Here’s what to do in Philly this weekend
Come Together Dance Festival
Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S. Broad St.
Koresh Dance Company presents this showcase of the diversity of the Philadelphia dance scene. Each night features a different array of performers in multiple genres, from hip-hop to contemporary to classical ballet to acrobatics — 24 companies in all, including Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Raphael Xavier, Rennie Harris Puremovement, and Koresh.
‘Ragas and Airs’
Saturday, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Irish Memorial
100 S. Front St.
Indian classical dance company Usiloquy Dance Designs presents a free preview of their latest work, “Ragas and Airs,” designed to find a sympathy between Indian Bharatanatyam and traditional Celtic dance forms, which, though seemingly far-flung culturally, actually share the same ancient Indo-European roots. Audience members will be invited to participate at certain points. Don’t be shy!
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine St.
Writers as different as Derek Walcott, Jamaica Kincade and V.S. Naipaul have created rich work exploring life in the microscopic nations of the Caribbean. Add to this list Tiphanie Yanique, whose latest novel, “Land of Love and Drowning,” takes place against the backdrop of St. Thomas’ transfer from Dutch to American power. Here she’ll discuss the book with writer Judith Frank.
II Ways: New Works in Paper
Through Aug. 10
Frame Works Studio and Gallery
2103 Walnut St.
This exhibi features work from two different paper artists, Mark Price and Joseph Opshinsky, each presenting different possibilities for the humble medium of paper. The prolific Price, who describes himself as “a factory” on his website, contributes a set of small, fragmentary images, while Opshinsky offers a series of cut-paper collages representing Philadelphia landmarks.
And I Said No Lord: A Twenty-One-Year-Old in Mississippi in 1964
Through Aug. 31
72 N. Second St.
This photography show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the eponymous book by photographer Joel Katz, a fascinating document of the Deep South at a very contentious time in that region’s history. The young Katz approached his Yale-funded project as not merely a document of racial tensions but of the whole social backdrop against which they existed.
Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Smith Memorial Playground
3500 Reservoir Dr.
Remember that sketch on “Portlandia” where the hipster parents try to make “cool” kid’s music? Well, image if that idea had turned out good, then you’ve got an idea of this outdoor concert. It features three kid-oriented sets — from the Walkmen’s Walter Martin, Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could and Seattle’s the Not-Its! — that parents can enjoy just as easily.
Pixar in Concert
Friday and Saturday
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center
1500 Walnut St.
Compared to the stunning computer-generated visuals for which Pixar is justly famous, the music in the Disney-owned production company’s films can often go relatively unnoticed, doing its secret work behind the scenes. This weekend, however, it takes center stage as the Philadelphia Orchestra presents an evening of music from all 14 of Pixar’s films to date, alongside projected clips.
Friday, 11:59 p.m.
2030 Sansom St.
Anyone can enter this monthly sketch competition, hosted by a mysterious figure known only as “The Chairman.” Interested parties are selected at random a month in advance and placed in groups of three to work together on a 10-minute sketch. The groups go head to head to see who’s got “it” and who’s, well, a little sketchy.
‘Andy: a Popera’
The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St.
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret presents this eccentric musical about Andy Warhol — one we’re pretty confident the eccentric artist would approve of. It portrays denizens of his famous Factory like Edie Sedgwick and Candy Darling, as well as his pop muses Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley as assistants in a Warhol lecture by suspiciously named Warhol expert Dr. Peter P. Never.
‘Sunrise at Hyde Park’
William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce St.
Tom Wilson Weinberg wrote this musical about the 1962 discovery of letters detailing the passionate relationship — often interpreted as romantic — between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok, who first interviewed the first lady in 1932, striking up a lifelong friendship and no end of suspicion. Weinberg himself appears in the role of Franklin Roosevelt.
East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
E. Passyunk Ave., between Dickinson and Broad streets
If you love to gawk at awesome-looking automobiles you shouldn’t miss this fest, with its wide variety of classic, custom and show vehicles — over 140 cars, trucks and motorcycles. There’s also live music, circus performances, kid’s activities (including a moon bounce — score!) and the Bang! Boom! Craft! fair.
Paranormal Friday at Fort Mifflin
Friday, 7 p.m.
6400 Hog Island Rd.
This is your last chance this summer to take this ghost tour/primer on the paranormal at historic Fort Mifflin, where American revolutionary soldiers held out in 1777 against the British ’til the bitter end, losing but buying crucial time. As with the Alamo, it’s remembered as a heroic defeat, and the ghosts of those brave soldiers are said to linger.