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Wednesday, April 24

TECH WEEK
A/S/L Love & Tech
If you’ve resigned your love life to the Internet, and it’s still not going that well, this program is for you. Join Geekadelphia co-founder Eric Smith, online dating expert Erika Ettin and Shmitten Kitten founder Anna Goldfarb for an evening of personal anecdotes and advice to aid you in your search. 6pm. Free. Philly.com office, 801 Market St. phillytechweek.com

MUSIC
GoGo Morrow, Aaron Camper and Tye James
Former background singer and dancer for Lady GaGa, GoGo Morrow has opened for Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Kendrick Lamar and Lauryn Hill. The show will open with Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aaron Camper. 8pm. $10. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

SCIENCE FEST
Don’t Burst My Bubble
Learn the science behind the childhood joy that is the bubble. Answer the age-old question, how large can a bubble get before popping? 6:30pm. Free. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philasciencefestival.org

TECH WEEK
Startup 101
A group of local entrepreneurs will discuss what it takes to start your own business. Learn about venture capital, where to house your business, social media, search engine optimization and more. 4pm. $20. Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St. 215.567.6510. phillytechweek.com
 

Thursday, April 25

FOOD
Dining Out For Life
Even though ActionAIDS’s development director Michael Byrne and his team are busy coordinating more than 150 restaurants in the Delaware Valley, he took a few minutes to give PW some specifics about Dining Out For Life and how it works: Restaurants across the region are donating 33 percent of their food sales for the day to much-needed services for thousands of men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS in the Delaware Valley, an effort, Bryne says, that “was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer 23 years ago.” Suffice it to say, you can make a huge difference in others’ lives by simply forgoing those cooking chores tonight and going out to patronize any number of participating eateries, many of which you probably already love. It’s an almost effortless way to give back to a community in need and simultaneously support local businesses striving to do good. Besides, people, “who doesn’t love to go out to eat?” Bryne asks rhetorically, recalling that very first Dining Out For Life fundraiser. “My friends and I jumped at the chance and had a great meal at Judy’s Cafe. It was packed, and you could feel love in the air. That feeling has not changed, in my heart, or in the restaurants that night. Everyone is out to make a difference. It is magical!” We agree. Wholeheartedly. / Bill Chenevert

Various restaurants throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. diningoutforlife.com

ART
Dale Levy: Exploring
Levy’s artwork features bright colors that swirl in abstraction, rarely taking on a definite form. His canvasses are covered in vivid hues that playfully interact. Levy says his work is improvisational in nature, never knowing where it will take him, and luckily, this ignorance begets wonders. Through May 5. Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St. 215.772.1911. twenty-twogallery.com

READING
Chris Gaida: Arm Candy: A Celebrity Escort’s Tales from the Red Carpet
Despite the negative connotations that the title “escort” carries, Chris Gaida has lived a glamorous life behind the scenes of some of Hollywood’s most exclusive events by accompanying stars like Sandra Bullock, Fergie, Angelina Jolie and even Tom Hanks on the red carpet. Tonight, he’ll read from his new book, Arm Candy: A Celebrity Escort’s Tales from the Red Carpet, which chronicles his tales of Hollywood events, the after-parties and what happens when the cameras turn off. 4pm. Free. UPenn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. facebook.com/pennbookstore

SCIENCE FEST
Sounds Made Up: Tales from the History of Science
This journey back in time combines comedians and historians in a unique presentation of “advances in science” gone awry. Laugh out loud at science’s biggest blunders. 7pm. $5-$7. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. philasciencefestival.org

ART
Robert Straight: Shadows and Reflections
Delaware artist Robert Straight’s layered and textured abstract paintings are the product of the artist’s fascination with nature’s organic and geometric structures and systems. Through May 11. Schmidt Dean Gallery, 1719 Chestnut St. 215.569.9433. schmidtdean.com

POETRY
Frank Messina
“The Mets Poet” unabashedly makes a stop in Philadelphia for two readings of his poetry, which are, as you may have guessed, often baseball-themed, but do not stop there. One of America’s most recognized young poets, Messina has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, SportsNet New York, Sports Illustrated and in poetry journals and college textbooks. 3:30pm. Free. Drexel University Intercultural Center, 30 South 33rd St. 215.731.9904. drexel.edu

