PW's Weekend Picks: Aug. 1-3

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Friday, August 1

Arch Enemy Arts
What will the future look like and how will it change us? Arch Enemy Arts invites you to check out 13 artists’ views on ways future technology will change mankind in Heart of Wires, the second part of their two-exhibit showing. Last month’s show, Sight Beyond Sight, which focused on the mystery and spirituality of the future as envisioned by artists from around the world, will also be on view. Both exhibits run through the end of the month. 6pm. Free. Arch Enemy Arts, 109 Arch St. 215.717.7774.

First Friday at CHF: Game Night
Want to build your own lab and create chemical reactions? There’s an app for that! Chemistry-based games and activities take center stage tonight as the Chemical Heritage Foundation offers you the chance to play for prizes and try out its brand new iPad app, ChemCrafter. 5pm. Free. The Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. 215.925.2222.

Ryan Wilson Kelly: Confabulation
This show serves as Kelly’s swan song in Philadelphia, as he’ll soon be leaving the city for a new job in Ohio. Come out and bid the artist a fond farewell with a “best-of” presentation featuring bits and pieces of some of his greatest work. 6pm. Free. Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, 1834 E. Frankford Ave.

Kevin McNamee-Tweed
The Texas-based artist’s newest installation consists of a series of drawn covers of fake books, giving the illusion of a pop-up bookstore. McNamee-Tweed first debuted the concept in his Austin hometown, and he will soon publish the drawings in a book of their own. 6pm. Free. Little Berlin Annex, 2430 Coral St.

Into the Woods
Dive deep into your childhood imagination, and watch characters from your favorite fairytales come to life in this Tony Award-winning book-turned-musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and more interact with one another along the magical journey. Stay after the show for a Q&A with the cast and crew. 8pm. $15-$20. The SkyBox at the Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848.

Found Sounds: Underwater Edition
DJ Poseidon-Trident provides the tunes at Painted Bride’s annual fundraiser, this time raising money for their upcoming nautical-themed production, Deep Blue Sleep, slated to run during this year’s Fringe Festival in September. Dance the night away, and burn off the extra calories consumed after indulging in scrumptious apple pie from the 2014 Vendy Cup winner Pie Stand food truck. 7pm. $5. The Painted Bride, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914.

Saturday, August 2

Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival
Yes, we’re already mid-way through summer, but fret not: there are dozens of fun free events for the whole family to enjoy for the next five weeks or so. Saturday’s fourth annual Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival is among the well-developed slate of diverse cultural offerings PECO and the Delaware River Waterfront still has on deck this season.

The traditional Water Festival takes place annually on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the nation’s capital and largest city. Determined boaters and their legions of fans pour into Phnom Penh by the millions for three days each fall, continuing to honor and celebrate customs that date back to the height of the Khmer Empire. This one-day version, founded by the Cambodia-born, South Philly-raised Song Phou, has a clearly defined mission to enrich and encourage future leaders within Philly’s Asian communities, while enlightening other cultures about his people’s glorious heritage. The best part? The community-at-large gets in on the action too, with businesses, organizations, friends and neighbors forming teams that vy to be the fastest dragon boat on the Delaware; this year, there are 21 squads competing.

All on-the-water activity aside, savory Southeast Asian foods will be available all day, and a wide array of musicians, dancers and other performers will fill the Dragon Boat Fest’s entertainment bill. Float on over if you can. // K.A.

Noon. Free. Penn’s Landing Marina and Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St.

Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy: Pitch Perfect
Enjoy a screening of the 2012 surprise hit—starring the always hilarious Rebel Wilson—at the Trolley Car Diner tonight. Freshmen Becca (Anna Kendrick) reluctantly joins the all-female a cappella group the Barden Bellas and brings attitude and a new sound to the national competition. 8:30pm. Free. Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave. 215.753.1500.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America
The seven-city traveling beer festival—which kicked off in Chico, Calif.—finally makes its way to Philly with the wares of more than 2,500 famous brewers in tow. Some of the stops have already sold out, so don’t sleep on getting tickets for the chance to celebrate the practice of craft brewing with the best in the game. Noon. $30-65. Penn Treaty Park, 1341 N. Delaware Ave.

