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Saturday, April 28

Flavors of the Avenue
Whether you’re an unadventurous eater hoping to expand your culinary horizons or a foodie on the prowl for a new favorite spot to dine, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for this week on Passyunk Avenue. Under one giant tent, 21 restaurants located along the avenue will serve up samples of their signature dishes and drinks. Nosh on Ms. Goody Cupcake’s decadent confections, Chiarella’s pasta dishes, El Zarape’s spicy tacos and much more. Outside the tent, browse the street festival which will feature local vendors and a craft market. After the event, head over to Birra’s outdoor beer garden for a free concert featuring Cheers Elephant and other local indie bands. -Nicole Finkbiner

Noon. $30-$50. East Passyunk Ave., between Dickinson and Morris sts. visiteastpassyunk.com

Shadfest
In addition to all the prime real-estate and the fact that it’s quickly become one of the city’s hottest art district, one of the best things Fishtown has going for it is being one of Philly’s oldest riverfront neighborhoods. Attracting thousand of people each year, Shadfest celebrates the environmental significance of the neighborhood while helping to raise money for Penn Treaty Park. This year’s festivities include live music, arts and crafts, environment education kiosks, food and beer. The centerpiece of the festival is, of course, the Kenzinger Challenge Run, a three mile scavenger hunt challenging runners to scour local breweries and taverns collecting information and completing various activities including a Beer Boot Camp at Philadelphia Brewing Company. -N.F.

Noon. Free. Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave. fishtownshadfest.net

Take It All Back
As America’s first rape-crisis center, local nonprofit Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) has been working to eliminate all forms of sexual violence while serving the needs of victims 24 hours a day since 1971. In honor of Sexual Awareness Month, they’re asking Philadelphians, especially survivors of sexual abuse, to join them for an afternoon of raising awareness and speaking out against this violence. The event begins with a march that starts at Love Park and ends at the Independence Visitor Center. Once there, activists, legislators and, most importantly, survivors, will speak. PW Senior Editor Nina Hoffmann, who has written about her experiences being a survivor’s partner, will also share her story. If you or anyone you know is struggling in silence, this event can help you make a step toward taking it all back. -N.F.

11:30am. Free. Love Park, 1500 JFK Blvd. 215.985.3315. woar.org

Sunday, April 29

Science of the Tattoo
Half-naked mermaids and running-Juggalos-with-meat-cleavers might not be the most cerebral tattoos in the world, but what about one of the complex Zermelo-Fraenkel Axioms across the forearm, or a Thomas Edison schematic on the shoulder? Yale professor and New York Times science essayist Carl Zimmer’s fabulous new book, Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed, spotlights some amazing body art from folks whose love of biology, mathematics and astrophysics has truly gotten under their skin. Tonight, the always engaging Zimmer swings into town to discuss his tome. He’ll be joined by talented tattoo artist Mandy Sauler, who works at Penn Medicine creating tattoos for scar camouflage—she also specializes in 3D nipple tattoos for breast cancer patients—to talk more about the intersection of science and ink. -Michael Alan Goldberg

2pm. Free. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. philasciencefestival.org

The Weeknd
Every year, there are a handful of super-hyped albums that become required listening if you want to remain a “hep cat,” as the kids say. Since you seem like you’re “out of sight” (another common “street” saying), if you’re reading this, chances are you already have the Weeknd’s debut album/mixtape House Of Balloons. Coming seemingly out of nowhere, the Weeknd—aka 22-year-old Abel Tesfaye—released Balloons as a free download, the first of a critically acclaimed trilogy in 2011. It wasn’t long until music writers were canonizing the singer, comparing him to Michael Jackson. Though not an apt comparison just yet, Tesfaye is incredibly talented, creating some of the freshest R&B in years. Throughout most of the Weeknd’s songs, there’s a depraved, yet profoundly sad, atmosphere that almost challenges Frank Ocean to see who can sing the filthiest lyrics more smoothly. (Surely, Nate Dogg is smiling down upon us.) -Bryan Bierman

7pm. $32. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

Ex-Fest
Even devoted fans of fright flicks need an occasional break from creepy creatures and gallons of gore. To prevent burnout, the evil impresarios behind Exhumed Films are taking a hiatus from their usual horror fare and presenting a 12-hour program of exploitation films. Beginning at 11 a.m., they’ll turn on the projector and let it run nonstop, showing seven sleazy features and a bunch of shorts and trailers, all not available for home viewing. Exactly what viewers will see remains a mystery, but knowledgeable sources speculate that biker gangs, kung fu and women in prison will make their appearance, along with lots of bared breasts. Fans who need to rest their eyeballs can step into the lobby to shop for all manner of DVDs and enjoy snacks courtesy of Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Blowfish Bakery. Hop online to purchase tickets in advance; this one’s guaranteed to sell out. -Raymond Simon

10am. $25. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. exhumedfilms.com/exfest2012

Monday, April 30

Quintron & Miss Pussycat
Quintron’s an inveterate tinkerer and organ-playing iconoclastic nourished by the Big Easy’s weirdo-friendly environs. His wife/partner Miss Pussycat adds some vocals and frequently precedes the show with her resplendently offbeat puppetry. His music frequently features borderline cheesy drum machines dance beats and swirling garage-inflected organ played with a joyous, unaffected abandon reminiscent of Jonathan Richman. Though he generally favors big carnivalesque textures, he remains a mad scientist at heart, willing to incorporate just about anything—as demonstrated on last year’s more moody and sedate, sample-driven Sucre Du Savage. Much of it was conceived or recorded while he was behind glass as a live exhibit at New Orleans Museum of Art. He’s certainly a one-of-a-kind artifact. -Chris Parker

8pm. $10. With Starwood + Hot Guts. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com

The Awesome Tribeca Fest
Since 2002, the Tribeca Film Festival presents Lower Manhattan with a cinematic event each spring which spans several days and theaters. While the festival this year just wrapped up on Sunday, you can still experience some of the movie madness this week in Philly. The Awesome Fest has teamed up with Tribeca Film to screen four new releases over two nights at the Trocadero. Each night, $3 grants you admission to two films and a beer. Tonight, catch Jenna Fischer in The Giant Mechanical Man followed by Death of a Superhero. Tomorrow, check out Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story and French thriller Sleepless Night. -A.K.

8pm and 10pm. $3. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com

Tuesday, May 1

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1. Yet another disgusted reader said... on Apr 25, 2012 at 03:57PM

“MY HEAD IS IN MY HANDS

Martin McDonagh's play is titled A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, not A BEHEADING..., as you call it more than once. Nor, as I remember, is it clear that the play is set in Ohio.”

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