PW's Weekend Picks: May 2-4

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Friday, May 2

All of us have that uncle who drinks too much or that cousin with her foot wedged permanently in her mouth. And while it’s common knowledge that every family has its individual quirks, it’s also widely known that if any of us has anything in common at all, it’s that each of our clans has their own respective issues—and that there’s always someone, somewhere, who has it much worse. Fortunately, West Philly favorite Curio Theatre Company has teamed up with European powerhouse comedy troupe Spymonkey to present the North American premiere of Oedipussy, a riotous rendition of the Greek tragedy, to put it all in perspective.

“I chose Oedipussy for Season Nine because of its broad appeal to audiences of all kinds,” says Paul Kuhn, Curio’s artistic director. “For those that know the story of Oedipus, its digression from the plot is truly hysterical. For those that don’t, the physical comedy is more than enough to keep you engaged and laughing.”

Described as James Bond meets Oedipus with a bit of Barbarella sprinkled on top, this irreverent take on the classic tale of mistaken identities, riddles and prophecy has delighted the world over with its bold, visceral humor. Created in 2012 by Spymonkey’s Toby Park, Petra Massey, Aitor Basauri and Stephan Kreiss, Oedipussy is sure to delight local audiences and continue garnering the critical acclaim its daring storytelling undoubtedly deserves. // KENNEDY ALLEN

Through May 24, 8pm. $20-$25. The Curio Theatre, 4740 Baltimore Ave.

7th Annual Zannie-Do Festival
Now in it’s seventh year, the Zannie-Do Festival is named for the late Philly jazz titan Zan Gardner and helps to raise money for the Jazz Bridge organization, of which Gardner was a founding member. Take in performances by a handful of talented blues groups including Georgie “The Blacksmith” Bonds, Richard Adler and the Flashpoints. 8:30pm. $10-$15. The Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown Ave. 215.247.9797.

Beer Chemistry
Discover the science behind your favorite brews, sample assorted food pairings, and try on a pair of beer goggles. 7pm. $40. Yards, 901 N. Delaware Ave.

Saturday, May 3

Sister Cities Park International Festival
Did you know that while Philly is the City of Brotherly Love, it’s also the urban sister of 10 other cities worldwide? In fact, right there at 18th and the Parkway, there’s even an entire park devoted to the notion: Sister Cities Park. So, what the hell does it mean to be a sister city?

A sisterly city relationship basically means that two cities separated by geography work to strengthen ties between them, including through diplomatic visits, economic agreements and cultural events meant to foster “peace” and “mutual understanding,” says the Center City District. To celebrate its 10 “siblings,” the Sister Cities International Festival promises to inform and enlighten Philadelphians of all backgrounds about just what the hell this vague relationship really means on a practical basis:  by using the universal merriments of food, dance, art and music. Also, there will likely be cake.

Scheduled performances include dancers from Japan, China and Russia, an Italian language lesson and aria by Lauren Cifoni and an awesome-sounding Cameroonian Fashion Parade—all meant to reflect the diversity found in Philly’s sister cities:  Florence, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; Torun, Poland; Tianjin, China; Incheon, Korea; Douala, Cameroon; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; Kobe, Japan; Aix-en-Provence, France and Abruzzo, also found in Italy.  Folks hoping to celebrate their own immigrant heritage or wanting to learn a thing or two about cities outside of the Northeast corridor media bubble should attend—and show some sisterly affection. // JOSH KRUGER

Noon. Free. Sister Cities Park, 18th St. & Ben Franklin Pkwy.

Science Carnival on the Parkway
The Philadelphia Science Festival concludes with its annual all-day spectacular on the Parkway, featuring  more than 150 exhibitors offering family-friendly and science-centric fun, live entertainment and delicious food. Learn how to make slime, search for forensic evidence at a test crime scene, dissect a robot and more! 10am. Free. Ben Franklin Parkway.

South Street Spring Festival
South Street’s Headhouse District presents a jam-packed spring street festival featuring three musical stages, artists, food, drink, shopping deals and much more. South Street will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians for this great event. 11am. South St. between Front and Eighth sts.

The World’s Largest Bar Crawl
Philadelphia attempts to break the Guinness World Record for largest recorded bar crawl! More than 100 city bars, including Finn McCools, Finnegan’s Wake, Varga Bar, Tavern on Camac, Bishop’s Collar and many more, will offer drink specials and free cover to anyone sporting a wristband. For your participation to be included in the final count, you must visit 10 different locations within the 8-hour period. Join the estimated 15,000 crawlers for this potentially historic day. Noon. $10-$25. Various locations.

Witches Night Out! Ghost Tour at Grumblethorpe
Spring is in full swing, and the spirits of yesteryear have returned to stir about their old haunts. Explore the paranormal with a halfway-to-Halloween candlelight tour of Grumblethorpe, a supernatural haven full of mystery. 7pm. $19. Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Ave. 215.413.1997.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Rittenhouse Row transforms into a walking street fair this week, complete with live music, food tastings, kids’ activities and more. Sample food from area restaurants, including Alma de Cuba, Dandelion, El Rey, Parc and more; take in the all-day fashion show showcasing the designs of Knit Wit, Joan Shepp and South Moon; or check out the kids corner featuring live music, make-and-take crafts and much more. Walnut Street between 19th and Broad sts.

Sunday, May 4

Upper Middle Class White
Thespionage, a theater company devoted solely to producing unpublished works by local writers, presents their newest production, Upper Middle Class White. The play tells the story of a sheltered suburbanite pressed into a precarious living situation with squatters. 8pm. Pay-what-you-can. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

Promises I Never Meant to Keep
Artistic director Ronen Koresh uses his namesake company to explore the depths of responsibility and how it ties into the lasting power of promises. Tonight’s showing will include a post-performance discussion. 7pm. $35. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.1400.

By My Side Neighborhood Parenting Group presents a free outdoor festival geared toward the young ones: Live music, face painting and many other kid-friendly activities highlight this community event, with all proceeds benefiting By My Side. 1pm. Free. Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American St.

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