Motion commotion

For the final performance of its season, Group Motion presents three dances by three choreographers. Kun-Yang Lin's "The Emptiness of Snow" explores the Buddhist concept of emptiness, using the metaphor of winter. Olive Prince's "Old Girl, New" uses the text and life of Virginia Woolf to examine the female experience, and Laina Fischbeck will present an excerpt from "The Memory of the Mass."

Arts Bank, 250 S. Broad St., 8 tonight, $15-$20, 215-387-9895,

Doggone good fun

Inspired by its current exhibition of Elliott Erwitt's dog photography, the Michener Art Museum hosts an animal-rescue informational fair. There will even be dogs available for adoption. Musical duo Faith & Practice will perform in the museum's garden and tours of "Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs" will be given. Also on tap: members of Roxy Reading, a program that uses dogs for therapy purposes, showcase their work with school children struggling with reading; author Chrysa Smith will sign her new book "The Adventures of the Poodle Posse" and a Bucks County veterinarian will discuss pet weight management.

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 Pine St., Doylestown, 6-9 tonight, museum admission $6.50, $6 seniors, $4 students, plus $4 for the "Dog Dogs" special exhibit, 215-340-9800.

Black on blue

A major exhibit of African-American maritime history opens today at the Independence Seaport Museum. Naval heroes, inventors, explorers and abolitionists are represented in this traveling exhibit called "Black Hands, Blue Seas," which originated at the Mystic (Conn.) Seaport Museum. Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery disguised as a sailor, and Matthew Henson, who trekked to the North Pole with Robert E. Peary in 1909, are among the figures in this exhibit.

Independence Seaport Museum, Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, $10, $7 children and seniors, $5 military, free on Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon, 215-413-8627.

Trippin' at the Mall

Journeys Backyard Barbecue, an alternative-sports and music festival, sets up camp at the King of Prussia Mall, the final stop on a five-city national tour. Watch skateboard and motocross demos by extreme athletes, listen to alternative music (Even the Resolution, All Time Low, Jealousy Curve and others) all day long, and play interactive games. Philly boasts an appearance by X Games Silver Medalist Greg Lutzka and skateboard superstar Chris Haslam.

King of Prussia Mall, venue opens at noon, free,

Mad about you

"Daily Show" angry man Lewis Black is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a best-selling author, whom Jon Stewart calls "the only person I know who can actually yell in print form." He comes to the Free Library to yell about his new book "Me of Little Faith," in which he takes on religion.

Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., 6 p.m. Sunday, $6-$12, 800-595-4TIX,

Out and about

The 20th LGBT Pride Parade kicks off at noon at 13th and Locust streets, traveling east on Market Street past a reviewing stand at Independence Hall, before marching to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. That's where the Philly Pride festival takes place, with entertainment, food and drink plus more than 120 organizations and merchants participating.

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard from Market to Walnut streets, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, $10,


Happy B-day, Mo

To celebrate the work of author and illustrator Maurice Sendak - whose "Where the Wild Things Are" has delighted children for 45 years - the Rosenbach Museum is hosting a party Tuesday to mark his 80th birthday. Cake for little people, wine for their adult companions and music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra, a band that plays klezmer and Balkan-inspired music.

Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 215-732-1600,

A fan's vision

A one-week fund-raising event by Theatre Exile brings "The Philly Fan" to town beginning Tuesday. Conceived and performed by two-time Barrymore Award winner Tom McCarthy, "The Philly Fan" is a raucous ode to the die-hard sports fans who have suffered through 25 years without a championship, but remain passionate even when booing the home team. Tuesday opening night gala ($50) includes appearances by playwright Bruce Graham, director Joe Canuso and WIP radio personality and mimic extraordinaire Joe Conklin.

The Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., 8 p.m. Tuesday through June 13, 3 p.m. June 14-15, 7 p.m. June 15, $25, 215-922-4462,

Sparks on fire

Comedian Hal Sparks, who did a brief stint as host on E!'s "Talk Soup," played Michael Novotny on Showtime's "Queer as Folk," which debuted the same weekend that his first feature film "Dude, Where's My Car" hit theaters - which pretty much describes Sparks' offbeat sensibility. His "Word of Mouth" tour touches down in Philly this week and features his pointed take on pop culture and current events.

Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. June 13-14, $15-$25, 215-496-9001.


* The Wine School will hold a Sommelier Smackdown from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Prime Rib (1701 Locust St.). It's a contest to create perfect wine and food pairings that pits wine educators against restaurant wine experts. $25. Learn more about this and other wine events at

* Jose Garces will open a third restaurant in July. Distrito (3945 Chestnut St.) is described as " inspired by the spirited culture and cuisine of Mexico City," particularly the "Distrito Federal" area. Decor includes a booth crafted from a Volkswagen Beetle, a typical Mexico City taxi cab.

* New Jersey's Sharrott Winery (370 S. Egg Harbor Road, Winslow) celebrates its grand opening June 14, noon to 5 p.m. Owners plan live entertainment, crafters, gourmet foods - and, of course, wine tastings ($5).LAST CHANCE

Bill Irwin's "The Happiness Lecture," the Philadelphia Theatre Company's joyful production about the pursuit of happiness, has been extended a week. Five performances have been added: 8 p.m. June 19-20, 2 and 8 p.m. June 21, 3 p.m. June 22. For tickets call 215-985-0420 or www.