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Friday through Sept. 21
1816 Wharton St.
Chris Davis, who brought us “Holly’s Dead Soliders” at last year’s Fringe Festival, presents his latest, a modernized, and presumably abbreviated, retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s epic “Anna Karenina,” staged in a South Philly rowhouse. For those unfamiliar with the plot, we don’t have much room here so it’ll have to suffice to say it’s about pretty much everything.
Philadelphia Shakespeare Company
2111 Sansom St.
Despite the pun on Apple’s product naming style in the title, this alternate version of Hamlet doesn’t simply imagine the moody Danish prince, here played by a female actor, as an iPhone-toting millennial. Rather, it isolates Hamlet’s lines from the rest of the play and presents them as an uninterrupted monologue — the existential Twitter feed of a famously troubled soul.
Craft Phila: Liberty Bell
Saturday and Sunday
Next to the Liberty Bell Pavilion and Independence Mall
Sixth and Chestnut streets
Keeping it patriotic, 76 artists and craftspeople from around the corner and across the country — painters, printers, photographers, furniture makers, jewelers, candle makers, soap makers, metalworkers, woodworkers and others — will be plying their wares at this outdoor fair around the Liberty Bell.
Three Themes: ‘Contemporary Connections with Paul Strand’
Thursday through Nov. 8
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American St.
This show features 25-plus photographs by Tanyth Berkeley, Doug Rickard and Paul Salveson. Each has a focus that can find a connection to 20th-century modernist Paul Strand, who shot mainly in three genres: portraiture (Berkeley), street scenes (Rickard) and abstraction (Salveson). A Strand retrospective opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art next month.
Through Sept. 27
1355 Ridge Ave.
In this series of interrelated mixed-media works, Bulgarian artist Nikolay Milushev imagines an environmentally devastated alternate reality that, given the environmental threats that exist today, may not be alternative enough for comfort. The pieces feature character called YOMI, a mysterious creature that both haunts and represents humanity — a figure, perhaps, of our alienation from our own responsibilities.
Friday, 7 p.m.
1515 Brandywine St.
Four choreographers present their works at this contemporary dance show from local company Naked Stark. Beau Hancock gives us “Mooring Field”; “City Bird Sings the Car Alarm” comes via Shannon Murphy; Katherine Kiefer Stark provides “Invisible LUs”; and Megan Wilson sterns rounds things out with an untitled work.
Friday through Sept. 21
531 N. Seventh St.
“Follow a young woman as she stumbles upon a world with no rules, no life, no death,” goes the teaser for this production from Gunnar Montana. Our heroine seems to be engaged in some kind of dialogue with a freaky humanoid with tubes protruding from his pink head. Who is he? What does he want? Is he even real? Is she dreaming? Are we?
John Vanore and Abstract Truth
Friday, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Chris’ Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St.
Locally based jazz composer and trumpeter John Vanore’s band, Abstract Truth, is composed of a dozen-odd members, sometimes including such rarely seen instruments as the bass clarinet and French horn. Their number puts them somewhere between a small ensemble and a big band, and Vanore takes full advantage of this hybrid format to create a sound both intimate and expansive, hot and cool.
Friday and Saturday
300 S. Broad St.
David Bowie is probably the only British pop institution who’s had more diverse transformations than prog rock group King Crimson, now on its eighth lineup, and touring for the first time since 2008. The only constant member has been guitarist Robert Fripp, who’s led the band from fantasy pomp to atonal fusion jazz to brainy metal to edgy new wave and beyond.
Rooftop Movie Night: ‘Ratatouille’
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
929 South St.
This screening of the charming 2007 Pixar film “Ratatouille” is a fundraiser for Whole Foods Market’s Whole Kids Foundation. “Ratatouille,” about Remy the rat, who dreams of becoming a chef, seems like a perfect pick. We’re still hoping for a sequel where Remy becomes a Gordon Ramsay-esque hothead celebrity chef, but Pixar never replies to our emails.
Extreme Ghost Hunt Experience
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Eastern State Penitentiary
N. 22nd St. at Fairmount Ave.
Take a ghost hunting tour with paranormal investigator Chris Nicoletti, who’s been seen provoking the dead on SyFy and other channels. Naturally, they can’t promise an encounter with a ghost, but Eastern State has a reputation for being way haunted, scaring even the most seasoned ghost hunters. So it ought to at least be an extremely spooky evening.
Friday, 8 p.m.
1003 Arch St.
$30, 21+, 877-987-6487
Comedian Doug Stanhope belongs to the lineage of libertarian-minded comics such as George Carlin and Bill Hicks, who tell it like they see it, no matter where it leads them. Like Hicks, Stanhope is more prone to caustic, amusingly over-the-top rants than jokes, but beneath all the angst is a positive message: Life is too short to not think for yourself.