Calendar: May 14-21

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Wednesday, May 14

Party in the Playground 2014
Who says playgrounds are just for kids? This adults-only soiree benefits Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse and will offer hors d’oeuvres, drinks and games for all in attendance. In addition, Public Workshop founder Alex Gilliam will be presented with the Ida Newman Magic of Play Award. 6pm. $50. Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr. 215.765.4325.

From Rio to Brotherly Love
With Brazil being the focus of this year’s Global Gala, International House enlists Brazilian-born artist Daniel Gafanhoto to display his fine-art photographs depicting colorful cityscapes. 9am. Free. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125.

Thursday, May 15

Night Market in Old City
Everyone knows there’s more to this city’s palate than cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and wudder ice—and more to this city’s culture than Center City and the Historical District. Philly’s a network of ‘hoods whose neighbors are merriest while eating, drinking and laughing out loud. So what’s the best way to celebrate community life while having fun at sunset? Since 2010, the roving Night Market has been the answer.

Hopping from neighborhood to neighborhood, the Food Trust’s Night Market mealfests offer an excellent cross-section of wide-ranging dishes showcasing Philadelphia’s diverse tastes. After 12 markets, over 300 vendors, and more than 200,000 happily-full bellies, it has stayed true to its mission of making healthier food choices more accessible in Philly. By giving local bars, restaurants and food trucks an opportunity to reach large crowds in one place at one time, these events are real can’t-miss casual affairs.

Night Market Old City, 2014’s first, gives the eastern-most hub of weekend revelry an opportunity to grant its goers access to both ethnic and regional fare, while providing a stage for the robust arts and culture scene the ‘hood is known for. Featuring more than 85 vendors—a Night Market record so far—attendees can expect to see faves like Panorama, Han Dynasty, Serrano, Continental, The Franklin Fountain, Amada and many others during their night out. Plus, Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret are set to bring their special style of psychedelic soul and funk-rock, adding just the right amount of oomph to plates full of food, fun and something distinctly Philadelphian. // KENNEDY ALLEN

6pm. Free. Third and Arch sts. 215.575.0444.

Chisholm ‘72: Unbought & Unbossed
Domestic violence outreach collective Women In Transition will screen the 2004 documentary Chisholm ‘72: Unbought & Unbossed, which traces Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign. Dr. Niambi M. Carter of Temple’s African-American Studies program will open the evening with a discussion about the cultural significance of Chisholm’s run. 5:15pm. $25. Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. 215.564.5301.

Food & Founders
Benjamin’s Desk hosts the inaugural event in its new food-centric speaker series with Honeygrow founder Justin Rosenberg. Food and drink will be provided by Honeygrow and the folks at Yard’s Brewery. 6pm. $20. Benjamin’s Desk, 1701 Walnut St. 267.765.2070.

Christopher Buckley: But Enough About You
Over the last 20 years, novelist Christopher Buckley has followed his acclaimed Thank You for Smoking with one witty political satire after another. In his new collection of essays, he examines topics ranging from “The Art of Sacking” to friendships with fellow writers Christopher Hitchens and Joseph Heller. 7:30pm. $7-$15. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322.

Knock Out Homelessness
One Step Away, Philadelphia’s newspaper made by the homeless for the homeless, hosts its annual fundraiser, featuring appearances by celebrity advocates including boxers and Philly natives Matthew Saad Muhammad and Nate Miller. 6pm. $75-$100. Chickie’s and Pete’s, 1526 Packer Ave. 215.951.0300.

Friday, May 16

The M&Ms
These Ms are born of names, not candy nuggets: John Medeski, Papa Mali, Stanton Moore and Rob Mercurio, and they’re meant to melt your mind, not on your tongue. Essentially, they’re a supergroup—Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame; Mercurio and Moore hail from Galactic and Mali’s own 7 Walkers/Double Uptown Shotgun. They were pulled together by a superjam date at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge almost a year ago, and it became pretty evident that fans would buy what they’re selling: plain ol’ funk, jazz funk, southern funk, catfish funk, funk of damn near every variety.

