Back to the Big Top
Acrobatics and theatrics of the most compelling sort return to Philadelphia in the form of Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Kooza. Running through June 15, the show follows the existential journey of a lonely clown lost in a strange world filled with foolish leaders, crazy criminals and clever masterminds. With Kooza, the Quebec-based company returns to its circus roots, with a winning combination of stunning acrobatics, slapstick comedy and phantasmagoric fantasy. Since 1984, Cirque du Soleil has aspired to offer a thoroughly modern take on the big top, creating a highly acclaimed—and lucrative—spectacle in the process. A hot ticket for any fan of dynamic theater. $35-$85. Avenue of the Arts, Broad and Washington streets, Philadelphia. Call (800) 678-5440 or visit cirquedusoleil.com. —Adam Polaski
More than 1,000 East Coast paddle-pushers from Tampa to Canada will scull the Schuylkill River in drummed unison June 7 for the second annual Independence Dragon Boat Regatta, hosted by the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association. It all begins with the eye-dotting ceremony—the tradition of painting a pupil on one of the ornate, 65-foot-long vessels. Then 50-plus recreational and corporate teams compete in over 40 races every 10 minutes to determine the best boat. Keep an eye on participants from the Narberth Democratic Club, Bala Cynwyd Middle School, Radnor Middle School, NBC 10 and other local organizations. The event benefits disabled American veterans. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Kelly Drive, Philadelphia. Visit independencedragonboat.com. —Shannon Hallamyer
Eat, Drink and Swing
Music lovers and foodies will descend upon Wayne June 6-8 for the 5th annual Land Rover Main Line Jazz & Food Festival. The weekend begins with live music on North Wayne Avenue and nearby restaurants, and winds down with an outdoor concert on Sunday. Acts slated to perform include Lynn Reilly, Standard Deviation, Laura Munich and Latin ensemble Ellas y Amigos. Fans of Gypsy Saloon’s lobster mac and cheese should get in line now—but if you miss out, there’s plenty of sustenance to go around. Teens can mill about town while the younger kids whoop it up on the moon-bounce, take in a magic show or get their face painted. There’s also a hospitality tent with beer and wine samples, and plenty of shade. Proceeds benefit the Radnor Fire Company. Sunday’s concert noon-5 p.m. Visit mainlinejazz.com. —Dawn E. Warden
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