Forever in green clover

Andy Cooney will bring his

Forever Irish

show to Upper Darby Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday for the start of St. Patrick's Day weekend. Cooney's repertoire includes the crowd favorites, "Danny Boy" and "Galway Bay." He will be accompanied by the Irish Sopranos, plus Irish dancers, and his own "World-Famous Irish Band" for this variety show at the center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill. Tickets: $20 to $25 (Arts Center members receive a $2 discount). Information: 610-622-1189 or




Presenting the women of dance

Bryn Mawr College's performing arts series will close with the Ladies of Rennie Harris Puremovement at 8 p.m. Friday. The Ladies of RHPM will perform in McPherson Auditorium in Goodhart Hall on campus, 101 N. Merion Ave. The show will open with "REPREZNT" choreographed to "Hometown Glory" by Grammy-winning singer Adele. Scheduled to perform are Emiko Sugiyama, Fyness Mason, LaMia Dingle, Macca Malik, Mariah Tlili, Neka Chantol French (a.k.a. "French"), Sakina Ibrahim, Samantha Schneider, and Candy Bloise. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, $5 for children under age 12, and $10 for dance pass holders. Tickets and more information are available online at


or by calling 610-526-5210.


Musical legends continue

Jason Marsalis, a son of New Orleans' venerable first family of jazz, and Simone, daughter of legendary songstress Nina Simone, are scheduled to perform 8 p.m. Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Marsalis is a percussionist with the Ellis Marsalis Trio and the Marcus Roberts Trio. He has been receiving critical acclaim for his sound on the vibraphones. There will be a preshow talk with Simone, a singer, songwriter, and actress, at 7 p.m., hosted by Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D., an associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Penn. Tickets are $20 to $46 for the show at 3680 Walnut St. Call 215-898-3900 for tickets. Information: 215-898-6702,



Spring is craft season

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will welcome springtime with its contemporary crafts show Friday through Sunday at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. More than 250 jury-selected artists will display and sell their works in functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, metal, home accessories, photography, and fine art. Demonstrations from craftspeople, food from 35 specialty purveyors, musicians, and children's entertainment are planned. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. Admission is $7 online, $9 at the door, and free for children under age 12. Admission is good for all three days. Free parking is available. Information: 800-210-9900.


One Book, the finale

Author Edwidge Danticat will discuss the 2012 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, her work,

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work,

on Friday at the Free Library. In her citywide book selection, Danticat reflects on art and exile, examining what it means to be an immigrant artist from a country in crisis. The evening will also feature Haitian American composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, whose works include collaborations with artists ranging from Philip Glass to Lady Gaga, organizers say. Admission is free for the talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Central Library, 1901 Vine St. Information: 215-567-4341.