TICKET TAK­ERS

SKIP THE SHORE AND STICK AROUND THE CITY FOR THESE ELEC­TRIC ARTS AND CUL­TURE HAP­PEN­INGS.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY MARY-MAR­GARET EWENS

Skip the Shore and stick around the city for these elec­tric arts and cul­ture hap­pen­ings.

MUST-SEE #1:

See the world’s most ex­otic an­i­mals and re­mote land­scapes through the lens of renowned wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Ni­chols at the Art Mu­seum, now through Septem­ber 17. “Wild: Michael Ni­chols” fea­tures the most im­por­tant works from the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic pho­tog­ra­pher, whose career spans more than 30 years. Don’t miss pub­lic lec­tures from Ni­chols and fa­mous pri­ma­tol­o­gist, Jane Goodall. 2600 Ben­jamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-7638100; phil­a­mu­seum.org

MUST-SEE #2:

The Philadel­phia Zoo swaps sun­shine for snow dur­ing “Win­ter,” now through Au­gust 20. The new frozen ur­ban won­der- land is home to a 120foot-long Snow Leop­ard Slope slide and the Snow­zone, where you can make snow an­gels, throw snow­balls, or build your very own Frosty the Snow­man. 3400 W. Gi­rard Ave., 215-243-1100; philadel­phi­a­zoo.org

MUST-SEE #3:

Over at Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of Fine Arts, the works of Honoré Shar­rer, fa­mous for cre­at­ing provoca­tive pieces about the Amer­i­can work­ing class, are on view June 29 to Septem­ber 3. “Her work is a bridge be­tween the so­cially en­gaged art of the 1940s through the po­lit­i­cal sup­pres­sion of the ’50s,” says Jodi Throck­mor­ton, cu­ra­tor of con­tem­po­rary art at PAFA. The ex­hibit

“WILD: MICHAEL NI­CHOLS” AT THE ART MU­SEUM FEA­TURES THE MOST IM­POR­TANT WORKS FROM THE NA­TIONAL GE­O­GRAPHIC PHO­TOG­RA­PHER.

will in­clude 40 paint­ings plus sketches, prints, pho­to­graphs, and ephemera. 118–128 N. Broad St., 215-972-7600; pafa.org

MUST-SEE #4:

The Fourth of July is a re­minder that not only is Philadel­phia the birth­place of Amer­i­can his­tory, but that this city knows how to throw a damn good party. The 2017 Wawa Wel­come Amer­ica! fest lasts six days, June 29 to July 4, and is packed with 50 free events. Per­form­ers in­clude the Philly POPS and the Philadel­phia Orches­tra, along with head­liner Mary J. Blige, in ad­di­tion to an out­door block party. Not one but three fire­works shows over the Park­way make up the red-white-and-blue fi­nale. wel­comeam­er­ica.com

MUST-SEE # 5:

Sum­mer means fes­ti­val sea­son, so grab a patch of lawn for gui­tar-laced tunes at WXPN’S Xponen­tial Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, July 28–30 at the BB&T Pav­il­ion. Check out Wilco, Conor Oberst, and Hop Along on open­ing night and Philly native Amos Lee along­side The Preser­va­tion Hall Jazz Band, The Suf­fers, Spoon, and Chi­cano Bat­man on July 29. Flower crowns op­tional. 1 Har­bour Blvd., Cam­den, NJ, 856-365-1300; bbt.pavil­ion­cam­den.com

MUST-SEE # 6:

Mu­ral Arts Philadel­phia, artist Michael Rakowitz, and cu­ra­tor El­iz­a­beth Thomas have teamed up for “Ra­dio Si­lence,” a 10-episode show ex­plor­ing the mod­ern-day refugee ex­pe­ri­ence that airs on WPPM Philly­cam Ra­dio 106.5 FM start­ing Au­gust 6. The project kicks off July 29 with a live ra­dio show at In­de­pen­dence Hall. “Ra­dio Si­lence” in­ter­twines dreams and mem­o­ries from Iraq and the US for an ex­pe­ri­ence that, in Rakowitz’s words, “brings to­gether Iraqi refugees and Amer­i­can Iraq War vet­er­ans, who might not oth­er­wise have a way to talk.” Chest­nut Street be­tween Fifth and Sixth Streets,215-685-0750; mu­ralarts.org .

from top: Honoré Shar­rer’s Two Dogs in a Still Life, 1997, on view at PAFA this sum­mer; fam­i­lyfriendly events across the city all lead up to the largest free con­cert in Amer­ica on July 4, with head­liner Mary J. Blige.

FROM LEFT: North­ern Spot­ted Owl In Young Red­wood For­est, Cal­i­for­nia,

2009 by Michael Ni­chols; Spoon (SHOWN HERE) joins Philly native Amos Lee at WXPN’S Xponen­tial Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

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