Based on Philadelphia-based Quirk Books’ best-selling survival series, the world-premiere exhibit will feature a hands-on logical series of immersive challenges providing the essential instructions for surviving unexpected but possible real-life scenarios. Stay calm, be prepared, and jump the shark.
Through April 19, Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., $15-$35, 215-448-1200, fi.edu
The rocker/writer from Philadelphia and South Jersey has a new memoir/notebook out. Year of the Monkey follows Smith’s recent solitary, yearlong sojourn.
7:30 p.m., Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St., $42-$44, book included, 215-898-3900, annenbergcenter.org
At Act II Playhouse, this production tells the story from his own perspective of a chief butler who served four U.S. presidents and their families: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower.
7 p.m., with additional performances through Nov. 17, Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, $29, 215-654-0200, act2.org
Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-animation film has had a staying power that seems surprising until you realize how finely contoured the music is to the emotion of the story. It’s a lot about the excruciatingly beautiful chord progressions, not to mention inventive orchestrations. So it should be a workout for the Philly Pops and an extreme pleasure for listeners when the Met Philadelphia’s house orchestra plays the Danny Elfman score live alongside the film, with Stuart Chafetz conducting.
7:30 p.m., Met Philadelphia, 858 North Broad St., $29.95 and up, 800-745-3000, phillypops.org
Philly native Bob Saget made a name for himself starring in family-friendly TV shows like Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos, but his solo stand-up act is typically pretty blue, so be sure to leave the kids at home. Otherwise, you’ll have a lot of questions to answer on the ride home.
8 p.m. Friday, Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, $29.50-$52, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com
Dating back to her beginnings with Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis’ career spans a full two decades. Her new On the Line is one of the Southern California songwriter’s best, a collection of 1970s- and ’80s-style rock tunes that highlight her skills as a sharp, storytelling lyricist.
8 p.m. Saturday, the Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad St., $37 and up, 800-653-8000, themetphilly.com