Minecraft 'Block' Party, The Weeknd, Brazilian Day and other things to do in Philadelphia, Sept. 15 to 21

The Minecraft "Block by Block Party" is this weekend.

SHOP

Head House Square Flea Market

If you like your silverware used and your chairs sat-on, this Philly flea market might be the place to do your weekend shopping. Featuring vintage clothes, collectibles and jewelry and antique furniture, this is one of the best outdoor markets to visit in sunny Old City while the warm weather holds. — Thea Applebaum Licht

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Head House Square, Second Street between East Pine and South Streets, free admission, 215-625-3532, philafleamarkets.org.

STAGE

“Hello, Blackout!”

New Paradise Laboratories continues the story of the ineffable Kissimmee family — a set of troublesome triplets, their carnivorous mother, their vanished-but-still-present father — going back to the beginning of time and the Big Bang as they contend with blackouts, “the inexplicable future,” and “the unpredictability of the universe.” So, it’s about everyday life, then. But, better — the Fringe Festival show is set to the music of inventive composer Bhob Rainey (and not that TV jingle you have stuck in your head). — Michael Harrington

6 and 9 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday at  Proscenium Theatre at the Drake, 1512 Spruce St., $29, 215-413-1318, fringearts.com

FESTIVALS

Feria Del Barrio

Families gather each year for a full day of Latin music and dance, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities at the Feria Del Barrio block party on North Fifth Street. — Tirdad Derakhshani

Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, on North Fifth Street between Huntingdon and Somerset Streets, free, http://feria.tallerpr.org/

N2N Festival

Morris Day and the Time and Sheila E. will headline West Philly’s Neighborhood-to-Neighborhood (N2N) Festival. The two acts will perform Prince covers and original tracks. Purple Rain fans, of course, likely remember Day from his role as antagonist Morris in the 1984 flick. Sheila E. is Prince’s former fiancee, and she opened for him on his legendary 98-date Purple Rain tour after the movie’s release. The tribute show will also feature performances by Roots percussionist Questlove, rapper PnB Rock, and comedian Skeet. WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson and comedian TuRae will cohost the concert. The N2N festival kicks off at noon, with Sheila E. set to perform at 2 p.m., followed by Questlove, PnB Rock, Skeet, and several local artists from 3 to 7 p.m. Morris Day and the Time will take the stage at 7 p.m. Attendees can also enter a raffle for meet-and-greets and VIP access, and those who arrive early will have a chance at free commemorative Prince T-shirts. Aside from the Prince tribute, this year’s festival also includes food vendors and locally made crafts, as well as children’s activities, such as face-painting,  games, and rides. —Nick Vadala

Noon-8 p.m., Saturday, 50th and Baltimore Avenues, free, RSVP at n2nfestival.splashthat.com.

Brazilian Day Philadelphia

Taste the culture of Brazil — and its rich array of music and dance, including samba, forro, pagode, capoeira, and samba-reggae — at a celebration of the nation’s independence day at Penn’s Landing. — T.D.

1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Penn’s Landing’s Great Plaza, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., free, 215-601-9117, braziliandayphiladelphia.com

AIM

Pop-up Archery

Get as close as you can to experiencing the thrill of the hunt, with none of the hunting and more of the skilled projectile launching. Try your hand at archery at a pop-up archery range in Philadelphia’s own urban wildlife refuge. No experience required. Don’t worry — there will be an instructor to get you and your fellow amateur bowmen started. — T.A.L.

10 a.m. to noon Saturday, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., free, 215-365-3118, fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz

DANCE

“Home”

In Geoff Sobelle’s protean multimedia Fringe Festival show, a house is literally erected onstage, while people move through the structure, living, improving, and damaging it. It’s a monumental and mesmerising meditation of the impermanence and rock-solid impact of our living spaces. — M.H.

8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., $29, 215-413-1318, fringearts.com

PLAY

Family Game Night

The Penn Museum offers a night of fun featuring a bounce house, puzzle race, scavenger hunt, and a live version of  “Hungry Hungry Hippos,” plus ancient board games (including King Tut’s favorite — senet, anyone?) and a revival of the 1950s TV show What in the World? (in which participants tried to guess information about artifacts from the museum collection). This one is recommended for ages 6 and older. — M.H.

