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Flower Show, Sting and more to do in Philly this weekend

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Philadelphia Flower Show
March 11-19
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch streets
$28
theflowershow.com

It’s back! The Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s massive flower exhibition returns, this time transporting bloom lovers to the tulip fields of the Netherlands. “Holland: Flowering the World” features Dutch-themed floral displays from some of the region’s top horticulturists and designers, and as always a mammoth lineup of events — from early-morning tours and after-hours dance nights to workshops out the wazoo. Get in there and sniff those roses.

Boathouse Row Block Party
March 11, 6:45 p.m.
Boathouse Row
$55-$65
boathouserow.org

The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia offers a once-a-year chance to explore all 12 clubs along Boathouse Row in a single, fun-filled night. As you meander with fellow guests from club to club, you’ll munch on hors d'oeuvres and sip on signature cocktails. The shebang culminates with a rollicking after-party of more drinking, dancing and fun.

Fun for foodies

A Night of “Clue” and Cocktail Tastings
March 10, 7-9 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.
$45
clueandcocktails.eventbrite.com

Discerning cocktail lovers can test their tastebuds at this drink tasting, where guests are given cocktail samples and then tasked with naming the ingredients. Other activities planned include murder-mystery-themed trivia, a screening of 1985 cult favorite “Clue” and a literary scavenger hunt (which requires an extra $5 registration fee per team).

A Spoonful of Sugar: Candy Medicine Talk and Taste
March 11, 7 p.m.
Shane Confectionery
110 Market St.
$12
shanecandies.com

Old-world sweet purveyors Shane Confectionery invites guests into its historic candy kitchen for a discussion on the intermingled history of sweets and medicine. An archivist will shine light on the subject before guiding guests through a hands-on demonstration and tasting of what is perhaps the most delicious and satisfying medicine in the world: cough drops.

Music

Sting
March 11, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.
$100
thefillmorephilly.com

Rock icon and forever heartthrob Sting finally makes his way to Philadelphia on the North American leg of his 57th and 9th tour. He’s making the rounds to promote his latest album of the same name, his first studio effort in more than a decade. This stop at the Fillmore offers a chance for die-hard fans to see the former Police frontman in a superintimate setting.

Vanessa Carlton
March 8, 8 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
$34
worldcafelive.com

Mitford, Pennsylvania-raised singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton comes to World Cafe Live to perform her 2015 — and perhaps most-celebrated — album “Liberman” in its entirety. Tristen, the synth-pop artist, who The Boston Globe labeled “Nashville’s best kept secret,” opens the show.

Saved By the '90s Party
March 11, 9 p.m.
Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St.
$12-$15
thetroc.com

Children of the '90s will find plenty to reminisce over at the Trocadero Saturday night, when party troupe Saved By the '90s returns for an evening of music and shenanigans inspired by the final decade of the 20th century. Proper attire is encouraged, so throw on a billowy neon jacket and prep-roll your jeans. It’s going to be rad, dude.

Comedy

Colin Kane
March 9-12
Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St.
$16-$34
heliumcomedy.com

Colin Kane, who’s been dubbed one of the country’s dirtiest comics, performs five shows at Helium Comedy Club this weekend. The comedian is a winner of Howard Stern’s Kill or Be Killed comedy competition, and he recently made his film debut in “The Wedding Ringer,” starring Philly’s own Kevin Hart.

Museum

"Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab"
March 12-July 9
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free with $20 museum admission
philamuseum.org

Swing by the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sunday to drool over the venue’s first major American exhibition of phulkari embroideries, a traditional style of ornate textiles made in Punjab. The bulk of these gems come from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, but the exhibition also pairs the works with phulkari from PMA’s collection, and contemporary couture wearables inspired by phulkari from the hands of leading Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra.

Cats!

Le Cat Cafe First Anniversary
March 9-12
Le Cat Cafe
2713 W. Girard Ave.
Pay as you go
http://www.lecatcafe.org/

Brewerytown’s cat cafe celebrates its first anniversary all weekend, with prizes, live music and loads of kitty one-on-one time. Le Cat Cafe was opened by Green Street Animal Rescue founder Kathy Jordan as a new and unique way to adopt out some of the stray cats that wind up in her care.

 

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