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Tracy Morgan, 'Cinderella' and more to do this weekend

From food festivals to staring contests, there is an event for everyone.

BLOCK PARTIES

Mural Dedication: “South Philly Musicians Remix”
October 15, 2-4:30 p.m.
Broad and Tasker streets
Free
muralarts.org

The area’s impressive number of Bandstand era heartthrobs get honored in a brand new mural at Broad and Tasker streets that’s being dedicated Saturday. The artwork, painted by Eric Okdeh, shows nine of our greats, like Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Eddie Fisher and Jerry Blavat. An afternoon block party abuts the dedication with live food, DJ music and a performance by “The Geator With the Heater” himself.

Tappin' the Trucks: Brews n' Bites Block Party
October 16, noon-7 p.m.
Taproom on 19th
19th and Ritner streets
Pay as you go
taproomon19th.com

Taproom on 19th throws a food truck festival of sorts, featuring food trucks lined up outside the South Philly venue. Mixed in with trucks like The Cow and the Curd, J'eet, Oink and Moo BBQ, Foolish Waffles and more, are five pop-up breweries that will be pouring up craft drafts all day long. Outdoor seating and live music rounds out the block party vibes.

FOOD FESTIVALS

Yè Shì Chinatown Night Market
October 13, 7-11 p.m.
Chinatown
10th Street between Arch and Vine streets and Race Street between 9th and 11th streets
Pay as you go
yeshinightmarket.com

Take a tasting tour of Chinatown Thursday night at this festival that closes several streets in Chinatown for a celebration of local food, music and entertainment. Almost 50 food trucks and restaurants are signed up to attend, like Dump-n-roll, Kung Fu Hoagies, Li Ping Corn Co and Pbon’s Fresh Phood. The live entertainment comes mostly DJ-style along with a traditional performance by a lion and dragon dance troupe.

Bainbridge Green Brunch Fest
October 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bainbridge Green
350 Bainbridge St.
$25-$150
bainbridgegreenpark.org

To support a community-led project to turn a concrete median on Bainbridge Street in Queen Village into a greener public space, area restaurants are bringing their grub to the streets. Spots like Hungry Pigeon, Ela, The Good King Tavern and more serve food for the affair, which also includes some kid-friendly activities. Let the little ones paint pumpkins with Painting With a Twist and create art with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

COMEDY

Tracy Morgan
October 15, 9 p.m.
Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 First Ave., King of Prussia
$55-$75
ticketmaster.com

On his first tour since his 2014 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, comedian Tracy Morgan puts a humorous spin on his path to recovery. The “30 Rock” alum tells jokes about family stealing his medication, having celebrities visit him in the hospital and of course regales with some of his signature—sometimes blush-worthy—tangents.

ARTS

“Cinderella”
October 13-23
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad St.
$35-$135
paballet.org

Before they resurrect holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” this December, the Pennsylvania Ballet brings to life another beloved fairy tale whose story also includes busy mice, confused young ladies and princely leading man-types. This interpretation was written by Ben Stevenson, with music by Sergei Prokofiev.

“Philadelphia, Goddamn” Opening Reception
October 14, 6-10 p.m.
Little Berlin
2430 Coral St.
Free
littleberlin.org

Philadelphia street art blog Streets Dept. and local gallery Little Berlin curate this exhibition of 11 local and national artists working to spotlight marginalized communities through public murals, video installations and more. Be among the first to see the exhibition at this week’s opening reception, and look out for moving works by Homo Riot, Aubrie Costello and prolific Philly yarn-bomber Ishknits.

STARING CONTESTS

Eye Contact Philly
October 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Rittenhouse Park
18th and Market streets
Free
facebook.com

We spend so much of our time with our faces stuck in our phones, that we’re losing the ability to connect with one another in meaningful ways. To allow locals to practice their eye contact skills and hopefully encourage more face-to-face interactions, Eye Contact Philly pops up in Rittenhouse for an opportunity to sit on a pillow and literally just stare at a stranger for minutes on end. No sunglasses allowed!

PRE-HALLOWEEN

Martha Graham Cracker Halloween Bash
October 16, 7-10 p.m.
L’Etage
624 S. Sixth St.
$15-$25
brownpapertickets.com

Philly’s favorite singing drag queen, Martha Graham Cracker, helps you get in the Halloween spirit a half-month early at this Sunday night performance in Queen Village. The tall, hairy diva throws some spooky numbers into her catalog of covers and mashups of everyone from Bowie to Nina Simone to Whitney Houston. Local band The Flannel Chucks open with a setlist of silly lyrics sung to the tune of popular ’90s grunge songs.

MUSIC

Marian Hill
October 14,
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
$20
ticketfly.com

Sultry Philadelphia electro-rock act Marian Hill are touring the country in support of their first full-length album, “Act One.” The duo have created a sound all their own, fusing
genres and techniques to create the transfixing sound of stellar recent tracks like “Talk to Me” and “Wild.” They come to Union Transfer this week, with all-cap opening acts VÉRITÉ and SHAED.

 

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