READING
Ken Kalfus: Equilateral
National Book Award finalist Ken Kalfus will discuss his most recent novel, Equilateral, in which British astronomer Sanford Thayer attempts to communicate with intelligent life on Mars by building an equilateral triangle with sides that are miles long. 6pm. Free. UPenn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. upennbookstore.com

STAGE
North of the Boulevard
Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, author of Any Given Monday and The Philly Fan, takes on the topic of poverty in his blue-collar comedy about three childhood friends’ attempts to escape their dead-end lives. Using both a humorous backdrop and biting honesty, Graham paints a portrait of modern urban decay, corporate royalty and survival. 7pm. $10-$37. Through May 19. Theatre Exile’s Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St. theatreexile.org

STAGE
Shubin April Fest
Actress, opera singer and dancer Denise Shubin’s 43-seat theater will be a hotbed of raw, young, off-the cuff, unrestrained talent throughout the month of April. Tonight’s standup comedy show features local funnymen Tommy Pope, Rob DeSantis and Todd Cardin. Through April 28.
$15. Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. 215.592.0119. shubintheatre.com

EVENT
Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Eastern Pennsylvania hosts a gala complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and the announcement of the 2013 Man & Woman of the Year, an award given to one man and one woman who have shown a great devotion to raising funds for blood cancer research.  6:30pm. $150.  Vie, 600 N. Broad St. mwoy.org
 

Friday, April 26

BOOKS
Michael Pollan: “Cooked”
Author Michael Pollan has been criticizing food for some time, but not in the velvety, salivation-inspiring way PW’s Brian Freedman does it after visiting a favorite dining spot. Moreover, Pollan, who’s been named to Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list, has dedicated his intellectual writings—like his books The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto—to criticizing the production and business of food in modern society. In particular, Pollan’s 2006 Omnivore’s Dilemma focused on how agribusiness has lost touch with what he calls the natural cycles of farming, hitting on all those subjects that make us uncomfortable when a hankering for a Big Mac comes along (corn derivatives, high fructose corn syrup, factory farming) and argues that people in Washington, D.C., and on Wall Street are to blame for so much of our society’s nutritious aberrations. In his brand new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Pollan goes back to basics—we’re talking really basic—learning to cook using the four classical elements—water, fire, air, earth—and creating dishes while apprenticing for several master chefs from around the world, including a North Carolina barbecue pit master, a celebrated baker and a chef from the acclaimed Chez Panisse in California. Pollan will be reading from Cooked, and a signed copy comes with the ticket price. / R.L.

7:30pm. $30. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch. 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org

MUSIC
Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang and Reformed Whores
Les Claypool and Marc “Mirv” Haggard make up Duo de Twang, an acoustic outfit playing songs spanning Claypool’s career, as well as originals and classic country tunes. Don’t miss the Philly stop on their East Coast tour. 10pm. $25. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

TECH WEEK
Signature Event
Open bar? Robots? What more do tech geeks need? This event, presented by AT&T and hosted by URBN, is a celebration of the Philadelphia technology community, featuring all of Philadelphia Tech Week’s attendees, sponsors and organizers. 6pm. $20-$30. Urban Outfitters Headquarters, 5000 S. Broad St. Building 543. phillytechweek.com

SCIENCE FEST
Astronomy Night
More than 20 venues around Philadelphia will hold star parties for this city-wide stargazing event. Professionals and amateurs alike will bring their telescopes to teach about the cosmos. 6pm. Free. Various locations. philasciencefestival.org

BENEFIT
Donors are Heroes
Enjoy cocktails, dancing and food from 11 of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants and caterers in support of  organ donation. 8pm. $90. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square. donorsareheroestheparty.com

ART
Sampler: Small Works by 30 Artists
Curated by artist Bill Scott, this exhibition spans generations, geography, styles and media. Some artists have never shown their work in Philadelphia before. Through May 11. Cerulean Arts, 1355 Ridge Ave. 267.514.8647. ceruleanarts.com

MUSIC
Pickwick and Basia Bulat
The “garage R&B” sextet from Seattle released their debut album Can’t Talk Medicine last month. They’ll be joined by new Canadian pop-country artist Basia Bulat. 9:30pm. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com


Saturday, April 27

FILM
Filadelfia Film Festival
Unofficially kicking off a spring and early summer full of wonderfully diverse events and programs around the city, the second annual Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival begins this weekend, showcasing both short and full-length films at the International House, the Gershman Y and University of the Arts, sponsored in part by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Leeway Foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation, Congreso and others. Among its goals: showcasing Latin American and Latino filmmakers, fostering cross-cultural dialogues and celebrating the Latin American experience.
Saturday afternoon’s schedule features several short films, including a 14-minute work put out by the Restaurant Opportunities Center, called Latino Restaurant Workers in the USA. ROC has worked on behalf of restaurant workers both locally and nationally and most recently took the helm in the fight for paid sick days in Philadelphia, which failed after being vetoed by Mayor Nutter for the second time in three years. The short film will highlight Latino workers in the restaurant industry and the trials they face due to low wages, lack of insurance and no sick days.