6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St., $50 (family of four); $15 individual, 215-898-4000, penn.museum

Block by Block Party

Besides being one of the most popular and lucrative video games of all time, Minecraft is noted for being a spark to creativity and imagination and encouraging collaboration in its geometric 3-D world. This two-day event sponsored by Public Citizens for Children and Youth gathers players in competitive and non-competitive sessions, with a party for gamers and non-gamers alike featuring art (and craft, of course) projects, a building block challenge, Minecraft karaoke, a vendor fair with Minecraft merchandise, scientific experiments, new games from local software developers, plus live music. Game play is limited to those 17 and younger. — M.H.

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the University of the Sciences, 4300 Woodland Ave., $37.75 gamers; $22 non-gamers,  www.pccy.org

CLASSICAL

Astral Artists

Astral Artists
Violinist Timothy Chooi

The presenting organization specializing in emerging performers opens its season with a recital featuring six: soprano Sarah Shafer, violinists Timothy Chooi and Katie Hyun, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, and pianist Zhenni Li. The program features works by Claude Debussy, Arnold Schoenberg , and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. — M.H.

7:30 p.m. Saturday at Church of Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St., $22; $20 seniors; $5 students, 215-735-6999, astralartists.org

Symphony in C

Stilian Kirov conducts the imposing orchestra in Copland’s popular “Appalachian Spring” ballet music and Tchaikovsky’s flowing Serenade for Strings. In between, Roman Rabinovich returns with one of the two minor-key Mozart Piano Concertos, the brooding and deeply-felt No. 20. — Tom DiNardo

8 p.m. Saturday, Gordon Theater at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Third and Cooper Streets, Camden. $24-$51, 854-963-6683, symphonyinc.org.

OPERA

“The Magic Flute”

Opera Philadelphia’s take on this masterpiece features animated projections, a modern attitude, and a subversive twist to Mozart’s curious quest for enlightenment. Mozart, who wrote this two months before his death, stirred in lots of inside and still-puzzling Masonic references, yet the glorious music and the staging by Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky glorify the unique mix of entertainment and deep meaning. — T.D.

8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, $20-$190, 215-732-8400, operaphilly.org.

“Amadeus”

The soundtrack of magnificent Mozart music, played by the Philadelphia Orchestra to the projected 1984 Milos Forman film, is deliberately packed with less familiar works. No, the envious Salieri didn’t poison Mozart (that came only from a Pushkin spoof), but the understanding of this ordinary man (portrayed by Tom Hulse) blessed with an incredible gift of genius remains an amusing, yet gripping tale. Richard Kaufman conducts. — T.D.

7 p.m. Thursday, and Sept. 22 and 23, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, $55-$100, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.

ART

Philly Free Week at Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Visit one of Philly’s hidden gems, the mosaic maze of glass and pottery tucked away on South Street, for free. Spiked with bike tires, whole wine glasses, and the occasional toilet, this sculptural superstructure is the brainchild of Philadelphia-born artist Isaiah Zagar, whose folk-art inspired murals scale walls all over the city. Free admission for Philadelphia residents lasts all week; just make sure to bring a driver’s license, school ID or piece of mail to verify your address. — T.A.L.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Sept. 22, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St. Free admissions with proof of address. 215-733-0390, phillymagicgardens.org.

FILM

“City Without Men”

The invaluable Secret Cinema presents this 1943 B-movie prison drama about inmates and their wives and girlfriends who live in a boarding house across the street from the penitentiary waiting for their men to be free. It stars Linda Darnell, Margaret Hamilton, and Edgar Buchanan. The screening takes place in a site-specific space: the prison on Fairmount Street. — M.H.

9 p.m. Friday at Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd and Fairmount Streets, $12, 215-236-3300, http://www.thesecretcinema.com/

“Lost Horizon”

A forgotten epic, Frank Capra‘s masterful 1937 adaptation of  James Hilton’s novel about a mysterious paradise, Shangri-La, hidden in the mountains of Tibet, is still compelling. Despite a troubled production and mishaps over the decades that left prints rare, it’s survived, and should be amazing on a big screen. — M.H.

2 p.m. Sunday at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, $7; $5 students, 610-917-1228, https://thecolonialtheatre.com

“A Man Called Ove”

Hannes Holm’s 2015 adaptation of  Fredrik Backman’s darkly comic novel about a curmudgeonly widower, whose bitterness at the world leads him into a series of suicide attempts, all foiled by the interruptions of the neighbors he’s pushed away (and the memories of his previous, happier life with his wife). — M.H.

2 p.m. Sunday at the Mt. Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, free, 856-234-7319, mtlaurel.lib.nj.us/

LAUGH

Tim Meadows

During his 10 years on Saturday Night Live, Tim Meadows became known for characters such as Leon Phelps (“The Ladies Man”). On The Goldbergs, he has a recurring role as a goofy guidance counselor.  But when the veteran comedian comes to town in September, he will perform a few sets as himself. — N.V.

