Pet sounds

Sometimes you fall for a band just because of its name, right? The female-fronted punk-rock group Be Your Own Pet, from Nashville, pulled us in with theirs. Anthemic, tremolo guitar-laced shout-outs (like "Food Fight" and "Super Soaked") ain't bad either. She Wants Revenge headlines and the Virgins and Switches round out the bill, sponsored by Nylon magazine.

TLA, 334 South St. 9 tonight, $18 and (4 pack) $54, 215-922-1011,

J.T.'s the Mann

We're so glad James Taylor has found his way back to this side of the river for a remarkable 18th appearance at our own, Berkshires-like summer shed. His "Band of Legends" provides able support.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $20-$79.50, 215-893-1999,

Art sale, no mortgage required

Founded in 2003 by Tyler School of Art grads Megan Brewster and Erin Waxman, the Art Star Craft Bazaar provides artists a chance to show and sell their work, while giving would-be collectors an opportunity to buy art at a reasonable price. This year's bazaar will host up to 150 eager artists representing virtually every medium, and will include a music lineup that lasts all day.

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd. between Walnut and Market streets, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow. Free. 215-238-1557,

Tipping appreciated

Jodi Netzer and the Conscious Collective are out to shatter apathy and lethargy, and target social ills, too. That's a tall order, but their dance and physical theater production of "The Tipping Point" is up to the challenge. Inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference" and John Zerzan's "The Psychology of Mass Misery," Netzer's performance focuses on individuals trying to improve their surroundings. A discussion follows the performance.

Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave., 7 tonight and tomorrow, $10-$25, 267-334-7857,,

Thorny romance

One of Neil Simon's lesser known comedies, "Rose's Dilemma" (it opened on Broadway in 2003 starring John Cullum and Patricia Hodges) is about a celebrated but broke writer, Rose Stern, who still lusts for her dead lover, a literary lion. Rose consorts with his ghost and they hatch a plot for her comeback.

Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn, 8 tonight and tomorrow, 2 p.m. tomorrow, through June 14, $12, 610-296-9245.

Wait is over

Gilbert and Sullivan addicts get their annual fix as the Savoy Company's 2008 production, "Patience," plays at the Academy of Music. This comic satire about rival poets and the lovesick ladies who dote on them was the sixth collaboration of the famous songwriting duo and was first performed in London in 1881. Last presented by our local Savoyards 12 years ago, the production moves from the Academy to Longwood Gardens in June.

Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 8 tonight, $10-$52, 215-735-7161; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, 8:30 p.m. June 13-14, $25, 215-7335-7161,

The welcome mat is out

Peek inside the doors of historic homes in two sections of the city, sponsored by Friends of Independence National Historical Park. Nine Fairmount Park houses are open, including Belmont Mansion, which contains the Underground Railroad Museum, and the newest park attraction, Ohio House, built for the 1876 Centennial Exposition and renovated to house a museum and restaurant. University City is opening dozens of historic twin houses, from antebellum to Twenties Revival, and view the creative adaptations the residents have made to these early suburban homes. Light beverages and desserts will be served.

Fairmount Park Tours, beginning at 10 a.m. today and tomorrow, $30, call 215-925-6101, ext. 6021 for reservations; University City Tours, 1 p.m. Sunday, $30.


Invitation to the dance

Choreographer Paul Taylor, whose company will close out the 26th Dance Celebration season, has said he makes dances because "it's possible to build a whole new universe with steps." The prolific Taylor - he's created more than 105 dances - will bring six of them to Philadelphia, including a new work still in progress. Other highlights: the Stravinsky-inspired "Le Grand Puppetier" and "Antique Valentine," danced to music from a player piano, mechanical organ and music boxes.

Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. June 6, 2 and 8 p.m. June 7, $29-$46, 215-898-3900,

Titanic title

The current production at People's Light and Theatre Company is the descriptively titled "I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady from Rwanda." A young girl in a Rwandan refugee camp and a disillusioned novelist-turned-writing instructor collaborate on her manuscript about the horrors her family endured. Inspired by a true story, this play by Sonja Linden has toured the United Kingdom and was broadcast by BBC World Service.

People's Light and Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. June 6-7, 2 and 7 p.m. June 8, through June 22, $37-$48, 610-644-3500,

Not so average Joe

Born in the mean streets of Cherry Hill, comic Joe Matarese got his start working Philly's comedy clubs before seeking fame and fortune in the Big Apple. A frequent guest on "Late Night with David Letterman," he made his Comedy Central debut in February. Matarese ("I'm a total neurotic mess") is married to a woman with a Ph.D. in psychology, so expect to hear something about fixing Joe when he comes to town for six shows this week.

Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. June 6-7, $10-$25, 215-496-9001.