Crafted prose Furniture-maker Peter Korn eloquently examines the satisfactions of hands-on work in his fascinating new book, Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman. He will discuss his work at 2 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Van Pelt Auditorium, 26th Street and the Parkway. Tickets are $3.50 (does not include museum admission). Call 215-763-8100.
Funny bloke British comedian Eddie Izzard, with his surreal tangents and spot-on timing, is truly one of the greatest stand-ups ever - and his nail polish is always perfect. He will perform at Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Tickets are $44 to $64.50. Call 800-447-7400.
The modernist world The cultural world as we know it started about a century ago, when works of Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Renoir were first seen in a show at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York. Michael Maglaras' 2013 documentary The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show looks at the planning of the exhibition. The film screens, with the director in attendance, at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $12; $9 for seniors; $8 for students. Call 610-527-9898.
Words and music Fronted by snaggle-toothed wild man Shane MacGowan, ramshackle 1980s Celtic rockers the Pogues were a pop revelation with their mix of traditional Irish instruments and punk attitude. In Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues, founding member and accordionist James Fearnley recalls the band's heyday (and tells how he almost ended up with Culture Club). He discusses his book with fellow musician and author Wesley Stace at 7 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
Chamber music The luminous soprano Sarah Shafer will perform a recital of works by Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, and Hugo Wolf at the American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
Roots rock The excellent Oregon-based Americana quintet Quiet Life plays its guitar-driven alt-country at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets are $10. Call 215-739-9684.
Good moves The athletic troupe Momix performs the multimedia spectacle Alchemia 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 $80. Call 215-898-3900.
Monster movie The big guy may be making yet another comeback this summer with some 21st-century effects, but the original 1954 Godzilla, the giant fire-breathing lizard's first walk all over Tokyo, still has its thrills. A restored version of Ishiro Honda's classic screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $10. Call 215-345-7855.
Friday & Saturday
Jazz time Saxophonist Bobby Zankel will perform a work in progress with percussionist Francois Zayas and dancer Raphael Xavier at the Kimmel Center's Innovation Studio, Broad and Spruce Streets. Admission is free; tickets required. Call 215-893-1999. . . . Bassist Michael Feinberg brings his dynamite ensemble Humblebrag to Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15. Call 215-568-3131.
Music man Though he's best-known for his 1970s pop hits such as "Lowdown" and "We're All Alone," Boz Scaggs got his start as a blues guitarist with schoolmate Steve Miller, and he's still got the chops. He will play at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $49 to $69. Call 215-893-1999.