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Your week: Fun things to do, see and hear April 18-24

“The Cat in the Hat,” Black History Showcase and more.


'The Cat in the Hat'

Dr. Seuss's beloved book plays mornings, afternoons and early evenings to the age group for whom it was intended. Adults and other "things" are welcome to follow along, too.

Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St., show times vary through June 22, $16-$26 (discounts available), 215-922-1122,

Black History Showcase

Celebrating a decade, this multifaceted event brings together Tuskegee Airmen, youth jazz musicians, Mother Bethel A.M.E. (for a 3 p.m. Easter Sunday service), myriad artifacts, several documentaries, important workshops and many living icons, including nonagenarian C.T. Vivian, 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, who'll speak of his time beside Dr. King, both on and beyond the Freedom Rides (5 p.m. tomorrow).

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 13th and Arch streets, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today & tomorrow, free,

'Paper Phoenix'

One-day-only show about teens in an enchanted forest features 20 local actors, including 13 kids.

Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St., 2 & 7 p.m. tomorrow, $25 (18 and under $15), 215-923-0210,

Sister Cities

Will it be warm enough to splash in Center City's preferred pebble-bottom wading pond? No predictions there. But kids can sow seeds, and grown-ups can buy plants and produce, both thanks to Greensgrow's in-park pop-up.

18th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, free,


Johnson's Farm

Egg hunts, hayrides, cookie decorating and Bunny photo ops mark the season at this vibrant, charming South Jersey farm. Egg-hunt hayrides, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m., $7.95 per hunter ($3.75 per non-hunter); cookie decorating, $7.50 per child.

133 Church Rd., Medford, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today & tomorrow (closed Sunday), 609-654-8643,

Egg Hunt at Awbury

Another awesome option for colored egg-hungry city kids sans backyards, this 55-acre Germantown oasis will be hiding the goods early on, so parents can get little ones home by naptime.

11 Awbury Road, 10 a.m. tomorrow, free, 215-849-2855,

The Oval

Eight-acre, alfresco party space is back for a second year. Look for food trucks, family stuff (games, plus kids' karaoke today, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.), live music all season. Tomorrow's the ultimate pre-Easter party, with a hunt for 3,500 eggs (11 a.m.-noon) and petting zoo.

Eakins Oval, 2601 Ben Franklin Parkway, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow, free,

South Street Promenade

For 83 years, Philly peeps have been stepping out for this post-church parade. Those wearing bonnets, suits and such can compete for best-dressed prizes, in categories that include kids, pets and whole families. The Bunny will be there, too, natch.

Passyunk Avenue and South Street (to Headhouse Square), 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, free, 215-413-3713,


'Sin and Salvation'

Fairmount's famed prison shows off some of its most frightening (handmade knives) and most heartwarming (handwritten letters) objects.

Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Tuesday, $10-$14 (recommended for ages 7 and up) 215-236-3300,


Stephen 'Ragga' Marley

At turns roots rockin' and dance-hall current, the second son of Bob and Rita Marley has given his life to music since age 6, first singing, dancing, playing in the Melody Makers, then making his mark as a hip-hop savvied producer for the brood.

Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 7 tonight, $30, 215-922-6888,


Sharply insightful, funny and fresh, the made-in-D.C. rap phenom avoids the cliches, samples all manner of tunes. K-Camp co-headlines this collegiate Spring Fling.

Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St., 7 tonight, $39-$100 (student discount available), 800-298-4200,

Boy George

The 1980s would have been much duller without this dance-pop sensation, then fronting Culture Club. BG's solo career has been marked by ups, downs, tabloid headlines and stage musical misfires. But a turn to more instrospective, folky ballads has lent our boy a new lease on life.

TLA, 334 South St., 8 tonight, $30, 800-745-3000,

Cloud Cult

A cult in the best sense, this octet is living the biodegradable, solar-powered life and espousing a pro-active, master-your-own-fate existence with infectious, experimentally varied indie-pop tunes.

Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., 8 tonight, $17, 215-972-1000,

Amos Lee

The graduate of Cherry Hill East and singer-songwriter is back on the boards, pumping up his most recent album, "Mountain of Sorrows, Rivers of Song."

