Here’s what to do in Philly this weekend

DANCE

Koresh Dance Company / Pete Checchia
Koresh Dance Company / Pete Checchia

Come Together Dance Festival
Through Sunday
Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S. Broad St.
$25-$35, 219-985-0420
www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
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.
Free, 267-324-5917
www.usiloquydance.org
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!

 

BOOKS

Tiphanie Yanique
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine St.
Free, 215-686-5322
www.freelibrary.org
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.

ART

II Ways: New Works in Paper
Through Aug. 10
Frame Works Studio and Gallery
2103 Walnut St.
Free, fwsgallery@fwsgallery.com
www.fwsgallery.com
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
Aiga Space
72 N. Second St.
Free
www.aiga.org
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.

 

MUSIC

Kidcella
Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Smith Memorial Playground
3500 Reservoir Dr.
$10, 215-765-4325
smithplayground.ticketleap.com/kidchella
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.
$35-$100, 215-731-3333
www.kimmelcenter.org
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.

 

COMEDY

Iron Sketch
Friday, 11:59 p.m.
Adrienne Theater
2030 Sansom St.
Free, 267-233-1556
www.phillyimprovtheater.com
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.

 

THEATER

‘Andy: a Popera’
Through Sunday
The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St.
$10-$25, 215-546-7824
www.wilmatheater.org
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.

The cast of "Sunrise in Hyde Park":  Andrew Peter Crowley, Tom Wilson Weinberg, Heidi Hayes and Ezra Berkley Nepon. / Kevin Broad.
The cast of “Sunrise in Hyde Park”: Andrew Peter Crowley, Tom Wilson Weinberg, Heidi Hayes and Ezra Berkley Nepon. / Kevin Broad.

‘Sunrise at Hyde Park’
Through Friday
William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce St.
$20, sunriseathydepark@gmail.com
www.tomwilsonweinberg.com
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.

FESTIVAL

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
E. Passyunk Ave., between Dickinson and Broad streets
Free, 215-336-1455
www.visiteastpassyunk.com
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.

 

TOUR

Paranormal Friday at Fort Mifflin
Friday, 7 p.m.
Fort Mifflin
6400 Hog Island Rd.
$45, 215-685-4167
fortmifflin.ticketleap.com
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.



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