Grid publisher Alex Mulcahy and urban farmer Nic Esposito present an interactive version of the print publication’s last few issues. People featured on Grid’s sustainability-themed pages will be brought on stage in a fun, talk-show-like setting. There will be live music, as well as local beer and wine for everyone to enjoy. 7pm. $5. Trinity Memorial Church, 2212 Spruce St. 215.625.9850. gridphilly.com
If Man is 5
This performance is a study of the male acrobatic form, in which physical, emotional and mental struggles are examined to see what they reveal about a person. 8pm. $15. The Funicular Railway Station, 416 W. Coulter St. 602.488.9972. ifmanis5.com
Saturday, May 11
Art Star Craft Bazaar
Just in time for you to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift and/or plan the perfect Mother’s Day outing, Art Star’s annual springtime craft extravaganza—the biggest and baddest in town—returns for its 10th year. More than 150 artisans from around the country will be selling all the one-of-a-kind handmade items you’d expect—and plenty you’d never even imagine. In addition to local art groups and retailers like InLiquid, VIX Emporium, the Clay Studio and Omoi Zakka Shop, some of the many local vendors to keep an eye out for include Exit 343 Design, Volta Organics, Yardsale Press and BirdQueen Designs. For any first-timers out there, here’s three key pieces of advice: Pack a bottle of sunscreen and apply it periodically because there’s almost no shade to be found on the plaza; have some cash on you even though most vendors do accept credit cards; and finally, be prepared to spend more time and money than you budget. Keeping you entertained as you weave through the maze of tents, Philebrity has once again hand-selected a dozen local folk/indie musicians to perform, including the alt-country band the Bailey Hounds and the female fronted rock group Arrah & the Ferns. There will also be craft demos and make-and-takes, food and drink vendors and an open-air photo booth with all sorts of fun props and backdrops, courtesy of Cut & Paste Photobooth. The event will be held rain or shine, and the first 150 people to arrive both days will score a free tote bag, which will definitely come in handy. / N.F.
11am. Free. Through May 12. Great Plaza at Penns Landing, Columbus Blvd. between Market and Walnut sts. artstarcraftbazaar.com
L.A. blues rocker Beth Hart—who famously learned to play piano at the age of 4—has been consistently pumping out material since her debut in 1996. Her forthcoming album, Seesaw, will be released later this month and is her second duet record with guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa. 8pm. $25-$35. With Anjuli Josephine and Christine Santelli. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. theblockley.com
Richard Meyer and Judith Tannenbaum
Art historian Richard Meyer and former ICA curator Judith Tannenbaum discuss the work of Glenn Ligon, whose coal dust and oil stick drawings are featured in the current ICA exhibition Each One as She May. Running through July 28, the exhibit delves into the idea of repetition, and whether it offers greater clarity or blurred meanings. 2:30pm. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. 215.898.7108. icaphilly.org
WALKS & TOURS
Banker’s Heaven Architecture Walking Tour
Hard as it may be to believe now, but good ol’ Chestnut Street was once our nation’s financial epicenter. This tour looks at the important early institutions that gave Philadelphia its prominence, as well as the architecture of Greek Revival “temples” and brick and limestone buildings.10am. $5-$10. The Bourse Building, 111 S. Fourth St. 215.546.1146. preservationalliance.com
It’s the Year 1995 with DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz
Reef the Lost Cauze hosts this stroll down Memory Lane with the music that made 1995, well, 1995. Remember Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”; Shaggy’s “Bombastic” and Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”? Yeah, they were all in the Top 10 of ‘95. If you get there early, you could score a free T-shirt. 9pm. $7. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com
Painting a Healthy City
Commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month, the second annual Painting a Healthy City aims to promote wellbeing by bringing together the powerful forces of public art, community engagement and health resources. This free event features good food, music, mural painting and camaraderie. 11am. Free. 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel, 850 N. 11th St. muralarts.org
Nichole Canuso Dance Company 4th Annual Benefit Cabaret
Join the incomparable Ms. Martha Graham Cracker, magician Dennis Diamond, El Malito and the 33rd Century and Nichole Canuso’s alter ego Guiseppe as they raise funds for NCDC’s upcoming piece, The Garden. The event features a curated program of handpicked acts exploring the complexity of human experience. 6:30pm. $20-$25. The Latvian Society, 531 N. Seventh St.
