Skirmish in Haddonfield
Things will get rowdy Saturday at the Indian King Tavern on Kings Highway, but it won't be drinking that's the cause — it'll be educational. The 1750 establishment was a center of activity during the American Revolution, with British, Hessian, and Continental troops alternating as occupiers (and its cellar used as a holding tank for Loyalists, deserters, and other prisoners). The fifth annual reeanctment at the tavern marks the 239th anniversary of the British occupation of Haddonfield, with the First Battalion of New Jersey Volunteers (Red Coats) taking on the Conintentals of Second Pennsylvania Regiment. The battle starts promptly at 1 p.m. — the British always were punctual — but there will be tours, drills, and a chance to visit area merchants (welcoming, though they will rattled by rumors of looting and pillaging). Watch out for the Red Coats while walking the street — word is, they will be taking prisoners. — Michael Harrington
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Indian King Tavern, 233 Kings Highway E., Haddonfield. Free, 856-429-6792, www.indiankingfriends.org.
Finishing up their exhibit of art-to-wear made from found objects, whose title is meant to evoke camouflage, artist / provocateur Julia Nitsberg and jewelrymaker Masha Avina present a fashion show of reconstructed haute couture made from what has been discarded, featuring jackets, military uniforms, underwear (if you dare), printed T-shirts, intricate headpieces, necklaces, and rings. The collection arises from the "idea of camouflage as a way to disguise something and to make believe or pretend it to be something else." You can try some, buy some. — M.H.
Through Saturday, closing reception and fashion show 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, PII Gallery 242 Race St. Free, 732-668-4735, http://piigallery.com/.
The Chester County collective Art Trust is basing its shows this year on board games such as Twister and Candyland. This installment is based on Milton Bradley's 1965 test of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills (we've all heard the buzzer go off in the game "Operation" and seen the tubby patient's bulbous nose light up when the tweezers touched the battery-powered electric loops while the contestant tried to remove the Funny Bone or Charley Horse). But this show is not all fun and games, getting to the darker issues of bodily fragility and mortality that, even as kids, we could intuit while laughing our way through shortening the life expectancy of the subject (hey, he had a mordant name — Cavity Sam). The four ceramic artists represented in the show — Mary Cloonan, Pam Lethbridge, Sandy Malamed, and Eileen O’Donnell — use the theme to explore the physical and spiritual issues we all confront (with a few laughs along the way). — M.H.
Opening reception 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, exhibit through July 28, at the Art Trust Gallery at the Meridian Bank, 16 W. Market St., West Chester. Free, 484-301-2784, http://www.thearttrust.org.
Kate DiCamillo’s novel, about a toy rabbit’s global travels from a child’s room to the bottom of the sea to a trash heap to a moving train to the banks of the Mississippi, is given a musical adaptation by Dwayne Hartford, Erik Hellman, and Jessie Fisher. The People’s Light production (best for ages 8 and older) finishes its run this weekend. — M.H.
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern. $23-$53, 610-644-3500, peopleslight.org.
Make your own wind sock (come on, you know you've alweays wanted to), and discover how your creation can reveal the direction and speed of air currents, then take in the wonders of the 92-acre Morris Arboretum, a local gem. — M.H.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. $17; $15 seniors; $9 ages 3 to 17; under age 3 free (included garden admission), 215-247-5777, www.morrisarboretum.org.
Based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir, James Kent’s 2014 drama follows a young woman (Alicia Vikander) who leaves her Oxford studies to become a nurse, while her brother and his friends throw themselves in the meatgrinder on the Western Front. — M.H.
7 p.m. Friday, the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield. Free, 484-574-1148, www.delcopeacecenter.org.
Taking its cue from Francis and the Lights’ minimalist dance-pop gem of the same name, this piece is billed as “an exploration of intimacy.” The collaboration by the inventive No Face Performance Group and choreographer Melissa Krodman promises to blur the boundaries between dancers and audience. — M.H.
7 and 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. $20, $15 students, 215-413-1318, fringearts.com.
