PW's Weekend Picks: Aug. 8-10

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Friday, August 8

King Britt and Dozia’s Back2Basics Reunion
Yes, it’s Back2Basics’ triumphant return! King Britt and Dozia Blakey’s iconic party—born in 1990 at Silk City, with a two-night-a-week model of a band joining DJs on a Monday and a straight-up dancefest on Saturday—is getting a revival at the new-and-improved Hard Rock Café. Britt and B2B took a small break in the early ‘90s to tour with Digable Planets (as Silkworm), and another hiatus came from 2000 to 2007, when they saw a successful short-lived rejuvenation. Of course, we know and love Britt for getting behind acts like Ursula Rucker and Lady Alma with his Ovum Recordings, and he’s as talented a remixer and DJ as he is a producer. Taking cues in equal parts from Quincy Jones and Frankie Knuckles, he and Dozia specialize in a groove-heavy dance music sound that’s fed a well-earned reputation far beyond our city limits.

You never know what might happen tonight in the Hard Rock’s modern made-over facility. Yes, you will dance, but who’ll they employ to really turn the party out? Could be from Curtis Mayfield to Solange, De La Soul to Everything But The Girl, Femi Kuti to Mos Def. B2B will indeed go down in hip-hop history books—seriously, there’s an entry on B2B in Mickey Hess’ 2009 Hip Hop in America; A Regional Guide—but hopefully tonight’s the beginning of a new chapter for this local lovejam. // B.C.

8:30pm. $20-$25. Hard Rock Cafe, 1113-31 Market St. 215.238.1000.

Sistahs Laying Hands Down
This spoken hand collective performs drums, vocals and dance. Tonight's performance includes African rhythms with jazz, gospel, R&B and reggae. Tickets can be purchased at the door. 7-9pm. $15. Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave.

Graveyard Shift: The Babadook
The Philadelphia Film Society’s beloved cult film series presents a screening of this year’s Australian thriller about a widow and her son, who experiences visions of a storybook monster coming to attack them. Midnight. $5-$6.66. PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom St. 267.239.2941.

The Book of Mormon
The South Park creators’ acclaimed satire of Mormonism, praised by everyone from Jon Stewart to the New York Times, continues its run at the Forrest Theatre tonight. The show has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 2pm & 8pm. $67-277. Through Sept. 14. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. 215.923.1515.

‘90s Prom on the Parkway
Whip out your neon formal wear and party like its 1999 this week at Eakins Oval. Rock out to the Bayside Tigers as you hit the beer garden, food trucks and photo booths. At the end of the night, two lucky attendees will be crowned prom king and queen. 8pm. Free. Eakins Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.683.3600.

Love’s Labour’s Lost
One of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies is brought to life by the Classical Acting Company, telling the story of a small group of men who take it upon themselves to live without the company of women for three years. 7pm. Free. URBN Annex of Drexel University, 3401 Filbert St. 215.571.4413.

Journey 2 Home: Speaking with Signs
The Mural Arts Program continues its mission to address youth homeless by encouraging young people to participate in stimulating artistic activities. Today, they’re invited to create a sign, using whatever language necessary, that contributes to the discussion on housing insecurity. 4:30pm. Free. 42nd St. and Lancaster Ave. 267.972.3944.

Saturday, August 9

Jamaica Independence Concert
On August 6, 1962, the Caribbean island of Jamaica declared its independence from England; given America’s own successful schism from the same country, Philly is a more than appropriate site to host a festive party to celebrate that nation’s freedom. The Jamaica Pennsylvania Association, with Black Music Promotions, is set to present the largest Jamaican independence soiree our state has to offer, and it won’t be your average tailgating party in the park, either: A guaranteed cultural explosion is in store, offering everything from mouth-watering traditional foods, vendors up the wazoo, and, of course, fantastic live music.

Headlining the event to celebrate her illustrious 50 years in the music industry will be reggae queen Marcia Griffiths, the former I-Threes member famed for her collaboration with Bob Marley and the Wailers and her widely-loved re-recording of Bunny Wailers’ “Electric Boogie.” True trailblazers Black Uhuru, considered the ambassadors of reggae for being the first group to win an Emmy in the genre, has been bringing down houses around the world for over three decades. Other island sensations like Half Pint, I-Wayne, Mighty Sparrow, Wayne Wonder and Roy Rayan are scheduled to sizzle onstage, too, all backed by the Inner Roots Band.

