PW's Weekend Picks: June 13-15

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Friday, June 13

Peter Murphy
Bela Lugosi may be dead, but the godfather of goth lives on. Peter Murphy, the gaunt, gloomy ex-vocalist for early ‘80s legends Bauhaus—who played an instrumental role in the establishment of the goth genre and subculture—embarks on a full North American tour in support of Lion, his 10th solo LP, produced by Martin Glover (of Killing Joke fame). Bauhaus disbanded in 1983 and remained apart until their surprise release of new material, Go Away White, in 2008. But citing irreconcilable differences, the band didn’t tour and called it quits for good. Whatevs, ‘cause since that initial ‘83 breakup, Murphy had established a successful solo career in the band’s musical footsteps, his position in the pantheon of post-punk frontmen clearly secure. The man’s footprint has been inarguably far-reaching.

Joining Murphy at the Troc tonight will be Austin natives Ringo Deathstarr, who dropped their latest EP, Gods Dream, last year. The trio is heavily influenced by the first wave of shoegazers and match that audio onslaught with breathy dual vocals. Having previously toured with The Smashing Pumpkins, these vets are seasoned in the art of warming large audiences. Get out to the Troc early for this one. // DANIEL GELB

8pm. $24-$100. With Ringo Deathstarr. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Art for the Cash Poor
Crane Arts hosts the 15th edition of Art for the Cash Poor—a three day art sale and party. Tonight, preview pieces from more than 50 artists, and sample treats from Birchtree Catering and Sweet Box. InLiquid will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from tonight’s ticket sales to the AIDS Fund. The event continues throughout the weekend, where you can browse and purchase well-priced  local fashion, furniture and artwork from area designers. Through Sun., June 15. Free. Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St.

Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional
The former SNL “Weekend Update” anchor takes the stage to cover 226 years of political blunders in the span of just 70 minutes. Quinn previously earned rave reviews for his one-man show Long Story Short. 8pm. $49-$54. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420.

Film al Fresco
Enjoy movies from greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley-based independent filmmakers on an outdoor screen in Aviator Park while indulging in snacks from local food trucks. 7pm. Free. Aviator Park, between Moore College of Art & Design and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Suited for Space
The spacesuit and its complex inner workings will be deconstructed at this exhibit featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development and how the suit enables astronauts to survive and move in space. Through Nov. 14. Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St.

Graveyard Shift: Proxy
This series presented by the Philadelphia Film Society is perfect for horror fans. Tonight’s installment features a screening of 2013’s Proxy, which focuses on three parents who share the experience of having lost a child. 11:59pm. $5-$6.66. PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom St. 267.239.2941.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Joe DiPietro’s worldwide smash musical hit returns with its hilarious vignette style. Dating, marriage and romance are all on trial during the performances’ wonderfully crafted musical numbers. Through June 29. $41.25. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550.

Saturday, June 14

The 4th Annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards
The Vendy Awards, a no-holds-barred foodtruck competition, started in NYC nearly a decade ago. Spilling over to Philly in 2011, this intense clash of the street-chef titans has since been one of the summer’s most eagerly anticipated events. The culinary contest not only celebrates the new and exciting dishes available all over the city, but also acknowledges the hard work and dedication of food truck vendors across the region. Competitors are each vying for bragging rights, alongside the coveted Vendy Cup, and victories in certain categories, like Rookie of the Year, the People’s Taste Awards, Best Dessert, and the always-fun “Messy Yet Tasty” Award. This year’s tournament features a total of 14 local established and newbie trucks—the Cow and Curd, Pie Stand, Cheese E. Wagon and Milk + Sugar among them—each of which challenge the way we think of meals on wheels.

In addition to giving these culinary artists a chance to strut their stuff, the Philadelphia Vendy Awards are a non-profit fundraiser for the Food Trust, a local organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining a healthy, local food economy. Many of the trucks utilize only locally-grown produce and meats, enabling their resulting bites to truly be a taste of the area. The price of admission includes all you can eat from the competing vendors, all you can drink, live music, and after-party drink specials from nearby Fette Sau and Frankford Hall. // KENNEDY ALLEN

2pm, $30-$55. Penn Treaty Park, 1341 N. Delaware Ave. 202.213.2250.

West Park Arts Festival
Today, Fairmount Park will be transformed into the 7th annual multicultural West Park Arts Fest, featuring live music and dance performances. The fest also features a full day of family-friendly activities and workshops. 11am. Free. West Fairmount Park, 4021 Parkside Ave. 215.278.3450.

CityLove, a project of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, has planned a trip to our fine city to revel in the behind-the-scenes history of Philly. With tours planned for hidden gems like the Reading Viaduct and the 19th St. Baptist Church, CityLove will take you deep into the rich cultural history of the city. Various Times. Registration information at

The Hooters
XFINITY Live! continues their free summer concert series tonight with special guests The Hooters. The Philly natives have been kicking around since 1980, and even rocked Live Aid in ‘85 with their memorable hits “And We Danced” and “All You Zombies.”  9pm. Free. XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave.

Philly Vegfest
The Humane League presents this hotly anticipated festival devoted to vegetarian/vegan cuisine and culture. Vegfest teams up with area plant-based restaurants and features cooking demonstrations, expert lectures, nutritional information and much more. 11am. Free. The Shambles, Second and Pine sts. 646.719.0070.

Stripes and Stars Festival
Old Glory’s birthday is here, and Independence Mall has your Flag Day festivities covered. Military vehicles will be on display throughout the Mall, and visitors can enjoy discounted admission to the Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center. 8am. Free. Independence Mall, Fifth and Market sts.

Sunday, June 15

Portuguese Heritage Festival
Continuing PECO’s summer-long Multicultual Series, today is a celebration of all things Portuguese. This outdoor festival at Penn’s Landing will feature authentic food, revolutionary art and music from the rich Portuguese culture. 1pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. 

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
This classic satire of 1960s big business follows J. Pierrepont Finch as he uses a handbook titled How To Succeed In Business to climb the corporate ladder from window washer to executive. 8pm. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

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