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PW weekend picks: May 31-June 2

FRIDAY, MAY 31Music | Tired Hands Earth Day


Music | Tired Hands Earth Day

Weedeater, Pallbearer, Heavy Temple and Solace are on the bill for this beer-centric bash. Pallbearer is set to perform their 2012 EP “Sorrow and Extinction.” We are so ready for this band to lead us to our booze-induced funeral. | 7:30 pm. $20. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. facebook.com

Party | Whine Down Carribbean Fridays

Light up the end of each week this summer. Let loose on a rooftop to some tropical jams spun by rotating DJs. When you can’t figure out what you do, you can always count on this jawn happening every Friday. | 8 pm. $10. Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. facebook.com

Party | Unicorn Party

You’ll have glitter in your lungs after this party. You know this is gonna be an over-the-top, bubblegum pink, extravagant display of all things girly and fun. If it doesn’t look like a five-year-old girl’s room on steroids by the end of the night, then it was done wrong. | 10 pm. $5. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. facebook.com

Performance | Fifty Shades Male Revue

We know you ladies love getting titillated and tantalized by rock solid male strippers. Feel your fantasy at this show and bring your girlfriends. Even if you’re vegetarian, your sausage cravings will be fulfilled tonight. | 8 pm. $25. Gardendale Social Club, 888 Spring Garden St. eventbrite.com

Network | Black and Boujee: Roots Picnic Edition

A celebration of black excellence to go kick off one of Philly’s biggest events of the summer. It also happens to be the number one party for black professionals. Come dressed in all black and mingle with great minds that think alike. | 10 pm. $20. Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut St. blackandboujee.com

Discussion | Body Positivity 101

This workshop is focused on “learning to love yourself at any size.” Get ready to redefine what beauty is and learn to love and take care of yourself before anyone. We’ve seen way worse things on the beach than someone with a bit of a tummy, so please don’t worry about having a “beach bod” this summer – just worry that your head’s in the right place. | 6 pm. $25. Curve Conscious, 2719 W. Girard Ave. eventbrite.com

Discussion | LGBTQ+ Social & Self-Care Discussion

Come out and talk to others in the community about wellness. It’s important that we check in with each other and make sure everything’s alright. Exchange some ideas and maybe learn some tips from others on how to better look after yourself. | 6 pm. Free. Fishtown Wellness Center, 430 Belgrade St. eventbrite.com

Performance | The Big Mess Cabaret

One of our last chances to tip our hats to the Troc. This two-day performance is the last one that will ever be performed here. Celebrate the history of the theater with a variety show like no other. | 8 pm. $23. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. ticketfly.com


Party | Old School Hip-Hop Party

80s-2000s hip-hop, food and an open bar will keep this party bumping all night. Come for the appreciation of the music, stay because you can’t stop dancing. It’s sure to be a nostalgic night. | 8 pm. $45. The Deck Philly, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. eventbrite.com

Milkboy’s OGB Block Party

The peeps over at Milkboy are kicking off the week that is Philly Beer Week right paying homage to the O.G.’s of Philly brewmaking. An eight-hour block party is planned along South Street serving up brews from what they say are Philly’s original six: Dock Street, Dogfish, Troegs, Yards, Victory and Philadelphia Brewing Company. There will be signature beers from all six on hand for your perusal all day and a DJ to keep the party going all night. Cheers, Philly. | Noon-8pm. Free. South St. between 4th and 5th Sts. facebook.com/events/677524876032285/

Party | Official Roots Picnic After Party

After the all day festival, it’s time to party even more. You can catch Questlove back here spinning with Vikter Duplaix. You don’t wanna be shut out from this – get your ticket and get there early before the club fills up. | 7 pm. $15-$25. Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut St. eventbrite.com

Discussion | Common: Author Talk & Signing

The actor/rapper just added another work to his impressive resume with the release of his book, “Let Love Have the Last Word.” It’s already a New York Times Bestseller, just like his memoir from 2011, “One Day It’ll All Make Sense.” Discuss some real shit with him and get his signature. | 1 pm. Free. Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, 5445 Germantown Ave. facebook.com

LGBTQ | The Rainbow Connection: A Tribute to The Muppets

Philly queen and Rupaul’s Drag Race alumni Mimi Imfurst is hosting this flamboyant tribute to the creations of Jim Henson. If this wasn’t at a bar, this would probably be a fun event for kids, but anyone who’s into rainbows, puppets and music will have a great time here. | 8 pm. $15. Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. eventbrite.com