A fair share of documentaries and features round out the full-length films, including the Sundance Film Festival favorite Violeta Went to Heaven, Andres Wood’s acclaimed 2011 biopic on Chilean folk singer/activist/artist Violeta Parra. Lemon tells the story of Lemon Anderson, a spoken word artist who struggled to free his family from poverty, eventually exposing that story via a one-man-show in New York City. (Anderson will participate in a post-screening Q&A with the audience.) In the Paraguayan thriller 7 Boxes, which will be shown both days, a 17-year-old boy is offered $100 to transport seven boxes of unknown content—and then things go remarkably wrong. Other fictional pieces include America, the story of a Latin American woman who escapes an abusive relationship in the Caribbean for New York City, only to be followed by the husband from whom she escaped. Check the festival’s website for dates, times and locations. / Randy LoBasso

Sat. April 27 and Sun., April 28. $7-$9. Various times and locations. flaff.org

EVENT
PIFA Street Fair
Once again, the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will celebrate the end of its month-long season with an all-day extravaganza, consuming six blocks along the Avenue of the Arts and capturing all the mystery and magic of the festival’s “If You Had a Time Machine” theme. Here’s five reasons you may want to check it out:

1. It’s free! For absolutely no cost, you’ll enjoy an eclectic mix of live music, including the Brazilian beats of Philly Bloco and piping-hot jazz of the Blackbird Society Orchestra, as well as a variety of street performers—jugglers, acrobats, post-apocalyptic stilt-walkers and a 9-foot-tall robot.
2. It’ll be your last chance to walk through the Kimmel Center’s “Time Machine,” then spend several minutes trying to figure out what the hell it actually does. Seriously, does anyone get that thing?
3. You’ll get to discover new local eats and treats. Aside from carnival staples like cotton candy, hot dogs and ice cream, the diverse lineup of food vendors will be serving up practically every type of cuisine you can imagine.
4. There’s fun for the whole family. If you’ve got youngsters, this is the one event for them. After a ride on the Ferris wheel, kiddies can make their way through three elevated obstacle courses, then mingle with animatronic and puppet dinosaurs in the Dinosaur Petting Zoo.
5. Because everyone else you know probably is. The inaugural fair in 2011 attracted nearly 200,000 people. So do you really want to be that one schlub who doesn’t go then have to spend an entire year hearing about it until PIFA returns in 2015? / Nicole Finkbiner

11am-7pm. Free. South Broad St., between Chestnut & South Sts. pifa.org/streetfair

MUSIC
Animal Liberation Orchestra
These California jam band hucksters have reveled in laid-back grooves seemingly made for picnics and beach trips. On their latest effort, Sounds Like This, they breached into music-you-listen-to-while-vacuuming territory: enjoyable, effervescent and with enough rhythm to move your feet while sucking up dust mites. 8:30pm. $15-$18. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com

TECH WEEK
Genius Bar
You can finally stop pretending you know how to fix all those electronic gadgets; it’s fine, no one is judging you here. The smart tech folks at Drexel University want you to bring your scrambled laptops, bricked iPhones and faulty robot slaves in for a free consultation. And don’t worry, they will also dole out tips on how to maintain and care for your gadgets. 10am. Free. People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th St. phillytechweek.com

DRINK
Manayunk Brew Fest
Whoever said having too many choices is bad was an idiot. Manayunk Brewery offers you more than 50 craft beers at this year’s Brew Fest. If you’re still able to make decisions after witnessing the sheer amount of delicious beverage on display, Keystone Homebrew Supply will show you how to make your very own concoction at home. 1pm. $45. Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant, 4120 Main St. 215.482.8220. manayunkbrewery.com

