75 Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

From the spooky (Halloween parties, trick-or-treating and more) to the not-so-spooky (a new exhibit at the Barnes).


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Looking for fun things to do this weekend? Head to Linvilla Orchards for fall fun. Photograph courtesy of Linvilla Orchards

MULTIPLE DAYS

THEATER
Extreme Home Makeover
Deborah Block directs Makasha Copeland’s satire about a Tejano family doing everything they can to get themselves cast on the Extreme Home Makeover TV show. Stars Yajaira Paredes, Jessy Gruver, Krystal Rosa and Angel Sigala.
$35, starts October 28th, continues through November 21st, Theatre Exile, 1340 South 13th Street.

TOURS/ART
Mural Arts Month
Mural Arts Philadelphia wraps up its favorite month of the year with a couple more tours of the city’s fanciest walls. Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 30th, 11:30 a.m.) starts at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (128 North Broad Street) and leads you to some “art tucked in out-of-the-way corners [and] soaring additions to the cityscape.” Spring into the Arts Walking Tour (October 30th, 2 p.m.) starts at 1349 Spring Garden Street and concentrates on murals along that street.
$25, multiple locations.

REGATTA/OUTDOORS
Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
Rowers in a multitude of categories compete in this giant, two-day regatta founded in 1970. Here’s a map to help you pick your vantage point to enjoy the races and/or alternate driving route to avoid everything.
Free, October 30th and 31st, along the Schuylkill River/Kelly Drive.

MUSIC
Steely Dan
The jazz-prog-fusion-rock band’s Absolutely Normal tour has Donald Fagen and co. concentrating on a different album during each of their three nights in Philly. On Wednesday they will perform 1977’s Aja; on Friday it’s 1976’s The Royal Scam; and on Saturday they’ll be playing “selected hits” from 2021’s Northeast Corridor, which is a career-spanning live album, meaning they can pretty much play whatever.
$46 to $156, October 27th, 29th and 30th, The Met, 858 North Broad Street.

THEATER
Soon
Michael Philip O’Brien directs Nick Blaemire’s “witty end of the world musical.” Stars Carmen Castillo, Matt Donzella, Imani Moss and Ebony Pullum. Music directed by Nathan Landis Funk.
$14 to $50, starts October 28th, continues through November 7th, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street.

DANCE
The Spark
Philadelphia Ballet returns with a limited-run program at the intimate, 70-seat Performance Garage space in the Spring Garden neighborhood. The Spark features world premieres by choreographers Angel Corella and Matthew Neenan, and a remounting of Juliano Nunes’s Connection. Ends Saturday.
$82.50, continues through October 30th, the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street.

The Chrysanthemum Festival continues at Longwood Gardens through November 14th. (Ken Cargin)

NATURE/OUTDOORS
Chrysanthemum Festival
Longwood Gardens’ Peirce-du Pont House Conservatory will be decked out with “thousands of carefully nurtured and trained chrysanthemums,” arranged in clouds, sculptural spirals, umbrellas and teardrops.
Free with $18 to $25 admission, timed tickets required, through November 14th, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.

ART/MUSEUMS
“Hunt Slonem: Through the Looking Glass”
Remember those calligraphic paintings of rabbits interior designer Floss Barber put to such good use in the Fairfield Inn at 13th and Spruce streets? The Merritt Gallery in Haverford is currently hosting an exhibit of many more of them. These bunnies are the current obsession of their creator, artist Hunt Slonem. Here you will find not only paintings, but sculptures and other decorative objects featuring those rabbits, which have a deep personal and spiritual meaning for the noted contemporary artist. But you will also see paintings and works from across his career, including glittery paintings of royalty, other well-known figures and other wildlife besides rabbits. — Sandy Smith
Free (until you buy a work of art), through November 6th, Merritt Gallery, 385 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford. 

THEATER/MOVIES
Me and the Devil
Filmed at St. Stephen’s Theater, Lantern Theater’s production of Me and the Devil, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, will be available for streaming through October 17th. This “dramatic play with music” tells the story of Robert Johnson’s legendary deal with the devil. Stars Ebony Pullum and Lawrence Stallings.
$20, continues through November 21st, Lantern Theater, lanterntheater.org.

