Fun stuff to do, see and hear: April 19 to 25

Posted: April 19, 2013


Maps at Winterthur

A few years back, Miss Teen South Carolina famously said, "Some people out there in our nation don't have maps." Not so at this Wilmington-area museum, where more than 100 rare objects form a new exhibition, "Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience."

5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur, Del., through Jan. 5, $5-$18, 302-888-4600,

Jimmy and Johari Rollins

You knew they were passionate about physical fitness, baseball, politics and Camryn, their 11-month-old daughter. But the Rollinses also care about animals, and will dedicate their new Center for Animal Rehabilitation, a rehab and pain-management center at Saint Francis in South Jersey. (The Phanatic will be there, too.)

Jimmy and Johari Rollins Center for Animal Rehabilitation, 392 Kings Highway, Woolwich Township, N.J., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 856-467-0050,

Storybook Ball

The Please Touch's annual ball is a dress-up deal for the whole fam - except dressing up means going as your favorite fairy tale characters. The not-so-late night includes noshes, carousel rides and performances by the Plants, as presented by World Café Live's Peanut Butter and Jams.

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republics, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, $45 (four packs for $160), 215-581-3181,



Philly's hometown heroes of dance inaugurate their spring season with "The Big Bang!" Four pieces, including one with music by Aretha Franklin, move from past through future. Opening night features a talk by company director Joan Myers Brown. A must-see.

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, $29-$46, 215-546-PIFA,

Rufus Wainwright

America's favorite emotional crooner headlines this two-part performance. The first half, "Prima Donna," is Wainwright's opera about . . . opera (really, an aging opera singer), performed by soloists Melody Moore and Kathryn Guthrie. Part two features Rufus himself, singing Judy Garland's celebrated circa 1961 Carnegie Hall program. Music by Philly's own Chamber Orchestra.

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Sunday, $35-$75, 215-546-PIFA,


Philadelphia Orchestra

Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan returns for an all-Bach program, which includes the Third Orchestral Suite and the first four of the astonishing six Brandenburg Concertos.

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 2 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, $42-$116, 215-893-1999,

Opera Philadelphia

Mozart's enigmatic "The Magic Flute," conducted by Corrado Rovaris with staging by Diane Paulus, stars Antonio Lozano and Mark Stone as Tamino and his sidekick Papageno. Brims with Mozartean zaniness.

Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 8 p.m. Friday and April 26, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and April 28, 7:30 p.m. April 24, $20-$155, 215-893-1999,

Anais Mitchell

& Jefferson Hamer

Mitchell's distinctively keening voice and chamber-folk ways have impressed us mightily on projects like the folk opera "Hadestown." She and Hamer use vocal harmonies and artsy arranging to reintroducing the Olde English and Celtic balladry gathered by Francis James Child.

Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7:30 p.m. Friday, $14, 215-928-0978,

The Mavericks

Country-dipped rock band (or is that rock-dipped country?) is back in business after a 10-year absence with its critically acclaimed "Time" album and a tour.

House of Blues, Showboat, Boardwalk at Delaware Avenue, 9 p.m. Friday, $29.50-$39.50, 609-236-2583,

Record Store Day

The love goes both ways Saturday, at indie music shops near you. Center City's Sound of Market celebrates from 1-3 p.m. with album signings, rare releases and performance by local talents R&B singer Soul, jazz thrush Rhenda Fearrington and gospel truth-teller MarQuita Danzy.

Sound of Market, 15 S. 11th St., Saturday, 215-925-3150, Complete list of RSD participants at

Olly Murs

With a name like his, Olly better be good. It all started bubbling up for the hip-hop/old-school-rock-flavored singer in 2009 on Britain's "The X Factor." Since then he's moved five million albums worldwide. He lands here with the new, aptly named (he hopes) "Right Place Right Time." The upbeat set holds obvious appeal to Bruno Mars fans, plus street-smart cameos by Flo Rida and Philly's own Chiddy Bang.

Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 8 p.m. Saturday, $25 (all ages), 215-922-6888,

Giacomo Gates

Gruff-voiced jazz hipster has lately raised his profile with focused album tributes, first a set devoted to music revolutionary Gil Scott-Heron and now with "Miles Tones," putting words (some old, some new) to the tunes of Miles Davis.

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

Smokey Robinson

Is his last name even necessary? There is only one Smokey, and he's been making some of the best pop music of all time for more than 50 years. "Genius" is a relatively valueless word these days, but if it applies to anyone, it's the Motown legend.

Caesars Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Arkansas Avenue, 9 p.m. Saturday, $65-$85, 800-736-1420,

Killing Joke

Virtually inventors of howling industrial metal and politically charged post-punk, this hot- and cold-running British institution will get fans bouncing off walls (and each other). No joke, the lot is hammering their best known anthems, a/k/a "The Singles Collection: 1979-2012."

Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, $18-$20, 215-232-2100,

Curtis Opera Theatre

Handel spun out an unending stream of decorated arias in "Rinaldo," a tale of magic and mistaken identity set during the Crusades. Curtis' outstanding young voices and orchestra will be led by Andrea Marchiol, with direction by Chas Rader-Shieber.

Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., 7:30 p.m. Thursday and April 26-27, 2:30 p.m. April 28, $35, 215-893-7902,


Extreme Wrestling

Philly has a special place in wrestling history through locally born Extreme Championship Wrestling. The new doc, "Barbed Wire City: The Unauthorized Story of Extreme Championship Wrestling," looks at the now-defunct league, shuttered in 2001. It premieres at South Philly's Asylum Arena, which used to host ECW events. Last time to seek Asylum before it's shuttered for renovations. Q&A and afterparty to follow at Champps (2100 S. Columbus Blvd.).

Asylum Arena, 7 W. Ritner St., 7 p.m., $15 ($5 for afterparty),



Homegrown modern dance takes the stage when Philly's contemporary ballet troupe performs world premieres by Belgium's Olivier Wevers, local gal Gabrielle Lamb and Juilliard School-grad Tobin Del Cuore.

Wilma Theater, Broad and Spruce streets, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $22-$35, 215-546-7824,

Rich Little

His glory years - remember "Hollywood Squares?" - may be in the past, but his name pretty much remains synonymous with "impressionist."

Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, $45-$60, 215-257-5808,

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

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