Boo at the Zoo!, Fishtown Flea, 'Cabaret,' and other things to do in Philadelphia, October 20 to 26

There will be little lions and big lions at Boo at the Zoo.

MARKET

Fishtown Flea

The Fishtown Flea is here again, bringing even more local, indie crafters to the neighborhood. In addition to small businesses selling everything from ethically sourced clothes, handcrafted ceramics and jewelry to leather goods and succulent arrangements, this event boasts small, Philly-based food vendors such as Hello Donuts, Dr. Wutzit’s Wonder Balls, and Kono Pizza, which exclusively makes cone-shaped pizza and pastries. Half of the proceeds will go to Fishtown’s Alexander Adaire School. — Thea Applebaum Licht

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1220 Frankford Ave., free, fishtownflea.us.

SHORE

Bonfire on the Beach

Sure, the leaves are turning and the apples are ripe for picking, but what about one more trip to the sand and surf as an autumn tradition? The Anglesea Irish Society and Greater Wildwood Jaycees sponsor this eighth annual event featuring music, food and refreshments for sale (no glass containers), and a big blaze to keep you warm. Oh, and there’s the beach, in a way you may never have experienced it before. Bring a blanket or beach chair and relax. — Michael Harrington

6 to 10 p.m. Saturday (rain date Nov. 4), 17th and the beach, North Wildwood, N.J., $10; $2 ages 12 and under, wildwoodsnj.com

PARADE

Peoplehood

This totally unique parade returns to Philly for the 18th year with giant, human-powered puppets, crafted costumes and banners for a city-driven celebration of justice, diversity and the arts. This colorful procession is open to any and all who want to participate; you can join in the parade itself, carrying puppets or artwork, and in the “participatory performances” later on in the day. Joy-filled and for a great cause, there is a place for you here. — T.A.L.

1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Paul Robeson House, 4951 Walnut St., free admission, 215-222-6979, spiralq.org.

KIDS

Boo at the Zoo!

Get an early start to next week’s festivities, while visiting feathered, furry, and scaly friends. Arrive in costume for a trick-or-treat safari, run through the hay-bale maze on the Impala Lawn, take in the Extinction Graveyard to learn about disappearing species around the world, take a picture in front of the giant pumpkin wall, and stop by to say “Happy Halloween” to your favorite Zoo resident. — M.H.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Oct. 28 and 29, at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., $23; $19 ages 2 to 11, 215-243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Youth Troupe

Acrobats, equilibrists and jugglers ages 10 to 16 from the Germantown school display their art, including such as tumbling, aerials, tightwire, and unicycling, in a short, intense show. You’ll be amazed! (And maybe pry your couch potatoes from their video games and up on a trapeze.) — M.H.

Noon Saturday, at the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza, Broad and Spruce Streets, free, 215-893-1999 kimmelcenter.org

Movies at the Park

Bundle up and bring a blanket to enjoy the last outdoor movie screening of the season at FDR Park, located on the banks of the Delaware River. A showing of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will follow hours of family-friendly fun, with everything from face painting to bike and boat rides; make sure to reserve a spot on the “mega canoe,” the Canoemobile, to get the kids out on the water, and then settle on the lawn for a showing of the 1982 Steven Spielberg classic about a gentle, stranded alien and his human friend. — T.A.L.

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. activities, 7 p.m. movie screening, Friday, FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.

DANCE

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Back in town for the first time in a decade, the acclaimed troupe (celebrating its 40th aniversary) performs works by William Forsythe, Robyn Mineko Williams, Nacho Duato, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Crystal Pite. — M.H.

8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.,  $32 to $77, 215-898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

STAGE

“Cabaret”

Based on the stage adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical novella about the decadent underbelly of Weimar Germany, the Kander and Ebb musical has eclipsed its sources. The Arden Theatre Company production of the story of a young British ex-pat’s infatuation with a sultry singer finishes its run this weekend. — M.H.

8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St., $37 to $52, 215-922-1122, ardentheatre.org

CLASSICAL

Philadelphia Orchestra / Eighth Blackbird

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Eighth Blackbird

Famed local composer Jennifer Higdon, a winner the Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy, is spotlighted in her brilliant concerto On a Wire, with a  wealth of imaginative sounds you’ve never heard before, played by the six-member ensemble Eighth Blackbird in collaboration with the orchestra. Stéphane Denève returns to lead this amazing work, followed by Mahler’s stirring Symphony No. 1 in D major. — Tom Di Nardo

2 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, $51-$153, 215-893-1999, philorch.org

Piffaro

The esteemed Renaissance band harkens back to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, beginning with Martin Luther’s compositions and their development through the following centuries. The ensemble’s guests for this program are the St. Paul, Minn.-based group the Rose Ensemble and Kiri Tollaksen playing cornetto. — T.D.N.

