Things to do, see and hear Aug. 23-29
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
Allons Danser, longtime source of zydeco and cajun dance events 'round these parts, welcomes the legendary accordionist. A dance lesson warms things up first.
TK Club, 521 E. Hector St., Conshohocken, 8:30 tonight (lesson at 7:30), $20, allonsdanser.org, 215-402-7017.
Guys tend to dislike him, but the little girls understand. The New York Times called his latest, "Paradise Valley," an "unexpectedly impressive new album," though his tour title references his last, also impressive "Born and Raised."
Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 7:30 tonight, $75-$26.50 (lawn 4-pack indiv.), 856-365-1300, livenation.com.
Funk and rock get a retool, Ethiopian style. Dare ya not to dance!
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., doors 8 p.m. tomorrow, $25-$30, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.
Sounds of Gospel
City's largest free outdoor gospel concert welcomes Hezekiah Walker, Kurt Carr, Tye Tribbett, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, Isaac Carree, Jekalyn Carr, LivRe and more. Plus Camden's Sophisticated Sisters Dance Team.
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, 2:30-9 p.m. tomorrow, 215-922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com.
Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Spalding's string ensemble performs the Bach Air on the G String, the Schubert Octet and Astor Piazzolla's goodbye to his father, "Adios Nonino," with Gabriela Imreh as piano soloist. The concert is held in memory of community leader Eleanor Farmer.
Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St., 2:30 p.m. Sunday, free, 866-403-6844, pvco.org.
Atlantic Coast Opera Festival
Mascagni's classic "Cavalleria Rusticana" staged with Beatrice Beer as Santuzza, Kenneth Wood as Turiddu and Daniel Terrazas as Alfio. Works by the late Joseph Beer are also on the bill. James Dietsch conducts.
Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, 7 tonight and tomorrow and 4 p.m. Sunday, $25, 215-218-9977, atlanticcoastoperafestival.org.
This outstanding local guitarist, along with violinist Shannon Lee, will perform transcriptions and familiar originals in the Concerts By Candlelightseries.
Laurel Hill Mansion, East Fairmount Park, 7 p.m. Sunday, $20, 215-643-7923, email@example.com.
Better than balloons sailing into the sky, the crimson Monarchs who've been dwelling at this Delco dell get freed during this midday celebration. As the wee winged beauties fly to Mexico, landlubbers learn to create a backyard butterfly habitat while noshing on wood-fired pizzas.
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, $5-$9 (under 3, free), 610-566-9134, tylerarboretum.org.
It's the last full week for the Art Museum's foray into child-centric exhibiting. Have the kids stand on tiptoes to see the marvelous watercolors and sketches by Germantown-born illustrator/author Jerry Pinkney. Tell them "no touching" the practically irresistible displays in "Candy Coated Wonderland" and "Design for the Modern Child." Then, let 'em get their fingers messy doing projects in the craft space.
Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Sept. 2, $14-$20 (12 and under free), Fairmount and Pennsylvania avenues, 215-763-8100, philamuseum.org.
Alas, this lengthy alligator's local stay is drawing short. All 14 feet and 800 prehistoric predatory pounds of him won't go back to where he came from (a dock in Florida). But he might reappear in your worst nightmares.
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 2 (open till 7 p.m. weekends through August), $17.95-$24.95, 856-365-3300, adventureaquarium.com.
Ben Franklin Museum
The Underground Museum at Franklin Court - you know, the spot with the princess phones - reopens tomorrow, without those phones but with computer animations and other, more modern, interactive displays. Admission is free tomorrow and Sunday.
Benjamin Franklin Museum, 318 Market St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, $5 adults, $2 kids (3 and under, free), 215-597-1785, nps.gov.
'Turning Points: Civil War, 1863-1864'
Henry Mercer's quirky concrete castles are worth exploring even without a special exhibit. But this display, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and closing Sunday, calls for an immediate trip. More than 300 artifacts bring American history into the present. Tonight, the museum brings its exhibition outside its weird walls, with two walking tours through Doylestown (5:30 and 7 p.m.).
Mercer Museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown, $6-$12 (5 and under, free; walking tour $6-$11), 215-345-0210, mercermuseum.org.
50 Years of Wild Things
The world's best collection of works by Maurice Sendak just got better. To celebrate the 50th birthday of Where the Wild Things Are, the Rosenbach exhibits more of the author/illustrator's manuscripts, drafts and drawings.
Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Pl., Tuesday-Sunday through March 2, $5-$10 (under 5 free) 215-732-1600, rosenbach.org.
DOWN THE SHORE
Should you be surprised that 106.3 WJSE and the Soul are teaming up to present a sandy alt-rock, all-day festival where there will also be sports memorabilia for sale, a flag-football tourney and endless Coors Light? Perhaps not.
Beach at Schellenger Avenue, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow, general admission sold out, pit passes-VIP tickets, $25-$35, 609-522-1987, wildwoodsnj.com.
Pitching shells into holes in the sand and calling it a game isn't new. But it's new as an official competition in O.C. The Martin J. Mollusk Clam Drain requires players to toss durable, faux, made-in-Jersey clamshells, for the honor of . . . winning.
Beach between 5th and 6th streets, noon-2 p.m. sign-up, 3 p.m. games, tomorrow, $10 to play, ocnj.us.
Jazz Bridge Down the Shore concert and barbecue raises money for area jazz and blues musicians in crisis. Breckerville, led by trumpeter Bob Ferguson, plays music of the Brecker Brothers. Michael Pedicin Quintet celebrates the late Michael Brecker.
Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, 401 S. New York Road, Galloway Township, N.J., 6-9 p.m. Sunday, $25 ($15 students with ID), 215-517-8337.
Kevin Hart & Friends Comedy All-Stars
About the only thing hotter than the Philly-born comic's career this summer was July in our fair city.
Caesars Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Arkansas Avenue, 8 and 11 tonight, $140 and $94.50, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
"The Carol Burnett Show" ended years ago, but Mama, Lawrence's signature character from the legendary variety program lives on in what is billed as "Vicki Lawrence & Mama - A Two-Woman Show."
Trump Taj Mahal, Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $48.70 and $34.70, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
British quintet has been riding the dance-pop wave since the 2012 release of their hit single, "Glad You Came."
Sands Bethlehem, 77 Sands Blvd., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $55 and $35, 800-745-3000, sandseventcenter.com.
- Compiled by Lauren
McCutcheon, Chuck Darrow,
Tom Di Nardo and Laurie Conrad