PW's Weekend Picks: July 11-13

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Friday, July 11

Ron Lambert and Christopher Moss: Gist
During our unending quest to achieve “perfection”—be it via our jobs, our homes, our bodies or the gadgets we acquire—more often than not, we fallible humans often tend to lose sight of the bigger picture, like the people with whom the Universe has tasked us to share this earthly experience. In an attempt to shed light on this fascinating phenomenon, performance and exhibition space Grizzly Grizzly presents Gist, a visual study through painting and sculpture, that put the focus on small things that make up the larger entirety. Inspired by the Gestalt Theory’s concept of “gist memory,” artists Ron Lambert and Christopher Moss attempt to convey the idea that the human mind considers an entire object before registering its components, suggesting the whole is, in fact, greater than the sum of its parts.

Lambert’s provocative sculptures combine building materials and everyday domestic items intertwined with organic forms, illustrating our drive to seek the superlative while finding beauty—and acceptance—in our failed attempts. And Moss’ 15 paintings are arranged in a way that are meant to appear chaotic and frenetic at first glance, but make sense when viewed individually, then as a unit.

The word “gist” defines the essence of something, an overall understanding of an object or an idea. Grizzly Grizzly’s thought-provoking exhibit challenges visitors to understand—and ultimately, appreciate—the gist of our existence. // KENNEDY ALLEN

6pm. Free. On display through Aug. 1. Grizzly Grizzly, 319 N. 11th St., 2nd floor.

Graveyard Shift
The Philadelphia Film Society’s horror series screens the vastly underrated Trollhunter, a 2010 found-footage thriller about a group of students who run afoul of not-so-mystical creatures in the Norwegian wilderness. Midnight. $5-6.66. PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom St. 267.239.2941.

The Soundtrack Series in Philadelphia
This live show and podcast gives performers the opportunity to share the stories and memories that they associate with a given song. 8:30pm. $15. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0978.

Sketch Comedy: The Theme Show
ManiPedi hosts this gathering of hilarious sketch and improv comedians who will base their performances around the time appropriate theme of fun in the sun. 9pm. $10-$12. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 267.233.1556.

Film al Fresco
Indie filmmaker Marc Dickerson’s new black comedy, Not the End of the World, follows a couple who struggle with how to carry on with their lives after their friends and loved ones relocate to a new dimension following the end of the world. 7:30pm. Free. Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.965.4000.

Free Yoga on the Race Street Pier
Yoga practitioners of all levels are invited to partake in this free, scenic, six-day-a-week course that runs throughout the summer. The hour-long classes will be taught by yoga collective Yogis United. No need to sign up in advance; just bring your own mat and enjoy the view. Various times. Free. Race Street Pier, Race Street at N. Columbus Blvd.

Saturday, July 12

Pure Classic
The young folks are sure to go nuts for this: an all-day outdoor festival at Bamboo Bar, with fishbowl booze aplenty and a pool for your drunk dunking. Pure Productions and Cult Classic, two sibling production and creative collectives, are teaming up for Pure Classic, one hype Saturday flush with DJs, producers, emcees and party starters practically all day long. All three headliners are pretty fresh-faced, but they’re up-and-coming young guns making notable names for themselves in a blossoming EDM and DJ culture in Philly and Jersey that’s becoming more and more creative with every Soundcloud page.

Noah Breakfast, Nadus and Lindsay Lowend (what a name, right?) are the top three of a line-up roster that’s about 20 deep. The sounds will undoubtedly be a melange of club bangers, trap jams, electro collage, video game sound sampling and remix heaven. The spinning sets will sandwich turns from area emcees and newbie vocalists, so this’ll be a great chance for folks to find local talent they never knew was in their background when they’re suddenly transfixed by a searing rhymer or inspired interpreter of 2014 ADD music culture.

You will not hear any Top 40 that hasn’t been thoroughly re-worked. You will hear creative studio concoctions and ultra-contemporary dance music performed almost exclusively for the purposes of blasting at full volume. // BILL CHENEVERT

4pm. $15. With DJ SYLO & Matt Ford, Dev79 & Buddy Leezle, Dayo & Trprkpr featuring DBNR, Baby Eagle, JXLbeats featuring XNDR & Tha Riva, PS118 featuring Mick Raw, Ganou & Kenny, Gabe Wolf + DJ YS. Bamboo Bar, 927 N. Delaware Ave. 215.931.0101.

