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Your Week: 5/9 - 5/16

Our picks for what to do, see and hear.


Clay Studio Celebration

Forty hours of workshops, demos and giveaways mark 40 years transforming clay into art at this venerable Old City studio-gallery. Raku firing, mug gifting, instrument making, ice-cream bowl decorating and artist-driven "wheel battles" are part of "Fired up at 40" festivities. The big highlight: two Iraqi war vet-ceramicists spend overnight building a clay bunker that becomes vessels.

Clay Studio, 137-139 N. 2nd St., with other locations, 7 a.m. today-11 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-925-3453,

Dad Vail Regatta

The country's largest collegiate crew contest takes over the Schuylkill for an early weekend, closing down the Drive and revving up school spirit.

Kelly Drive, 2 miles north of Boathouse Row, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow, free (free shuttle bus service from Philadelphia Museum of Art),

Pa. Guild of Craftsmen Fair

The 140 in-state artists and artisans descending on the Square will stick around for three days.

Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free,

LOVE Your Park Week

Twenty city parks host seven days of cleanups, concerts, cocktail parties, clothes swaps and . . . bug eating. Hang out at Fitler Square's Spring Fair (10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow). Catch the breeze at Penn Treaty Park's Pie in the Sky (noon-5 p.m. tomorrow). Or help build Philly's very first Pumptrack (Parkside Evans, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow). Tomorrow's cleanup kickoff spans 80 sites, 9 a.m.-noon.

Various locations, through May 17, mostly free, 215-988-9334,

Namas Day

A who's who of area yoga teachers, including studio owners and Iyengar luminary Joan White, plus musicians and massage therapists, offer workshops on chakra- or arm-balancing, letting go and twisting with bliss. Preregistration suggested.

WHYY, 150 N. 6th St., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (class times vary) tomorrow, $35 & $45 per class, 484-947-6072,

Art Star Bazaar

Everyone's favorite hipster craft fair alights on Penn's Landing, promising endless temptations made by coolly creatives. Ten live bands and eight "make-and-take" booths add to the shopping fun, 126 maker-vendors strong.

Great Plaza, Penn's Landing, S. Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow & Sunday, free,

Asian American

Heritage Festival

It's Asian American month, and folks with roots and interests that run halfway across the world to China, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and beyond celebrate in song, dance and food, with booths dedicated to kids and health.

Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th St., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, free,


Bobby Zankel

A Kimmel Center jazz residency artist, saxophonist Zankel shares his collaboration in progress with choreographer Raphael Xavier and percussionist Francois Zayas.

SEI Innovation Studio, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 tonight, free, 215-893-1999,

Orchestra 2001

James Freeman conducts the cutting-edge ensemble in four intense works celebrating nature and religion by Dutilleux, Schwantner, Messiaen and Wernick. Don't miss the preconcert and intermission features about the group's Russian tours.

Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce streets, 8 tonight, $35; Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, free, 267-687-6243,

David Ford

He ain't just "a little whiny British boy singing the blues." On his recent album, "Charge," this sturdy English Ford steered from high steppin' New Orleans strutters to a lovely ballad about his "second home" and identity as a "Philadelphia Boy," name-dropping Lorenzo's Pizza and his favorite slice of Walnut Street.

Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8:30 tonight, $18, 215-222-1400,


Roast on a spit with Rob Zombie, Volbeat, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. Also pour on Fuel, Dropkick Murphys. Special 20th season, $20 lawn seat sale for most Susquehanna Bank Center shows starts with this one and lasts to May 20.

Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbor Blvd., Camden, 1 p.m. tomorrow, $20-$75, 800-745-3000,

Boz Scaggs

Lately working his biggest hits as one-third of the Dukes of September, this blue-eyed legend of rock 'n' soul has lots more to share, like his take on Standards ("Skylark") and rocking youth ("Loan Me a Dime").

