World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 tonight, $20, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
SOAR WITH O.A.R.
Philly loves O.A.R., now in the midst of its four-night local stand. The name's short for "of a revolution," though the band's all about having a jamming good time with a smooth mash-up of reggae, surf, pop and jazz rock.
TLA, 334 South St., 8 tonight through Sunday, $35.50-$55.50 (tickets available for Sunday, only), 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.
"Something's got to give," wails Tre Williams on his new album of hot-blooded recession era soul backed by the rocking, stomping, organ-scorched Revelations. Ain't it strange how bad times produce compelling music?
World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, 8 tonight, $15, 302-994-1400, worldcafelive.com.
While their old playmate Justin Vernon gets all the props as Bon Iver, we're more intrigued by the synth-sparked folk rock put forth by the rest of the band formerly known as DeYarmond Edison and now called Megafaun. Think tight harmonies, twangy/jangly/psychedelic guitar lines, chugging rhythms (sometimes in the Dead zone). Dexterous guitar picker William Tyler opens.
Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 tonight, $12, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
BRING IT ALL BACK HOME
Being the offspring of a famous mom who felt exploited by the music industry, the artist now known as Simone went her own way for as long as she could. But Nina Simone's daughter couldn't resist the talent, opportunities and name she inherited, taking on Broadway roles, taking charge of her late mom's legacy, more recently establishing her own credentials as a jazz and blues-attuned song stylist. Another jazz progeny, drummer Jason Marsalis, opens the night with his group.
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tomorrow. Preshow talk with Simone and Salamishah Tiller, 7 p.m. $20-$46, 215-898-3910, pennpresents.org.
PARIS, LONDON, NYC
Fans of Logo's hit series "RuPaul's Drag Race" will recognize the performer swinging into New Hope tonight: "Milan," the drag name of Dwayne Milan. Though Milan's days lipsyncing "for her life" are, alas, over (Ru said "sashay away" in last week's episode), you can bet she'll be working it on the dance floor.
The Raven, 385 York Road, New Hope, 11:30 tonight, free, 215-862-2081, www.theravennewhope.com.
'FAMILY-STYLE' OPEN MIC
Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh of the spoken-word duo Yellow Rage host this sharing of stories, song, dance and poetry among Asian-Americans and extended "family" from all communities and cultural backgrounds. Washington, D.C.-based South Asian dance troupe Dakshina | Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Co. performs.
Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St., 7:30 tonight, $5-$10, 215-557-0455, www.yellowrage.com.
Tattoos. Piercings. Bruisers with names like Misfortune Cookie and Clobberella. All part of the fun of a quality old-school, all-girls roller derby. It'll be a battle to the finish line between Penn Jersey's Sweethearts and Trauma Queens.
Carmen Gardens Skating Rink, 3226 Germantown Ave., 8 tonight, $15, 215-223-2200, www.pennjerseyrollerderby.com.
All good things come to an end. Ditto for "One Book, One Philadelphia," starring Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat. The library puts on a weekend's worth of finales, starting with Danticat's appearance alongside Haitian violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain tonight, and another author appearance as part of a multifaceted, multicultural celebration tomorrow. Both events are free.
Parkway Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium, 1901 Vine St., free. 7:30 tonight, 215-567-7710, www.freelibrary.org. Historic Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St., 4:30-6:30 p.m. tomorrow, 215-232-4485, artsanctuary.org.
Two sets of parents discussing their sons' fight devolve into savagery in the world-renowned dark comedy "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza. It won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play and was recently adapted into a film by Roman Polansky.
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., through April 29, $10-$85, 215-574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org.
THE NOSE KNOWS
Local playwright Michael Hollinger translated Edmond Rostand's story about a soldier with wit as sharp as his sword who falls in love but doesn't have the confidence to pursue beautiful Roxanne because of his gargantuan schnoz. "Cyrano" was recently nominated for seven Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, D.C.
Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., through April 15, $34-$45, 215-922-1122, ardentheatre.org.
THE DOCTORS ARE IN
The best way to mark St. Patrick's Day in Atlantic City would probably be to win so many green ($25) chips you'd need a wheelbarrow to haul 'em to the cashier's cage. The second-best way is to see Irish band the Saw Doctors. More of a cult act on this side of the Atlantic, the 26-year-old quintet is one of the Emerald Isle's most popular combos.
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $29.50 and $25, 866-900-4849, www.theborgata.com.
IRISH PUB BAGS IT
Tomorrow's the wearin' of the green, but Sunday's the wearin' of the bag at Atlantic City's venerable Irish Pub. Bag Day is a 25-year pub tradition, started when bar employees lamented having to miss the festivities because they had to work March 17. The rule is: No bag on the head (not covering the face), no booze. Those who arrive bagless will given one at the door.
Boardwalk block of St. James Place, midnight to midnight, 609-344-9063, theirishpub.com.
DO THE DIAPER DOUGIE
The Philly-born Baby Loves Disco phenomenon is still going strong, thanks to the Delaware Valley's endless supply of bored parents and dancing babies. In case you haven't heard, it's an afternoon nightclub (dayclub?) for the under-8 set. Buy tickets in advance or arrive real early.
Shampoo Nightclub, 417 N. 8th St. (at Willow Street), $20 adults and toddlers through age 7 (babes in arms free; no adult admitted without a child), 1 p.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow. 215-922-7500, babylovesdisco.com.
WAR AT SEA
Sandwiched between a pair of bigger, more famous wars (Independence and Civil), the War of 1812 is often misremembered by anyone a few years out of U.S. history class. Learn some fascinating stuff at the "Home of the Brave" exhibit.
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., through Dec. 31. $12 adults, $10 seniors, students and children. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 215-413-8655, phillyseaport.org.
You think dating's hard? Try being a male polar bear, whose mating ritual involves long, solitary walks on the ice in pursuit of an unattached female, broken up by brief couplings usually followed by bloody fights with rival suitors. Feeling the bear's pain is just one of the treats in "The Ends of the Earth," the first in the Discovery Channel's seven-part series "Frozen Planet." Co-produced by the BBC, narrated by Alec Baldwin.
8 p.m. Sunday, Discovery
- Chuck Darrow, Molly Eichel, Ellen Gray, Lauren McCutcheon and Jon Takiff contributed to this calendar.