PW's Weekend Picks: Sept. 13-15

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13th Annual Blue Tag Gala
Drinks, dinner and dancing come together under CHOP’s benevolent eye to help raise funds for research toward a cure and treatment for sickle cell anemia. 6pm. $150. Hyatt and the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut sts.

Battle of the Tribute Bands
Four cover bands—Captain Beefheart, the Stooges, Saves the Day and Television—duke it out for imitation superiority. You decide who wins. Proceeds help support CITYWIDE, a giant artist collective putting on an exhibition in November. 9pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Young Professionals Ball
Young people! Networking! Ill-fitting suits! Drinks will flow and hips will sway as recent and current college grads congregate in celebration of their youth and forge bonds on swimming legs. 8:30pm. $10-$30. North Shore Beach Club, 1031 Germantown Ave.

Valerie Massadian’s first film stars 4-year-old Kelyna Lecompte as the eponymous Nana. Massadian captured Lecompte’s unscripted movements around the set and formed a narrative within them. Be warned: this child’s fantasy has a damaged heart. 2pm. $5. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St.

Sunday, September 15

Rock ‘N’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
For those who either missed the Broad Street Run last spring or are just 3.1 miles more hardcore about running, there’s this weekend’s Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon. The now sold-out race begins at 22nd Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway and makes a long, roundabout trek through Center City to Falls Bridge and back. And whether you’re a participant or spectator, at every mile checkpoint, there’ll be a lively musical performance to keep you going. Hail, hail, rock ‘n’ roll!

Begun in 1978 as the Philadelphia Distance Run, the event got a new name in 2010, and it’s part of an international group of rock-themed half-marathon events in which all runs, from Seattle to Oslo, feature local musical acts along the way and special guest performers as part of the warm-down party afterward. As far as Philly goes, at 22,500 registrants, this year has attracted the biggest turnout in the race’s history.

Among those bands playing sets along the half-marathon route will be Mother Zeta, Moonliscious, the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band, Philabuster, the Successful Failures and a bunch more, all eager and ready to go. The race ends at the Art Museum with a performance by Canadian indie rock band Walk Off the Earth. / RANDY LOBASSO

8am. Sold out. 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

University of the Arts alum Enza DePalma presents her choreographed work, Cavidad, which explores the complexities of love, fear and attraction. A Chicago native, DePalma has been performing original productions for the past eight years. Her work here seeks to turn motion into emotion as moving florescent light walls built by UArts alum Brittany Papale complete the atmosphere. 7pm. $15-$20. Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St. 215.922.3456.

My Body/My Story
This workshop encourages participants to create portraits of a body part that speaks to their life experiences. Keep your work to yourself, or share it with others in a memoir installation which includes textual, mixed-media and photographic art to benefit 3pm. Free. The Book Trader,
7 N. Second St.

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