PW's Weekend Picks: Finding Fela, Franklin Flea and more!

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Friday, August 15

Finding Fela
Award-winning director Alex Gibney is known for his heavy-hitting documentaries—Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and nearly two dozen notable others. His latest, Finding Fela, comes on the heels of the successful Broadway musical Fela!, and it’s a close look at the life of an icon whose groundbreaking approach to music brought about a global awareness of the hardships of his beloved people.

The socio-political climate of Nigeria in the ‘70s and ‘80s spawned far more than violence and unrest; world-renowned composer, musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti combined elements of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock and traditional Yoruban rhythms to create the explosive genre now known as Afrobeat. With a range of powerful lyrics focusing on everything from love to war, Kuti and his army of talented musicians suffered through the injustices of a brutal dictatorship to bring the world a new form of expression. His poignant music infuriated the Nigerian government to the point of deadly retaliation.

Gibney’s film—playing for a limited, week-long release in selected Landmark Theatres—focuses on the widespread acceptance of Fela’s courageous, passionate movement, underscoring the importance of reaching oppressed people around the world by giving them a voice through music. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget. // KENNEDY ALLEN

Through Thurs., Aug. 21. Various times. $7.75-$10. Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St. 215.440.1181.

Yoga in the Cemetery
Form a deep connection with your mind and body, and restore your inner peace at this one-hour yoga session with instructor Emily Golombs. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced yogi, all are welcome at this unique program that will enhance your alignment, strength and balance. 6:30pm. $20. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200.

Hang On with Aaron Nevins
Tonight’s edition of Aaron Nevins’ live, interactive talk show features appearances by Late Night With Seth Meyers writer Alison Agosti, comedian The Legendary Wid, and a standup performance by 2014 Philly’s Phunniest finalist Chris Stenta. A sure-to-be-hilarious panel discussion between Chip Chantry, Kelsey McLaughlin and Alejandro Morales is also on deck. 8pm. Free. The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848.

The AIDS Law Project’s 15th annual Summer Movie Party
The Secret Cinema presents a night of food, fun and Funny Face, the 1957 musical starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. The annual summer movie party for the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is hosted by Richard Barrios, author of Dangerous Rhythm: Why Musicals Matter. 6pm. $20. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. 215.587.9377.

Crane Arts: Begin Where You Are
The works of two dozen Philly-based artists will gather in the Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts for what aims to represent a “complicated and contemplative dialogue.”  The exhibit transcends both generations and artistic disciplines. 6pm. Free. Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St. 215.232.3203.

Saturday, August 16

Franklin Flea
Boasting an enviable collection of vintage clothing, furniture, and jewelry, collectibles, antiques and a vast array of baked goods, this refreshing take on the flea market is a local favorite. The pop-up retail event features anywhere from 40 to 60 vendors selling the cream of the secondhand crop. 10am. Free. McCall Schoolyard, 325 S. 7th St.

The Philadelphia Craft Beer & Lobster Festival
Enjoy a juicy one-lb. lobster, craft brew samples and plenty of lobster-based sides at this second annual festival hosted by Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House. 1pm. $40-45. Doc Magrogan’s, 3432 Sansom St. 215.382.3474.

Festival of India
Celebrate Indian Independence Day at Penn’s Landing with a little help from the Council of Indian Organizations.  Broaden your horizons and open your mind to India’s multifaceted art, music, dance and cuisine. 1pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. 215.922.2386.

The Philly Cup Series 2014
Philly’s premiere inner city skateboarding competition hits the five major parks this year, from Grey’s Ferry all the way to Paine’s. All proceeds go toward building and maintaining new parks for the city’s rich skating community. Noon. Free. Whitehall Skatepark, Torresdale Ave. and Wakeling St. 215.222.4300.

1st Annual Lung Love Run/Walk Philadelphia
Help raise awareness and support in battling lung cancer with this inaugural (and untimed) event. Registration also gets you an all-day pass to browse the zoo with your family and friends. 8am. $25-$30. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Ave. 215.243.1100.

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show
This underground art show features more than 75 new artists, live body painting, an all-you-can-eat pancake bar and much more. 8pm. $5. Underground Arts, 1200
Callowhill St.

Sunday, August 17

Alex G
Alex G is 21-year-old Alex Giannascoli, a Philadelphia native who’s been making his own records since he was 12. He’s not to be confused, by any means, with Alex G on YouTube, this milquetoast chile who sounds like Ingrid Michaelson and has found miraculous Internet stardom, so don’t be surprised if you find some instances where Sandy Alex G gets used for our guy—like on Facebook and Bandcamp.

Giannascoli saw his first label release in June, a great full-length called DSU, with its record cover that rings of acid and Tobacco, plus American Football—meaning the bands, at least the latter two. “On this record, as well as my other stuff, I usually am influenced by my relationships and experiences with people,” he says in his press release. “I think plenty of personal obstacles have shaped my music, but nothing I would like to share.” Gasp. Could it be? A 21-year-old who wants to internalize his conflicts and turn em’ into art? Well, his art’s good. It sounds like a beautiful concoction of acoustic Pink Floyd, electrified Blind Melon and as-you’d-assume Pavement, with songs that are one to five minutes in length.

Alex G and his bandmates are currently touring with Elvis Depressedly, label-mates from Brooklyn’s Orchid Tapes, and they’ve even been asked to open some future dates up for Gardens & Villa. That’s pretty huge. They’ll be bringing their shoegaze sludge to The Fire as a pseudo-record release/homecoming show. You should go. // BILL CHENEVERT

7pm. $10. With Elvis Depressedly, Cold Foamers + Snoozer. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave. 267.671.9298.

CrabFest at City Tap House
City Tap House partners with Carton Brewery to host their Annual Crabfest. Enjoy live music on the patio with TJ King and the Atomic Bomb as you indulge in all-you-can-eat blue Maryland crabs paired with white peach sangria, or choose from a selection of 10 Carton draughts. 1pm. $35. City tap House, 3925 Walnut St.

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. The show has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 1pm & 6:30pm. $67-$277. Through Sept. 14. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. 215.923.1515.

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