MUSIC Laura Marling Women in Performance Improv Comedy: The N Crowd Public Archeology at the Japanese House Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting Crabbie’s Week
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
1026 Spring Garden St.
Perhaps you’ve heard the music of this English folk songwriter on independent radio stations like WXPN. An integral player in the revival of modern folk music, this young musician writes songs laced with traditional melodies, with a vocal style akin to Joni Mitchell.
Divine Hand Ensemble
Sunday, 6 p.m.
Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
$18- $22, 610-649-8389
This string-heavy ensemble plays classical music, opera arias and choral music on a smaller-scale, yet no less virtuosic. Mano Divina sings through his theremin — an instrument you likely haven’t seen before — amid lush strings and celestial percussion. The group brings classical music to audiences that may not have otherwise sought it out.
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St.
$10- $15, 610-246-9998
This short festival features three plays: “The Hour of All Things,” “(Wo)Men in Shakespeare Project” and “Wingspan.” The first is a one-person show in which an everywoman finds love. The second is a collection of Shakespeare’s love scenes and sonnets, and the last centers on plastic surgeon Joe Rosen, who attempts to affix wings to the backs of humans.
‘Heathers: The Musical’
Friday, 8 p.m.
1412 Chestnut St.
$39 -$99, 215-422-4580
The darkly comedic ’80s flick starring Christian Slater and Wynonna Ryder is set to song in this musical production, part of Vulcan Lyric’s summer festival. Teenage Veronica Sawyer links up with the most popular clique in high school, composed of three Heathers — but popularity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Fridays, 8 p.m.
The Actors Center
257 N. Third St.
The audience call the shots at this improv show, so come brimming with ideas you can force the performers to embrace.
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Japanese House and Garden
Lansdown and Horticultural Drives
West Fairmount Park
Shofuso Japanese House will dig through the past at this archaeological excavation to uncover the remains of sculptures, paths and plants from the 1876 Centennial Exposition of Japanese culture. Watch the archaeologists at work — something most of us don’t get to see every day — nd ask questions about the excavation of 19th-century art and artifacts.
Through Sept. 13
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy.
Dn't miss this blockbuster exhibition visiting the Art Museum for the summer. It features more than 80 works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir and other renowned Impressionist painters. But the real draw here is learning the other side of the story: the free audio tour takes you through collector Paul Durand-Ruel’s role in creating and popularizing the Impressionist movement — and the way some of its artists turned their backs on him once they became famous.
Crabbie’s is on a promotional tour of its alcoholic ginger beer this week. On Saturday, the Crabbie’s crew will be bouncing from The Foodery in Northern Liberties (837 N. Second St.), to Weis Markets in Conshohocken, Norristown and Huntington Valley, to the North Shore Beach Club (1031 Germantown Ave.).
Women in Performance
Improv Comedy: The N Crowd
Public Archeology at the Japanese House
Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting