The Best Events This Month in Philadelphia
Our highly curated, strongly opinionated guide to things to do in February.
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Her first world tour in a decade. Reviews have been good. Note that she’s also playing Boardwalk Hall in A.C. on February 22nd. Or you could just check out her positively hilarious installment of Carpool Karaoke on YouTube. February 26th at the Wells Fargo Center.
Jawn of the Dead
If you’re going to have a Philly-based Grateful Dead tribute band, we can think of no better name than this, which might go down as one of our favorite uses of “jawn” of all time. Oh, and the band’s really good, too, assuming you find hours of Grateful Dead music an enjoyable way to spend an evening. February 1st at Boot & Saddle.
Boyz II Men
This is one concert that absolutely screams Valentine’s Day. I mean, “I’ll make love to you/Like you want me to/And I’ll hold you tight/Baby all through the night”? C’mon. February 14th at the Met.
The R&B songstress is in the middle of an acoustic tour featuring stripped-down versions of songs from her discography. For a taste, look up “Remind Me.” You’ll like. February 28th at Union Transfer.
Yes, the guy with all those freaky face tattoos. You either love him or hate him. There’s no room for in-between. February 21st at the Wells Fargo Center.
Basically, one throbbing, sweaty EDM dance party starring two Belgian brothers. February 29th at Union Transfer.
Perhaps best known as Spencer Olchin — Doug’s friend from kindergarten and the guy who worked as a token-taker for the subway — in The King of Queens. February 8th at the Borgata.
A bit of trivia: She was the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live. February 28th at the Borgata.
Philly Theatre Week
Instead of detailing a bunch of individual performances, I’m just going to tell you to that there are dozens of different shows — from fringe-y stuff in weird places to highly produced plays in traditional theaters — over 11 days in February. Okay, okay, I’ll give you my top picks: Describe the Night at the Wilma; The Children at People’s Light; ¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! OR WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! at Swarthmore College; Lightning Rod Special’s Big Bad Funtime Bash at the Maas Building; and a very weird double feature of One-Man Nutcracker (exactly what it sounds like) and The Cock Painter (you’re just going to have to see for yourself) at Radiokismet. February 6th through 16th at various locations.
The local hip-hop ensemble is doing a jazz and musical theater show, complete with a performance by the Youth Troupe of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. And it’s free. February 8th at the Kimmel Center.
“Looney Tunes Shorts”
I have no idea how Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck play for a smartphone-dependent generation, but it would be fun to find out. I really hope they show the one where Bugs plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. February 15th at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
Opera Philadelphia presents the Verdi classic, complete with four soloists, more than 80 musicians, and 100 chorus members. Expect chills. February 2nd at the Academy of Music.
Ritz Chamber Players
The nation’s “first chamber music ensemble composed solely of accomplished musicians spanning the African diaspora” will tackle some Brahms as well as songs spotlighting African American composers. February 9th at the Kimmel Center.
“Awakened in You: The Collection of Dr. Constance E. Clayton”
Last March, PAFA received a gift of 76 works by African American artists from Clayton, who was the first woman and first African American to be superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. This is the first time that many items from the collection will be on display. February 21st through July 12th at PAFA.
“Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray”
If you enjoy tapestry art, you definitely don’t want to miss this show celebrating the woman who revived it in the early 20th century. February 23rd through May 10th at the Barnes.
Published as “The Hit List” in the February 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine.