Henry Box Brown: A Hip Hop Musical

Starring Roots-associated rapper Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins, Henry Box Brown: A Hip Hop Musical tells the story of the enslaved Henry "Box" Brown, who traveled by mail in a wooden box to find freedom in Philadelphia. Catch the Hamilton-inspired musical at the Community College of Philadelphia, now in its second week of production. — Grace Dickinson

Henry Box Brown, select dates through Feb. 17, Community College of Philadelphia Bonnell Auditorium, 1700 Spring Garden St., $30-$50,


Second Saturdays: The Olympics at the Penn Museum

Just a day after the opening of the Winter Olympics, the Penn Museum invites everyone to come out and learn about the athletes and history of the ancient Olympics, dating back to 8th century B.C. Visitors will partake in a variety of activities, including a scavenger hunt, interactive games in the galleries, craft-making, and more. — G.D.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10; Penn Museum, 3260 South St., $15, 215-898-4000,

The Penn Museum hosts a Saturday dedicated to the ancient Olympics, coinciding with the winter Olympics opening on the Friday before.
The Penn Museum hosts a Saturday dedicated to the ancient Olympics, coinciding with the winter Olympics opening on the Friday before.


Valentine’s Day Cheese Making Demo + Beer Pairing at the Cannery

Spend Valentine's Day getting cheesy (in a good way) with your lover at Dock Street Brewery's The Cannery. Curd-master Alex Jones is set to deliver a mozzarella-making demo, to be followed by plenty of cheese-eating and beer-drinking. At the end of the night, you'll be sent off with the ingredients needed to make your own mozzarella so that you and your partner can continue to collaborate at home. Tickets are limited, as the event will be capped at 20 people. — G.D.

The Cannery, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 14, $50 per ticket or $90 for a pair, 705 South 50th St.,

Jinxed Philadelphia’s 10th Annual HeART Show

Peruse a collection of interpretations of the universal symbol of love, and maybe even pick up one of your own. This weekend, Jinxed Philadelphia will display heart-shaped art pieces designed and created by local artists and craftspeople: the show opens on Friday and pieces become available to buy on Saturday at 5 p.m., just in time for Valentine's Day. There will also be a pig roast and some refreshments. — Thea Applebaum Licht
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jinxed Philadelphia, 1331 Frankford Ave. 267-978-5469,


Yoga with Cats

If you love cats and downward dogs, too, the PSPCA's hourlong yoga session this Saturday is for you. An instructor from Fishtown's Amrita Yoga will lead the class, where you can find adorable and adoptable cats strutting around as you de-stress on your mat. All proceeds benefit the PSPCA. — G.D.

9 a.m. Saturday, PSPCA, 1546 Frankford Ave, $15,


Game of Thrones Musical Parody

Watch Daenerys and her dragons (along with many other fan-favorited and -hated characters) sing and dance onstage in the Philadelphia Theatre Company's Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire. The musical will take its audience to Westeros for a night of satirical savagery and plot twists in the Seven Kingdoms. — G.D.

Feb. 9 and 10, 480 S. Broad St., tickets start at $25, myptc.philadelphiatheatrecompany.


Murder Manor: An Improvised Game of Clue

Improv meets classic board game play at the Adrienne Theatre's Murder Manor: An Improvised Game of Clue. The show centers around six strangers who show up to a dinner party where they find themselves smack in the middle of a murder. The guests set out to solve the murder, creating a hilarious and improvised story for the audience to enjoy and participate. — G.D.

7 p.m. Feb. 11, Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St., $15,


Lyric Fest

The resplendent legacy of Claude Debussy's vocal music, with excerpts from his letters, frame this program. Sopranos Amy Burton and Rebecca Myers, mezzo Suzanne DuPlantis, baritone Thomas Meglioranza, and pianist Laura Ward are the ideal interpreters of this elegant music. —Tom Di Nardo

4 p.m. Saturday at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street, $30, 215-438-1702,

Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble

In the midst of its 41st season, the chamber musicians perform a Quintet by Boccherini, Rimsky-Korsakov's rare Sextet and Mozart's magnificent K.493 Quartet for piano, violin, viola, and cello. — TDN

