4th Annual Book Fair
Featuring local and national artists, publishers and publishing projects, this book fair is Philly’s chance to purchase some of the most innovative image-based publications being created today. Check out the website for a partial, and already huge, list of participants and companies involved. Noon. Free. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American St. 215.232.5678. philaphotoarts.org
The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus wants your help in celebrating ABBA, those Swedish folk heroes, by digging out of your closet the bell-bottomest bell-bottoms you possess while attempting the tallest, most ridiculous perm you can afford. The chorus will perform a slew of ABBA’s Billboard-eating hits in appropriate garb, including insane, spangly leotards. 8pm. $30-$55. Prince Music Theatre, 1412 Chestnut St. 215.731.9230. pgmc.org
Sunday, May 19
Baby Loves Disco
Attention, babies of Philadelphia: It’s time to see what those Huggies are really made of. Open to children ages six months to seven years and the adults who care for them, this afternoon dance party turned worldwide phenomenon invites families to break their usual post naptime, pre-dinner routine, ditching the monkey bars for disco balls. No worries: They won’t be playing any of that Barney’s Greatest Hits, Dora The Explorer sing-a-long stuff. Instead, you and your loveable little leech(es) will get to bust a move to a mix of classic disco hits, as well as some of today’s hottest dance jams, all spun by a live DJ. Meanwhile, there will be various playthings scattered throughout the club to keep the kiddies occupied, including bubble machines, egg-shakers, baskets of scarves and a chill-out room with books, puzzles and tents. As the youngsters refuel at a buffet of healthy snacks, adults are welcome to unwind with an afternoon cocktail and socialize with their fellow grown-ups. Sounds a lot better than an afternoon Gymboree class, huh?
In this age of cellphone-toting, Ritalin-fueled baby Einsteins and broke, overworked parents, the goal of BLD is simply to create an environment where children are free to be children, and parents are free to be parents—and without the need for one of those obnoxious kiddie leashes. It was actually first launched in Philly back in 2005 by professional dancer Heather Murphy. Selling out Fluid (R.I.P.) nightclub each month, it quickly caught the attention of former Ropeadope Records honcho Andy Hurwitz, who joined forces with Murphy.
By 2006, through nothing more than good old-fashioned word of mouth, BLD had spread across the country, and now it’s currently held in more than 21 cities, including a presence in both Japan and the U.K. BLD also does two annual tours, traveling everywhere from military bases to children’s hospitals, but they take summers off, so this is the last local party till September. Crawlers get in for free, but anyone who can walk must buy a ticket. No kid? Sorry, no play. / Nicole Finkbiner
Sun., May 19, 2pm. Free-$12. Shampoo, 417 N. Eighth St. 215.922.7500. babylovesdisco.com
Bala Cynwyd Library Grand Re-Opening
For the last year and a half, the Bala Cynwyd Library has been undergoing a dramatic, long-overdue facelift. It’s been renovated, an addition has been put on the main building, and when it re-opens today, it may even exceed visitors’ expectations.
The former space was notorious for its leaky roof, according to the Main Line Media News, and that’s among the many repairs made to the 98-year-old facility, the second of the six Lower Merion Library branches to be renovated in recent years. The upgrade’s $6.7 million budget afforded a self-checkout station and new modern amenities—reading rooms, computer stations and other really cool stuff. A 6,000-square-foot addition in all—and a welcome one. Of course, the actual library will be open during the entire grand re-opening, but during the spring and summer months, Thursday evening and Sunday hours will be suspended, restarting in September.
At Sunday’s re-opening, there’ll be a fun, festive celebration that will begin with Cub Scout Pack 581 raising an American flag on the premises as they get ready for their future years of eventful Webelo scouting. Shortly after, performances by the Lower Merion High School Saxophone Quartet and the Lower Merion High School Jazz Ensemble—both groups way ahead of their time in both style and showmanship—will ensue. And guests are strongly encouraged to come dressed as their favorite literary character, too. / R.L.
1pm. Free. Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd. lmls.org
WALKS & TOURS
What’s Out There Weekend
Philly is stuffed with idiosyncrasies, many of them expressed in the varied architecture. A series of expert-guided walking tours taking place over the weekend across the city will show and explain the nooks and crannies, hidden in plain sight. Various times and locations. Free. tclf.org/landscapes/wot-weekend-Philly2013
Five Minute Follies Variety Extravaganza
Music, magic and dance will mingle with reckless abandon in a tribute to the haphazard variety shows of yore. Hula hoops will be twirled, and bellies will dance, but your need for a range of entertainment will only be satisfied when you hear that sick banjo solo encore. 3pm. $15-$18. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. fiveminutefollies.com
Now that lead singer Brandon Flowers’ laryngitis has cleared up, the Killers will finally be able to throttle the crowd at the Susquehanna Bank Center with their brand of techno-loving pop-rock. 8pm. $34. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. livenation.com
Calendar: Sept. 2-9