The Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow (
) will be rolling into Philadelphia for its eighth annual "Carnivolution" show this Friday. "Carnivolution" is an underground party with a large cast of circus, burlesque, and musical performers that will join the Squidling Bros. at the Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum. Acts include stunts performed on beds of nails and broken glass, sword-swallowing, hooks in the flesh, and extreme pierced weightlifting. Carnivolution is at 9 p.m. Friday and again June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 7, and Oct. 12 at the museum, 3819 Hamilton St. Tickets are $10 for this all-ages show. Information: 215-386-3784.
"Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times," featuring ancient handwritten texts, will be on display Saturday through Oct. 14 at the Franklin Institute. Among the 2,000-year-old writings, which are being exhibited in North America for the first time, are handwritten passages from the Bible's book of Genesis, including the resonant opening words, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." PECO is the presenting sponsor of this exhibition at 222 N. 20th St. Admission with a sci-Pass is $16.50; $15.50 for seniors, students and military; $12.50 for children. IMAX show times vary. Permanent exhibits open daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 215-448-1200,
A craft show featuring 70 regional artisans and craft vendors is planned 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Byers' Choice Ltd., makers of the handcrafted Caroler figurines, at 4355 County Line Rd., Chalfont, Bucks County. Among the vendors scheduled to be present are Leonard B. Marschark, who makes 18th-century-style clocks; Susan Daul Folk Art, whose paintings are inspired by early settlers; and Eric Fausnacht, whose acrylic and oil paintings explore domestic fowl. Admission is $5 at the door and $4 in advance. Information: 267-932-8760,
LOVE Your Park Week, which begins Saturday, is being led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The week features eight days of service projects, fun events, educational programs, family activity tours and more. Hundreds of residents will plant and clean more than 100 neighborhood parks, organizers said. Residents may go to
for locations and more information. Call 215-683-3608 to volunteer.
The Mann's opening night of the 2012 season offers a free outdoor concert featuring the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and fireworks at 8 p.m. Friday. Under the direction of Curtis alumnus and former Mann music director Rossen Milanov, the concert is a Mann debut for the Curtis ensemble and will serve as a celebratory send-off for its European tour and appearance at Germany's famed Dresden Music Festival. To reserve free tickets for the concert at 52d Street and Parkside Avenue in Fairmount Park, go to