PW's Labor Day Weekend Picks

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Friday, August 29

Katie Skelly & Meghan Turbitt
If you only see two lady comic-book artists present their work for your enjoyment this week, be sure to make it Meghan Turbitt and Katie Skelly. The New York City-based duo—who create very-cool print and web comics independent of each other—will be coming though Philly to read and sign their oft-cynical, oft-feminist, always humorous offerings.

Claiming her ideas come from the profane jokes she grew up with in her blue-collar Irish Catholic community in Rhode Island, Turbitt’s pages often depict short vignettes in a young woman’s life. One particularly funny and recent comic, #foodporn, partially depicts her at a pizza joint. She orders a slice and thinks to herself what a “loser” the smelly man behind the counter is. Soon, in her head, she turns him into a muscle-bound hipster and gleefully lets him cradle her in his arms as he handfeeds her the cheese slice.

Skelly’s art is a bit more sci-fi. Her first notorious project was something called Nurse Nurse, which Skelly—who initially attended Philly’s Moore College of Art and Design as an undergraduate—called “a psychedelic comic about nurses in space.” Since creating that first comic in 2007, she’s printed it and 10 others, including her latest, Operation Margarine (pictured), in which two badass girls ride a motorcycle through the desert “holding their own against the elements, biker gangs and each other.” // RANDY LOBASSO

7pm. Free. Locust Moon Comics, 34 S. 40th St. 267.403.2856.

Five Dollar Comedy Week
The affordable laughs continue in this week-long event of original comedy shows from local comedians. Tonight, activities include being a part of the jury for the comedy game show “Justify Your Love” or sitting through an hour of one-minute monologues. 7pm. $5. Through Sun., Aug. 31. Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.

Despicable Me 2
Hawthorne Park’s family movie night continues with a screening of the 2013 animated film Despicable Me 2. Round up your minions for some games and activities before the movie starts. 8:30pm. Free. Hawthorne Park, 1200 Catharine St.

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights featuring Valerie Simpson
Summer is coming to an end with August’s final days, but not without one more evening of sultry tunes from the Penn’s Landing Smooth Jazz Summer Nights series. Singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson, of Ashford & Simpson, performs tonight. 7:30pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut St. and Columbus Blvd.

Art Meets Fashion: A Pop-Up Shop Event
The weeklong event features a meet and greet with Funky Bijou and a one-of-a-kind art meets fashion night featuring a variety of all your pampering needs, including Happy Hour, Paint Night and Girls Night Out. Talented artists and jewelers will be showing off their creations as you enjoy food, drinks, music and more. 5:30pm. $20. Through Aug. 31. 3rd St. Gallery, 45 N. Second St.

Saturday, August 30

Black Families Rock
A day of seminars brings black families together to help build stronger, happier homes and increase awareness in youth education. The event also features games,  workshops and the Gospel Fest Choir Competition. 10am. Free. Lincoln University, 1570 Baltimore Pike.

The funky sounds of the Big Easy hit Philly as the New Sound Brass Band bring their horns, brass and culture to town. The eight-piece band plays a combination of hip-hop, funk and R&B. 3pm. $15. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St.

Sunday, August 31

Pronounced “power,” this weekend wellness retreat includes massages, reflexology, dance classes and more. Enjoy the soothing sounds of jazz vocalists and guest speakers Rhenda Fearrington and Alfie Pollitt. 6pm. $35. AIA, 1216 Arch St. 

Made in America: The Afterparty
If you missed the biggest music festival of the summer, then stick around for the after party. Rumored acts include DJ Shadow, SRG and more. 3:30am. $15-$30. Lit Ultra Bar, 460 N. Second St. 484.885.0227.

Monday, September 1

Labor Day at Franklin Square
Before the kids head back to school, spend one last day of summer at a carnival in Franklin Square. Enjoy carnival games, mini golfing, carousel rides and more. Noon. Free. Franklin Square, Race and Seventh sts. 215.629.4026.

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