Here are the best ways to keep warm, keep busy and keep is all interesting in the next seven days:
Arguably Philly’s most iconic annual Lunar New Year celebration, the midnight lion dance takes to the streets of Chinatown to ring in the Year of the Rat. Follow along as the Philadelphia Suns dance their way through the neighborhood, launching from 10th and Race Streets. Be prepared for large and lively crowds. — Grace Dickinson
Back for its fourth year, the Art Star Crap Bazaar features more than 20 artists selling off their “seconds” at a big discount. Items include one-offs and sample products, art that has nicks or other small imperfections, and dated pieces that need to go. Arrive early on Saturday to score the best picks. Bonus: 25% of the weekend’s profits go to charity; this year, the donation will be split between the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Portside Art Center. — G.D.
Crowds fill the sidewalks every year for this major shopping event, now taking over downtown Haddonfield for the 10th winter in a row. Find specials and discounts at shops and boutiques all along Kings Highway and the surrounding side streets, as well as at tables stationed outside. Check the weather before you go. — G.D.
Founders Brewing Company takes over Manayunk’s Main Street this Saturday with a beer garden and sudsy samples, ice carving demonstrations, a lodge with “ice fire pits,” a vendor market, and live entertainment. Guests can also sign up for the chowder crawl, when you can try chowder full of corn and crab, andouille sausage, shrimp, and more from a dozen area restaurants. It’s an all-ages event, but the beer garden and chowder crawl are adults only. Check the weather first. — G.D.
More than 200,000 honeybees call the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library home. And this year, the library harvested its first honey. On Saturday, the library welcomes kids 7 to 12 (and their adults) to come taste it, and learn about the buzzing bees and the role that they play in our environment. The library’s beekeeper will be on-site, and kids will take home a copy of the book The Thing About Bees. — G.D.
If you’re looking to brighten up your home with some new plants this winter or just level up your budding jungle, this macramé workshop is for you. Knotting expert Alyssa Wagner of GoodBear Handmade will teach you how to make your own modern/retro plant hangers. The cost includes all supplies: rope, a hanging dowel, and even your brand new plant. — G.D.
Pig Iron Theatre Company’s annual benefit cabaret and auction takes over Union Transfer on Friday. One of Philly’s most popular drag queens, Martha Graham Cracker, awkwardly slow dances at the annual Snow Ball with her high school sweetheart, the equally funny Johnny Showcase, to music from Balkan brass band West Philadelphia Orchestra. The stage is set for intrigue, against a backdrop of mysterious disappearances, unexplained lights in the sky, and government cover-ups. Expect a Stranger Things-inspired rocking ’80s soundtrack. — G.D.
Learn about the challenges and joys of cooking on a wood-burning stove at this live cooking event, featuring common foods of the early 20th century. Afterward, guests can tour the former mansion of Pennsylvania Gov. Samuel Pennypacker. Tours take about an hour, with the last one scheduled at 3 p.m. — G.D.
Renée Taylor may be best known for her recurring roles on How I Met Your Mother, Bob’s Burgers, and The Nanny. But it’s on Broadway and off-Broadway stages where her comic talents shine as a playwright and actor. Taylor and her husband, the late Joseph Bologna, produced 22 plays, four films, and nine TV movies during their 52-year marriage, including Taylor’s one-woman show, My Life on a Diet. She’s bringing the show to Bucks County Playhouse, where she’ll dish on having to live as a self-described “diet junkie” in order to work, gossiping about weight-loss tips from Joan Crawford and Barbra Streisand, and sharing funny and touching tales about working with the love of her life. — A.D. Amorosi
There are many odd things about comedian Steven Wright — his sense of timing and use of pregnant pauses that turn the dry-as-dust stand-up into a walking ellipsis, a delivery so deadpan you have to check under his nose to see if he’s breathing. These very things, along with a George Carlin-esque love of language and a predilection for unrelatable subject matter are why comedy audiences have flocked to Wright since he made his stand-up debut in 1979. Wright brings his act to the Keswick this week and never fails to be sharp, wisely philosophical, and wonderfully weird. — A.D.A.
