Magic man Viewed by some scholars as Shakespeare's valedictory, The Tempest is a romantic fantasy about an aging and embittered sorcerer who uses his powers to gather his friends and enemies on a remote isle, with unforeseen consequences. The venerable Hedgerow Theatre production of the Bard's last masterpiece goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at the company's theater, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media, and continues on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule to June 10. Tickets are $10 to $25. Call 610-565-4211.
Day at the beach The always delightful Mum Puppettheatre presents the third installment of Robert Smythe's ongoing Boy and Dog series with The Adventures of a Boy and His Dog on the High Seas. This episode features a treasure map, girl pirates and a manatee ballet. The show goes on at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the company's theater, 115 Arch St., and continues on a Saturday-and-Sunday schedule to June 10. Tickets are $12. Call 215-925-7686.
Sign of the times Choreographer Jaamil Olawale Kosoko took the inspiration for his new performance piece Wet Purple Love Affair from the music of Prince. The "hip-hopera" goes on at 3 p.m. at the Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave. Tickets are $10; $8 seniors and students. Call 215-387-1911.
Musician remembered The esteemed violist Tony Simmons was killed in a car accident in 2005 at age 38, and the loss is still keenly felt by the Philadelphia music community. Violists Kathleen Foster, Marka Kasker-Simmons, Ruth Frazier and Luigi Mazzocchi, plus hornist Lloyd Smith, cellist Carolyn Ellman, mezzo soprano Jody Kidwell, double bassist Douglas Mapp, marimbist Harvey Price, and the Serafin String Quartet play a memorial concert of works by Kile Smith, Roberto Pace, David Laganella, Robert Capanna, and Mark Hagerty at 7:30 p.m. at the Settlement Music School's Curtis Branch, 416 Queen St. Admission is free. Call 215-320-2600.
More than one hit The gravel-voiced alt-country troubadour Shawn Mullins may be best known for his 1998 hit "Lullaby," but he's a pop craftsman of the highest order. He plays at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-222-1400.
American spirit In his new book, Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989, historian Michael Beschloss charts the intrepid actions of our nation's leaders, from George Washington to Ronald Reagan. He discusses his work from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. Tickets are $15; reservations required. Call 215-409-6700.
Mood music Guitar goddess Swati plays her moody art-folk on a bill with intense folkie Griffin House and country-pop combo Sons of William at 8:30 p.m. at the Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-928-0770.
Second chapter Afghan novelist Khaled Hosseini had an international best seller with his debut, the coming-of-age tale The Kite Runner. His second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, follows the intertwined destinies of two women against the background of war and religious strife. He reads at 7 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Montgomery Auditorium, 1901 Vine St. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
Dance dance The inventive Koresh Dance Company performs works by Ronen Koresh and Robert Battle at 8 p.m. at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets are $28 to $38. Call 215-898-3900.
Friday & Saturday
Sound artist Avant-jazz "noise percussionist" Z'ev uses found objects and texts from his wide range of studies to create his distinctive art. He plays at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $8. Call 215-805-3376.
Dance vision The innovative Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers perform works for props and video with guitarists Keith Calmes and Ryan Patrick Johnson at the University of the Arts' Drake Theater, 1512 Spruce St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15. Call 215-462-7720.