Here’s what to do in Philly this weekend


The Barnes is hosting a cognac tasting on Friday. Credit: Barnes Foundation The Barnes is hosting a cognac tasting Friday in its galleries.
Credit: Barnes Foundation

Tasting and the Collection: Cognac

Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.

The Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

$30-$50, 215-278-7200

Taste and compare cognac while taking in the wondrous arts of the Barnes. Enjoy the tasting from 6:30-8 p.m., and have exclusive access of the gallery until 9 p.m.

Crowd Control at PhilaMOCA

Friday, 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art

531 N. 12thSt.

$5-$10 donation, 267-519-9651

Friday is the opening night for this exhibit on DIY Philly’s show photography. Shot by five local photographers, the photos focus on the crowd, rather than the band on stage. The event will be curated by local photographer and WKDU DJ Yoni Kroll and feature a live performance by two local bands, Pushin in 2 the Limit and American Spiritual.


That 1 guy & The Magic Pipe

Thursday, 8 p.m.

North Star Bar

2639 Poplar St.

$13-$17, 215-787-0488

The North Star Bar is the setting for one of the most imaginative one-man bands you will ever see. Mike Silverman is the creator of the Magic Pipe, a homemade instrument the likes of which you’ve probably never heard before. With over 150 live shows a year, you can be sure this guy is the real deal.

Whatever Forever

Thursday, 10 p.m.

The Dolphin Tavern

1539 S. Broad St.

Free, 215-278-7950

This is not the kind of place you want to go to catch up with an old friend, but if you’re looking for a dance party complete with a light up wall, then this is where you should spend your Thursday night. Yes, they have a light up a wall.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

Saturday, 9 p.m.

Theatre of Living Arts

334 South St.

$24.50, 215-922-1011

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will be appearing this weekend at the TLA. Malkmus was the front man and songwriter of the influential 1990s alternative band Pavement. They are touring in support of their new album, “Wig Out at Jagbags,” which was released in January.

Josh Ritter Acoustic

Thursday, 8 p.m.

Keswick Theatre

291 N. Keswick Ave.

$25-$35, 215-572-7650

Josh Ritter has been deemed one of the best living songwriters and is known for his Americana style and lyrics. His current acoustic tour is presenting his songs in their most raw and stripped down form. Josh Ritter’s seventhstudio album, “The Beast in its Tracks,” was released last March.


Adam Ferrara

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Helium Comedy Club

2031 Sansom St.

$18-$27, 215-496-9001

Adam Ferrara is stopping in Philly this weekend for a few shows. He is best known for his roles in TV shows, “Top Gear” and “Rescue Me,” as well as appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Opie and Anthony Show.” Ferrara has also been nominated twice by the American Comedy Awards for best male stand-up.


Needle Felting: From Fleece to Fantastic

Sunday, March 2, 1-4 p.m.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

100 E. Northwestern Ave.

$60-$65, 215-247-5777

It’s finally time to dust off those felting needles and put them to good use. This course will teach felting techniques and students will create their own felted jewelry, ornament or sculpture to take home.


Philadelphia Romantic Couples Yoga

Friday, 8 p.m.

Synergy by Jasmine

3901 Main St., Manayunk

$20, 610-352-1177

Here’s a romantic date night idea for you with a twist — literally. Meditate, bless and pose with your partner and build a closer, more romantic and more soulful relationship. Or at least work up a sweat. Following yoga, learn the art of the Thai massage.


Mummers Mardi Gras

Saturday, 3-9 p.m.

The Piazza at Schmidts

1001 N. 2nd St.

$15-$75, 215-642-8656

Jacky Bam Bam of 93.3 WMMR hosts this party with hopes of getting Philly on the map for Mardi Gras, featuring music by Quaker String Band, South Philadelphia String Band Inc. and many others. Expect the usual Mummers glitz, with crazy costumes, stilts and over-the-top performances.

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