Start your holiday shopping and 18 other ways to spend your weekend in Philly, Nov. 18-20
CLASSICAL Michael Hersch Though the Philadelphia composer's Zwischen Leben und Tod: twenty-two pieces after images by Peter Weiss is ostensibly a searingly introspective work for violin and piano, Hersch believes a key element is the music's counterpoint with paintings, some rare
Though the Philadelphia composer's Zwischen Leben und Tod: twenty-two pieces after images by Peter Weiss is ostensibly a searingly introspective work for violin and piano, Hersch believes a key element is the music's counterpoint with paintings, some rarely seen, by the Swedish writer/artist Weiss (1916-82). The artwork is likely to be seen in superior slide-projected splendor at well-equipped Crane Arts. Violinist Carolyn Huebl and pianist Mark Wait perform the multimedia work.
- David Patrick Stearns
4 p.m. Sunday, Icebox at Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St. Free, 215-232-3203, www.cranearts.com.
"Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy"
Danny Garcia's documentary looks at the tumultuous lives, doomed love, and flame-out deaths of John Simon Ritchie (who became Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious) and Lower Moreland punker Nancy Spungen. The film focuses on the couple's trip to New York in October 1978, where Spungen died of a stab wound in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel. Vicious was charged with her murder, but died of a heroin overdose while on bail in February 1979 before the case went to trial. The film features interviews with friends including Donna Destri, Kenny "Stinker" Gordon (who will appear to take questions) Honest John Plain, Howie Pyro, Casino Steel, and Sylvain Sylvain, and a soundtrack of music from bands such as the Heartbreakers, the Boys, the PrimaDonna Reeds, and Corazones Muertos. How long has it been? Hard to believe, but both would be nearly 60 now.
- Michael Harrington
7 p.m. Friday, PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. $10, www.philamoca.org.
Pasión y Arte
Philadelphia's all-female flamenco company performs in a re-creation of the cafelike tablao, where dancers show off their skills in less-theatrical performances. On the bill are singers Barbara Martinez and Hector Marquez, guitarist Raphael Brunn, and dancers Xianix Barrera, Alexa Milton, and Amelia Hernandez.
8 p.m. Friday, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. $25; $22 seniors and students, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
The contemporary ballet company opens its season with a revival of Matthew Neenan's Sunset, o639 Hours, set to music by New Zealand composer Rosie Langabeer using invented instruments by Neil Feather. The dance tells the story of American airmail pilot Edwin Musick, who completed the first service between the U.S. and New Zealand in 1938.
8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, the Wilma Theater, 265 S Broad St. $25 to $50, 215-546-7824, www.balletx.org.
Our excellent contemporary dance troupe flames onto the stage with its newest gem, "Straight Outta Philly." The dancers' fame follows them all over the world, and this is one of the two chances this season to see them at home.
- Tom Di Nardo
7:30 p.m. Friday: 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Kimmel Center, Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. $29-$55, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.
Franklin Flea Holiday Market
Kick off your holiday shopping with the upcycled and retro wares at the Franklin Flea, a market that has become a welcome regular on the Philly scene. This weekend's shopping spree is one of four that will happen through Dec. 17, so don't fret if you can't get make this weekend.
- Molly Eichel
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 801 Market St. Free, franklinflea.com.
Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar
One of our favorite Philadelphia mainstays puts on a Santa hat for its a holiday edition. Look out for crafts and handmade items of all kinds. Looking for a unique gift? Art Star is a must-shop event. Added bonus? The location is the Simeone Foundation, the very cool car museum that is an underrated gem in South Philly. Admission to Bazaar also includes museum admission at a discount, so plan a day of it.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwitch Dr. $3 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.); $2 (3-4 p.m.) $1 (4-5 p.m.), www.artstarcraftbazaar.com.
OK, so it's probably a little late for you to sign up, but that doesn't mean you can't cheer on the runners taking on a gargantuan feat. Check out philadelphiamarathon.com/fans for the best fan-zone spots to get your cheer on. The Health and Fitness Expo will kick off the marathon weekend from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Convention Center (12th and Arch Streets). Remember, it's only right to carb up in solidarity with your running pals.
7 a.m. Sunday, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and surrounding area, philadelphiamarathon.com.
"Dublin by Lamplight"
Michael West's 2011 play, set in 1904, tells of the founding of the Irish National Theatre, using elements of vaudeville, declamatory drama, and commedia dell'arte.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Drexel University's Mandell Theater, 3201 Chestnut St. $20 to $25, 215-454-9776 or visiting www.drexel.edu/performingarts.
