The National Museum of American Jewish History is holding a panel exhibition titled Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews about how American Jewish activists helped Soviet Jews after World War II, when they were denied the rights to practice Judaism and leave the country.
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. National Museum of American Jewish History, Market Street and Independence Mall, $13 to $15, 215-923-3811, nmajh.org
Folk punk artist John Doe, guitarist of punk band X, performs at Boot & Saddle at 8:30 p.m. He’ll be joined by Stephen Maglio of the World Takes.
8:30 p.m. Boot & Saddle, Broad and Ellsworth Streets, $20, 267-639-4528, bootandsaddlephilly.com
Indie folk-rock singer Angel Olsen hits Union Transfer a month after she released Phases, a critically acclaimed collection of B-sides, covers, and demos. Expect an intensely personal show elevated by Olsen’s unique, soaring vocals.
8:30 p.m. Union Transfer, 11th and Spring Garden Streets, $22 to $24, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com
The Please Touch Museum celebrates Hanukkah with a party at which kids can learn how to play dreidel, draw holiday cards, and make Hanukkah foods. It culminates with an interactive concert in Hamilton Hall.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, $19, 215-581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org
Fifth House Ensemble and Jason Vieaux
The Chicago new-music group will perform a new guitar concerto by Dan Visconti, artistic adviser for Astral Artists, to be performed by Vieaux. Living Language is “inspired by the special scales, expressive ornaments, and playing techniques of indigenous music from across the globe,” according to Visconti, whose music can be funky and soulful, and often rather songful. — Peter Dobrin
7:30 p.m. downstairs at World Cafe Live, 31st and Walnut Streets, $20 to $30, 215-222-1400, liveconnections.org
The Color Purple
Don’t miss The Color Purple at the Forrest Theatre, winner of the 2016 Tony Award for best musical revival. Set to a score influenced by jazz, gospel, blues, and ragtime, the musical is about the lives of young black women in the American South during the 1930s.
7:30 p.m. Forrest Theatre, 11th and Walnut Streets, $62 to $122, 215-923-1515, forrest-theatre.com
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Helium Comedy Club welcomes Orny Adams, who plays Coach Bobby Finstock in Teen Wolf. The show is for audience members 21 and older (18 and older with parental supervision).
7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Helium Comedy Club, 21st and Sansom Streets, $22 to $30, 215-496-9001, philadelphia.heliumcomedy.com
The Philly Pops
The Philly Pops take the stage with an all-new lineup of holiday music during A Philly Pops Christmas, including special appearances from the Philadelphia Boys Choir and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir.
3 p.m. Friday, Verizon Hall, 15th and Spruce Streets, $35 to $142, 215-893-1955, phillypops.org
The Philadelphia Boys Choir with the Philly Pops at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center.