Calendar: April 23-30

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Wednesday, April 23

LGBT
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride
Over the past couple years, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride has experienced a renaissance of sorts. Celebrating 15 years strong with new, young leadership and ambitious partnering with a ton of different community friends, the group’s 2014 Pride celebration is straight-up nuts. It’s so robust, we can’t even scratch the surface. (For real: Check out the thorough deets at phillyblackpride.org.) In fact, festivities are already in full swing, having kicked off Sunday with a Mr./Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride at the Adrienne and a night for the youth at the Attic on Monday.

The real meat-and-potatoes of PBGP’s lineup, though, launches tonight: Tabu’s playing host to a College Night party called Frat House, a student cutie edition of Josh Schonewolf’s Ratchet Wednesday with appropriately-themed drinking games and giveaways. Then on Thursday, there’s a One Night Stand Poetry Slam at 4 Fathers, where some well-deserved finger snaps will be doled out, and a $75 prize goes to the best slam poet. Friday night, the weekend really gets turned up with an early ball (6 to 8pm) at The Stadium Holiday Inn in South Philly that they’re calling a “Party Monster Mini Ball Deluxe.” Yes, there will be categories, even a contest for Grand Prize Performance as a House—the winners take home $1,000—that’s certain to be worth the trip. Still, there’s so much more: PBGP’s Mind, Body & Soul Fair; a clever riff on speed dating via its “Single in the City” mixer; a Broadway brunch with the cast of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, including the super-fab, Tony-nominated Sheryl Lee Ralph, and a finale day party at the RAW Courtyard for some extended daytime drinking in the sun. There are also some sweet Uber deals to be had, plus tons of late-night party offerings, thanks to Christopher Hunter Entertainment’s Simply Christopher—including his super-fly “Sex on the Ceiling” White Party on Sunday, featuring R&B sweetie Sevyn Streeter.

Happy Pride, brothers and sisters in LGBTQAness. Philly, let’s do this! // BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sun., April 27. Various times and locations. phillyblackpride.org

TALK
Steven Rea
Steven Rea has been the Inquirer‘s film critic for more than 20 years, and has lent his expertise to publications including Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide. Join him tonight as he discusses the ups and downs of getting paid to watch movies, and hear his thoughts on the future of the industry. 10am. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

GAMES
Game of Thrones Quizzo
With the fourth season of the hit HBO series off to a great start, test your knowledge of all things relating to George R.R. Martin’s lush fantasy universe with this themed edition of the popular trivia game. 7pm. Free. Drinker’s West, 3900 Chestnut St. 215.397.4693. drinkersphilly.com


Thursday, April 24

STAGE
1812 Productions: This Is the Week That Is
Philadelphia can take a lot of credit for America’s political foundation, and true children of Philly know how to enjoy a good, gut-busting laugh. When politics meets a good time in this city, it must be in 1812 Productions’ hilarious This Is The Week That Is, the all-comedy theater company’s live “Saturday Night Live meets The Daily Show” extravaganza. The production’s enjoying its seventh consecutive year of comedic excellence, continuing its home-grown tradition of reporting both local and national political news with a satirical twist. Whether the target is Broad Street or Pennsylvania Avenue, it’s all fair game to This Is The Week That Is.

“It’s got some musical elements, and it’s super funny,” cast member and external relations director Dave Jadico tells PW. “There are some improvisational moments, but we rewrite a portion of the show, which changes weekly and sometimes night to night. There’s always something going on. This year, we’re certainly looking at Russia and the Ukraine quite a bit because they’ve been so prevalent in the news as of late.”

Jennifer Childs, TITWTI’s creator and director, and news correspondent Don Montrey are credited with the bulk of the writing, but the cast all add their own unique contributions. “The six weeks out of the year that we do this has become a bit of a tradition,” Jadico says. “And we poke fun at both sides equally, so everyone can have a good time—regardless of which side of the aisle they’re on.” // KENNEDY ALLEN

Through Sun., June 1. $25-$40. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215.592.9560. 1812productions.org

FOOD
Dining Out for Life
Tonight, more than 150 restaurants in our area will contribute 33 percent of their proceeds to benefit a handful of charities, including ActionAIDS and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Participating restaurants include Twenty Manning, Vedge, Opa, Village Whiskey, Valanni, Pod and many more. Various locations. diningoutforlife.com

