Celebrate Carnival at International House on Friday.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Carnival Celebration @ International House
Sample Brazilian and Caribbean food and drink, dance to music from DJ King, and watch samba and drumming performances by the Greater Philadelphia Caribbean Cultural Organization Masqueraders and One Nation Ensemble at I-House’s Carnival party.
Blockbuster Broadway @ Kimmel Center
Philly native Hugh Panaro, who played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway more than 2,000 times, and fellow Broadway performers Alli Mauzey and Nicole Parker join the Philly Pops for three shows this weekend. David Charles Abell conducts.
Dito & Aeneas: Two Queens One Night @ TLA
Stephanie Blythe, who just starred in Opera Philadelphia’s Tancredi, joins Dito van Reigersberg, aka Martha Graham Cracker, for a one-night-only drag cabaret written and directed by John Jarboe, artistic director of the Bearded Ladies. They’ll be singing a mix of pop songs, opera and classical tunes. Read more »
Balé Folclórico da Bahia performs at the Merriam Theater on Friday. Photo by Vinicius Lima
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Balé Folclórico da Bahía @ Merriam Theater
The dancers, musicians and singers of Brazilian folk dance troupe Balé Folclórico da Bahía come to the Merriam with this energetic performance based on Bahian dances of African origin, featuring capoeira and samba.
Songs My Mothers Taught Me @ Arden’s Studio Theatre at the Hamilton Family Arts Center
Next up in the Arden Cabaret Series is Barrymore Award-winning actress Mary Martello, accompanied by her son Benjamin Rogerson on guitar and Ryan Touey on piano. She performs on Saturday, too.
Tancredi @ Academy of Music
You have two more chances to see Opera Philadelphia’s Tancredi, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in the title role and Brenda Rae, in her Opera Philadelphia debut, as Amenaide. There are performances on Friday and Sunday. Read more »
The Cupid’s Undie Run is taking place in cities around the world this month. Philly’s is on Saturday, February 18th. Photo provided
Keep the Valentine’s Day vibe going into the weekend with Cupid’s Undie Run, a party and fun run on Saturday where participants race in their skivvies. If that sounds a little more naked than you’re willing to be outside in public in winter, costumes, underwear over clothes, or just your usual February getup are all fine to wear, too. Read more »
Opera Philadelphia’s Tancredi opens Friday. Photo by Marc Vanappelghem
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Tancredi @ Academy of Music
Renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe stars in Opera Philadelphia’s production of Rossini’s Tancredi, about an exiled solider in love with a woman sentenced to death for a treason she didn’t commit. It opens Friday and runs through February 19th, but there are only five performances total.
A User’s Manual @ The Beard Cave at St. Mary’s Church
SoLow Festival founder Thomas Choinacky premieres his solo dance performance about how the body relates to the architecture around it. There are shows on Friday and Saturday, as well as February 17th and 18th.
Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion: The Anna Wintour Musical @ SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center
Comedian Ryan Raftery plays Vogue editor Anna Wintour in this one-man musical. This is a rare BYO series at the Kimmel, so you can bring along wine or beer. There’s a show on Saturday, too.
The Seagull @ EgoPo Classic Theater
Theater critic David Fox doesn’t give away too much in his review of EgoPo’s production of The Seagull “for fear of spoiling the fun,” but he does promise that “this reimagining of Chekhov will blow your mind.” It runs through February 19th.
The Crashing Comedy Tour @ Trocadero Theatre
Pete Holmes, Judd Apatow and Artie Lange are on the road in support of their new HBO series, Crashing, which premieres next week. Read more »
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo by Andrew Eccles
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ Merriam Theater
Renowned dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform the Philly premiere of company member and former Philadanco dancer Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream, which was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and features music by Ali Jackson and recordings by Leslie Odom, Jr., the Hamilton star from East Oak Lane. You’ll also get to see Alvin Ailey’s Revelations and Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America, about the impact of the prison system on African-American families. If you can’t make it Friday, there are two more performances on Saturday. Read more »
The Bearded Ladies will be at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the new Friday Nights series. Photo provided
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27
Divas & Queens @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Bearded Ladies pay tribute to Barbra Streisand in the PMA’s first installment of Friday Nights, which replaces the Art After 5 series. The cabaret troupe will be performing Color Me Bearded, which looks back at Streisand’s 1966 TV special Color Me Barbra, recorded at the museum. Also on the bill: Burlesque performer Kate Nyx will lead a gallery tour and Red 40 & The Last Groovement will entertain with their funky disco sound.
Philadelphia Auto Show @ Pennsylvania Convention Center
The Philadelphia Auto Show kicks off Friday with the Black Tie Tailgate, benefiting the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. On Sunday, stop by the Honda display to meet Mo’ne Davis, the star pitcher who helped bring her team, the Taney Dragons, to the Little League World Series. The Auto Show runs through February 5th.