ART/MUSEUMS
Joan Semmel: Skin in the Game
This is the first retrospective of works by New York painter Joan Semmel, “from her early abstract-expressionist paintings through her movement-defining feminist art and activism to the vital work that she is making of her own mature body today.”
$10 to $18, October 28th, continues through April 3rd, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 North Broad Street.

DRINKS
Parks on Tap
It’s still summer as long as Parks on Tap says it is, and they’re still running that green, wide-open beer garden behind the Art Museum, where geese and ducks and other wildlife frolic. Have a beer, sit at a picnic table, eat some food truck food. Good times, good ducks.
Free till you buy something, Monday through Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 10 p.m., ongoing, Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive.

HISTORY/ART
Imperfect History: Curating the Graphic Arts Collection at Benjamin Franklin’s Public Library
The Library Company of Philadelphia presents an exhibition of “prints, photographs, original works of art on paper, and other graphics that epitomize the evolution of a pivotal public library.” The show can enjoyed online or in-person.
Free, on display through April 8th, The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street.

THEATER/MOVIES
Minor Character
The Wilma Theater’s live production of this “comedic kaleidoscope” subtitled Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time is over, but now you can stream the filmed version. Created by New Saloon. Directed by Yury Urnov.
$29, through November 7th, continues Wilma Theater, 265 South Broad Street.

THEATER
Motel Montana
Gunnar Montana Productions presents this “immersive theater experience,” inspired by the playwright’s closeted gay grandfather. “Motel Montana is designed to celebrate everything my grandfather couldn’t express in his life, and in turn, everything I am so unapologetically eager to express now. There’s something incredibly conflicting about celebrating the idea of my grandfather living out his truths, knowing I wouldn’t have been born had he done so.”
$40, through November 14th, 531 North Seventh Street.

FOOD
University City Dining Days
Head west, but not too far west, for this two-week Restaurant Weekish series featuring price fixe three-course lunches and dinners at Booker’s Restaurant and Bar, Dahlak, Sangkee Noodle House, Woosa Bubble Tea. Ends Sunday.
Prices vary, through October 31st, multiple locations.

THEATER
Hamilton
The return of the still-popular musical about, like, rapping founding fathers or something? I haven’t seen it, but everybody says it’s great. Hamilton’s run at the Academy of Music is only five weeks long, so don’t throw away your shot. That’s a song from the thing, right?
$29 to $249, through November 28th, Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street.

MUSIC
Rain — A Tribute to the Beatles
On this tour, the long-running tribute act performs a setlist of “the best of Abbey Road,” plus other early Beatles favorites. Rain doesn’t call them concerts but “note-for-note theatrical events.”
$54 to $124, October 29th through 31st, Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street.

ART
Magical Fantasy
This Large-scale installation of “immersive spatial artworks” just popped up on the lawn of the Navy Yard’s Marine Parade Grounds. Originally installed at the Firefly Music Fest, Magical Fantasy was created by London artist Morag Myerscough and the mysterious public arts collective Group X, who previous gave us Sea Monsters HERE (aka that cool 2018 installation full of inflatable tentacles).
Free, on display through October 2022, Marine Parade Grounds, Navy Yard, 4747 South Broad Street and Constitution Avenue.

ART
Portals+Revelations: Richard J. Watson Beyond Realities
This exhibition collects mixed media, abstraction, and assemblage works by Philly artist/activist Watson, a 1968 PAFA graduate and the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s artist-in-residence.
Included with admission of $10 to $14, through March 6th, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street.

ART/OUTDOORS
Monumental Tour
The outdoor sculpture exhibition features the work of artists Arthur Jafa, Coby Kennedy, Christopher Myers and Hank Willis Thomas. “Each work is an invitation to viewers from any background to learn about and connect with a narrative or era they may not have endured personally, but one which continues to impact the African American experience.”
Free, through January 31st, multiple locations along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Delaware River waterfront.

MOVIES
Philadelphia Film Festival
The PFF continues with screenings of features, documentaries and shorts in-person and virtually. This weekend you can see: Medusa, directed by Anita Rocha de Silveira, which is a “surreal, nightmarish portrait of a gang of fanatical young Christian women on a quest to oppress the sinful”; John Carpenter’s action-packed second film Assault On Precinct 13; and The Same Storm, directed by Peter Hedges, which “brings together a first-rate cast to tell the interwoven stories of dozens of people facing the challenges of our modern times,” and stars Sandra Oh, Mary-Louise Parker, Elaine May and more.
Most events are $8 to $15, through October 31st, Philadelphia Film Center, PFS Bourse Theater, and PFS Drive In at the Navy Yard; here’s the full schedule.

