PW's Weekend Picks: July 25-27

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Friday, July 25

XPoNential Music Festival
There’s something for everyone at XPoNential, the 21st consecutive outdoor summer music festival from the radio mothership, WXPN. Well, maybe not hip-hop or anything for metalheads, but for easy, breezy indie rock aficionados, this is a damn buffet. Let’s start with the headliners: Saturday boasts Dawes, Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams, and Sunday’ll feature the Districts, Band of Horses and Beck. Those six are at the Susquehanna Bank Center, but Wiggins Park, from noon until nighttime, is almost its own world, and that’s where you’ll get access to the wonderful up-and-comers and slightly smaller acts that may, in fact, yield more joy and pleasure than the big guns.

Friday’s Wiggins-only night will be boss: Lucius is an outstanding girl-led avant rock five-piece, but it’s the finale of Rodrigo y Gabriela that will send you back home over the river smiling from the hangover of their delicious Flamenco and salsa sounds. On Saturday, don’t miss Dave Bielanko’s long-love country and garage-flavored rock band Marah, Tim Showalter’s triumphant dark folk achievement achieved via his buzzworthy Strands of Oak or Ingrid Michaelson’s softly sweet romanticism. But I, for one, am absolutely pumped for Lake Street Dive, who hit the stage at 4:30pm Sunday. Also that day? The Lawsuits, Philly’s humbly lovely American Diamond Recordings, the Texan alt-country beauty of Old 97s, and Man Man (pictured), our fair city’s champions of weird rock. // BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sun., July 27, various times. $30-$125. Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden, NJ waterfront. 215.222.1400.

Sunrise at Hyde Park
Andrew Peter Crowley, Heidi Hayes and Ezra Berkley Nepon are just a few of the names starring in this new production about the alleged love affair between First Lady Elanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickock. The show includes words and music by Tom Wilson Weinberg. 8pm. $10-$20. William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220.

Smith Memorial Playground hosts this family-friendly version of California’s famous music festival. Slated to perform are Walter Martin of the Walkmen, Grammy nominee Brandy Rymer and Seattle pop-rockers the Not-Its! 6pm. $10. Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr. 215.765.4325.

Film al Fresco
The fourth program in Moore College’s Film al Fresco series focuses on short films—the longest of which is just shy of 13 minutes—that utilize live-action, animation and other interesting media. Participating filmmakers include Tyler Kline, Naomi Levine and Kevin Nguyen. 8pm. Free. Aviator Park, Logan Sq. West. 215.965.4027.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Pixar in Concert
Relive the memorable moments of all 14 Pixar movies—from the original Toy Story to Monsters University—with a little help from the Philadelphia Orchestra, who will perform the famous scores set to clips of the films. 7pm. $35-$100. Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St. 215.893.1999.

Saturday, July 26

Philadelphia Dance Day
In 2010, our city’s copious array of dance companies—spanning a multitude of techniques—began setting aside one day out of the summer to bring communities together and encourage the otherwise uninitiated masses to get off their asses and try something new. Whether you’re a veteran milonguero or a mere misanthrope who brandishes a ready-made excuse whenever someone extends an invite to the club, the kind folks participating in Philadelphia Dance Day will welcome you with open arms, showing how having a little rhythm never hurt anyone—as long as you stretch beforehand.

Kicking off bright and early at 9am, the celebration will make its way across Center City, with more than 30 distinct workshops offered at eight different studios. And don’t expect any half-baked lessons, because instructors will be pulling styles from just about every corner of the world, several of which entail a little more discipline than simply moving in circles. But if you prefer to absorb the experience one baby-step at a time, there’s always your standard jazz, ballet, tap and other rudimentary classes for all ages and skill levels.

As tempting as it is to just rent a beginner’s DVD or check out a video-on-demand lesson, this opportunity only comes once a year, and with more than 450 people expected to show up around town, chances are you won’t be the only nervous party around. After all, nothing beats hands-on practice. // JAKE ABBATE

Various times and locations. Free.

Verbal Connections Conversation Party
This monthly “new age social gathering” aims to help people ease into relationships of all sorts without any of the awkwardness that follows. Each guest must bring one question written down on a piece of paper, which will be put into a box and then drawn to be read out loud in front of the group. 7pm. $12. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125.