Todd Glass @ Helium Comedy Club
You’ve seen comedian Todd Glass pop up on several funny shows, including Louie, Tosh.0 and The Daily Show. He’ll be at Helium all weekend, but both sets on Saturday are sold out.
Hello! Sadness! @ FringeArts
Mary Tuomanen’s dark comedy examines social justice activism throughout history, from Joan of Arc to “misogynist stand-up.” There’s also a performance on Saturday. Read more »
Join Ben Franklin on an Old City pub crawl celebrating his 311th birthday.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
Tippler’s Tour: Ben Franklin’s Birthday Celebration @ Independence Visitor Center
Toast to Philly’s favorite founding father at this Tippler’s Tour in Old City. Ben himself, celebrating his 311th, will join you as you stop at The Franklin Hotel, Victoria Freehouse, The Little Lion and City Tavern. It leaves from the Independence Visitor Center.
Constitution Out Loud @ The Drake
On this interesting inauguration day, InterAct Theatre Company is doing a live reading of the U.S. Constitution. It’s an Action Happy Hour event, so there will be drinks. Stick around after to catch a preview of Marcus/Emma, with tickets just $15 for people who come for the Constitution part.
Marcus/Emma @ The Drake
Previews start Friday for InterAct Theatre Company’s production of Mary Tuomanen’s new play about civil rights leader Marcus Garvey and Jewish anarchist Emma Goldman. Opening night on Wednesday, January 25th, is sold out, but the show runs though February 12th. Read more »
Cirque Eloize’s Saloon is at the Merriam. Photo provided
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
Cirque Eloize: Saloon @ Merriam Theater
Cirque Eloize, a contemporary circus troupe out of Montreal, brings its Wild West-themed acrobatic comedy to the Merriam Theater. There’s a performance on Saturday, too.
MLK Weekend Celebration @ African American Museum in Philadelphia
The AAMP is hosting a weekend of family-friendly activities in honor of Dr. King, including a screening of Ava DuVernay’s 13th on Friday, a discussion and performance of playwright August Wilson’s works on Sunday, and interactive exhibits, performances and workshops through Monday. The Friday film screening is free and admission on Saturday, Sunday and Monday is just $2.
Zombie Skate @ Dilworth Park
Why stay home watching scary movies on Friday the 13th when you can be out ice skating with zombies from Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls?
Hidden History Exposed @ William Way LGBT Community Center
Jason Giordano and Tracy Buchholz traveled through Pennsylvania and New Jersey taking photos of abandoned resorts, schools and factories. The results will be on display through February 24; the opening reception is Friday evening. Read more »
Andrea Hornick’s “Unbounded Histories” sound installation opens at the Barnes on Friday. Photo from Facebook/Savery Gallery
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6
Tango Night @ The Barnes
Let dancers from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School show you how it’s done, and then get out on the dance floor and attempt to tango like the pros. Trio de la Plata will provide the live music. Also happening Friday evening, Andrea Hornick’s “Unbounded Histories,” a site-specific sound installation, opens in the Collection Gallery. Hornick will perform and discuss the project with curator Martha Lucy.
Philly Loves Bowie Week @ Various Locations
The nine-day David Bowie celebration kicks off Friday with an opening reception for the Bowie Art Show at Ruckus Gallery and, over at Doobies Bar, the first pour of Round Guys Brewing’s Bowie-inspired Loving The Alien, a BlackStar Saison.
Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls @ African American Museum in Philadelphia
The AAMP is showing the 1982 PBS video of Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, starring Alfre Woodard and Lynn Whitfield. Before the free screening, there will be a guided tour of the museum’s related exhibit, “i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls,” which closes Sunday. Read more »
Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia
So long, 2016. We already told you where to bring the kids on New Year’s Eve, the best parties to go to, the concerts you won’t want to miss, and details on the two fireworks shows. But if that’s not enough to tide you over until 2017, here are 15 more things to do in Philly this weekend.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30
Kwanzaa / Nia-Purpose @ The African American Museum in Philadelphia
This Macy’s Family Fun Day at the AAMP celebrates the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, with arts and crafts, face painting, games and a candle lighting ceremony, plus dancing with Camara Arts West African Dance and a Drumming Like A Lady performance and community jam session. While you’re there, support local artists at the museum’s pop-up Kwanzaa marketplace.
Art After 5: Just Breathe @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
Instead of its usual Friday evening concert, the Art Museum invites you to join a yoga session or check out a Philadelphia Shambhala Center workshop in the galleries and listen to soothing sitar music in the Great Hall. Read more »