ART/GALLERIES
Dufala Brothers: Uh-Oh
Philly’s inventive and alluring Dufala Brothers create art that amuses even as it makes you think. This exhibition at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery explores “humanity’s deepening plunge into the excesses of consumption and environmental disregard.”
Free, through November 26th, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 915 Spring Garden Street.

MUSEUMS/ART
Emma Amos: Color Odyssey
Atlanta-born African-America artist Emma Amos (1937-2020) was known for her colorful postmodern paintings. “This exhibition surveys her body of work from the 1950s to the 2010s for the first time, spotlighting her inventive approach to printmaking, painting, and weaving as well as her signature practice of combining distinctive materials and artistic techniques.”
Free with museum admission of $14 to $25, through January 17th, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

MUSEUMS/HISTORY/ART
Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War
The “traditional academic realist painter” uses research to create accurate depictions of scenes from history. This year-long exhibition at the Museum of the American Revolution collects several of his works related to the museum’s mission, and pairs them with relevant artifacts.
$13 to $15, through September 5th, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Street.

THEATER/MOVIES
The Plague
Lantern Theater presents the filmed version of their production of Albert Camus’s The Plague, adapted by Neil Bartlett. Directed by Charles McMahon, the performance was filmed in July and is now available for streaming. Stars Kirk Wendell Brown, Peter DeLaurier, J Hernandez, Anthony Lawton and Amanda Schoonover.
$20, through November 7th, lanterntheater.org.

MUSEUMS/EXHIBITS
The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit
This traveling exhibit touches down at Please Touch to provide a “multi-sensory exploration of the Land of Oz.” Includes make-your-own tornados, the Cowardly Lion Courage Crawl, “Ride Miss Gulch’s bicycle to reveal the hidden picture on a praxinoscope” and more.
Included with museum admission of $19, continues through January 16th, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.

ART/MUSEUMS
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
The Art Museum co-hosts one half of a major retrospective exhibition on Jasper Johns. The other half is at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Both halves include paintings, prints, sculptures and more spanning the Georgia-born artist’s entire career.
Free with museum admission of $14 to $25, continues through February 13th, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

THEATER
Beehive — the ’60s Musical
Six women come of age in this jukeboxy musical that incorporates a soundtrack of Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Carole King and other ’60s favorites. Created by Larry Gallagher; directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford.
$25 to $87, through October 30th, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.

ART/EXHIBITIONS
Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel
This new exhibition at the Barnes collects the work of French painter Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938), who “challenged behavioral codes with her art and lifestyle, breaking new ground with her unapologetic portraits and nudes.”
Included with museum admission of $23 to $25, through January 9th, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

