Whether you’re planning on weathering out the rest of February by defiantly going out or stubbornly staying in, here’s how to keep busy this week:
Dig into tapas at Barcelona Wine Bar, dumplings and dan dan noodles at Bing Bing Dim Sum, or hand-pulled pasta and chocolate tiramisu at Le Virtu during East Passyunk’s annual restaurant week. All along the neighborhood’s diagonal main drag, find restaurants serving up prix fixe menus at multiple price points ($15, $25, and $35). Reservations are highly encouraged. — Grace Dickinson
Feb. 24-March 6, select locations along East Passyunk Ave., $15-$35, eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com
Organized with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, this show highlights the greatest of the mid-20th-century picture magazines. Based on the magazine’s photo and paper archives, with materials from the archives of the distinguished photographers who contributed, the exhibition includes caption files, contact sheets, and shooting scripts that document the collaborative process behind many now-iconic images and photo-essays. — Thomas Hine
All 16 Philadelphia Mummers string bands will strut into Xfinity Live! for this all-ages, Philly-style Mardi Gras party. Tickets get you access to nine hours of live music and revelry, photo-ops with glitzy costumes and props, and build-your-own Mummers umbrella sessions. Also look forward to a polka contest hosted by the Polish American String Band, a Mummers bull riding contest, and plenty of food and drink vendors. — G.D.
Ceramic artist Hagan will lead an evening of guided drawing among the Wagner Free Institute’s coral, sea stars, and sea sponges, and share her science-inspired artistic process. The Wagner itself is a hidden gem — a Victorian natural history museum in its original 1855 state, situated near the Liacouras Center. — Stephan Salisbury
The time to see Washington at a smaller venue so you can tell people about it one day is … now. She’s appeared on Broad City, and hosts a stand-up showcase at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, launchpad for comedians like Hannibal Buress. Bonus: She and Marie Faustin will record their podcast Unofficial Expert live before the show. — Jesse Bernstein
Enjoy a cocktail under the stars while listening to the energetic tunes of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble inside the Franklin Institute’s planetarium. Before the jam session, chief astronomer Derrick Pitts will talk about the cosmos as guests gaze toward the sky. — G.D.
Love Rick and Morty? Love beer? Join dozens of others navigating the Multiverse during this bar crawl through Old City. Participants will face off in a three-round Rick and Morty trivia match (smartphones required) while enjoying beer specials throughout the night. Costumes are encouraged; the best dressed wins a prize. The night concludes with a DJ-spun dance party. — G.D.
Spacey pop hip-hop’s most face-tattooed friend (and Ozzy Osbourne collaborator) Post Malone is coming to the Wells Fargo. The chart-topper sounds more relaxed now than he did when we first heard him on his 2015 debut single "White Iverson,” (where he compares himself to the former 76er). Now, Malone’s sandy voice is less aggressive and more sing-song-y that the Post of yore, but fans can expect his usual blend of country, rock, hip-hop, and modern soft soul, executed in the same drowsy drawl that he brought to 2016’s Stoney, 2018’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, and his most recent album, Hollywood’s Bleeding. — A.D. Amorosi
The beloved Canadian power-pop band Sloan is a model of longevity and democracy: The quartet of equal songwriters has been intact since they debuted in 1991. The excellent 12, their most recent album, arrived in 2018. At Boot & Saddle on Friday, they will celebrate one of their best: 1998’s Navy Blues, with its perky pop gems such as “C’mon, C’mon (We’re Gonna Get It Started)” and rave-up glam rock like “Money City Maniacs.” — Steve Klinge
Dion has spent the past decade holding down a residency in Las Vegas, but the titanic-voiced Canadian belter hasn’t performed in the Philadelphia area since her last U.S. tour in 2008. Now she’s back on the road behind her 2019 album Courage, which includes contemporary hitmakers like Sia and Greg Kurstin. In addition to her own hits, her show, which plays Atlantic City on Saturday and South Philly on Wednesday, includes covers of songs by John Lennon, Eric Carmen, and Patti LaBelle. — Dan DeLuca
In the early 1990s, Digable Planets excelled at the intersection between hip-hop and jazz. The trio of Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, Mariana “Ladybug” Vieira, and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving (a Philadelphian) were leading lights along with Natives Tongues acts like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul in expanding the parameters of rap. The band won a Grammy for Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), and Butler went on to form acclaimed duo Shabazz Palaces in 2009. Johnny Popcorn opens, Lady B is the host. — D.D.
Elvin Bishop looks a bit like Harpo Marx, so it’s fitting that the blues are rarely as fun as they are in his hands. His current group is even named Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio. But the musicianship is serious — the 77-year-old is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a guitarist for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. And for this show he will be teaming up in a duo format with another blues eminence, the harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite. — Nick Cristiano