7:30 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 238th St.,  and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., $29-$49, 215-235-8469, piffaro.org

The Philly Pops

Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Philly Pops mark the 40th anniversary of Star Wars with a concert featuring music by John Williams from all seven movies set in a galaxy far, far away, plus songs from every movie score for which the composer won an Oscar. Costumes are encouraged, so dust off your best Darth Vader or Chewbacca get-up (though given the program, you could go as Jaws’ Bruce the Shark or the titular star of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, if so inclined). Be aware that the forces of the Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion (“Vadr’s Fist”) reenactors will be on hand, so keep your lightsaber and Jedi wiles ready. — M.H.

8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets,  $35 to $145, 215-893-1955, phillypops.org

Jordan Dodson

The standout guitarist plays a recital featuring Jason Eckardt’s intriguing suspension/bridge,  rife with challenging playing techniques such as detuning ringing notes, scraping and snapping the strings, using a pick for fast tremolos, and drumming on the body of the guitar.  The texture of the music alternates between loud outbursts and soft, meditative moments of quiet. The wide-ranging program also includes works by Bach, John Dowland, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Dai Fujikura, and more. — M.H.

3 p.m. Sunday, Eastern University’s McInnis Auditorium, 1300 Eagle Rd., St, Davids, $20; $15 seniors, 610-504-4678, http://www.tricountyconcerts.org

Temple University Symphony Orchestra

André Raphel, no stranger to Philadelphia podiums, returns to lead the young talents in music by Weber, Sibelius and Schubert, plus Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36. — T.D.N.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., free, 215-204-7609, https://events.temple.edu

POP

Orion Tango/Tim Motzer

Though this event celebrates the release of an album (Partly Human) by Philly’s aptly-named Tektonic, along with a rare sighting of Bent Knee, get to Bourbon & Branch early for the eclectic electronics of Orion Tango. Philadelphia guitarist Tim Motzer – the closest thing this area has to a coolly ambient-driven Robert Fripp – is an exquisite experimentalist who has played with David Sylvian, Ursula Rucker, King Britt, and Can’s Jaki Liebezeit. Yet a collaboration such as Orion Tango, performed with Motzer’s longtime musical partner/bassist Barry Meehan and drummer Jeremy Carlstedt, allows for heat and highly physical improvisational interplay to slip into the musical ice floe. Don’t believe me? Check out Orion Tango’s new album, The Apple of No. — A.D. Amorosi

8 p.m. Friday, Bourbon and Branch 705 N Second Street, $8, bourbonandbranchphilly.com

Vita & the Woolf

Fronted by Downingtown native Jennifer Pague, Vita & the Woolf — whose name is inspired by British literary heroines Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf — released their long-time-in-coming synthy soul-pop debut album Tunnels in June. Keyboard player Pague, whose full-throated vocals are often compared to Florence Welch of Florence & the Machine, and drummer Adam Shumski have expanded into a trio with the addition of guitarist Dane Galloway. Baltimore quartet Soul Cannon and Philly trio Ellen Siberian Tiger are also on the bill. — Dan DeLuca

8 p.m. Friday at Johnny Brenda’s,  12-1 N. Frankford Ave. $10-$12. 215-739-9684. johnnybrendas.com.

Radiator Hospital

If you’re partial to crashing pop punk that comes in sharp, melodic bursts, Radiator Hospital play songs you’ll like. Denizens of Philly’s DIY punk scene, the quartet fronted by Sam Cook-Parrott celebrates the release of its fourth album, Play the Songs You Like, in an all-ages show at the Church on Friday. It’s a record about falling in and out of love with music, in tracks hovering around the two-minute mark with knowing titles such as “The People at the Show,” “Dance Number,” “Pastoral Radio Hit” (an anagram for the band’s name), and, yes, “The Songs You Like.” — Steve Klinge

8 p.m. Friday, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. $10. 215-821-7575, r5productions.com.

King Krule

King Krule is 23-year-old skinny British redhead Archy Marshall, who first emerged back in 2010 when he was calling himself Zoo Kid. As King Krule, he constructs avant noir mood pieces that evoke the spooky trip-hop of Tricky and the smokey beatnik romanticism of Tom Waits. Marshall is just out with The Ooz, his first full length effort under the King Krule moniker since 2013’s 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, and it’s quite the captivating soundtrack to Halloween season. — D.D.

8 p.m. Sunday at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. $25. 215-232-2100. utphilly.com.

Colter Wall

He’s 22 but sounds 62 with a two-pack-a-day habit. Colter Wall is a country artist who is the embodiment of “old soul.” On the Canadian’s new self-titled album, that quality extends to his vivid narrative songwriting and is enhanced by the ultra-spare arrangements producer Dave Cobb uses to frame the singer. The result is a resolutely low-key but transfixing set. — Nick Cristiano

With Ian Noe, at 8 p.m. Tuesday at MilkBoy Philadelphia, 1100 Chestnut St. $12 in advance; $15 day of show, 215-925-6455.