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8 Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

Laugh along at an improv show, watch archaeologists uncover a garden from the 1800s, and listen to a modern folk singer/songwriter.
Divine Hand Ensemble plays the Ardmore Music Hall on Sunday.Arin Sang-urai

MUSIC

Laura Marling
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
$25, 215-232-2100
www.utphilly.com
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
www.ardmoremusic.com
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.


THEATER

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Women in Performance
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St.
$10- $15, 610-246-9998
www.phillywomenstheatrefest.org
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.
Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut St.
$39 -$99, 215-422-4580
www.princetheater.org
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.

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COMEDY

Improv Comedy: The N Crowd
Fridays, 8 p.m.
The Actors Center
257 N. Third St.
$12-$15, 215-253-4276
www.phillyncrowd.com
The audience call the shots at this improv show, so come brimming with ideas you can force the performers to embrace.


MUSEUMS

Public Archeology at the Japanese House
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Japanese House and Garden
Lansdown and Horticultural Drives
West Fairmount Park
Free, 215-878-5097
www.japanesehouse.org
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.

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting
Through Sept. 13
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy.
$25, 215-763-8100
www.philamuseum.org
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.


DRINK

Crabbie’s Week
Saturday
Various locations
Free
www.crabbiesgingerbeer.com
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.).

 
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