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Guide to what’s happening in Philly this week

Metro's guide to what's happening in Philly this week.

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Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Advance tickets required:

$60-$90 ($39 for designated drivers)


After the field trips go home, the zoo turns into a mega beer garden this Saturday with craft brews from over 20 local breweries to pair up with nibbles from more than 30 restaurants. And, of course, we can’t forget about the lions — try finding another place to drink with lions this weekend.

Farm to Fork Week

Through Saturday


This annual partnership between South Jersey farmers and chefs is back, with more than 30 restaurants offering special menus starring local ingredients. Participants serving the four-course menus ($25-$35) include Caffe Aldo Lamberti, Arugula and Carolina Blue, while 1895 Organic Farm, Hunters Farm, Muth Family Farm and Spinella Farm are providing the goods.

University City Dining Days

Through July 28


Summer is the prime time to sample what University City’s restaurants and bars have to offer. For an extra bonus, do it now while many are offering special three-course menus for three different prices. In the $15 range, try Tria’s new sibling across the river, Biba, or go west with Dock Street. On the higher end, neighborhood fave Rx has a $25 menu, and JG Domestic is offering a $30 prix fixe.


Awesome Fest: ‘Orbit’

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

The Piazza at Schmidts


This new, free outdoor series from PUFF and Philly CineFest artistic director Josh Goldbloom brings both obscure indies and more mainstream films to the Piazza’s gigantic screen. This week, stop by for “Orbit,” a story of the solar system told through short films about each planet. And yes — Pluto is on the bill.

Movie Monday: ‘Arthur’

Monday, 8 p.m.

The Trocadero

$3 (goes toward a drink)


Russell Brand flicks are what the Troc’s delightfully rowdy Movie Monday series were made for. This week, they screen this remake starring Brand as a childish billionaire and Helen Mirren as his sassy caretaker.


Shakespeare in Clark Park

Through Sunday

Free, Chester Ave. and 43rd streets


This magical West Philly series is back with an outdoor performance of the Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

BalletX: Summer Series 2011

Through Sunday

The Wilma Theater



Two world premieres (“Castrati” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Roger C. Jeffrey’s “a soliloquy among many”) a company premiere (“It’s Not a Cry” by Amy Seiwert) and the company’s first short film (“en dedans,” by Gabrielle Lamb) make up BalletX’s season finale.

National Hot Dog Day at Silicon Gallery

Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

139 N. Third St.

Pay a visit to the Old City gallery for hot dog-centric prints by Philly artist Hawk Krall as well as gourmet dogs from South Philly Tap Room chef Scott Schroeder. Bring a donation for Cradles to Crayons — a nonprofit in need of new and gently used clothes, books and toys — and your snack is free.

Vox Populi Benefit Show

Tonight, 9

Johnny Brenda’s, $10


Reading Rainbow, Creepoid, Gunn-Truscinski Duo and Dan Murphy (of Megawords) play this benefit for the always innovative gallery. Next weekend, help them celebrate the opening of AUX, their new live arts performance space.

Rihanna: Loud Tour

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

The Wells Fargo Center

$23-$250, www.wells


Somehow, Rihanna found room among the platforms and props to pack guest J. Cole on her summer tour.