Donut block party, Can Jam, puppy yoga, and other things to do in Philadelphia September 29 to October 5

Federal Donuts will host a fee block party on Sansom Street between 16th and 17th, on Friday.

YUM

Federal Donuts block party

As the greatest philosopher of our time — Homer Simpson, of course — once said: “Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?” They may be nature’s perfect food, beloved by everyone — from cops to kids to gerontologists to journalists (especially journalists), with no hipster cachet necessary (go on, try to think of a universal quote about cupcakes). The local purveyor of all things doughnut (and delicious fried chicken) founded by Philly chef Michael Solomonov in 2011, is giving back with this free event featuring pegboards lined with the sweet treats. Yes, there will be walls of doughnuts. That’s reason enough to go, but there’s more: Solomonov and Steve Cook will sign copies of  their new cookbook Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story; live music from Killiam Shakespeare, DJ Royale, WhoaPhat, and Max Swan; FedNuts fried chicken sandwiches; a Rooster Soup Co. cookout; and $5 beers from Yards Brewing Company (with proceeds benefiting the Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative). — Michael Harrington

1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sansom Street between 16th and 17th, free, federaldonuts.com

KIDS

Zorá String Quartet family concert

So here’s the thing about kids and classical music — they know it’s fun and soul-stirring to play and listen to, so it’s best to expose them to it early, before all that heavy overwrought stuff about it being so serious and good for you  (i.e., boring) is laid on them. The Curtis Institute of Music and its resident ensemble the Zorá String Quartet does its part with this family concert, in which kids are invited to bring their violins, violas, cellos, and voices and perform with the foursome in Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”  from his ninth symphony. The quartet will also play works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Scott Joplin, with  plenty of hands-on opportunity to learn about the instruments and music. This one is best for ages ages 5 to 12. — M.H.

11 a.m and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust St., $15, 215-893-7902, curtis.edu

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Sponsored by the Bucks County Playhouse, North Carolina’s Bright Star Touring Theatre presents an adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic story of the superstitious singing master Ichabod Crane, who finds his courtship of a wealthy farmer’s daughter is complicated by the rivalry of the town bully and the legend of the Headless Horseman. Don’t worry, the troupe promises that it’s not too scary (though it’s not recommended for ages 3 and under), and young audience members will have a chance to join the fun as part of a choir practice, in the show that takes place in Lambertville, across the river from BCP’s New Hope digs. — M.H.

11 a.m. Tuesday, Lambertville Hall, 57 Bridge St., Lambertville, $10; $7 ages 4 to 12, 215-862-2121, bcptheater.org

BREWS & TUNES

Sly Fox Can Jam Music Fest

A day of music in the pastures adjoining the Sly Fox brewery. If you like, bike to the festival on the Schuylkill River Trail. Live music begins at noon; check out the KanJam tournament, during which participants try to get flying disks into trash cans. — Staff report

Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Pottstown Brewery & Tasting Room, 331 Circle of Progress Drive Pottstown, free,  slyfoxbeer.com/canjam

South Philly Sausage Fest

This craft beer and food festival stands out not just for its accompanying live music festival, but also for its theme: sausages. Six Philly restaurants take on sausages as their muse for the day, and open their doors with a full menu, while local breweries put forth their finest draft beers and ciders. There’s space for children to play and live music from beginning to end, all benefitting the non-profit Newbold Community Development Corporation. — Thea Applebaum Licht

Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, West Passyunk Avenue  from South Broad to 15th, free, 267-571-9280, southphillysausagefest.com.

DANCE

Facing East

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Courtyard Dancers

This celebration of the diversity of Indian dance is presented by the collective Courtyard Dancers, specialists in the northern narrative style Kathak, joined by Washington D.C.’s  Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company performing a modern take on the stylized southern form Bharatanatyam, the troupe Akshara from Michigan performing the dramatic eastern Odissi, and New York-via-Kolkata sitar and tabla player Abhik Mukherjee. — M.H.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., $20, 215-925-9914, paintedbride.org

STAGE

“Which Reminds Me”

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Tony Braithwaite

In his one-man show, actor and raconteur Tony Braithwaite tells backstage stories with a mix of stand-up, quick-change, songs, and video. Whether it’s talkative audience members, bad reviews from dastardly critics, on-stage slips, and post-show notes from patrons, Braithwaite has seen it all. And he doesn’t just mine his own theatrical past for laughs — also included, via impressions, are stories from others including Ethel Merman, Kermit the Frog, Carol Channing, and a certain reality-TV star who ended up starring bigly in a huge show in the nation’s capital.  — M.H.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, $33 to $43, 215-654-0200, act2.org

 

 

 

 

FILM

Original Dead Trilogy

They’re coming to get you! Spend the first night of October with a collection of classic George Romero horror films and fellow horror buffs. This tribute screening begins with the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead and includes Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead for a full evening of gore and good movies. Make sure to dress well: There will be a zombie costume contest and prize giveaways through the night. — T.A.L.

Noon Sunday, Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St. $30, 215-387-5125, ihousephilly.org.

BARK

Puppy Yoga

Exactly what it sounds like! Puppy yoga is your chance to do the downward dog with those who do it best. Relax and get your asanas on while adoptable pups roam the floor, then stay for a free drink and brunch specials. Although the event is free, donations are encouraged — they’ll go directly to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the city’s largest no-kill shelter. This event is BYOM: Bring Your Own Mat. — T.A.L.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; yoga class at 10 a.m. 1100 Social, 1100 Pattison Ave., free, 267-534-4264, xfinitylive.com/dining/1100-social.