For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone
The Celebration of Black Writing is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation. “For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone” is a reading, performance and book signing featuring contributors to the collection of writing curated by Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant recipient Debra Powell-Wright. 1-3pm. Free. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St. artsanctuary.org
With roots in blues, folk, jazz and reggae and songs sung in both English and Spanish, Sonoma Sound is a genre-bending sextet from Swarthmore. Tonight, they celebrate the release of their new album, Skin & Bone. 7:30pm. $12. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. tinangel.com
Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta
More than 3,500 college athletes compete in this two-day rowing race, named after famous rowing coach Harry Emerson “Dad” Vail, a long-time coach at the University of Wisconsin. Be sure to check out Rowers Village, where vendors line the street selling goods for rowing enthusiasts. 7am. Free. Kelly Drive and Strawberry Mansion. dadvail.org
WALKS & TOURS
Secrets of Old Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt
Old Philadelphia, from Society Hill to Old City, is an area full of history and secrets. This hunt takes you through Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Carpenter’s Hall and many other cultural landmarks, showing you a quirky side of the city. 2pm. $22.50. Fourth and Walnut sts. 877.946.4868. watsonadventures.com
Sunday, May 12
Known for his colorful lyrics, Ghostface Killah has put a dent in American rap both before and after his involvement with Wu-Tang Clan. Check him out this week when his Twelve Ways to Die tour stops in Philly. 9pm. $25-$30. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
Sunday Night Storytelling Series: Kiddo
You know that cringing feeling you get when you read something you wrote as a kid? Feel that for others as local comedians share stories they wrote as children. Select audience members will also have an opportunity to participate, so bring your own cringe-worthy work. 8pm. Free. Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. Third St. ortliebslounge.com
Family Workshop: Mummies’ Day
Celebrate Mother’s Day with ... mummies! Check out the work underway at the Penn Museum’s open conservation laboratory and design your very own mummy. 1-4pm. Free. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. penn.museum
The Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft Fair
Featuring 140 of the very finest area craft artists, this art fair focuses on hand-crafted jewelry, contemporary furniture, functional and decorative pottery, designer clothing and other interpretive works including blown glass, photography and sculpture. 11am. Free. Rittenhouse Square Park, 1800 Walnut St. pacrafts.org
Monday, May 13
Ru Freeman: “On Sal Mal Lane”
Ru Freeman came a long way before writing her latest novel—from war-torn Sri Lanka to Australia, then Maine, back to Sri Lanka and eventually alongside 99 percent of Philadelphia magazine’s readership: Philly’s ‘burbs. A freelance journalist and activist, she began writing reality-based fiction in 2009 with the publishing of her first novel, A Disobedient Girl, a piece of writing meant to indict Sri Lanka’s caste system.
Four years later, Freeman is touring in support of her second book, On Sal Mal Lane, a fictional look at “Black July,” in which Sri Lankan forces clashed with the Tamil Tigers, a militant force that waged violent secessionist and nationalist campaigns in several cities, with the eventual goal of creating an independent state in the north and east of Sri Lanka. “Black July”—which was later referenced in passing in American Psycho—began and ended the last week of July 1983, and On Sal Mal Lane’s intricate plot covers 10 families living in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during its brief but deadly war as their respective lives are torn apart.
Freeman told Publishers Weekly that while On Sal Mal Lane is fiction, its plot and several of its characters are based upon her own experiences during that tumultuous time, noting that “all fiction is nonfiction.” She’s reading and signing her book at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble today. You should go. / R.L.
7pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut St. 215.665.0716.
The Only Light Charity Show
The budget shortfalls in the Philadelphia School District have been harped on at length this year. Historically, when schools lack funding, arts programs are the first to be cut. The Only Light charity, made up of multiple musical entities, including the William Allen Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade honors choir, is staging a fundraiser to make sure students have access to musical instruments in their schools. 7pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
Standup Comedy Carnival
Mike Lawrence, from Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, headlines this funny fest that also features Doogie Horner, Gary Petersen, Aaron Nevins, Evan M. Williams, Peter Rogier and Nikki Black. 8pm. $10. Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St. 215.279.7587. conniesricrac.com