BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Free admission to National Constitution Center
Explore the National Constitution Center for free on Monday in honor of Black History Month. Visitors will learn about key milestones in African American history in the museum’s The Story of We exhibition, and also will dive into history surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Afterward, those of all ages are invited to test their knowledge on the museum’s interactive giant game board.
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19; National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.; free; 215-409-6600; constitutioncenter.org
Presidents’ Day Weekend at National Liberty Museum
Score pay-what-you-wish admission through the extended weekend at the National Liberty Museum, starting Saturday. The museum invites those of all ages to explore its exhibitions and learn about the role that our nation’s leaders have played in shaping the past, present, and future of freedom. Special interactive activities like presidential trivia will be hosted on select days.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17-19; National Liberty Museum, pay-what-you-wish admission; 321 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2800, libertymuseum.org
LUNAR NEW YEAR
Lion Dance Parade
The Year of the Dog kicks off on Feb. 16, ushering in a ton of Chinese New Year celebrations here in Philly. On Sunday, head to Chinatown for a grand daytime parade celebration with the Philadelphia Suns starting at 11 a.m. at 10th and Race Streets. Lions and dragons will dance across the neighborhood, traveling through parts of Arch, Cherry, and Winter Streets and along 9th, 10th, and 11th Streets.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18; 10th and Spring Streets; free; chinatown-pcdc.org
“The Office” Quizzo at World Cafe Live
“The only time I set the bar low is for limbo,” said the great Michael Scott. Bring your A game and head out to World Cafe Live on Sunday, where they’ll be setting the bar high during two special sessions of The Office-themed Quizzo. Those who dress as their favorite characters from the hit TV show will be entered into a costume contest, and Quizzo winners will be eligible for prizes, including a $100 gift card.
1 p.m. sign-up for 2:30 p.m. Quizzo and 6:30 p.m. sign-up for 7:30 p.m. Quizzo, Feb. 18; World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; free; 215-222-1400; worldcafelive.com
FOOD + HEALTH
Make + Take: Kitchen Medicine for Colds and Flus
With cold and flu season in full swing, there’s no better time than now to fuel up on immune-boosting nourishment. Step into the kitchen on Sunday with Kelly McCarthy, a clinical herbalist and educator, to learn about the medicinal properties of ingredients ranging from garlic to ginger to rosemary and thyme. McCarthy will conduct a workshop at Bartram’s Garden, where you’ll learn to make a “fire cider” using some of these items. At the end of the session, you’ll head home with a jar of cider to drink and take home.
Noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 18; Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd; $20 ($15 for members); 215-729-5281; bartramsgarden.org
Winterfest Live! Craft Beer Festival
Sample more than 150 drinks from over 75 breweries and kick back with your friends Saturday for Xfinity Live!’s annual wintertime brew festival. With live music as well as DJs, competitions, and an exclusive after-party, as well as the bull riding and table dancing, this fest definitely has something for everyone. — Thea Applebaum Licht
3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17, Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave. 21+, $30 general admission, www.xfinitylive.com/beerfest
Books Through Bars Valentine’s Packathon
Take a few hours on Saturday and lend a hand to the Books Through Bars program, a nonprofit that brings free books to incarcerated people in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and New York state. As a volunteer you will read through inmates’ letters and choose books that match their requests, and help package books for mailing. This event is limited to those age 18 and over. Can’t go? Books Through Bars welcomes donations in the form of money and new and used books. — T.A.L.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb.17, Books Through Bars, 4722 Baltimore Ave. 18+. 215-727-8170, http://booksthroughbars.org/.
Dodgeball Battles at the Ballpark
Bring your kids (ages 7 to 11) out to Legends Ballpark for the ultimate dodgeball battle on Friday. Teams will go head-to-head using no-sting, foam dodgeballs, creating a friendly and worry-free competitive environment. Adding to the fun, music will stream throughout game play for both adults and little ones to enjoy. Players are encouraged to deck themselves out in colorful and crazy attire.
