11 things to do in Philly this weekend


Evan Harrington: New Paintings

Through March 28

F.A.N. Gallery

221 Arch St.

Free, 215-922-5155


Evan Harrington’s painting style descends from early 20th century masters like Sargent and Degas — in fact, he scarcely leaves a hint that he’s painting in the 21st century. His still lives are particularly striking, but he isn’t confined to that rarified genre. His cats are a favorite of ours: He paints the felines with all the high-born dignity of Sargent’s society portraits.


‘Tell It Slant’

Thursday through Saturday

Christ Church Neighborhood House

20 N. American St.

$15-$20, 215-266-6215


“Seven women dance up and down a rope at a crowded party packed with friendship and drama.” So begins the teaser for the Tangle Movement Arts’ latest show, a hybrid of theater and acrobatics they term it “aerial cabaret.” The title comes from Emily Dickinson’s advice, “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant,” or in this case, on a trapeze—same basic idea.

‘And Then There Were None’

Through April 26

Walnut Street Theater

825 Walnut St.

$20-$65, 800-745-3000


Walnut Street Theater presents Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, which takes place on a remote island 10 strangers have traveled to at the invitation of a mysterious host. It’s supposed to be a vacation, but when one of them ends up murdered, things get weird. Just when everyone’s starting to get paranoid, another person gets taken out. What’s going on here?


Jack Kerouac Birthday Celebration

Thursday, 7 p.m. to close

Tattooed Mom

530 South St.

No Cover, 215-238-9880


Tribute will be paid to Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac in the only appropriate way: with booze, including special Kerouac-themed cocktails, and a reading organized by TireFire, featuring Robin E. Black, Paul Lisicky, Moez Surani, Hugo F. Dos Santos and Meakin Armstrong. They’ll also be giving away a couple vintage copies of “On the Road” and other goodies.



Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

The Barbary

951 Frankford Ave.

$13-$15, 877-987-6487


This Fresno, California, MC is back with his latest record, “The Ecology,” produced by no less a luminary than Nas. The title might make it sound like Fashawn’s on an environmentalist kick, but his ecology is more of a social sort — the people, places and events that swirl around each of us, and the web of interconnections that binds it all together.

Orla Gartland

Friday, 8 p.m.

World Café Live

3025 Walnut St.

$10-$12, 215-222-1400


Orla Gartland is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Ireland who first made waves posting cover songs on YouTube at the ripe old age of 13. Fans of Taylor Swift will immediately like her — the only question is whether pop music’s big enough to the two of them. She released her second EP, “Lonely People,” this past January.


Vibhava: An Evening of Bharatanatyam Dance

Friday and Saturday

Painted Bride Art Center

230 Vine St.

$30-$35, 215-925-9914


Three Aksha, a local Indian dance troupe, presents this concert, the fruit of a two-week workshop with C.V. Chandrasekhar, one of the masters of the Bharatanatyam form, still dancing at 79. Chandrasekhar himself choreographed “Vibhava,” which interprets the Darwinian theory of evolution through the lens of Hindu mythology.


Lee Camp

Saturday, 7 p.m.

The Fire

412 W. Girard Ave.

$10-$12, 800-838-3006


Comedian Lee Camp is as political as he is comical. he even has a Howard Zinn quote tattooed on his arm. He hosts a weekly comedy news show called “Redacted Tonight,” which functions as a “Daily Show” for the radical left. So far, though, the global elites have held off subjecting him to a mysterious, “accident” — maybe they think he’s funny.


‘Black Sabbath’

Friday and Saturday

Roxy Theater

2023 Sansom St.

$9-$10, 267-239-2941


Philadelphia Film Society’s “Graveyard Shift” series continues with this 1963 Italian horror anthology directed by Mario Bava, featuring three creepy tales. There’s telephone stalking, vampire killing, revenge from beyond the grave — you know, all the good stuff. And in case you were wondering, yes, the band Black Sabbath took their name from this film’s English title.


Pi Day

Sunday, 9:26 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th St.

$16-$20, 215-448-1200


3/14/15 is Sunday’s date but it also happens to be the first five digits of Pi, that mysterious “irrational” number written into the architecture of the Universe. Thus we celebrate Pi Day, to pay tribute to this ominous number, lest it decide to destroy us. The Franklin Institute will have a variety of Pi-themed activities, as well as some pie to munch on.


Serhiy Zhadan

Sunday, 7 p.m.

Vox Populi Gallery

319 N. 11th St.

Free, 215-238-1236


Even the most successful American poets rarely become household names anymore, but Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan is a literary rock star in his home country, and a well-known activist. The self-described “post-proletarian punk,” a vocal opponent of Russian encroachment in Ukraine, was among those beaten up by pro-Russians at the 2013 Euromaidan protests. He’ll appear here with Philadelphia poet laureate Frank Sherlock.

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