PW's Weekend Picks: May 9-11

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Friday, May 9

Timmy Regisford
Often dubbed “The Maestro,” Timmy Regisford is a Trinidad-born producer, DJ and all-around legend in the house and dance music universe. With a career that started in the ‘80s at New York’s WBLS as music director and took him to A&R positions at MCA, Atlantic and Motown, the man knows every angle of the industry, but perhaps shines brightest with a dance floor to work over and hours to whip it into a frenzy. His kind of music, you could definitely say, is influenced by the late, great Godfather himself—Frankie Knuckles—but Regisford’s sets skew further into endless, meandering and soul-stirring jams. The beats he uses and the vibes his tracks evoke sound like they greatly informed artists like Marsha Wash, CeCe Peniston and Crystal Waters. He’s also signed and remixed folks like Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, New Edition, Bobby Womack and Steel Pulse. Still, he’s managed to carry those ‘90s-and-disco-flavored grooves into 2014 with grace and aplomb.

Tonight’s an opportunity to really twirl and freak for as long as you wish. For what promises to be a five-hour-long set with Voyeur’s “brand new renovation [with]… a booming sound system in full effect,” the Shelter NYC guru will delight dudes who—like Regisford will—want to take their shirt off and sisters who need room to groove. Slated as a multi-city gathering for seekers of soul spaces, even curating transport for those in NYC and Jersey, this jam may even help you make some out-of-town friends while sweating and sipping. // BILL CHENEVERT

9pm. $10-$20. Voyeur, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772.

Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta
More than 3,500 college athletes compete in this two-day river race, named after famous rowing coach Harry Emerson “Dad” Vail. After the race, head to Rowers Village, where vendors will be selling goods for rowing enthusiasts. 7am. Free. 2200 Kelly Drive. 610.246.5902.

Fitler Square Spring Fair
Gather ‘round the fountain at Fitler Square for Mother’s Day weekend and indulge in assorted flea market wares, a silent auction and loads of children’s activities. 10am. Free. Fitler Square.

Pennsylvania Ballet: Director’s Choice
The Pennsylvania Ballet presents three different ballets, each by a different choreographer, including a world premiere from the award-winning Trey McIntyre. The showcase will also mark Principal Dancer Julie Diana’s last Philadelphia performances before retiring. 7:30pm. $35-125. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.

Crimes of the Heart
Drexel’s Co-Op Theatre Company wraps up the season with a Pulitzer-Prize winner. Beth Henley’s tragicomedy, directed by Nick Anselmo, follows the dysfunctional relationship between three sisters living in rural Mississippi. 8pm. $15. URBN Black Box Theater, 3401 Filbert St. 215.895.2787.

Graveyard Shift: Suspiria (35mm)
The Philadelphia Film Society’s new cult film series kicks off with a screening of Dario Argento’s acclaimed 1977 Italian horror classic, Suspiria. The movie centers on an American ballet student who discovers mysterious goings-on at her new school in Germany. 11:59pm. $6.66. PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom St. 267.239.2941.
The Luna Theater continues its “Once Upon A Time” season with the premiere of Jose Rivera’s critically acclaimed Brainpeople. Featuring performances by Amanda Grove and Jessica Gruver, Rivera’s evocative drama about a mysterious dinner party delves deeply into the human psyche of some troubled characters. Through May 24. $20. Luna Theater, 620 S. Eighth St.

Saturday, May 10

LOVE Your Park Week Kick-Off Service Day
Now that the polar vortex of winter and the biblical floods of spring are behind us, we can finally begin to go outside and play.  The thing is, though, that open spaces aren’t worth much unless the community cares about them.  Starting today, it’s easy to show your love of our city’s fine parks with the third annual LOVE Your Park Week. With a swollen slate of events, educational programs, family get-togethers and service projects for the next eight days, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation have provided you with many opportunities to not only give back to the community, but to have one hell of a good time doing it. Get details or volunteer at

LOVE Your Park Week kicks off this morning, with a 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. citywide service day for citizens to help beautify Philly’s open spaces. Over at Parkside Evans Recreation Center at 53rd Street and Parkside Avenue, the cleanup will commence alongside the unveiling of the new Philadelphia PumpTrack, described by Parks and Rec as “a small dirt course of bumps, jumps and berms designed for BMX and mountain bikes” that bicyclists may maneuver through “without pedaling by using weight shifts and gravity.” It sounds both awesome and terrifying. Throughout the week, events range from a spring fair in Fitler Square and jazz performances in Hawthorne Park  to an arts and crafts show in Malcolm X Park and pony rides for the kids at Marconi Plaza. // JOSH KRUGER

Through Sat., May 17, various locations. 215.988.9334.

Firefly Pajama Party
The First Banana hosts a 12-hour marathon screening of the complete season of Firefly, the cult-favorite space cowboy drama starring Nathan Fillion, followed by the feature film Serenity. Entrance to the BYOB pajama party gets you a bag of popcorn, and pizza will be available for purchase from Pizza Brain. 2pm. $5. The First Banana, 2152 E. Dauphin St.
Legends, Past Meets Present
Some of the area’s finest professional dancers team up for an enthralling dance compilation, featuring routines choreographed to the music of Louis Armstrong, Michael Jackson and Fred Astaire. Proceeds benefit the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. 6:30pm. $55-$60. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 856.770.4294.
Pie in the Sky Festival
Kites and food trucks may not go together like spaghetti and meatballs, but that all changes today at Penn Treaty Park: Enjoy these arts side by side in an outdoor festival, featuring various food tastings and kite exhibitions. Noon. Free. Penn Treaty Park, Delaware Ave at Beach St.

The Clay Studio’s 40th Anniversary
To honor its 40th anniversary, The Clay Studio hosts a 40-hour marathon of events and activities, including studio tours, film screenings, workshops and more. It all culminates with tonight’s fundraising event, complete with food, drink, dancing and an auction of beautiful ceramic creations. 6pm. $250. American Street Showroom, 2201 N. American St. 215.925.3453.
Discovering Your Connection to Jefferson
Are you a long-lost descendent of Thomas Jefferson? Well, even if you aren’t, the National Constitution Center is hosting a genealogy workshop where guests will be presented with the tools to delve deep into their family history. 10am. Free with admission. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600.

Sunday, May 11

Fine Craft Fair
Get your Mother’s Day shopping done at Rittenhouse this weekend with the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s three-day Fine Craft Fair. Featuring more than 150 of the Guild’s finest craft artists, beautifully handmade items will be available for purchase fitting all types of budgets. 11am. Free. Rittenhouse Square, 19th and Walnut sts.
Art Star Craft Bazaar
Art Star Gallery and Boutique presents its 11th Annual Craft Bazaar, an outdoor retail art and craft show featuring more than 100 local and national artists. 11am. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd.

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