Put on your best 18th century French peasant clothes and join the 19th annual Bastille Day Block Party, this Saturday, July 13, beginning at 10am with French-themed entertainment, food and drink specials in the Fairmount Neighborhood of Philadelphia. Eastern State Penitentiary teams up with the experimental cabaret troupe, The Bearded Ladies, once again to present the entire French Revolution in an hour-long spectacle of song and dance all culminating in a playful re-enactment of the Storming of the Bastille at the historic prison, 4:30pm-6:30pm. Dozens of French revolutionaries will capture Marie Antoinette and, ignoring her mocking cries of "Let them eat Tastykake!," will drag her to a real, functioning guillotine as 3,000 Tastykakes are flung from the prison's towers. The performance, as always, is free and open to the public, with exclusive VIP seating available, that includes beer, refreshments, heckling from the lower classes, and revolution goodie bags. Then, dancing in the street, French-themed entertainment, as well as twilight tours at the penitentiary, 22nd & Fairmount, Philadelphia. Liberté! Egalité! Fraternité!
Since its first stage show in 1903, the Colonial Theatre carried on through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and in 1957, was featured in the movie "The Blob," starring Steve McQueen. Phoenixville, PA celebrates its role in the film with the annual "Blobfest," a kitschy, family-friendly event saluting the classic sci-fi movie, filmed in and around the town. Friday night, July 12, 7:30pm is the Run Out (sold out but you can still enjoy the parade & watch the Run out), the street fair, Saturday, July 13, 11am, as well as screenings of the movies, 227 Bridge Street. Tickets required for movies and street fair is free.
Celebrate Haddonfield's 300th birthday at the 21st annual Haddonfield Fine Art and Crafts Festival, Saturday July 13, 11am-7pm and Sunday July 14, Noon-5pm. Count on local and national artisans showing different styles and artistic techniques, from ceramics, metal, and photography to glass, fiber and wearable art. Also, musical entertainment, outdoor cafés, activities for the kids and more, along Kings Highway between Washington Avenue and Haddon Avenue and along Tanner Street to Euclid Avenue. Free parking and admission.
Delaware Shakespeare Festival performs "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," July 12-28, featuring five dogs from Faithful Friends animal shelter providing comic relief as "Crab," at Rockwood Park, 4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington, DE. Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy pre-show entertainment including music, wandering Bards, children's activities and more along with food trucks on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights of the festival. Rain dates on Tuesday, July 16 and July 23.
The national tour of "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" kicks off Wednesday, July 17 at Harrah's in Atlantic City. The brand-new hit stage show is adapted from the television program, including the beloved foursome, Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel, through August 4. The production heads to Philadelphia December 26-29 at the Merriam Theater.