Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 9:32 AM
DANCE Swan Lake
The Pennsylvania Ballet has been dancing Christopher Wheeldon’s reimagined Swan Lake since 2004. But artistic director Angel Corella prefers a more traditional version. So this season he continues his re-creations of the full-length story ballets by reworking the classic Petipa choreography. Tickets are available for a selection of matinee and evening performances. — Ellen Dunkel
Through March 18, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., $59 and up, 215-893-1999, paballet.org
ART PARTIES InLiquid Gallery Grand Opening Reception
Nonprofit InLiquid Art + Design has officially opened its first permanent gallery space in the home of the Crane Arts building. Join the artist group for a celebration of the new space, and view the current monthlong exhibition Entrances and Exits, a playful examination of surface and the classically perceived picture plane. As you peruse, enjoy small bites as well as cocktails and Philadelphia Brewing Co. beer available throughout the reception. — Grace Dickinson
6-8 p.m. Wednesday, The InLiquid Gallery at Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street, Studio 108, free, 215-235-3405, inliquid.org
Fringe Arts Gala
The gala is a celebration of dance not limited to the professionals. Twenty performers, ranging from children to seniors and including people of different abilities, will share their forms of dance. French choreographer Jérôme Bel has put together a truly special show, and one that shares little with any dance interpretation you’ve seen before. — Thea Applebaum Licht
8 p.m. Friday, FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. $29 standard, $15 students and 25 and under, $31 FringeAccess Members only. 215-413-9006, fringearts.com/
FILM Ghostbusters Cult Movie Night and Trivia
Who you gonna call when you’re looking for something to do on a Wednesday night? Ghostbusters! Head to the Theater of Living Arts for a free movie night, prefaced by a two-hour trivia session that kicks off at 6 p.m. Test your knowledge of the 1980s cult classic and compete for prizes sponsored by Atomic City Comics before settling in for a screening of the movie at 8 p.m. — G.D.
6 p.m. Wednesday, Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., free, 215-922-1011, venue.tlaphilly.com
Beyond encompassing the second-largest mall in America, King of Prussia is also home to an array of delicious restaurant options. Through Sunday, more than 20 of the area’s eateries are participating in Restaurant Week, offering diners prix-fixe deals at prices ranging from $10 to $20 for lunch and $20 to $40 for dinner. From seafood spots to Mexican joints to steakhouses, the options are vast — check out the list online and book a reservation. — G.D.
Through March 11, select restaurants throughout King of Prussia, $10-$40, 484-681-9452, visitkop.com
CRAFTS “Well Sewn Style” Beginner Sewing Boot Camp
This daylong sewing class will help you develop the skill set you need to craft your own clothing from scratch. Join other novice sewers to work on beginner-level projects you can tackle with no previous experience: patterns and fabric, as well as light refreshments, will be provided. — T.A.L.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, MaKen Studios North, 3525 I St. $165 online. http://www.wellsewnstyle.com/
OUTDOORS Starry Night Hike at Brandywine Creek State Park
Wish upon a shooting star at Brandywine Creek State Park’s Starry Night Hike, where all eyes turn to the sky during an after-dark adventure led by the park’s naturalists. The two-hour walk will take you through the park’s meadows and trails, as experts point out starry constellations, cloud formations, moon phases, and more. Preregistration is encouraged; call the park’s nature center at 302-655-5740. — G.D.
7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, Brandywine Creek State Park, 302-655-5740, 41 Adams Dam Rd., Wilmington, $5, facebook.com
ACROBATICS + FAMILY Tom Meinhold Photography The Peking Acrobats will appear at the Annenberg Center. The Peking Acrobats
Clad in colorful costumes, the Peking Acrobats head to the Zellerbach Theatre this weekend for two animated, family-friendly performances that go beyond classic circus antics. The world-record-setting troupe will tumble and somersault their way across the stage, while simultaneously engaging in activities like juggling and trick-cycling to test mankind’s limits and wow audiences of all ages. — G.D.
March 9 and 10, Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St., $30-$57, 215-898-3900, annenbergcenter.org
The Philly Pops are bringing Broadway to the Kimmel in a series of performances scheduled through this Sunday. Enjoy hits from popular shows including Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady, Cats, Wicked, and more. Vocalists Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan, and Christopher Sieber — who have performed more than two dozen Broadway shows collectively — will join the Philly Pops onstage to add to the musical celebration. — G.D.