SPOOKY STUFF

  • Henri David’s Halloween the Ball — Halloween hero Henri David’s legendary annual Halloween bash is generally considered the event of the season. $25 if you’re masked and in costume, ($75 if you’re just a masked “voyeur”), 9 p.m., October 30th, Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, 201 North 17th Street.
  • Dracula’s Ball — The “world’s premiere vampire-themed party” returns with live music by The Crystal Method and Stoneburner, and free candy. Costumes encouraged. $28, 9 p.m., October 30th, Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill Street.
  • Halloween Weekend @ the Museum of the American Revolution — Learn interesting seasonal facts about early Americans, like how they carved turnips instead of pumpkins because they thought it would ward off evil spirits. And it actually works. $13 to $19, October 30th and 31st, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Street.
  • Trick-or-Treat Nights @ Elmwood Zoo — Adults and kids, put on your costumes, grab your flashlights, and get ready to collect some candy and meet some animals. $12.95 to $14.95, October 28th to 31st, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown.
  • Halloween on the Hill — Trick or treat/trunk or treat along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Free, 1 to 3 p.m., October 31st, Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill.
  • True Tales from the Tombs @ Laurel Hill Cemetery — On this 30-minute tour through Philadelphia’s most famous burial ground, “Performers will regale you with true tales from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s historic tombs.” $20 to $25, 6 p.m., October 30th, Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue.
  • Ghostly Graveyard Gala @ Peddler’s Village — “Disco with the dead” at this party in a tent, where costumes or all-black attire are encouraged. (While you’re there, check out Scarecrows in the Village, which is ongoing through the 30th.) $25-$30, October 29th & 30th, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope.
  • Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday @ Passyunk Avenue — This South Philly street party includes a craft show, live music, food, drink, trick or treating and more. Oh yeah, there’s a free costume photo booth “for children, adults, and pets.” Free till you spend money, starts at 11 a.m., October 30th, East Passyunk Avenue.
  • Mischief @ The Mutter — On Friday, Philly’s most interesting museum will host music, dancing, guided tours, drinks from the Witches Brew Bar, and more. Come in costume (they specifically say “no nudity” which, there’s probably a story there). $100, 7 to 10 p.m., October 29th, Mütter Museum, 19 South 22nd Street.
  • Haunted Helicopters @ American Helicopter Museum — I mean, when you’ve got helicopters, what else are you going to call your Halloween event? Costumes, treats, etc. $10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., October 30th, American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester.
  • Halloween in Manayunk — A kid and pet costume parade, followed by trick or treating. Here’s a list of businesses offering treats and deals. Free unless you buy something, like normal life, starts 10:30 a.m., October 30th, Main Street, Manayunk.
  • Spooky Mini Golf — The mini-golf course in Franklin Square will be decked out in Halloween finery. They’re promising “fog, lights, music, and frightening surprises” at every hole. (Plus “Trick-or-Treat Street” on October 30th.) $12 to $15, through October, Franklin Square, 200 North Sixth Street.
  • Haddyween @ Haddonfield — Includes haunted walking tours, a family scavenger hunt, a Halloween parade on October 30th, and more. Through October 31st, Haddonfield, NJ.
  • Halloween @ Battleship New Jersey — Camden’s famous battleship gets into the Halloween spirit with Moonlight Adult Tours on October 29th and Candy for Kids, October 30th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ.
  • Boo at the Zoo — Kids get dressed up in their Halloween best and stroll the zoo, collecting candy and confusing the animals. (Note: Halloween costumes with toy guns and weapons are prohibited.) $19 to $24, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th & 31st, Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue.
  • West Chester Railroad Trick or Treat Special — Wear a costume, collect some treats (at the station) and watch the fall colors zip by, bringing to mind the sadness but also the sweetness of the passing of time. $8 to $20, noon to 2 p.m., West Chester Railroad Company, 230 East Market Street, West Chester.
  • Halloween Nights — This year, Eastern State Penitentiary has cast off fan-favorite attraction Terror Behind the Walls in favor of a divide-and-conquer approach, with some 15 different attractions spread throughout the prison. This includes two haunted houses and three “immersive walk-through experiences (not scary),” plus live performances, themed bars and more. $35, nightly, continues through November 13th, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue.
  • Spooky Twilight Tours @ Betsy Ross House — Take a tour of the Betsy Ross House while hearing scary-but-true stories of “bloodletting, small pox, yellow fever and other gross experiences.” $12, Fridays, through October 29th, 6 to 9 p.m., Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street.
  • Candlelight Ghost Tours @ Fort Mifflin — Take a candlelit tour of the historic military installation billed in what’s being billed as “Philly’s most authentic Halloween event.” $20, 7 p.m., October 15th, 16th, 22nd, 29th, 30th & 31st, Fort Mifflin, 1 Fort Mifflin Road.
  • Shady Brook Fall Fest — This seasonal display includes the Eerie Illuminations Halloween light show, a five-acre corn maze, bonfires and live music on the weekends, along with pumpkin and apple picking. Timed tickets required, $12 to $30, through October 31st, Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley.
  • Annual Scarecrow Walk @ Morris Arboretum — Morris Arboretum’s annual display of scarecrows returns, this time with a “heroes” theme. Vote for your favorite scarecrow hereReserved tickets required, $18 to $20 admission, through October 31st, Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Avenue.
  • Franklin Fright @ Franklin Institute — “Young witches and warlocks, ghosts, and goblins are invited to trick-or-treat by knocking on friendly decorated doors in exhibits throughout the museum.” Plus live science demonstrations by Dr. Franklinstein. $19 to $23 museum admission, weekends in October, Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.
  • Pumpkinland — This annual autumn festival at Linvilla includes hayrides, train rides, straw bale maze, corn maze, pony rides, apple blasters, pick-your-own apples and fishing. Each attraction sold separately in the $4 to $14 range. Unless you’re just coming round to pick a pumpkin, buy your timed ticket ahead of time. Free till you buy or do something, through early November, Linvilla Orchards, 137 West Knowlton Road, Media, PA.

For more scary good stuff check out 11 Philly-Area Haunted Houses, Ghost Tours and Halloween Bars

THEATER
Not I
The official description of this Samuel Beckett play boggles the mind: “Who are we when we are our whole selves, when we speak and hear all of our voices in a moment — in their rages and echoes and mis-rememberings and deprecations and desires?” Stars Barrymore award-winner Catharine Slusar; directed by Fringe veteran Mark Lord. Ends Saturday.
$25, continues through October 30th, The Austrian Lamp Company, 140 North Second Street.

ART
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
This traveling exhibition uses “360-degree, floor-to-ceiling digital projection” and virtual reality to immerse visitors in the art of Vincent Van Gogh in ways that would surely have terrified the artist. Upper Darby’s large and currently under-utilized Tower Theater makes for a memorable venue for this unique attraction.
$34.90 to $54.50, continues through November, Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow streets, Upper Darby.

ART/MUSEUMS
Miriam Carpenter — Shaping the Ethereal
A solo exhibition of sculpture, furniture, prints and drawings which explore the artist’s “careful, deliberate process of transformation.”
$13 to $15, through March 20th, Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown.

ART/EXHIBITIONS
Now Showing at @ ICA
Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation — a major retrospective exhibition on the work of iconic video/performance artist Ulysses Jenkins. Continues through December 30th. Na Kim FFC on 6, 7, 8 — The ICA’s new Outside In series invites artists to “visually transform” its 36th Street façade, in collaboration with the Maharam textile company.
Free, timed tickets required, Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street.

 


 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29th

MUSIC
Men I Trust
There’s a soft, warm glow to everything this Quebec indie-pop band does that goes deeper than dreamy and into memory foam territory. Their most recent record, Untourable Album, released in August, is lovely. But for a proper introduction to Men I Trust, you have to start with “Lauren.”
$18, 9 p.m., Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill Street.

MUSIC
25th Anniversary of Wilco’s Being There
The Key is hosting this rock show paying tribute to the 1996 Wilco album named after the 1979 Hal Ashby/Peter Sellers movie based on the 1970 Jerzy Kosinski novel. Live music by Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease and The Tisburys.
$17 to $30, 7 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.

MUSIC
Powerhouse: The Return
Power 99’s legendary concert series is back, with Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Lil Durk, Moneybagg Yo, Polo G, Saweetie, Colleray and Capella Grey. Did you know Megan Thee Stallion likes anime? Now you do!
$29.99 to $229.99, 5 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.

MUSIC
The Fixx
The veteran British band is best know for their hits from the ’80s like “One Thing Leads To Another” and “Are We Ourselves?” and “Secret Separation” and “Saved By Zero.” With no new record to push, you can probably expect a playlist of old favorites.
$39.50 to $64.50, 7 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside.

COMEDY
Martin Lawrence
The Martin/Bad Boys star hosts the LIT AF Comedy Tour, the lineup of which varies from city to city. The Philly edition, rescheduled from the earlier pandemic era, features comics Michael Blackson, Rickey Smiley, Donnell Rawlings and Benji Brown. Will Martin Lawrence himself be doing standup at this show? I assume so, but it just says “host,” so act surprised.
$55-$75, 7:30 p.m., The Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street.

MUSIC
Grace Vonderkuhn
Weather permitting, this will be the last Sunflower show of the year. After Friday, it will seem like a dream, all those summer nights in the grass, sun in the sky, birds on the fence. Also on the bill S.T.O.P. and Eyebawl.
$12 to $15, 5 to 9 p.m., Sunflower Philly, 1725 North Fifth Street.

 


 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th

MOVIES
Radio On
Christopher Petit’s 1979 debut feature, stars David Beames as a man driving across Britain to investigate the death of his brother but keeps running into strange people along the way. Also starring Lisa Kreuzer, Sandy Ratcliff and Sting. No official tagline so let’s make one up: “Pull over, I think that’s Sting!”
$8 to $10, 7 p.m., Lightbox Film Center, 401 South Broad Street.

MUSIC/MOVIES
The Phantom of the Opera
Organist Peter Richard Conte provides uses the Kimmel’s booming organ to provide live musical accompaniment to a screening of the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin. Tagline: “The greatest horror film of modern cinema!”
$25, 8 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.

MUSIC
Evil Sword
Philly band Evil Sword … how to describe them? They’re eerie and weird, and avant garde in sometimes disconcerting ways. But also: Their shows are fun, and full of props and costumes. They will worry and delight equally at this mischief night show at ye olde mausoleum showroom. Also on the bill: The Primitive Finks, and The Out-Sect.
$15 to $20, 7:30 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.

MUSIC
Strokes vs. Stripes
In this installment of World Cafe Live’s Philly Undercover series, Slomo Sapiens plays the music of the White Stripes and Party Muscles performs the music of the Strokes, and perhaps they will settle the puzzling conundrum which led to many a boring debate throughout the 2000s: Which band is better? It’s the Stripes, obviously, but play along.
$15, 9 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.

MUSIC
Vivian Green
The beloved R&B singer plays two hometown shows. Green’s most recent record was Love Absolute, released just about a year ago.
$40 to $54, 5 and 8:30 p.m., City Winery, 990 Filbert Street.

MOVIES
Hocus Pocus
The Pennsylvania SPCA hosts this movie screening/fundraiser in the the South Philly IKEA parking lot. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy star as witches in this spooky 1993 comedy directed by Kenny Ortega. Tagline: “It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!” A bit weak, but what can you do?
$45 per car ($150 to $200 for second and first row spots), 5:30 p.m., IKEA, 2206 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

MUSIC
Emmylou Harris
The esteemed singer-songwriter hosts a show full of talented, like minded friends from the folk and acoustic world, like Steve Earle, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Gaby Moreno and more. Benefits the Women’s Refugee Commission.
$69 to $120, 8 p.m., Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood.

SPORTS
Sixers vs. Hawks
Looking back, is there anything you as a fan could have done differently in the whole Ben Simmons situation? Did you boo him? Did you make memes and write cruel things online? Did you contribute to a culture of bullying and piling on just because he makes millions of dollars and missed some free throws? Can you maybe dial it back?
$19 to $419, 6:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.

 


 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31st

MUSIC
The Bad Plus
The road-tested Minneapolis-born jazz quartet — bass, guitar, sax, drums — is known for incorporating pop, rock and other elements into their instrumental repertoire. We’re talking Rush, Nirvana, Bowie, Radiohead, Interpol, and so on.
$30 to $42, 6 p.m., Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford.

DRAG
Night of the Living Drag
RuPaul’s Drag Race alums do a zombie-themed show. Stars Violet Chachki, Alyssa Edwards, Aquaria, Jaida Essence Hall, Gottmik, Kandy Muse, Plastique, Rose and Kim Chi.
$55 to $85, 7 p.m., October 31st, The Met, 858 North Broad Street.

MUSIC
Dennis Quaid
The veteran actor has also been making music for years, singing and playing the piano and guitar on country and rock songs. Even if you don’t know his music, I imagine he’s a charismatic guy who probably has a lot stories.
$49.50 to $75, 7:30 p.m., Sellersville Theater, 24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville.

MUSIC/DANCE
Addams Family 10 Year Anniversary Ball
This title might be a little confusing, so let’s clear up things up: This event is Addams Family-themed and celebrates the 10th anniversaries of musical group the Divine Hand Ensemble and burlesque/magic/sideshow/kitchen-sink troupe Envoûté. In addition to performances by both, the evening includes a catered meal, cash bar, tarot reading, dancing, macabre vendors and, what the hell, The Mamushka.
$65, 6 to 9 p.m., Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ

FESTIVAL
Liberty Lands Fall Fest
Social distanced trick or treating, pumpkins for decorating, live music and more. BYO blanket and basket for collecting treats. (While you’re in the area, check out the Hound-O-Ween Fall Festival and Doggie Costume Contest, noon to 4 p.m., Second and Laurel streets.)
Free, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Liberty Lands, 913 North Third Street.