Martina McBride, Found Footage Festival and more to do this weekend in Philly


Martina McBride
March 3, 8 p.m.
Keswick Theatre
291 N. Keswick Ave.

Martina McBride was burning up country airwaves long before Taylor Swift honky-tonked her way onto the charts. The four-time CMA Vocalist of the Year winner has charted six No. 1 singles, like the anthemic “Wild Angels” and tear-jerker “A Broken Wing.” She stops by Keswick Theatre this week on her Love Unleashed tour promoting her 12th studio album, “Reckless.”

Communist Daughter
March 3, 8:30 p.m.
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut St.

Minneapolis post-folk grunge rockers Communist Daughter come through Philly on a string of East Coast tour dates to promote their sophomore LP, “The Cracks That Built the Wall.” The work is intensely personal, informed by frontman Johnny Solomon’s time in rehab and struggles with mental illness. At this show, they’re opening for New York City psych-pop group The Dig.

Flaming Lips
March 4, 8:30 p.m.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.

You never know what to expect from a Flaming Lips performance. The legendary rock group has, after all, labeled their shows as “rock’s greatest acid punch parties.” They roll through Philly this week to share tunes from their 14th studio album, “Oczy Mlody,” which, if the song titles are any indication, means you’ll be seeing space-inspired light shows, glowing objects and frogs with demon eyes.


“American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent”
Through May 14
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free with $20 general admission

The latest special exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art tells the story of how watercolor went from a barely noticed medium to an American phenomenon. Focusing on the years 1866 to 1925, the exhibit centers around influential watercolorists Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, and includes works by those who were influenced by them, like Thomas Eakins and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

“American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition”
March 3-July 16
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.

The National Constitution Center brings back its interactive exhibition all about the rise and fall of Prohibition in America. The 5,000-square-foot gallery space puts you face to face with 100 rare artifacts from the era, like a hatchet used by spirit hater Carrie Nation, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st Amendments and the guilty verdict that convicted Al Capone for not paying taxes on money he made from illegal operations. See it all for a discount through March 31, when admission to the museum is only $10.


Thrift Element Apparel Co. Pop-Up Shop
March 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse
2578 Frankford Ave.
Pay as you go

Thrift Element Apparel, a company that blends fashion with hard-hitting social messages, hosts a pop-up shop at the first black-female-owned comic shop in America. How’s that for a message? The pop-up serves as the debut for Thrift Element’s spring/summer line, a collection of T-shirts that shine a light on some of the forgotten women of the civil rights movement by depicting them as superheroes. All tees are $25.

Off the wall

Found Footage Festival
March 2, 8-9:30 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.

The organizers of the Found Footage Festival get a head start on local movie fest season with a unique collection of long-forgotten VHS films found at thrift stores around the country. For this, the eighth annual festival, expect a collection of “satanic panic videos from the ’80s” and “a star-studded Desert Storm parade sponsored by Taco Bell.”

Snap Impression
March 4, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Good Good Comedy
215 N. 11th St.

Andy Beckerman and Ramsey Ess from UCB Theatre in New York City come to Philly for a one-night live taping of their comedy podcast, Snap Impression. The game-show-style format puts comedians in a faceoff to see who can do the best impressions of celebrities, fictional characters and historical personalities. Local comedians Michael S. Watkins and Emily Kinslow join the show, taking on a handful of funny folks from NYC.


The Original Harlem Globetrotters
March 4-5
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.

The Harlem Globetrotters have been doing wacky things with basketballs for ages, and people still eat it up. They dribble through the Wells Fargo Center for two shows this weekend, featuring a whole new arsenal of tricks and a “high five session” where fans can nab autographs and photos.

Red and White Ball
March 4, 6-11:45 p.m.
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market St.

Philly’s fancy set head to the Marriott Downtown Saturday night for the fourth annual Red and White Ball that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. More than 600 black ties and glittering gowns are expected to attend the gala, which boasts a sit-down dinner and live music through midnight. Organizers expect to raise more than $650,000 for the local chapter of LLS — a sum you can add any amount to by donating at

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