PW's Weekend Picks: Aug. 16-18

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Friday, August 16

Brett Fest: A Benefit for Brett Talley
Ain’t it a shame, how, in this day and age of rights-getting and technological achievements, we can’t quite figure out a way to equalize health care just a little bit? When some bullshit disease attacks your body that you have no control over, does it have to cost you tens of thousands of dollars and leave you worrying about going broke—on top of the mind-blowing stress over simply being ill? The truth is you get sick, you get buried—with bills, with anxiety, with fear and anguish. But, if you’re especially blessed, you get by with a little help from family and friends.

Brett Talley, who’s been gigging locally for years (in Outset, IKE and his own Brett Talley Band), is fighting chronic myelogenous leukemia, so some musician pals of his have planned one huge benefit in his honor. There will be some reunion sets from Pawnshop Roses, IKE (for whom Talley plays lead guitar) and Awesome Bros, a supergroup consisting of members of Jealousy Curve and IKE, with Ron DiSilvestro on drums. Talley’s also an in-demand recording engineer, and since his brightest recording achievements have emerged through John & Brittany, IKE’s lead vocalist John Faye and Brittany Rotondo, they and a whole slew of other folks in Philly’s robust rock family will be in attendance to blow the roof off the place and prepare their brother for the battle he’s about to fight—and win. / B.C.

6:30pm. $15. With Jellybricks, Susan Steen, Rodger Delaney + Better Half. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Jay Pharoah
Saturday Night Live funnyman Jay Pharoah brings his hilarious impersonations of Barack Obama, Jay Z, Denzel and more to Helium. 7:30pm and 10pm. $27-$34. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001.
Zombie Garden
Join for a night of undead attire and make-up, with DJs and horror-themed deco and projections. Come dressed to impress in your favorite zombie gear, and body paint artists will add the finishing touches of blood and gore. 8pm. $10. Tiberino Museum Garden Courtyard, 3819 Hamilton St. 215.386.3784.

Rootz Underground
Rootz Undergound’s sound is pure roots-rock reggae with a righteous message. The six-member outfit will have you feeling like you’re chilling in Jamaica. 8pm. $10. With Rocky and the Pressers. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.
Over The Top
This quintessential arm-wrestling movie, starring Sylvester Stallone, will be screened as part of Awesome Fest 2013. This testosterone drenched, synth keyboard workout-montage filled film may not have won Sly any awards, but it’s the perfect flick to watch outside on a summer night with a cold one. 9pm. Free. Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American St. 215.627.6562.

Hoi’ Polloi: A Listening Party
Richmond, Ind.’s fabled Hoi’ Polloi only released one self-titled album in 1972, recorded over spring break at Earlham College on two stereo tape decks, but this obscure folk rock album is mythological among certain circles. Hear the first authorized deluxe vinyl reissue at a night celebrating the famed recordings. 8pm. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Saturday, August 17

Scott Weiland
Scott Weiland’s current solo outing seemed like a can of worms long before it even began. As early as 2011, the singer and his Stone Temple Pilots compatriots hinted at big plans for celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1992 debut, Core, including a reissue with unreleased bonus tracks and a tour featuring the band playing the album in its entirety.

Neither would materialize, and in February, Weiland announced a tour focusing primarily on material from that record, as well as STP’s 1994 breakthrough release, Purple. However, he’d be hitting the road sans the DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz. Days later, the latter trio confirmed via a pithy statement on the band’s official website that Weiland had been “terminated” from the group.

The news surely came as a disappointment to STP fans everywhere, particularly those who were ecstatic in 2008 when the band became the latest of the ‘90s alt-rock kids to reunite—and eventually release their eponymous sixth studio effort—only to see its members fall apart again.

Nevertheless, Weiland has pressed on with his aptly named “Purple at the Core” tour with his new band, the Wildabouts. And so far, the result has been a clusterfuck plagued by late starts, low-energy sets and audience conflict—the singer reportedly challenged one fan to a fight at a show in New York, perhaps cementing Weiland’s status as the Axl Rose for a new generation. / Jake Abbate

8pm. $29.50-$32. With the Last Internationale + Red Letter Life. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

The Phsh Tank Presents: Nema Etebar Art Exhibition
A year and a half strong, Phsh Tank is a unique event that comes from the collaborative efforts of DJ Phsh and Sedso Design. Serving as a simultaneous dance party and art show, the former rocks the turntables while the latter provides digital projections that highlight a different artist each month. 7pm. $5. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Drenched 5k
Mist tunnels, sprinkler minefields, spectator “sniper” zones, bubbles, fire hoses and arriving at the finish line via a 100-foot Slip ’N Slide are just a few of the things that differentiate this run from the rest. Proceeds go toward local children’s hospitals. Bonus: Kids run free! 7:30am. $35-$65. Fairmount Park, 4231 N. Concourse Dr.

