieces in the last five years, a small selection of which they’ll present in this exhibition to catch local art lovers up on what’s new within its walls.
July 13-Sept. 8, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Breckerville
A local quartet led by saxophonist and UArts grad Carl Cox, dedicated to performing the music of Philly natives Michael and Randy Brecker.
July 17, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com

‘At the Old Place’
The Arden’s new residency program presents its second production, a play by Rachel Bonds about an Engligh professor who returns to her family home to find a young couple camped out on the lawn.
July 18-28, Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. 2nd St., 215-922-1122, www.ardentheatre.org

‘The Poker Game and Its Circle’
A group of Philadelphia artists has been meeting for a monthly poker game for a half-century now, and the Woodmere celebrates that landmark with an exhibition of works by artists depicted in Larry Day’s 1970 sketch of the game.
July 20-Oct. 26, Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., 215-247-0476, www.woodmereartmuseum.org

Philadelphia Orchestra
Fresh off its recent trip to China, the Orchestra offers its annual family-friendly series at the Mann. This year’s programs include a live performance of the score to Disney’s “Fantasia,” live accompaniment for local sports triumphs, and a symphonic retelling of the video game “Legend of Zelda.”
July 23-Aug. 2, Mann Center, B5201 Parkside Ave., 215-893-1999, www.manncenter.org

Bob Dorough
The legendarily cool jazz singer and voice of “Schoolhouse Rock” celebrates his new album of duets.
July 28, World Cafe Live

‘Auguste Rodin: Figures’
Not satisfied with the contents of the newly refurbished Rodin Museum? This exhibition presents 20 bronze pieces by the great sculptor.
Aug. 17-Dec. 22, Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St., 215-898-2083, www.upenn.edu/ARG


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