PW's Weekend Picks: Feb 14-16

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Friday, February 14

An Evening with Bob Weir and Ratdog
As legend has it, Bob Weir met Jerry Garcia on New Year’s Eve in Palo Alto in 1963. Weir was 16, Garcia 20. They started jamming—Garcia with a banjo and Weir, presumably, with his trusty rhythm guitar. Inspired by the meteoric rise of the Beatles, they formed a band. Well, not just a band—one of the most iconic drug-taking, hippy-twirling, psychedelic jam-out outfits of all time, the Grateful Dead.

But in 1995, Garcia died at age 53, and so did the Dead. Weir kept rollin’ with multiple other bands, and in that same year—a year of mourning, no doubt—Ratdog was born. Often called Bob Weir and Ratdog, this rotating crew brings it home with the entire Dead catalogue at its fingertips, plus they often blast out covers of Dylan songs, Primus, Chuck Berry or Elvis tunes. You may’ve also heard of Furthur, Weir’s other old-dudes-jammin’-hard vehicle.

Say what you will about the Dead or the psychedelics of the ‘60s and ‘70s being behind us, but this man is walking rock and roll history. His audiences will surely be full of old and current stoners wanting to hear “Not Fade Away” or “Shakedown Street,” but there’s one thing that these two Tower shows won’t be: Short. Weir and Co. love to jam long and hard, and there’ll be no shortage of longhairs looking to chill as seriously as they did 40 years ago. / BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sat., Feb. 15. 7:30pm. $29.50-$69.50. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow sts,  Upper Darby. 215.922.2599.

Valentine’s Day Events

Valentine’s Day 2014 Wedding Spectacular
The heart wants what it wants, and sometimes it doesn’t want to go through the hassles and costliness of an extravagant wedding. Luckily, the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel is offering elopements for 12 hours today, and the deals are pretty enticing. Couples will receive three professional wedding portraits, a glass of champagne or sparkling cider to toast their future, a slice of cake and a gift. 9am. $250. The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel, 4324 Takawanna St. Suite #3B. 215.906.0740.

Love Sux Party
Single or not, the folks at Howl at the Moon will be happy to have you at their anti-Valentine’s Day party featuring themed drink specials and games with $500 in cash prizes. The best part? If you bring in a mutilated photo of your ex before 10pm, you get in for free. 4pm. Howl at the Moon, 258 S. 15th St. 215.546.4695.

Love at the Barnes
For the sophisticated couple, the Barnes Foundation presents this intimate performance by local cellist Daniel de Jesus. Chocolate and champagne will be served as you browse the Barnes’ wealth of galleries amidst warming classical music. 6:30pm. $24-$30. The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 215.278.7000.

Men, Sex & Fashion: The Ultimate Single Girls V-Day Event
Uncover your inner Whitney Houston and celebrate the greatest love of all your love for yourself. At this single girls’ Valentine’s Day cocktail reception, you will learn from the experts how to date, love and dress for the life you want. Beats a night of Haagen-Dazs on the couch with your cat. 7pm. $20-$60. Pink Label Beauty, 506 52nd St. 215.528.5004.

Equality Ball
Join Equality Forum for an LGBT gala honoring Bruce Hanes and Rev. Frank Schaefer with the Equality Award. Learn more about the state fight for equal marriage rights while enjoying premier restaurant tastings, an open bar, live music and more. 7pm. $100. Liberty View Ballroom, Sixth and Market sts.

Love Panel and Valentine’s Party
A panel of Buddhist teachers will provide wisdom to help people increase their feelings of love and kindness and thereby improve their relationships with others. 7pm. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1102 Pine St. 267.702.3817.

Romeo & Juliet in Space
Experience the classic lovers’ tragedy as Shakespeare surely intended it be performed: in outer space. Two theater troupes collaborate to present this ambitious Star Wars-esque production, which puts a lighthearted spin on the war between the Montagues and Capulets. 9pm. $18. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. 215.427.9255.

Love Never Dies Ghost Tour
Love is a key ingredient in the best ghost stories ever told. The 5th Annual Ghost Tour Valentine’s Day event takes guests on a candlelight walking tour through historic Society Hill, exploring Philly’s oldest tales of romance, passion and scandal. Through Sat., Feb. 15, various times. $20. Powel House, 244 S. Third St. 215.413.1997.

Saturday, February 15

Qlicious: A MasQuerade Ball
West Philly’s Spiral Q Puppet Theater uses creative arts to teach and inspire urban youth. Their yearly masquerade ball features a dance party, live music performances, art auction, delicious desserts, drinks and, best of all, puppets! 8pm. $35-$75. Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. 215.222.6979.

Woodstock for dinosaur enthusiasts and fossil junkies, Paleopalooza spans two days and features rarely-seen specimens from Drexel’s world famous collection. Learn about animal motion, take guided tours and meet scientists at this festival celebrating ancient remains. 10am. $13-$15. Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 215.299.1000.

Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop
Escape the cold for a few hours at this workshop that fuses traditional dance techniques from two warmer climates. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome, but bring water, and be ready to sweat under the leadership of seasoned instructor Elias Neguin Cdo. 4:30pm. $20. The Philadelphia Capoeira Arts Center, 1213 Race St. 215.601.9117.

Vital Forces
Sculptor Colleen O’Donnell shares this art exhibition with Shushana Rucker, who contributes her prints, paintings and drawings. O’Donnell’s expressive work is rooted in the context of the human figure, while Rucker’s illustrations depict her interest in the relationship between nature and technology. Noon. Free. Cerulean Arts, 1355 Ridge Ave. 267.514.8647.

Sunday, February 16

Gesualdo, in Heaven
Carlo Gesualdo, often credited for inventing modern chromatic music centuries before its time, has a legacy shrouded in mystery and controversy. John Clancy directs a unique homage to the man, complete with life-size wooden puppets and original musical compositions. 7:30pm. $15. Pig Iron School, 1417 N. Second St.

Ruffneck Constructivists
Curated by world-renown contemporary artist Kara Walker, Ruffneck Constructivists brings together 11 international artists for a fantastic new exhibition that aims to define modern urban architecture and change through various media. 11am. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. 215.898.7108.

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