Friday, February 28
MUSIC + DANCE
Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadanco: Firebird and Cinderella
For the first time ever, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadanco—two of our city’s most renowned artistic powerhouses—are teaming up to present the next level of world-class performance art, featuring grand suites by two legendary Russian composers. During his two-week residency, French conductor Stéphane Denève brings the beloved tales of Firebird and Cinderella, as composed by Stravinsky and Prokofiev, to the Kimmel Center stage. The former is an adaptation of an old Russian folktale surrounding a mythical bird whose magical powers were both a blessing and a curse, while the latter retells the ages-old Brothers Grimm story of the glass-slipper-donning peasant girl.
In addition to these tried-and-true favorites will be the special presentation of Aubade by French composer Francis Poulenc, a dazzling choreographic concerto for 18 instruments and accompanying dancers. This intimate, mythological tale of Diana and her struggle between passion and loneliness will be brought to life by the illustrious Philadanco, their unprecedented skill for merging the classic and the contemporary promising to breathe new warmth into winter-chilled spirits. Created to provide visibility for expert dancers of color, Philadanco continues to establish opportunities to enrich Philly and its surrounding communities, crossing barriers with style, grace and unparalleled professionalism.
It promises to be a beautiful collaboration—one that should’ve happened much, much sooner. Hopefully, it’ll mark the beginning of a fruitful, long-lasting relationship. // KENNEDY ALLEN
Through Sat., March 1. Various times. $59-$160. The Kimmel Center. 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org
Philadelphia Dance Projects
Local choreographer/dancer Nora Gibson unleashes her newest work, a shared program with Dublin native John Scott. Gibson and Scott’s newest piece is tied strongly to sound and light and promises to be a spellbinding exhibition of dance prowess. 7:30pm. $20. The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. 215.569.4060. performancegarage.org
Tax Season: What’s New This Year
It’s everyone least favorite time of the year: tax season. The Free Library hosts an event to quell your tax anxiety, featuring IRS representative Richard Furlong Jr. to help with your most challenging questions and provide valuable information about the changes to this years’ federal taxes. 2pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
Rafea: Solar Mama
The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and the Greenfield Intercultural Centers at UPenn team up to present the documentary Rafea: Solar Mama. The film, which tells the story of a poor Bedouin woman’s journey of empowerment and the shrouding of tradition, will be presented in Arabic with English subtitles. 7pm. $7-$9. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. ihousephilly.org
Tonight marks the opening of Crowd Control, an exhibit of crowd-focused photographs of Philly’s DIY music community. Featuring the work of multiple area photographers, the show documents the raw emotion of underground music from the ‘90s through today. 7:30pm. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. philamoca.org
Saturday, March 1
Kindred the Family Soul
In 2003, Kindred the Family Soul’s fabtastic Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon Dantzler—the husband-wife duo and Philadelphia R&B legends over a decade later—gave us their excellent debut, Surrender to Love. A year previously, another neo-soul classic, Raphael Saadiq’s Instant Vintage, came out; and even earlier, in 2000, it was Jill Scott’s iconic Who Is Jill Scott? In my mind, those three albums count high on the list of the most intimate, beautifully and deeply realized visions of sensual R&B chill suites. These are records full of kicking-your-Gazelles-off, long summer conversations fueled by weed and wine, and the creation of a common bond over our collective humanity, flaws and all.
A few summers ago, Kindred’s fourth LP, Love Has No Recession, was a spectacular testament to the fact that not only do they still have it, but their ears aren’t closed, and their artistry’s only ripened with time. They let folks like Snoop, Ursula Rucker, CoCo Brown and Bilal in on that one, and the guest spots never overshadow the hybrid vibes, which are soothing and comforting. The Dantzlers’ voices are robust and varied, and their marriage adds this built-in romantic aspect, but not an overdose. They let the struggles show, too; after all, they’ve got kids, bills, frustrations and dreams.
For whatever reason, be it familial or familiar, Kindred doesn’t yet have the mass appeal of their contemporaries; still, in “Family Song (Reprise)” from Surrender, when they sing “We are family,” it feels like they’re singing to us, too. There aren’t many other chances to catch these cult-followed stars in Philly’s soul skyline, so the trip to Wilmington is absolutely worth the 22-minute Northeast regional train ride. // BILL CHENEVERT
8pm. $25-$30. With the Revelations. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St,, Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400. queen.worldcafelive.com
Sleep over with the dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences! Guests can enjoy interactive activities and live animal encounters overnight with the choice of sleeping next to lions, tigers or Tyrannosaurus Rex. 6:30pm. $45. Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 215.299.1000. ansp.org
Mummers Mardi Gras
If anyone brings the spirit of Bourbon Street to Broad Street, it’s the Mummers. Today, though, they’re not to be found at their usual digs—but at the Piazza. Get your Gras on inside the Piazza’s massive heated tent, packed full of drinks, string bands and bead necklaces. 3pm. $15-$75. The Piazza, 1001 N. Second St. mummersmardigras.com
The 10th longest-running show in the history of Broadway heads to Philly for a short run at the Academy of Music. The feel-good musical features ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All.” 2pm and 8pm. $20-$105. Academy of Music, 300 S. Broad St. 215.731.3333. kimmelcenter.org
James Dupree: Stolen Dreams in the Promise Zone
A local artist battling depression amid eminent domain laws that threaten his studio has prepared a stunning visual body of work capturing his uphill battle over the last seven years. The exhibit includes a beautiful blend of abstract shapes and images and vivid mixed media paintings on canvas. 5pm. Free. Dupree Gallery, 703 S. Sixth St. 215.413.3884. jamesedupree.com
Sunday, March 2
LGBT Party at the Flower Show
An exciting evening filled with cocktails and live entertainment will be held at the Flower Show’s fourth annual LGBT Party. Enjoy snacks from Circle Thai, Indeblue, Luke’s Lobster and Ms. Goody Cupcakes while strolling the red carpet at this pre-Oscar’s bash. Admission includes entry to the Flower Show. $50. The Pennsylvania Convention Center. 12 and Arch Sts. theflowershow.com
Crayons, markers and colored pencils will be provided for you at Hooley’s Coloring Party/Happy Hour at City Tap House—along with a batch of whimsical illustrations that need coloring. Happy hour specials include $4 select crafts, $5 specialty cocktails and $6 house wines. 4pm. $15. City Tap House. 3925 Walnut St. 609.529.0712. citytaphouse.com
Come down to Locust Moon Comics to try out Velociraptor! Cannibalism!, the board game created by Board Raptor Games. The game of survival, mutation and the occasional volcanos has just been released to the public after being nominated for the prestigious Philadelphia Geek award. There will be plenty of snacks and alcoholic beverages on hand for your consumption. Don't forget to stay for the giveaway at 9! 6pm. Locust Moon Comics, 34 S. 40th St. locustmoon.com
Calendar: March 25-April 1
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