Here’s what to do in Philly this weekend


Malavika Sarukkai Credit: Brian Slater Birmingham Malavika Sarukkai dances at the Annenberg’s Zellerbach Theatre this weekend.
Credit: Brian Slater Birmingham

Malavika Sarukkai
Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m.
Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut St.
$20 to $45
Internationally acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai is taking audiences on a spiritual journey. Her awe-inducing dance evokes images of India-the holy river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal. The music is just a conduit; the art is in the dance.

Shonibare in Context
Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m.
Barnes Foundation
2025 Ben Franklin Pkwy.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
The Barnes gets a visit from Chika Okeke-Agulu, a Princeton University associate professor, who will discuss the work of Yinka Shonibare. Shonibare is a British-Nigerian artist and his art explores cultural identity, colonialism and post-colonialism. This is your chance to view priceless art and learn why it was made.


Jon Lovitz
Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, 7:30 and 10 p.m
Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St.
$25-$30, 215-496-9001
A comedian who needs no introduction is making a stop in Philly. Jon Lovitz takes the stage for five shows at Helium Comedy Club. Lovitz is best know for his five-year stint on “Saturday Night Live,” as well as memorable movie roles.


Afternoon Symposium: From Constantinople to Cappadocia
Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m.
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Free, 215-898-4000
Celebrating the expansion of the exhibition “Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug,” the Penn Museum presents a symposium on Byzantine culture, from the mosaic-filled churches of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, to the cave church paintings of Cappadocia. Also featured is a keynote address by Anthony Cutler, professor of art history at Penn State University and an expert on Byzantine art.

iPhoneography: The Art of iPhone Photography
Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m.
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Ave.
$55 for members, $60 for non-members
Learn how to use your iPhone to take breathtaking nature photos, portraits and more. This class will provide tips and techniques for taking professional-style photos with a mobile phone. Also featured are lectures on lighting and composition, using photography apps and fieldwork.


The Jazz June
Saturday, April 12, 8:30 p.m.
Boot and Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.
$12, 267-639-4528
Kutztown, Pa., indie rockers weren’t another ’90s emo trend band. Their catchy pop hooks from their early records faded for a more focused and mature sound as featured on “Better Off Without Air,” released in 2002. Boot and Saddle will provide an intimate glimpse at the passionate and intense performance of one of the legends of the underground rock scene.


‘Romeo and Juliet’
Thursday April 10, through May 8
Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
2111 Sansom St.
$30-$35, 215-496-9722
Arguably the most iconic love story of all time, William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is being performed at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Directed by the acclaimed Philadelphian David O’Connor, this variation on the Shakespeare classic provides a fresh interpretation and features a racially mixed star-crossed pair.

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