WALK
Take Back the Night Philadelphia 2014
Members of the community are invited to stand together against domestic and sexual violence at this fourth annual walk to reclaim the streets of Philadelphia. Participants will share tales of oppression and survival as they march from four different locations to First Unitarian Church for a candlelight vigil. 5:45pm. Various locations. takebackthenight.org

PARTY
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview
The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival’s participating restaurants and bars’ll get a head start tonight on building anticipation for their swank annual celebration. The preview party features cuisine and libations from area restaurants including Dandelion, Lacroix, Rouge, Sbraga, Zama and many more. There will also be live music and a DJ provided by Mole Street, plus a silent auction offering Rittenhouse Row experiences and merchandise. 6:30pm. $75-125. The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq. 215.546.9000. rittenhousehotel.com


Friday, April 25

SCIENCE FEST
PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours
The most ironic part about being a nerd as a grownup is the realization that, in adulthood, nerds are the cool kids. Yet, by the time you’re an adult, you really don’t give a shit about being cool anymore. (Thanks for that plot twist, Universe!) Just know this: Nerds party heartily. And, to kick off the fourth annual Philadelphia Science Festival, party we shall.

As part of the 10-day-long celebration’s launch soiree, Science Carnival After Hours, attendees of legal drinking age may enjoy “activities created just for adults.” Even better is that we get our own beer, with Yard’s Brewery supplying the 2014 Official Science Festival draft. In addition to the revelry and like-minded company, good followers of geekdom may also enjoy the speaking stylings of Dr. Ron Eglash, professor of science and technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Eglash, a Fulbright scholar with expertise in cybernetics and systems engineering, will very likely offers greetings and salutations to all present, followed by Philly’s own Nintendo-geek-turned-composer Paul Weinstein, aka Chipocrite, booping and beeping his way through a performance. Weinstein has gained national attention and fame for his novel way of creating original musical compositions using Game Boys as instruments. 

Whatever your scientific interest or persuasion, this event’s a great way to demonstrate that not only have the nerds become victorious in adulthood: We’re downright magnanimous about it. And, really, can you blame us? // JOSH KRUGER

6:30pm. $10-$15. Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. 215.448.1346. philasciencefestival.org

DANCE
Shen Yun
Shen Yun takes on the daunting task of conveying 5,000 years worth of ancient Chinese history in one single performance. Colorful costumes and impeccable choreography highlight this critically-acclaimed example of poetry in motion. 7:30pm. $60-150. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. shenyun.com

PARTY
Antiques Show Preview Party
Throughout its 53-year existence, the Philadelphia Antiques Show has asserted itself as one of the city’s premier tourist destinations for those looking to spice up their living rooms with elegant trappings. Tonight’s preview party offers visitors the chance to have an early look at what’s for sale. 5pm. $150-$600. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. thephiladelphiaantinquesshow.org

COMEDY
The N Crowd Anniversary Show
The N Crowd celebrates nine years of incredible short-form improv with an anniversary show at the Ruba Club. With more than 500 performances under their belts, the N Crowd has become a staple of the Philly comedy scene, creating unique shows each night full of hilarious unscripted comedy. 8pm. $12-$15. Ruba Club, 416 Green St. 215.627.9831. phillyncrowd.com

MUSIC
Twilight in the Gardens
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens kicks off its Twilight in the Gardens series—which will take place on the fourth Friday of every month through October—with a performance by New York’s Loop 2.4.3., a percussion duo that also combines electronic and classical influences. 7pm. $8-10. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St. 215.733.0390. phillymagicgardens.org


Saturday, April 26

FESTIVAL
Philly Brick Fest LEGO Fan Festival
With over 70,000 square feet of creations and interactive activities, the Philly Brick Fest—a celebration of all that can be constructed with LEGO—looks to be an explosion of imagination through the medium of those pegged plastic blocks. “The idea behind the event,” says Chad Collins, its organizer, “is to give fire to the youngest LEGO builders. As a parent, you see the potential, and you see it unlock something in your child’s brain that helps in engineering and helps them in math and science.”

Firing up young minds with LEGO is something about which Collins knows a great deal. Not long after he gave his daughter her first LEGO set, she became so enamored with the toy, she requested her own YouTube channel to talk about them. Your Creative Friends, the show the two of them do together, currently has over 16,000 subscribers. But most importantly, it plugged Collins into the LEGO building community that made Philly Brick Fest possible.