Through Sunday, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., $35 and up, 215-893-1999, phillypops.org
MUSIC The Revolution Richard Hartog/Los Angeles Times/TNS Prince performs “Purple Rain” as the opening act during the 46th annual Grammy Awards show on Feb. 8, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The band that backed Prince on much of the purple wonder’s greatest music, the Revolution, was first mentioned in the fine print on 1982’s 1999, fully credited on Purple Rain, and on hand through the Around the World in a Day and Parade sessions. After Prince’s death in 2016, band members Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Brown Mark, Bobby Z., and Matt “Doctor” Fink (the keyboard player who wears scrubs and a surgical mask), the Revolution reformed. They perform Prince material only from the 1980s period they were in his employ, and are happy to let the audience help sing his songs. — D.D.
“World’s Greatest Bar Band.” NRBQ has often been called that, with reason. But the description also sells the group a little short. It doesn’t hint at the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet’s offbeat originality – the expansive stylistic breath, the instrumental virtuosity, the ragged charm, and the sheer, infectious joy in music-making that the players exude. You can hear it on the band’s self-titled 1969 debut, just reissued this week. And even though singer-keyboardist Terry Adams is the only remaining charter member, that spirit has carried through to the latest incarnation of the group and its recent EP, Happy Talk. Be prepared for a fun night. — Nick Cristiano
With the Pete Donnelly Combo featuring Jim Boggia, 9 p.m. Friday, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. Tickets: $25 and $27. 215-627-1332, www.undergroundarts.org.
Beth Ditto spent the first dozen years of the millennium as the loud and proud frontwoman of indie garage-rock dance band Gossip, starting with 2001’s That’s Not What I Heard in 2001 and ending the run with A Joyful Noise in 2012. Now, the Arkansas native born Mary Beth Patterson has gone solo. Last year’s Fake Sugar Ditto debut is fashioned as a conscious return to her Southern roots for the singer who’s vocal power has often drawn comparisons to Etta James. The production goes too far in smoothing out her rough edges, but that’s not likely to be a problem when Ditto headlines Union Transfer this weekend with New York singer-songwriter SSION (pronounced “shun”) opening. — D.D.
Flaming Lips George Salisbury The Flaming Lips
Since opening in January, the Xcite Center at Parx Casino in Bensalem has aggressively entered the marketplace with a solid slate of classic rock acts, comedians, and long-established country stars. Things get hipper this weekend when the 1,500-capacity venue, which is being booked by heavyweight concert promotion company AEG Live, hosts confetti-spewing psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips. Can Wayne Coyne and the Lips pucker up and maintain their coolness factor — most recently displayed on last year’s Oczy Mlody (Polish words that loosely translate to “eyes of the young”) and their 2016 collaboration with Coyne’s BFF Miley Cyrus on her album Her Dead Petz — in a casino showroom? Chances are, Coyne’s acid-test boy-in-a-bubble showmanship will mesh nicely — if strangely — with the shiny new surroundings. — Dan DeLuca
The one-time Rufus growler and solo R&B sensualist could purr the phone book and make it sound naughty. Smash hits such as “Through the Fire,” “I Feel for You,” “Sweet Thing,” and “Tell Me Something Good” will simply melt from her mouth. Yet, the legendary Khan – like her fellow unpredictable soul queens Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin – can steer off course and far from any script. That’s what might make this evening amazing: that anything can and will happen when Chaka comes to call. — A.D. Amorosi
8 p.m. Sunday, Tower Theatre, 19 S. 69th Street at Ludlow St., $45-$145, Ticketmaster.com
Grant-Lee Phillips / Kristin Hersh
While this co-headlining bill of the former leaders of Grant Lee Buffalo and Throwing Muses might appear to be a nostalgia trip to the ’90s, both Grant-Lee Phillips and Kristin Hersh continue to make vital, relevant music. Phillips’ new Widdershins is a stirring set of politically frustrated narratives such as “Totally You Gunslinger,” an examination of American gun culture. After reviving Throwing Muses for 2013’s worthy Purgatory / Paradise, Hersh released the excellent solo album Wyatt at the Coyote Palace in 2016. (She’s also been writing prose: Check out her memoir about her friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt, Don’t Suck, Don’t Die). Phillips and Hersh will have broad and deep catalogs to draw from in their solo sets. — Steve Klinge
8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. $22. 267-639-4528, bootandsaddlephilly.com.