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Take advantage of the spring weather with this week's picks.

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Philadelphia rapper Chill Moody at The Boom Room recording studio in Fishtown. (Jennifer Lynn/WHYY)

Philadelphia rapper Chill Moody at The Boom Room recording studio in Fishtown. (Jennifer Lynn/WHYY)

Center City Jazz Festival
Various venues
April 28; 1-7 p.m.

Philly’s edition of Jazz Appreciation Month ends on a high note – literally. The Center City Jazz Festival is a one-day event for music lovers centered around five venues – Franky Bradley’s, Time, Maison 208, Fergie’s Pub and Chris’ Jazz Café – all within a three-block radius.
The participating clubs and restaurants are already known for their live music offerings, so this makes them a perfect hub for the festival. More than 20 musicians and bands — including The Marc Cary Trio, Adi Myerson, Sumi Tonooka, and Greg Snyder — are performing during the six-hour festival. One ticket is good for admission to all shows.

Philly Black Pride
Various venues, prices
April 25-28

Philly Black Pride, one of the nation’s biggest LGBTQ gatherings for people of color, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Initially an outgrowth of the COLOURS health organization and centered around the Penn Relays Carnival, it expanded in 2004 to encompass programming throughout the year. Events include fashion shows, networking events, panels on health, sexuality and religion, a VIP brunch and several parties.

West Chester Film Festival
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester, Pennsylvania
April 26-28

The Delaware Valley has a varied annual slate of film festivals focused on diverse filmmakers and subjects including the Asian-American Film Festival, the Black Star Film Festival and the Jewish Film Festival. Suburban Philadelphia’s contribution is the 15th annual West Chester Film Festival specializing in short films.
More than 60 films, 30 minutes or less, will be screened during the three-day festival, and awards will be given in nine categories. The work of young filmmakers and films for children 10 and under are part of the weekend’s programming as are parties and panels.

Asbury Park Music and Film Festival
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Various venues, prices
April 25-28

Another entry in the region’s wealth of film festivals, the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival focuses on films with a musical component. It includes screenings, panels and several live concerts. Since Asbury Park is where rock icons Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes took some of their first musical steps, music history is ingrained in the festival’s DNA.
Screenings of films on E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons, Miles Davis, and the history of “Creem” magazine are scheduled. Now in its fifth year, the festival boasts big name talent including Jersey’s own Danny DeVito; the writing/directing/producing Farrelly brothers; hip-hop artist, writer and producer Wyclef Jean of Fugees fame; Gary U.S. Bonds; and David Crosby. They will either perform or headline an array of panels.

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Philadelphia Antiques and Arts Show
The Navy Yard
4747 S. Broad Street #120
April 26-28

Looking for that special find to enhance the ambience of your home or office? The Philadelphia Antiques and Arts Show is the place to search. Dozens of exhibitors will showcase pieces dating back to the 17th century. Once the University Hospital Antiques Show, it’s been going on for 57 years and is now under the aegis of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. An opening night big-ticket benefit preview is set for Thursday.

Penn Relays
Franklin Field
235 S. 33rd St., Philadelphia
April 25-27; Thursday competition begins at 10 a.m., Friday and Saturday start time is 9 a.m.

The annual, historic track and field meet is one of the major highlights of a crowded Philadelphia sports season. According to the official website, it’s the world’s first annual relay meet. With the next Summer Olympics a little over a year away, spectators will get a first look at likely Olympic competitors. And the festival that has sprung up around the race offers plenty of food and memorabilia.
As veteran spectators know, Franklin Field is open to the elements and events take place rain or shine — so you’ll want to stay abreast of the weather forecast. This event usually sells out, but authorized ticket resellers such as may have tickets if that happens.

Philadelphia Science Festival
Various venues, prices
April 26 – May 4

The Franklin Institute is behind the annual Philadelphia Science Festival that brings together more than 200 of the Delaware Valley’s cultural, scientific and educational sites and organizations to advance the cause of science. The 10-day event kicks off with a Star Party at multiple city and suburban locations and concludes with a Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on May 4. In between, science-themed events and lectures for children and adults abound. There’s even a bar crawl. A full program guide is available for download.

