Australia’s pretty far away, so for folk connoisseurs, Paul Kelly at the Tin Angel is a treat. He’s been singin’ and strummin’ for decades, but without tremendous acclaim. This is one of those rare opportunities to get some quietly dynamic culture in your life in a quiet, Old City bar. / B.C.
8pm. $25. With Dan Kelly. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0978. tinangel.com
Casey Veggies & Travi$ Scott
Veggies released his first mixtape in 2007 at the age of 14, and Scott began making beats at 17, quickly catching the ear of Kanye West, and then T.I., who signed him to GrandHustle/Epic Records. Experience the hype around these two young rap artists, and see for yourself the promising careers they are both beginning to build. 8pm. $16. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. thetroc.com
Ragu is a four letter word at this fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Meet Lorraine Renalli, author of Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes, learn about wine and red sauce pairings, and take home treats from Cento Fine Foods. 6-8pm. $35. The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East
Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student?
Study up on your literature, social studies, math and science, then gather a team of your smartest friends or come alone to this battle of wits against Philadelphia’s best and brightest. Breakthrough students will be used as lifelines and admission covers appetizers and a complimentary drink. 5:15pm. $40-$50. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. breakthroughphilly.org
Outer Limits: Events in the Greater Philly Region
The Steampunk World’s Fair
Steampunk blends futuristic technology with the anachronistic society of the Victorian era. If this makes sense to you, you should attend the Steampunk World’s Fair. If this doesn’t make sense to you, you should attend the Steampunk World’s Fair. Fri., May 17, 6pm. $53-$123. Through May 19. Radisson and Embassy Suites of Piscataway, 21 Kingsbridge Rd., Piscataway, N.J. steampunkworldsfair.com
Brian McKnight has had multiple hits over the years, including “Anytime” and “Back at One.” His latest album, 2013’s More Than Words, features guest appearances by two of his children. Sat., May 18, 9pm. $40-$65. Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. 609.441.5000. harrahsresort.com
Pride and Prejudice
Fall in love with Mr. Darcy and the Bennet sisters all over again during this fast-moving performance of Jane Austen’s 1813 classic. Austen’s novel blurs the lines of class and matchmaking as Mrs. Bennet desperately seeks good husbands for her five daughters. Through June 16. $10-$32. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Rose Valley. hedgerowtheatre.org
Eat, dance and be merry at the annual spring celebration in historic Smithville. Peruse the craft vendors, international food court and children’s activities at this family-friendly event. Sat., May 18, 10am. Free. Through May 19. Historic Smithville and Village Greene, 615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, N.J. historicsmithville.com
Is it possible to escape George Lopez? Although he is most recognizable as a larger-than-life television star, author and producer, it was his stand-up comedy that led to him being noticed by Sandra Bullock and scoring a sitcom in the first place. Sat., May 18, 8pm. $55-$85. Borgata, One Borgata Way. 609.317.1000. theborgata.com
Compiled by Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Drew O’Meara and Anthony Trivelli.