Immense LEGO displays that portray scenes of our city, the Liberty Bell and the Love Park sculpture will be featured, as will a Brick Fest Derby, where you can build your own derby car and race it down the 20-lane, 35-feet-long track. The Brick Fest Theater will show LEGO animated videos and present The Brick Show trivia game. And most importantly, there will be a “free-build” area, with tens of thousands of LEGO bricks ready to be played with by inventive kids of every age. // JARED AXELROD

Through Sun., April 27. $15. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks. 484.754.EXPO. phillybrickfest.com

FOOD
Flavors of the Avenue
Sample food and drink from 28 of Passyunk Square’s award winning restaurants—including Birra, Cantina Los Caballitos, Chiarella’s, Ippolito’s, Le Virtu, Noord, Will BYOB and more—under one huge tent. The mouth-watering tasting event also features a craft show hosted by Crafty Balboa and live music performed by We Are Fauna and the Drive-Ins. Noon. $30. East Passyunk Ave between Tasker and Morris Streets. 215.336.1455. visiteastpassyunk.com
 
SHOPPING
Uhuru Flea Market in Clark Park
Uhuru flea markets help support self-determination programs looking to spread health, education and economic prosperity within the African community. This week’s sale includes art, jewelry, books, clothes and food, with proceeds benefitting the African People’s Education and Defense Fund. 9am. Clark Park, 43rd and Chestnut sts. 215.546.1485

SCIENCE FEST
Discovery Day: Naturepalooza
This Science Fest family event honors Earth Day with a mix of interactive events and nature walks. Live music, storytelling and environmentally-themed activities mark this great outdoor event, which also feature delicious food truck eats. 11am. Free. The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd. philasciencefestival.org
 
EVENT
Relay For Life of Saint Joseph’s University
The American Cancer Society’s signature all-night event features music, food, dancing and much more in the name of cancer awareness and research funding. 7pm. Hagan Arena, 5600 City Ave. 215.985.5335. relayforlife.org

FESTIVAL
CORA Services Family Festival and Craft Fair
CORA Services, devoted to the assistance of children and families experiencing emotional and academic challenges, presents their family themed day of fun. The Festival and Craft Fair features child-friendly games and activities, food trucks and a talent showcase featuring area students. 11am. Free. CORA Services, 8540 Verree Rd. coraservices.org


Sunday, April 27

SCIENCE FEST
Murder at the Mütter
Philadelphia’s most fascinating museum hosts an afternoon of murder mystery and forensic investigation. Are a string of Philadelphia murders the work of a serial killer? A team of investigators and forensic experts explain the science of criminal investigation and help solve the crime. 2:30pm. $30-$40. Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St. 215.563.3737. muttermuseum.org

EVENT
Brides Night Out Philly
Brides-to-be in Philly can get a jump on their special day with this all-inclusive bridal event. Meet with the area’s fashion experts, gaze at an exclusive bridal trunk show, and enjoy express mobile spa services, including manicure, makeup applications and trial hairstyles for the big day. 12:30pm. Dollface Studios, 1639 N. Hancock St. bnophilly.com

STAGE
Manon
A young girl battles the pulls of love and luxury in Jules Massenet’s most popular opera. Musical director Christofer Macatsoris presents a fresh take on the classic, sung in French with English supertitles. 7:30pm. $10-$60. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St. 215.735.1685. avaopera.org


Monday, April 28

FUNDRAISER
Sugar Rush
Spark Philadelphia, a nonprofit youth apprenticeship group, hosts its first ever dessert-themed fundraiser, featuring a tasting of small bites, wine and beer. Sample sweet and savory treats prepared by chefs from Bistro 7, Cuba Libre, Ela, Fado and more, while enjoying free libations and a silent auction. 6:30pm. $75-$85. Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut St. 413.313.4034. sparkphillysugarrush.org

SCIENCE FEST
Science on Tap Quizzo
Assemble your own team of science trivia hounds for the fourth annual Science Fest Quizzo competition, featuring topics ranging from atomic weights to dinosaurs. 6pm. Free. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. philasciencefestival.org


