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Kevin Hart, Michelle Obama, and more things to do in Philadelphia, Nov. 23-29

Here's what to do this Thanksgiving weekend and beyond.

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart plays the Wells Fargo Center
Actor-comedian Kevin Hart plays the Wells Fargo CenterRead moreChris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File


Wild Wizarding Weekend

Make your own magical wand, watch a game of “Bunny and Broomsticks,” and hang out with wild beasts (owls, snakes, and more) at the The Academy of Natural Sciences, hosting a weekend of wild, wizarding fun. Come dressed in costume to get a $2 discount on tickets at the door. -- Grace Dickinson

Nov. 23-25, The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, pay-what-you-wish (Friday), free with general admission (Saturday and Sunday),


Midnight Madness: Suspiria

This dark, 1977 horror film follows an American dancer as she slowly realizes that her German ballet school might be a cover for something violently supernatural. The movie is colorful, a cult classic, and playing in 4K digital restoration at Ritz at the Bourse’s weekly midnight madness special. — Thea Applebaum Licht

11:59 p.m. Friday, Ritz Bourse, 400 Ranstead St., $10.25 midnight standard. 215-440-1181,


Inferno A Go-Go

BenDeLaCreme, also known as Miss Congeniality from Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, brings her solo show Inferno A Go-Go to the Trocadero this Saturday. Look forward to plenty of dark humor from the costumed drag queen, and scenes from the underworld, in a show loosely inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. -- G.D.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St, $25-$60,


The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour

Philadelphia native and fellow Eagles fanatic Kevin Hart will bring his funnyman antics to South Philadelphia. Don’t wait long to buy your tickets: Many of his stops across the country have sold out, and this hometown show will likely do the same. --Cassie McHugh

7 p.m. Nov. 24, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., $39.50-$150, 215-336-3600,

Black Friday Comedy Marathon

If you think you’ll be needing a bit of comedic relief to make it through this holiday weekend, there’s no better place to look than at the Black Friday Comedy Marathon. Thirty-six hours of stand-up, sketch comedy, and improv mean that you can pop in at any point in the marathon to enjoy a show. Check the schedule to find performers and family friendly time slots, or just show up whenever you have an hour to spare. — T.A.L.

Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street. $20 general admission, with access for entire marathon. 267-233-1556,


Michelle Obama

The former first lady will bring the book tour for her debut memoir Becoming (released Nov. 13) to Philadelphia at the end of the month. A show at the Wells Fargo Center might not feel particularly “intimate,” but it’s sure to include intriguing tales and insights from her time in the White House and the journey to get there. Former 2 Dope Queens host and author Phoebe Robinson hosts. — C.M.

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., $29.50-2000, 215-336-3600,


Tibetan Bazaar

Find an array of one-of-a-kind items perfect for the holiday gifting season this Friday and Saturday at the annual Tibetan Bazaar. The market features crafts, handmade by Tibetan artists in exile, including textiles, jewelry, carvings, clothing, and more. Dumplings, fried noodles, and other food items will be available for purchase, too. -- G.D.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Ethical Society Building, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, pay as you go,


Covered Bridge Artisans Annual Studio Tour and Sale

Visit six different artist studios as part of the annual Covered Bridge Artisans Annual Studio Tour, taking participants on a self-guided journey through Southern Hunterdon County. The multiple locations will include paintings, sculptures, pottery, glass, wooden bowls, weavings, jewelry, and other handmade items available for purchase. An additional 10 artists will set up shop at the Cultural Art Center in Sergeantsville, N.J. for the two-day event. -- G.D.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4 p.m. on Sunday) Nov. 23-25, multiple locations across Southern Hunterdon County, pay-as-you-go,


Japanese Food Festival at Maido

Love Japanese food? Head out to Ardmore’s Japanese grocery store and eat-in market, Maido, for an afternoon of delicious -- and free -- samples, including soba noodles, dumplings, sushi, matcha lattes, and more. -- G.D.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Maido, 5 Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, free,


Thom Yorke

Back so soon? Thom Yorke was just in Philadelphia this summer, wrapping up a Radiohead tour with two luminous nights at the Wells Fargo Center. Now he’s kicking off a solo tour that will presumably draw both from both his 2014 solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and his creepily beautiful soundtrack album to Suspiria, Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic horror film. These shows are billed as “live electronic” performances featuring the visual art of Tarik Barri, with Yorke’s only musical accompaniment coming from Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Oliver Coats opens. -- Dan DeLuca

8 p.m. Friday, Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St. $57. 215-627-1332.

Juice Wrld

“Lucid Dreams,” the breakout single from 19-year-old emo-rapper Jarad Higgins, takes the time honored hip-hop tack of building a hit song around an interpolation of a song written by Sting, in this case “Shape Of My Heart,” from 1993’s Ten Summoner’s Tales. (The Police man has joked that the song will put his grandchildren through college.) Higgins, whose name derives from the similarity of his haircut and Tupac Shakur’s in the 1992 movie Juice, postponed a scheduled October show in town due to illness. He’s back at District N9ne this week. -- Dan DeLuca

6 p.m. Saturday, District N9ne, 460 N. 9th Street. $20-$100.


RFA sound like they grew up on a steady diet of the first Strokes album when they were high school students at St. Joseph’s Prep. The quartet’s debut full-length, which came out early this year, is full of tightly constructed rock-and-roll gems anchored in eighth-note chords, pogo-ing rhythms and louche lyrics. Although the self-titled album opens with an ode to being “Lazy” and later advocates hanging out on a Philly porch, the rest of the album’s zippy, infectious energy and buzzy, riffing guitars, especially on songs such as “Suzie Lee” and “Just Don’t Turn the Lights On,” belie the slacker attitude. Expect a basement rock-and-roll party at Underground Arts Thursday. -- Steve Klinge

9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. $12- $15. 215-627-1332,


At a holiday season when The Beatles and The Kinks are celebrating 50th anniversaries of their classics, wittily sarcastic art-hop doyen Yoni Wolf is marking the date that WHY? moved from being a stitched-together solo sonic collage into a full-blooded escapade with Alopecia. Along with that move, this WHY? album of song-raps also pushed Wolf beyond hip hop into chamber pop and psych folk. -- A.D. Amorosi

8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street, $17,