PW's Weekend Picks: July 18-20

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Friday, July 18

Puss N Boots
Incredibly, its been 12 whole years since we first heard Norah Jones’ breathy croons on “Don’t Know Why,” the smash single off her 2002 debut Come Away With Me. The Denton, Texas native has since amassed nine Grammy Awards and sold over 50 million records across the globe. She’s a generational talent, having blended cues from jazz, pop, soul and country into her own unique signature sound.

While certainly gifted enough to make records fly off the shelves and sell out arena tours on her own, Jones has never shied away from collaboration. Last year, she released Foreverly, a duet album with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, which re-imagined the 1958 classic Songs Our Daddy Taught Us by the Everly Brothers. Now, Jones has thrown herself full-on into Puss N Boots, her all-female alt-country side project.

Kicking around since 2008, Puss N Boots was originally an exclusively live-show collab for Jones. Together with jazz singer-songwriter Sasha Dobson and bassist Catherine Popper, they’ve taken their act into the studio, resulting in their first full-length PNB album, No Fools, No Fun, which dropped on Tuesday. It features five original jams from this supergroup of gals, as well as seven cover versions. Jones, Dobson and Popper don’t pigeonhole themselves though; the record includes their takes on diverse tunes from artists like Johnny Cash, Neil Young and Wilco. They continue their headlining tour with a toe-tapping jam at the TLA tonight. // DANIEL GELB

8pm. $35. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599.

Lil’ Steph Presents Rasputin’s Room
Unleash your inner troublemaker, and indulge your sinful desires once again with Lil’ Steph’s most famous contribution to the city’s burlesque scene. Joining Steph onstage will be Joey Martini, Minx Arcana, Raquel Reed, Ginger Leigh with Mr. Unloved and Lucky Penny. 9:30pm. $10-$12. Ruba, 416 Green St. 215.627.9831.

Life on the Fringe
Utilizing music, dance and theatre, local artist Sebastian’s multimedia concert Life on the Fringe seeks to give voice to the unheard and underrepresented people in society. Audiences will have five chances to see the performance today; admission includes a free beer. 3:30pm. $10. Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St. 6097924499.

Lunar Stroll: Photographing Laurel Hill After Hours
Despite the ominous setting, Laurel Hill Cemetery is no stranger to nocturnal fun, and tonight is no different. Folks are invited to grab their cameras and capture some of the site’s most striking visual wonders. 8pm. $20. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200.

Movie Under the Stars
The Salvation Army’s 6th annual Christmas in July fundraising campaign—meant to illustrate that “need knows no season”—continues with an outdoor screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard. 8:30pm. Free. Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia, 1340 Brown St. 215.787.2962.

Saturday, July 19

Philadelphia Color Run
From the grueling Spartan Race to the hometown-pride-filled annual Broad Street Run, Philly has its fair share of physically demanding competitions. Turns out there really is a race for everyone, and this one specifically is guaranteed to leave you happy. Okay, well—it’s intent is to leave you happy. Your body’s still got to cooperate.

With “the Happiest 5k on the planet” as its tagline, The Color Run returns to the area, bringing health, happiness and literal splashes of color to local fitness enthusiasts. Founded back in March 2011, this race is not about beating your best time or trying to keep up with the the uber-athlete running next to you. It’s more about getting off the couch and running—or walking—with your pals in an untimed event to promote wellness. On the three-mile course, racers begin in white clothes, only to be dashed with colorful paints at each kilometer, ending in the well-earned Finish Festival.

This larger-than-life party will be filled with music, dancing and the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with accomplishment—plus, to add a level of exclusivity to the mix, the Philly Color Run is now part of the newfangled 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour. In addition to the bursts of color, racers now have cool attractions to look for throughout the race, as well as an opportunity to run through a kaleidoscope at the Finish Festival. Racers also receive a kit full of colorful accessories to underscore just how awesome it is to run for fun. // K.A.

9am. $40-$45 to participate. South Philadelphia Sports Complex, South Philly.

Summer Ale Festival
The Philadelphia Zoo hosts this homage to summer brews and exotic creatures. Sample more than 40 seasonal craft beers in the company of the Zoo’s fantastic array of majestic animals, all while being treated to live music and delicious food samples. 6:30pm. $55-$90. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Ave.

Sidewalk Sizzle & Ice Cream Freeze
Reading Terminal Market celebrates National Hot Dog and Ice Cream Month with an outdoor festival offering a variety of the Market’s best summer-themed food, along with live music and contests. 10am. Free. 12th and Filbert sts.

Celebrating Philly Publishers
Philly’s burgeoning literary scene will be on full display tonight with a celebration of the Working Writers Group coalition in the city. Six different and diverse authors will read selections from their Philly-area published works, including authors Ann de Forest and Debra Leigh Scott. 7pm. Free. Musehouse, 7924 Germantown Ave. 267.331.9552.

3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off
Twenty of our area’s top grill masters face off in Headhouse Square to claim the title of top dog. Chefs from popular area restaurants, including Hot Diggity and Misconduct Tavern, will grill up their finest franks to be judged by a panel of chefs and celebrities to earn the $1,000 first place prize and bragging rights. 1pm. Free. Headhouse Square, 200 Pine St. 215.413.3713.

Christmas in July Kettles
Join local celebrity mascots and the Salvation Army to ring in Christmas in July. Those unmistakable kettle bells and collection jars will be placed throughout Center City, giving a respite from the heat for those longing for that late December holiday feeling. Various locations.

8th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
People’s Emergency Center hosts this free day-long celebration of jazz, family-friendly activities and live music performances. The festival will also feature a variety of food trucks, artisan crafters and more. Noon. Free. Saunders Park Greene, 39th St. and Powelton Ave.

Saturday in the Park
The folks behind former music venue the Blockley have struck again, this time with an outdoor concert benefiting art nonprofit InLiquid. Today’s festivities include performances by Splintered Sunlight and Philly Bloco, as well as food trucks and more than 30 craft vendors. 2:30pm. $10. Liberty Lands Park, 913 N. Third St.

Sunday, July 20

Grim Philly Twilight Tours
Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, psychopathic killer the “Corpse Collector” and H.H. Holmes 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. 2pm. $29.99. Independence Visitor Center. 1 N. Independence Mall West. 856.829.3100.

Paul Mooney
Paul Mooney, of Chappelle’s Show fame, brings his act to the waterfront for two shows tonight. A former cohort of Richard Pryor, Mooney has been cracking sides and causing stirs since the mid-’60s. 6pm and 9pm. $30-$40. Hibachi, 325 N. Delaware Ave. 267.670.5443.

The Five Minute Follies: Sam Sandler
Magician Sam Sandler is the nation’s preeminent deaf magician, blending elements of magic, humor and deaf culture into his routine. Tonight, he is joined by the Clown Town comedians, singer Sarah Lynn Dewey, Tap Dance Troupe Tapestry and culture comic Craig Liggeons. 3pm. $15-$18. Adrienne Theater Playground, 2030 Sansom St.

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