Tuesday, April 29

MUSIC
Jessica Lea Mayfield
In what’s turned out to be one of the most exciting revelations of 2014, female alt-country’s love affair with dark and heavy rock has morphed into a seemingly triumphant genre, pulling together some of the freshest talent in the game. Jessica Lea Mayfield rounds out a very fine trilogy of young women who have all put out their third albums in the first third of 2014—joining Lydia Loveless and Angel Olsen in turning in banner years in their respective careers. Mayfield’s brand new one, Make My Head Sing…, has surprising flecks of heft along the lines of Nirvana and Dinosaur, Jr. The Akron native’s ties to Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) are well-documented; his presence as a player and producer on her first two yielded gentler, more pensive, wounded and emotional records. But this one, without her fellow Ohioan in the studio, has materialized a bit more sludge and grit—and it’s awesome. The opener, “Oblivious,” feels like the kind of rage and energy Marnie Stern’s trail-blazed for female shredders. “Do I Have The Time” tweezes out the sweet sadness of Hope Sandoval, while “Unknown Big Secret” idolizes My Bloody Valentine’s drawn-out drone.

Mayfield’s cited Nick Cave and Dave Grohl as spirit musicians, and like them, she’s just going for it, a true original on the rise giving zero fucks about conforming to a specific genre or aesthetic. That’s the kind of rock musician we cherish and revere. // B.C.

9:15pm. $13-$15. With Gambles. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

AUTHOR
Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader’s new book details ways for consumers and bipartisan grassroot coalitions to overcome today’s corporate-government marriage. Nader’s campaigns laid the foundation for landmark consumer protection laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Freedom of Information Act. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library,  1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org

SCIENCE FEST
Science Night at the Ballpark
The Phillies host their 4th annual science celebration in conjunction with the Philadelphia Science Festival. Tonight’s game against the New York Mets features discounted tickets, baseball-related science exhibitions and child-friendly demonstrations. 7pm. Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way. philasciencefestival.org


Wednesday, April 30

SCIENCE
To Veg or Not to Veg? The Science Behind Vegetarianism
Take an in-depth look at the science, economics and nutritional value of vegetarianism. This discussion will delve into the environmental sustainability of vegetarianism, as well as its cost to your wallet and body. 6pm. $5. The Pavilion at Franklin Square Park, Race St. between Sixth and Seventh sts. philasciencefestival.org

LITERATURE
Shakespearean Creative Writing Workshop
Learn to channel your inner Shakespeare during this writing workshop, as part of the Free Library’s year-long celebration of the Bard’s 450th birthday. Guest will be encouraged to use themes from Shakespeare’s most famous works as a springboard for their own creative output. 7pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org


Out of Town

STAGE
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy
Steve Solomon’s long-running one-man show returns to A.C., featuring autobiographical stories from Solomon’s childhood. The show takes place in a therapist’s office and features more than 20 characters spinning a hilarious tale of family dysfunction. Thurs., April 24, 8pm. $29.99. Harrah’s Resort Concert Venue, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. 609.441.5000. harrahsresort.com

FOOD
Main Line Restaurant Week
This week, dozens of award-winning Main Line restaurants serve up their specialty dishes at discounted prices. Participating restaurants, including Big Fish, Fellini Café, Tango, Viviano and Citron + Rose, will be offering three-course prix fixe dinners, brunch, lunch and dessert options, starting at $20. Through April 27. Various locations. mainlinerestaurantweek.com

FESTIVAL
Fast Tracks and Food Trucks Festival
Want some gourmet food and wine with that roller coaster ride? This weekend, Six Flags hosts the Fast Tracks and Food Trucks Festival, offering a variety of gourmet food from more than 20 area trucks, as well as a tasting from seven New Jersey wineries. April 26-27. $35. Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, N.J. sixflags.com

EVENT
Philadelphia Career Fair
Give up the Craigslist job search for a day, and meet face-to-face with hiring managers from many local businesses. All level of professionals are welcome, including recent college grads looking for a shot at a sales, business development, marketing, retail or sales management position.  Tues., April 29, 6pm. Free. Sharp Crowne Plaza, 260 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia. unitedcareerfairs.com

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1. Michael Byrne said... on Apr 23, 2014 at 12:39PM

“Hi!

FYI - Dining Out for Life is tomorrow night not tonight - it is always the last Thursday in April - thanks!

Michael”

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