Freedom fighters

The subject of wrongful imprisonment gets a human face in the play "The Exonerated." Six men and women freed from death row speak about their time behind bars and their efforts to reclaim their futures.

First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6023 Germantown Ave., 8 tonight and May 4, 5, 11, 12, $12, 215-438-3677 or

War games

If you're a history buff, don't miss the 18th annual Civil War Re-enactment Weekend, a chance to learn about the battles, drills and camp life endured by the Union and Confederate soldiers. A troupe of actors dressed in period costumes will perform skirmishes and talk about the war throughout the weekend.

Neshaminy State Park, 3401 State Road, Bensalem, 9 a.m. today and tomorrow, free, 215-639-4538.

Party in the barrio

Support local Hispanic businesses and artists at "Spring Market! Mercado de Primavera!," a daylong festival featuring jewelry, foods and the works of a variety of local artisans. All day, enjoy free salsa lessons and live music.

Taller Puertorriqueno, Roberto P. Hernandez Theater, 2557 N. 5th St., 12:30-4:30 p.m. today, free, 215-423-6320.

Dream catchers

In the ancient Taoist Chinese story "Butterfly Dreams," sage Zhuang Zi dreams he is a butterfly and awakens to wonder whether he had the dream or whether a butterfly now dreamed it was a man. See the story come to life in this stage performance incorporating dance with puppets, music and word.

Painted Bride, 230 Vine St., 4 and 8 tonight, $20, 215-925-9914 or


Theater growers

Children of all ages will delight in the 23rd annual Philadelphia International Children's Festival, a multicultural smorgasbord of stage, screen and musical productions from artists around the globe. Experience variety such as Quebec clown Jamie Adkins "Circus Incognitus" and the Mexican musical troupe Los Folkloristas' hand-clapping tribute to music from 15 Latin American countries.

Penn Center for the Performing Arts, today through May 5, at various times and venues, $10-$12, 215-898-6789 or

A pen reunion

Officers and former inmates of Eastern State Penitentiary, which closed in 1971, gather to remember the good and bad times behind what is considered the nation's first penitentiary. As part of the prison's annual reunion weekend, the public can meet and ask questions of the men who worked or served hard time behind the thick walls on Fairmount.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, 2124 Fairmount Ave., 2:30 p.m., $9 adults, $7 students, seniors, $4 children 7-12, 215-236-3300.

Glass house

Philip Glass is one of America's most important composers of modern music. His operas, such as "Einstein on the Beach" and "Satyagraha," are performed worldwide. His music has scored films such as "Kundun" and "The Hours." He's here solo at the piano on a tour marking his 70th birthday.

Gordon Theater, Rutgers University, Third and Pearl streets, Camden, N.J., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $30, 856-225-2700,