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Erin Express, Liberty Flea, Philly Craft Beer Festival, and other things to do March 2-9

Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8:34 AM

The cast of the national touring production of "Something Rotten," Feb. 24-March 4 at the Academy of Music.

THEATER Something Rotten!

This Sunday marks the final day of the season to experience Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. PHOTO COURTESY MATT STANLEY
Liberty Flea will be at Bok this weekend Courtesy of Liberty Flea
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This Tony-nominated meta-musical is ending its run in Philadelphia with five more shows at the Kimmel Center. Something Rotten! tells the story of a pair of playwrights competing for success with Shakespeare (Adam Pascal) in the search for the next hit show. After getting a glimpse into the future, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom (Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti) know that they must write the first-ever musical. This performance is child-friendly, and ASL interpretation is available on Friday — more information available online. — Thea Applebaum Licht

8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street. 215-893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org

This Sunday marks the final day of the season to experience Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

The final days to experience the winter wonderland of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest have arrived. Sunday marks the last full day of the season to hit its Olympic-size ice skating rink, roast s’mores on surrounding outdoor firepits, and enjoy drinks inside the ski-chalet-style lodge. On both Saturday and Sunday of the closing weekend, all local beers will be priced at $5, and anyone lucky enough to kick the keg — i.e. order the last beer of a particular tap — will receive a prize package for the Summerfest edition of Blue Cross RiverRink. — Grace Dickinson

Sunday; Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.; free general admission, $3 skating admission, $10 skate rentals; 215-925-7465; delawareriverwaterfront.com

DRINKS Philly Craft Beer Festival

Head to the Navy Yard for a sampling of over 200 beers, eats from six different food trucks, and other entertainment at the Philly Craft Beer Festival, rated one of the top beer fests in America by USA Today. Participating breweries include local notable names such as Weyerbacher Brewing, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, Jack’s Hard Cider, and Troegs Independent Brewing. The afternoon shindig will take place under large, outdoor tents Saturday, rain or shine. — G.D.

1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday; the Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad Street; tickets start at $46; phillycraftbeerfest.com

FAMILY The Barnes Foundation Free First Sunday Family Day

New to the Barnes Foundation’s monthly Free First Sunday program, special family-friendly activities will unfold all day long beginning at 10 a.m., when complimentary walk-up tickets become available to the public. Bring out the whole gang and look forward to a hula-hoop performance, pop-up art stations, and collection tours designed for those with strollers. — G.D.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; free; 215-278-7000; barnesfoundation.org

FOOD Bread Making with Chef Ryan Bloome at Terrain

If you’ve ever eaten at Styer’s Cafe at Terrain, the bread that kicks off every meal has likely been committed to memory. The warm and fragrant, doughy deliciousness comes baked inside a terra-cotta flower pot, a creation that Chef Ryan Bloome will show you the magic behind in a bread-making class on Wednesday. Bloome will walk you through some of his favorite recipes for homemade breads, and leave you with your own flower pot and recipe card to take home. Bring a bottle of wine and settle in with some complimentary light refreshments during the two-hour educational event. — G.D.

6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; Terrain Garden Cafe, 914 Baltimore Pike, Building 2, Glen Mills; $65; 610-459-6030; shopterrain.com

FILM Israeli Film Festival

Now in its 22nd year, the Israeli Film Festival brings Israeli culture to life through three weeks of screenings at venues throughout the region. Choose from a dozen movies including dramas, documentaries and comedies, many of which have won awards across the globe. The full festival lineup can be found online. — G.D.

Select days through March 25; venue locations vary each night; ticket prices vary per film; 484-904-5421; iffphila.com

The Passion of Joan of Arc

A masterpiece of silent film that introduced the concept of art as film to its early audience, The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Dreyer) was thought to have been lost until a copy was recovered in 1981 in a Norwegian mental institution. The movie features Renée Falconetti as the young French martyr, English subtitles, and a new musical score by Portishead and Goldfrapp. — T.A.L.

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St. $10 general public, $8 students and seniors, free for Lightbox members. 215-387-5125, www.lightboxfilmcenter.org/.

SPORTS Harlem Globetrotters

Slam dunk wizardry meets serious basketball skill during the Harlem Globetrotters’ nationwide tour. Catch the Globetrotters out on the courts on Saturday at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton or on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Combining both comedy and impressive athleticism, the basketball games never fall short on lively entertainment. — G.D.

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 3; Cure Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, N.J.; $26.50 and up; 888-722-8499; harlemglobetrotters.com; select times from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4; Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; $21 and up; 215-336-3600; harlemglobetrotters.com

BOOZE CRUISE Erin Express

Climb aboard the Erin Express and adventure out on a booze cruise across the city. The Erin Express — made up of 10-plus buses — is a free-transportation service set to run for three straight weekends in March. Ending on St. Patrick’s Day, the ultimate bar crawl day, the Erin Express is designed to show up every 15 minutes to a dozen different participating locations, where you can cheers the day away. No reservations are needed. Simply show up to one of the bars on the list found online, and prepare to go from there. — G.D.

