PW's Weekend Picks: June 28-30

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Gridiron Classic Weekend
The fourth annual Gridiron Classic offers kids the opportunity to hang out with NFL players, celebrities, business leaders and other sports fans over the course of one day. Created with the goal of using sports to positively influence the youth, the Gridiron Challenge features youth football and cheerleading camps and a celebrity flag football game. 7am. $5. Gambrel Recreation Center. 4800 Ditman St.

Zombie Beach Party
Whip out the makeup and brush up on your Walking Dead trivia, because the Troc’s hosting a zombie beach party. Perfect for zombie fans and beachgoers alike, undead-heads will be treated to sets from DJs Kiltboy and Dave Ghoul, as well as live surf rock via Philly’s own the Sharkskins. 8pm. $10-$15. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St.

Candra Kennedy, creator of the awesomely weird Water Bears in Space, is back with Jug-Baby. After they couldn’t afford to feed it, Jug-Baby’s parents place their newborn in a jug in order to mold it into something that they can sell to a circus. Yep, that’s the premise. Audiences are invited to join Jug-Baby as it embarks on a trek of self-discovery, replete with puppets, animation and live music. 7pm. The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St.

Tongue & Groove
As a truly interactive theater experience, Tongue & Groove asks audience members to anonymously share secrets to form the basis of sketches. The result is an improvised performance that can be hilarious, awkward and sometimes painful. 4pm. $20-$45. Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.

Church Dance Party
With music by MetalGearr and guest sets by DJs Prince and Kyle Jones, expect heavy doses of dubstep, rap and moombahton. Even if you have no idea what moombahton is, it should make for a fun night. 9pm. $5. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Sunday, June 30

Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm
While recording 2007’s Dirt Farmer, his first album in a quarter-century, Levon Helm gave film director Jacob Hatley total access to, as fate would have it, what would end up being the last in-studio effort by the Band’s famed singer/drummer before his death of throat cancer in April 2012. Hatley’s resulting documentary, Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm, is all set for screening at the Trocadero Theatre, followed by a question-and-answer session with its producer, Mary Posatko.

The positively reviewed doc was shot around Helm’s home and studio in Woodstock, N.Y. for more than two years, and, according to the L.A. Times, “feels more cinema verité snapshot than keenly shaped biopic.” Hatley spoke with members of the musician’s family, as well as Band biographer Barney Hoskyns and Elizabeth Grafton, widow of bassist Rick Danko, getting intimate details from what, at the time, was left of Helm’s inner circle. And, throughout these moments, Helm quite obviously suffers from both his disease and the treatment he receives to combat it.

Ain’t in It for My Health also features several live-performance clips, including the Band’s famous Woodstock 1969 rendition of “The Weight,” arguably their best-known song. Ultimately, according to The New York Times’ A.O. Scott, the film is not meant to widen Helm’s circle of appreciators, but serves as an “affectionate tribute and a gift for fans who grew fond of his company on records or at concerts and who would like a little bit more.” / Randy LoBasso

1:30pm. $8. The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

America’s Favorite Desserts: Cooking Class with Jessie Oleson Moore
Jessie Oleson Moore will teach you the mouth-watering recipes that appear in her new book, The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America’s Favorite Desserts. Entrance fee includes a copy of her book. 2pm. $85. Cook, 253 S. 20th St.

Telling Fortunes & Defiant Kindness
A tough New Yorker-turned-ballet teacher and a Polish-born concentration camp survivor meet by chance in the early ‘70s and share with each other their life stories. The two men, who have led vastly different lives, discover one commonality. 3pm. The Playground at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

Multicultural Festival Concert of Colors
Can’t make it to the Caribbean this summer? Get your fix of steel drums, moko jumbies, and traditional handcrafts at this celebration of Caribbean and African culture. This event is rescheduled from its original June 8 date. 10am-8pm. $30. Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave.

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