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12 things to do in Philly this weekend

We've got music, dance, theater and comedy — or Miss Martha Graham Cracker providing all four.

MUSIC

The Smithereens
Saturday, 8 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
$22-$30, 215-222-1400
www.worldcafelive.com
Clad with Rickenbacher guitars, leather jackets and a well-studied collection of British Invasion 45’s, The Smithereens were a key East Coast band in the ’60s rock revival in the 1980s. They proudly remained about 20 years behind the times, embracing a harder ’70s power pop style in the ’90s. They’ve never broken up; their last album dropped in 2011.

Harmony Across Barriers: Black Origins in American Classical Music
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Ivy Hall
6331 Lancaster Ave.
$25, 215-803-9725
fineartmusiccompany.ticketleap.com
The Fine Art Music Company performs a program celebrating African-American contributions to classical music, including works by William Grant Still and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, two 20th century black composers who integrated their native folk traditions into the classical idiom, and Betty Roe and George Gershwin, white composers inspired by black musical forms.

Relache in Residence: Mummies outside the Box
Sunday, 3 p.m.
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
$15, 215-898-4000
www.penn.museum
At this concert, their second as artist-in-residence at the Penn Museum, the music ensemble Relache will perform a newly composed live soundtrack to the spooky 1918 silent film “Eyes of the Mummy” by Philly composer Mike Stambaugh. They’ll also play an original piece before the film. If you show up an hour early, you can take a mummy-themed tour of the museum’s impressive collection.

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VARIETY

Rites of Passage
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Headlong Performance Institute
1170 S. Broad St.
$5-$10, appliedmechanicstheater@gmail.com
www.appliedmechanics.us
Experimental theater group Applied Mechanics hosts this immersive experience, described as “part treasure hunt, part hedonistic party, part ritual.” It’s a choose-your-own-adventure play that the audience explores instead of just watches. The troupe poses as a mysterious secret society opening its doors to new members for the first time in years, offering food, games and weird lore.

Pigonometry: Let Us Take You On A Tangent
Friday, 8 p.m.
Trocodero Theater
1003 Arch St.
$25-$125, 18+, 215-425-1100
pigonometry.brownpapertickets.com
This cabaret fundraiser for the Pig Iron Theatre Company features an motley crew of performers including the defiantly hairy 6’7” drag singer Martha Graham Cracker, aka Pig Iron co-founder Dito van Reigersberg. The line up of local favorites also features the intense circus of Brian Sanders’ JUNK, dance duo Magda and Chelsea, Murmuration, Johnny Showcase and his Lefty Lucy Cabaret, the hip-hoppin’ senior citizens of Fantasy Grandma and the Brazilian samba band Unidos de Fidelfia.


ART

And the Word Is…
Thursday through May 14
The Gershman Y
401 S. Broad St.
Free, 215-545-4400
www.gershmany.org
This multimedia group exhibition brings together eight artists from across the United States who’ve used religious texts in their art, in ways ranging from devout to irreverent. The religions explored here seem mostly Abrahamic — Christianity, Judaism and Islam — but maybe the deeper element here is the mysterious psychological power of words themselves, whether they’re said to issue from God or humans.

The Sky’s Gone Out
Saturday through March 14
Moore College of Art and Design
20th St. and Ben Franklin Pkwy.
Free, 215-965-4027
www.thegalleriesatmoore.org
Sigmund Freud had a lot of unusual ideas, some of which are not too politically correct these days, but one of the most intriguing was his notion of the uncanny — an aesthetic experience that both fascinates and repels, where the familiar and unfamiliar are distressingly mixed. The artists in this show explore aspects of the uncanny in modern life.


DANCE

The Delicate Hour
Friday and Saturday
Conwell Dance Theater
1801 N. Broad St.
$15-$20, 800-298-4200
www.liacourascenter.com
Choreographer Molly Shanahan and her Mad Shak Ensemble present the latest manifestation of Shanahan’s long-term project “Stamina of Curiosity.” Shanahan integrates commonplace communicative gestures into her choreography, mixing the rarified language of high art with the dance of everyday life. The music has a similar mix — previous versions have made surreal use of the Kenny Rogers song “The Gambler.”


THEATER

‘Under the Skin’
Through March 15
Arden Theater
40 N. Second St.
$43-$48, 215-922-1122
www.ardentheatre.org
“What does it mean to give a part of yourself to someone else?” That’s how Arden Theater Company poses the central question of this new play by Michael Hollinger. The dying Lou needs a kidney transplant, and appeals to his estranged daughter Raina for hers. But her resentment for her father may prove harder to cut out than her kidney.

‘Closer’
Through February 7
Luna Theater
620 S. 8th St.
$15-$30, 18+, 215-704-0033
www.lunatheater.org
Luna Theater Company presents this erotically preoccupied 1997 play by British playwright Patrick Marber, which revolves around a love quadrangle drawn between its four main characters, who swap partners (as well as bitterness and jealousy) with impunity. Love, in this world, is war, and it produces more alienation than attraction in the long run. And truth? It’s strictly a matter of convenience.


MOVIES

‘The Ruling Class’
Thursday, 7 p.m.
International House
3701 Chestnut St.
$7-$9, 215-387-5125
www.ihousephilly.com
Peter O’Toole stars with his usual relish as a mentally unhinged aristocrat in this dark satire on the British class system from 1972. His madness, while it disturbs his family, proves a perfect fit for the madness of the system — in one scene, he delivers a psychotic rant on the floor of the House of Lords that gets an ironically rousing reception.

COMEDY

The Wadsworth Constant
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Adrienne Theater
2030 Sansom St.
$10-$12, 267-233-1556
www.phillyimprovtheater.com
The Wadsworth Constant is a duo composed of Nick Gillette and Kristen Schier, who mix improv comedy and absurdist theater. The Wadsworth Constant is also a satirical “rule” originating on Reddit, which states that the first third of an Internet video is never worth watching. What, if anything, does this have to do with Gillette and Schier’s show? You’ll just have to find out.

 
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