Lady Gaga, Greenfest, and other things to do in Philadelphia September 8 to 14

Lady Gaga plays the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

LAUGH

Nathan Fielder

The host of Nathan for You (in which he offers off-kilter business strategies) made his mark on viral internet culture in 2014 with his series’ infamous “Dumb Starbucks” prank (opening a parody cafe that was taken seriously by the media and drew protests and lawsuits). Now he brings to Glenside a sneak peek of the Comedy Central series’ fourth season. A Q&A follows. — Nick Vadala

8 p.m. Saturday, Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, $27.50 to $37.50, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com

Cocoon Central Dance Team

They combine “Minelli theatrics and Streep subtleties” with the earnestness of every talent show and recital you’ve ever suffered through. The comic choreographers will perform their show Rumours: Brandy Melville and show a clip from their space epic Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone. Best to let them speak for themselves, though. “We’re confident in our abilities to represent the lady wave because there’s nothing out there like us,” CCDT says. “We’ve got a beat and you can dance to it.” Yeah! — Michael Harrington

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St., $12, 215-399-1279, goodgoodcomedy.com

BUZZ

Philadelphia Honey Festival

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild presents the eighth edition of its sweet celebration at two locations, with hive demonstrations, honey extractions, honey and mead tastings, sales from local beekeepers, children’s activities, and (yikes!) bee-bearding displays. — M.H.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave., and Sunday, Bartram’s Garden, 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, free, phillyhoneyfest.com

WOOF

With Love: Super Adoption Day 2017

Find your new best friend and feel good while you’re doing it at No-Kill Philadelphia’s pet adoption festival. The longest-running festival of its kind, this is the place to be if you’re looking for a cat, dog or small animal while guaranteeing that your money goes to a humane nonprofit organization. Dozens of animal rescues will be present along with vendors, pet groomers and more. — Thea Applebaum Licht

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St., phillynokill.org.

PARADE

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival Parade

The Chester County mushroom capital opens the weekend celebration of the fungus among us with a community parade and “Old Fashioned Carnival” (is there any other kind?). A nice appetizer for the main event Saturday and Sunday, when more than 100,000 fungi fans hit town to salute the sensational ‘shrooms. — M.H.

6 p.m. Friday at State and Willow Streets, Kennett Square, 610-925-3373, mushroomfestival.org

FILM

“Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia”

Ulrike Ottinger’s stylized 1989 epic starts with a merry band of early 20th-century European travelers, a mix of wealthy adventurers and theater folk traveling on the Trans-Siberian Express, then takes a detour when the train is stopped by a Mongol warrior princess and her band who demand that the women passengers come with them. The western women — including a klezmer trio, a Broadway actress, and a noblewoman who conveniently happens to be an ethnographer and expert on Mongolia — are then treated to a sumptuous adventure extending across the plains and deep into the nomad culture of their hostess. — M.H.

7 p.m. Saturday, International House’s Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St., $10; $8 seniors and students, 215-387-5125, housephilly.org

“Slither”

Before W.D. Richter wrote Big Trouble in Little China and directed The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, he penned this bonkers 1973 picaresque road comedy, in which a paroled convict (James Caan) sets out to find a stash of stolen money while dealing with a panoply of kooks, all of whom may or may not be following him with an eye to grabbing the loot (hey, it’s from the 1970s — we were all a little paranoid back then). — M.H.

7 p.m. Monday, Moorestown Library, 111 W. Second St., Moorestown, free, 856-234-0333, moorestownlibrary.org

“44 Pages”


Founded in 1946, Highlights magazine is a familiar comfort to any kid who ever sat in the waiting room of a doctor or dentist wondering if there would be a shot or a filling before the visit’s end. If nothing else, it’s a national treasure for the comic strip Goofus and Gallant, which sought to teach lessons of good behavior (though, let’s see a show of hands for those who thought Goofus’ life looked not-so-bad as opposed to the uptight Gallant). Tony Shaff’s documentary traces the history of the magazine from its beginnings to the challenges of the print-digital divide faced by all venerable publications these days. — M.H.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, $10.50; $8 seniors; $3 ages 18 and under, 215-345-7855, amblertheater.org

DANCE

Tangle Movement Arts


The amazing all-female aerial dance company performs its distinctive mix of terpsichorean theater and trapeze, with live musical accompaniment by the acoustic trio Guide Birds as part of the Fringe Festival. — M.H.

8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., $14 to $20, 215-413-1318, fringearts.com

JAZZ

Kurt Rosenwinkel


The fine guitarist switches directions on his new record Caipi, singing and playing all the instruments while mixing in elements of rock (as on the anthemic “Hold On”) and bossa nova (the airy, delightful “Casio Vanguard”). He brings his sextet to play the tunes. — M.H.

8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., $30, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com

POP

Mount Eerie

Mount Eerie’s A Crow Looked At Me is the most heartbreaking album of this, or any, year. Phil Elverum, who started recording as the Microphones in 1996 before rebranding as Mount Eerie in 2003, recorded it not long after the death of his wife, Canadian artist and musician Geneviève Castrée. Shortly after the birth of their daughter, Castrée was diagnosed with inoperable cancer; she died a year later. In lonely, plainspoken songs that address his wife directly, Elverum contemplates the realities of the experience. Songs such as “Emptiness pt. 2” and “Toothbrush / Trash” don’t search for meaning as much as they depict how loss throws every experience into sharp relief. The intimate personal details become emblematic of universal loss only because personal loss is universal. This seated solo show won’t be a comforting experience, but it could be breathtaking. — Steve Klinge

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., $17, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.

Willie Nelson & Van Morrison

Does Van Morrison like chocolate? The rarely touring Northern Irish songwriter and soul titan has three U.S. dates scheduled this fall. Two are in Nashville at the Americana Music Festival next week. The other is at Hersheypark Stadium on Sunday, with Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music fest, which also features Sheryl Crow, Avett Brothers, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, and Margo Price. That fest then comes to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on Sept. 17, but with a shuffled lineup, and no Van. — Dan DeLuca

3 p.m. Sunday, Hersheypark Stadium, 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pa. $20-$175, 717-534-3911.

Lady Gaga

OK, I didn’t like Lady Gaga’s new album, Joanne. That’s not going to stop her (or me) from the potential for real amazement when it comes to Gaga’s two-night stand at the Wells Fargo Center for The Joanne World Tour.  After a Super Bowl halftime show where she was dropped into a stadium’s stage via harness, you’d expect nothing less. Featuring an intricate stage put together by TAIT – the famed, now-global, Lititz PA staging/lighting effects conglomerate — moments such as “Diamond Heart” and “Dancin’ in Circles” should be highly choreographed performance-art pieces executed on floating, dynamic stages and rich with her usual influences — Marina Abramović, Andy Warhol and David Bowie — guiding her explosive stage work. Plus, Gaga can sing her face off. — A.D. Amorosi

7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., $50 to $225, WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com

Aldous Harding

The second album by Aldous Harding, which has been building a buzz for the New Zealand singer stateside and worldwide this year, is called Party. But it’s not a raucous blowout: Harding is a super intense and focused performer with theatrical flair who comes from the Nick Drake-Vashti Bunyan school of beautifully spare, unsettling songwriting. Her show at Johnny Brenda’s this spring got those attendees and others talking, and she’s back in Fishtown this coming week. — D.D.

8 p.m. Monday, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $10-$12, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.

CLASSICAL

Dolce Suono Trio

Mimi Stillman

Flutist/founder Mimi Stillman teams with pianist Charles Abramovic and cellist Nathan Vickery in works by Dvorak, Debussy, Silbelius and Andrea Clearfield. Jennifer Higdon’s “American Canvas,” written for the trio and inspired by three American painters (Wyeth, O’Keefe and Pollock), makes the venue even more significant. — T.D.

7 p.m. Saturday, Brandywine River Museum, Route 1 in Chadds Ford, $50, 610-388-2700, dolcesuono.com.

Prism

“Breath Beneath” is a collaboration between our renowned saxophone quartet Prism, Drexel’s Westphal School of Media Arts & Design, and New York’s 3-Legged Dog. This interdisciplinary show, featuring Julia Wolfe’s “Cha,” investigates how sounds can generate images — and vice versa — as part of the Fringe Festival. — T.D.

8 p.m. Thursday, Drexel University Black Box Theater, 3401 Filbert St., $15, 215-413-1318, prismquartet.com.

FESTIVALS

Mexican Independence Day Festival 2017

Celebrate Mexican independence, heritage, and culture in the largest one-day cultural festival held at Penn’s Landing. This event brings together more than 15,000 people each year to enjoy mariachi performances, crafts, local Mexican food, and so much more. This day of music and festivities culminates with a fireworks show, so make sure to stay to the end. —T.A.L.

2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Penn’s Landing, 101 S Columbus Blvd., free, 215-922-4262 or 215-592-0410, mexicanculturalcenter.org/.

2017 Greenfest Philly

With everything from group yoga and bike rides to organic eats to live music and a beer garden, the largest environmental festival in the tri-state area has a lot to offer. Shop at one of more than 100 vendors, watch a cooking demo, or just soak in the good vibes on the Bainbridge Green. — T.A.L.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Bainbridge Green, Fifth and Bainbridge Streets, free, cleanair.org/greenfest.