PW's Weekend Picks: Nov. 1-3

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Friday, November 1

Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman: Hollywood Babble-On
In the words of Chasing Amy protagonist Holden McNeil’s churchgoing grandmother, “the big bucks are in dick and fart jokes.” Now well into his 40s, the film’s writer/director/co-star Kevin Smith still proudly embraces this wisdom, no matter how gratuitous it may seem. 

After all, it’s been paying his bills since he impressed audiences at Sundance almost 20 years ago with his cost-effective debut, Clerks. But, his relationship with his devoted fanbase suffered over the years as he attempted to branch out beyond his “View Askewniverse” series, eventually leading him to announce his impending retirement from filmmaking. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about Smith’s family going hungry because he’s got plenty of other projects, like his AMC series Comic Book Men and, of course, his transition into the world of internet podcasting.

Anyone who’s seen his straight-to-DVD college Q&A’s knows he’s an excellent public speaker; his stories about writing a Superman screenplay and working on a documentary for Prince are legendary. Under his SModcast banner, Smith has produced dozens of podcasts, including the now-touring Hollywood Babble-On, for which he and voice actor Ralph Garman dissect the film and entertainment news of the day. (Its Philly stop is now sold out, but the Prince Music Theater has added an 11pm bonus show, Babble-On Comic-On Theater, for the duo to act as some of their favorite comic book characters.)

Say what you will about Smith’s more recent films, but give him a $30,000 budget and he just might surprise you. Put a mic in his hand, however, and he’s one of the most candid Hollywood-types you’ll ever meet. / JAKE ABBATE

8pm. Sold out. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 215.569.9700.

Midnight at the Barrelhouse
Waltz back to the 1920s with this evening jam-packed with jazz and a burlesque performance. 9pm. $10. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

CHF First Friday: Breadmaking
Let your kitchen and science skills (or lack thereof) collide, and learn the science behind baking a loaf of bread and its history. 5pm. Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. 215.925.2222.

Pennsylvania Conference for Women
Get inspired and connected to influential ladies in a variety of fields while attending seminars and talks direct from top leaders, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, at this 10th annual, day-long professional and personal development conference. 7:30am. $165. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 215.418.4700.

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
Explore the spooky skeletons in Philadelphia’s closet with this nighttime tour, complete with haunted houses and ghost stories. 7:30pm. $10-$17. Starts at Signers Garden, Fifth and Chestnut sts. 215.413.1997.

Awesome Fest: Drive-In Movie Theater
Get the full experience of a drive-in theater without a time machine, with food servers on roller skates! Tonight’s double-feature screening includes Christine, the 1977 classic about a killer car. Dress up your car in a costume, and you could win a cash prize! 7:30pm. Eakins Oval, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Pediatric Global Health Conference: Violence Against Children
Led by experts from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, this conference explores the short and long term consequences of child abuse and the global response to violence against children through talks and interactive panel discussions. 7:30am. Colket Translational Research Building, 3501 Civic Center Blvd. 215.590.5263.

Saturday, November 2

Nichole Canuso Dance Company: The Garden
As part of Fringe Fest 2013, one of Philadelphia’s premier dance companies presents an intimate performance dealing with the themes of solitude, observation and immersion. Each full-length show, with sound via headphones, is available to only four audience members at a time. 7:30pm and 9pm. $10-$35. The Powerplant Basement, 233 N. Bread St. 215.413.9083.

Cuisine From the Collections
Adventurous eaters gather for this second annual event featuring foods based on the collections of the Academy of Natural Science. Bugs, snakes, snails and more are paired with specialty cocktails, all inspired by the museum’s 18 million plant and animal specimens. 7pm. $150-$250. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 215.405.1542.

Katt Williams
The OG miniature pimp brings the party to Philly with his famously outrageous and highly quotable standup routine. Expect lots of material about weed, animal impressions, dating advice and other lessons to help you be a boss in your everyday life. 7pm. $45-$125. The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 215.204.2400.
Black Tie Masquerade Ball
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund advocates for families with seriously ill or disabled children. Don a mask for their Young Friends fundraiser featuring three floors of open bar, food and dancing. 9pm. $75-$100. Stotesbury Mansion, 1923 Walnut St. 215.643.0763.
Philadelphia Business and Community Expo
Local organizations gather for this booth exposition featuring open forum discussions. Be here if you have a business, want to start one or just to support local commerce (vendors will have products and services for sale and sample). 11am. Free-$200. Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport, 4101 Island Ave. 800.325.3535.
Muge Lithuanian Fair
Meet the Philadelphia Lithuanian community at this ethnic festival featuring live music and folk dance performances. Traditional comfort food like potato pancakes and imported Lithuanian beer will also be on hand. Noon. Also on Sun., Nov. 3. Lithuanian Music Hall, 2715 E. Allegheny Ave. 215.739.4831.
Mütter Museum’s Day of the Dead Celebration
At what more fitting venue could you celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Decorate sugar skulls and enjoy traditional food and drink while absorbing a discussion from exhibit co-curator Linda J. Lee. 10am. Free-$15. Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St. 215.563.3737.
Y-100 Tribute Party and BeerFEASTival
Celebrate the late, great alt-rock radio station and the era that it filled the airwaves: the ‘90s. Two live bands plus beer from local breweries should help to bring out your inner Hole. 9pm. $5. Smokin’ Betty’s, 116 S. 11th St. 215.922.6500.

At the Philadelphia Open Air Market, vendors sell food, art, vintage items, furniture, crafts, jewelry and just about anything else you can imagine. The outdoor smorgasboard bonanza is active each week Spring through Fall. 10am. Free. 23rd and Arch Street.

Sunday, November 3

Big Freedia
Are you as tired of people talking about twerking as I am? Sigh. This is just another one of those moments of culture getting co-opted, watered down and rendered ubiquitous. However, Big Freedia, also known as Freddie Ross, specializes in a special and far-less-annoying kind of twerk energy called bounce or sissy bounce. Yes, there is a strong element of making your booty pop, making it clap, sticking your ass out and acting like a hyphee fool. But Ms. Thing’s brand of insane party-friendly dance music’s been cookin’ up since the early aughts—even the tail end of the ‘90s—in New Orleans. Thankfully, now’s her time, and she’s snatching it like a bad bitch in a girlfight claws a cheap weave.

Mama got some giant exposure guesting on RuPaul’s outrageously fun “Peanut Butter,” and now has a full-on television program in FuseTV’s Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce. She’s outrageous and full of extraordinary energy and personal style: the hair, the jewelry, the ratchet clothes, the seemingly endless source of sass. Songs like “Excuse” and “Duffy” are sickening dance-floor fodder, turning tipsy queens into carefree, uninhibited party monsters. The future is bright as hell for her, and tonight is a thrilling opportunity to get turned out by the Queen Diva in an intimate venue before she becomes mainstream—and before sissy bounce becomes as ubiquitous as twerking. / B.C.

8pm. $14. With El Malito and the 33rd Century + Sugur Shane. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Free to Breathe Walk
Breathe deep and band together with survivors of lung cancer and their supporters to walk, run, raise funds and contribute to the fight against the disease responsible for the most cancer-related deaths for all Americans. 7am. $10-$35. Fairmount Park: Memorial Hall, 4321 Avenue of the Republic. 608.833.7906.

The 13th Peoplehood Parade
Bring your best puppets and costumes and assemble together to be a part of this parade of puppets alongside advocacy groups, after school clubs, marching bands and people of all ages—no group is too small! 1pm. Free. Clark Park, 4951 Walnut St. 215.474.1378.

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