Rufus Wainwright with the Philly Pops
Rufus Wainwright, one of the greatest vocalists and songwriters of his generation, will be joining the Pops to perform some of his most famous hits. The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will also be performing prior to the show and during the finale. All proceeds from the reception following the concert will benefit the William Way LGBT Community Center. — B.A.
8 p.m. Friday, Verizon Hall, 15th and Spruce Streets, $20 to $146, 215-731-3333, kimmelcenter.org
As far as suave Canadian production and performance R&B duos go, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman – Majid Jordan – have all-but cornered the market. For five years now, the pair has been behind the boards, twiddling toggle switches and rattling bass bins for Beyonce, DJ Khaled and Drake. The latter singer-rapper, a fellow Canadian, is responsible for giving his pals on Majod Jordan a label deal with Drizzy’s OVO imprint and has – since then – released the warmest of soul-EDM recordings such as the recently-released Technicolor R&B of The Space Between. As studio rats, Majid Jordan don’t get onto the live stage often, so enjoy this rare event. — A.D. Amorosi
8:30 p.m. Friday, The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St. $30. thefillmorephilly.com
Junior Brown / John Eddie
An odd but interesting doublef bill: Junior Brown is a country traditionalist who actually deserves the overused description “an American original.” He delivers his hugely entertaining, often droll material in a smooth baritone while accompanying himself on his self-invented, double-necked “guit-steel,” a combination electric guitar and steel guitar. John Eddie came out of Jersey in the ’80s as a Springsteenesque rocker. While an arena-size following never materialized, he has developed into a smart and engaging songwriter, working more in an Americana vein and with a healthy attitude about his career fortunes. Sample album title: Who the Hell Is John Eddie? — Nick Cristiano
8 p.m. Saturday, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $30 reserved. 610-649-8389
Cunio Sings Etta
Broadway and PBS star Michael Cunio is channeling the artist who has been his greatest inspiration — Etta James — with his new show, “Cunio Sings Etta.” Cunio will be performing James’ biggest hits, such as “A Sunday Kind of Love” and “All I Could Do Was Cry.” — B.A.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Ruba Club, 416 Green St., $25 to $35, 215-627-9831, pinkstallionevents.com
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey occupies an unusual space in the pop music landscape: she’s popular enough to headline the Wells Fargo Center, where she will perform Sunday, but she still has the hipster cred of a cult artist. Her albums—Lust For Life is the most recent— have been bigger hits than her singles, but that doesn’t diminish the allure of nuanced songs such as “Video Games,” “Young and Beautiful” and “Summertime Sadness,” with their postmodern, self-reflexive perspectives on vintage cool and contemporary youth culture. Questions arose recently about alleged similarities between her song “Get Free” and Radiohead’s “Creep,” but a bigger question is how her subtle persona will translate in a large arena. — Steve Klinge
8 p.m. Sunday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $39.50-$125. 215-336-3600, wellsfargocenterphilly.com
This Florida-born son of Ecuadorean immigrants is one of nu-electronic music’s most adventuresome artists, moving as he has from the Spanish-language, skronk-folk of 2011’s Awe Owe to the bilingual socio-anthemic 2016 cassette, Private Energy. What’s nicest about Negro’s subtly electronic songs – e.g. “It’s My Brown Skin” and lyrics such as “It’s the color that holds me tight/My brown me is the shade that’s just for me” – is that each tune embraces the highly politicized and the deeply personal with clever charm. — A.D.A.
8 p.m. Wednesday, The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St. $13. thefillmorephilly.com
Bruch and Mendelssohn with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Enjoy a Scottish-themed night at the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Juliette Kang as the violin soloist for Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. The Philadelphia Orchestra will also be performing Peter Maxwell Davies’ composition, An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, for the first time. (There will be a bagpipe solo.) — B.A.
2 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Verizon Hall, 15th and Spruce Streets, $37 to $147, 215-731-3333, philorch.org
ON TWO WHEELS
It’s an after-dark, street-level tour of Philadelphia. You’ll have to brave the cold, but this ride is a great chance to explore the city from its bike lanes and meet a whole host of interesting new people. Although you don’t have to be an expert-level rider, you should be able to keep up with a group: the route will be around 10 miles long. The trip promises one outdoor mid-way stop and an endpoint at a Philly bar. — Thea Applebaum Licht
8 p.m. Friday, base of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. facebook.com/phillybikeride/
Meet local breweries and sample their beers in the lodge while enjoying live music next to the fire pits. This weekend’s breweries include Sly Fox Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company and more. — B.A.
1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 South Christopher Columbus Blvd., free, 215-925-7465, delawareriverwaterfront.com
Ben Franklin’s Birthday Tippler’s Tour
Celebrate the 312th birthday of Philly’s favorite founding father with a toast, plenty of drinking songs and savory snacks. The tour will include stops at National Mechanics, Victoria Freehouse and the historic City Tavern. — B.A.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., $50 for adults, $45 for students, seniors and military, 215-629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
Karaoke for a Cause
Bring your friends and sing along with your favorite music until the early morning hours, all for an excellent cause. This karaoke party will feature the greatest rock of the 90s and raises funds for “Rock to the Future,” a program that offers low-cost and free music programming for young Philadelphia-area students. — T.A.L.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Donna’s Bar, 2732 E. Allegheny Ave. 215-426-7618
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s Elegy
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is unveiling Elegy, a series shot by Justin Kimball about communities in New York, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania that have been profoundly affected by the 2008 financial crisis. The exhibit will run through the end of March. — B.A.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 North American St., free, 215-232-5678, philaphotoarts.org
Gothic Glam at the Barnes Foundation
Dress in black or dark colors to mingle with other young Philly art aficionados among some of the greatest modern art offerings in the world. Cocktails and light fare will be available for purchase.
7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, $35, 215-278-7000, barnesfoundation.org
Philadelphia Home Show
Explore new ways to spruce up your home at the Philadelphia Home Show, which spans two weekends and over 300 experts on house and yard design. This year’s show will bring New York designer Tyler Wisner and Kevin O’Connor, the host of PBS’s This Old House. — B.A.
Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., $10 online, $13 at the door, phillyhomeshow.com