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The second annual Philly F/M Festival culls hordes of independent films and live music, emphasizing the interplay of the two media. Thursday night hosts the event's kick-off party as Philadelphia Slick douses the crowd with waves of toe-tapping beats and games of Simon Says. The neighborhood's lights dim on Friday as the film screenings begin at 7 p.m. with Sound It Out, a phonetically precise documentary that chronicles the last vinyl record shop in Teesside, England. Meet Me on South Street, The Story of JC Dobbs (September 24 at 6:30 p.m.) delves into Philadelphia's artistic subculture and underground crocheting scene from the 1970s to 1996 through the lens of one of its signature and now defunct musical establishments.

1600 N 5th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Run by Anna Maria Florio, the daughter of Italian immigrants, La Cucina at the Market imparts vital culinary arts to its students in intimate, informative classes. Students plunge their hands into the world of handmade pasta in Making Handmade Pasta: Easy as 1, 2, 3, which runs through the art and science of noodle and sauce. In classes of up to 15 people, pupils knead, roll, and slice pasta dough to infuse homemade Italian entrees with a personal touch. Nascent noodle artists acquire the art of lengthy fettuccine and broad pappardelle, and afterward pastacrafters will be able to construct an edible sculpture of a penguin in formalwear using bowtie-mimicking farfalle.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Tents and tables cover the grassy, waterfront lawns of Lake Lenape Park East for a two-day celebration of good eats and sips at the Waterfront Wine & Food Festival. Vendors work alongside students from the Academy of Culinary Arts to prepare fresh cuisine and stage cooking demonstrations, while winemakers pour samples to throngs of attendees. An outdoor wine garden provides a designated space to sip and dine while socializing, and guests can peruse hand-crafted gifts to take home to a loved one or someone they just owe a favor to.

Though most of the festival is unstructured, one of its core events is an amateur wine competition, where judges sample guest submissions of red and white wines designated as sweet and dry hybrids, vinifera, and soft or stone fruits. Live music from Atlantic City lounge singer Beth Tinnon and a steel band provide a lively soundtrack throughout the two-day shindig.

P.O. box 193
Hamilton Township,
NJ
US

With a diverse lineup of more than 50 features, the Lighthouse International Film Festival will pull back its curtain on June 3 for three days of films, panel discussions, networking, and parties. The nonprofit festival is dedicated to exposing innovative and compelling new contributions to the world of the moving image, granting audiences a sneak preview of the next generation of moviemaking talent while attracting a crew of serious critics, producers, and other movie-biz wizzes. Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear helm a star-studded cast in the opening-night film, Salvation Boulevard, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. Thereafter, feast eyes on a variety of genres and formats, including Dying to Do Letterman—a documentary that chronicles comedian Steve Mazan’s quest to perform his standup routine on David Letterman’s show, which becomes more urgent when he learns he may only have five years left to live. Fictional offerings include the Israeli feature-length Andante, about the only person who continues to dream in a nearly dreamless dystopia. A selection of both short and feature-length films ensures an apt match for attention spans of all shapes and sizes.

129 Engleside Avenue
Beach Haven,
NJ
US

When Frank Wheaton Jr. first visited the Corning Museum of Glass in the early 1960s, it caught his ire. On display were many marvelous works of glass—treasures forged of sand, wood, soda ash, and silica that represented the dawning of the American glass industry. Frank's problem? Those shiny, fragile masterpieces were being exhibited in New York and not where they were birthed: New Jersey.

As the grandson of glass magnate Dr. Theodore Corson Wheaton—whose glass pharmaceutical bottles were instrumental in giving rise to the Millville glass monarchy of the Wheaton company—Frank claimed his birthright and created Wheaton Village now known as Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. The organization has a mission to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity, and has appealed to audiences of all ages for over four decades with its diverse traditional and contemporary arts programs, classes, workshops and exhibitions. Also on-site is The Museum of American Glass, housing one of the most comprehensive collections of American glass in the country, from the first glass bottles made in America, to celebrated works by Dale Chihuly and other contemporary artists who work with glass. Visitors can also experience the art of glassmaking, ceramics and flameworking in the Artists Studios, and the museum stores offer traditional and contemporary art in a variety of mediums.

1100 Village Drive
Millville,
NJ
US

• For $20, you get a ticket for general-admission lawn seating (a $29.75 value before fees, or up to a $40.25 value online, including all ticketing fees). 

• For $31, you get a ticket for reserved seating in sections 200–204 (a $49.75 value before fees, or up to a $62.75 value online, including all ticketing fees).

1 Harbor Blvd
Camden,
NJ
US