PW's Weekend Picks: April 11-13

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Friday, April 11

Work Drugs
It’s pretty exciting to see so many area bands putting out big records this year. We got new ones from the War on Drugs and Nothing and have Pattern Is Movement and Sharon Van Etten records to look forward to. And just last month, our friends from the banks of the Delaware River, Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana, gave us their ecstatic and overjoyed Insurgents. Boy, is it emphatically charming. Maybe there’s something to this rote press-fodder tagline: “Work Drugs makes music specifically for boating, sexting, dancing, yachting and living.” Try as you might to find it over-the-top, you can’t—you’ll fail. If you’re ready to fish out that Hawaiian shirt, pull out some aviators and a Captain’s hat, then you’ve found your new heroes. And don’t worry, mate: Morgan’s Pier days are nigh.

Lurking dangerously close to Passion Pit’s combination of hype, high-pitched frontman energy and playful, dancefloor-friendly production, it sounds like Work Drugs can clearly see the line that they’re towing. There’s something majestic about this new one, a delightful child of The Blow’s Paper Television and Mates of State’s Bring It Back (both peculiarly ‘06 LPs), a cousin to Michael McDonald on one side and Justice on the other. They tour as a quintet, in support of bands like Two Door Cinema Club, Memoryhouse and Peter Bjorn & John, and they’ve even been associated with Umphrey’s McGee and the festival scene. So these guys’ll be ready to bring the vibes: Sun kissing your face, a fine salty mist pleasantly spraying you and your guests, laid-back leisure at its finest. // BILL CHENEVERT

8:30pm. $10. With Teen Men. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528.

Camille Brown Dancers: Mr. TOL E. RAncE
The Painted Bride Arts Center celebrates African-American humor and explores the history of the black performer with this stage show that draws influence from the works of Mel Watkins, Spike Lee and even Dave Chappelle. 8am. $25-30. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.

PFF Spring Showcase
This new spring extension to the Philadelphia Film Festival gives viewers the chance to screen anticipated summer releases along with films that have made a big impact during the last year. PFS will also show Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron’s entire filmography over a period of four days. Noon. $11-$13. PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom St. 267.239.2941.

Signature Event
Philly Tech Week celebrates the city’s technological community with an interactive expo and demo party.  Play video games while enjoying beer provided by Yards Brewing Company and food from Shake Shack and Di Bruno Brothers. 7pm. Free. Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd. 215.286.1700.

Malavika Sarukkai
Acclaimed dancer Malakiva Sarukkai will once again visit the U.S. to dazzle audiences with her mastery of the Bharatanatyam style. Her choreography is meant to convey tales of life on the banks of India’s holy river. 8pm. $20-$55. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.6702.

Saturday, April 12

The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years have come a long way since writing songs about Captain Crunch cutting the roof of your mouth. Now the preeminent bastions of the pop-punk/emo revival—or whatever you want to call it in that hotly contested conversation—The Wonder Years’ latest LP, The Greatest Generation, cracked the top 20 of the Billboard 200 upon its release last year. Fronted by Dan “Soupy” Campbell, the Lansdale-born band is four albums into their career and have earned a revered standing amongst fans of the genre. Look no further for evidence than the fact that this gig at the Electric Factory has long been sold out.

Heartfelt and easy-to-sing-a-long-to jams about male angst will never go out of style, and thankfully, The Wonder Years have perfected that formula since their inception in the mid-2000s. If that wasn’t enough, these transplants from the ‘burbs are never bashful about name dropping our fine city: Their 2010 album The Upsides features songs titled “Logan Circle,” “Melrose Diner,” “Washington Square Park” and “It’s Never Sunny in South Philadelphia.” That alone’s worth a big cheer.

Tonight, TWY headlines a packed five-band bill, joined by Fireworks, Real Friends, Citizens and Modern Baseball. Defenders of pop-punk, be prepared for maximum bummage if you can’t get into this show. // DANIEL GELB

6:30pm. Sold out. With Fireworks, Real Friends, Citizens + Modern Baseball. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332.

Philly Women in Tech Summit
Learn about the ever-evolving face of communication between individuals and businesses in the modern age. Guest speakers include Marie Claire magazine director Lea Goldman and Startup America Partnership’s Kathleen Warner. 9am. $50-$250. WHYY Studios, 150 N. Sixth St.

Manayunk StrEAT Food Fest
Philly’s best food trucks convene  for a street food bonanza. Coinciding with Manayunk’s Restaurant Week, the StrEAT Fest provides visitors with a wide range of food truck options at affordable prices. 11am. Main Street in Manayunk.

Music For All Ball
Rock to the Future, a group aimed at supporting free music education to Philly’s under-served youth, present their first-ever gala event. Food, drinks and plenty of live music will highlight the fundraising event. 7pm. The Ukie Club, 847 N. Franklin Street.

Boathouse Row Craft Show
Enjoy a day along the Schuylkill during Boathouse Row’s local craft fair. More than 30 local vendors will showcase their work, and catering will be provided by Cosmic Cafe. 10am. Free. Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row. 215.685.3936.

Robin Becker: Tiger Heron
Philly native Robin Becker comes home to read selections from her eighth published poetry collection, rich with animal imagery. 7pm. Free. Musehouse, 7924 Germantown Ave. 267.331.9552.

Community Outreach Workshops with The Femme-mynistiques
Dance, poetry and theater converge during The Femme-mynistiques’ performance. Join the ladies for a day of creative exploration, including discussions on songwriting and a one of a kind tribal dance experience. 1pm. Suggested donation of $10-$20. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

The Train Driver
Based on true events, Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver tells the story of a man’s guilt after a terrible accident. Fugard’s tale of truth and reconciliation is directed by Matt Pfeiffer. 8pm. $20-$38. The Lantern Theater, 923 Ludlow Street. 215.829.0395.

Creating a sustainable and robust local economy is the focus of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. Tonight’s SustainaBall aims to showcase the strength of Philly businesses through food, entertainment and a nifty silent auction. 7pm. $75-$100. The German Society of Philadelphia, 611 Spring Garden St.

Mourning Becomes Electra
Quintessence Theatre concludes its fourth season with Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, a retelling of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, chronicling the fall of a wealthy family as its secrets of the past threaten those in the present. The current production presents all three parts of the play, digging out all the incest, adultery, murder and savage wit of O’Neill’s Mannon clan. Through April 27. $15-$25. Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave.

Three Days of Rain
Richard Greenburg’s play begins in 1995 and flashes back to 1960 as a brother and sister attempt to uncover a mystery involving their parents. 7pm. $25. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550.

Sunday, April 13

Philly Farm and Food Fest
Growing in size every year since its inception in 2011, the Philly Farm and Food Fest has created a new, yearly marketplace for local food producers and farmers. More than 150 local businesses will be showcased, along with cooking demonstrations, speakers, drinks and more. 11am. $15-$20. PA Convention Center Annex, 1101 Arch St.

Jazz Jive & Praise
Join the Jazz Barrons for an afternoon of music and worship on the Avenue of the Arts. George Barron, his wife Janet and their son Farid make up the West Philly jazz trio, with leading man George on the sax. 4pm. $20. Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 750-760 S. Broad St. 215.735.0442.

Arch Enemy Arts’ spring group exhibition, Equinox, features the work of Scott Kirschner, Michael Reedy, Archer Dougherty, Jel Ena, Jessica Dalva and Hannah Yata: Mind-blowing artists who all maintain the delicate balance between light and dark throughout their work. Through April 27. Arch Enemy Arts, 109 Arch St. 215.717.7774.

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