FESTIVAL
Naturepalooza! Earth Day Festival
Celebrate nature with a day full of live animal shows, spring native plant sale, games, mural-making and more. Bounce to the sounds of the Plants and Two of a Kind, and cuddle up with some furry friends from the Philadelphia Zoo. 10am. Free. The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Rd. ­schuy­lkillcenter.­org

EVENT
Hack Philly 2.0
A bunch of tech-based artwork and designs will be on display at the second iteration of this interactive, forward thinking exhibit. 5pm. Free.  Bahdeebahdu/Warren Miller Studio, 1522 N. American St. hackphilly.com

SCIENCE FEST
The Morgue the Merrier: The Science of the Living Dead
Re-enact Eakins’ “The Gross Clinic” except with, you know, zombies. A zombie will get poked and prodded on an autopsy table while a series of speakers explain the science behind an outbreak of the undead. 6pm. $25. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. philasciencefestival.org

SHOPPING
Philadelphia Designers Market
Ditch the fanny pack. Local, independent clothing designers will join together, clutches and 100 percent cotton tees in hand, and offer their wares at affordable prices in the hopes of excising Philly’s fashion phobia. 2pm. Free. Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. philadelphiadesignersmarket.com

LECTURE
Penn at Saqqara
Saqqara was the cemetery of the royal families in ancient Egypt. Elaborate rituals and obsessive priests ensured that these former pharaohs would be treated better in death than in life. David Silverman, the curator-in-charge of the Egyptian portion of the Penn Museum, will talk about these super-rich dead folk and the gaudy tombs holding them. 3:30pm. $8. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000. arce-pa.org

FOOD
Ceviche and Escabeche Workshop with Carolyn Angle
Fresh fish ‘cooked’ in lemon or lime juice and covered in chilies: Yum. Learn the best ways to prepare two fantastic seafood dishes, and then promptly eat them like the glutton you are. Noon. $35. Greensgrow Community Kitchen, 2139 E. Cumberland St. 267.283.6787. greensgrow.org

TOUR
Witches Night Out! Ghost Tour at Grumblethorpe
It’s Walpurgis Night, and it’s time for the witches, warts and all, to take flight. Go on a candlelit tour through a haunted house as ghost stories are whispered in your ears. 7pm. $19. 5267 Germantown Ave. 215.413.1997. ghosttour.net/hauntedphiladelphia.html

PARTY
Zombie Butt Touch 4
Zombies will be moaning about a different part of the anatomy this time. Fake blood and other bodily fluids will blend in apocalyptic harmony at this dance party celebrating the end of the world. Free face painting and dignity receptacle upon entrance. 9pm. $15-$20. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.
undergroundarts.org

 

Sunday, April 28

TECH WEEK
Intersection of Music and Technology
WXPN, Little Giant Media and Philly Tech Week are teaming up for one geektastic blend of talking about the use of technology in music, then giving you actual music. For free. Yup, this diverse roster of programming and talent should provide a fascinating evening, especially for budding tech explorers who’ve started experimenting with tricks and tools. The early evening event kicks off with an hour-long Q&A with the Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson hosted by Bruce Warren, XPN’s on-air host and program director. After some presentations by Rapgenius.com, Soulspazm Digital and theFUTURE.fm, they’ll let the performances rip. Before some climactic DJ sets, Khari Mateen will dazzle with cool production trips, Chris Powell of Man Man, who goes by Pow Pow sometimes, will dazzle the crowd with his electro-pop tricks, and then Lushlife brings his tech-savvy-assisted rap game to the mic as he tweaks samples, keyboard tones and beats. As if that weren’t enough, and if you’ve got a few dollars, now’d be the time to get a cocktail and let loose as Dave P (Making Time) and Illvibe’s DJ Phsh take control of the dancefloor. The first half of this evening might border on academe and tech nerdiness, but the second half is all about letting your hair down, putting on those dancing shoes and letting these two DJs twerk their technologies to make you sweat. / B.C.

