12 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend
Everybody's working for the weekend. Look forward to "The Wizard of Oz" on the Schuylkill Banks, Comedy Underdogs at L'Etage, or a stroll through the Manayunk Arts Festival.
Manayunk Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday
Main St., Manayunk
4312 Main St.
Now in its 26th year, this is the tri-state area’s largest outdoor, juried art festival, attracting over 200,000, according to its promoters. More than 300 artists from across the country will be showing their work. Whether you’re in the market for a new piece to hang over your mantle, or you just want to browse, there should be something for every art lover.
Clark Park Music and Arts Festival 2015
Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.
43rd St. and Chester Ave.
Celebrate the longest day of the year at this outdoor festival, held annually since 1970. This year’s diverse lineup of live local music includes performances from Cheap Dinosaurs, Darla, Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy, the Deadeyes, Sidewalk Atlas Liz de Lise, Frontyards, A Day without Love and Annachristie Sadler. There are also kids’ activities, arts and crafts, and vendors.
Carol Ashton-Hergenhan: Florescence, Senescence and Regeneration
Through July 2
236 S. 22nd St.
This exhibit features drawings and watercolors by local botanical artist Carol Ashton-Hergenhan. Her mastery of color conveys and meticulous attention to detail captures not simply the scientific facts of the plants’ appearance, but the artist’s sense of their natural beauty. In an era of convoluted artist statements with grand concepts, her images speak sublimely for themselves.
Through June 28
The Stagecrafters Theater
8130 Germantown Ave.
This 2011 play by David Lindsay-Abaire takes place in Boston, where working class Margie is finds herself unemployed, desperate to support herself and her child. She turns to her old high school boyfriend Mike, now a doctor, for help. Her friends encourage her to lie and claim the child is his. But just how desperate is she?
NOSHHH: Local Craft Food & Drink Showcase
Friday, 7 to 10 p.m.
Foodies will want to get in on this smorgasbord of selections from Philly’s newest purveyors of gourmet deliciousness. Try it all now, so you’ll be able to say you’re over it by the time it becomes popular. There will also be live jazz music from Ensemble Novo. The location is being kept secret until right before the event, speakeasy style — check their Facebook page for clues.
Thursday through June 28
Pay what you can, SoLowFest@gmail.com
This DIY festival features dozens of solo performances in a variety of genres, including theater, dance, spoken word, comedy, performance art and other, more esoteric classifications. In the democratic DIY spirit, all shows are pay what you can. Content ranges from the political to the personal, frequently encompassing both; there should be something here for every species of fringe enthusiast.
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
This author will discuss his new book, “The Jefferson Rule: Why We Think the Founding Fathers Have All the Answers,” which explores the history of the invocation of the Founding Fathers in American political debates. From the left to the right, Sehat claims, everyone thinks the Fathers would be on their side, when in reality they weren’t even on each other’s sides.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Connie’s Ric Rac
1132 S. 9th St.
$8, 21+, 215-279-7587
Hailing from Austin, Texas, this and plays a roots style they dub “browngrass,” because it’s dirtier than bluegrass, with a gritty rock/funk energy supplied by electric guitars and drums. If you’ve always found bluegrass too twangy, they might be the perfect gateway drug. They’re performing here as part of Connie’s Spotlight Showcase, along with Seoul Delhi, Sex Office, Flounder Warehouse and Ray Long.
An Evening of Improvised Music
Saturday, 8 p.m.
319 N. 11th St.
Take a trip deep into the sonic rabbit hole with this jam-packed evening of avant-garde music, featuring performances, both electronic and acoustic, by Jesse Kudler, Ethan Tripp, Aaron Zarzutzki, Richard Kamerman and Bhob Rhainey. A highlight will be sax player Jamison Williams, whose radical deconstructions of Disney tunes use their sing-song familiarity to draw his audience into the abstractions of radical jazz.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
624 S. 6th St.
You could go to some big theater and see a big name comedian — or you could get down with the underdogs. This evening of emerging stand-up features local comics Damien Dupree, Brian Rule, Tim Raymus, Steve Slaughter and headliner Dan Vetrano. That’s five comics for one-fifth the price of what you’d pay to see Mr. Big Name… you do the math.
Saturday, 2 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
2023 Sansom St.
Philadelphia Film Society screens all three films in Hal Hartley’s “Henry Fool” trilogy, charting the progress of the titular would-be novelist. Many creative writers hope for a tenured job teaching, but Henry’s destiny is way more unpredictable and weird — not to spoil too much, but he’s definitely got a past, and it definitely catches up with him.
‘The Wizard of Oz’
Thursday, 8:30 p.m.
Grays Ferry Crescent, Schuylkill Banks
1350 Schuylkill Ave.
This year’s outdoor summer movie series at Grays Ferry Crescent kicks off with a classic: “The Wizard of Oz.” The Technicolor fantasy still has all the charm, weirdness and magic it had in 1939, even in the era of 3D, CGI-laden blockbusters. Judy Garland often gets the lion’s share of attention, but this time, check out Margaret Hamilton as the Witch — pure wicked charisma.