11 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend, Aug. 27 to 30

11 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend, Aug. 27 to 30
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Beer Garden Fever at the Mutter Museum
Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
The Mutter Museum
19 S. 22nd St.
Free, 215-563-3737
Philly’s museum of medical oddities is opening up its own pop-up beer garden to feature its own unique beer. The brew, Umlaut Fever, is a saison made with fennel and ginger, influenced by the herbs grown in the museum’s medical plant garden. Beer garden-goers will also have access to the “Mind Illuminated” exhibit.

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Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers
Saturday, 8 p.m.
World Café Live
3025 Walnut St.
$15 – $21, 215-222-1400
For their most recent album, “Loved Wild Lost Summer,” Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers joined forces with producer Brian Deck, known for making records with Iron and Wine and Modest Mouse. The San Francisco-based group’s sound is an amalgam of folk, country, rock and blues, all wrapped up in a vintage/modern sound.

And the Kids
Thursday, 8 p.m.
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut St.
$8 – $10, 215-925-6455
This close-knit band of women makes music that is not quite your typical indie alt-rock. Guitarist Hannah Mohan, drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro and synth keyboard player Megan Miller churn out unique vocal harmony, sprightly guitar riffs and off the beaten track percussion that almost instantly pleases the auditory palette. They recently released their debut album, “Turn to Each Other.”

Stephen DiJoseph, Sarah Donner and Kate Mills
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Tin Angel
20 S. 2nd St.
$10, 215-928-0770
Stephen DiJoseph plays music with a variety of influences, including pop, jazz world and folk. Sarah Donner is a singer/songwriter who just put out a record called “Hairball.” Kate Mills plays piano-based pop and just released an EP entitled “Little Bird.”

Meg Baird
Thursday, 9 p.m.
Johnny Brenda’s
1201 N. Frankford Ave.
$10, 215-739-9684
Meg Baird is back with her first solo album in four years, “Don’t Weigh Down the Light.” A longtime staple in Philly’s music scene, you may know her from her work in the band Es-pers. Contrary to some of her past output, this latest record is rife with electric guitars, organ, piano, thudding drums, and of course Baird’s airy, whimsical voice.


‘A Complete History of America Abridged’
Thursday to Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Old Pine Community Center
401 Lombard St.
Free, 215-627-2493
Four talented comedic actors bring you all the important moments in America’s history — in under ywo hours. They turn the adventures of Louis and Clark into a vaudeville show, portray the Wild West as a radio skit from the ’40s, and transform the majority of the 1900s into a Film Noir-style mystery.

‘The Shoplifters’
Thursday to Sept. 20
Arden Theatre
40 N. Second St.
$28 – $42, 215-922-8900
It’s the end of the line for Alma when she gets caught shoplifting 16 ounce steaks. She’s an old hand at burglary, but this is the first time she’s had to face consequences. In this case, the shop’s security guard, Otto, relentlessly questions her though she insists she’s innocent. The dialogue in this fast-paced, comedic play has the stamp of a Monty Python sketch.


Saturday, 8 p.m.
Cynwyd Station Park
375 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Free, 484-429-6098
Watch this classic Alfred Hitchcock tale outdoors by the Cynwyd train stop. The Cynwyd Station Café, a coffee and ice cream shop, hosts the screening in a field across the way.

Stories from Non-Putin Russia
Thursday, 7 p.m.
International House Philly
3701 Chestnut St.
0-$9, 215-387-5125
Two short pieces make up this evening of film. “Flight of the Bumblebee” follows 6-year-old Lenya living in a Serbian village, as he struggles between freedom and change, and the safety of conformism. In “I was Going Home…,” Nataylia returns to her home town of Novosibirsk, to her 6-year-old son and her parents. Her old life in Moscow runs an abrupt contrast.


Second Nature: Junk Rethunk
The Philadelphia Zoo
4300 West Girard Ave.
Included with general admission
If you haven’t been to the zoo recently, head over to check out the larger-than-life sculptures of endangered species made out of from recycled materials, including a a 13-foot blue gorilla made entirely of car doors.


Night Out Restaurant Week
Through Sunday
Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Penn’s Landing
$20 and $35
Here’s your chance to explore the restaurants of neighboring Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Penn’s Landing, at a discount. Local spots like Bardot, Bar Ferdinand and Cantina Dos Segundos are offering three-course meals for $20 or $35.