5pm. Free. Underground Arts at the Wolf Building, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org

SCIENCE FEST
Science for Sinners
Brad Pitt may have helped to popularize the seven deadly sins in the mid-’90s, but now a group of speakers is giving you the scientific explanations behind them. Each sin will be explained by a different person with correlating accolades, as you eat, drink and soak it all in. 6pm. $5. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. 215.634.3338. philasciencefestival.org

MUSIC
Kaki King Retrospective Tour
The Brooklyn-based songstress embarks on a world tour with a full band to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of her first record, Everybody Loves You. Known for her ever-changing style, her sound ranges from the fully instrumental acoustic acrobatics of her aforementioned debut to the fuller sound of her follow-up, Legs to Make Us Longer, which includes bass, cello and drums. 8pm. $15-$27. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

TOUR
Overbrook Farms House Tour and Tea
An annual tour of the private homes, historic churches and other architectural highlights of Overbrook Farms, also focusing on the preservation, renovation and restoration of said structures. Most importantly, part of the tour includes a formal tea party set in an elegant Georgian Revival-style mansion with paired chimneys, Palladian windows and a grand ballroom. Your inner pretty princess will be jumping for joy. 1pm. $30-$35. Overbrook Train Station, 2195 N. 63rd St. and City Ave. 215.477.9250. overbrookfarmsclub.org

MUSIC
Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv Performs Brahms’ Sonatas
Before her big solo debut at Carnegie Hall later this year, Solomiya Ivakhiv joins pianists Robert Durso and Zsolt Bognár for this chamber music concert. Together they will perform Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 and Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100, as well as works by Bach/Kurtag and Liszt. 3pm. $10-$20. The Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq. 215.735.3456. robertdurso.net

ART
Jane Irish: Sông Hương: Withdrawing Room
The five latest murals from painter Jane Irish are Vietnamese landscapes executed with delicate brush strokes evocative of the 18th century. Named after a river in Vietnam, this exhibition turns our attention to a time when Vietnam was not yet a colony but an object of French conquest. Through May 10. Locks Gallery, 600 Washington Square South. 215.629.1000. locksgallery.com
 

Monday, April 29

MUSIC
Tom Odell
Penning original material since the age of 13, getting signed after just four gigs, and making his television debut on the epic Later ... with Jools Holland, this may very well be the only chance you get to see U.K.-born musician Tom Odell in any kind of an intimate venue. His work is kind of like a harder sounding Coldplay. The piano-playing singer may try to be outwardly abrasive at times, but he’s really all nice and cuddly on the inside. 9pm. $12. With Jeremy Messersmith. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

ART
Cellular/Molecular Exhibition
This exhibit ties the strict scientific fields of biology and chemistry to fine art by using different medias and abstraction. Take a deeper look at the unique work these artists produce, demonstrating our accidental and natural inclination to create cellular and molecular forms. Through June 9. Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market St. 215.966.6188. breadboardphilly.org
 

Tuesday, April 30

LECTURE
Building Philadelphia
In this sixth installment of the Building Philadelphia lecture series, Paula Spilner discusses what the tall building, or skyscraper, meant for the 19th century denizens of the city. This covers all of the main topics of the series, such as architecture, urban planning, history and social sciences. Plus, who isn’t curious about our skyline? 6pm. $10-$20. Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St. 215.569.3186. philadelphiacfa.org

MUSIC
Tech N9ne
Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne has been holding it down as a fixture in the hardcore rap scene for quite some time now. Instead of attempting to explain him in words, please just listen to “I’m a Playa,” which happens to be set to the tune of Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus.” If that doesn’t move concert tickets, nothing will. 7pm. $20. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

READING
Jennifer Weiner
The Next Best Thing, the latest from local author Jennifer Weiner, is about a struggling screenwriter who is trying to make it in Hollywood, but keeps being constantly set back despite her best efforts. In honor of its release in paperback form this month, Weiner will  read excerpts from the novel and take questions. 7pm. Free. St. Peter’s School, 319 Lombard St. 215.923.9525. headhousebooks.com

READING
Letty Cottin Pogrebin: How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick
After surviving breast cancer, famous social justice activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin decided not to simply write about her experience, but explore how to play the tricky role of the helpful and worried loved one. 7:30pm. $7-$15. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

Wednesday, May 1

MUSIC
Slum Village
The Blockley has been reeling in some serious heavy-hitters from the history books of hip-hop this spring, and Slum Village is no exception—one of the finest and underrated rap products to come from Detroit, or, for that matter, from the ‘90s and early ‘00s. At the same time that Tribe Called Quest was bringing an intellectual and artistic style to the rap game, a scene long characterized by the gangster-leaning rap of the mid-’90s, Baatin, T3 and J Dilla came forward with their own unique style of production and rhymes. Friends for years, their chemistry was palpable; they’d been flowing at parties, in basements and living rooms, for ages. But with the baffling gifts Dilla brought to the studio, their ‘99 label debut, Fantastic, Vol. 2, earned them near-universal acclaim from within and outside the hip-hop community. On that first record, they got such luminaries as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Busta Rhymes, D’Angelo, Pete Rock and Q-Tip to visit the studio, artists Dilla would go on to produce in the years to come.