Foodways of the Diaspora
Dorrance Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises
310 S. 48th St., Philadelphia
April 27; program begins at 9 a.m., lunch follows at 12:15 p.m.

Food is a significant part of a people’s history, and nowhere is that more evident than in African American and Caribbean culture. Part of what we now consider to be staples of those cuisines are foods created out of necessity or adapted out of scraps that slave masters didn’t want. This program, organized by the African American Museum of Philadelphia, Independence National Historical Park, Independence Historical Trust, and the Smithsonian Institution, includes a symposium and an optional lunch, at cost.

Flavors on the Avenue
East Passyunk between Dickinson and Morris streets, Philadelphia
April 28; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free, food and drink at cost

The East Passyunk corridor has long been the site of some of Philadelphia’s tastiest culinary options. Flavors on the Avenue expands on that by offering food from more than 20 of the area’s participating restaurants across five blocks from Broad to Dickinson. Music, vendors, craft beers and family-friendly activities in designated kids’ zones are part of the day’s schedule. Most of the food is priced at an affordable $3-$6.

El Carnaval De Puebla
Washington Avenue, between Fourth and 16th streets, Philadelphia
April 28; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Mexico’s history and culture are on center stage at the annual El Carnaval de Puebla. The celebration is a prelude to the festivities of Cinco De Mayo and includes a parade with participants in traditional Mexican costume, live music and a street fair. The parade honors the traditions of the Mexican town of Puebla where many in the South Philly neighborhood adjacent to the parade have family ties.

Party for the Planet
Elmwood Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, Pennsylvania
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free with museum admission

The zoo celebrates the Earth and its vast resources. Among the highlights will be a presentation by Penn State University’s master gardeners offering tips on living with zero waste.

“Scalia/Ginsberg” and “Trial By Jury”
The Grand
818 N. Market St., Wilmington, Delaware
April 28 at 2 p.m.; May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
$29 and up

Opera fans get a double treat this weekend and next. The Delaware Opera presents a doubleheader of two operas, both with a legal storyline. The first, “Scalia/Ginsberg” takes liberties with the friendship of Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late Antonin Scalia, using some of their own words. Premiering in 2015, Opera Delaware’s latest production introduces a brand new full orchestration.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial By Jury” is the story of a wronged lover, Angelina, taking her former fiancé to court after he leaves her at the altar. Hijinks, of course, ensue. Fenlon Lamb directs “Scalia/Ginsberg” while Cynthia du Pont Tobias does the honors for “Trial By Jury.” Both are conducted by Sara Jobin.

Chick Corea and Bela Fleck Duet
Keswick Theater
Glenside, Pennsylvania
April 27; 8 p.m.

Two stalwart musicians have combined their talents for two acclaimed albums, 2007’s Latin Grammy winner “The Enchantment” and 2015’s “Two.” Jazz icon and pianist Chick Corea and banjo player extraordinaire Bela Fleck were an unlikely combination, although Fleck says Corea’s work inspired his own. Getting together meant genre-hopping in unexpected ways, but their experimentation delighted audiences, and the two have toured together ever since.

Lisa Loeb
World Café Live
3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia
April 26; 8 p.m.
$35-$45, advance; $37-$47 day of show

Singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb’s musical journey has been a multifaceted one. She’s the first musician to achieve a No. 1 charting record without a record deal for the song: “Stay (I Missed You)” from the movie “Reality Bites.” She’s also acted; co-hosted a Food Network cooking show with Dweezil Zappa; written and recorded music and books for children; co-composed a musical; and founded a kids camp, an eyewear company and an organic fair trade coffee company. Oh, and she’s still recording – her most recent CD “Feel What U Feel” came out in 2016.

&More – Chill Moody and Donn T
Johnny Brenda’s
1201 N. Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
April 26; 9 p.m.

Philly’s own Chill Moody is the East Coast’s answer to the late Nipsey Hussle. The two share good looks and a hustler spirit that is based on inspiration from their hometowns. Moody has a merchandise line; developed his own Nice Things IPA, available at West Philly’s Dock Street Brewery; and released several independent projects. Moody and fellow Philadelphian singer Donn T (the Roots’ Questlove’s sister) have combined forces for the duo &More. Their first single “My Own Light” was released last year. The second, “WHOA!”, is due this winter.

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