14 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Sept. 21 through Oct. 22, various times
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.

Walnut Street Theatre—in an unbelievable 209th season—brings Stephen Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” a musical take on a Roman farce, to life with an ensemble cast led by Sara Brophy. In the story, the oh-so-cunning Pseudolus, a slave, attempts to woo a young aristocrat for his master in exchange for his freedom.
Sept. 22, 8 p.m.
The Media Theatre
104 East State St., Media
The Media Theatre company launches their 2017-18 season with the tragic love story of Billy Bigelow, a traveling carnival performer who falls head-over-heels for Julie Jordan, only for him to die in an accident shortly after. The musical follows Billy’s supernatural journey back to the living world to see how her life turned out.
Sept. 22 through Sept. 24, various times
Chi Movement for the Arts
1316 S. Ninth St.
Annielille Gavino and Evalina Carbonell draw inspiration from motherhood in this choreographed dance performance that’s a love letter to daughters everywhere. Also on view: a film by Jasmine Lynea Callis, poems by Lenora Howard and music by Maya Simonee.
Bar 57 Pop-Up Bar
Sept. 21, 6 p.m.
One Liberty Observation Deck
1650 Market St.
Pay as you go
Through December, during one Thursday per month, Bar 57 will appear on the 57th floor of One Liberty, featuring a lineup of Federal Distilling’s Stateside Urbancraft vodka cocktails. DJs, starting with DJ Royale, are also scheduled to appear through the season.
International House Oktoberfest
Sept. 22, 6 p.m.
International House (Outdoor Courtyard)
3701 Chestnut St.
‘Tis the season for Oktoberfests, and International House promises a traditional take on the annual Bavarian festival, serving up plenty of brews, wurstl, polka music and more. Considering International House specializes in multiculturalism, this one’s poised to be among the more authentic-feeling of the season’s Oktoberfests.
Sept. 23, 12 p.m.
Uptown Beer Garden
1735 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Pay as you go
Timed in celebration of Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese, whose wedding marked the first Oktoberfest, this all-day celebration features beer, music and dishes ranging from potato pancakes to currywurst. Limited German import drafts will be pouring.
Ardmore Oktoberfest
Sept. 23, 2 p.m.
McCloskey’s Tavern
17 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Pay as you go
Ardmore is expected to usher in thousands of attendees for this six-hour Oktoberfest, headed by McCloskey’s Tavern—which will tap nine beer and cider options, with a special selection from Tired Hands Brewing Company. Aside from the usual Bavarian fare, expect some seasonal activities like pumpkin painting and cookie decorating.
Piazza Pop-Up Beer Garden
Sept. 23 through Sept. 24, 10 a.m.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons
1001 N. Second St.
Pay as you go
Brew Crew Events and Home Brewed Events partner for this two-day pop-up beer garden. The garden will appear in conjunction with the Maker’s Market on Sept. 23, during which guests can purchase art, crafts and local produce—while doing a Downward Dog with Dhyana Yoga.
Amadeus Live
Sept. 21 through Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
Verizon Hall
300 S. Broad St.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, for a super-limited three-night run, performs the soundtrack of Academy Award-darling film “Amadeus.” The movie will screen in the background.
Between the Buried and Me
Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

Theatre of Living Arts
334 South St.

The progressive metal band, around since 2000, has released seven albums since its inception–but none as well-received among fans as its 2007 album, Colors. Here, the band predominantly plays tracks from that 65-minute LP, featuring influences from jazz, bluegrass and pop.
Make the World Better
Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
Dell Music Center
2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation is behind this fundraiser concert for parks and recreation centers, which has raised $750,000 in its three-year run. Performing this year: Philly rock band The War On Drugs, with Elizabeth Powell-fronted indie-rock band Land of Talk.
AIDS Walk Informational Meeting
Sept. 22, 11 a.m.
Corner of 18th and Walnut streets
Learn more about what your fundraising efforts go toward by attending this kick-off meeting from AIDS Fund Executive Director Robb Reichard, who discusses the past, present and future of HIV/AIDS. A photographic timeline explaining 35 years of the disease’s history will remain present in Rittenhouse Square after the presentation ends.
Art of the Heel
Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.
William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce St.
Cookie Diorio, a drag queen known for her singing and sky-high heels, performs with Matt Brower and special guest Garrett Obrycki for this Fringe Festival benefit in support of environmental advocate PennFuture. Diorio is an operatic singer who often performs gospel.
Mimi Imfurst
Sept. 23, 10 p.m.
Hard Rock Café
1131 Market St.
RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Mimi Imfurst leads a raucous—but still all-ages, remarkably—night of drag, with drink specials promised and a full menu served until midnight. A gaggle of local queens will join her on stage.


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