Don’t forget the games and prizes woven into the proceedings: There’s a chance to win a free trip for two to Jamaica and much more. Kids 16 and under get in free, making this a memorable party for the whole family. // KENNEDY ALLEN

11:30am. Free-$40, Memorial Hall Field, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. 267.592.2426.

Bug Fest: Beauty and the Bug
Learn about the art of all things insect at this annual celebration of bug beauty. Here you’ll be able to talk to Academy entomologists, watch cockroaches race and even make insect artwork to take home. 10am. $13.95-15.95. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.299.1000.

Philly Bloco
Samba, funk and reggae come together at World Cafe Live tonight, as Philly Bloco’s 20+ members plan to put on an energetic, fun-filled show its audience will never forget. 9pm. $15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

MPCC Hearse Show
Think of this as a dark take on February’s annual Auto Show, with plenty of hearses, limousines, flower cars and ambulances lining the roads of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Music by Friends with Murder and Somebody’s Circus will provide a little extra morbidity. 10am. Free. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200.

Rock the Block
Aspen Street transforms into a veritable block party with craft vendors and live performances to benefit Rock to the Future, an organization founded to grant cost-free musical education to the city’s underserved children. 11am. Free. Rembrandt’s Bar & Grill, 741 N. 23rd St. 215.763.2228.

Unraveled curates this unconventional performance that combines different media from an assortment of independent artists. Whether it’s music, dance or installation art, the collaborative promises to “engage multiple senses” with its dark instincts and lush beauty. 7pm. $8. AUX Performance Space: Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St. 215.238.1236.

100 Bottles of Beer on the River
Indulge in unlimited craft beer samples with paid admission to this festival overtaking Cavanaugh’s River Deck, the city’s largest outdoor deck. Participants include Brooklyn Brewery, Erie Brewing Company, Otter Creek Brewing and many more. 2pm. $25. Cavanaugh’s River Deck, 417 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.629.7400.

Miami Connection
Set in 1987, this little-seen indie flick stars Y.K. Kim as the lead singer of a martial arts rock band called Dragon Sound that takes up the fight against Florida drug dealers armed with their hit song, “Against the Ninja.” 9pm. Free. Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American St. 215.627.6562.

Sunday, August 10

Tori Amos
Tori Amos’s 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, focuses on the trials of aging as a woman in the spotlight. Tonight, hear songs off the new album, which features the singer’s ever-impressive vocals and some of her most personal, reflective lyrics to date. 7:30pm. $45-$65. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St.  215.790.5800.

Pets in Prison
Animal lovers can enjoy a weekend of interactive and educational activities, plus learn about the roles of animals in one of the most famous prisons in the world. There will also be a chance to meet and potentially adopt a dog from New Leash on Life, a training program dedicated to improving the lives of inmates in prisons. Noon. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. 215.236.3300.

Grim Philly Twilight Tours
Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and psychopathic killer the “Corpse Collector” will all be included in this tour of the darker, modern and more gritty side of Philadelphia’s history. Join three historians/guides as they recount tales of yellow fever death and show up-close grave visits of our founding fathers. The tour includes a complimentary beverage and a stop at a local tavern for beer and snacks. 7pm. $19.99. Independence Visitor Center. 1 North Independence Mall W. 856.829.3100.

Get ‘DWN’ at Weirdo Dance Party
Unrestricted groovin’ will be unleashed at tonight at Connie’s Ric Rac, where fans of eccentric genres can bust a move without inhibition. Ghetto Goth, Witch House, Rap, Purple, ‘90s, SadWave and Grime enthusiasts will take to the dance floor, accompanied by visual projections by Hekkate and photos of dancers getting down by TommyBytes. 9pm. Free. Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St. 215.279.7587.

Dog Date Afternoon and PetSmart Charities bring pets and their people together for an event to benefit homeless pooches. Enjoy Frisbee-catching demonstrations, playtime at the park and complementary snacks as local canines get one step closer to finding their forever home. 3pm. Clark Park Dog Bowl, 4298 Chester Ave. 215.683.3679

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