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WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Celebrate Mardi Gras, dance, throat singing and more

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Good times roll
XFinity Live: Wear your purple, yellow and green and enjoy live performances by Drop Dead Sexy during Mardi Gras 2017, starting at 9 p.m. Feb. 25. The fun features beads, contests, a $500 cash balloon drop, stilt walkers, hula hoopers and more. The venue is at 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia. See more at www.xfinitylive.com/entertainment/event/10898#sthash.wmj5QYzc.dpuf.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: It’s a Mardi Gras Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 featuring Dave Posmontier and His Dixie Kings. Tickets are $25, including refreshments and beverages. Feather masks and beads will be available. The church is at 7809 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Visit www.stpaulsfriends.org or call (215) 635-4185.
Guitar summit
Montgomery County Community College: “Chord Nation,” Monnette Sudler’s eighth annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit, starts at 8 p.m. March 4. Scheduled to perform in the Science Center Theater are M’oud Swing Moroccan Oriental Jazz; Paul Bollenback Portraits of Space and Time Quartet with Orin Evans, Mike Boone and Byron Landham; Gloria Galanta Harp Jazz Ensemble and kora solist Nasir Dickerson. The college is at DeKalb Pike and Morris Road, Whitpain. Get tickets at www.mc3.edu/livelyarts.
Art appreciation
Philadelphia Museum of Art: “American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent” opens March 1 and continues through May 14. The special exhibition requires reserved tickets, with additional admission cost of $5 after general admission of $20, $18 for seniors 65+, $14 for students and youths 13-18. Pay-what-you-wish admission does not apply. The museum is at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Visit www.philamuseum.org.
Barnes Foundation: “Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie” features works by more than 50 international artists who have taken to the street to play detective, make maps, scavenge and shop for new materials, launch guerrilla campaigns, and make spectacles of themselves to speak to issues such as commodity fetishism, gentrification, gender politics, globalization, racism and homelessness. Check it out Feb. 25-May 22 in the Roberts Gallery, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Book tickets at (215) 278-7000 or www.barnesfoundation.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.
Brandywine River Museum of Art: “From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art” is on display Feb. 25-May 21. The exhibition reflects the diversity of style and expression in American art created between 1870 and 1950. The museum is off of Route 1, Chadds Ford. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for students and children ages 6-18, free on the first Sunday of the month. Visit www.brandywine.org or call (610) 388-2700.
Live music
Indian Crest Middle School: On Feb. 26 it’s the third annual Community Band Festival, featuring the Montgomery County Concert Band, the Pottsgrove Community Band and the Quakertown Band at 2 p.m. There will be refreshments after the concert at Indian Crest, 139 Harleysville Pike, Franconia Township. Admission is free. Visit www.montcoband.org.
James A. Michener Art Museum: The next Jazz Night features Aaron Graves and his quartet 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 25. Tickets are $53, $25 for students and include an hors d’oeuvre reception and open galleries. Advance registration is required by calling (215) 340-9800. The museum is at 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown.
Centre Theater: Steve Kramer presents a free concert of classical music at 3 p.m. March 5 at the theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown. See https://www.facebook.com/Centretheater.
Kimmel Center: Philly POPS presents “Blockbuster Broadway” with David Charles Abell, Hugh Panaro, Rachel York and Alli Mauzey at 8 p.m. Feb. 24, 3 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26 in Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The program will include showstoppers from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “Into the Woods,” “Wicked” and more. Tickets range from $35-$145. Go to www.phillypops.com/concerts-events/2016-17-season/blockbuster-broadway.
Lancaster Roots & Blues: Held Feb. 24-26 at several downtown Lancaster venues, the complete schedule and ticket information is available at www.lancsterrootsandblues.com.
World Cafe Live: The Harlem Quartet will collaborate with Latin jazz percussionist Arturo Stable at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $25, $18 for students. Visit www.liveconnections.org.
Haverford College: Pianist Sean Chen will perform a program including Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 in Roberts Hall’s Marshall Auditorium, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for youths 7-17. Call (610) 896-1011 or check www.haverford.edu/music.
State Theatre, Boyertown: Tachyonmetry, an alternative folk group from Bucks County, will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at 61 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at www.statetheatrepreservation.com, Patsy’s Potpourri of Gifts, Barry Bachman Music Store, Peppermint Stick, Zimmers Pets and The Center at Spring Street. Call (484) 415-5517 or email statetheatrepreservation@gmail.com.
Swarthmore College: Roomful of Teeth, a Grammy-winning project that performs classical singing, throat singing and even yodeling, presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Lang Music Building Concert Hall, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. For reservations, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/roomful-of-teeth-performance-tickets-29417325011.
