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What to do in Philly, April 25-May 1

Cher and M.I.A. concerts, Penn Relays, new Patrick Kelly exhibit and more.


Philadelphia Antiques Show

Among the well-preserved objets d'art at this 53rd annual display of smalls and beyond is the show's original emblem, a circa 1771 Rittenhouse Orrery (a clockwork-driven model of the solar system). Tickets still available for tonight's opening gala.

Hall F, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, $20 (discounts available), 610-902-2109,

Patrick Kelly

Winsome looks from one of the world's best-loved, shortest-lived clothing designers form the new "Runway of Love." Southern-born Kelly made it in Paris in the mid-'80s and left us too soon in 2000. But his button- and heart-adorned frocks remain fashion's version of Pharrell's "Happy."

Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Sunday-Nov. 30, $20 (discounts available), 215-763-8100,


Penn Relays

Cheer on future Olympians and myriad more young athletes at this 120th annual track and field extravaganza. Runners to watch include Cheltenham High's state champs and Jamaica's ever-strong sprinters.

Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd St., 9 a.m.-7:25 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow, $18-$47, 215-898-6151,

Frogs: Nature's Messenger

Passover, Easter and . . . Save the Frogs Day? This crowd-pleasing creature feature coincides with an unsung holiday about rescuing amphibians from extinction. Twenty exotic species, including African bullfrogs, poison darts, red-eyed trees and waxy monkeys, won't be in South Jersey much longer. Hop to it.

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, exhibit through Sunday, $25.95 (ages 2-12 $18.95, under 2 free), 856-365-3300,

One Day in Pompeii

A volcanic blast, a ground-shaking rumble, a city turned to ashes. This stimulating simulation, paired with 150 artifacts, recalls the demise of a Roman town, circa 79 A.D. Closes this weekend.

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., exhibit through Sunday, $27.50 (ages 3-11 $21.50; discounts available) 215-448-1200,

Autism Awareness at Sesame Place

One week before the park opens to the public, the home of Elmo et al offers a special day for kids on the autism spectrum. Areas for quiet time, shows with softened effects and lowered volume throughout the Place welcome children with sensory differences.

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Variety Club and Autism Speaks members register for free admission at, 866-464-3566,


Flavors of the Avenue

No more tickets left to the tasting part of this foodie fair, but many Passyunk eateries are doing on-site specials, and there's no admission to the alfresco local craft vendors and musicians.

East Passyunk Avenue, Dickinson to Mifflin Street, noon-4 p.m. tomorrow,

Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival

First there was the Kinetic Sculpture Derby. Now there's "Philly Puff," an inflatable sculpture competition (2 to 4 p.m.) during this annual block party. Expect a crowd of a few thousand, plus old cars, new artists, truck foods, live music and kids stuff, including a moon bounce.

2400-2550 Lehigh Ave., noon-8 p.m. tomorrow, rain or shine,



Soul and Latino flourishes embellish the percussive folk and brooding country at the beating hearts of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, partners onstage and off. Devotees of Mumford and Sons and Civil Wars will easily connect. Fans of Sudano's late mom, Donna Summer, maybe not so much. But give it a shot! Philly-spawned Liz Longley is slotted first.

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., 7 tonight, $20, 610-649-8389,

Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Heir apparent to a famous New Orleans music family, Batiste embraces the full diversity of the Big Easy's music culture and will to entertain.

Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce streets, 7:30 tonight, $25 & $30, 215-893-1999,


Globally attuned hip-hop talent Maya Arulpragasam fuses exotic rhythms and righteous indignation like nobody else. West Coast indie rapper Ab-Soul opens in theatrically pensive fashion.

Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., 8 tonight, $35, 800-745-3000,


Sweeping, philosophical, big picture art popsters spin in the Arcade Fire/Talking Heads axis. These Brits have earned lots of love from TV ("Grey's Anatomy") and film ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse") scorers. Now it's your turn. Lilies on Mars sprout, too.

Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8 tonight, $15 (21+),

Opera Philadelphia

Mozart's "Don Giovanni" is a masterpiece of music and drama. This brilliant cast, alumni of Curtis and the Academy of Vocal Arts, includes Elliot Madore as the Don; Joseph Barron as Leporello; Michelle Johnson as Donna Anna; Amanda Majeski as Donna Elvira; and David Portillo as Ottavio. The imaginative Nicholas Muni is designer and director; George Manahan is on the podium.

Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 8 tonight, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. May 2, 2:30 p.m. May 4, $10-$247, 215-893-1999,

Pet Shop Boys

What Hall & Oates are to the U.S., this electro-pop pair are to the U.K., claiming mid-'80s hits "West End Girls" and "It's a Sin," plus newer tracks from their 2012 album, "Elysium."

Ovation Hall, Revel, 8 tonight, $60-$125, 800-745-3000,

University of Pennsylvania Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra

The combined forces of William Parberry's chorus and Brad Smith's symphony orchestra tackle the towering Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most powerful works ever composed.

Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St., 8 tonight, $5, 215-898-7544, 215-898-7544.

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Video projections, choreography and "immersive scenographics," plus collaboration with the famed Bang on a Can All Stars, combine with the 140-voice chorus under Alan Harler in the world premiere of "Anthracite Fields." West Chester native Julia Wolfe, a "Bang" co-founder, wrote words and music inspired by legends of northern Pennsylvania coal miners and their families.

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 13-19 S. 38th St., 4 & 8 p.m. tomorrow & Sunday, $30, 215-735-9922,

Bo Bice

One of our faves from the glory days of "American Idol," 2005 finalist Bice dirtied up the joint with a big dose of gritty Southern soul. And he's still up to good. 2013's "New Soul Revival" album scorched with down-home gospel. When not working alone, Bice has been fronting Blood, Sweat and Tears, so feel free to shout for "Spinning Wheel." Matt Cermanski opens.

Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $25, 215-257-5808,

Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola

Eight-string guitar/bass virtuoso Hunter and his percussionist buddy Amendola serve up a light but filling feast of jazzy originals.

Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $18-$20 (all ages), 215-222-1400,

Joan Osborne

There's so much more to this bluesy gospel testifier than her signature hit, "One of Us." Osborne could compellingly sing the phone book, though her new set "Love and Hate" - tasteful, adult - is far preferred. Lizanne Knott opens.

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $42, 215-222-1400,


Ray Charles called him "one of the best blues musicians I've ever worked with." This Italian rock star of the '80s and '90s calls himself, "Sugar."

Mark Etess Arena, Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $79.50-$110, 800-745-3000,

Band of Skulls

British trio roams from garage punk and blues rock to prog and olde English realms. For openers, SACCO dives its sub into dark, dense, psychedelic waters.

Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, $20 (all ages), 215-232-2100,

Fathy Salamy

Egyptian pianist performs contemporary Arab music with Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble.

Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce streets, 4 p.m. Sunday, $15-$30, 267-809-3668,


If you could "Turn Back Time," you'd see the ever-empowering belter/actress retiring from concert