Sugar, shells and smooth sounds — 10 events to do around Philly this week

    "Oh Sugar!" opens this weekend at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia.

    Looking for something to do this week? WHYY’s Robin Bloom has some recommendations on what’s happening in the Philadelphia region. Here are her picks:

     “Oh Sugar!” at Independence Seaport Museum

    “Oh Sugar!” opens at the Independence Seaport Museum this weekend, focusing on Philadelphia’s candy manufacturing history. The exhibit, curated by Ryan and Eric Berley, the owners of Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionary (the oldest, continuously-run confectionery in the United States), explores the transformation sugar takes from the cane to candy, showcasing more than 100 artifacts from the Berley’s collection of machinery, molds and ephemera. Offering a glimpse into the evolution of the sugar industry, “Oh Sugar!” traces the trade routes that brought cane to the colonies. Play candy maker in cap and apron in an old-time candy kitchen and visit a vintage candy counter, through February 16 with special programming on weekends, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia.


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    Delaware River Waterfront Events

    Enjoy festive and free summer fun on the riverfront: Smooth Jazz Summer Nights concert with Peter White, Friday, August 16, 7:30pm, followed by fireworks at 9:15pm. On Saturday, August 17 is the 20th annual Festival of India, 1pm-7pm, celebrating India’s Independence Day and the Greater Philadelphia region’s vibrant Indian community, with music, food, art, vendors and more. Transport yourself to the islands with the 27th annual Caribbean Festival, Sunday, August 18, 12pm-8pm. Screenings Under the Stars offers the movie “Pitch Perfect,” Thursday, August 22, beginning at dusk, approximately 8pm. All events at Great Plaza, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, Philadelphia. Smooth Jazz Summer Nights continues on Friday, August 23 with Christian Scott.


    Jersey Cape Shell Show & Sale

    The Jersey Cape Shell Club takes shell collecting to a new level with its 39th anniversary Jersey Cape Shell Show and Sale, August 16-18, a juried show featuring shell enthusiasts and artists from around the country and even the world. Rare seashells, decorative items, jewelry, and more, all available for sale, along with raffles, competitions, and more at the Wetlands Institute, Friday and Saturday, 9:30am-4pm, and Sunday, 10am-4pm, Stone Harbor, NJ.




    Collingswood Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

    The 8th annual Collingswood Crafts and Fine Arts Festival is Saturday, August 17 and Sunday August 18, 10am-5pm, with over 150 craft and fine artists from all over the country presenting contemporary works in wood, clay, glass, metal, fiber and more, along with food, entertainment, family activities, silent auction and more, along downtown Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ. Free.




    Come See about the Supremes . . . one last time

    One more weekend to visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s exhibit “Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection,” an exhibit that features over thirty of the Motown group’s stunning gowns along with rarely seen video footage, gold records and album covers, historic photographs, and contemporary magazine and news articles. The show closes Sunday, August 18, at 7th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia but the entertainment continues with Diana Ross in concert, Sunday, August 18, 8pm at the Borgata in Atlantic City.



    “Year of Sound: Hollywood in the Amazon” at Penn Museum

    Opening this Sunday, August 18 at the Penn Museum is “Year of Sound: Hollywood in the Amazon.” In 1931, an expedition from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology introduced a revolutionary new research method in the remote Amazonian jungles of Brazil. Transporting state-of-the-art equipment by sea, air, and river, the team arrived in territory occupied by the Bororo people and recorded an expeditionary film, Matto Gross, the Great Brazilian Wilderness, incorporating live sound. It was the first time non-Western people were seen and heard on sound-synced film. The groundbreaking film is presented in its entirety in the exhibit, along with artifacts from the Bororo people, collected during the expedition, as well as new translations of the Bororo speakers heard in the film, through July 27, 2014, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia. Also going on at the Museum this week: Mummy Workshop, August 17, 12pm-3pm, “Summer Wonder,” Linda Humes presents a Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., August 21, 11am, P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Concert with the West Philadelphia Orchestra, August 21, 5pm.


    Moshav at World Café Live

    The Israeli modern folk-rock band, Moshav, brings their soulful sound to World Café Live, Monday, August 19. The group, raised on Moshav Mevo Modiin, a musical village in the hills between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has toured continuously across the world and has seven studio albums. Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.




    Best of Philly Bash

    Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the “Best of Philly.” Tickets are being offered to the public for Philadelphia magazine’s the Best of Philly Bash, Tuesday, August 20, 7pm-10:30pm on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Festivities include 40 food vendors – all past “Best of” winners – London Grill, Shake Shack, El Vez, Dandelion, Federal Donuts, Zahav, Mercato, Susanna Foo, Villa Di Roma, Davio’s, Buddakan, and more – along with entertainment, dancing with guest disc jockey Jerry Blavat, and an exhibit in the Art Museum, Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. General Admission offers access to the party and after party. VIP ticket for early admission (6pm) and special offers.


    Yancy Girl Productions’ inaugural production, “Hoodoo Love”

    Yancy Girl Productions, a new multimedia theatre company presents its inaugural production, “Hoodoo Love,” by internationally acclaimed and award winning playwright Katori Hall, August 22-25, at the Arts Bank Theatre, University of the Arts, 601 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia. Set in 1930s during the height of the great depression in Memphis, Tennessee, the play is a soul-stirring story of magic, sex, blues, secrets, and the redeeming power of love, originally produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. Centered on Toulou, performed by Candace Thomas, the production also features Keith Wallace, Cathy Simpson, and Lee Edward Colston II, directed by Malika Oyetimein. Co-produced with Ademide Theatre Ensemble. Yancy Girls staff consists of six women, four of whom are Yancy family members.


    “Forever Plaid” at New Candlelight Dinner Theatre

    Onstage at New Candlelight Dinner Theatre is “Forever Plaid,” a musical tribute to the harmony groups of the 1950s, an off-Broadway revue written by Stuart Ross. The production features songs like “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Chain Gang,” “Heart and Soul,” and more, through August 24 and includes a buffet meal served by the actors and crew, 2208 Millers Road, Ardentown, DE.




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