Calendar: Feb. 15-21

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Superheroes Who Are Super
This weekend, Save the Day Productions brings your favorite Marvel and DC comic books to life with staged readings at Plays & Players Theater. Director/producer Daniel Student—also producing artistic director at Plays & Players—started Superheroes Who Are Super in 2007 with the hope of blending American comic books’ melodramatic qualities with hilarity and hysteria. Actors execute their routines in creative, low-budget costumes matched with whimsical special-effects. Each performance lasts approximately one hour. So come, all ye faithful comic book readers, and geek out with your fellow fans. -Taylor Patterson

1pm and 9pm. $12-$15. Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St. playsandplayers.org
 
Sunday, Feb. 19

Downton Abbey Viewing Party
Though the Brits have given us a slew of hit TV shows over the past few years, Downton Abbey is definitely one of the most surprising. In addition to scoring six Emmys, the series entered the Guinness World Records back in September as the ‘most critically acclaimed television show’ of 2011, beating out Mad Men and Modern Family. Set during the reign of King George V, the show depicts the life of the artistocratic Crawley family and their servants. During this themed reception, guests get to watch the much-anticipated Season 2 finale on a 16-feet high-def screen while sipping on refreshments suitable for only the fanciest British lords and ladies. If you’ve missed the second season, don’t worry—starting at 1 p.m., WHYY-TV will air a 10-hour marathon so you can catch up. -N.F.

Sun., Feb. 19, 8pm. $20-$25. WHYY, 150 N. Sixth St. 215.351.0511. whyy.org

Marriage
The only company brave enough to regularly produce plays that explore our often nonsensical world, IRC has produced five seasons of odd but fabulous plays that would otherwise never grace a local stage. This week, IRC begins its two-show season of “Fractured Fairy Tales” with the pioneering Russian dramatist Nikolai Gogol’s 1833 play Marriage: An Utterly Improbable Occurrence in Two Acts. IRC’s fresh, contemporary staging of Gogol’s farcical look at the hallowed institution of marriage takes its inspiration from Bravo’s bizarre dating show Millionaire Matchmaker. Millionaire focuses on a woman who is in the business of finding the perfect spouse for her super-rich (and often egocentric) clients. Gogol’s narcissistic characters are likewise desperate to wed, yet so blinded by their desire to nab the ideal mate they can’t see their own imperfections. -J. Cooper Robb

2:30pm. $20. Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, 825 Walnut St. idiopathicridiculopathyconsortium.org

John Mayall
Before Paul Green, there was John Mayall. He didn’t operate a rock school, but his band the Bluesbreakers broke in some of the biggest English rock musicians. Cream’s Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, the Stones’ Mick Taylor and three-quarters of early Fleetwood Mac called the Bluesbreakers home. Although his recorded output’s quality has grown spotty since those halcyon days, he’s remained prodigious both live and in the studio releasing more than 60 albums. Primarily an acolyte of Chicago electric blues, Mayall’s surveyed it all in his 78 years and remains a feisty performer. A few years ago, he retired the Bluesbreakers’ moniker, but he’s assembled a hot road-honed backing trio featuring Stevie Ray protege guitarist Rocky Athas. -Chris Parker

4pm and 7:30pm. $35. With Jamie McLean. Sellersville Theatre, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. 215.257.5808. st94.com

Portlandia
The comedic combination that is Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney) has people talking. Need evidence? A second show was announced as the “sold out” tag was quick to attach to this event. Perhaps the coupling of show times is fitting, as Armisen and Brownstein prove the power of pairing. The two are the co-creators, writers and stars of the IFC program Portlandia. Live music and previews of second season episodes will delight fans and make converts of non-viewers. Don’t miss the chance to see the version of Portland, Ore., that the show presents during its stop here on the brief six-city tour. Audience members will be treated to personal anecdotes about the creation and inspiration of the show and its variety of eccentric characters from Armisen and Brownstein. Don’t forget to save your ticket: You can pickle that. -A.K.

8pm and 10:30pm. $30. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com

Monday, Feb. 20

Charley Harper
Simplicity reigns in American illustrator Charley Harper’s sharp, highly stylized interpretations of the natural world. Inspired by his childhood growing up on his family farm in West Virginia, Harper’s distinctive minimalist style gives a fresh perspective on the world, fusing a love of the outdoors, vivid colors and geometric shapes. A conservationist as well as an artist, his works inspire environmental stewardship and an appreciation for wildlife. Now, just five years after Harper’s death, a collection of his delightfully modern prints and illustrations are on display through Feb. 26 at the Academy of Natural Science’s “The Art of Science” exhibit. -Heather Taddonio

$10-$12. Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. ansp.org
 
Tuesday, Feb. 21

Panther Baby
“I looked down at the gleaming M16 assault rifle I was holding and then up at the three Black Panther officers standing over me,” begins Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention, the new memoir by Jamal Joseph, the guest of tonight’s Free Library author event. The Bronx native joined the Party when he was 15, and was incarcerated at Rikers Island one year later; arrested in April 1969, he was part of the Panther 21 and charged with conspiracy to kill police officers and blow up the New York Botanical Gardens and other buildings. This was just the beginning of Joseph’s life as a militant. Now, as the chair of Columbia University’s School of the Arts film division, he looks back. -Elliott Sharp

7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

Creating a Website
You know that pile of drawings under your coffee table and those lonely unframed paintings and dusty photographs? Find out how to market your so-called artistic career by creating a proper space for your work on the Internet. The pros at P’unk Avenue want to teach you how to create an inexpensive and manageable website using Apostrophe, a user-friendly tool they created in-house. You can also learn to connect the site to your Etsy shop or sell your wares using PayPal. -Cristina Perachio

6pm-8:30pm. $50. P’unk Avenue, 1166 E. Passyunk Ave. punkave.com

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1. la_toque said... on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:32PM

“Re: Nicole Finkbiner's capsule preview on Kevin Bacon's talk at the Kimmel Center

Ma'am, your note is nothing if not snide. Give it a rest. It doesn't elevate you.”

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2. Michael Bacon said... on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:17PM

“Dear Ms. Finkbiner,

I agree with la_toque re my brother's appearance, but must add that your negative comment about our band was flip. We also have no plans to perform at the Kimmel this spring.

Yours,

Michael”

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