PW's Weekend Picks: April 25-27

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Friday, April 25

PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours
The most ironic part about being a nerd as a grownup is the realization that, in adulthood, nerds are the cool kids. Yet, by the time you’re an adult, you really don’t give a shit about being cool anymore. (Thanks for that plot twist, Universe!) Just know this: Nerds party heartily. And, to kick off the fourth annual Philadelphia Science Festival, party we shall.

As part of the 10-day-long celebration’s launch soiree, Science Carnival After Hours, attendees of legal drinking age may enjoy “activities created just for adults.” Even better is that we get our own beer, with Yard’s Brewery supplying the 2014 Official Science Festival draft. In addition to the revelry and like-minded company, good followers of geekdom may also enjoy the speaking stylings of Dr. Ron Eglash, professor of science and technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Eglash, a Fulbright scholar with expertise in cybernetics and systems engineering, will very likely offers greetings and salutations to all present, followed by Philly’s own Nintendo-geek-turned-composer Paul Weinstein, aka Chipocrite, booping and beeping his way through a performance. Weinstein has gained national attention and fame for his novel way of creating original musical compositions using Game Boys as instruments. 

Whatever your scientific interest or persuasion, this event’s a great way to demonstrate that not only have the nerds become victorious in adulthood: We’re downright magnanimous about it. And, really, can you blame us? // JOSH KRUGER

6:30pm. $10-$15. Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. 215.448.1346.

Shen Yun
Shen Yun takes on the daunting task of conveying 5,000 years worth of ancient Chinese history in one single performance. Colorful costumes and impeccable choreography highlight this critically-acclaimed example of poetry in motion. 7:30pm. $60-150. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.

Antiques Show Preview Party
Throughout its 53-year existence, the Philadelphia Antiques Show has asserted itself as one of the city’s premier tourist destinations for those looking to spice up their living rooms with elegant trappings. Tonight’s preview party offers visitors the chance to have an early look at what’s for sale. 5pm. $150-$600. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

The N Crowd Anniversary Show
The N Crowd celebrates nine years of incredible short-form improv with an anniversary show at the Ruba Club. With more than 500 performances under their belts, the N Crowd has become a staple of the Philly comedy scene, creating unique shows each night full of hilarious unscripted comedy. 8pm. $12-$15. Ruba Club, 416 Green St. 215.627.9831.

Twilight in the Gardens
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens kicks off its Twilight in the Gardens series—which will take place on the fourth Friday of every month through October—with a performance by New York’s Loop 2.4.3., a percussion duo that also combines electronic and classical influences. 7pm. $8-10. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St. 215.733.0390.

Saturday, April 26

Philly Brick Fest LEGO Fan Festival
With over 70,000 square feet of creations and interactive activities, the Philly Brick Fest—a celebration of all that can be constructed with LEGO—looks to be an explosion of imagination through the medium of those pegged plastic blocks. “The idea behind the event,” says Chad Collins, its organizer, “is to give fire to the youngest LEGO builders. As a parent, you see the potential, and you see it unlock something in your child’s brain that helps in engineering and helps them in math and science.”

Firing up young minds with LEGO is something about which Collins knows a great deal. Not long after he gave his daughter her first LEGO set, she became so enamored with the toy, she requested her own YouTube channel to talk about them. Your Creative Friends, the show the two of them do together, currently has over 16,000 subscribers. But most importantly, it plugged Collins into the LEGO building community that made Philly Brick Fest possible.

Immense LEGO displays that portray scenes of our city, the Liberty Bell and the Love Park sculpture will be featured, as will a Brick Fest Derby, where you can build your own derby car and race it down the 20-lane, 35-feet-long track. The Brick Fest Theater will show LEGO animated videos and present The Brick Show trivia game. And most importantly, there will be a “free-build” area, with tens of thousands of LEGO bricks ready to be played with by inventive kids of every age. // JARED AXELROD

Through Sun., April 27. $15. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks. 484.754.EXPO.

Flavors of the Avenue
Sample food and drink from 28 of Passyunk Square’s award winning restaurants—including Birra, Cantina Los Caballitos, Chiarella’s, Ippolito’s, Le Virtu, Noord, Will BYOB and more—under one huge tent. The mouth-watering tasting event also features a craft show hosted by Crafty Balboa and live music performed by We Are Fauna and the Drive-Ins. Noon. $30. East Passyunk Ave between Tasker and Morris Streets. 215.336.1455.
Uhuru Flea Market in Clark Park
Uhuru flea markets help support self-determination programs looking to spread health, education and economic prosperity within the African community. This week’s sale includes art, jewelry, books, clothes and food, with proceeds benefitting the African People’s Education and Defense Fund. 9am. Clark Park, 43rd and Chestnut sts. 215.546.1485

Discovery Day: Naturepalooza
This Science Fest family event honors Earth Day with a mix of interactive events and nature walks. Live music, storytelling and environmentally-themed activities mark this great outdoor event, which also feature delicious food truck eats. 11am. Free. The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd.
Relay For Life of Saint Joseph’s University
The American Cancer Society’s signature all-night event features music, food, dancing and much more in the name of cancer awareness and research funding. 7pm. Hagan Arena, 5600 City Ave. 215.985.5335.

CORA Services Family Festival and Craft Fair
CORA Services, devoted to the assistance of children and families experiencing emotional and academic challenges, presents their family themed day of fun. The Festival and Craft Fair features child-friendly games and activities, food trucks and a talent showcase featuring area students. 11am. Free. CORA Services, 8540 Verree Rd.

Sunday, April 27

Murder at the Mütter
Philadelphia’s most fascinating museum hosts an afternoon of murder mystery and forensic investigation. Are a string of Philadelphia murders the work of a serial killer? A team of investigators and forensic experts explain the science of criminal investigation and help solve the crime. 2:30pm. $30-$40. Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St. 215.563.3737.

Brides Night Out Philly
Brides-to-be in Philly can get a jump on their special day with this all-inclusive bridal event. Meet with the area’s fashion experts, gaze at an exclusive bridal trunk show, and enjoy express mobile spa services, including manicure, makeup applications and trial hairstyles for the big day. 12:30pm. Dollface Studios, 1639 N. Hancock St.

A young girl battles the pulls of love and luxury in Jules Massenet’s most popular opera. Musical director Christofer Macatsoris presents a fresh take on the classic, sung in French with English supertitles. 7:30pm. $10-$60. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St. 215.735.1685.

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