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PW weekend picks: July 12-14

Our pick: CANstructionWitness feats of architectural genius in this can stacking exhibit to benefit Philabundance.

Our pick: CANstruction

Witness feats of architectural genius in this can stacking exhibit to benefit Philabundance.

Designers, architects and philanthropists from around the world flock to Philly every year to participate in this unique charitable event. Logic and design are put to the test in intense stacked displays.

The event serves a dual purpose, allowing onlookers to marvel at the engineers we secretly wish we could be. It’s also doing its part to help solve citywide hunger and give back to the community. Over the last 13 years, CANstruction has donated over 455,000 pounds of food to Philabundance. The construction industry that is instrumental in this event has helped provide shelter for countless Philadelphians. 

Stick around to see this art on display for a few days. The aCANamey Awards will be held on July 17, where the best creations of the exhibit will receive recognition.

Art is a powerful catalyst in sparking positivity in Philly. This is just one example of how we CAN all have a role in changing our city for the better.

WHAT: CANstruction WHEN: July 13-18 COST: Free. WHERE: BOK Building, 800 Mifflin St. MORE: philadelphiacfa.org



Food & Drink | Evil Genius Flyin’ Hawaiian Release Party

This may or may not be a nod to Shane Victorino. Be the first to try this brewing company’s latest concoction. Get a load of free samples and bring home a souvenir glass. | 5 pm. Free. Chickie’s and Pete’s, 4010 Robbins Ave. facebook.com

Music | *repeat repeat

This group’s retro beach pop will wash your sorrows away. They bring back the whimsical sounds of the 60s summer. They may be playing a bar, but they’re gonna make that bitch feel like a beach club. | 8 pm. $12. MilkBoy, 1100 Chestnut St. milkboyphilly.com

Art | Lift Me Up

Take a look at some really deep art on a Friday night. This exhibit of Kaitlyn O’Neill’s art is a “passive deconstruction of the artist’s sense of self.” Support a local artist and their meaningful work while you stare at their beautiful creations – it’s a win-win. | 6 pm. Free. Philly Art Collective, 253 N. 3rd St. eventbrite.com

Music | Operators

How may they direct your call? These experimental musicians from Montreal have found lots of success with Eastern European crowds. We’re guessing they’re here to boost their newest album,”Radiant Dawn,” which came out in May. | 9 pm. $16. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. eventbrite.com

Food & Drink | Camino Kombucha Tasting

Get drunk off some good kombucha at this tasting for a Western-inspired drink. You can’t really get lit from it, but it will give you a kick in the ass. If it’s on tap, it must be delicious. | 1 pm. Free. Intelligent Office, 1700 Market St. eventbrite.com

Comedy | Whiz wit Caitlin Peluffo

Peluffo has opened up for Gilbert Gottfried, and recently made her network debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Now, she’ll be dominating the stage in her own show. You never know what this loose cannon could throw at you. | 9 pm. $10. Craft Hall, 901 N. Delaware Ave. eventbrite.com

Party | Vibes After Dark

Dance all night and don’t be a jerk at this anything-goes party. There’s no rules or details on what this is all about, which makes it all the more exciting. All we know is there will be three DJs pumping out music, and there will be plenty of people to get along with. | 10 pm. $5. Sankofa House, 906 S. 49th St. vibesafterdark.com

Interests | Stand Up & Spiel: Queer Open Mic

This mic is here for all queer jewish people who have a story to tell. Get up there and spout off about whatever you want. You’ll be heard by everyone in the audience, and you’ll be in a supportive space with no hate allowed. | 7 pm. Free. The Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. tribe12.org



Welcome back to one of Philly’s biggest monthly queer parties. Vogue to tunes from all queer/trans/POC DJs. Get there early to catch an amazing drag king pre-show featuring Philly’s hottest performers. | 9 pm. $7-$17. Tabu, 254 S. 12th St. eventbrite.com

Music | The Psychedelic Furs

Another 80s band to throw you back to the glory days. You know a band’s successful when they haven’t released an album in almost 30 years, but are still on the road. The classic movie “Pretty in Pink” was also based off of their song with the same name. So, yeah, we’d say this group was, and still is, a big fucking deal. | July 13. 8 pm. $40. Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St.  bowerypresents.com

