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Weekend Picks: The Dude Hates Cancer, Old School Hip Hop, Malian Guitar Wizardy, and All-You-Can-Eat Salsa

August 24, 2011

This weekend has a phenomenal line-up of events, so Weekend Picks is going up early. Depending on your druthers, you can help defeat cancer Big Lebowski-style or hip hop hooray (ho) this Saturday, then witness a charity salsa (the condiment) battle on Sunday.

The Dude Hates Cancer is a wildly successful Big Lebowski-themed bowling party that benefits the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s this Saturday at North Bowl, a highly Coen Bros.-appropriate bowling alley (think quirky uniforms and dizzying selection of tater-tot flavors). It’s big enough at this point (raised $60,000 in its fifth iteration last year) that it has a sweet raffle, t-shirts, and even its own after-party. If you would like to support but can’t make it, you can support friend-of-the-blog Mike Murphy, who is leading a team in honor of his beloved greyhound, Kyle, who succumbed to lymphoma earlier this year.

Meanwhile, for free music, West Philly is the place to be on Saturday. The Mantua Family Day Festival is bringing in a busload of hip hop legends, including Slick Rick, Naughty by Nature and Chubb Rock. They’ll cap off a major kid (and young at heart)-friendly day, which will feature horse rides, face painting, moonbounces, carnival rides, and more. The same evening, the 40th Street Summer Series will present Vieux Farka Toure, son of legendary Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, and a guitar master in his own right.

Finally, on Sunday, the Emerald Street Urban Farm, one of the oldest and biggest DIY parks in the city–and a rare green oasis in Port Fishington–is having a salsa cook-off and hoe-down. Once you’re in, three dollars will get you unlimited salsa to go along with free music and $2 beers.

Happy bowling/hand-waving (like you just don’t care)/(tots and salsa) eating!

Slicky Ricky

Slick "The Ruler" Rick

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