The Borgata, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 9 tonight, $35.50 & $39, 866-900-4849,

David Uosikkinen's

In The Pocket

Seasoned Philadelph-yites celebrate collaborative strength, roots and their just dropped "Sessions" album, rejuvenating glories-past like "Disco Inferno," "I Saw the Light," "You Can't Sit Down" and "A Woman's Got the Power" to a fair-thee-well.

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., 9 tonight, $30, 610-649-8389,

American Babies

While built around "prog-rock" and "jam-band" credentialed musicians, this project led by Philly guitarist/singer Tom Hamilton answers well to the calling of strummy, anthemic Americana and (increasingly) Lou Reed-style urchin rock. Babes in the woods, indeed. With the Heavy Pets, Sensamotion.

Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $12 (21+),

Jerry Blavat's Ultimate

Doo Wop Reunion

Never one for hyperbole, the Geator celebrates his 30th Kimmel Center show with a greatest-ever (until the next) lineup of the Duprees ("You Belong to Me"), Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), Happenings ("See You In September"), Classics ("Till Then"), Flamingos ("Mio Amore"), Demensions ("Over the Rainbow"), Roommates ("Please Love Me Forever") and Chimes ("I'm in the Mood for Love"). All accompanied by a strings-endowed, 30-piece orchestra.

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $41-$100, 215-893-1999,

Christina Perri

What does it say that this Bensalem native's concert is sold out, and Miley's isn't? Says Philly's got our own backs. Expect gut- and heart-wrenching renditions of "Human" and "Jar of Hearts." "Twilight" fans, enjoy.

Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, sold out (StubHub prices from $38),

Miley Cyrus

Feel like you've already seen all you need to of this post-teen sensation's very sensational Bangerz tour? Chances are, if you're a young woman like her, you may have not. Catch Cyrus, in all her throaty, dog-lovin', pot-promoting, tongue-out, object-humping, scantily-clad, party-girl glory one night early, thanks to the Flyers playoff schedule. Swedes Icona Pop ("I Love It") opens.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 7 p.m. Monday, $49.50-$89.50, 800-298-4200,

Justin Currie

One of the most distinctive, earnest and cozy voices in adult alternative music, even when Currie's stressing over "The Fight to be Human" and warning "You'll Always Walk Alone." Yeah, this is the Glasgow native who used to front Del Amitri.

Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8 p.m. Monday, $20, 215-928-0978,

The Milk Carton Kids

Have you seen these faces? Musically intimate, haunting duo harmonizes and fingerpicks like a young, still hungry Simon & Garfunkel. Every generation deserves one. Punchy phrasing, blues-twang-tuned Waco, Texas, songteller Brian Wright ups the ante (and may steal the show) in the opening slot.

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 8 p.m. Tuesday, $15-$17, 215-222-1400,

Amerita Chamber Players

Since 1956, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and guests have delved into the enormous catalog of the Italian Baroque. In this concert, the orchestra's supreme bassoonist, Daniel Matsukawa, joins the ensemble in one of Vivaldi's 38 bassoon concertos, plus other gems.

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 18th and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Wednesday, free, 215-735-3250,

Juilliard String Quartet

Famed ensemble will perform two standards of the quartet genre, Beethoven's Op. 18/2 and Schubert's G Major, D.887. In between, they'll offer the local premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jesse Jones' Third Quartet, subtitled "Whereof man cannot speak."

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $28, 215-569-8080,


'Sunset Boulevard'

Andrew Lloyd Webber's take on the classic 1950 film drama about a faded silent movie star, here starring Tony-nominated Ann Crumb as Norma Desmond, readies its close-up with a new production.

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., show times vary through May 16 $42-$53 (discounts available), 610-891-0100,

'The Hummingbird's Tour'

Culture for a Cause produces a tale of three grown-up siblings and one mysterious, mystical guest. All proceeds go to a Haitian microfinance anti-poverty group.

Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, 7 tonight, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, $40 (25 and under $25), 215-862-2121,

'The Train Driver'

Acclaimed playwright Athol Fugard's latest explores one man's South African search for forgiveness and redemption after a tragic accident.

Lantern Theatre, 923 Ludlow St., show times vary through May 4, $20-$38, 215-829-0395,

- Compiled by Chuck Darrow,

Tom Di Nardo, Lauren McCutcheon, Jonathan Takiff