City Fitness Commotion

Join City Fitness for a massive live music and fitness party at The Fillmore in celebration of the studio's 11th birthday. Three celebrity fitness trainers will lead a group workout backed by local DJs, and afterward Philly's own Mike Taylor will take to the stage for a live performance. All proceeds will go to Connor Barwin's MTWB Foundation. — Grace Dickinson

7 to 10 p.m. Monday, The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St, $10,

August Twilight in the Gardens

Philadelphia's iconic outdoor mosaic and sculpture installation the Magic Gardens celebrates the waning days of Summer with an evening picnic and music between its glittering walls. Philadelphia band Noggin Hill will play, and teaching artist Zoe Ganslaw will help you try your hand at crafting your own plant holder. The garden suggests that you bring your own drinks, blankets, and snacks. — Thea Applebaum Licht

7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South St. $20 adults, $16 students and seniors, $12 members. 215-733-0390,


Wildwood Restaurant Week

Wildwood Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday. Book a reservation now at one of more than a dozen participating restaurants to enjoy a four-course meal priced at just $30. — G.D.

Aug. 26-30, various locations throughout Wildwood, N.J., $30 for four-course meal,


Roast of Your 15-Year-Old Self

Four comedians take it upon themselves to approach a subject that most people are still trying to forget: themselves at 15. Their imaginative self-critiques will probably dredge up some awful moments in both their lives and yours, and also be pretty ridiculously funny. — T.A.L.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th Street. $12 online. 215-399-1279,


Philadelphia 76ers, Eagles, Flyers, and Phillies Blowout Sale

Calling all Philly sports fans. Lincoln Financial Field is hosting a mega sale this Saturday, featuring up to 90 percent off on a wide array of fan apparel. The sale will be held in the Panasonic Club, with access to the event available through Lot J. — G.D.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Panasonic Club at Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, pay-as-you-go,


Museum Without Walls Bike Tour

Pedal your way through West Fairmount Park and learn about historic artworks along the way in the Museum Without Walls Bike Tour, a collaboration between the Association for Public Art and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. The leisurely ride will cover seven miles, passing by the Horticulture Center and an array of public works. — G.D.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, starts at the Iroquois sculpture, 552 N .24th St, $5,

An Afternoon Out with Our Dearly Departed

Put together a picnic and dine with some of Philadelphia's older, more dignified residents: those of Laurel Hill Cemetery's Victorian natives. Period dress is encouraged, but make sure that you are comfortable enough to come along on a guided walking tour through the gardens, artwork, and old architecture that make up the hillside. — T.A.L.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Ave. $15 adults, $13 students and seniors, $12 members. 215-228-8200,


“Fancy Nancy”-themed Disney Junior Play Date

In celebration of back-to-school season, Philadelphia Premium Outlets is hosting an afternoon playdate themed around Disney Junior's animated family comedy Fancy Nancy. Families are invited to gather in the Outlets' Center Court, where individuals can also enter to win a $50 Fancy Nancy shopping spree from the on-site Disney store. — G.D.

Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Center Court of Philadelphia Premium Outlets, 18 West Lightcap Rd., Pottstown, free,

Enjoy an adults-only scavenger hunt throughout the historic Cliveden mansion this Friday evening.
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
Enjoy an adults-only scavenger hunt throughout the historic Cliveden mansion this Friday evening.


Clues and Booze and Chews adult scavenger hunt at Cliveden

Explore the historic Cliveden mansion while engaging in an adults-only scavenger hunt this Friday, promising a night full of riddle-solving and friendly competition. Each $30 ticket includes two drink tickets, food, and entry into the game. Arrive at 6 p.m. for a mini-tour of Cliveden; game time commences at 7 p.m. — G.D.

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave, $30,


I Love the 90s

Biz Markie
Biz Markie

Philly's new old-school FM station, REAL 106.1, is hosting an era-specific show of surprisingly spicy, early hip-hop and rap-pop acts such as the femme-empowered Salt-N-Pepa, the deep-voiced Tone Loc, the risqué 2 Live Crew, Coolio, Biz Markie, Rob Base, and others. — A.D. Amorosi

7:30 p.m., Friday, BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, $29.50-$65,


If ever there was a perfect evening to be had, it's this teaming of impure folk psychedelic disciples. Andy Cabic's Vetiver – a collection of movable musician parts with engineer-producer Thom Monahan – has handcrafted shape-shifting urbane folk since his eponymous 2004 album debut, the same year that Philadelphia's Espers made their eponymous album debut. Their acid-Fairport Convention vibe lifted Greg Weeks, Meg Baird, Brooke Sietinsons, Helena Espvall, and Otto Hauser from their rural, ancient roots while tying them to folk's traditions. While Vetiver continued making albums (see the recent Complete Strangers), Espers faded into the real life of new families and big jobs after 2009's III. This, then, should make for one exciting reunion. — A.D.A.

8:30 p.m. Friday, at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., $25,

Rodney Crowell

On his new Acoustic Classics album, Rodney Crowell revisits a handful of songs from throughout his career, including a pair from his debut album, Ain't Living Long Like This, which came out 40 years ago this month. He could easily have swapped a different dozen or two from the many country hits he has written for himself and others, not to mention some classics that weren't commercial standouts (for instance, pretty much anything from 2001's The Houston Kid). He's now an elder statesman of Americana: Last year's vibrant Close Ties included songs steeped in country blues, vintage rock and roll, and folk ballads — and a wonderful duet with his ex, Rosanne Cash. Friday, he'll bring his expansive set of classics to World Café Live. — Steve Klinge

8 p.m. Friday, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. $47. 215-222-1400,

Jeff Lynne’s ELO

After the Electric Light Orchestra disbanded in 1986, drummer Bev Bevan continued the brand as ELO Part II. Although Jeff Lynne reclaimed the ELO name for 2001's Zoom, he toured little until a few years ago. So the landing of Jeff Lynne's ELO at the Wells Fargo Center is cause for nostalgic celebration. With their proggy sci-fi ambitions and Beatleseque melodies, ELO was one of the weirdest of pop hit makers of the '70s, equally versed in early rock-and-roll (their elaborate cover of "Roll Over Beethoven"), power pop ("Do Ya," a carryover from their roots in the Move), string-laden ballads (the lovely "Can't Get It Out of My Head"), and disco ("Xanadu"). And, although ubiquitous, "Mr. Blue Sky" is still magnificent. — Steve Klinge

8 p.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $69.50-$179.50. 215-336-3600,

Smokey Robinson

Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson on stage to present at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.
Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT
Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson on stage to present at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

One of the video clips that surfaced last week after the passing of Aretha Franklin was from the old Soul Train TV show, a spine-tingling duet between her and fellow Detroiter Smokey Robinson on the latter's "Ooh Baby Baby." While the Queen of Soul is gone, at 78 the seemingly ageless Robinson carries on. One of the prime architects of the Motown empire as a hit-making singer and writer, Robinson is no longer penning the kind of classics that earned him the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music. But he remains an energetic and engaging performer, as you can hear on the new garage-soul remake of his 1987 hit "One Heartbeat" with the song's writer, Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray. — Nick Cristiano

8 p.m. Saturday, at the Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. Tickets: $39.50 to $129.50. 215-546-7900.

Sounds of Inspiration

Head out to Penn's Landing on Saturday to enjoy a gospel showcase expected to draw thousands to the waterfront for an afternoon of inspirational tunes. More than 10 artists will take to the stage to perform contemporary gospel, traditional hymns, and songs of praise. — Grace Dickinson

3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., free,