Big talent on display
Founded in 1860, the Philadelphia Sketch Club is the nation's oldest artists club and has counted luminaries such as Thomas Eakins and N.C. Wyeth as regulars. The club's 151st annual Small Oil Paintings show, closing this weekend, is one of the longest-running exhibitions in the country. The original intent of the size limitation (20 inches by 20 inches) was so artists could display a number of examples of their works in the hope that a patron would commission a larger painting. The show is at the club, 235 S. Camac St. Times: 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 215-545-9298 or sketchclub.org.
The good old stuff
No need for a road show. The venerable Philadelphia Antiques Show is right here, featuring more than 50 exhibitors of American fine and decorative arts as well as select experts in Asian and English works. The show goes on at the Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets. Tickets: $20; benefits the Penn Center for Human Performance at Penn Medicine. Information: 610-902-2109 or www.ThePhiladelphiaAntiquesShow.org.
Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in three different all-Mozart concerts, each featuring piano prodigy Jan Lisiecki, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Times: 2 and 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $48 to $124. Information: 215-893-1999 or www.philorch.org.
A lot in common
Here's a double bill that would have been unthinkable back in the 1970s, when one guy was known mostly for his blues guitar work and the other was the frontman for the proto-punk New York Dolls. Nowadays we know both are inveterate musicologists whose styles span all genres: David Bromberg and David Johansen perform at the Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $35 and $45. Information: 215-572-7650 or www.keswicktheatre.com.
Former New York Yankees pitcher Larry Gowell had a short but significant stint in the bigs. He appeared on the mound only twice for the Bronx Bombers, late in the season in 1972 - once in relief and once as a starter, and finished a career 0-1 record with a 1.29 ERA. What's memorable, though, is his time at the plate: He doubled in the second game, which made him the last pitcher to get a hit in a regular-season American League game before the start of the designated-hitter rule. What's he doing these days? He's a cabaret singer, who will perform standards at the Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $18. Information: 1-800-838-3006 or http://swinginthestandards.com.