"Sideways Stories from Wayside School" is at the Arden Theatre. Credit: Mark Garvin
‘Sideways Stories from Wayside School’ Thursday-Feb. 9 Arden Theatre 40 N. 2nd St. $18-$36, 215-922-1122 www.ardentheatre.org Extended by popular demand, this family-friendly adaptation of the Louis Sachar series delivers laughs, fun and all around wackiness.
‘Marlene & the Machine: A German Expressionist Cabaret’ Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 3680 Walnut St. $20-$30, 215-898-3900 www.annenbergcenter.org Don’t be a drag. Check out The Bearded Ladies perform their cabaret-style exhibition on pop culture, sex and gender complete with over-the-top props and costumes and the the music of Marlene Dietrich and Lotte Lenya.
Fyah Fyah Bob Marley Birthday Celebration Thursday, 9 p.m. Ortleib’s 847 N. 3rd St. $7, 267-324-3348 www.ortliebsphilly.com Ortleib’s will be jamming this Thursday as The Philly Reggae Band celebrates Bob Marley’s 69th birthday with classic cuts and DJ Quincy Bright spinning Lee “Scratch” Perry and Bob Marley collaborations on the turntables.
Heaven Thursday, 11 p.m. Kung Fu Necktie 1250 N. Front St. $5, 215-291-4919 www.kungfunecktie.com NYC band Heaven mixes psychedelia and new wave and will be tripping into Kung Fu Necktie this Thursday. They are touring in support of their debut LP, “Telepathic Love.”
Nobunny Friday, 8 p.m. Underground Arts 1200 Callowhill St. $12, 215-247-1300 www.undergroundarts.org Nobunny is the stage persona of Justin Champlin, and his music is described as lo-fi garage punk that incorporates bubblegum pop and power pop. Nobunny is also known for a wide variety of onstage attire, such as bunny masks, raw meat, ball gags and coats made of trash.
Philly Pops: The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel Friday-Feb. 9 Verizon Hall at he Kimmel Center 300 S. Broad St. $40-134, 215-670-2300 www.phillypops.org The acclaimed touring duo of AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle are bringing their stunning variations of Simon and Garfunkel classics to the Philly Pops. Songs include “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson.”
Chill Moody is performing at the Tri State Indie Music Awards. Credit: Terence Moody
Tri State Indie Music Awards Feb. 16 World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut St. $20-$50, 215-222-1400 www.tristateindie.com If you watched the Grammys this year and thought, "Man, Kurt Vile totally should have been nominated," or "I sure wish Chill Moody was performing at this awards show," then you have a chance to seek justice! Sort of. The TSI Music Awards ceremony, now in its third year, is a way to celebrate local music in performance and awards. Performers include the aforementioned Chill Moody as well as The Deadmen, The Lawsuits, Maitland, Ali Wadsworth, Flux Capacitor and more. The $50 VIP package includes complimentary food and drinks as well as admission to the pre-party. In the interest of full disclosure, Metro is the official print media partner for the show, but that doesn't mean we have any say in who wins. That's in your hands: Voting is open to the public through Feb. 10.
Knife Sharpening and Technique Workshop Saturday, noon-2 p.m. Greensgrow Farms 2501 E. Cumberland St. $20, 215-427-2702 www.greensgrow.org Don’t throw out that dull knife. Let Denine Gorniak show you how to properly sharpen and use it by teaching basic chopping and prep techniques. Gorniak, who has been a chef for more than 20 years, started the Collingswood Food Swappers and blogs at “The Bicycle Chef.”
Couponing Class with Phrugal in Philly Friday, 7 p.m. Old Pine Community Center 401 Lombard St. $15, 215-627-2493 www.phrugalinphilly.com The ladies of Phrugal in Philly, a blog all about saving money and couponing, are going to teach you how to live the coupon lifestyle. Learn the lingo, store policies and how to find, organize and store your coupons. Here’s to savings, and to alcohol – it’s a BYOB event, so feel free to bring a bottle.
Yeesookyung: The Meaning of Time Friday-March 15 Locks Gallery 600 Washington Sq. Free, 215-629-1000 www.locksgallery.com Opening in time to catch the First Friday crowds, this first solo exhibition by Korean artist Yeesookyung features imaginative — but ultimately traditional — art, including gold sculptures, porcelain pieces and silk scroll paintings.
Philly Mart Winter Pop Up Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Transfer Station 4120 Main Street Free, 215-488-5868 www.thephillymart.com Need a unique Valentine’s Day gift? Check out a preview pop up of Philly Mart, a new open-air market coming to Manayunk in the spring. Browse the goods from 30 different vendors offering original art, vintage collectibles, housewares, jewelry and more.