Patti Smith: “M Train”
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.
The latest creation from the Godmother of Punk is essentially an autobiography, focusing on the cafes and hangouts she worked in throughout the world. Told through writing that weaves between reality and dreams, and past and present, Smith reflects on her songwriting, the rich yet disparate places she has been and on the loss of her husband.
First Person Arts Festival
Through Nov. 15
Free to $150, 267-402-2058
First Person Arts’ annual fest is back for its 14th year, with visiting artists and “everyday people” alike sharing their personal stories in multiple locations around town. The storytelling Grand Slam, culinary events, workshops and author readings make up this unusual festival.
Luna Theater Company
620 S. Eighth St.
$20 to $25
Luna is going with a theatrical interpretation of George Orwell’s satirical novella —which you likely read in school —criticizing the Stalin-ruled Soviet Union. The anthropomorphized animals on the Manor Farm revolt and establish the notion that all animals are equal.
Art After 5: “Bitter Homes and Gardens”
Friday, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th St. and Ben Franklin Pkwy.
Museum admission $14 to $20, 215-763-8100
The Bearded Ladies take over Art After 5 at the PMA with an unusual cabaret: The actors play plants protesting their treatment by humans. An ill-tempered fern emcees this performance in which flowers, weeds and veggies sing their hearts out in the style of country and folk music. Scientific fact is at the crux of these odes to botanical justice.
“The Rocky Horror Show”
Friday to Nov. 15
University of the Arts, Terra Hall
211 S. Broad St.
The UArts theater department is ready to do the time warp. A waterfall of toilet paper and other audience participation delights are in store for this production of the 1975 cult-favorite parody of kitschy sci-fi flicks.
Thursday, 8:30 p.m.
Plays and Players Theater
1714 Delancey St.
Good Good Comedy gives you a peek into the mind of a stand-up comedian with “Comedian Psychoanalysis.” Settle in as a real psychologist analyzes several comedians based on the standup they perform for you — find out what makes these comics tick.
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
$55, college students $30, kids under 10 free
Tour the Independence Seaport Museum, bid in a silent auction and listen to live music in a scenic spot, all for a good cause: This annual event raises money for the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for young organ transplant recipients. The food and drinks will be provided by Zavino, Blue Duck, Capital Grille, 2nd Story Brewing, Yards and other local spots.