PW's Weekend Picks: March 28-30

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Friday, March 28

Flaherty on the Road
Aside from being a creative genius, documentary film pioneer Robert Flaherty sure knew how to pick a bride. Not only did his beloved Frances contribute to his visionary film projects during Flaherty’s brilliant career; after becoming a widow in 1951, the Academy Award-nominated writer continued to keep her late husband’s artistic legacy alive and thriving via the creation, four years later, of the Flaherty Film Seminar. Lady Flaherty gathered a group of talented filmmakers, writers, curators and composers at the family Vermont farm to commune over their mutual passion for the medium—a tradition that’s since morphed into a weeklong summit welcoming 160 film and art professionals, academics and enthusiasts to screen, dissect and discuss innovative new works. And for the film and video artists whose projects are featured as part of Flaherty on the Road, a traveling tour of the films shown at the previous year’s confab, there’s an added benefit than exposure to discerning audiences: The Flaherty gives them 50 percent of the income derived from distributing their films.

A two-night stop in Philadelphia is next for Flaherty’s 2013 collection, curated by Pablo de Ocampo, executive director of Toronto’s Images Festival. Program One, dubbed “Political Memory,” features three short films: Farther Than the Eye Can See, directed by Basma Alsharif; Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat‘s Printed Matter; and Bete & Deise by Wendelien van Oldenborgh. Jean-Paul Kelly’s Movement in Squares and Figure-ground form the centerpiece of the second evening’s program, which features four shorts. // KENYA BEVERLY

March 28–29. Various times. $7-$9. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125.

TEDx Workshop of the World
TEDxPhiladelphia presents this daylong, multidisciplinary conference aimed at fostering intelligent thought and new ideas. Leading industry professionals, speakers and performers will be on hand for the day of short talks, which will be simulcast online. 9am. Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St.

Joe Conklin & the City All-Stars of Comedy
Touted as a man of a thousand voices, Philadelphia radio jockey Joe Conklin—known for his dead-on vocal impersonations of Barack Obama, Cole Hamels and Charles Barkley—will give a performance tonight, along with a handful of local comedians, to benefit the Abington Police Athletic League. 8pm. $25. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave. 215.572.7650.

Always Bet on Youth Casino Night and Gala 2014
Try your luck at gambling tables run by professional dealers at this annual fundraiser that seeks to help more than 1,500 homeless and foster children in their start to build new lives for themselves. Visitors will also be treated to a silent auction and live music. 6pm. Free. Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch St. 888.595.3868.

Passyunk Square Civic Association Art Auction
South Philly artisans will display their assorted wares—utilizing a multitude of media—made exclusively for this art party featuring sweet deals, a raffle and complimentary craft beer and wine. 7pm. $10-$15. Annunciation Hall, 10th and Dickinson sts.

What Ever Happened to the Red Army Faction?
Beginning in the 1970s, the Red Army Faction was the preeminent left-wing militant group in all of Europe, committing acts of violence that led to more than 30 deaths. J. Smith, who edited two volumes of history on the topic, will lead a discussion that will also touch on other German guerrilla organizations from that time period. 7:30pm. Free. A-Space Anarchist Community Center, 4722 Baltimore Ave. 215.821.6877.

Saturday, March 29

Eats and Beats
Eating healthy these days is often more expensive than eating crap—and the crap is omnipresent in easily-accessible corner bodegas. Sure, some Philadelphia neighborhoods boast credible grocery stores; others at least benefit from occasional produce trucks within walking distance or a short SEPTA ride. Still, indulging in nutrient-free meals and snacks loaded with saturated fat, high fructose corn syrup and reckless amounts of sugar has become the norm for many. Striving to turn this beat around, the grassroots Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI for short) brings fresh veggies—and a fresh perspective—to the table in a continuous effort to change what’s in our cupboards. Its staff works collectively in 20 schools throughout Philly, consistently introducing students to fresh,  nutritious, locally grown produce and inspiring them to seek—and even help create—better food options for themselves and their families.

For the fifth year, UNI’s hosting its annual Eats & Beats fundraiser, designed not only to showcase their young charges’ literal and figurative fruits of labor, but also collect monies to send themselves to educational conferences, farm trips and leadership training. Your donation for entry includes entertainment by Takia McClendon and Babel, plus a locally sourced, organic four-course meal prepared and grown by the program’s teenaged interns. Come see them demonstrate how beneficial—and delicious—educating the community can be. // K.A.

5:30pm. Suggested donation: $25. Mantua Haverford Community Center, 631 N. 39th St.

