What to do in Philly this weekend


Steve Cossman's films are more visual experience than traditional movie. / Provided
Steve Cossman’s films are more visual experience than traditional movie. / Provided

‘Rituals of Restoration: Films by Steve Cossman’
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Big Mama’s Cinemateque
1310 N. 5th St.
New York avant-garde filmmaker Steve Cossman will appear in person at this screening of five of his films: “Tusslemuscle,” “Climber,” “Relay,” “Red Cabbages” and “White Roughage.” His work is more of a visual experience than a “movie”; “Tusslemuscle,” for instance, presents thousands of rapid-fire images from old Viewmaster reels in a meditation on our relationship with nature.

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St.
$5, 21+
This show features work from more than 75 emerging artists, plus live audio performances, body painting and an all-you-can-eat pancake bar. Sometimes people say the “art world” is inaccessible to the general public. Well, maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not — all we’re saying is if more galleries started offering pancakes, maybe that perception would change.



Go hungry: The Night Market takes over Lancaster Ave. on Thursday. / Tug Haines
Go hungry: The Night Market takes over Lancaster Ave. on Thursday. / Tug Haines

Night Market
Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lancaster Ave. between 35th and 39th streets
Pay as you go, 215-575-0444
Food trucks galore will line Lancaster Ave. for the Food Trust’s always-packed street food fest. Calle Del Sabor, Street Food Philly, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Lil’ Pop Shop, Sugar Philly Truck and the Grill Cheese are among the vendors, plus there’s craft beer from Yards Brewing Company and live performance and visual arts, including rapper Chill Moody and the Balkan brass sounds of the West Philadelphia Orchestra.



‘Curses! The Game Show of Swears, Obscenities and Censorship’
Thursday, 8 p.m.
531 N. 12th St.
$5, 609-287-9194
In what feels like a nice extension of George Carlin’s famous monologue “The Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” this mock game show involves host Alex Grubard leading three comedian constants through a series of games — all of them invariably involving swear words. This week’s contestants are Michael Rainey, Hillary Rea and Trey Galyon.

‘Hang On’ with Aaron Nevins
Friday, 8 p.m.
Adrienne Theater
2030 Sansom St.
$5, 800-838-3006
“Hang On” is a monthly live comedy talk show where the audience is encouraged to participate in the conversation. This month’s guests are Alison Agosti, a writer and performer on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and veteran prop comic the Legendary Wid, plus a comic panel including Chip Chantry, Alejandro Morales and Kelsey McLaughlin and some opening stand-up by Chris Stenta.


The Philadelphia Craft Beer & Lobster Festival
Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House
3432 Sansom St.
$40-$45, 215-382-3474
This feast, a benefit for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, offers up all the best preparations of everyone’s favorite crustacean, from lobster rolls to lobster mac ‘n’ cheese to deep-fried lobster ravioli. Of course, you can always just get a plain old lobster with corn on the cob and potatoes. Ten different samplings of craft beer round out the menu.



Miniature Tigers
Friday, 8 p.m.
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
$15-$18, all ages, 215-232-2100
This Brooklyn band has a quirky sense of humor that comes out both in their intelligently crafted, sincerely ironic (or is it ironically sincere?) songs, which gleefully mix contemporary indie pop styles like a little kid with a box of Legos, and their clever videos — the vid for “Bullfighter Jacket” is basically a live action “Where’s Waldo” book.

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford Ave.
$10, 21+, 215-739-9684
Local indie band Southwork, distinguished by their uplifting tunes and skillfully deployed horn section, had, during the boiling summer of 2013, the unique privilege of recording the soundtrack for “Alpha Girls”, a low-budget comedy horror film, in haunted Eastern State Penitentiary. Their latest album, “Wear Your Heart Out,” dropped Tuesday.



‘Snake-bitten, or the Dragon’s Breath’
Through Saturday
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut St.
$10, 609-577-1384
Progressive theater company Oddact presents this site-specific performance imagining an exorcism. The plot: a corporation has been drilling near a swamp town, causing oil to leak into the water supply. When this, in turn, causes a house to burn down, a girl suspected of pyromania is chosen as spiritual scapegoat. Will the real culprits be brought to justice?

‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’
Through Sunday
URBN Annex, Drexel University
3401 Filbert St.
Free, 215-496-9722
This Shakespeare comedy, presented for free by Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, begins with a king and his buddies taking an oath to avoid romance and dedicate themselves to spiritual perfection. Their piety is tested, however, when the Princess of France arrives with her ladies-in-waiting, and fasting and study suddenly seem a lot less attractive.

‘Possible Memoir Titles’
Sunday, 8 p.m.
624 S. Sixth St.
$10-$15, 800-838-3006
Caroline Dooner performs this musical comedy cabaret, in which she sings songs, tells amusing stories from her life and, as the name of the show suggests, tries to come up with snappy titles for her autobiography. Dooner first performed “Possible Memoir Titles” a month ago, and for this updated edition she promises new songs, stories and (possible) titles.



‘The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir’
Sunday, 7 p.m.
Trocadero Theater
1003 Arch St.
$12, 215-922-6888
This documentary by Mike Fleiss (“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”) tells the story of the Grateful Dead’s rhythm guitarist, Bob Weir. Though at one point in 1968 he was nearly kicked out of the legendary band for allegedly not pulling his weight creatively, he was given a second chance and rallied to become an innovative and accomplished guitarist.


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