Music | Sad Summer Festival

Not everything in the summer has to be so damn sunny and positive. Got no bae to go to the beach with? Cry with all your emo friends at this festival headlined by Philly natives The Wonder Years. | July 13. 2 pm. $40. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. manncenter.org

Music | Stranger Things Dance Party

You’ll probably have finished the entire third season by the time this comes around. Bop to all the essential 80s hits that maybe take you back to your youth and celebrate in typical carnival style. Get your ticket to the 1985 Hawkins, Indiana Fun Fair. | 9 pm. $15. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org

Party | Bastille Day: Annual Block Party

Shut down the neighborhood to celebrate this holiday all about France. The 14th of July could be just as lit as the 4th. Commemorate the storming of Bastille with an epic and long-running party. | 1 pm. Free. 2120 Fairmount Ave. facebook.com

Comedy | Justify Your Love

You usually shouldn’t give a shit what anybody thinks about you. However, the purpose here is to have your music taste judged harshly. Try to defend the terrible songs you love – that you know are terrible – in front of a panel of judges. | 7 pm. $10. Good Good Comedy, 215 N. 11th St. goodgoodcomedy.com

Food & Drink | Wizards and Witches Beer Festival

Get lost in over twenty mystical brews and all the wizardry and debauchery happening around. “Secret cider potions” and butterscotch beer are waiting to put a spell on you. If you couldn’t tell, this is definitely for you Potterheads out there. | 6:30 pm. $42. Arts Ballroom, 1324 Locust St. eventbrite.com

Interests | Sistahs in Business Expo

Entrepreneurial women of color are the fastest growing demographic of the business. Come celebrate over 100 vendors that are fiercely representing these ladies by doing what they do best. Don’t miss out, because this is the only small business expo of its kind. | 10 am. $15. Grand Ballroom, 3801 Market St. eventbrite.com


Music | Nuevofest 2019

A festival for fresh Latino music. Chacha your day away to the sounds of several bands keeping fresh in Philly. The Beachers, a group rich with calypso and bolero influences, are one of the headlining talents. | July 14. 2:30 pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com

Comedy | The Good Good Hour: Shane O’Connor

Time to throw another Philly comic to the wolves this month. Shane O’Connor, the host of Good Good’s show “Set-Up,” will be forced to do his first hour-long stand-up set ever. This guy is a natural around these parts, so let’s hope he survives. | 7 pm. $10. Good Good Comedy, 215 N. 11th St. goodgoodcomedy.com

Learn | Summer Pet Hazards Talk

It’s nice to get your lazy, freeloading pets out of the house of the summer. However, the open world opens them up to injuries, so you have to know what to do in the case of an emergency. Dr. Zachary Glantz will give you lessons on the kinds of incidents that could happen and how to deal with them. | 4 pm. Free. Art City Pets, 2001 Hamilton St. eventbrite.com

Interests | Battle of the Sexes Brunch

The first installment of this brunch was just tailored for ladies, but now, men are invited. Join the woman behind the Eminent Lady blog for a day of discussion and networking. Battle it out afterwards and let the conversation go wherever it will. | 12 pm. $15. Our House Culture Center, 6380 Germantown Ave. eventbrite.com

Music | Love Fest

A charity music festival featuring performers of nearly all genres. This year’s show will be benefiting Savage Sisters, a Philly nonprofit that provides resources for women recovering from addiction. Jam out to killer performances from Alex Deems, Rabbit Heart and several more, and spread all the damn love you can. | 1 pm. $12. Anthorna Gallery, 51st and Grays Ferry Ave. facebook.com

Music | Spanish Love Songs

This is totally the ideal name for a punk band. Let these five virtuosos from LA possess your body with some fast-paced sounds. Don’t expect to hear any romantic Spanish songs. | 7:30 pm. $12. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave. facebook.com

Art | Short Short Fest

If you’re an animator with a short to show for it, come on down to this jawn. Mingle with like-minded creatives and steal ideas from other peoples’ films. No genre is too weird to be turned away from this.  | 7 pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. barnhousecollective.com

Comedy | All Fantasy Everything

Life is a fantasy draft at this comedy show. The host and talent pick a topic for each episode to draft and dissect. No matter what it is, they’ll find a way to reduce it down to a draft and laugh about it. | 8 pm. $25. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org

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