PW's Weekend Picks: May 10-12

By Anastasia Barbalios
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Nichole Canuso Dance Company 4th Annual Benefit Cabaret
Join the incomparable Ms. Martha Graham Cracker, magician Dennis Diamond, El Malito and the 33rd Century and Nichole Canuso’s alter ego Guiseppe as they raise funds for NCDC’s upcoming piece, The Garden. The event features a curated program of handpicked acts exploring the complexity of human experience. 6:30pm. $20-$25. The Latvian Society, 531 N. Seventh St.

For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone
The Celebration of Black Writing is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation. “For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone” is a reading, performance and book signing featuring contributors to the collection of writing curated by Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant recipient Debra Powell-Wright. 1-3pm. Free. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St.

Sonoma Sound
With roots in blues, folk, jazz and reggae and songs sung in both English and Spanish, Sonoma Sound is a genre-bending sextet from Swarthmore. Tonight, they celebrate the release of their new album, Skin & Bone. 7:30pm. $12. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.

Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta
More than 3,500 college athletes compete in this two-day rowing race, named after famous rowing coach Harry Emerson “Dad” Vail, a long-time coach at the University of Wisconsin. Be sure to check out Rowers Village, where vendors line the street selling goods for rowing enthusiasts. 7am. Free. Kelly Drive and Strawberry Mansion.

Secrets of Old Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt
Old Philadelphia, from Society Hill to Old City, is an area full of history and secrets. This hunt takes you through Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Carpenter’s Hall and many other cultural landmarks, showing you a quirky side of the city. 2pm. $22.50. Fourth and Walnut sts. 877.946.4868.

Sunday, May 12

Ghostface Killah
Known for his colorful lyrics, Ghostface Killah has put a dent in American rap both before and after his involvement with Wu-Tang Clan. Check him out this week when his Twelve Ways to Die tour stops in Philly. 9pm. $25-$30. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.

Sunday Night Storytelling Series: Kiddo
You know that cringing feeling you get when you read something you wrote as a kid? Feel that for others as local comedians share stories they wrote as children. Select audience members will also have an opportunity to participate, so bring your own cringe-worthy work. 8pm. Free. Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. Third St.

Family Workshop: Mummies’ Day
Celebrate Mother’s Day with ... mummies! Check out the work underway at the Penn Museum’s open conservation laboratory and design your very own mummy. 1-4pm. Free. Penn Museum, 3260 South St.

The Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft Fair
Featuring 140 of the very finest area craft artists, this art fair focuses on hand-crafted jewelry, contemporary furniture, functional and decorative pottery, designer clothing and other interpretive works including blown glass, photography and sculpture. 11am. Free.  Rittenhouse Square Park, 1800 Walnut St.

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