Sadly, Dilla and Baatin are no longer with us. T3’s soldiered on with Dilla’s little brother, Illa J, and Young RJ, and with the magic of technology, they’ve continued to issue records in various lineups and even with posthumous verses and beats from Dilla. With Villa Manifesto, a 2010 release, all current and former members contribute in some fashion, and it’s strong. So there’s no telling what kind of setlist will get thrown down in U. City tonight, especially when physical presence won’t deny Dilla and Baatin the power to make your head bob. / B.C.

9pm. $12-$15. With Citi Lightz, The Action Figures, Bread Bruh, DOE BOY + Illvibe Collective. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com

MUSIC
The Philadelphia Jewish Music Festival
For the next nine days, Jewish entertainers involved in various musical fields, ranging from blues to cabaret, will take the stage to assert dominance over Philly’s music scene. Through May 9. $25-$100. Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. gershmany.org

STAGE
Dino! An Evening with Dean Martin
The old-time, slightly inebriated crooner is the focus of this one-man show. Back in ’78, the backing band gets stuck in the cold during a blizzard, and Dino refuses to cancel the show. Whimsy ensues. 7:30pm. $35. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550. walnutstreettheatre.org

ART
Sandra Benhaim: Abstract Explorations
The art’s not cheesy, but everything else is.  Stop into Wedge + Fig and enjoy fine cheeses and Sandra Benhaim’s “Abstract Explorations,” an exhibit that focuses on place and landscape. Through May 31. Wedge + Fig, 160 N. Third St. wedgeandfig.com
 

Out of Town

MUSIC
Pat Benatar
The four-time Grammy Award-winning, spandexed-mezzo-soprano released her first single in 1974. With six platinum albums and four gold albums, Pat Benatar paved the way for an entire generation of female rockers. Tonight, she shares the stage with her life-long partner, musical soulmate and husband Neil Giraldo. Sat., April 27. 9pm. $45-$65. House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City,  N.J. 609.343.4000. houseofblues.com

FOOD
9th Annual Wine and Food Tasting
Put your palate to the test while sampling 250 of the rarest ports, pinot noirs, cabaret sauvignon, chardonnays and craft beers paired with gourmet platters prepared by the finest chefs New Jersey has to offer. Proceeds will benefit hospitalized teens with life-threatening illnesses. Thurs., April 25, 6pm. $50-$60. Virtua Barry D. Brown Health Education Center, 106 Carnie Blvd., Voorhees, N.J. 856.784.0615 arvfevents.org

EVENT
Minding Your Mind’s 8th Annual Mental Health Forum
Roughly 19 million Americans are currently battling depression. If you or someone you love is among the suffering, find hope today at the 8th Annual Mental Health Forum. Former NFL Detroit Lions quarterback, author of Real Men Do Cry, and depression survivor Eric Hipple will share his revealing personal tale of personal tragedy, loss and recovery. Mon., April 29. 7pm. Free. Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El,1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood. 610. 642.3879. events.r20.constantcontact.com

MUSIC
Romeo Santos
You don’t need to be fluent in Spanish to understand why Anthony “Romeo” Santos is the undisputed king of modern Bachata. The former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura, Santos recently received 12 nods at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards for his debut LP. His breakout single, “Promise” features R&B superstar Usher and has peaked at No. 1. on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Fri., April 26. 9pm. $45-$115. Trump Taj Mahal Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. trumptaj.com

DRINK
McCoole’s Beer Festival
Open since 1750, rebellions were hatched inside McCoole’s historic walls. Why not have a personal rebellion all your own by treating yourself to unlimited samples of 70 beers, playing copious amount of beer pong and listening to live music on two separate stages? Fill your belly with delicious food while you peruse craft tables, or take part in the home brew competition. Sat. April 27, noon. $35-$40. McCool’s Arts and Events Center, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. 215.872.5944. mccoolesbeerfest.com
 
Compiled by Michael Brady, Jessica Foley, Nicole Bonaccorso and Anthony Trivelli.
 

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