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10 things to do in Philly this weekend

Drink at Bierfest, celebrate Kurt Cobain's 48th birthday, or see an unusual take on the Purim story.
"The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther" at the Gershman Y Provided

DRINK

Bierfest

Saturday, 2 to 5:30 p.m.

German Society of Philadelphia

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611 Spring Garden St.

$20-$75, 215-627-2332

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The German Society of Philadelphia hosts its fourth annual Bierfest — and that’s spelled correctly, because we’re talking about German beer here, with a fine local variety of lagers, weizens and bocks on tap. There’s also entertainment from the Philly Roller Girls, rock ’n‘ roll polka from Polkadelphia, a little corner called the Beer and Cheese Cave and other delights.

GOING OUT

Lunar New Year Celebration

Friday, 6 p.m.

International House

3701 Chestnut St.

$5-$12, 215-387-5125

www.ihousephilly.org

International House hosts this smorgasbord of traditional Chinese food, music and dance, celebrating the Year of the Sheep, or the Goat or the Ram — depends on who you ask. But the humble animal is supposed to preside over a calm, productive lunar cycle, and is associated with the number eight, said to be auspicious in Chinese numerology.

ART

Lost Ice: What the Birds Saw

Through March 31

Fairmount Water Works

640 Waterworks Dr.

Free, 215-685-0723

www.fairmountworks.com

This four-panel painting by local artist Pamela Tudor is a minimal but powerful comic strip-like sequence imagining a bird’s eye view (literally) of rapidly melting ice near the North Pole. Tudor cuts through the tedious “debate” around global warming’s causes — all our bird knows is that the ice is melting, fast. And what, if anything, will we do?

Linda Sosangelis: Opulence

Through March 8

Twenty-Two Gallery

236 S. 22nd St.

Free, 215-772-1911

www.twenty-twogallery.com

In these paintings, artist Linda Sosangelis looks back to the age of Orientalism, the Western fascination with Eastern culture that raged in the 19th century. The movement may not have been free of cultural bias, but Sosangelis’ paintings are concerned simply with the beauty of their images, whose seductive magnetism she reproduces through the meticulous lens of the 17th century Dutch masters.

MUSIC

Songwriters in the Round: Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain

Friday, 8 p.m.

Tin Angel

20 S. Second St.

$10-$12, 21+, 215-928-0978

www.rockonphilly.com

If Kurt Cobain were still with us, the reluctant King of Grunge would be 48 this Friday, which ought to make those who came of age in the ’90s feel pretty old. Well, at least the songs never age! Five musicians will pay tribute to Cobain’s formidable legacy at this show.

Mahler’s Fourth

Sunday and Monday

Kimmel Center

300 S. Broad St.

$24-$81, 215-893-1999

www.kimmelcenter.org

Dirk Brosse leads the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia through Schoenberg’s poetry-inspired breakthrough work “Verklarte Nacht” (“Transfigured Night”) and a chamber-sized arrangement of Mahler’s fourth symphony, featuring soprano Chloe Olivia Moore, singing “Das himmlische Leben” (“This Heavenly Life”), the German folk song Mahler incorporated into the final movement, in which a child imagines Heaven.

DANCE

BalletX Winter Series 2015

Through Sunday

Wilma Theater

265 S Broad St.

$25-$45, 215-546-7824

www.wilmatheater.org

BalletX performs an diverse set of works, including Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto’s “Malasangre,” a tribute to the Cuban singer La Lupe; Val Caniparoli’s “Triptychm,” which explores the before, during and after of war; and a new work by Filipino-American choreographer Norbert De La Cruz III. All are premieres for the company.

BOOKS

Adrienne Shaw

Thursday, 6 p.m.

Penn Bookstore

3601 Walnut St.

Free, 215-898-7595

www.upenn.bncollege.com

As the debates over misogyny in video games, collectively called “Gamergate,” rage on, author Adrienne Shaw takes a more universal perspective in her book “Gaming at the Edge,” exploring how marginalized groups within the gaming community relate to their status and the way they’re represented, both in games and the media at large.

THEATER

‘The Metamorphosis’

Through March 1

Sedgwick Theater

7137 Germantown Ave., Mt. Airy

$27-$34

866-811-4111

www.quintessencetheatre.org

Quintessence Theater Group presents Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s most popular story, a surreal nightmare that still manages to be a little funny. Gregor Samsa, a regular man, wakes up one day to find he’s been transformed into a giant bug — no explanation offered, and none ever comes. What’s a giant bug to do? And why doesn’t his family seem to care?

DANCE

‘The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther’

Sunday, 2 p.m.

Gershman Y

401 S. Broad St.

$15-$20

215-545-4400

www.gershmany.org

It’s rare to hear a story from the Bible described as progressive, but many scholars have read proto-feminist elements in the Book of Esther, with its strong female figures Vashti and Esther. That’s the tack taken by New York’s Ariel Rivka Dance for this show, telling the story, which lies at the root of the Jewish festival Purim, with an all-female cast.

 
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