The Zombies, qFlix and more to do this weekend in Philly


Philadelphia Flower Show
Through March 19
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch streets

The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show closes out this weekend with a slew of fun events for not only flower lovers, but their kids and dogs, too. Friday night, take your pooch to Fido Friday, a “Yappy Hour” in the Convention Center’s Grand Hall that features dog treats, cocktails and a walk around the exhibition with your four-legged pal. On March 19, kids are invited to bring along a stuffed buddy for Teddy Bear Tea. They’ll munch on petite sandwiches and pastries and sip on fine teas while mingling with other young ones and their teddies.

Crafting Your Own Incense

March 19, 5-7 p.m.
Palo Santo Wellness Boutique
1707 E. Passyunk Ave.

Join Kathleen Callahan of Primal Apothecary on Sunday night to learn how to craft your own cone or loose leaf incense. The workshop begins with a chat about the origins and many uses of incense before turning guests loose to whip up their own aromatic, slow-burning masterpiece out of common spices and herbs. Ingredients will be provided, but guests are asked to bring a small bowl in which they can mix all the makings.


The Zombies
March 17, 8 p.m.
Keswick Theatre
291 N. Keswick Ave.

Legendary rock group The Zombies made history as the second U.K. band — after the Beatles — to score a No. 1 hit in the States. That song was “She’s Not There” and you can bet they’ll be playing it along with more hits from their 1960s heyday this Friday night when they roll into the Keswick Theatre on their Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary tour. They may even treat you to some of their new tunes, too.

Puddles Pity Party

March 17, 9 p.m.
Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St.

A video of him singing Lorde’s “Royals” made him an internet superstar, but Puddles is still the saddest 7-foot clown around. Join his Pity Party at the Trocadero Friday night to hear the surprisingly golden-voiced crooner take on some new tunes — all sung in near vicinity to a box of Kleenex. Aww.


March 19, 8:30 p.m.
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.

French electronic artist FKJ (aka French Kiwi Juice) returns to Philadelphia in support of his eponymously named debut LP. The work finds the former movie sound engineer creating dreamy beats by splicing sounds from myriad genres — from funk to jazz to hip-hop. Apple music describes it as “mesmerizing … a moment of aching soul amid all the intricate electronica.”


Cheech Marin
March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.

Cheech Marin, one-half of legendary stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong, comes to the Free Library to sign copies of and share tales from his long-awaited memoir, “Cheech Is Not My Real Name: … But Don’t Call Me Chong.” The book delves into his five-decadeslong entertainment career, and more personal life experiences like dodging the draft and acquiring an impressive collection of Chicano art. No bongs allowed.


Through March 19
Various locations and prices

Philadelphia’s only LGBTQ film festival hits screens across Center City this weekend, with nearly 30 flicks spotlighting the modern queer experience. FIlm subjects are wide-ranging — from a collection of men’s and women’s short films to China’s first gay fantasy picture, “Welcome to Dead Hotel.” qFLIX closes Sunday night with a screening of the musical “Something Like Summer,” which has been dubbed the gay “La La Land.” City of gays, are you shining just for me … ?

Interfaith Drag Brunch
March 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.

A gay Jew, a gay Catholic and a gay Muslim walk into a bar … That’s a thing that’s really going to happy Sunday afternoon at the Interfaith Drag Brunch, where local out faith leaders will congregate with a bunch of drag queens to talk about acceptance in organized religion. Comedian Martha Salzman-Gay, who describes herself as a Unitarian/Quaker hybrid, and drag queen Crystal Electra are among the slated performances.


“Object Temporarily Removed”
March 17-July 9
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch St.
$3 suggested donation

The Fabric Workshop and Museum debuts a selection of recent works by artist-in-residence Lenka Clayton. The Brancusi-inspired works — including sculpture, video, typewriter drawings and more — manipulate everyday reality through objects and imagery that run the gamut from absurd to poetic. Clayton is having quite the moment in the sun lately, as she also has an exhibition that just opened at the Guggenheim in NYC.


Civics on Tap
March 16, 6:30-8 p.m.
National Mechanics
22 S. Third St.

The 2017 primary election is coming up in Philadelphia on May 16, and one local group is working to make sure voters are well-informed and ready to hit up their polling places. Join Civics on Tap and Committee of Seventy on Thursday night for a thorough — and at times humorous — rundown of who and what is on this spring’s ballot. There will be beer!

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