They’re undoubtedly tied to New Orleans. Papa Mali, especially, is an axe man who often works with the original members of the Grateful Dead (namely drummer Bill Kreutzmann) and hangs out and casually shreds at will at the Maple Leaf Bar. Meanwhile, one of Galactic’s seminal recordings is their live set at Tipitina’s down the street. There will be some extended improvisations tonight, no doubt, ones steeped in Louisiana voodoo and moonshine magic. Folks who get down with the Bonnaroos, Camp Biscos and moedowns, take heed: this jam sesh is right up your alley. This funk-jam genre has seen some similar personnel mix-ups with bands like Lettuce and Oysterhead, but you never know how long they’re going to last. Just a tour? A few records? These M&Ms will stay solid ‘cause they’ve got bigger fish to fry: your brain. // BILL CHENEVERT

8:30pm. $22-$25. With Swift Technique + No Sinner. Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave.

Art in the Open
Philadelphia’s three-day Art in the Open celebrates artists, their inspirations and their relationships with the environment. Striking pieces from a jury-selected group of artists will be displayed along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill riverbanks, from Fairmount Water Works to Bartram’s Garden. Through Sun., May 18. Various locations.

Comic Energy Philly TV Audition
Comic Energy Philly, a sketch comedy show created by James D. Daly, holds an open casting call tonight at Chickie’s and Pete’s. Participants should prepare a 1-minute monologue and be prepared for some improvisation. 9am. Free. Chickie’s and Pete’s, 1526 Packer Ave.

Altar Boyz
The 11th Hour Theatre Company’s newest production centers on a five-piece boy band and their journey through oceans of screaming fans as they wrap up their “Raise the Praise” tour in Philadelphia. 7pm. $34. The Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St. 215.545.1664.

Crimes of the Heart
Drexel’s Co-Op Theatre Company wraps up the season with a Pulitzer-Prize winner. Beth Henley’s tragicomedy, directed by Nick Anselmo, follows the dysfunctional relationship between three sisters living in rural Mississippi. 8pm. $15. URBN Black Box Theater, 3401 Filbert St. 215.895.2787.

The Painted Bride presents this one-of-a-kind interactive marine theater experience. Told without words, Bleu! creates an immersive visual experience that will have you convinced you’re swimming at the bottom of the sea with some fantastic aquatic life. Through May 18. $15-$25. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914.

Saturday, May 17

Preakness at the Piazza
Many Philadelphians of the upscale variety tend to enjoy horse racing—what with the fancy dress, fine food and drink, and wagers on the line. And even more of us, both high brow and low, want to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, the potentially debilitating disease affecting between 2 and 2.5 million people around the world and a reported 14,000 in the greater Philadelphia area alone. Preakness at the Piazza is the annual gala that ties them together, a top-drawer fundraiser in which the Preakness Stakes horserace—which actually takes place at the picturesque Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland—is shown on the large screen before a festive crowd. Notably, 100 percent of its proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a foundation meant to provide support, awareness, connections and funds toward researching a cause and cure for MS. Last year, they put $40 million toward those efforts.

Thanks to attendees’ ornate hats, colorful bowties and what-have-you, organizer Pari Hashemi defines Preakness at the Piazza as the place where, “young professionals get together and dress up while supporting a great organization.” (Duke & Winston is doing its part by offering a bright patterned bowtie as an official PATP accessory, with proceeds from its sales also benefiting the NMSS.) Their 2013 inaugural event, according to officials, welcomed 800 people and raised $95,000. They’re betting that 2014’s soiree can top that. So are we. // RANDY LOBASSO

5pm. $75. The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1050 N. Hancock St. 856.858.6900.

South Philly Tap Room Wheat Beer Festival
SPTR’s annual block party offers delicious treats, live music and more than 30 different wheat beers. Snack on braised pulled pork sandwiches, asparagus salad and vegan Pad Thai, while The Jawns, Arrah Fisher and the West Philadelphia Orchestra keep the party going. Noon. South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby
Check out Philadelphia’s finest human-powered vehicles on display during this unique design competition and parade. Sponsored by the New Kensington Community Development Corporation, the Derby will feature talented local artists and engineers showing off their kinetic ingenuity and competing for Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering and more. Noon. Free. Trenton Ave at Norris St.