FEATHERS

American Birding Expo

Some 60 million Americans describe themselves as bird-watchers, making it the most popular recreational activity in the United States. Rub elbows with other ornithologically inclined folks, check out the latest gear, and learn about ecotourism and birding destinations at this three-day event. — Staff report

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. $10; 16 and under free, americanbirdingexpo.com

CLASSICAL

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

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Tine Thing Helseth

Conductor Dirk Brossé leads a fascinating program, with Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth soloing in concertos by Haydn and film/theatre composer Elliott Goldenthal. The program also includes Serenade for Small Orchestra by another Oscar-winning composer, Malcolm Arnold, plus Mozart’s “Paris” Symphony, No, 31. — Tom Di Nardo

2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday, the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets,  $36 to $90, 215-893-1999, chamberorchestra.org

 Intercultural Journeys

“Merging Identities” is the theme of this program, with ARTolerance the meaning of music combining different ethnic viewpoints to stress positive dialog and conflict resolution. The artists include the group’s founder, Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David, percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos, dancer Chloe Perkes, and graphic designer Mehdi Saeedi. — T.D.N.

7 p.m. Sunday, Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street,  $20, 215-545-4400, interculturaljourneys.org.

1807 and Friends

The ensemble kicks off their season with two esteemed and gifted guest artists — the Philadelphia Orchestra flutist David Cramer and pianist Cynthia Raim. They’ve scheduled the Sonata “Undine”  for flute by Carl Reinecke, and  trios by Weber and Schumann. — T.D.N.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street, $20, 215-438-4027, http://www.1807friends.org

POP

Maria Muldaur

The marvelous Muldaur performs her hits (including the 1974 smash “Midnight at the Oasis”), audience requests, and her own favorites from her vast repertoire of blues, jazz, and folk tunes from her half-century career starting with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the 1960s through her musicological explorations of New Orleans funk and pioneering blueswoman Memphis Minnie. — M.H.

8 p.m. Friday, Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, $35, 484-732-8295, kennettflash.org

Dinosaur Jr.

On 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, grunge-pop’s best trio (yeah, I said it, Nirvana heads), the glum but lovely Dinosaur Jr., continue making a beautiful noise, only now with a nuanced, even calm sense of elegance. Guitarist-mumbler J. Mascis still crunches and chums on contagious, buzz saw rockers such as “Tiny” and “Goin Down.” But Glimpse songs such as the spare, spacey and ooey-gooey “Lost All Day” drift by like a cotton candy cloud — a far cry from its kerrang-ing, lo-fi Lou Barlow-fronted start in 1984. — A.D. Amorosi

8:30 p.m. Friday, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. $30,  215-232-2100, utphilly.com

Son Little

Philly’s Son Little — born Aaron Livingston — has lent his soulful voice to albums by the Roots and RJD2; he also won a Grammy for his work on Mavis Staples’ 2015 EP Your Good Fortune. On his second solo album, the just-released New Magic, he proves adept at mingling the smooth croon of bluesy soul music — a bit of Bill Withers, a bit of Sam Cooke — with the sharp rhythms of hip hop and modern R&B. He’s a classicist, but unlike, say, Leon Bridges, he’s not purely interested in recreating the past. He’ll be joined at two intimate homecoming shows by intriguing, and similarly subtle, Los Angeles singer Doe Paoro. — Steve Klinge

8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., $15, 267-639-4528, bootandsaddlephilly.com.

Seu Jorge

Brazilian singer Seu Jorge, who was born in a favela outside Rio de Janeiro, has an international audience thanks to the movies. He played Knockout Ned in Fernando Meirelles’ 2002 opus City of God and two years later sang David Bowie covers in Portuguese in Wes Anderson’s Bill Murray-starring The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Bowie was a fan of Jorge’s interpretations, citing their “new level of beauty.”  And after playing Union Transfer twice last year, the now Los Angeles-based guitarist born Jorge Mario da Silva is back once more, bringing his The Life Aquatic, A Tribute to David Bowie tour to Glenside. — Dan DeLuca

8 p.m. Saturday at the Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. $29.50 to $49.50,  215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com

I Think Like Midnight

They wear hazmat suits and play instrumental rock. The Philadelphia quartet I Think Like Midnight includes former and current members of the Wishniaks, Dead Milkmen, and Heyward Howkins Band, and their 2014 wordless debut album Warm Seclusion Structure is a crafty, seductive treat, with a follow-up recorded at Miner Street studios in Fishtown forthcoming. On Saturday, the combo plays the (formerly Rusty) Nail in Ardmore on  a four-band bill that also includes Poppy, Mount Vengeance, and Spy Vs. Spy, plus dub reggae DJs Major Luke and Killer Mike. It’s a benefit for the Mount Airy Stars baseball team. — D.D.

8:30  p.m. Saturday at the Nail, 2580 Haverford Rd., Ardmore, $5, 610-649-6245, thenail1.com.

Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston’s quirky, playful songs have been beloved in indie-rock circles since the late-1980s: a 2004 tribute album drew contributions from Beck, TV on the Radio, the Flaming Lips, and Tom Waits. Over the course of his life, Johnston has been in and out of psychiatric institutions, and now the 56-year-old is retiring from touring, but, in an intriguing move, he’s calling on local bands to back him for a few last live performances, with the bands getting to choose the songs. In other cities, he will be backed by Built To Spill, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, or Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Here, members of two younger bands — the Districts and Modern Baseball — team to show, and share, their love for Johnston songs such as “Speeding Motorcycle” and “True Love Will Find You In The End.” The movie The Devil and Daniel Johnston will screen before the show. — S.K.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby, $35 to $49.50, 610-352-2887, thetowerphilly.com