Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend
Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids
The Academy of Natural Sciences’ next big exhibition delves into the supernatural. Mythic Creatures examines the way real-life creatures inspired imaginary beasts throughout history. The opening weekend includes several events including live animals, a kraken dissection (!) and some unicorn poop soap slime to get your hands on.
$18.95-$22.95, runs February 16 through June 9, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
An Oak Tree
Joe Canuso direct’s Tim Crouch’s “darkly comic play” with a unique premise: “Theatre Exile favorite Pearce Bunting is joined by a new actor each night, who walks on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in… until they’re in it.” The list of actors taking on the second part is impressive: Dito van Reigersberg, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Jennifer Childs and many more.
$10-$40, runs February 14-March 10, Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th St.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Opera Philadelphia performs Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy full of fairies and romantic foibles. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring Tim Mead, Anna Christy and Miltos Yerolemou — is performed in English.
$25-$275, Feb. 8, 10, 15 & 17, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
The standup comic and host of the Timesuck podcast is on his Happy Murder Tour.
$27-$37, Friday-Sunday, Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
Big Philly Beerfest
Guinness and Unique Pretzels sponsor this two-day festival featuring beers from 125 breweries, including Fat Head’s Brewery, 4 Hands, Allagash, BrewDog, River Horse, Stone, Wells and more.
$45-$65, Friday & Saturday, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design
This exhibition — featuring pieces by George Hunzinger, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry and more — encourages viewers to consider the chair as a work of art
Runs February 9 through May 5, Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA.
Chinese classical dance performances rarely generate this kind of billboards-everywhere, namechecked-on-morning-radio, my-dad-bought-my-mom-tickets buzz, but I guess Shen Yun’s a special case.
$80-$180, February 8-March 3, Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Best Picture Weekend
All weekend long, the Philadelphia Film Society is screening this year’s Best Picture nominees: A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Roma, Vice, The Favourite and Green Book.
$50 for weekend pass (includes popcorn), Friday-Sunday, Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut St.
Awake and Sing!
Buzz Roddy and Lawrence Pressman star in Quintessence Theatre’s production of Clifford Odets’ 1935 drama about a Jewish family in the Great Depression. Directed by Max Shulman.
$35, runs through February 17, Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.
Philly Home + Garden Show
If you’re looking to fix up your house or revive your garden, perhaps this is where you should go. Ty Pennington, the Madcap Cottage gents and other home improvement gurus will be there.
$9, Friday-Sunday, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA.
Lantern Theater Co. presents Harold Pinter’s “backward” drama about sex, lies and marriage. Directed by Kathryn MacMillan.
$35-$40, runs through February 17, Lantern Theater Company, St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow St.
Lens on Latin America
Da Vinci Art Alliance presents this exhibition of “innovative, experimental, and radical photography” that was “inspired by themes emerging from Latin America during the ’60s and ’70s.” Juried by David Acosta, co-founder of Casa de Duende.
Free, runs through March 22, International House, 3701 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention
This annual convention draws inky people from the Philly area and beyond. Features a pinup contest, live music, burlesque and tattoo artists from all over — including a ton of people featured on the TV show Ink Master.
$22, Friday-Sunday, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 131 N. Broad St.
Philly Theatre Week
Hardcore theater fans have just a few days left to check out this (10-day) weeklong festival. This weekend you can still catch Mira Treatman’s Duets By Strangers, Teatro Del Sol’s Good Cuban Girls, All American Artists’ Rhando’s Family Communion and tons more productions and theater-related events.
Free-$30, through February 18, various locations.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a program entitled A Space Odyssey, featuring Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and two by Bartók. Features Choong-Jin Chang on viola.
$43-$146, Thursday-Sunday, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Hard to believe Gulag Orkestar came out 13 years ago. Zach Condon and co. are dedicated manufacturers of worldly indie pop, mixing Balkan music, folk, electronic and rock sounds. Their latest, Gallipoli, dropped two weeks ago.
$38, 8 pm., Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow streets, Upper Darby, PA.
Darwin’s Birthday Tour of the Wagner
Secretly the coolest museum in Philly, the Wagner celebrates Charles Darwin’s birthday with a tour of their many skeletons and specimens. Register early.
