Our picks for what to do, see and tune into Jan. 13-Jan. 15

Posted: January 13, 2012



Of all the "champions" who have come out of "American Idol," you'd be hard-pressed to find one with a more explosive post-"Idol" career than Kelly Clarkson, who on Sunday headlines Trump Taj Mahal Hotel Casino. The show's first winner has staked out some pretty impressive turf in the pop realm, releasing five albums since she beat out local Justin Guarini during the groundbreaking TV competition's first season. Her latest CD, "Stronger," recently debuted on the Billboard magazine charts at No. 2. Opening for Clarkson on her current road trip is singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson.

Taj Mahal, Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $49.50 and $29.50, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.



The winter performance of "Wissahickon Reunion," Merian Soto's outdoor dance tribute to the four seasons, is Sunday at Bluebell Meadow. Soto and five other dancers, performing to music by Robert "Tigger" Benford, investigate the relationship between movement and nature, especially as it changes throughout the year. The "Reunion" is Soto's revisitation of her award-winning "One Year Wissahickon Park Project" of 2008-09. These performances go on rain or shine, so dress for the elements (and if it's sunny, don't forget your shades).

Wissahickon Reunion, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Bluebell Meadow in Bluebell Park, free. Updates and directions: branchdances.blogspot.com.



Dang. This year's Home Show actually looks good. No joke. Sure, there will still be hot tubs, vinyl siding, HGTV hosts you don't know and Scum Off Shower Cleaner. But on weekends only, there will also be super-hip dealers such as Manayunk's rustic-chic Three Potato Four, Ardmore's vintage-awesome Clover Market and Northern Liberties' modern-crafty Art Star - all located just off the main exhibit hall. So go tomorrow or Sunday. Unless you want to see Strawberry Shortcake. She'll be there Monday only.

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, tomorrow through Jan. 22. $13 ($3 kids 6-12). 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. phillyhomeshow.com.


Tarot cards, therapeutic massage, color-based divination and spiritual candles are among the services and finds at the first New Year's Psychic Expo. Gro Mambo Apre Dieu, a priestess at Olney's Le Perilstyle Haitian Sanctuary, planned the event, knowing people are thinking of their "money, love and luck" in the year ahead, she said. She expects 100-200 to attend.

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West, 4010 City Ave., noon-6 p.m. tomorrow-Sunday, $5 in advance, $7 at door, additional fees for services, 216-288-2135, www.gromamboapredieu.com.



Are you among the many who have flocked to "Jersey Boys" during its extended run (ending Sunday) at the Forrest Theatre? Time to meet the man who inspired the musical, as Frankie Valli and his boys - a/k/a the Four Seasons - come to . . . Jersey.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J., 9 tonight and tomorrow, 8 p.m. Sunday. $65 and $55. 866-900-4849, theborgata.com.


He's the second son of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane and no-musical-slouch-herself Alice Coltrane, so no surprise that Ravi Coltrane hits critics' high notes. The saxophonist arrives here with four fixtures of today's jazz scene: bassist Robert Hurst, drummer Karriem Riggins, pianist David Virelles and trumpeter Ralph Alessi. Come early (7 p.m.) for a preshow chat with Coltrane, hosted by WRTI-FM's Maureen Malloy.

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tomorrow. $20, $30 and $40. 215-898-3900.


Give your ears a double treat with back-to-back shows tomorrow at virtually the only regular jazz game in town these days. NYC saxophonist Ralph Lalama adds his unmistakable sound to popular local drummer Webb Thomas' Trio on the 8-11:15 p.m. shift. Stick around from 11:30 till closing for the R&B-leaning Jason O'Mara Quintet.

Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., $20 (each show), 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.


Kindred spirits Chris Smither and Ellis Paul offer what promises to be a rich evening of singer-songwriter strumming on this fine double bill. Both sprung up in the fertile Boston folk scene - Smither in the 1960s, Paul during the '90s scene revival. Both have gem-studded repertoires to share.

World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del., 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $30 advance, $32 day-of, 302-994-1400, queen.worldcafelive.com.


A spoonful of satire made the Shakespeare go down easy in "Wars & Whores: The Henry IV Musical," a folk-hootenanny adaptation of the Bard's "Henry IV Part I" that drew guffaws and raves at the 2011 Philly Fringe Festival. The cast and band do a one-off of "Wars &Whores" tunes, including some new ones. Conceived and directed by Benjamin Kamine; music and lyrics by Jeffrey Barg.

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.


Start the holiday a day early at First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, where the Martin Luther King Jr. Mass Choir will perform under the direction of Joyce Drayton, founder and executive director of the Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music. Inspiring, indeed.

First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S. 17th St., 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, 215-563-3853, www.firstbaptistphiladelphia.org.



The 14th-annual Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals - the Olympics of the canine sports world - airs on NBC this tomorrow. The competition in St. Louis last October saw the record for dog diving broken by a Belgian Malinois named Vhoebe, who made a 31-foot-8-inch dive.

Dog Competition: Incredible Dog Challenge, 5 p.m. tomorrow, NBC 10.



Imagine prom. Add an open bar, 1,000-plus grown-up partyers, sequins, hair extensions, tall shoes, exotic dancers and zero chaperones. You're picturing one of Philly's biggest fancy shindigs, the 18th-annual Hair O' the Dog gala. If our city had "Real Housewives," they'd be here. But first, they'd say they were attending in order to blow off steam and support a good cause (the Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial). Next, they'd pose on the red carpet. Last, they'd drink, dance and lunge over tables to yank those extensions. But that won't happen here. No way.

Westin Hotel, 99 S. 17th St. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. tomorrow, $95 general admission, $165 VIP, $900 table of four with bottle service, 215-600-0009, www.hairothedog.com.

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