Talib Kweli, BalletX and more to do this weekend


Valentines on Ice
Feb. 11, noon-2 p.m.
Laurel Hill Gardens
8125 Germantown Ave.

No matter what the temperature, ice will be in abundance at beautiful Laurel Hill Gardens in Chestnut Hill Saturday for Valentine’s on Ice. Sculptors from Ice Sculpture Philly will be on hand to perform “live ice-carving spectacles,” and kids can meet and greet with Queen Elsa from “Frozen.” Hot chocolate and steamy s’mores will be served, keeping all the little tummies warm.


Capturing Pablo: An Evening with Javier Pena & Steve Murphy
Feb. 11, 8 p.m.
Keswick Theatre
291 N. Keswick Ave.

Meet the pair of DEA agents who took down Mexican drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar and inspired the hit Netflix series “Narcos.” At this event, Javier Pena and Steve Murphy discuss how they played a role in catching the man who at one time supplied 80 percent of the cocaine coming into the U.S., and share anecdotes about their input into the Netflix series. A Q&A session with the audience follows.


Talib Kweli
Feb. 9, 8 p.m.
Theatre of Living Arts
334 South St.

Thought-provoking Brooklyn hip-hop artist Talib Kweli comes to Philadelphia on his Seven tour — the last stop before he finishes up in New York City on Feb. 10. True to his nature of providing a platform to artists on the rise, this show features special guest rapper K’Valentine, whose debut album, “Here for a Reason,” is due out this March.


Feb. 10-11
Merriam Theater
250 S. Broad St.

iLuminate take the stage at Merriam Theater this weekend to take local audiences on “a fantastic journey of wireless technology and dance.” The troupe perform to upbeat music on a dark stage wearing neon, glow-in-the-dark suits. You may have seen them on “America’s Got Talent,” where judges called them the best new act in America.

Sex Dwarf
Feb. 10, 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Club Mousai
1227 Walnut St.

Philly’s 14-year-old new wave dance party moves to a new location: Club Mousai, the sleek dance space located inside CiBo Ristorante Italiano. WXPN DJ Robert Drake spins a setlist inspired by the Eurythmics, with gems from Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart pumping till 2 a.m. Show up an hour before the party, at 10 p.m., for drink specials and raffle prizes.


Feb. 10-19
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad St.

One of Rossini’s most lyrical operas comes to the Academy of Music with superstar mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe taking on the title role. In this adaptation, Blythe portrays exiled WWI soldier Tancredi, who returns home to defend his lover, Amenaide, who has been wrongly convicted of treason and sentenced to death. Heroic and heart-melting acts of chivalry ensue.

BalletX Winter Series 2017
Feb. 10-19
The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St.

Modern dance troupe BalletX’s Winter Series features a trio of fresh and innovative new works. “The Letter” by renowned Norwegian choreographer Jo Stromgren takes inspiration from American folk music; former company dancer R. Colby Damon returns to debut his dance-meets-science mashup, “On the Mysterious Properties of Light”; and co-founder Matthew Neenan presents the East Coast premiere of, “Credo.” The latter garnered all kinds of praise from The New York Times when it showed at the 2016 Vail International Dance Festival.

“Waiting for Godot”
Feb. 10-March 4
Calvary Center for Culture and Community
4740 Baltimore Ave.

Barrymore winner Dan Hodge directs Curio Theatre Company’s adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist classic “Waiting for Godot,” playing Thursday through Saturday nights at 8 p.m. through March 4. Real-life best buds Brian McCann and Paul Kuhn play Vladimir and Estragon, two friends who encounter a series of passers-by as they patiently await the arrival of the elusive Godot.


SExSE Valentine’s Day Pop-Up
Feb. 11, 1-5 p.m.
Southeast by Southeast
2108 S. Eighth St.
Pay as you go

Pick up some gorgeous textiles for your sweetie at South Philly refugee community space Southeast by Southeast on Saturday. Immigrant women from Burma, Bhutan and Nepal created the works at this Valentine’s pop-up, everything from crafts and rugs to other expert weavings. Everything you buy will benefit their goal of starting a textile business in Philadelphia.


Grooming 101
Feb. 12, noon-3 p.m.
Joe Grooming Lounge
117 S. 13th St.

Dudes looking to up their style game for Valentine’s Day can drop by Joe Grooming Lounge — located above Duross & Langel in Midtown Village — Sunday for a day of pampering, sartorial tips and beer. Longtime Philadelphia style guru Steve Duross will be on hand to offer personalized styling advice and samples of Joe Grooming products. Once you’re nice and spiffy, enjoy a beer tasting courtesy of Victory Brewing.

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