Jenny McCarthy and other female comedians will perform at the Keswick Theatre. Credit: Courtesy of Keswick Theatre
'Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy and Friends' Friday, May 2, 8 p.m. Keswick Theatre 291 N. Keswick Ave. $34.50-$44.50, 215-572-7650 www.keswicktheatre.com Former Playboy Playmate of the Year Jenny McCarthy knows a thing or two about female sexuality. The actress, anti-vaccine activist and current co-host of ”The View” also knows a thing or two about comedy. McCarthy and a troupe of female comedians, featuring Paula Bel, Lynne Koplitz, Justine Marino and Tammy Pescatelli, will be raising eyebrows with adults-only comedy about what it’s really like to be a woman.
National Halloween Convention Friday, May 2, noon; Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.; Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center 100 Station Ave. $40 to $100, 484-754-EXPO www.halloweenshow.com It’s never to early in the year to prepare your spooktacular Halloween festivities. Let the pros teach you various tricks and treats including carving foam for props, making statues and even how to do makeup. Check the website for a variety of classes and bring out your inner monster.
'Andy: A Popera, Stage 1' Friday, May 2, 5 p.m. Philadelphia Museum of Art 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. Free with museum admission 215-763-8100 www.philamuseum.org The experimental cabaret group The Bearded Ladies are known for over-the-top props and creative costumes. They'll be collaborating with Andy Warhol expert Dr. Peter Never, who discovered the lost “popera” of Andy Warhol. The Bearded Ladies will be performing excerpts from the obscure Warhol piece. There will also be a DIY screen printing so don’t forget to bring a t-shirt.
'Manon' Thursday, May 1, and Saturday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. AVA’s Helen Corning Warden Theater 1920 Spruce St. $25-$95, 215-735-1685 www.avaopera.org "Manon" is a French opera written by Jules Massenet in the 19th century. Regarded as a quintessential piece of the culture of the Parisian Belle Epoque, the opera showcases the talent required to perform such a difficult vocal demand. It's one of the most frequently performed French operas internationally.
Karen Akers-Time Flies Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 8 p.m. Prince Music Theater $69.50 1412 Chestnut St. 215-972-1000 www.princemusictheater.org Regarded as one of the most outstanding female cabaret vocalists, Karen Akers has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In her current act, “Time Flies,” Akers showcases the highlights of her extensive career, including her Tony Award-nominated Broadway debut in “Nine.”
The Both Saturday, May 3, 9 p.m. Union Transfer 1026 Spring Garden St. $22-$24, 215-232-2100 www.utphilly.com Musical duo The Both is Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Mann is best known for her solo work on the “Magnolia” soundtrack and in the '80s new wave band Til Tuesday. Ted Leo is a punk and indie rock songwriter best known for his work in bands Citizens Arrest and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. They are touring in support of their new album, released this month.
Xtra Ticket Sunday, May 4th, 8 p.m. Ardmore Music Hall 23 E. Lancaster Ave. $10-$12, 610-649-8389 www.ardmoremusic.com Dancing bears will abound as this Grateful Dead tribute band rolls into the Ardmore Music Hall. The band aims to satisfy all generations of Dead Heads with classic songs as well as experimental jams.
Sister Cities Park International Festival Saturday, May 3, noon Sister Cities Park 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Free www.centercityphila.org The second annual Sister Cities Park International Festival celebrates cultural diversity with dance, art, music, and food from Brulee Catering, The Tavern Group and Logan Square Cafe. Explore cultures from around the world with members of the International Visitors Council from the Japan Society of Philadelphia, the Polish American Cultural Center of Philadelphia and others.
Q & A with Mycopolitan Mushroom Co. at the Farmstand Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. Fair Food Farmstand 51 N. 12th St. Free, 215-386-5211 www.fairfoodphilly.org Mushroom expert and inventor of Mycopolitan mushroom kits Tyler Case will be providing answers to all of your mushroom-growing questions. His kits, which sprout Philly-sourced oyster mushrooms, will be available at a 10-percent discount. Take this opportunity to check out all Fair Foods Farmstand has to offer.
Christ Church Burial Ground will be one of the stops on the Vampires, Sex, Ghosts tour. Credit: Grim Philly
Vampires, Sex, Ghosts Wednesdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Grim Philly Twilight Tours 599 Market St. $20, 856-829-3100 www.grimphilly.com This R-rated tour supplies something a little different than the normal Philly sightseeing tours: A dark side. Joe Wojie researched and developed this tour for over a year with the hopes of packing a macabre punch. Your guide will take you past Independence Hall, The Library of Congress and dozens more sights while recanting traditional stories of Philly’s most famous historic people. Also featured are the most taboo spots of Philly’s dark past, such as whipping posts, gallows, red light districts and historic hauntings.