ArtsApril 19, 2012 at 5:29 am

Best of Summer Philly

From circus workshops and the Barnes Foundation to beer, beer and more beer, we’re giving you a to–do list that is guaranteed to keep you on your toes.

1. Barnes Foundation 
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Opening Weekend: May 26–28
Reserve your tickets online at

Philadelphia’s main cultural concourse, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is about to get even more awesome. Even if you’ve visited the original Barnes in Merion, this new building and urban location will guarantee a unique viewing experience that is fitting of the quality of this fantastic collection of works. With an abundance of Cezannes, Matisses and Picassos, the Barnes collection captures a transitional period in the history of art that paved the way to a future of what can only be called artistic bad–assery.

2. Philly Circus
Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
5900A Greene St.
Intro to Aerials Workshop
Sundays, 5:45–7 p.m.
Register online at
$25 per session

Feeling flexible? Be bold and try out a muscle–toning activity that Pottruck doesn’t offer: aerials and circus workshops. You’ll probably start out by swinging around on ropes and silks, but by summer’s end, you’ll be performing graceful arabesques like a pro. And if you really want to live out your Cirque du Soleil fantasies, then let yourself be swept off your feet as you soar through the air on the flying trapeze.

3. Art for the Cash Poor
Crane Arts Building
1400 N. American St.
June 9–10, 12–6 p.m.

We know, you’re all mourning the fact that you can’t afford to squander your tuition money on your dream contemporary art collection. Well worry not, because InLiquid will be hosting their annual art bazaar, Art for the Cash Poor, on June 9 and 10. Not only will you get to mingle with a crowd of talented artists and marvel at their array of wares that range from paintings to fashionable jewelry, but you’ll also get to sample some new flavors from food trucks and jazzy tunes by local music groups.

4. Figure Drawing Workshop
Cambridge Street Studios
1524 Cambridge St.
June 11–15, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (with a half hour break for lunches)
Register online at

Tired of doodling unimpressive stick figures? Nurture your inner Leonardo and discover your pencil’s true potential by signing up for figure drawing, or, if you’re a little more advanced, figure painting, at Cambridge Street Studios. Hone your observational abilities and learn how to accurately depict the proportions of the body. If you’re a pre–med, this is a perfect opportunity to explore your awareness of human anatomy and all its underlying muscular and skeletal structure.

5. Philly Beer Week
June 1–10
Go to to look up daily events and buy tickets in advance

In search of a new watering hole? Quench your summer thirst and celebrate Philadelphia’s claim to fame as one of the most diverse drinking cities in America during Philly Beer Week. The 10 days of festivities will enlighten your taste buds, introducing you to restaurants, taverns and breweries that only the cool kids go to. Let the boozin’ and shmoozin’ begin. Happy Almost Summer!

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