See ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on stage and other things to do this weekend inPhilly


Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Thursday through Feb. 21
Academy of Music
240 S Broad St.
From $26.50,
This Broadway musical is a delight, telling the classic story of a beautiful peasant named Belle and a young prince cursed to take the form of a hideous beast until he learns to love and be loved. And of course it features the songs from the original Disney movie, so just try to resist singing along in your seat.
The Golden Age of King Midas
Thursday through Nov. 27
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
This exhibit explores the life and possessions of the real King Midas, an infamous Turkish ruler nearly 3,000 years old. Archaeologists from the Penn Museum discovered a tomb in 1957 believed to be that of King Midas’ father. The artifacts found in that tomb weave a story of who King Midas really was, and how he designed his father’s tomb.
Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change
Sunday through May 9
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
From $20,
This exhibit features 50 works by Picasso created during the first world war, highlighting his changing style over a period of 12 years. During this time, he experimented with watercolors, drawings and costumes for a ballet. Talks on his historical significance will pepper the three-month running time.
Thursday through Mar. 20
African American Museum
701 Arch St.
Free with admission,
Learn about the work of Grupo Antillano, an artist movement in Cuba in the 1970s and 80s that explored and celebrated African ancestry. This exhibit, “Drapetomania” (a fabricated condition that scientists blamed for causing slaves to flee their slave owners), focuses on the importance of this art movement in the African diaspora.
The Legendary James Levine
Thursday through Feb. 20
Verizon Hall
300 S Broad St.
From $65,

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents one of the most celebrated conductors of the day, James Levine, in his first performance with this orchestra in 20 years. He will begin the evening with Charles Ives’ “Three Places in New England,” followed by equally peaceful and pastoral selections of Brahms’ “Serenade No. 2” and Saint-Saëns’ “Symphony No. 3,” played on Verizon Hall’s organ.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Thursday, 7 p.m.
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Psychedelic rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra is (ahem) known for their intricate live shows and enveloping narrative of fantasy and reality. Their latest album “Multi-Love” explores the desires, the details and the downfalls of polyamory. Lower Dens open.
Graham Nash
Thursday, 8 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
From $75,
Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash is 74 years old and has just begun his four-month world tour. His first album in 14 years, “This Path Tonight,” is due out in April, and centers on the divergent, and ultimately, ending, roads of life.
Josh Ritter
Sunday, 7 p.m.
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter leans toward the earnest, yet ironic side of folk-pop. His latest album, “Sermon on the Rocks,” earned him accolades for its slightly punchier take on the loves and losses of faith and small-town life. Colorado band Elephant Revival opens.
Eleanor Friedberger
Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Milkboy Philly
1100 Chestnut St.
From $12,
Eleanor Friedberger, formerly of the Fiery Furnaces, supports her third album as a solo artist, “New View.” Her melancholic acoustic pop is just enough to still connect her to her psych-rock past, yet different enough to sound fresh. Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra and Big Thief open.
Interior Design
Philadelphia Home Show
Friday through Feb. 21
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St.
This show is one of the region’s most expansive building, design and landscaping expos, featuring 300 vendors ranging from bath remodeling experts to large-scale architects. A few celebrity home designers will also offer tips, including John Gidding of the show “Curb Appeal” and Alison Victoria of TV’s “Crashers.”
Inspired living with Michael Shannon at Dane Decor
Feb. 19
Old City showroom 6pm-9pm
315 Arch Street

Feb. 20th
Downingtown showroom 1pm-4pm
216 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown

Michael has been redefining the concept of the most remarkable interior spaces in the greater Philadelphia area. And now he’s tackled the Dane Decor showrooms. Get classy and cozy at Dane Decor while enjoying designer cocktails, cupcakes and creative conversation as you get comfortable in a classic, contemporary Michael Shannon room.


Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus: Legends
Thursday through Feb. 21
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
From $15,
The circus is in town, and although it has been controversial in the past, Ringling Bros. has pledged to retire its elephant performers in May. Indeed, this performance promises “a unicorn, a Pegasus and a woolly mammoth.” The human performers, however, are truly athletes of amazing talents and derring-do.
Ann Aptaker Book Reading
Thursday, 6 p.m.
Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room
345 S. 12th St.
Author Ann Aptaker reads from her novels at Giovanni’s room, Philadelphia’s LGBT bookstore. She is known for her crime thrillers “Criminal Gold” and “Tarnished Gold,” featuring LGBT characters. Book signings with the author will follow, along with discussions about LGBT literature.


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