The nEW Festival, produced by Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, celebrates its sixth season with dance performances and community classes at the University of the Arts (UArts) School of Dance through June 19. nEW is an incubator for new work for Philadelphia's most innovative dance artists - a unique opportunity to engage in original choreographic research and development in a collaborative environment. Through Sunday at the University of the Arts Dance Theatre at the Drake, 1512 Spruce St., the festival will showcase premiere dance performances by Charles Anderson, dance theatre X, Eun Jung Choi-Gonzalez (Da Da Dance Project), and Jeffrey Gunshol, among others. Tickets: $10-$15, with $5 discount for seniors, students, and Dance USA/Philadelphia Dance pass-holders. Information: 215-359-7775,
The Philadelphia Folklore Project will celebrate its 22d anniversary from 6 to 8 tonight with "Tatreez: Palestinian Women's Embroidery in Philadelphia." Making and sharing traditional needlework, stitching patterns belonging to villages that no longer exist, local Palestinian women artfully sustain heritage and community through the beauty that is tatreez. Refreshments will be served at this free event at 735 S. 50th St. Information: 215-726-1106.
The summer 2009 season on the Schuylkill begins Saturday with kayak and river tours that showcase the ongoing transformation of its banks. Schuylkill Banks is near 30th Street Station and the Fairmount Water Works. Two river cruises, the Secrets of the Schuylkill and Boat to Bartram's Garden, will be offered on select weekends, beginning Saturday and continuing through Oct. 24. Schuylkill Banks also will host the movie series "Your Flicks, Your Banks," featuring free films. The films include:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
on June 25;
Back to the Future
on July 9;
on July 23; and
Raiders of the Lost Ark
on Aug. 6. Information: 215-222-6030.
Continuing through the fall, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens will conduct weekend walking tours of public murals created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar on South and Bainbridge Streets between Fourth and 10th Streets. The walks will include areas rarely seen by South Street visitors. Tours are noon and 4 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays and last about an hour. Garden entrance is $4 for adults, free 12 and under, with tours an additional $6 for adults and $4 per child. Tours begin at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South St. Reservations can be made in advance, but walk-ups are welcome. Information: 215-733-0390 or
Golfers are invited to join lymphoma survivor Frank Doroba on Monday at the 14th Annual Golf for Lives Tournament to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Southern New Jersey/Shore Region Chapter. The event, held at Ramblewood Country Club in Mount Laurel, will raise funds to fight leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma. Doroba, 25, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma soon after beginning dental school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. The cancer is now in remission. This year's tournament begins with registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The day wraps with a cocktail reception hosted by Traino's Wine & Spirits, dinner, and prizes beginning at 5:30 p.m. Donation is $195 a golfer, or $750 for a foursome. Nongolfers can purchase dinner tickets for $75. Information: 1-888-920-8557, Ext. 202, or