9 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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Emily King

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Underground Arts

1200 Callowhill St.

$20, info@undergroundarts.org


This soulful songwriter has shared a stage with the likes of Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu. Her writing skills, tight musicianship and smooth, expressive voice make her stand out.

All Beethoven with the Philadelphia Orchestra

Saturday, 6 p.m.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

5201 Parkside Ave.

$20 – $35, 215-546-7900



Philadelphia’s world-renowned orchestra will serenade you with music from the virtuosic composer whose work played a huge part in the transition from Classical to Romantic. Feast your ears on powerful pieces including the Piano Concerto No. 2, as well as the famous Fifth Symphony.


Josh Blue

Thursday to Saturday

Helium Comedy Club

2031 Sansom St.

$16 – $29, 215-496-9001


Josh Blue gained notoriety in the comedy scene when he won NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2006. As someone with cerebral palsy, Blue breaks down stereotypes associated with people with disabilities through endearing and expertly timed anecdotes. His knack for improvisation means that no two of his hilarious shows are alike.


Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene

Through Aug. 16

African American Museum

701 Arch St.

$14, 215-574-0380


Philadelphia photographer Gerard Gaskin takes us into the world of house balls in the African American and Latino gay, transgender and queer community in Philly as wellas Richmond, Washington, D.C., and New York. Gaskin has been attending these extravagant balls — and getting a rare inside look — for 20 years.


‘May Allah Bless France!’

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

PFS at the Roxy

2023 Sansom St.

$10, 267-639-9508


This autobiographical film from French rapper, writer and poet Abd Al Malik centers on his teenage self. Set in the suburbs of Paris, a young Malik strives to avoid a scene of drugs and violence by focusing on school, music and Islam.

‘A Cat in Paris’

Saturday, 2 p.m.

International House

3701 Chestnut St.

$5, 215-387-5125


Keeping with the French theme, this beautifully animated French film tells the story of Dino the cat, who lives with a little girl named Zoe by day, but by night is an accomplice a cunning burglar.

‘Screenings Under the Stars: ‘Back to the Future’

Thursday, 8:30 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Chestnut St. and Columbus Blvd.


Watch Marty McFly get accidentally zapped back to 1955 on the big screen.


‘The Silent Show’

Saturday, 7 p.m.

Plays and Players

1714 Delancey St.

$5, 609-287-9194


There are absolutely no words in this totally sielnt variety show, part of Five Dollar Comedy Week.


Greensgrow Mobile Market

Thursdays through Sept., 2 to 4 p.m.

Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine St.

Free, 215-686-5322


The Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center and Greensgrow have teamed up to sell fresh produce at affordable prices. Stock up on locally grown peaches, corn, tomatoes and other goodies that can be hard to get in the city on the cheap.

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