Celebrating Louis Scaglione’s 20th anniversary as maestro, the orchestra, Mendelssohn Club, and Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale will tackle Carl Orff’s lusty, familiar Carmina Burana, with soloists Alexandra Nowakowski, soprano, Eric Rieger, tenor, and John Viscardi, baritone. The program is also graced by outstanding violinist Michael Ludwig, who will solo in Glazunov's Violin Concerto in A minor, and a work by the first Young Composers Competition winner Alan Mackwell, III. Secretly Ramses the Second. — Tom Di Nardo
3 p.m. Sunday, the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. $15-$25, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.
The superb saxophone quartet, now boasting a hot new CD, Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 (Innova) and national renown, continues its important Heritage/Evolution project, with famed Grammy-winning tenor-sax man Lovano as guest artist. The program will feature new compositions by the winner of the PRISM/Walden School Commissioning Award, Reiny Rolock, and gifted PRISM member Matthew Levy, whose works continue to impress and expand the literature. — T.D.N.
8 p.m. Saturday, Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. $20, 215-925-9914, https://paintedbride.org.
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Now 63, it has a been long time since Robert Cray was the bright young hope of the blues, with a string of memorable 1980s albums that played out consistently imaginative takes on the old country and blues staple: the cheating song. He has had a solid and steady career ever since, but he hits a fresh highlight on a new album that pairs him with the musicians who backed Al Green on Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records prodcuctions in the 1970s. Covering lesser-known soul classics and working with force-of-nature drummer Steve Jordan and a three-piece horn section, Cray was startlingly good last month at the Non-Commvention at the World Cafe Live, and he returns this weekend for a show at the Keswick Theatre. — Dan DeLuca
8 p.m. Friday, the Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. $29.50-$69.50, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
Elizabeth Zharoff + Xavier Foley
Ever wonder this? “Where do the worlds of opera and videogame music intersect?” The answer should come during World Cafe Live’s next LiveConnection’s affair when two Curtis Institute of Music alums, double bassist Xavier Foley and operatic soprano Elizabeth Zharoff — composers both — team with a fellow Curtis grad, pianist Michelle Cann, and Fourte (a string quartet from the All-City Orchestra) to show off what it means to love the silken tones of classical traditionalism and videogame soundtracks by playing newly penned acoustic and electronic gamer tunes. — A.D. Amorosi
8 p.m. Friday, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. $18; $13 students, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
The four men in the pop-savvy rock band Phoenix are Frenchmen, townies from the Louis XIV tourist town of Versailles. But on their new album, Te Amo, due out next Friday, the Thomas Mars-fronted quartet indulge their affection for Italy with a synth-and-guitar happy, summery sound that, in the band's own words, is “a record about our European Latin roots, a fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers ... juke-boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroiani, fearless desire, and antique marble statues." Phoenix begin their world tour Friday night in Philadelphia, with the Lemon Twigs opening. — D.D.
9 p.m. Friday, the Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St. $54, 800-745-3000, fillmorephilly.com.
When blue-eyed soul and jazz singer/composer Bobby Caldwell hooked up with hip-hop/electro producer Jack Splash for Cool Uncle in 2015, it was a match made in modernist heaven, a nu-disco sound, and an elegant merging of their skills and thrills. That teaming set the bar (and new agenda) for like-minded pairings such as Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One for a duo named Tuxedo and its eponymous albums and, now, Tuxedo II. From songs such as “2nd Time Around” to “Livin’ for Your Lovin’,” the whole Tuxedo affair is a cross between Shalimar, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, and pre-“Word Up” Cameo. — A.D.A.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. $20-$79, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.
There’s truth in advertising in this band’s name, which was listed from a 1974 John Lee Hooker album. Led by guitarists Paul “Top Dollar” Major (also a noted record collector and author of the new memoir Feel the Music) and Jesper “The Governor” Eklow, Endless Boogie specialize in lengthy, hypnotic, one- and two-chord boogie blues that delivers a minimalist punch in the gut. “Back in ’74,” the lead cut from the band’s new album, Vibe Killer, concerns a psychedelic experience at a KISS concert at a St. Louis kite festival in 1974. — D.D.
9 p.m. Sunday, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. $10-$12, 215-739-9684. johnnybrendas.com.