Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta
Today begins the 75th anniversary of America's biggest collegiate rowing meet. The two-day affair will dot the Schuylkill with some of the country's best rowers. Free shuttle buses run every 20 minutes from the Art Museum to the race's main attractions, including the Grand Stand. (Note: Kelly Drive is closed until 8 p.m. tomorrow between Strawberry Mansion and Fountain Green drives.)
Grand Stand, 2200 Kelly Dr. (2 miles north of Boathouse Row), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, free for spectators, 215-542-1443, dadvail.org.
Wearing their signature blue coveralls, these scruffy stars of Disney Junior make their way to Sesame Place, where they'll joke around while rocking out to songs about haircuts, snack time and other topics germane to the non-grown-up crowd.
Monster Rock Theater, Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. tomorrow; 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:15 p.m. Sunday; $10 + $59.99 admission, 215-752-7070, sesameplace.com.
Art Star Craft Bazaar
Those of us who've been around long enough to recall Art Star's first fair feel proud as punch that the little event is now a big deal. More than 100 vendors of handmade jewelry, clothing, art, house stuff and more will be at Penn's Landing - just in time for Mother's Day gift shopping.
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing (Columbus Boulevard between Market and Walnut streets), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, 215-238-1557, artstarphilly.com.
Mural Arts Tour and Lunch
There's a local mural for every occasion, and tomorrow's no exception, when the esteemed planners of paintings on buildings whisk mothers and others around town to view large-scale, female-focused outdoor wall art before treating them to a three-course brunch in Old City. (You'll still need to do something extra nice for Mom Sunday.)
Tour departs from Positano Coast, 212 Walnut St., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. tomorrow, $65, 215-925-3633, muralarts.org.
Clay and Mimosa Brunch
She'd like anything the kids made for her. But she might like making something with them, which is why Old City's Clay Studio thought of offering a quick class on the potter's wheel for ladies and the lil' ones who love 'em. The two-hour lesson includes a catered brunch, mimosas - and whatever gets made in class.
The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. 2nd St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, $60-$65, 215-925-3453, theclaystudio.org.
Think Mommy had simulated corpses in mind when she requested a little downtime this Sunday? If so, haul her to the Penn Museum for a family workshop on how to design and wrap a, um, post-life body.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, 3260 South St., 1-4 p.m. Sunday, free with $8-$12 admission, 215-898-4016, penn.museum.
Hipsters who still read liner notes or listen to band introductions will know this bass saxophonist for his distinctively warbling work with Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Tom Waits and many more. Stetson also plays clarinet, French horn and cornet, and as a leader/composer aims for the bleeding edge where free jazz and electronica co-mingle. Sarah Neufeld opens.
Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. today, $14, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
Frontman Trevor Powers lays on the spaciest melancholy pop this side of a NASA mission team spinning madly out of control. Liftoff commenced with his acclaimed, bedroom-made "The Year of Hibernation." Now the former Boise State English major (and Urban Outfitters employee) is tripping the light even more fantastic with the indecipherably obtuse "Wondrous Bughouse."
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30 p.m. today, $15 (all ages), 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.
Tempesta di Mare
Works by Telemann, Purcell, Charpentier and Rameau, all inspired by literature, form the hook for this program by the hot Baroque ensemble.
Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $25-$30, 215-755-8776, tempestadimare.org.
With a resume that boasts 36 albums in 39 years, this massively prolific, cultishly adored Canadian prog-rock trio goes back on tour with plenty of its trademark sonic bombast and instrumental virtuosity.
Trump Taj Mahal, Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $75-$171, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
The Texas-born trio has been kicking out the jams since 1969 and is back on the road with another program of blues-'n'-boogie-steeped rock-'n'-roll.
Revel, Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue, 9 p.m. Saturday, $81.25, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
Radio 104.5 6th Birthday
Feel the clout WRFF still has at this alt-rock extravaganza jam packed with tuneful talents. French export Phoenix is top-billed, along with Paramore, Passion Pit, Silversun Pickups, the Airborne Toxic Experience, Twenty One Pilots and ska rock vets Mighty Mighty Bosstones. (A concession to the parental units in attendance, perhaps?)
Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 2 p.m. Sunday, $26-$55, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Treat Mom to supper and a spicy night of Louisiana zydeco cooked up by the masters.
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., showtime 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $25, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
Who needs radio play when you have killer, blues-jamming chops like this guitarist/singer/composer to build a buzz and bonfire? Hopefully, Joe's cool Tribut T-shirt line is fire retardant.
Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St., 8 p.m. Monday, $59-$99, comcasttix.com, 800-298-4200.
While focused on noncommercial radio professionals, this Philadelphia-based music convention is allowing WXPN members to buy a pass to performances and some conferences. Also, big Free-at-Noon and evening (7 p.m. on) shows are being carried live at 88.5 FM and video webcast (selectively) at XPN.org. Talents coming through include Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Tom Tom Club, Phoenix and Foxygen (all Wednesday night), then Mavis Staples, Tom Jones (yes, that Tom Jones!), Robert Randolph and Josh Rouse on Thursday evening.
WXPN/World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Wednesday through Friday, $100 with XPN membership, 800-565-WXPN, xpn.org.
Remarkable orchestra of talented young musicians, led by Gary White, will play two orchestral showpieces: Mussorgsky's spooky "Night On Bald Mountain" and Rimsky-Korsakov's splashy "Scheherazade." In between comes the world premiere of "The Red Book of Montserrat" by Philadelphia composer Kile Smith.
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Thursday, $25-$30, 215-351-0363, philadelphiasinfonia.com.
The hilarious version of "Carnival of the Animals," with actor John Lithgow's clever narration, is a perfect fit for the gifted company. Two George Balanchine classics, "Ballo della Regina" and "The Four Temperaments," round it out.
Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, 7:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Sunday, $20-$125, 215-893-1999, paballet.org.
Before he became one of TV's top sitcom directors on "Newhart," "Seinfeld," "Friends" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," David Steinberg was one of the baby boom generation's first stand-up comedy stars. After years away from the stage, he's touring in a one-man show called "Might Be Something Big . . . Might Not."
Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, $36-$48, 215-862-2121, bcptheater.org.
Film comedian best known for the "Rush Hour" series and recently "Silver Linings Playbook" has returned to the stage to pay back the IRS, he jokes, and to remind he's even better at stand-up and impersonations than in buddy movies.
Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m. tonight, $49.50-$69.50, and Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Blvd., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $59.50-$75.50, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
Harvest of Empire
Why do people immigrate from Latin America to the U.S.? This documentary, opening locally tonight, contends interventionist U.S. policy has a lot to do with it. It also puts a human face to a political issue. If you come to tonight's 7:25 screening, you can meet Juan Gonzalez, who authored the book the film's based on, along with co-director Eduardo Lopez and producer Wendy Thompson-Marquez.
UA Riverview Stadium 17, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd., various times today-Wednesday, $9-$12, 215-755-2353, fandango.com.