Garces Free Community Health Day
The Garces Foundation, founded by Iron Chef Jose Garces and Dr. Beatriz Mirabal Garces, offers free medical and dental care for the city’s uninsured immigrant community. This free health and wellness event provides dental procedures, including oral exams, x-rays, cleanings and fillings, as well as cholesterol and diabetes screenings. 9am. Free. Garces Dental Group, 212 Race St.

Bastille Day
Eastern State Penitentiary and cabaret darlings The Bearded Ladies team up to celebrate the French Revolution in a  “completely historically accurate” reenactment of the storming of Bastille. Marie Antoinette (portrayed by Terry McNally) will also be on hand to toss 3,000 Tastykakes from the top of the prison’s towers. Area bars and restaurants will be offering French-themed entertainment and drink specials. 5:30pm. Free. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.

Pretty Fly for a 5k
Oh snap! Get your fitness on at this nostalgic 5K celebrating all the old school hits of the ‘90s. Listen to the decade’s hottest jams as you make your way across the Parkway, cooling off with Kool-Aid and Tang, and then pick up a totally awesome fanny pack stuffed with slap bracelets, Pop Rocks, Warheads, Handi-snacks and more! 8:20am. Eakins Oval, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Hispanic Fiesta
Penn’s Landing Great Plaza will be converted into a carnival area showcasing all that Latino culture has to offer. Take in the harmonious rhythms and melodies of salsa, meringue, samba and mariachi while enjoying ethnic foods and artisan crafts from Latin American countries. The event also features a dance competition from Goya, free health screenings and kids activities, including a special appearance from Dora the Explorer. 2pm. Free. Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St.

Sunday, July 13

Sandra Bernhard
Miss Sandy is an absolute icon. She has It. Her talents are many. She sings with a full, capable and brassy bombast, her breath control is that of an expert award-winning slam poet, and her wit is as sharp as the blade she’ll threaten to cut you with if you try to fuck with her. A viciously smart feminist and bi activist, she’s always on top of current events, so she’ll no doubt have some outrageously astute quips about Holly Lobby or Catholics for Obama. On the 2006-released Everything Bad & Beautiful, she brilliantly puts Condoleezza Rice and Rosa Parks together in a dreamlike dialogue that is so on point. Clearly, Rosa took Condi to school.

Sadly, what most folks associate her with is her groundbreaking six-year run as Nancy Bartlett on Roseanne, where she trailblazed as an openly queer character, or as one of Madonna’s best friends, thanks to Madonna: Truth or Dare. But Bernhard’s career started in the late ‘70s, when she was moonlighting at the Comedy Store and doing nails at a chi-chi salon in Hollywood. In 1982, she was cast by Martin Scorcese in The King of Comedy, but it was her first two comedy albums—I’m Your Woman in ‘85 and Without You I’m Nothing two years later—that cemented her place in the annals. The rare tape or LP of either classic touchpoint in her career fetches huge prices at auctions. 

Bernhard’s early years in Flint, MI and Scottsdale, AZ—and of course, motherhood—certainly feed the 59-year-old comedienne’s joke arsenal, but so does celebrity culture and her uber-famous pals (see “Iman” from the gut-splitting I Love Being Me, Don’t You?). Though Obama may be more her speed, get her going on Bush, Cheney and the Reagans, and you won’t be sorry. Chutzpah’s a word that folks love to bandy about when they talk about her, but she’s got more than that: balls, brains, and loads of heart and soul, too. // BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $30. World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400.

Dog Days of Summer
Chestnut Hill goes to the dogs this week with an outdoor fest for our furry friends featuring pet rescue organizations, training workshops, face (and snout) painting, a paw reader, food, music and much more. Noon. Free. Germantown and Highland Aves.

Intro to Face and Body Painting
Award-winning body paint artist Georgette Pressler hosts this three-hour body workshop to teach you the skills to create living works of art. Learn about makeup products, get insider tips and create your own custom designs and characters. Noon. $100 (includes supplies). First Banana, 2152 E. Dauphin St.

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