Calendar: Feb. 6-13

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Naked at the Philadelphia Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

Go on an interactive tour through the museum that focuses on the more fleshy aspects of art. 2pm. $34.50-$39.50. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 877.946.4868.

Til Death Do Us Part: The Love Stories of Laurel Hill

Swoon over the love stories of Laurel Hill cemetery during this wintertime walking tour complete with wine, hot chocolate and hors d’oeuvres. 1pm. $17-$20. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200.

Applied Mechanics

A “choose-your-own-adventure” play, 
Applied Mechanics consists of many scenes happening at once. Attendees stroll around developing, in a sense, their own story. 7:30pm. $20. Annenberg Center, Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.3900.

Sam Adams Beer and Decadent Chocolate Tasting

The world’s two favorite treats together at last. At this tasting, sample five gourmet chocolates alongside eight craft beers with the help of a food and beer pro, all while learning the facts about how each of the brews were made. 4pm. $49. Sam Adams Grille, 7736 Adrienne Drive. 610.391.1000.

Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery

Representing one of the most significant discoveries in ancient Mesopotamia, the excavation of the Royal Ur Cemetery offers insight into one of the world’s oldest civilizations.1:30pm. Free with admission. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000.

Alexandra Ford as Oney Judge Presents The Golden Bird Cage

Hear the tale of George Washington’s runaway slave and the attempts made to recapture her in this one-woman show. 1pm. Free. Independence Visitor Center, 1 N. Independence Mall West. 215.965.2305

Oz: The Gay and Powerful 

If you rubbed your red sequin bingo visor three times, there is a high possibility you would be transported into the company of roller skating, bingo-obsessed drag queens. Relax Dorothy, you are home. 6pm. $20-$25. Gershman Y, 401 N. Broad St. 215.731.9255.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Love Train Tour

In 2009, local graffiti/mural artist Steve Powers, along with SEPTA and the Mural Arts program, created his “A Love Letter for You” project on the sides of West Philly buildings along the Market-Frankford El line, a series of murals that tell the story of a young man sending love notes to a SEPTA cashier. With fun, colorful paintings adorned with phrases like, “If you were here, I’d be home now,” and “Meet me on Fifty-Second if only for Fifty Seconds,” it’s a sweet visual treat for weary commuters, and since spring of 2010, has been the attraction of Love Train, an annual Valentine’s Day ride on trains adorned with hearts and filled with lovers of both romance and art. Since 2011’s event featured an actual on-the-El wedding officiated by Mayor Nutter, this year’s ante has been upped: It’s a singles event. So, come aboard, and you may meet the lucky fool who’ll be singing you O’Jays ballads all year long. The festivities end back at SEPTA’s headquarters, where food, drinks, music and special Valentine’s Day giveaways are on tap. —Randy LoBasso

2pm. $25. SEPTA, 1234 Market St. 215.925.3633.

Chinese New Year Parade

It’s the Year of the Snake! What better way to celebrate than with firecrackers, martial arts and the Philadelphia Suns’ Lion Dance performance? Festivities start at 11am, right in the heart of Chinatown at 10th and Spring streets. 11am. Free. 10th and Spring Streets. 215.922.2156.


Cheltenham Center for the Arts’ presents their newest exhibit, featuring work from various artists affiliated with A Square Deal. The concept behind this show is thinking small, with each piece fitting in a 7.8-inch square masonite panel. 2pm. Free. Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd. 215.379.4660.

Behind the Scenes 
of Center City

Join Paul Levy, the president/CEO of the Center City District, for a delicious brunch and conversation about the developments in Philadelphia’s ever-changing downtown, from its revitalized social scene to City Hall’s recent extensive makeover. 11am. $15-$20. The Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.

Race and Gender in 
Contemporary Art

PAFA’s forum brings together members of the art community, as well as the general public, to debate the roles that gender, race and politics play in the art we make, view, collect and display. 4pm. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad St.

Unearthing a Masterpiece: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel

Discovered in 1996 and excavated in 2009, the large and well-preserved Ancient Roman floor mosaic makes its final stop in the U.S. before traveling to Paris and settling permanently in a custom made museum in Israel. This exhibit opening is complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1pm and a lecture on deciphering the mosaic at 2pm. 1pm. Free. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000.

