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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Daring feats of trapeze artistry, animal taming and more await at the Wells Fargo Center, to reward your family for daring feats of shoveling-out to get there. Arrive an hour before showtime for the All Access Pre-Show, a meet-and-greet with acrobats and clowns.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $15-$80, 800-298-4200, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

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    Philadelphia Auto Show

    Be fast about getting there or furious for missing out. The show, now in its second weekend, ends Sunday.

    Then again, good things sometimes come to those who wait: Bernie Parent and Stanley Cup colleague Joe Watson sign autographs at the Lexus booth 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday (rescheduled from Thursday.) Sunday, fellow Bully Bob "the Hound" Kelly signs at the Toyota display 10:30 a.m. to noon.

    PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, $6-$12 (under 6 free), phillyautoshow.com.

     

    PRESIDENTS' WEEKEND

    Happy Birthday, Abe

    As you might guess from the name, the Union League feels a strong kinship with Abraham Lincoln - down to owning its own signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The upper-crusty Broad Street club opens its doors to the rabble for a four-hour open house Saturday to show off its collections and let us imagine, ever so briefly, that we belong. Civil War-era re-enactors (Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, others) will be there, too.

    Union League, 140 S. Broad St. (use 15th Street entrance), open house 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Satuday, free, 215-587-5592.

     

    Happy Birthday, George

    Valley Forge National Historical Park is G.W. B-day central. Kids can drill with his Continental Army, make George-y crafts to take home and - the annual highlight - sing a group "Happy Birthday" to Mr. First President, after which cupcakes are served.

    Visitors' Center, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, free, 610-783-1000, nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit (click on "Events").

     

    Monday freebies

    The National Constitution Center offers POTUS-themed activities throughout the holiday weekend, saving the best for last: free admission on Monday.

    Nearby on Independence Mall, the National Museum of Jewish History is free on Monday, too. The museum's varied and surprising collections include a letter written by George Washington to the Jewish community of Newport, R.I., of all places.

    National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, free, 215-409-6600, constitutioncenter.org.

    National Museum of Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, free, 215-923-3811, nmajh.org.

     

    ON STAGE

    Soweto Gospel Choir

    The South African gospel stars, beloved by Nelson Mandela (and Grammy Awards judges), raise spirits and lift audiences out of seats. Nearly sold out, but more tickets will likely be made available.

    Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 7 p.m. Sunday, 212-898-3900, annenbergcenter.org.

     

    G. Love & Special Sauce

    Gotta' love the guy who rapped about the Schuylkill. And the show starts early enough for his now-middle-age fans to get back home in time for their now-boring grownup bedtimes.

    TLA, 334 South St., 8:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, $25, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.

     

    Philadelphia Orchestra

    Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads an all-Rachmaninoff program - possibly as a nod to the Russian Olympics, or maybe to our own Siberian winter.

    Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce sts., 8 p.m. Saturday, $51-$156, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

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