FRIDAY, MARCH 10
Creepoid @ Underground Arts
A full night of Philly rock featuring Creepoid, whose pysch-grunge sound makes me think of Nirvana, Sabbath and the fact that every square inch of this city used to be a cemetery. Also on the bill: Ecstatic Vision, Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss and The Spirit Of The Beehive.
Pennsylvania Ballet @ Academy of Music
This “rollicking, lighthearted production” features pirates, swordplay and romance. Runs through March 19.
It’s So Learning @ FringeArts
The Berserkers’ 2015 Fringe Fest comedy hit lampooning the education system in this country gets an extension. Expect audience participation and (probably) Betsy DeVos jokes. Runs through March 18.
Strand of Oaks @ Union Transfer
Tim Showalter might look like a biker but he sings like an angel. The hometown heroes kickoff their Hard Love tour with a hometown show tonight.
Philadelphia Orchestra @ Kimmel Center
All weekend long, the Orcs welcome the return of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas to Verizon Hall. Featuring violinist Leonidas Kavakos and the music of Seeger, Berg and Beethoven. Through March 12.
Pissed Jeans @ Doesn’t Matter/Sold Out
There are two record release shows for this Philly band’s fifth album, Why Love Now. Both are sold out. Here’s your consolation prize: a hilarious video for “The Bar is Low.”
Best of Secret Cinema Short Films @ the Maas Building
Exactly 25 years plus one day after it began, the city’s leading presenter of lost/rare film oddities offers The Best of Secret Cinema Short Films: The Early Years, one of several anniversary events in the works.
Black History Monthly @ PHIT Comedy
A “diversity-focused variety show” featuring Letevian (improv), Roya Hamadani (standup), Lauren Yates (spoken word) and “intersectional feminist rock band” Da Peeblz.
Justify Your Love @ Good Good Comedy
Three people get up on stage and try to defend their love for some indefensible piece of pop culture before a jury of quick-witted comedians.
Ian Bagg @ Punchline Philly
Mischievous Canadian comedian sets up shop in Philly for the weekend. Looks like the guy’s got some crowdwork chops:
Magical Girl @ International House
A screening of Carlos Vermut’s 2014 Spanish-language thriller about a father trying to fulfill his dying daughter’s wish to have a dress like the one her favorite anime character wears.
Concert Photography by Chris Sikich @ Ox Coffee
Live music pics of R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney and more by the prolific Philly concert shooter/Philly Mag alum.
Cirque du Soleil @ Wells Fargo Center
The delightful French Canadian freakrobats are here through Sunday doing “Toruk: The First Flight” which is “Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar.” Expect dazzling acts circus artistry, loincloths and blue body paint.
Evil Sword @ PhilaMOCA
Singer Kate Ferencz reminds me of Karen O, a scary good voice used for nefarious purposes. This show celebrates Evil Sword’s new double-cassette (!!) release, An Eerie Fire Eats The Brain.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11
Sting @ Fillmore Philadelphia
Word is that the ex-Police chief is really rocking out on this tour. It’s all relative, of course.
Philadelphia Union @ Talen Energy Stadium
Our (sorta) resident pro-soccer team returns to Chester for their 2017 season home opener against Toronto FC. FYI: Andre Blake is the best goalie in the league.
Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond @ Zellerbach Theatre
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (and their kids) offer a fiddle-filled “Celtic Family Celebration” featuring music, stories and dancing.
Civic Saturdays: Divided America @ Berean Presbyterian Church
This is the first installment of Civic Saturdays, a new monthly lecture/workshop series dealing with “the basics of American Civics and government” founded by Malcolm Kenyatta.
St. Patrick’s Day Tour, Toasts & Tastes @ Laurel Hill Cemetery
Drink just a little and be only a bit irreverent, the way St. Paddy’s Day was meant to be celebrated.
Not This Time Mother#@$%&* Purim Satire for the Revolution @ Kol Tzedek Synagogue
An evening of theater, dancing and good times.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12
Enter The Haggis @ World Cafe Live
The Canadian Celtic-rockers return to town with fiddles, bagpipes and kilts.
Jami Attenberg & Jennifer Weiner @ Tattooed Mom
Two novelists read and discuss their work at this “authorfest.” Attenberg’s latest, All Grown Up, just came out.
Questlove Supreme @ Foundry at the Fillmore
The Roots’ bandleader has room-reading down to a science, knowing when to shake the rafters and when to let you breathe. And, of course, his taste is impeccable.
Philadelphia Flower Show @ the PA Convention Center
Walk through gorgeous dioramas of natural delights arranged in unnatural poses and marvel at fauna’s unassailable dominion over flora.
Look for Human Remains @ Right Under Your Feet
Every story about the construction crew exhuming 200-plus-year-old corpses in Old City — you only moved the headstones! — yesterday is a reminder that there are probably dead people under our feet all over Philadelphia. Get digging. Send pics. Beware of flying rocks.