So long, Peter After 34 seasons, the multifaceted Peter Nero leads his final Philly Pops concert as the ensemble's music director, conducting a program of Broadway hits from the piano at 3 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. Tickets are $26 to $105. Call 215-893-1999.
Like it is The incomparable Jen Childs performs her solo comedy An Evening With Patsy: The View from My Stoop, in which the opinionated South Philly power broker from 1812 Productions' This Is The Week That Is talks politics and family - and dispenses advice to the audience. The show goes on at 7:30 p.m. at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-592-9560.
From the fringe What was the annual Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe is now FringeArts, presenting its second annual Jumpstart showcase featuring short works up to 15 minutes. On tap: Storyteller Ms. Wise performing A Denzel Theory, her story of growing up in Camden; performance artist Seth Lepore; Scott Sheppard's antic, autobiographical rural tale The Living History Project, performed by the Groundswell Players; the food-and-poetry epic Mounting, Etna, starring Jenna Horton; dancers Magda San Millan and Chelsea Murphy; and Marina Libel and Sarah Gladwin Camp in the theater piece The Supervisors. The program goes on at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $18; $12 for students. Call 215-413-1318.
On the beat Best known for her work with the Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, spoken-word artist and singer Dessa is an intense and lyrical performer. She plays at 8 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets are $15. Call 215-257-5808
Glitter on Our favorite British glam rockers, the Darkness, play at 8 p.m. at the Trocadero, 10th and Arch Streets. Tickets are $29.50 to $32. Call 215-922-6888.
There and back In his first novel, The Yellow Birds, poet and Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers joins the line of great American chroniclers of war stretching from Stephen Crane to Norman Mailer to Tim O'Brien. He reads from his novel, in which two bewildered infantrymen try to hang on as their mission breaks down, at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
The game's afoot In Steven Canny and John Nicholson's The Hound of the Baskervilles, a theater troupe trying to perform Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes thriller is derailed by cast arguments and negative Twitter commentary. The Curio Theatre Company production goes on at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Calvary Center, 4740 Baltimore Ave., and continues on a Thursday-through-Saturday schedule to June 1. Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 215-525-1350.
Eclectic music Conductor Simon Rattle leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a wide-ranging program featuring soprano Barbara Hannigan as soloist in scenes from Gyorgy Ligeti's opera Le Grand Macabre, plus works by Webern, Berg, and Beethoven, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $26 to $124. Call 215-893-1999.
Welcome back After an eight-year hiatus, the newly relaunched Dance Theatre of Harlem performs at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $55. Call 215-898-3900.
Friday & Saturday
The voice It truly is Tom Jones' world and we just live in it. The great Welsh soul singer performs at the Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $50 to $75. Call 215-922-1011.
New sounds Sensational rock experimentalists O'Brother play at the Note, 142 E. Market St., West Chester, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12. Call 484-947-5713.