Spring Fashion Show: Dress to Express
Moore College of Art & Design presents their annual spring fashion show, featuring new trends in fashion. The student-based show will feature children’s clothing, menswear, swimsuits and evening wear, following the theme of “Dress to Express”—designs inspired by Expressionist artists. 8pm. $30-$100. Aviator Park, 1916 Race St.

Party at the Pen: The Masquerade
Eastern State Penitentiary hosts its biggest transformation yet, a masquerade-themed dance party inside the vaunted walls of the prison. Featuring live DJs and drinks, it’s a trip into some off-limits wings of the Pen for a night of intriguing adventure. 9pm. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.

Ninth St. Italian Market Festival
One of the city’s most famous corridors and the nation’s oldest outdoor market celebrates their annual Italian Market Festival. The extended block party will feature the annual Procession of Saints, live entertainment, crafts and more food than you can fathom. 11am. Free. S. Ninth St.

Sunday, May 18

Uh Huh Her
It’s difficult to not get behind a band that uses a cool PJ Harvey record as its name. But the similarities aren’t as sonic as they are in creative philosophy: Woman-positive, cathartic and a little bit queer. See, Leisha Hailey’s been out and proud for almost 25 years now, no small feat for a woman who came out before the ‘90s began. She gave acting a spin for six years in the mid-2000s, starring in Showtime’s The L Word as bi journalist Alice Pieszecki. And the other half of Uh Huh Her is Camila Grey, Hailey’s partner, a former member of Mellowdrone plus a touring and production support player manning bass and keys for Melissa Auf der Maur, Adam Lambert, Tricky, Dre and Busta.

Uh Huh Her’s music, though, is seemingly their own and born of a loving musical and personal relationship. They specialize in airy but futuristic and upbeat emotional electropop, like lesbian lounge music for Italo disco clubs. Their latest LP, the two-month-old Future Souls, feels like a feminine Junior Boys or a synth-heavier Cardigans. These two have definitely listened to their fair share of Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and Boy George, too. If the names Lindsay Peterson and Melanie Marcus mean anything to you, you pretty much have to be in attendance tonight. // B.C.

8pm. $20-$32. With DJ Kim Anh. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Yoga on the Steps
Living Beyond Breast Cancer hosts their signature fundraising event—a one-hour outdoor yoga class. Designed for all skill levels and body types, Yoga on the Steps is a fantastic gathering devoted to education about healthy living and support for LBBC’s efforts to alleviate the financial burden on women diagnosed with breast cancer. 8am. $10-$20. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 610.645.4569.

Walk Against Hate
The Anti-Defamation League presents its fourth annual Walk Against Hate, featuring activities and entertainment, all for the cause of making strides against bigotry and hatred in local communities. 1pm. $5-$10. Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the Art Museum. 215.568.2223.

Super Adoption Day
The city’s largest animal adoption event, and one of the largest nationwide, is presented by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia. This day of major animal love will honor the tireless efforts of No-Kill volunteers and feature dozens of adoptable pets, family fun and prizes. 11am. Free. The Piazza, 1001 N. Second St.

Monday, May 19

Jonathan Moreno: The Politicization of Bioethics
The journal Nature calls his work “fascinating and unsettling;” New York Times calls it “earnest and chilling.” Penn professor Jonathan Moreno, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who has influenced national security policy, is set for a sit-down conversation with Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia’s Hugh Taft-Morales, as part of its “Ethics on the Square” program, to discuss the politicization of bioethics and his acclaimed book, The Body Politic, named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews.

