10 things to do in Philly this weekend


‘The Rocky Horror Show’
Through March 28
The Papermill
2825 Ormes St.
$10-$20, 215-278-9504
Worry not, you haven’t fallen into a time warp — this is the original musical that inspired the film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Over 40 years since its London debut, it still has the market cornered on campy rock operas about mad transvestite scientists. In keeping with “Rocky Horror” tradition, BrainSpunk will be performing it at midnight on Saturdays.

‘Moon Cave’
Through March 22
Off-Broad Street Theater
1636 Sansom St.
$15-$25, 215-563-1100
Azuka Theatre presents this play by Douglas Williams about a man who survived a highly publicized traumatic event as a child. Troubled by the twin demons of post-traumatic stress and dubious fame, he’s isolated himself from society — but a love interest enters his life.


‘Swan Lake’
Through March 15
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad St.
$35-$129, 215-893-1999
Pennsylvania Ballet presents Christopher Wheeldon’s version of Tchaikovsky’s immortal ballet, which the company premiered a decade ago. Wheeldon takes a meta-fictional approach to “Swan Lake,” beginning with a dancer rehearsing the role of Prince Seigfried in his room. Eventually he comes to merge fully with his character, the entire ballet staged as a “Wizard of Oz”-esque fantasy in his mind.


Figment Theater Ensemble Night
Fridays, 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Figment Theater
1219 Vine St.
$10, 215-833-8867
Each Friday this year, Figment Theater will feature improv from a rotating selection of three of its six ensembles: The Avengers, Jackaloupe, Playback, Rufus, Triple Double and Wussy Riot. Each group, averaging eight to 10 members, has a different game or set of games, so whether you’re into musical improv, the fake interview or the hardcore Harold form, there’s something here to amuse you.


The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
International House
3701 Chestnut St.
$8-$15, 215-387-5125
This supergroup of Liberian singers includes Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete and Tokay Tomah. All established artists in their own rights, they were brought together by the Philadelphia Folklore Project. They sing both traditional Liberian and original songs, with a goal of spreading awareness about domestic violence, using music as a force for healing and hope.

Friday, 10:40 p.m.
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N. Front St.
$6, 21+, 215-291-4919
Got a little skank in you? Of course you do. Skank on down to this evening of soul, ska and R&B, with DJ Scott B. and friends spinning tunes and a live performance by the Snails, who play a Jamaican-influenced mix of all three genres, promising “a Snailgasm at its best.” Not sure what that means, but we’re down.


Jinming Huang
Friday through March 28
PII Gallery
242 Race St.
Free, 215-592-1022
Chinese painter Jinming Huang has been featured in international shows in Italy and Spain, but this is his first solo show in the United States. His wild, weird, funny canvases recall the nightmarish body horror of Francis Bacon, the ecstatic folk art visions of William Blake and the mind-warping surrealism of Salvador Dali, but you can’t really mistake him for anyone but himself.

Chantal Westby: Spiritual Transition
Through March 14
Bazemore Gallery
4339 Main St.
Free, 215-482-1119
As the title of this solo exhibition suggests, spirituality plays an important role in local painter Chantal Westby’s energetic images, which often focus on a single human figure, rendering visible the invisible journey of the soul in a Universe that is not wholly material. “I give my imagination full rein,” she writes in her bio, “ignoring artificial boundaries of space and time.”


Philadelphia Flower Show
Through Sunday
Philadelphia Convention Center
1101 Arch St.
$20-$32, 215-988-8800
Spring’s just around the corner, but you’ll get an advance taste of it, and much more, at this annual convention of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which promises “Large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.” There are competitions, a tea room, a butterfly exhibit, how-to workshops and even a beer garden. This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Movies.”


Upstairs Downstairs
Friday, 7 p.m.
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 W. Tulpehocken St.
$20, 215-438-1861
Can’t get enough of “Downton Abbey”? This tour of the Ebenezer Maxwell mansion is for you. Your docent will lead you around the Victorian manor, where you’ll meet actresses performing as servants and the wealthy they serve, and learn all about the era’s social strata, which were almost as constricting as the corsets. Another “Upstairs Downstairs” tour takes place in May.

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