Film at the Shore

The Lighthouse International Film Festival will present 65 films and bring several producers and actors to Long Beach Island, N.J., from Friday to Sunday. The festival has offerings previously screened at the Sundance, Toronto, South-by-Southwest and Tribeca film festivals. The director of the social-justice documentary

Crime After Crime,

Yoav Potash, is scheduled to attend with his wife, Shira, who coproduced

Food Stamped

, another documentary screening this weekend. Both films have won numerous prestigious awards. Also scheduled to appear are Seve Schelenz, who made the film


, and Jack Sanderson, the actor who stars in

Becoming Santa

. Tickets are $10 and $125 for an all-access pass that includes all films and parties. Free for college students with ID. Venues are LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, LBI Grade School in Ship Bottom, and LBI Historical Museum in Beach Haven. Information:


We are inside the circle

Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble will offer Celebrate the Circle of Rhythm: A Dundunba Dance Party at 7 p.m. Friday in the First District Plaza Grand Ballroom, 3801 Market St. Planned are a performance by Kùlú Mèlé's dancers and drummers, a buffet, and dancing to music by a DJ. The event will honor Ayoka Quinones, arts consultant; Lois Welk, director of Dance/USA Philadelphia; Rhoda Blount, director of education and community engagement, Mann Center for the Performing Arts; and Robert and Wanda Dickerson, founders of the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble. Tickets are $50 with proceeds going to youth outreach and arts education programs. Information: 215-844-3409,




We want to rock

North Philadelphia students in Rock to the Future will showcase their musical talents from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday at World Cafe Live. They will perform cover and original songs at their End of the Year Showcase at the club, 3025 Walnut St. The show is for all ages, with free parking, and a $10 ticket covers admission for the entire evening. Rock to the Future is an after-school program that combines music and academics at no cost to the students, ages 9 to 14. Information: 610-416-6742,



Saturday-June 13

Great music, redux

"AACM: Great Black Music" is a festival presented by Ars Nova Workshop that will offer performances and public discussions with scholars and writers celebrating the past and present work of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Founded in Chicago in 1965, the AACM has as its motto "Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future." At 6 p.m. Saturday, at Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., there will be a discussion with Wadada Leo Smith and music scholar John Szwed followed by a solo performance by Smith. Cost: $10. On Sunday at 6, at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., there will be a discussion with Henry Threadgill and Francis Davis followed by a performance by Threadgill's Zooid. Cost: $25. Information:


Berry, berry arts

The Philaberry Arts and Music Festival 2011 will be Friday at Historic St. George's Methodist Church. Organizers promise "free food, live jazz, 18 local artists and a very cool atmosphere during First Friday." There will be berries, naturally, at the festival scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m., in the courtyard of the church, near Fourth and New Streets. Free. Rain or shine. Information: