Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend
Maria Bamford, The Barber of Seville, Jordan Klepper, LumiNature, Titus Andronicus, Trisha Yearwood, Naughty By Nature, and more.
Broadway Philadelphia presents Tina Fey’s hit movie-turned-hit musical comedy about high school politics.
$25-$159, continues through December 1, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
Come Together Dance Festival
Koresh Dance Company presents four days of performances by performers in a multitude of genres, including Pennsylvania Ballet, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Rennie Harris Puremovement, REACH Dance Company and tons more.
$23-$35, starts Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S Broad St.
The Barber of Seville
Curtis Opera Theatre performs the beloved opera buffa by Gioachino Rossini. (What’s an opera buffa, you ask? It’s a comic opera. So we learned something just now.) Conducted by Christian Capocaccia, directed by Chas Rader Shieber.
$35-$75, runs Thursday-Sunday, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar
More than 80 vendors will be selling their handmade holiday items at this two-day curated craft sale.
Free-$3 (depending on when you show up), Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Rivers Casino (formerly Sugarhouse), 1001 N. Delaware Ave.
The veteran comedian/actor (Lady Dynamite) plays two nights at Helium. The Sunday show’s already sold out, so ya better hurry up.
$25-$35, Sunday (sold out) and Monday, Helium, 2031 Sansom St.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
The annual open-air market returns promising gifts and food items made by “45 local artisans, designers, crafters and confectionaries.” Buy your kid’s teacher a little elf ornament or something.
Free to enter, opens Sunday, continues through January 1, Dilworth Plaza, on the western face of City Hall.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Light Show
Once again quant little downtown park Franklin Square will be transformed into a dazzling display of winter cheer and electrical bravado. The festival features light shows every night and a calendar full of family-friendly events.
Free, continues through December 31, Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.
The standup comic plays six shows at Helium.
$25-$35, Thursday-Sunday, Helium, 2031 Sansom St.
Merry and Bright II: The Christmas Collection of Jeanette Turnbull
Vintage and contemporary Christmas decorations will adorned the corridors of Chestnut Hill’s beloved Woodmere Art Museum. See also: Saturday’s Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees event featuring live music, hot chocolate, cookies, Santa Claus and more.
Opens Saturday, continues through January 5, Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.
If for some reason a collection of exotic animals from all over the fricking world isn’t enough for you, perhaps this winter-themed light show will tickle your fancy. LumiNature features “12 different illuminated experiences” throughout the zoo.
$19-$24, opens Wednesday, continues through January 5, Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.
Conductor Stéphane Denève leads the Orchestra in a program called The Firebird, featuring pieces by Auerbach, Lieberson and Stravinsky. Featuring mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor.
$39-$165, runs Thursday-Sunday, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
This photogenic “winter wonderland” offers colorful backdrops for visitors to photograph themselves in front of. According to the web site, “Photo Pop strives to design thought-provoking and wholesome experiences that weave art, pop culture and seasonal celebrations together for guests to escape reality, have fun, and express themselves.”
$10-$20, continues through January 5, inside The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East.
A Longwood Christmas
Buy your timed tickets early for this annual holiday-themed light show among Kennett Square’s magnificent topiary delights.
$30, opens Friday, continues through January 5, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA.
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Fall Film Fest
This annual fest offers lots of features, shorts and documentaries by Jewish filmmakers from all over the world. It wraps up on Saturday with a screening of Standing Up, Falling Down.
Prices vary; $55 for “big nights pass;” continues through November 23, multiple locations.
Grand Illumination Celebration
Peddler’s Village will once again get into the holiday spirit with lights, decorations etc. This Friday’s opening celebration includes Santa Claus, apple cider, hot chocolate, marshmallow toasting, a display of award-winning gingerbread houses and more.
Free, opens Friday, continues through January 4, Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Rd., New Hope, PA.
The veteran comedian and actor (White Chicks, Marlon, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka) performs five standup shows at Punch Line this weekend.
$40, Friday-Sunday, Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
This long-running circus troupe featuring a diverse cast of performers — clowns, dancers, trapeze artists, etc. — is setting up a big heated tent in Fairmount Park for the next few weeks.
$15-$20, continues through December 8, Fairmount Park, 52nd Street & Parkside Avenue.
Azuka Theatre presents Dominique Morriseau’s drama about a former Black revolutionary reuniting with his estranged daughter. Directed by Amina Robinson.
Pay what you wish (after the performance), continues through November 24, Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks St.
South Street from the 90’s
Artist Phoebe Murer recreates the South Street she remembers from its 1990s heyday, paying tribute to bygone storefronts with hand-painted 3D collages.
Free, continues through November 24, Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catherine St.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Edo Bertoglio’s film (started in 1981, completed in 2000) stars Jean-Michel Basquiat as a struggling artist in New York, with narration by Saul Williams.
$10, 7 p.m., Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St.
This NJ band — “specializing in punk solutions since 2015” — is known for their loud, spirited live shows. Their most recent record, An Obelisk, dropped in June.
$20, 7:30 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.
The L.A.-based singer-guitarist and known Ty Segall collaborator is touring in support of his fourth studio record, Seeker.
$15-$17, 8 p.m., Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill St.
The Basement Party
Lady B and DJ TouchTone host an old-school dance party downstairs at World Café featuring a Soul Train dance line, soul trivia, a buffet and more.
$20-$50, 9 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.
The Tony-winning theater/television star (TV Land’s Younger) will sing originals and Broadway tunes and tell stories about life and the biz.
$35-$65, 8 p.m., Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
The Daily Show alum and star of The Opposition does two shows at Good Good on Friday. The first one’s already sold out.
$20, 8:30 (sold out) and 10 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.
Mary Harron’s 2000 thriller stars Christian Bale as a clean-cut Huey Lewis fan who has trouble connecting with people. It’s hip to be square.
$10.25, midnight, Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St.
The veteran Detroit gospel group — founded by Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Keith Staten, Mitch Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Brooks and Michael Williams in 1983 — reunites to make sweet, sweet music once again.
$29-$99, 6:30 p.m., The Met, 858 N. Broad St.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Naughty By Nature
Hip-hop heads of a certain vintage take note, this show’s lineup is stacked. In addition to Naughty By Nature (not cause I hatecha), you’ve got Digable Planets, Arrested Development and Black Sheep.
$45-$50, 7:30 p.m., Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. Seventh St.
The Altering Shores
Filmmaker Roderick Coover teams up with poet Nick Montfort and composer Adam Vidiksis for a unique video/music performance (described as “virtual reality and environmental storytelling”) “set in the marshlands and industrial wastelands of our local Delaware River watershed and others worldwide.”
Free but registration is required, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
Ellis Ludwig-Leone and co. make classy, moody chamber pop. Their most recent record, The Cormorant I, dropped in October.
$20-$80, 8 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.
Local Comic Shop Day
This Saturday, support your local comic book vendor by shopping there and maybe picking up some special Local Comic Shop Day items. Participating shops in the area include Brave New Worlds (55 N. Second St.) and Atomic City (638 South St.).
All day Saturday, multiple locations.
The honey-voiced vocalist specializes in gorgeous r&b and soul (and rock, and blues, and…) with a classic feel. Her most recent record, Mystery, dropped last month. This Tiny Desk Concert is top notch.
$30, 8 p.m., Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill St.
Dru Hill / Ginuwine
Two of the most distinctive voices in ’90s-born R&B team up to play the Keswick. Did you know Ginuwine’s real name is Elgin Lumpkin? That’s so great.Sisqo (of Dru Hill and “Thong Song” fame) was born Mark Andrews which okay, but it’s no Elgin Lumpkin.
$39-$89, 3 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA.
The Gathering: Black Women + The Photograph
This symposium — which ties in with the African American Museum’s current exhibition In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity — focuses on the “work and experiences of Black women and non-binary photographers.”
$7-$12, noon-5 p.m., African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
The Rainbow Fish
A kid-friendly show about a colorful fish based on the stories of Marcus Pfister.
$17-$33, noon & 3 p.m., Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his hometown orchestra through a program that includes three pieces by Mozart. Featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
$29-$150, 2 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
The country music mainstay is best known for crossover hits like “How Do I Live,” “She’s in Love with the Boy” and “XXX’s and OOO’s (American Girl).” She dropped Every Girl, her 14th record, in June.
$39.50-$75, 7 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA.
Noisy and gnarly, Philly band Soul Glo specializes in righteous hardcore punk. Here’s their most recent record, released in June. Also on the bill: Love Club and Big Scary Indian.
$20, 7 p.m., Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.