6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16; Legends Ballpark, 120 Sewell Rd., Sewell, N.J.; $10; tms.ezfacility.com
Philly Art Collective Pop-Up Art Exhibit
This Philly-centric pop-up show will host more than 30 local artists on Saturday, along with music and a live painting competition between artists Ori Roe, Adrianna Wallace, and Amelia Horst. Support Philadelphia creators, see some excellent artwork, and have a good time — the Philly Art Collective hosts one exhibit each month, and you don’t want to miss a show. — T.A.L.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 17, Open Space, 1014 N. Marshall St. $10 in advance, $20 at the door, kids enter free. www.phillyartshow.com
Feeling the Love Market
Celebrate Valentine’s Day belatedly on Saturday by stopping in at this wholesome marketplace: it’s all vegan, all the time. Sweets, baked goods, mac and cheese, and a whole host of vegan vendors selling clothes, accessories and jewelry make this market the place to be if you’re looking for a good time and good food. The event organizers ask that you consider bringing donations for the homeless, including toiletries, snacks, and winter accessories like hats and socks. — Thea Applebaum Licht
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Free admission.
August Burns Red
Phantom Anthem, the eighth album by August Burns Red earned the Jake Luhrs-fronted band its second Grammy nomination, for best metal performance for the song “Invisible Enemy.” They lost to Mastodon, who won for “Sultan’s Curse,” but after over a decade together, the Lancaster County band is gaining recognition for the full-throttle unrelenting force of its attack, with guitarists John Benjamin Brubaker and Brent Rambler both keeping their instruments set to stun. With their seasonally appropriate single “Frost” as a calling card, August Burns Red have been on the road since the start of 2018 and wind up the first leg of their tour with Born of Osiris, Ocean Grove, and Erra at the TLA this weekend. — Dan DeLuca
7:15 p.m. Feb. 18, Theater of Living Arts, 332 South St. $30. 215-922-1011. tlaphilly.com.
Before Cardi B. grabbed the mic and before Remy Ma found comeback salvation, it was K. Michelle who was the breakout singing-rapping star of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop and all of its spinoffs. Always at the piano (that is, when she wasn’t dealing with messy personal dramas with the rest of the cast), Michelle was mostly away from the fray, concentrating on her boisterous voice and a soul-hop career that covers four albums since 2013, including her most recent record Kimberly: The People I Used to Know. And for those who crave Love & Hip Hop-style gossip, K. Michelle just had her butt implants removed — just sayin’. — A.D. Amorosi
8 p.m. Feb. 20, the Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St. $35-$135, thefillmorephilly.com
Phoebe Bridgers / Soccer Mommy
The forthright songs belie the youth of Phoebe Bridgers and Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison. Los Angeles’ Bridgers, 23, caught the attention of Ryan Adams, who released her debut single in 2015. She’s toured with both Julien Baker and Conor Oberst, the latter of whom also contributes a duet on Bridgers’ debut full-length, last fall’s Stranger in the Alps. Nashville’s Allison, 20, has been releasing music on Bandcamp as Soccer Mommy since 2015 (last year’s Collection drew from these). Clean, Soccer Mommy’s official debut, is due March 2. While both singers are emotionally direct, Bridgers draws more from the restrained singer-songwriter tradition while Soccer Mommy, on songs like “Your Dog” and “Last Girl,” veers toward indie rock. Wednesday’s sold-out show is a smart pairing of smart songwriters. — Steve Klinge
8 p.m. Feb. 21, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. Sold out. 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony + Chill Moody
So maybe the most recent Bone Thugs-n-Harmony album — 2017’s New Waves — hosts only two original Harmonists in Krayzie Bone and Bizzy Bone. And maybe they’ve strayed into pop and EDM. Back in the day — and before any Kanye/Twista hyper-fast rhymes — Bone Thugs-n-Harmony made their mark with its fast-rapping, unified singing style to go with its caramel-coated blend of R&B and hip-hop. Expect all of the above in Ardmore on Thursday night, along with the salty-but-sweet tones of Philadelphia rapper Chill Moody. — A.D.A.
8 p.m. Feb. 22, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, $39-$54, ardmoremusichall.com