March 3, 10, and 17; select locations throughout Philadelphia; free to ride the bus, pay as you go for food and drinks; erinexpress-philly.com

Liberty Flea will be at Bok this weekend

Head to the old Bok vocational school in South Philly for this upscale flea market, dealing in the DIY and the vintage. While you’ll find your new normal craft fair goodies — jewelry and clothes, of course — there are some unique vendors that don’t pop up at other fleas, like His & Her Vintage Eye Glasses or BridgeSet Sound instruments. A must if you’re in need of gifts this spring. — G.D.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Bok, 1901 S. 9th St., $5; 12 and under free, www.libertyflea.com

KIDS Paleopalooza

The Academy of Natural Sciences celebrates the 10th annual Paleopalooza — its celebration of all things fossil — this weekend with a host of activities sure to capture the imaginations of your dino-obsessed little ones. There’s auditorium shows running regularly, ice cream courtesy of Franklin Fountain, and a chance to get up close and personal with fossils. — G.D.

Saturday and Sunday, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, free with admission, 215-299-1000, www.ansp.org

MUSIC Diet Cig / The Spook School

The basement of the First Unitarian Church is a perfect venue for the joyful punk-pop of Diet Cig, whose crashing riffs and pogoing melodies and messages of empowerment and inclusiveness are equally infectious. The New Paltz, N.Y. duo of singer-guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Nathan Bowman specialize in songs that burst into strum-happy climaxes with singsong choruses that recall the DIY-aesthetic of K or Sarah Records. Their excellent debut album, Swear I’m Good at This, came out last April, and they’re ending their tour here Saturday, with the duo augmented by keyboardist Karli Helm from Plush and bassist Anna Cory from Glasgow, Scotland’s the Spook School, who will open with songs from their sharp, witty new album Could It Be Different? — Steve Klinge

8 p.m. Friday, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. $15., 215-821-7575, r5productions.com.

Amy Rigby

It’s been 13 years — too long! — since the great indie songwriter Amy Rigby released a solo album of smart, sly, keenly observant songs about growing up, growing older, and keeping the rock-and-roll flame alive. The Pittsburgh native’s new one is called The Old Guys, and it maintains the standard of excellence she set with her 1996 album Dairy Of A Mod Housewife, this time using geezer dudes like “Robert Altman” and the two scribes who are the focus of the cutely titled “From philiproth@gmail.com to rzimmerman@aol.com” as inspiration to say something personal and universal about the artist’s life. She’s playing in Manayunk with her husband, punk-era British songwriter Wreckless Eric, in the band, and Philadelphia roots crew The Knife & Fork Band opening. — Dan DeLuca

9 p.m. Saturday, Dawson Street Pub, 100 Dawson St., $10. 215-482-5677. dawsonstreetpub.com.

LP

Rather than stand for its musical-usual “long player,” LP – in this instance – is Laura Pergolizzi, the New York-raised, Los Angeles-based guitarist and singer whose confessional and confrontational brand of blues-tinged punk has made her into a sort-of Joan Jett with a Robert Johnson habit. Albums such as 2014’s Forever for Now and 2016’s Lost on You – along with the promise of new music in 2018 she’ll play on Saturday — can attest to that. If her stark sound doesn’t grab you, LP’s physically demeanor (the androgynous scraggy-haired Dylan of 1966) certainly will. — A.D. Amorosi

8 p.m. Saturday, Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., $24, tlaphilly.com

Ars Nova Workshop presents Xylouris White

Australia’s experimental instrumentalists The Dirty Three have yielded as much boldly incendiary work apart as they have united, with haunting violinist Warren Ellis’ partnership with Nick Cave and improvisational guitarist Mick Turner’s solo excursions. Testy drummer Jim White is no slouch either, from his gigs with Cat Power, Crime & the City Solution, and the extension of his lifelong friendship with Cretan lutist Giorgios Xylouris and their Xylouris White pairing. Sonorous, foreign, and ethereal – and unexpected from the noise White normally puts forth – the regal tones of Xylouris White manage to be both craggily ancient and sleekly futuristic on albums such as its newly released Mother. But don’t expect it to be too calm. White is thunderously propulsive and downright slamming on this new disc. — A.D.A.

8 p.m. Saturday, Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th Street. $20. arsnovaworkshop.com

Spoon

Spoon got off to a slow start with its 1996 album Telephono, but ever since its follow-up two years later, A Series of Sneaks, the Austin, Texas band has forged a career as arguably the most consistently reliable outfit in indie rock. The tightly disciplined Britt Daniel-led quartet hit another career high-water mark with last year’s Hot Thoughts, and after headlining last summer’s Xponential Fest, they’re back in town in a much smaller space this weekend. — D.D.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Theatre of Living Arts, 332 South St., sold out. 215-922-1011. tlaphilly.com.

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