Festival | TWIN: A Gemini Festival

It’s finally Gemini season – time for all the shady bitches to come out. Party like a real twin at this festival packed with artistic talent including musicians, chefs and body painters. If you sin a little too much, get back in line with the spiritual healers that’ll be there. | 4 pm. $15. Philadelphia Urban Creators, 2315 N. 11th St. facebook.com

Learn | Exotic Dance 101

Allow a professional dominatrix to show you the way around a pole. Get those heels on and learn how to dance like a stripper with confidence. You’ll be making it rain all over you in no time. | 7 pm. $20. Sexploratorium, 317 South St. eventbrite.com

Music | The Low Road

This “acoustic pop quintet” truly started from the bottom in the 90s in Philly. They went from playing coffee shops to performing on the same stages as Sinead O’Connor, Ben Folds Five and many more. They broke up in ‘97 and have gotten back together to tour several times. You should definitely try to catch them live – who knows if they’ll break up again? | 8 pm. $17. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. facebook.com

Music | Omar Apollo

This dope jazz/R&B musician blends genres and makes his own rules with his music. He broke free from playing his guitar in church at 12 years old and learned to create something new with his guitar. Catch this show and look out for his debut EP coming out this summer. | 8 pm. $18. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. facebook.com


Art | Celebration of Craft

Here, there’s no division between creators and consumers – we’re all united by the love of crafting. Join a bunch of vendors that will share their creations and indulge in some food, music and family friendly activities. This event couldn’t be more wholesome. | 1 pm. Free. One Art Community Center, 1431 N. 52nd St. facebook.com

Festival | Philadelphia Irish Festival

A full-on celebration of an amazing culture. If you’ve never heard an Irish band perform live – like Dropkick Murphys – we feel sorry for you. Don’t be afraid though – you can catch an awesome performance, some killer food and some crazy dances that are all authentic Irish. | 12 pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. facebook.com

Music | Sundae. with Questlove

Get a taste for something sweet at this show featuring one of Philly’s finest. This is the opening of the season of shows that everybody could love. Bring your kids, but keep your phones at home – they’re the only ones that aren’t welcome here. | 6 pm. $15. Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Blvd. residentadvisor.net

LGBTQ | Pride Family Festival

We’re here to plug all the inclusive pride events going down this month. This is a day full of engaging activities to get kids excited about pride. There will be crafts, live performances and drag queen story time.| 11 am. Prices vary. Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. pleasetouchmuseum.org

Learn | Inside the Eye of American Terror: Art Therapy & Trauma Response Treatment

This is an intensive masterclass of how to use art therapy as a response to trauma. More people are victims of mass devastation than we’d like to think. It’s definitely important to know how to equip people with the right coping skills. | 7:30 am. $100. Geary Auditorium, Drexel University, 245 N. 15th St. eventbrite.com

Music | Salut les Copains: ‘60s French Pop

Honestly, we don’t know anything about French pop from any time period, but this seems like the perfect chance to gain some appreciation for it. Go across the pond and dip back in time as you jam out to this music in its heyday. | 2 pm. Free. The International Bar, 1624 N. Front St. facebook.com

Festival | La Festa Street Festival

“La festa,” you could probably guess, literally translates in English to “the party.” That’s exactly what this outdoor celebration of Italian heritage is destined to be. All the usual street festival fixings will be there, completed by an annual spaghetti eating contest. | 11 am. Free. Filitalia International, 1834 E. Passyunk Ave. facebook.com

Music | Fantastic Negrito

Now this is a guy who truly inspires us with his music. He went from having a multi-million dollar record deal, to almost losing his life in a tragic car accident. His musical rebirth is evident in “Please Don’t Be Dead,” his latest album from 2018. | 8 pm. $18. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. facebook.com

Also, make sure you check out the…

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Celebrate the works of extraordinary Latin filmmakers all weekend long at the only festival in Philadelphia dedicated to doing so. This event is all about collaboration, as filmmakers, producers, actors and many others mingle with like-minded artists and discuss their thought process behind some of the most innovative films, both current and coming.

Designed with the mission of showcasing some of the most creative up-and-comers and fully established members of Latin films, the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival provides screenings for works across all genres of film. Come watch and discuss the latest in documentaries, short films and, of course, full-length features.

Created by David Acosta and Beatriz Vieira in 2012, this event has since grown in size,  and we hope going into its seventh year it becomes as much a staple in the melting pot that is Philly as anything else. Come with an open mind, a passion for film and, of course, money for popcorn. We’re confident you won’t be disappointed.

WHAT: Philadelphia Latino Film Festival WHEN: May 30-June 2, Times vary. COST: Free WHERE: University of the Arts, 211 South Broad St. MORE: phlaff.org/

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