Boys of Summer Swimsuit Party
Dance the night away with hundreds of men wearing nothing but swimsuits at the 11th Annual Boys of Summer Swimsuit Party, featuring live music and entertainment by DJ Drew G, Gunnar Montana dance troupe, SM Luke and Mike Munich from So You Think You Can Dance. All proceeds benefit PhillyGayCalendar’s mission to foster equality in the city. 9pm. $15. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772.

Scribe Presents Street Movies!
Making a name for itself by touring around the Philadelphia area, this community-hosted film series prides itself on bringing independent movies to local parks, lots, playgrounds and other public spaces. Tonight’s screening includes Listening Is An Act of Love, Revival From the Roots, Glorious Saturday and Esperanza Stories. 7:45pm. Free. Hunting Park, 990 W. Hunting Park Ave.

Martha Graham Cracker
Martha Graham Cracker’s larger-than-life cabaret act includes new arrangements and mash-ups from a slew of artists, including Prince and Nina Simone. Headlined by Johnny Showcase and Rumi Kitchen, special guests include Pig Iron APT School graduate Jennifer Kidwell and Mark McCloughan of No Face Performance Group. 9pm. $15. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Trestle Inn’s First Annual Dog Wash
The Trestle Inn encourages anyone with a dog in need of a good bath to stop by this inaugural fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Owners can enjoy a KelSo Pilsner and a hot dirty dog BBQ while their pup is washed squeaky clean. 1pm. $20. Trestle Inn, 11th and Callowhill St. 267.239.0290.

Sunday, August 3

Third Annual Reggae in the Park
Two years ago, the Mann Center ushered in a brand new, two-stage festival celebrating the feel-good power of reggae music with headlining performances by genre legends Jimmy Cliff and Beres Hammond, the latter of whom returned to headline the following year. This time around, Philadelphia welcomes back one of its favorite suburban sons in Matisyahu, whose name sits proudly at the top of the bill for the concert’s third edition.

The West Chester native certainly has big shoes to fill, but in the decade it’s been since he released his first album, Matisyahu has proven himself as a reasonably unique force in the game by injecting some Yiddish fervor into his rap-rooted style and letting his Hasidic Judaist faith shine throughout his musical catalogue. Fresh off the June release of his fifth record, Akeda (Hebrew for “binding”), it’s safe to assume he’ll be receiving a gracious homecoming.  

Of course, Matisyahu won’t be alone up there; Veterans like Steel Pulse and Inner Circle—both of which have been around since reggae’s ‘70s glory days—along with more contemporary acts like Morgan Heritage, Sensamotion and Cultureal, can be found on both the main stage and the Crescendo tent. Plus, there will be plenty of live DJ sets, arts and crafts and divine Caribbean cuisine to add some Rastafarian spice to the festivities, all of which are guaranteed to make the subsequent work week fly by with the greatest of ease. // JAKE ABBATE

2pm. $40-$94.50. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.546.7900.

Phreak N’ Queer
Get your phreak on at the return of one of Philadelphia’s biggest LGBT music and arts festivals. Coming on its fourth year now, Phreak N’ Queer unites artists from Philly and the surrounding area for four days of extravagant entertainment aimed toward creating social change. Musical performances, visual art and spoken word events are scheduled all over the city; don’t miss out on the festivities. July 31-Aug. 3. Various locations.

The 7th Annual ACANA African Festival
As part of the PECO Multicultural Festival Series, the African Cultural Alliance of North America hosts an African festival for all families to enjoy. The day includes musical and dance performances from African artists and vendors offering traditional food, as well as arts and crafts. Enter a raffle to win two round trip tickets to West Africa. 2-8pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 121 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.729.8225.

Bare Storytelling
Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance brings together storytellers, sex educators and regular people to share true tales from their own sexual experiences. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can put your name in a hat for your chance to share on stage. 8pm. $10. L’etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 215.592.0656.

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