What makes a moral action in our scientific age?  What is the scope of ethics in terms of military or medical decisions today? What circumstances lead to our decisions, and do these circumstances have an impact on the morality, or immorality, of our actions?  In the 19th century, Immanuel Kant argued that intent behind an action is supreme; conversely, to John Stuart Mill, the practical outcome of an action helps determine its morality. To Moreno, these millennia-old questions of morality are more relevant than ever:  to military, political, and medical decisions. Lucky for us, we can find out exactly what the modern philosopher has to say this week at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, which offers seminars and Q&A sessions with philosophers and experts for all Philadelphians wishing to incorporate ethical knowledge alongside their modern existence. // JOSH KRUGER

7pm. Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. 215.735.3456.

Moth StorySLAM
The Moth, originating in N.Y.C., has become a nationwide open mic phenomenon. Guests are presented with the theme of the night and given five minutes to tell their story onstage. Topics have ranged from most interesting Internet date to most exciting overseas trip. 6:30pm. $8-$16. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Phillies Phestival
Help strike out ALS at this year’s Phillies autograph and auction party. This is your chance to get your picture taken with Phillies’ manager Ryne Sandberg and second baseman Chase Utley, or throw a few pitches in the Phillies bullpen. Last year’s event raised more than $860,000 for the cause. 4:30pm. $5-$50. Citizens Bank Park.

Tuesday, May 20

Building Philadelphia: Ed Bacon and the Future of Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Center for Architecture continues its “Building Philadelphia” lecture series with a look back at the contributions of city planner Edmund Bacon. Drexel’s Scott Gabriel Knowles, leads the discussion on Bacon’s successes and the future growth potential of Philadelphia’s architecture. 6pm. $20. Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St. 215.569.3186.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Joe DiPietro’s worldwide smash musical hit returns with its hilarious vignette style. Dating, marriage and romance are all on trial during the performances’ wonderfully crafted musical numbers. Through June 29. $41.25. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550.

Wednesday, May 21

FreshDance: Vitality
Drexel University’s FreshDance, the freshman year dance company, presents Vitality, featuring 19 talented dancers and the work of two Drexel dance students. The performance will also feature the work of three professionals, including Drevel dance alumnus Caroline O’Brien, whose choreographed piece asks “what constitutes a superhero.” 8pm. $5-$10. Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut sts. 215.895.2000.

Taste of Philly Food Tour
In this 75-minute walking tour, the history behind some of Philadelphia’s most famous foods, including Scrapple, sticky buns and soft pretzels, is explained. Learn the proper way to order a cheesesteak, find out where Philadelphia cream cheese actually comes from, and find out the history behind Hershey’s Kisses. 10am. $8.95-$15.95. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Filbert sts. 800.838.3006.

Out of Town

New Hope Pride Parade
Celebrate diversity at the New Hope Pride Festival, featuring tons of events, including dance parties, musical guests and an all-male revue. The Pride Parade is the keystone of the annual fest, with bands, floats and specialty troupes strutting their stuff from Lambertville to New Hope. Sat., May 17, noon. Free. Waterloo St. New Hope.

Handcrafted at Perkins Center
Taste flavorful micro-brews, enjoy live music and enter in a silent auction as Collingswood’s Perkins Center presents the fourth annual handcrafted event. Regional craft brews from East Coast Beer Company, Flying Fish, River Horse, Yards and more will be featured. Proceeds benefit the arts education and community outreach efforts of the Perkins Center for the Arts. Sat., May 17, 7pm. $50. Perkins Center for the Arts. 30 Irwin Dr., Collingswood, NJ.

The Wild Half
Morey’s Pier hosts this 13.1 mile marathon and 8K race across scenic Wildwood. The event also features loads of fun-filled activities, including a finish line festival with live music and food and a Health & Fitness Expo at the Wildwoods Convention Center. All registered participants receive a free unlimited ride wristband and admission to beachside yoga sessions. Sun., May 18, 7:30am. $35-$105. Morey’s Pier. 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ.

Vertex Fitness PUMPED
Support local nonprofits with PUMPED, a community wide outreach, which features food and drinks from nearby restaurants, goods for sale by local businesses and a chance to win prizes. Steve Morrison of 93.3 WMMR’s “Preston and Steve” will emcee the event. Wed., May 21, 5:30pm. Vertex Fitness Personal Training Studio.931 West Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.525.9904.

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