7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., $22 and $26, 215-496-9001, philadelphia.heliumcomedy.com

MUSIC

Project Pabst Festival

The Project Pabst Festival originated in Portland but last year expanded to a handful of other cities, including Philly. The day-long lineup varies from city to city; we get Queens rapper Action Bronson as the headliner of a bill that draws heavily from our vibrant punk rock community, from longstanding favorites Menzingers to heavy rockers Nothing to the hard-riffing Thin Lips. We can also stake a claim to Boston’s Speedy Ortiz, since leader Sadie Dupuis has relocated here. Also of note: Brooklyn’s quietly intense Big Thief, who followed up last year’s acclaimed Masterpiece with this year’s even better Capacity, and Atlanta’s Coathangers, whose recent Parasite EP is full of aggressive fun. — Steve Klinge

1 p.m. Saturday at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., $20. 215-617-1332, electricfactory.com.

Bill Frisell

Innovative and musically inquisitive roots jazz guitarist Bill Frisell is a prolific guy: He released an album of film music, When You Wish Upon A Star in 2016, and earlier this year, Small Town, a collaboration with bass player Thomas Morgan. In Ardmore, he’ll be performing Harmony, a piece he wrote as the recipient of the first annual FreshGrass Composing Commission, which he’ll perform with singer Petra Haden, cellist shank Roberts, and multi-instrumentalist Luke Bergman. It’s described as “a sprawling and evocative trip through the landscape of American music of the last century.” — Dan DeLuca

7 p.m. Saturday at Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Ardmore Ave. $30-$40. 610-649-8389, ardmoremusic.com.

Sam Hunt / Maren Morris

What’s the country version of John Mayer’s kinda ooky “Your Body Is a Wonderland”? Why, it’s Sam Hunt’s more rurally targeted “Body Like a Back Road,” of course. The former Middle Tennessee State (and Kansas City Chiefs practice squad) quarterback scored not one but five R&B flavored Top 10 country hits from his 2014 album Montevallo. At the BB&T on Sunday, Hunt headlines a bill that also includes his fellow best new artist Grammy nominee, “My Church” singer Maren Morris, and Chris Jansen. — D.D.

7 p.m. Saturday at BB&T Pavilion, One Harbour Blvd, Camden. $79-$109. livenation.com.

The Weeknd

At a time when no public life is a mystery, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye — The Weeknd — is one of nu-soul and/or neo-hop’s still-mysterious superstars. The Canadian singer-songwriter-producer got into the game and that name by uploading tracks to YouTube as The Weeknd with no other information, dates famous women (Bella Hadid, Selena Gomez) almost exclusively under cover, and records and drops album projects such as Beauty Behind the Madness (2015) and Starboy (2016). What he lacks in personal data (and abstractionist lyrical éclat), he makes up for in dramatically nuanced electronic R&B that marches to its own intricate tune. — A.D. Amorosi

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $39.75 to $175.75. 800-298-4200, WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com

Arcade Fire

Is there a dress code for the Arcade Fire show at the Wells Fargo Center this Sunday? No, though there had been discussion of such a silly idea when the “Infinite Content” tour was announced this summer.  Is the Win Butler and Regine Chassagne-fronted Canadian band’s new album Everything Now as bad as harshest reviews have made it out to be? No, but it is uneven and not up to the high standards of previous albums such as 2010’s Grammy winning The Suburbs and 2004’s Funeral. Count on the show to be an energetic, theatrical affair that works hard to try to win back wavering fans. — D.D.

7:30 p.m. Sunday at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., $29.50 to $85. wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

Chris Hillman

On his first studio album in 12 years, Chris Hillman reminds you right away that he was a founding member of one of rock’s great bands. Bidin’ My Time opens with a new version of “The Bells of Rhymney,” from the Byrds’ first album, with old Byrds mate David Crosby and current collaborator Herb Pedersen on harmony vocals. The album was produced by Byrds acolyte Tom Petty (and features some of his Heartbreakers), and it nicely showcases the stylistic breadth of Hillman’s long and storied career. There are more Byrds references,  but besides revisiting the Byrds’ hallmark ringing folk-rock, the album also nods to  Hillman’s bluegrass roots and his role as a pioneering country-rocker with both the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. And his newer originals  hold their own among the vintage material. — Nick Cristiano

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen with John Jorgenson (Craig Thatcher opening), at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. $29.50 to $40, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.

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