First Friday! In Full Bloom
Friday, 6-9 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Ben Franklin Pkwy.
$35/free for members
The Barnes Foundation is paying homage to the Philadelphia Flower Show with an ensemble of music, art and nature including a performance of Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring” by the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, a short film screening, a gallery discussion on the new exhibit “Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders,” and “20 Plants in 20 Minutes,” which discusses the Merion Arboretum. This event will spring you into the equinox.
Southwest Ceramics at the Penn Museum
March 9, 1 p.m.
3260 South St.
Free with museum admission
The whole family is invited to this workshop to learn about pottery from the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache tribes of the Southwest. Kids can illustrate their own 2-D pottery shape and explore the new exhibit “Native American Voices: The People-Here and Now.” Don’t forget to partake in the scavenger hunt!
Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St.
Helium Comedy Club is hosting a comedian who needs no introduction. She has returned to daytime TV as the host of ‘The Rosie Show” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and now she returns to the place where it all started: A stand-up comedy tour.
Beethoven and Shostakovich
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad St.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by guest conductor Stephane Deneve, is doing a wondrous tandem of Beethoven and 20th century composer Shostakovich. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider is spotlighted during Beethoven’s only concerto for the violin while Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 thunders and soars.
Philadelphia Folk Festival Co Op Showcase
Friday, 8 p.m.
20 S. 2nd St.
Four local folk acts — Fistful of Sugar, Paul Saint John, Denise Moser and Ben Cocchiaro — duke it out for a spot at the 2014 Philadelphia Folk Festival. Not just limited to folk music, the aforementioned acts feature diverse sounds and styles, such as hot jazz, traditional country, gypsy jazz and more.
Peanut Butter and Jams Welcomes The Verve Pipe
Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Alternative rock group The Verve Pipe, best known for their smash hit “The Freshman,” went kid-friendly with in 2010 with “A Family Album.” They’ll be in town playing songs from their newest children’s album, “Are We There Yet?”
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Saturday, 8 p.m.
291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside
The master of funk is landing his mothership at the Keswick Theatre. The self-proclaimed “Dr. Funkenstein,” George Clinton and his band will be bringing the funk and playing classic songs all night. Rumors are swirling that he may be unveiling some new songs.
Doug Elkins Choreography Etc.
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut St.
Doug Atkins has been bringing his witty and satirical dance choreography to audiences for over 20 years. This time around the program features Mo(or)town/Redux, Atkins’ version of Shakespeare’s “Othello” set to an all Motown soundtrack of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse and more. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, this is the ticket.
FOOD + DRINK
Sixpoint/Barcade Beer Project Finale
Thursday, 4 p.m.
1114 Frankford Ave.
In previous years, Barcade featured beers by the elusive Sixpoint Brewery. This Thursday, Sixpoint Brewery will be taking over all of the taps at Barcade and featured is Encore, a Belgian stlye Dubbel that was first released in 2005. Enjoy throwback beers and arcade machines, which are still only a quarter a credit.
Craft Beer Express Pub Crawl
Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Brewer’s Plate
March 9, 6:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Plaza at The Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad St.
$55 and up; VIP tickets start at $115
Set up by Fair Food, Brewer’s Plate is a food and beverage fest celebrating the “buy fresh, buy local” lifestyle. The delicious event, back for its 10th year, features chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, brewers and celebrity guests, including Jose Garces, the Eagles’ Brent Celek and the Food Network’s Marc Summer. Be sure to come hungry: Table after table will be piled with food and drink samples.