8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Old Pine Street Church, 4th and Pine Streets, $25, 215-542-4890,


Written on Skin

Opera Philadelphia returns to the Academy of Music with the Philadelphia premiere of Written on Skin, George Benjamin's modern classic about a clandestine love affair, art, and violence. Drawn from a 12th century legend, Benjamin's opera has received critical acclaim since its premiere in 2012. — Bethany Ao

8 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 16, 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 18; Academy of Music, Locust and Broad Streets, $20 to $180, 215-893-1999,


Image China: Dragon Boat Racing

This dance-drama about romance and music took America by storm when it opened in 2016 in New York City. Now, new audiences can experience the mesmerizing performance in Philadelphia. The Guangdong Song & Dance Ensemble will bring the tale, set in China between the first and second world wars, to life at the Merriam Theater.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S Broad St. $25-$80 online. 215-790-5800,


Syleena Johnson

Syleena Johnson is the veteran R&B singer hip-hop fans know — or at least know her voice — from the hook she sings on Kanye West's College Dropout hit All Falls Down. She's also the daughter of '60s and '70s soul great Syl Johnson, and on her new Rebirth of Soul, she embraces her father's legacy, turning in perfectly effective versions of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Etta James classics, and pointedly covering her Dad's Is It Because I'm Black? adding defiance and rage to the original's sorrowful tone.  — Dan DeLuca

8 p.m. Friday at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. $27. 215-222-1400.

Tom Petty and David Bowie tributes

And the Petty and Bowie tributes keep coming. This weekend there are two worthwhile ones. Petty who, died in October, is being honored at Johnny Brenda's on Friday with a stellar crew of local musicians calling themselves The Philadelphia Tom Petty Appreciation Society, including Pat Finnerty on guitar, Patrick Berkery on drums, and Zach Miller of Dr. Dog on keys. Then on Sunday, the touring Celebrating David Bowie production comes to the Keswick, featuring several players that were friends and associates of Bowie himself, including guitarist Earl Slick, singer Bernard Fowler and bassist Gaby Moreno. — D.D.

The Philadelphia Tom Petty Appreciation Band, 8 p.m. Friday at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. $10. 215-739-9684.

Celebrating David Bowie 8 p.m. Sunday at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. $39.50-$59.50.

Tyler, The Creator & Vince Staples

A double bill that's the hip-hop show of the month, for sure. Odd Future leader Tyler the Creator's talent has always been as obvious as his need to provoke with homophobic slurs and misogynist lyrics has been obnoxious. Last year's Flower Boy, however, blossoms with maturity, both musically and emotionally. Long Beach, Calif., emcee Vince Staples' Big Fish Theory married his fast-paced rhymes with electronic-club beats, but the euphoric rush of the music can't mask the darkly introspective tone of his lyrics.  — D.D.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. $45-$35. 215-204-2400.

The Norths

This show could be considered a cute night out – a romantic dinner date and listening session with Philadelphia's jazziest performing marrieds – if it weren't for the fact that neither vocalist Meg Clinton North nor tenor saxophonist Victor North play cute. This married Philly jazz-bo coupling won't play to the avant-garde on this Valentine's, but while Meg's voice is strong and stirringly sensual (to say nothing of swinging), Victor's tenor tone is always bracingly theatrical. So the Norths will play it cool and loving at South, yet even the greatest romances have rough spots… and that's fantastic. — A.D. Amorosi

8 p.m. Wednesday at South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, 600 N Broad St., prices vary with prix fie dinner.


On 2016's Pool, Aaron Maine transformed Porches from an introspective, indie-rock project into an extroverted, if still melancholy, synth-pop outfit. Working with then girlfriend Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos for much of the album, Maine created a dreamy, expansive atmosphere that often locked into a restrained funk groove. The House, the new Porches album, is more abstract and drifting, the tempos often slower, the songs briefer, the vocals more autotuned (think James Blake at his most disaffected). A few tracks break through the haze: the perky Find Me, with its horn section; the lovely Country, with its layers of vocals; the pulsing Anymore, with its gradual crescendo. London's charming Girl Ray will open for Porches on Thursday. — Steve Klinge

8:30 p.m. Thursday at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. $17. 215-232-2100,