Second Sunday Culture Film Series: El Olvido

Director Heddy Honigmann introduces us to the Highland Inca people of Peru, and highlights the effect of their emigration to Lima and the recent political history surrounding them. The film is followed by a discussion about people on the fringes of Peruvian society, encouraging a compassionate view to gain a better knowledge from them. 2pm. Free. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.2680.

Monday, Feb. 11

Toro Y Moi 

Chaz Bundick’s a great mix of things. The 26-year-old from South Carolina’s a master of experimenting with a mix of genres and grooves. Take “New Beat,” the killer single from his sophomore, 2011’s Underneath the Pine. It deftly blends airy ‘70s AM gold with disco skronk and a little worldly percussion. Yes, there’s an element of chill to his music, and it garnered him a slightly undeserved corralling into a “chillwave” moment that was happening for a minute. But the calming subtlety of his jazzy funkiness doesn’t mean this show’ll be a hushed and quiet affair—especially from what we’ve heard on his brand new Anything in Return. With flourishes of ‘90s dance grooves and the occasional salute to DJ Shadow’s hip-hoppy sample sickness, this could be a sweaty night. The single, “Say That,” has a DeeLite-friendly bend with a hiccupy, light backbeat, and imagining this one live and loud is a pretty sweet bugout opportunity. Bundick’s delivery is so effortless and controlled, but his beats, samples and grooves are anything but. Like a heavenly cocktail of Little Dragon, Small Black, Caribou and Neon Indian, this tea’ll make the modern electronic dance music fans lose their minds. —Bill Chenevert

8pm. $15. With Wild Belle. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street. 215.232.2100.

Science on Tap: Shifting Gears

Simon Hauger will share the story of his award-winning hybrid vehicle program in this edition of Science on Tap, a monthly cafe dedicated to discussing a wide range of scientific topics. 6pm. Free. National 
Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. 215.701.4883.

The Country Wife

All the husbands in town think Mr. Horner is the perfect super-best-friend candidate for their wives since he’s been declared impotent, but infidelities and innuendos are in abundance throughout this social satire. This performance is part of the Venture Reading Series, which aims to bring overlooked classic plays to Philadelphia audiences. 7pm. Free. Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. 215.735.4847.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Paradise Park

Paradise Park is a dreamlike amusement park featuring magical visits to the gateways of America. Join an eclectic cast of existential hitchhikers, a ventriloquist and his dummies and a runaway teenage girl for a wild rollercoaster ride unlike any you’ll ever experience again. 7:30pm. $20-$25. Through March 3. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

Skindiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Harlot

Indiana Jones goes burlesque! Our heroine “Skindy” is an educator, archeologist, Nazi hunter and all around heartthrob, not unlike her more famous male counterpart. Come follow her scantily clad adventures through the seedy underbelly of the world as she hunts for the ultimate treasure. 8pm. $18. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. 215.427.9255.

Muswell Hill

Social media sites are ablaze after an earthquake in Haiti abruptly leaves 100,000 dead and more than two million homeless, but six posh Londoners are still focused on everyday matters such as love, weight, work and the evening’s dinner. This play is a stark comment on the promise and limitations of technology and remaining human in a dehumanizing age. 8pm. $21. Villanova Theatre, 800 E. Lancaster Ave.

Fifty Shades of Pompeii

Join the Young Friends of the Penn Museum in exploring the murals and mosaics discovered in the ancient ruins of Pompeii. The presentation is followed by a cocktail and desert reception. 6:30pm. $10. Penn Museum. 3260 South St. 215.898.2680.

Poetry Slam

Local high school juniors and seniors are welcome to come out and read their creative writing for friends, family and peers in this juried event. Free and open to the public, any style or subject matter is welcome as long as it’s family friendly. 6pm. Free. Barnes and Noble, 1805 Walnut St.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Gavin Newsom: Citizenville
Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is likely one of the most progressive—and the best-dressed, definitely the best-looking—lieutenant governors in the country. A former mayor of San Francisco, in 2004, he directed the city’s clerk to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples before it was cool (or legal) and helped turn the Silicon Valley’s largest metropolis into the beacon of technological advancement it is today. Newsom is currently touring the country to speak about his new book, Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government, about how citizens can and should use technology and social media to influence government. Tonight, he’s in Philly and will be discussing his publication with Mayor Michael Nutter as part of the Constitution Center’s appropriately-titled “We the People” 10th anniversary celebration. —Randy LoBasso

6:30pm. Free. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6700.

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