The Franklin Institute’s Kitchen Science team explores myths and facts surrounding our taste buds, and perhaps most interestingly, how we can change the way we experience flavor. 11am. Free with admission. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. 215.448.1200. fi.edu
Kathryn MacMillan directs Megan Mostyn-Brown’s play about a girl returning home for the first time in several years to visit her college pals. Past, present and alcohol collide, proving that you can always go home, but it may not always be a good idea. Through March 31. 2pm. $20-$22. Off-Broad Street Theatre, 1636 Sansom St. flashpointtheatre.org
How to Become
an Information Sherpa
Apparently Dr. Joseph Nadan has invented a ton of stuff you and I either use every day or have at some point in our lives. That includes the EZ Pass, CD-ROM, and 16:9 HDTV, among other things. He’s giving a talk on World Cafe’s downstairs stage tonight called “How to Become an Innovation Sherpa”—or, in layman’s terms, how to use technology and synergy to your advantage in the business world.
The theory he’ll be presenting is about how innovation plus science programs equal success, but technical success isn’t possible without using six Ps: passion, preparation, people, process, practice and performance. So, while technology is a part of our everyday lives, so are actual humans and all the things that made industry successful before we were all using our iPads to upload funny cat pictures. Sometimes we need a reminder.
And Dr. Nadan knows of which he speaks. In addition to his ability to invent, Nadan has worked at companies all over the spectrum, from AIG Technologies to Reuters, and he’s currently a professor at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute, as well as the senior editor of the International Journal of Innovation Science, a publication we’re still getting around to reading. He currently teaches classes like Information Technology Strategy and Leadership, and his resume puts just about everyone you know to shame.
Dr. Nadan’s free presentation is presented by two.one.five. magazine, the NYU Polytechnic MS-MOT Program and Technically Philly. / R.L.
6:30pm. Free. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
with Rima Khcheich
Al-Bustan’s Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble invites you to spend a hour with resident featured artist Rima Khcheich, a Lebanese singer of classical Arabic music. Rima has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center. Tonight she performs for you, and the best part is you get to jump on stage with her and ask her questions. 6:30pm. Free. Benjamin Franklin Room, 3417 Spruce St. 267.809.3668. albustanseeds.org
How To Not Write Bad
In 2005, freelance writer Ben Yagoda decided to stop writing for Rolling Stone, The New York Times and Newsweek, instead devoting his time to writing books and teaching English at the University of Delaware. His newest book is the culmination of the 20 years Yagoda spent wielding the dreaded red pen. Tonight, he’ll choose three sample essays to critique on grammar, cadence and tone. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Chosen essayists will receive a free copy of How To Not Write Bad. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Jeremy Gable was born in Lakenheath, England, but luckily his parents opted to cross the pond and raise him in Idaho, so he could eventually land in Philadelphia as a prolific playwright whose plays have debuted on Twitter. Yes, Twitter. His new three-character play Bad Monster, the first of three plays read as Theatre Exile’s Studio X-hibition, takes place in a shack in remote northern Idaho, where a mysterious stranger knocks on the door, warning of a monster outside. 7:30pm. $10. Theatre Exile Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St. 215.218.4022. theatreexile.org
Dan St. Germain
Eight comics hailing from Philadelphia, New York and Boston were chosen to throw down their own brands of funny on the Meathook comedy stage tonight. Funnymen Alex Pearlman, Alex Pezzotta and Ryan Shaner are repping the City of Brotherly Love. Headlining the shebang is the hilarious Dan St. Germain, who’s made appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Best Week Ever and has written for the Onion Sports and News Networks. 8pm. $10. Connie Ric Rac’s, 1132 S. Ninth St. 215.279.7587. meathookcomedy.com
Do You Dream in Color?
Laurie Rubin is a mezzo-soprano who is no stranger to adversity. Blind from birth, the list of things that people told her she couldn’t do could fill a book. Her memoir focuses on the determination that helped her build a career in opera. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
KMFDM began as founding member Sascha Konietzko’s dada-esque industrial audio performance intended to compliment an installation. Sascha gave the band their name after cutting out random words from a newspaper, placing them in a hat, and selecting words at random: “Kein Mehrheit Fur Die Mitleid.” After 29 years, their moniker’s meaning still holds true to their doctrine: No pity for the majority. 8pm. $26-$28. Trocadero, 1004 Arch St. thetroc.com
Dish It Up
Option 1: Turn on NBC 10 and watch 13 of Philadelphia’s most accomplished female chefs and bakers compete for the coveted Purple Dish and Purple Cupcake Award. Option 2: See the competition unfold in the WHYY Studios live. Fashion correspondent Jen Abrams hosts alongside NBC 10’s Bill Henley. Proceeds benefit survivors of domestic violence. 5:30pm. $95. WHYY Studios, 150 N. Sixth St. 215.386.1280. womenagainstabuse.org
Archival Film Night
Plato’s Porno Cave presents the final installment of films inspired by the French New Wave of the 1950’s and 1960’s. First up is The Phantom of Liberty, a film that will make think twice the next time you sit down to dinner or on a toilet. Aria is a compilation of 10 short films directed by 10 different directors, including Jean-Luc Godard and Robert Altman. Wong Kar-wai’s Fallen Angels shifts the gaze to Hong Kong to close out the night. 8pm. $5. Little Berlin, 2430 Coral St.
History and Mystery Cinema
Warning: The Clash of the Titans screening tonight is not the 1981 cult-classic version but the 2010 remake loaded with CGI. But don’t worry. Professor Ralph Rosen, a specialist in Greek satire, will be there for the sole purpose of getting Mystery Science Theater on its ass. 5:30pm. $10-$12. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. penn.museum
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
With more than 250 of the country’s best artisans, there’s something for everyone: pottery, jewelry, sculpture, fashion and home accessories. And if you’re interested in fine-tuning your own craft, there will be demonstrations by the artists themselves. March 15-17, 10am. $8-$10. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Rd., Oaks. 800.210.9900. sugarloafcrafts.com
Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller
Television’s favorite conservatives are coming around in true form on their “Bolder and Fresher Tour.” Now’s your chance to hear the pair shit-talk liberals without the commercial breaks. Fri., March 15, 8pm. $55-$500. The Borgata Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.317.1000. theborgata.com/entertain
Peace, Love & Poetry
For theater, poetry, and song enthusiasts, this popular show tells the stories of love and life through a unique blend of mediums and the help of a live band and DJ. Thurs., March 14, 8pm. $18. World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400. worldcafelive.com
Rap pioneers Run-DMC slip their Adidas back on to perform together in their first headlining concert since losing Jam Master Jay in 2002. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are taking Jay’s sons along with them when they perform their old-school classics this week. Sat., March 16, 8pm. $55-$145. The Borgata Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.317.1000. theborgata.com/entertain
Physics for Non-Scientists
Thomas E. Tauber, Ph.D., has been on a mission ever since he retired from the aerospace industry to make physics relatable to the masses. Come out and see if he succeeds tonight. Tues., March 19, 6:30pm. Free. Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford. mainlinemufon.com
Compiled by Michael Brady, Jessica Foley, Caroline Newton, Drew O’Meara and Anthony Trivelli
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