Cheerleader seemed like they were here and gone. The Joseph Haller-fronted, Philly power-pop band released their debut, The Sunshine Of Your Youth, in 2015, then gradually disappeared from view. But after considering disbanding, the group — now a trio with Haller, Paul Impelliziri, and Josh Pannepacker — has instead experienced a rebirth, which can be heard on the shimmery and hypnotic new album Almost Forever, a collaboration with Beach House and Future Islands producer Chris Coady. Doylestown’s Commonwealth Choir opens. — Dan DeLuca
8:30 p.m. Friday, Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., $12, 267-639-4528, bootandsaddlephilly.com
Five years ago — faced with the breakup of her longtime band, the Nocturnals, and a divorce from the group’s drummer — Grace Potter walked away from music. But the vocal powerhouse regrouped, remarried, became a mom, and released one of her strongest efforts ever, last year’s confessional, musically diverse Daylight. With a new touring band that includes Nocturnals guitarist Benny Yurco and multi-instrumentalist Eliza Hardy Jones, a newly energized Potter — whose ferocious vocal punch draws comparisons to Janis Joplin — is on the road for a 45-city U.S. tour that will highlight both work from the new album (produced by her husband, Eric Valentine) and older material, as well. — Nicole Pensiero
Drummer Allison Miller pairs an inventive rhythmic sense with eclectic tastes, which have allowed her to anchor bands led by Ani DiFranco and Natalie Merchant and share the stage with jazz royalty. In recent years, that versatility has led to collaborations with dancers, who will join her eccentric ensemble Boom Tic Boom on Saturday. One example: For “In Our Veins,” tap dancer Claudia Rahardjanoto joins the band in a piece exploring the social and environmental change wrought by five American rivers, including the Schuylkill and Delaware. — Shaun Brady
At the beginning of every year, on the same night as the white-tie-and-tails classical Academy Ball down the street, there’s another concert tradition with its own signature sound, style, and dress code: Jerry Blavat at the Kimmel. “The Geator with the Heater” stocks the stage with legendary vocalists and full 30-plus player orchestra, conducted by Hal Keshner with arrangements by Mike McCourt. This year’s show includes Gary U.S. Bonds, Peaches & Herb, The Chi-Lites, The Trammps, Bobby Wilson, The Happenings, and a salute to Johnny Maestro with Tommy Mara and The Crests. Always a must. — A.D.A.
He belongs on the short list of the greatest guitarists alive, and Richard Thompson has written a few pretty good tunes in his time, too. Last year, when he was getting set to release 13 Rivers — his 25th studio album, if you count the six he recorded with then-wife Linda Thompson between 1974 and 1982 — Thompson played a dazzling acoustic show at World Cafe Live that was a marvel of economy, wit, and brilliant songwriting. This weekend, the British guitarist, who now lives in Montclair, N.J., has three gigs within driving distance of Philadelphia, all in solo mode. — D.D.
7 p.m. Friday, the Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, $38-$44, 302-652-5577, thegrandwilmington.org; 8 p.m. Saturday, the Whitaker Center, 222 Market St., Harrisburg, sold out, 717-214-2767, whitakercenter.org; 7 p.m. Sunday, the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, $39-$69, 856-858-1000, scottishriteauditorium.com
Although Bob Mould released one of his best solo albums last year (the uncharacteristically bright Sunshine Rock), this solo electric tour celebrates the breadth of his four-decade career, from his early days in the trailblazing Minneapolis punk band Husker Dü, to the commercial success of Sugar, through his extensive and varied solo career. Recent set lists have included surprises such as “Never Talking to You Again” (a Husker Dü song by his late bandmate Grant Hart) and a handful of new songs. Opening is the thoughtful songwriter Will Johnson of Centro-Matic. — Steve Klinge