Still We Rise
Maya Angelou’s passing earlier this summer closed a major chapter in American literature, and the Human Rights Coalition plans to honor her contributions with an evening of live poetry and music. DJ Brotha Onaci, LC the Poet and Luvjoi will be among those paying tribute. 5pm. Free. Malcolm X Park, 52nd and Pine St.

Paella Cooking Class Series
Bar Ferdinand will host an outdoor tutorial on how to prepare the best-tasting Spanish paella dish, as instructed by Chef David Ansill. The class also offers a wide array of appetizers, including the restaurant’s signature plate, Paella Valenciana. 7pm. $40. Bar Ferdinand’s, 1030 N. Second St. 215.923.1313.

Awakening the Heart: Introduction to Meditation
Learn the basic principles of meditation and the Buddhist method of achieving relaxation with this entry-level course open to practitioners of every skill level. 1pm. $20. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1102 Pine St. 267.702.3817.

Ragas and Airs
The latest choreography from Usiloquy Dance Designs, inspired by the Indian Bharatanatyam tradition, weaves threads between the music and folklore of Indian as well as Celtic societies. The piece features six dancers and also contains an interactive portion for the audience to learn new dance techniques. 4pm. Free. The Irish Memorial, 100 S. Front St. 267.324.5917.

Ladies Night Pop-Up Shop Event
Live out your innermost Sex in the City fantasy with cocktails, shopping and plenty of door prizes at this girls-only mixer brought to you by the folks at YOakleyPR. 5pm. $10-$20. The Personal Chef Restaurant, 6388 Germantown Ave. 215.432.9867.

Dr. Never’s Lectures and the Bearded Ladies
As the country’s leading expert on Andy Warhol, Dr. Peter P. Never will lead a “musical lecture” on the importance of Warhol’s art in modern times. The lecture represents Stage 2 of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s Andy: A Popera, and will also feature the opening of a time capsule left by Warhol. 7:30pm. $10-$25. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.893.9456.

Sunday, July 27

Back in the spring of 1998, a little Silicon Prairie band called Braid unleashed Frame and Canvas, its third full-length LP, and indie music devotees soon realized this album was nothing short of a tour de force that dwarfed their first two. Pairing abrasively intricate guitar patterns against the dueling high-versus-low vocal harmonies of Bob Nanna and Chris Broach, they crafted a record that distilled the sound and imagery of the Midwest into a 12-song snapshot of working-class love and loss.

Jump ahead 16 years, and Frame and Canvas’ influence is still tangible, inspiring a new scene of early twentysomethings looking to prove that the spirit of the ‘90s is alive and kicking. It also helps that Braid has a new album out, No Coast, and while they’ve been mostly absent for over a decade, the emo OGs—as everyone seems to be calling them nowadays—haven’t strayed too far from their roots. Produced by Will Yip—if you’re a fan of Philly music, and you haven’t heard of him by now, it’s probably too late to ask—No Coast puts less focus on spastic time signature fluctuations and instead opts for textured melodic hooks that signify equal parts growth and rebirth.  Despite its members pushing 40, there’s a constant youthful energy in Braid songs. Come bear witness, as they’ve not one, but two gigs at Boot & Saddle—an all-ages matinee with a 3:30pm showtime, followed by a 21-and-over encore later in the evening. // J.A.

3:30 and 8:30pm. $20. With A Great Big Pile Of Leaves + Marietta. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528.

Irish Pub’s 27th Annual Tour de Shore
The upcoming yearly summer ride from Philadelphia to Atlantic City aims to top last year’s 1,700 riders. As they’ve been doing since 1988, the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation is gearing up to peddle toward more fundraising for this year’s charitable beneficiary, Preston’s March for Energy, a nonprofit that helps disabled children get active with custom-made bikes. 7am. St. Irish Pub, 2007 Walnut St. 215.568.5603.

East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival
Start your engines in time for this family-friendly festival, where the most eye-catching vehicles will be recognized in categories from antique to muscle. Eight bands and circus performers will entertain you as you shop at the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! show for eclectic local finds. A wide selection of food and drink will keep attendees satisfied as they revel in American motor ingenuity. Noon-5pm. Free. East Passyunk Ave., Broad and Dickinson sts.

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