PW's Weekend Picks: June 27-29

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Friday, June 27

Courtyard Dancers: Asunder
Dance can be much more than pure entertainment, feats of athleticism or expressions of extreme grace. For India’s Courtyard Dancers, it’s about telling a story—one that searches for answers and relishes in the details of what could have been, but will never be an undivided India. The concept and choreography come from Pallabi Chakravorty, but the ensemble cast breathes a life into Asunder, this Painted Bride two-night run that would be otherwise impossible. And this is way more than dance; it’s dance theater. Vocal recordings and poetry will be employed, Thumri and Baul songs (traditional courtesan tales set to music) will be tapped, and a whole spectrum of emotions will be explored, from loss to longing.

The Bride does such a lovely job of attracting world-class performance art that celebrates and disseminates the stories of cultures across the globe—something the U.S. could use a little more of, frankly—and when a half-dozen mediums are used to concoct a riveting tale of political strife, its resulting family trauma and spiritual woes, and give it a multi-era coherence, that’s the ideal way to open eyes, hearts and minds. Asunder is such a production. This won’t necessarily be even close to Bollywood, but Bhangra and Punjabiphiles, take note: it all started here. // B.C.

Through Sat., June 28, 8pm. $20. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914.

The Toughest Boy in Philadelphia
This true hometown story, directed and designed by John Doyle, follows a rising mafia star who harbors a secret. Coinciding with Gay Pride Month, the play stars K.O. DelMarcelle, Gina Martino and Michelle Pauls. 8pm. Luna Theater, 620 S. Eighth St.

The Comeback: Philly Style
Several of Philadelphia’s biggest acts in black music, from both older and newer generations, will perform at this annual feel-good music showcase. Among this year’s honorees are Marsha Ambrosius, Carol Riddick and DJ Cash Money. 7pm. $25-50. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.
Indie Film and Food: Film al Fresco
The beloved outdoor film series—presented by Moore College—returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, providing a haven for independent film and video makers to share their hard work with a local audience. Today’s screenings also features delicious eats from the Samosa Deb and Jimmies Cupcakes food trucks. 8pm. Free. Aviator Park, 20th Street and the Parkway.
Black Queer Identity Matrix Book Reading
Dr. Sheena C. Howard reads from her latest social commentary and discusses race relations in the LGBTQ community. The night also features a performance by Wordz the poet emcee. 7pm. Free. Mostly Books, 529 Bainbridge St. 215.238.9838.

Saturday, June 28

Bridget Everett
In a world of cookie-cutter pop stars and auto-tuned lyrics, it’s incredibly refreshing when an artist really goes against the grain and creates something that breaks the mold in its quest to bring us something magical. Cabaret darling Bridget Everett is one of those unique performers, busting out of the lines with a wide-eyed yet raunchy, Bette Midler-esque stage show that guarantees in-your-face laughs while turning everything you’ve seen from everywhere else on their collective ears.

Originally hailing from the whirling metropolis of Manhattan—uh, that’s KS, not NY—Everett’s got classic Broadway-style pipes that lend an irresistible charm to an otherwise oddball performance, as she fully integrates an ample bosom into numbers already blessed by her surprisingly angelic, somewhat disarming vocal accompaniment. “Our Hit Parade,” Everett’s intriguing monthly revue of pop hits at NYC’s Joe’s Pub, enables the busty songstress to perform unhinged and unfiltered for her captivated, often-frightened audience, and by sprinkling her act with brutally-honest anecdotal nuggets and a sort of naughty charisma, she’s managed to earn herself a seat as one of the NYC’s top currently-active cabaret performers. In fact, Everett’s particular brand of tender, bawdy humor has earned her props from celebrity fans and respected publications, including comedienne sensation Amy Schumer, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. You’ll see why.

This month, Everett brings her fearless performance to the newly re-opened Prince Music Theater’s Black Box, a splendid venue that provides the perfect level of grand intimacy this blonde powerhouse will need to dazzle your senses while completely ignoring your personal space in the process. // KENNEDY ALLEN

8pm. $20. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 215.893.1999.

Art Star Pop Up Market
Check out the all-new Spruce Street Harbor Park, an exciting development on the Delaware Waterfront, as it plays host to Art Star’s first Pop Up Market. Opening today and continuing throughout the summer, the market will feature handmade goods from across the region. 11am. Free. Spruce Street Harbor Park, 401 S. Columbus Blvd.

The Philadelphia Craft Beer, Crab and Clam Festival
Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House hosts their second annual craft beer, crab and clam fest this week. Enjoy 10 different craft beer samples, each smartly paired with delicious selections from Doc’s extensive seafood menu. Live music and a clam eating contest also highlight the day’s events. 1pm. $35-$40. Doc Magrogan’s, 3432 Sansom St. 215.382.3474.

Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention presents a one-of-a-kind fundraising walk. Out of the Darkness is a 16-18 mile walk from dusk till dawn throughout historic Philadelphia, aimed at raising awareness and funds for mental illness and suicide prevention. 8pm. Registration information at

Liberty Block Party
The Shops at Liberty Place will be transformed into a full scale block party to welcome in July 4th. The all-day party features family-friendly events, arts & crafts and delicious food. Noon. Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St.

Bill Maher
The ever-controversial force behind HBO’s Real Time takes his political and social comedy show on the road. The talk show host, comedian and documentarian deftly toes the line between hilarity and insult. 8pm. $35-$79. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.

Sunday, June 29

Kids’ Corner Music Festival
As a part of KindieComm, a festival devoted to independent kids music, World Cafe Live hosts a gathering of talented children’s musicians. The Kids Corner Music Festival will showcase family-friendly singer/songwriters, including performances by Trout Fishing in America and Dan Zanes. 10:30am. $15-$18. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Mural Arts Paint Day
West Philly has been designated by President Obama as a “Promise Zone,” an area targeted for community investment, cultivation and refurbishing. Join the Mural Arts Program for a day of painting to spruce up some of the dilapidation in West Philly as the transformation of the neighborhood continues. Noon. Free. East Parkside,1100 N. 41st St.

There’s no shortage of tension in the songs of Oregon-based doom metal outfit Agalloch, whose music sets deep-throated vocals against a combination of acoustic folk stylings and menacing post-rock ambiance. The Serpent & the Sphere finds them in top form, proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that they get much less credit than they deserve. 8pm. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

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