MUSIC

Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket
Friday, 9 p.m.
Boot and Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.
$12, 21+, 877-987-6487
www.ticketfly.com
This local band’s bio describes them as “an 8-piece absurdist soul outfit,” and its frontman, a transplant from Rhode Island, as “equal parts Andy Kaufman and Prince.” He’s definitely the least sexy sex symbol since Har Mar Superstar, but after a couple of his smooth love tracks, you may come out a believer—you’ll at least come out laughing.  


The Planets
Friday through Sunday
Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad St.
$39-$157, 215-893-1999 
www.philorch.org
The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, performs Gustav Holst’s popular suite “The Planets,” with its memorable themes inspired by astrological associations of our solar system neighbors. 


VARIETY

Xtreme Talent Show
Friday, 8 p.m.
PhilaMOCA
531 N. 12th St.
$10, 267-519-9651
www.philamoca.org
Vicious Variety presents a true smorgasbord of entertaining weirdness, with a talent competition featuring “surprise celebrities,” standup comedy, and a burlesque show from Necrosexual, disturbingly described by PhilaMOCA as “morbidly arousing.” Pro wrestler Tim Donst is your host. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Cancer Association. 

 

DANCE

‘Sister/Sister’
Friday and Saturday
Mascher Space Cooperative
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
$10-$12, mascherdance@gmail.com
www.mascherdance.org
Sorry, ’90s nostalgia-heads, but this contemporary ballet/modern dance performance has nothing to do with the sitcom “Sister, Sister.” It does star two sisters, though: Antonia and Willa Brown, who’ve spent the past week working on this brand-new collaborative piece. 


Duende
Friday and Saturday
The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine St.
$10-$15, liveduende@gmail.com 
www.duendelive.com
BalletX member Chloe Felesina and Edgar Anido will join musicians Nadia Sirota (viola), Emilie-Anne Gendron (violin) and Gabriel Cabezas (cello) for this performance. Duende’s goal is to feature musicians and dancers equally, both contributing to a hybrid art experience. An intimate space prevents the audience from being too distant, and a cash bar and low-key atmosphere encourages conversation.

 

FOOD

Fairmount Food Crawl
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
23rd and Fairmount Ave.
$10, 856-982-3581
www.upcomingevents.com
Take a delicious tour of the restaurants of Fairmount as you sample different bits of a whole pig in each locale. Not the same pig, of course — that would be impractical. There will also be craft cocktail samples at each stop. You can start anywhere and finish anywhere. Pro tip: get tickets in advance, preferably today: over 500 have sold already.

 

THEATER

‘The Last Jimmy’
Through Saturday
Prince Music Theater
1412 Chestnut St.
$35-$60, 877-987-6487
www.ticketfly.com
This hip-hop musical uses original music by The Roots’ collaborator Dice Raw and choreography by Renee Harris to mount an attack on racism in the American justice system. It takes inspiration from the book “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. 


‘Collected Stories’
Through March 29

Walnut Street Theater
825 Walnut St.
$15-$25, 609-220-7537
isis.ticketleap.com
Isis Productions presents this 1996 play by Donald Marguiles about two writers, one older and established, one younger and still in school, who form a mentor-protege relationship that starts out supportive, but as the student finds her own success over the course of six years — with a story based on her teacher’s private life — things get more complicated, to say the least.
 


ART

Jane Irish: Faience and Firenze
Through April 11
Locks Gallery
600 Washington Sq. South
Free, 215-629-1000
www.locksgallery.com
Locks Gallery presents a set of ceramics and gouache paintings by Jane Irish. Her vases reflect, both in their physical design and painted imagery, Irish’s interest in the Vietnam War — like most people, she’s not a fan. The exhibition also includes scenes of opulent Italian gardens and villas. Together, these works present the paradox of human beings as makers of beauty and destruction. 


Objects of Our Discontent
Through Saturday (reception Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.)
Paradigm Gallery and Studio
746 S. 4th St.
Free, 267-266-0073
www.newvoxgallery.com
However you feel about the Second Amendment, there can be little doubt that the issues surrounding firearms are among the most polarizing and emotionally provocative in American culture. In this traveling exhibition, five artists explore America’s special relationship with guns. Perhaps their creative, playful perspective can help us to image new ways of approaching an often rigid, seemingly intractable debate.