18 Things to Do This Weekend

Listen to live music, catch a midnight movie, or go fly a kite.



Midnight Madness: Akira @ Ritz at the Bourse | Friday, April 29
The next installment in the Ritz at the Bourse’s midnight series is the Japanese animated sci-fi classic Akira, based on a graphic novel set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. Tickets sold out quickly, so the Ritz added another showing starting at 12:10 a.m.

Louds @ Boot and Saddle | Friday, April 29
The members of this Philly-based indie band met while working at Mambo Movers, which is the best moving company in this city (in my opinion as someone who moves a lot). Louds is brothers Charlie and Petie Brooks and guitarists Alejandro Giraldo-Torres and Juston Stens.

Worldwide Warhol @ International House | Friday, April 29
Head to I-House for a free Andy Warhol double feature. First up is Restaurant (aka L’Avventura), followed by The Life of Juanita Castro. Each is only 34 minutes. Bryn Mawr College art history professor Homay King will introduce the films, and Penn art history PhD candidate Iggy Cortez will lead a discussion after.

PTW16 Kickoff Festival @ Dilworth Park | Friday, April 29
Philly Tech Week, uh, boots up with a party in front of City Hall, with music from Pixel8ter and DJ Cutman, an App Arcade, and a Maker Corner. The rain date is Saturday.

The Emo is Back Tour @ MilkBoy | Friday, April 29
Missed Emo? Don’t worry; it’s back. Best Kept Secret, This is All Now, An Honest Year and Take a Breath bring their tour to MilkBoy.

Clayton English @ Helium Comedy Club | April 29 to May 1
See Last Comic Standing winner Clayton English now, before everyone knows his name and you can’t get tickets.

Get Better Fest @ PhilaMOCA | April 29 to May 1
Get Better Records hosts this music fest benefitting the Attic Youth Center, Morris Home, Women Against Abuse, and Project Meow. The lineup is diverse, but heavy on punk.

International Pop @ The Philadelphia Museum of Art | Through May 15
Haven’t made it to the International Pop exhibit at the art museum yet? You have just two weeks left.

Philadelphia Science Festival's Science Carnival. Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia Science Festival’s Science Carnival. Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Science Carnival @ Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing | Saturday, April 30
The annual citywide Philadelphia Science Festival wraps up with a grand finale, relocated this year to Penn’s Landing. The fest is very kid-friendly, with zoo animals, “crime scene” forensic testing, slime-making and plenty of other hands-on activities.

Freddie Gibbs @ Union Transfer | Saturday, April 30
When rapper Freddie Gibbs shows off his technical prowess at Union Transfer, you’ll feel out of breath just listening to how fast he goes. Gibbs is on a U.S. and Europe tour for his new Shadow of a Doubt.

Wyebrook Music Festival @ Wyebrook Farm | Saturday, April 30
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cooler of beer and settle in at Wyebrook Farm for a full day of music from Manatawny Creek Ramblers, Frog Holler, Hezekiah Jones and more.

Center City Jazz Festival @ Multiple Venues | Saturday, April 30
Twenty jazz bands perform at five venues within walking distance of each other during the fifth annual Center City Jazz Festival — and you missed out. Tickets are all gone, but I’m telling you about it so you’re prepared for next year. Put a pop-up reminder on your calendar now.

Philadelphia Kite Festival @ Penn Treaty Park | Saturday, April 30
I don’t know why “go fly a kite” is a bad thing. The South Jersey Kite Flyers will show off their skills at the fourth annual kite fest. There’s also a student kite-making competition, the chance to make your own, and food trucks.

Ex-Fest Part VI @ International House | Saturday, April 30
Who’s up for 12 straight hours of gore? Exhumed Films is hosting an all-day marathon of the “craziest, nastiest, bloodiest exploitation movies ever made,” all in 35mm. Quentin Tarantino would be very proud.

Saayujya (The Merging)

Saayujya (The Merging)

Saayujya (The Merging) @ Annenberg Center | Saturday, April 30
Priyadarsini Govind and T.M. Krishna collaborate on this South Indian dance (Govind) and music (Krishna) performance inspired by Philadelphia history.

Pop-up Pinhole Photo Exhibition @ Gravy Studio & Gallery | Sunday, May 1
The first piece of information relevant here is that Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is a thing. Gravy Studio is celebrating it with a one-day exhibit of pinhole photos submitted by the public.

Sales @ World Café Live | Sunday, May 1
Orlando, Florida-based guitar-driven indie/pop duo Sales just released their first full-length album, also called Sales. Japanese Breakfast and Chaos Chaos open for them upstairs at World Café Live.

Questlove Supreme @ The Foundry at the Fillmore | Sunday, May 1
Close out the weekend with Questlove of The Roots (and Fresh Air Live) spinning in the Fillmore Philadelphia’s intimate lounge.

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