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $49-$69, 215-893-1999,

Chamber Orchestra

of Philadelphia

Dirk Brosse wraps the season leading a surefire all-Tchaikovsky program, including the sumptuous Serenade for Strings and the beloved Violin Concerto with prizewinning violinist Saeka Matsuyama as soloist.

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, $24-$81, 215-893-1999,

Peggy King

Mom (or grandmom) will get a major tickle spending her big day with this veteran thrush, reworking standards in fine fettle with Philly's All Star Jazz Trio.

World Cafe Live-Wilmington, 500 N. Market St. Opens for brunch 11 a.m. Sunday, showtime 12:30 p.m., $20 (food extra), 302-994-1400,

Radio 104.5 Birthday Party

Modern rock outlet celebrates with stand-up and cheer(y) entertainment - Foster the People, Third Eye Blind, Cage the Elephant, Bastille, Foals and Kongos.

Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbor Blvd., Camden, 2 p.m. Sunday $20-$55, 800-745-3000,

Lana Del Rey

The pretty-as-a-picture songstress kicks off the summer pop season (to number at least 29 shows!) with her sold-out show at our West Fairmount Park venue.

Skyline Stage, Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., 7:30 p.m. Sunday, sold out, 800-745-3000,

Colin Blunstone

While there's a solo album to peddle, rest assured the Zombie's night won't end without "She's Not There," "Tell Her No" and "Time of the Season," as well as CB solo classics like "Levi Stubbs' Tears."

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Sunday, $35, 215-222-1400,

The L.O.X.

The posse's back - Styles P, Jadakiss and Sheek Louch - for another run on the town.

TLA, 334 South St., 9 p.m. Tuesday, $40, 800-745-3000,


Let your fluttery-voiced, electro-pop heart sing with these distinctive U.K. exports, walking to the beat of their own time keeper. Cloud Control opens.

Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, $16-$18, 215-232-2100,

Lady Gaga

So maybe Stefani Germanotta wasn't really "Born This Way," but she's certainly earned "Applause" with catchy dance pop and wildly imaginative concert staging. Kids, do not attempt "The ARTPOP Ball" at home. (Also, don't show up Monday, the originally scheduled date.) Opening acts include longtime Gaga collaborator Lady Starlight and shredding-guitars-plus-Japanese girlie pop vocalized Hatsune Miku.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $35-$200, 800-298-4200,


Manchester, England's moody rockers lure listeners in with pretty, melancholy airs, then shake it off with triumphant crescendos.

Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 8 p.m., Tuesday, $29.50, 215-627-1332,

Show Stoppers

Student performers showcase their newly refined skills and "showstopping" moments in American musical theater.

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 7 p.m. Tuesday, free with reservation, 215-893-1999,

The New Orleans Suspects

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat sit in with this all-star troupe. Built around band members from the Radiators, Neville Bros, James Brown and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday, $25-$30, 610-649-8389,



You'll recognize MOMIX choreographer Moses Pendleton's work from Sochi (the Winter Olympics opening ceremony's "Doves of Peace"), and MOMIX from TV (Target and Hanes ads). Now see them in person. Movement and magic meet in their latest media-infused spectacle, "Alchemia."

Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 8 tonight, 2 & 8 p.m. tomorrow, 3 p.m. Sunday, $20-$80, 215-898-3900,

'Little Shop of Horrors'

Musically malevolent man-eating plant Audrey II is back on the boards with this latest production based on the low-budget 1960 Roger Corman horror flick that is far more funny than scary.

Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., through June 8, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $42-$50 (discounts available), 215-785-6664,

'Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie'

Legendary 20th-century troubadour and folk-music titan gets the and-then-he-wrote-this treatment.

People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, show times vary through May 25, $26-$46 (meal/ticket specials and discounts available), 610-644-3500,

Craig Ferguson

Soon-to-be former host of CBS' "The Late Late Show" brings his stand-up act and Scottish burr to Atlantic City.

Trump Taj Mahal, Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $29-$49, 800-736-1420,

-Compiled by Chuck Darrow,

Tom Di Nardo, Lauren McCutcheon, Jonathan Takiff