"Jean & Terry: Your Guides through Dark, Light,
The experimental play by performance artists Melissa Krodman and Kelly Bond is both a theatrical experience and a psychic endeavor, including attempts at achieving telepathy, elevating collective vibrational frequencies, and opening a third eye into the Universal Consciousness. The story is about a homemaker and her spirit guide, also stand-ins for a neurotic choreographer and her blissed-out collaborator, a pair of mountains, and a team of gods who smile from above. OK, then. - M.H.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. $20; $15 students, 215-413-9006, fringearts.com.
Five Dollar Comedy Week
Celebrate Good Good Comedy's new Chinatown space with its first Five Dollar Comedy Week at the theater's new home. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but you have until Saturday to see some solid comedy on the cheap.
Through Saturday, Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St. $5, fivedollarcomedyweek.com.
Peddler's Village Grand Illumination Celebration
You better believe it's the most wonderful time of the year. Head to Peddler's Village to see the Clauses turn on the lights at the Grand Illumination ceremony. Stay for the free hot cider and marshmallows. Don't forget to check out the entrants in the annual gingerbread competition.
6:15 p.m. Friday, Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Rd., New Hope. Free, peddlersvillage.com.
Shady Brook Farm
More than three million twinklers will illuminate the two-mile trail at the Bucks County farm, and it's certainly worth the drive. Warm up afterward with hot chocolate and s'mores kits, while you peruse Christmas tress, poinsettias, and other yuletide fare.
5 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 8, Shady Brook Farm, 31 Stony Hill Rd. $12 (wagon ride); $25 (carload), shadybrookfarm.com.
The Montgomery County troupe presents a delightful double bill of The Rainbow Fish, based on Marcus Pfister's 1991 storybook, and Sleeping Beauty Act 3.
1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown. $20, 215-663-1665, http://www.metropolitanballet.com.
Let's hope the Heroes in a Half Shell - Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael - lead pint-size fans to the art of the Italian Renaissance. The quartet is crazy fun, but fans who miss that next step after growing up are missing out. Steve Barron's 1990 big-screen adaptation shows the terrapins off in fine form.
11 a.m. Saturday, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. $5; $4 ages 12 and younger, 610-527-9898, www.brynmawrfilm.org.
One of the best parts of 2015 best-picture-winner Birdman was its incredible drum-based score. Hear it live and in person as jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez plays the soundtrack as the film rolls in the background. The Philadelphia Orchestra has had great success with this combination during their summer stays at the Mann, so expect great things from Sanchez.
8 p.m. Saturday, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. $25, www.annenbergcenter.org.
Jim James is, at heart, an idealistic hippie. In his role as leader of My Morning Jacket, he often sings of transcendence, whether spiritual or musical. That's true, too, on his second solo album, the new Eternally Even, although this time, the songs are more topical and personal than they are metaphysical. With his soaring voice, versatile guitar-playing, and wealth of songs, his solo show should be as transcendent as MMJ shows usually are.
- Steve Klinge
8 p.m. Friday, The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. $31, 215-309-0150, thefillmorephilly.com.
John Pizzarelli Quartet
Maybe you're sick of hearing that jazz-bo guitarist John Pizzarelli is a native-son of Paterson, N.J., and that his pop is the still-thriving fellow six-stringer Bucky Pizzarelli. Some nonfamilial facts: John is a crisp, even soulful, guitarist born of Tin Pan Alley's standards songbook, but hip enough to incorporate the inspiration of legendary string men Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, and Johnny Smith in every lick - a sound that is mainstream yet moody.
- A.D. Amorosi
8 & 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. $30-$35, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.
PartyNextDoor & Jeremih: Summer's Over Tour
Two of nu-R&B's most inventive neo-traditionalists promise much-needed indoor soul and sweat for this prewinter affair. PartyNextDoor could remain a writer for Rihanna and Drake, and his coffers would fill. Across a series of eponymous EPs, however, he has blossomed into an experimental house-hop-soul loverman, with hints of Latin and Jamaican inspiration. Speaking of romancers, Jeremih is a wildly talented multi-instrumentalist and creamy crooner, as witnessed on his steamy debut album, Late Nights.
8 p.m. Sunday, The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. $44, 215-309-0150, thefillmorephilly.com.
The witchy woman will fill up the Wells Fargo Center with her magical sound on her 24 Karat Gold Tour. Look out for the Pretenders to open - they can still wail live, just like Ms. Nicks, who sounds great despite the wear and tear she's put on her lungs.
7 p.m. Sunday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $49-$150, 215-336-3600, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.