Guitar man

Guitarist Johnny A. brings his nimble blues-pop instrumentals to the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Information: 215-257-5808 or


Spirit of 1898

Philadelphia offers many chances to stand in historic footsteps, but the best may be on the USS Olympia, Commodore Dewey's flagship during the Spanish-American War. The place is clearly marked where he stood for the May 1, 1898, attack on the Spanish fleet in the Philippines and gave the order "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" to the ship's captain. Where did Gridley stand? Find out when the Manila Bay Weekend commemorates the event with the living history crew giving tours of the cruiser, docked at the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Times: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $13.50; $10 seniors and ages 2 to 12; 2 and under free. Information: 215-413-8655 or


The love goddess

Comedian Judy Tenuta has an eccentric, egocentric take on life - what else would you expect from someone with her own religion ("Judyism")? Plus, she plays the accordion, and that's always cool. See her at the Rrazz Room, 6426 Lower York Rd., New Hope. Times: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $25 and $35. Information: 888-596-1027 or


Zot! Ka-pow! Bam!

Comes the most wonderful day of the year - Free Comic Book Day, when participating shops around the world give away special editions until they run out. Among the offerings this year: Reprints of Rick Yager's classic adventures by the original sci-fi hero, Buck Rogers; a collection of stories featuring the perpetual teenager Archie (soon to be 70!); an all-new Guardians of the Galaxy story by standout writer Brian Michael Bendis; Brian Clevinger's gem Atomic Robo; Ted Naifeh's magic girl Courtney Crumrin; Rob M. Worley's superhero cat Scratch9; Michael Broussard's Project Black Sky, featuring Captain Midnight and Brain Boy; and Fred Perry's Steam Wars, a Victorian take on some characters from a faraway galaxy. Check the website to find the store nearest you, but here's a few to get you started:

Fat Jack's Comicrypt, 2006 Sansom St. (215-963-0788).

Brave New Worlds, 55 N. Second St. (215-925-6525), and 433 W. Moreland Rd., Willow Grove (215-657-8838).

Atomic City Comics, 642 South St. (215-625-9613).

Comic Collection, 931 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville (215-357-3332).

Comics & More, Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting (610-828-5848).