15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

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Authentic Vaudeville & Burlesque
Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
The Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St.

A quirky mix of entertainment forms, Drew Nugent leads this lineup of jazz, schtick and burlesque theater—tinged with humor. It’s a raucous good time—right-sized for The Trocadero—that’s filled with magic, sideshow and sexy get-downs on stage.

Love, Lies and Taxidermy
Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake
302 S. Hicks St.

Through March 4, see this joyous UK comedy about 17-year-old, big-dreamer Valentyn, who is strangely concerned not just with his own love life, but with rekindling his parents’ romance. The play originally debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016.

Get Pegged
Feb. 16, 10:30 p.m.
140 N. Columbus Blvd.

Adrienne Truscott and Jackie Soro are the marquee acts in this month’s iteration of the cabaret series. Truscott is a multi-disciplinary artist—circus performer, dancer, writer and comedian—and Soro is a multimedia artist and character actor, performing as feminist Sheryl.

Craft Sundays
Feb. 18
Tattooed Mom
530 South St.
Pay as you go

Sundays all month long, Tattooed Mom hosts crafting gatherings that gives guests a chance to decorate their own drink coasters or pint glasses. All while enjoying the weekend brunch menu or, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., or late night from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., a half-price draft.

Through Feb. 18
Forrest Theatre
1114 Walnut St.

The traveling version of the hit Broadway musical from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles makes its way to the Kimmel Center, telling a story of expert pie-making and fresh starts. The show spans approximately 120 minutes, not counting intermission.


Wine and Chocolate Social
Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Nationa Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall

The Wine & Chocolate Social, by Drink Nation, returns to the National Museum of American Jewish History, with chocolates from Scoop DeVille, Revolution Taco, Sweet Freedom Bakery and Famous Fourth Street Cookie Company, among others. Wine is provided by South Italy Imports and Chaddsford Winery; beer will also be available.


BIG Something
Feb. 15, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.

With four studio albums under their belt, this funky six-piece band with soaring synths brings its dance and infectious melodies to The Fillmore. Come for a breezy time full of feel-good energy.

Nitty Gritty
Feb. 15, 10 p.m.
The Dolphin Tavern
1539 S. Broad St.
Pay as you go
During this drink-and-dance shindig, The Dolphin Tavern comes to life with the sound of The Beach Boys and other surf-rock jams. Promised: “all vinyl, all night,” courtesy of DJ David Atlas—with no cover charge.

The Commodores
Feb. 17, 8 p.m.
Parx Xcite Center
2999 Street Road

Popular for the song “Brick House,” Grammy Award-winning The Commodores were staples of Motown, selling 60 million records under the famous label. The group has since formed its own record label and continues to tour its lineup of hits.


A Gay Old Time
Feb. 15, 8 p.m.
Punch Line Philly
33 E. Laurel St.

Drinks and jokes flow at this LGBT comic show, featuring out comics Brandon Vincent Jackson, Dan Vetrano, Michael Kelly, Molly Hanulec and Lindsay Boling. Callback bar opens at 5 p.m.

Condom Fashion Show
Feb. 18, 3 p.m.
Temple University Center City
1515 Market St.

Prevention is Key Consulting is the beneficiary of this quirky fashion show, in which teenagers create their own condom fashions in an environment of music, raffles and other convivial shenanigans. Naturally, guests also walk away with free condoms.


Charles Santore: Fifty Years of Art and Storytelling
Feb. 17, 10 a.m.
Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Ave.

A first-of-its-kind retrospective of illustrator Charles Santore, this showcase includes commercial work and pieces from “Snow White,” “The Wizard of Oz” and his latest work featured in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” released just last year. Guests also get a glimpse into Santore’s work process.

George Washington’s Birthday
Feb. 17, 1 p.m.
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. Third St.

Not only is it the final weekend to see the “Among His Troops” exhibit, with its 235-year-old panoramic painting depicting the Revolutionary War, but there will be free birthday cake—with a larger-than-life card to sign—in celebration of George Washington’s birthday. Swing by on Sunday for a ticketed breakfast with George Washington.


Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
International House Philly
3701 Chestnut St.

A celebration of the year ahead, as well as a gesture of good luck for the months ahead, the Chinese New Year—in this iteration, at least—features a Lion Dance and demonstration of martial arts, followed up by traditional Chinese food. This is a well-attended annual event from International House.

Art for All: A Practical Guide for Leading a Creative Life
Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights Learning Lab
1219 Vine St., Second Floor

Playwright and Elle staff writer R. Eric Thomas—see: “Eric Reads the News”–joins with Yale-Horn Drama-winning playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger to present a creative writing workshop with insider tips and confidence-building exercises.


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