‘Leper + Chip,’ Carnaval A Go Go! and more to do in Philly this weekend


Ron Gallo
Feb. 24, 9-11 p.m.
Creep Records Store
1050 N. Hancock St.

Nashville by way of Philly singer-songwriter Ron Gallo returns home in the midst of a nine-consecutive-days tour to promote his latest album, “Heavy Meta.” The work is a louder, edgier offering from the afro’d garage rocker, who sings about everything from self-medication (“Kill the Medicine Man”) to crazy girlfriends (“Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me”). It’s an excellent listen from a local guy who has all the makings of hitting the big time.

Harlem Quartet + Arturo Stable
Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.

To celebrate Black History Month, LiveConnections brings together New York’s acclaimed Harlem Quartet and Latin jazz percussionist Arturo Stable for an evening of tunes that blends Mozart compositions with sensual rhythms from Stable’s native Cuba. Bet that’s a combination you never thought of.

“Fire in My Bones: A Gospel Jubilee”
Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
Unitarian Society of Germantown
6511 Lincoln Drive

Cookie Diorio — one of the first gospel-singing drag queens in the country — reprises her popular Fringe hit “Fire in My Bones: A Gospel Jubilee” this Saturday evening in Germantown. In the show, she takes on a songbook of soul-awakening traditional spirituals to highlight her unique experience navigating life as a gay, black person of faith. This is a benefit for local LGBTQ youth center, The Attic.

Os Mutantes
Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
1003 Arch St.

Brazilian psych-rockers Os Mutantes return stateside for their first U.S. tour since the summer of 2013. Philadelphia is one of only a handful of stops on the outing, which promises to be a musical journey through nearly five decades of tunes from a group that got its start in the mid-1960s by helping birth a genre of music called Tropicalia.


“Leper + Chip”
Through March 5
The Drake
305 S. Hicks St.

Inis Nua Theatre Company offers up a modern adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” in the American premiere of “Leper + Chip.” The pub play, set in a poor neighborhood of Dublin, centers around a boy and girl who meet and fall in love after landing on opposite ends of a tussle at a party. After that, it’s one frantic ride as they look for ways to escape the madness and build a life together.

“Lost Girls”
Through March 12
Studio X
1340 S. 13th St.

Theatre Exile’s latest is a perfect follow-up to the recent Women’s March. It follows three generations of working class women working to make it in a world that keeps pushing them down. The play is a Philadelphia premiere penned by American playwright John Pollono, who also wrote soon-to-be-released Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle ”Stronger.”

Feb. 25-March 12
The Drake
302 S. Hicks St.
Pay what you will

Azuka, the theater troupe dedicated to “telling the stories of outcasts and underdogs” takes audiences to a struggling bike shop in lower Manhattan in their latest production — a world premiere by Philly’s Douglas Williams. The story catches up with passionate store manager Alex, who tests out a crazy idea as a last attempt to save the shop he loves.


“Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie”
Feb. 24-May 22
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The latest special exhibition at The Barnes spotlights how artists from around the world utilized their cities to accurately and sometimes controversially depict modern, urban life throughout the 20th century. Browse thought-provoking works by folks like Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin and Zhang Huan that raised awareness around issues ranging from homelessness to gentrification. The show officially kicks off with a soiree at The Barnes on Feb. 24 from 6-9 p.m.


“Ask Me Another” with Amy Sedaris
Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Keswick Theatre
291 N. Keswick Ave.

“Strangers With Candy” comedian Amy Sedaris joins the crew of popular NPR podcast “Ask Me Another” for a live recording at Glenside’s Keswick Theatre. The show is a rambunctious blending of quizzo-style trivia, comedy and music. As always, host Ophira Eisenberg emcees the evening, and musician Jonathan Coulton provides the tunes.


Carnaval A Go Go!
Feb. 24, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th St.

The Trestle Inn recreates the sights and sounds of Brazil’s lively Carnaval on Callowhill Street. Samba girls clad in colorful costume perform throughout the night to DJ-fueled Brazilian tunes and live performances by Latin-inspired percussionists Xande Cruz. Watch it all go down with a $7 caipirinha cocktail in hand.

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