Philadelphia events Feb. 1-Feb. 7

Posted: February 01, 2013

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Unsung heroine

Moonstone Art Center wraps up its commemoration of the life and accomplishments of antilynching crusader, suffragist, journalist and speaker Ida B. Wells with a discussion of the relationship between 19th-century lynching and modern-day capital punishment. Criminal defense attorney Michael Coard, Witness to Innocence activist Shujaa Graham and others to speak.

Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, 2 p.m. Sunday, free, 215-735-3456, moonstoneartscenter.org.

Art on wheels

W.E.B. DuBois, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Dr. J., Malcolm X and other African-American luminaries thrive in Philly - well, their murals do. The eminent Mural Arts Program offers two trolley tours to visit them all this month. It's a great way to see great art and a great city.

Tour departs from The Gallery, 9th and Market streets, 10 a.m. (tour lasts until noon), Saturday and Saturday, Feb. 23, $25-$30, 215-725-3633, muralarts.tix.com.

FAMILY

Dino drawing

To kick off ''Can You Dig It? Fossil Month,'' the Academy of Natural Sciences is unleashing its dinosaur illustrator, who'll sketch Haddonfield, N.J.'s own 25-foot, duck-billed, plant-eating Hadrosaurus foulkii before visitors all day Saturday. Another sight to see: paleontology technicians removing fossil from rock.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $13-$15 (children under 3, free), 215-299-1000, ansp.org.

Chinese New Year

Count on Penn's museum to offer a complete, hands-on cultural education with every affair. Their celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake, is no exception. Calligraphy, painting and paper-cutting workshops, a Feng Shui lecture, and music, dance, Kung Fu and Tai Chi demos are on tap in this all-day event.

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $8-$12 (children under 6, free), 215-898-4000, penn.museum.

ON STAGES

The winter's tale

Counteract this season's blues (and post-Super Bowl boredom) by checking out Shakespeare's festive, late-in-life play about love, friendship, envy, death, shipwreck, bear attacks, kings, clowns and, eventually, the welcome onset of spring.

Plays & Players, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, 8 p.m. Saturday through March 3, $25-$45, 610-644-3500, peopleslight.org.

Cho must go on

Comic Margaret Cho is so edgy, it's a wonder her clothes don't rip. She'll offer her unstinting views of life, love and the human condition at Tropicana. Warning: You must be 18 to sit in the first 10 rows; those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tropicana, Boardwalk at Brighton Avenue, Atlantic City, 9 p.m. Saturday, $60, $45 and $30. 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.

Modern ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet shows off its versatility in George Balanchine's ''Square Dance,'' Christopher Wheeldon's ''After The Rain'' and Twyla Tharp's ''Push Comes To Shove.''

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, $30-$125,

215-893-1999, paballet.org.

MUSIC

Eagle flies to Revel

Don Henley must have really enjoyed himself when the Eagles performed at Revel over Labor Day weekend. The singer-drummer is back at the luxe adult playpen for a solo gig.

Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 9 p.m. Friday, $170-$75, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.

Trixie Whitley

First she tried ballet, then became a pint-size, utterly precocious club DJ in Belgium at age 11. But even half a world away from her American dad, stony acoustic bluesman Chris Whitley, Trixie submitted to his sway. This week she served up an album, ''Fourth Corner,'' that surely has Dad grinning from the grave.

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., free at noon concert broadcast on WXPN (88.5 FM), full show (with Dumpster Hunter and Ron Gallo), 7:30 p.m. Friday, $12-$20, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.

Freelance whales

Drive a little, groove a lot as this quirky acousto-aggregation (with uncommon glockenspiel, banjo and harmonium) offers nifty variations on indie-folk rock, Queens, N.Y., style. For music buffs into Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons, Freelance Whales will really rock your boat. Hundred Waters opens.

World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, 8 p.m. Friday, 302-994-1400, worldcafelive.com.

The Vaccines

' 'If you want the voice of a generation, I'm too self-absorbed to give it clout,'' flips the lead singer of this scrappy, cynical garage rock band. Hotshots on native British soil, the Vaccines present a more refined dose of three-chord cutup, with clever retorts and substantial tunes. And what other (Sex) pistol-packing bunch of (Arctic) monkeys ever came up with a Philly-centric line such as ''I'm not a teenage icon/ I'm no Frankie Avalon"? San Crisco opens.

Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30 p.m. Saturday, $20, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.

Sonny Fortune Quartet

This seasoned saxophonist is a master of the driving, post-bop school. Worth his weight in gold.

Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, $25-$20, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.

Andre, our emperor

Pianist Andre Watts, a local soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than 50 years, returns in Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto, the famous ''Emperor.'' Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos also conducts Bach, Hindemith and Liszt's ''Les Preludes.''

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $20-$119, 215-893-1999, philorch.org.

Soprano showcase

Susanna Phillips wraps her soprano voice around songs by Schubert, Chausson, Berg, Messiaen and Granados, accompanied by pianist Myra Huang.

American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St., 8 p.m. Friday, $24, 215-569-8080, pcmsconcerts.org.

Inexhaustible Bach

Musicians from the superb Tempesta di Mare Baroque orchestra perform Bach's six glorious ''Trio Sonatas'' for organ, reimagined for chamber ensemble.

Arch Street Friends Meeting House, 320 Arch St., 8 p.m. Saturday and Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., 4 p.m. Sunday, $30-$40, 215-755-8776, tempestadimare.org.

Stunning songbooks

The sacred and secular Spanish Songbooks of Hugo Wolf will be performed by internationally -revered lieder singers: mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager and tenor Ian Bostridge, with pianist Julius Drake accompanying.

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $24, 215-569-8080, pcmsconcerts.org.

- Compiled by Chuck Darrow, Tom Di Nardo, Lauren McCutcheon and Jonathan Takiff

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