Chen City
This three-piece plays 100-percent improvisational. Their sprawling 20-minute jams are worth sifting through because when they find stride mid-song, they definitely know what they’re doing. 8pm. Free. With the Spring Mill Blues Band. The Grape Room, 105 Grape St. 215.930.0321.

3rd Annual Back to School Donation and Book Drive
Last year, Le Petite Capella and Plant the Seed Movement joined forces and collected more than 2,500 books and an abundance of school supplies with help from the community. This year, they want to do it even bigger, and need help giving away 700 backpacks and 5,000 books. Noon. Free. Blankenburg Elementary School, 4600 W. Girard Ave. 215.581.5505.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Philip H. Anselmo is already a household name to metal fans around the world due to his tenure as the lead vocalist in Pantera. This solo project has all the anger you’d expect from him, but presented in an even faster and heavier manner, with less of the groove that characterized his old band. 8:30pm. $25-$27. With Author & Punisher. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Cigars & Stilettos VI
A get-together for those socially desirable folk who appreciate the finer things in life: wine, cigars, music, hors d’oeuvres and networking with a purpose. Needless to say, attire is sharp suits for the guys and fierce stilettos for the ladies, the latter of which will be the subject of a contest, so wear ‘em with pride. 6pm. $15-$20. Trilogy Hookah Lounge, 601 Spring Garden St. 215.925.5000.

Festival of India
This festival celebrates India’s Independence Day, reflecting on many aspects of the Indian-American diaspora via a colorful panorama of art, music, dance and food. Now in its 20th year, the festival is put on by the Council of Indian Organizations and is part of PECO’s Multicultural Series. 1pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. 215.629.3200.

Crazy Praise Dance Showcase
Grammy Award-winning artists Mary Mary participate in a showcase dedicated to spiritual and healthy living. Some of Philadelphia’s most talented praise dancers will perform, as you enjoy a heap of family-fun activities and await a big announcement from Health Partners. 2pm. Free. Baptist Worship Center, 4790 James St. 215.991.4351.

Pop-Up Paper Structures
Instructor Carol Barton teaches you the art of “paper engineering.” After learning the history behind the art, you will jump into the mechanics with basic on-the-fold pop-up structures before venturing into more complicated three-dimensional territories. There are no prerequisites for enjoying this class there’s something here for artists, teachers and even people who just like to play with paper. 10am. $75-$95. University of the Arts- Anderson Hall, 333 S. Broad St.

The Life and Times of Omar ibn Sayyid
This one-act play, written and acted by Ahmad Kenya, focuses on the life of Omar Ibn Sayyid. The West African-born Sayyid was a well regarded teacher and scholar before his enslavement and transport to America, where he spent the rest of his life in captivity. 1pm. Free with admission. African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.

The Philly R&B Fashion Show
Above Entertainment presents an upscale event featuring the area’s hottest up-and-coming fashion designers and R&B artists. They will also be collecting used clothes to be donated to local shelters. 6pm. $27-$42. Northeast Stagesound & Studios, 3824 Jasper St.

Sunday, August 18

Films at the Fish
The Walking Fish Theatre in Old Richmond recently began a new series they’re calling Films at the Fish, which is as self-explanatory as it gets. All this month, the theater more known for its odd stage performances and quirky comedy has opened up to local filmmakers for a focus on feature and short film screenings before Philly Fringe officially begins in September.

Each evening, save this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights—on which the theater will present the horror- and adult-film themed SINema After Hours following Films at the Fish—is the same through August. The short films include two music videos, namely “MindKontrol Freak” by ElectrKPrincess and “Heaven” by the Swimmers; a comedy by High Dramma Comedy Troupe about pregnancy; a piece about college kids coming up with ideas for films; several local series’ episodes and a documentary about the United States.

Afterwards, stay tuned for Locomotive, the feature-length movie of the night. The film, created by locals Adam Lucas and Jeremy Waltman, was the product of a Kickstarter campaign, in which its makers sought $6,000 and raised in $7,087. Its story involves a musician who leaves his band and girlfriend behind and tries to get back in with both. Let’s just say things don’t exactly go according to plan. / Randy LoBasso

8pm. $7. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. 215.427.9255.

Pets in Prison!
While oftentimes overlooked, animals played a significant role at Eastern State Penitentiary over the years. Learn about the pets that prisoners would keep in solitary confinement, the horses used for patrol by the officers and even the colony of feral cats who called the place home after it was abandoned. Noon. Free with Admission. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. 215.236.3300.

Caribbean Festival
Experience the culture of 14 Caribbean islands through workshops, live bands, a marketplace and more. This year marks the festivals 27th year of great food, music, and tradition. Noon. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. 215.922.2386.

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