3rd Annual East Coast Beard and Mustache Competition
Growers from all across the Eastern seaboard bring their facial hair to show off in Philly. Participants will be judged in more than a dozen categories, including something called “Partial Beard Freestyle,” so expect weirdness to reign supreme. 8pm. $19. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Back on My Feet 5-Miler
Whether you’re looking to stay in shape for the Broad Street Run or participating in your first race, the Back on My Feet 5-Miler is here. Proceeds will benefit Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit organization committed to helping the homeless regain their independent footing. 8am. $25-$40. West River Drive. Register online at
PPAC Book Fair 2014
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center kicks off its 5th annual two-day book fair, featuring a bevy of local, national and international publishers, as well as artist and author presentations. Noon. Free. Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St. 215.232.5678.
The Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse welcomes spring with its seasonal playground opening party: Children 10 and younger can enjoy sports, hands-on science, treats, crafts and much more at this great outdoor event. Noon. $10. Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive.
Not That Nice Drink and Draw Party
Artists Alex Eckman-Lawn and Kate Glasheen close their exhibit Not That Nice with a night of drinking, music and drawing. Guests can bring current work or create something new with the help of some friendly libations. 7pm. Free. The Art Dept, 1638 E. Berks St. 215.739.4146.

The Wedding Singer
This summer will see Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore starring in Blended, their third film together. But before that happens, join the Chestnut Hill College Music Department as they perform the musical adaptation of The Wedding Singer, about two people who are both engaged to be married to the wrong people. 8pm. $5-$12. Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Ave. 215.753.3707.

Big Band Swing Dancing
The Philadelphia Swing Dance Society sponsors this shindig featuring live music by the Walt Wagner Big Swing Band. Beginners can attend an instructional class before the party starts. 7pm. $15-$40. Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen St.

Philadelphia Funny Songs Fest
Comedy and music converge during Philly Funny Songs Fest. The night begins with a happy-hour mixer, followed by a comedy music marathon of more than 25 musicians dishing out their side-splitting adult humor songs, including a performance by Art Institute of Philadelphia alum Jessica Delfino. 8pm. $5-$15. Third and Girard, 1176 N. Third St.
Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq
Returning home to Philadelphia from Iraq, Don Juan finds that his lover is missing and embarks on a surreal mission to find her. The play is the newest offering from Pulitzer Prize-winning Paula Vogel and Wilma Theater Artistic Director Blanka Zizka. 8pm. $17.50-$35. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824.

Playright and Philadelphia native Ginger Dayle examines the fractured psyche of John Hinckley, Jr., the man who attempted to assassinate a newly-elected President Ronald Reagan in March of 1981. 8pm. $25-$30. Adrienne Theatre Main Stage, 2030 Sansom St. 215.567.2848.

Sunday, March 30

Johnny Clegg + Jesse Clegg
It must be really rad growing up with a legendary national treasure as your dad. That’d be Johnny Clegg, Jesse Clegg’s father, mentor and hero. For a majority of his childhood in South Africa, young Jesse was on the road, watching music mastery in motion and learning pretty much every instrument at his fingertips, eventually writing songs in earnest. To be sure, father and son have decidedly different styles: Johnny specializes in world music and Jesse in a more straightforward, guitar-based indie rock. Jesse’s got two LPs and a third in the works, and on this tour, he’s supporting Big Poppa for a few shows—including tonight.

It’s unclear how they’d interact onstage, as their music’s completely different: Dad’s very much a precursor to Paul Simon-meets-Ladysmith Black Mambazo while junior specializes in Stereophonics-meets-Kenny Wayne Shepherd. In fact, the slightly bluesy and serious guitar rock of the younger Clegg sounds distinctly not African in origin. Could be because he’s recorded extensively in Toronto (via Tool/Muse producer David Bottrill), but this is his first American tour outing as he attempts to reel North Americans in to his ‘90s-flavored grunge-tinged sentimental rock a la Fuel and Dishwalla. Tonight’s a wonderful chance to catch intergenerational international rock lineage on full display, a charming and rare vestige of musicianship encouraged by and handed down from one talented father to his son. // BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $28-$42. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Fishtown Chili Cookoff
Fishtown restaurants and residents face off in the 4th annual neighborhood cookoff, organized by the Fishtown Neighbors Association. See if Sketch Burger can defend their title from last year, while enjoying samples and beer from PBC. 1pm. $15-$18. The Skybox, 2424 E. York St.

Mistaken For Strangers
Documenting the most recent tour by the National and their rise to success, Mistaken For Strangers gets a screening at the Troc. Following the film will be a Q&A with filmmaker Tom Berninger and his brother Matt Berninger, singer of the National. 7pm. $13. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.

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