Bookworms wanted

Celebrate the 27th year of the Philadelphia Book Fair, which began at La Salle University and has grown to include more 60 booksellers from the United States and Canada. Collectors can find rare books, literary autographs, maps and more.

National Guard Armory, Roosevelt Boulevard and Southampton Road, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $5, 215-757-1132.


People and places

"Faces and Places," an exhibit of portraits and landscapes by the Manayunk Artists' Co-Op, opens with a reception this afternoon. The works range from strict realism through expressionism to almost abstract.

Manayunk Art Center, 419 Green Lane, noon-3 p.m. reception, exhibition continues through May 27, gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free, 215-482-3363 or

Funny mummies

"The Mom Squad," described by its creators as "Lord of the Flies" meets "Mommy and Me," is an offbeat tribute to modern motherhood by Freefall Productions' Mary Carpenter and Micheline McManus. Bring your mom and get a discount.

Actors Center, 257 N. 3rd St., 2 p.m., showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through May 13, $15, 215-849-1381 or


Big river

Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," is retold in Scott Kaiser's 2005 play "Splitting the Raft," exploring how Huck struggled with his conscience while runaway slave Jim fought for his freedom. The production juxtaposes spirituals and the speeches of Frederick Douglass with the fictional characters' internal conflicts.

People's Light & Theatre, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, through June 10, $28-48, 610-644-3500 or

Good Shepard

Dubbed a "comic nightmare of confrontation," playwright Sam Shepard's "True West" is the story of Austin, a screenwriter who is about to pen a million-dollar movie deal when his good-for-nothing brother Lee comes to town with a bad case of envy. Presented by Luna Theater Company.

Walnut Street Theatre, Studio 3, 825 Walnut St., 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. May 11-12, through May 27, $10-15, 215-704-0033 or

Wet and wild

Philadelphia City Sail hosts its annual "Light Up the River" event, featuring a poker tournament, music, food, an open bar, a silent auction and tours of North Wind, a 75-foot schooner. City Sail tutors disadvantaged area children in science, math and maritime skills.

Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Pine streets, 6 p.m. Thursday, $45, 215-413-0451 or