Free, 3 p.m., Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave.
Do you like that old time emo rock’n’ roll?
$10, 7 p.m., Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave.
Icons: The Power of Difference
Part of Philly Theater Week, this theater workshop includes Broadway scenes and songs and a panel discussion “inclusion and ADA issues in the theater, media and beyond.” Presented by Acting Without Boundaries.
Free, 5 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
Bob Mould Band / Titus Andronicus
A night of loud, righteous indie rock. Mould (formerly of Husker Du and Sugar) just dropped Sunshine Rock on Merge Records. Jersey smartypunks Totus Andronicus came up with A Productive Cough about a year ago.
$25, 7:30 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.
This group show includes rarely seen works from PAFA’s collection and pieces from the Brodsky Center archive, which the Academy recently absorbed. Intimate Immensity focuses on works that “engage with the abstract vocabulary of the psyche, the body, memory, mythology, and the decorative.”
Free, reception & panel discussion Friday, February 15, 5 p.m.; exhibition runs through April 7, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad St.
Laura Pergolizzi can belt it out like nobody’s business, her voice equally at home in blues, rock and soul. She’s also a notable songwriter, penning tunes for Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and the Backstreet Boys.
$25, 8:30 p.m., Fillmore Philly, 29 E. Allen St.
Night with Nuns
The Fabric Workshop and Museum teams up with Lightbox for a double featuring tying in with FWB’s Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls exhibition, running through February 17. The films are Black Narcissus (1947) directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger and Ida (2014) directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. Free beer, too.
$10, 6 p.m., Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St.
Get Pegged Cabaret
Out-there musical duo the Illustrious Blacks headline this edition of the Bearded Ladies’ monthly parties at FringeArts. Hosted by John Jarboe, of course.
$8, 10 p.m., FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Making Time Valentime
Get sweaty with your sweetie at Making Time’s annual V-Day throwdown. Features music by Ben UFO & Lena Willikens.
$20, 10 p.m., Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Boyz II Men
The legendary Philly R&B group returned to pop radio dominance when their second record, II, dropped in 1994, thanks to songs like “On Bended Knee,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and “Water Runs Dry.” Boyz II Men celebrates the 25th anniversary of II with a big hometown show at the Met.
$39.50, 6:30 p.m., The Met, 858 N. Broad St.
Artist Bash: Take Me Home
This Barnes party features performances in a multitude of disciplines by Julian Saporiti, Rhonda Moore, Sistahs Attune and more.
$10, 8-11 p.m., Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Queens rapper/foodie Action Bronson encourages fans to eat their way across Philly with five food tie-ins at local restaurants. He’s calling is the “Phuck, That’s Delicious” food jawnt. (That’s not a typo, he means jawnt not jawn.) Here’s where to eat.
$35-$40, Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. Seventh St.
Doctor ZhivaGoGo Winter’s Ball
Eraserhood whiskey/go-go bar the Trestle Inn celebrates Valentine’s weekend with a Dr. Zhivago themed party.
$15, Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th St.
Yedoye Travis hosts a podcast in which white people propose solutions to solving race issues before a panel of people of color. The panel for this edition is Chanel Ali, Kyle Harris and Nicole Phoenix.
$15, 10 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.
Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 + 2
Famously independent filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Films presents screenings of his two Return to Nuke ‘Em High movies about kids fighting their mutant classmates.
$20-$25, 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia: The Changing City Community Day
This day of activities ties in with Philadelphia: The Changing City, an exhibition currently taking place in the Free Library’s Rare Books department. Includes pop-up performances, tours, discussions and food.
Free, 1 p.m., Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
PhilaMOCA hosts two screenings of Arwen Curry’s documentary about beloved sci-fi/fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin.
$10, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.
Cotton in the American Imagination
Dr. Anna Arabindan-Kesson will lecture on the “relationship between cotton and the commodification of Blackness, and the afterlives of these historical representations.” This ties in with AAMP’s Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past exhibition.
Free with RSVP, 2 p.m., African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
The long-running performance artsy anti-circus, if I may call it that, presents a new show full of acrobatics, storytelling and unique contraptions entitled 42FT — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels.
$22-$49, 2 p.m., Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.