Fresh air
Norristown Farm Park: Take a closer look at maple trees and maple sugar at 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Hear a Native American legend about the discovery of sap. Learn about the history of sugar-making and how maple syrup is made from sap. Taste maple sugar and pure maple syrup, and compare it with commercial varieties. Maple candy will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required for this free event for adults and children 6 and older. Call (610) 270-0215. Meet at the pavilions.
Green Lane Park: Are you getting cabin fever? Bundle up and join a free “Cabin Fever Hike” at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 on the Orange Trail in Green Lane Park. Warm and sturdy footwear is recommended, as the trail can be muddy in certain places. The program will meet at the “Lost Corner” parking lot, Deep Creek Road and Snyder Road, Marlborough Township. This program is appropriate for adults and children 9 and older. To pre-register, call (215) 234-4528.
Winter chores … and fastnachts?
Peter Wentz Farmstead: How hard was winter for a Pennsylvanian German family in colonial times? Find out between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester. Work still took place outside, while other chores occurred inside an only slightly warmer house. One of the indoor chores was preparing for the start of Lent by using some of the indulgent ingredients in the kitchen, such as butter, sugar, eggs and potatoes to produce fried potato donuts. Hearth cook Deborah Peterson will make these and other pre-Lenten treats in the Summer Kitchen. Tours of the historic Wentz home will be offered on the hour throughout the day, with a focus on the different methods of staying warm during the 18th century. The tour will finish in the outer kitchen where additional activities will be demonstrated. Watch as the staff makes tallow candles made from beef fat and prepares a hearty soup with herbs and vegetables dried during the growing season. Suggested donation is $2 per person.
Prep for spring
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The 2017 Greater Philadelphia RV Show happens noon to 8:30 p.m. March 2-3, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5 at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Tickets are $11 (cash only), free to children under 12. Call (800) 290-6886.
Culinary wizardry
SteelStacks: Seventeen restaurants will serve up dishes made with Girl Scout Cookies during the third annual Girl Scout Cookie Crunch 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 26. Included are savory fare like lemon ricotta gnocchi made with Lemonades and Caribbean chicken meatballs with roasted tomato sauce and Caramel deLITES, as well as sweet treats like strawberry shortcake cream cheese bites featuring Shortbreads and Lemonades. Sample the culinary creations and vote for your favorites. Youths 18 and under can also vote for the winner of the Kid’s Choice Award. All adult guests will take home a box of the new S’Mores cookies, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout cookie sale. The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets are $30, $15 for children 12 and under and active Girl Scouts 17 and under. Go to www.steelstacks.org/cookiecrunch or call (610) 332-3378.
Black History Month
African American Museum in Philadelphia: Current exhibits include “Shawn Theodore: Church of Broken Pieces,” a photographic exploration of the psychic, physical and technological translocation of black America; “Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A.,” takes viewers on a journey through this historic neighborhood; and “Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action,” an exhibition presented by the American Friends Service Committee that explores nonviolence as a way to build justice, overcome oppression and prevent violence. The museum is at 701 Arch St., Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $14, $10 for children 4-12, students and seniors. Go to www.aampmuseum.org.
Upper Merion Township Library: On Feb. 25 it’s a special day of exhibitions and programs that explore black history 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, Upper Merion. There will be vendors, a kids craft and activities, a Daisy Century Historical Interpreter, soul food lunch samplers, step dancing, music by Joe Patterson and his band.
Love being at home
Coventry Mall: The Pottstown Family and Home Expo returns to the area 2 to 9 p.m. March 3, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 4 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 5. The three-day event offers homeowners a chance to meet with experts to talk about indoor or outdoor home projects. The schedule includes the Pottstown Frosts professional bakers competition, a poetry workshop and pet rock craft for kids, “Build a Better Birdhouse,” a live broadcast from Mix 106’s Chio in the Morning, the Pottstown Chops chefs cooking competition and more. For more information, visit www.pottstownfamilyandhomeexpo.com or www.facebook.com/pottstownfamilyandhomeexpo.
On stage
Swarthmore College: Sydney Dance Company appears at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Lang Performing Arts Center’s Pearson-Hall Theater, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Admission is free. For information, call (610) 328-8260.
Perkiomen Valley Middle School East: “Seussical Jr.” is presented in the Spahr Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Feb. 25 and 1 p.m. Feb. 26. The school is at 98 Kagey Road, Perkiomen Township. Tickets are $10. Email skk6501@comcast.net.
Dock Mennonite Academy Early Childhood-Grade 8 Campus: “Godspell Jr.” is performed at 7 p.m. March 3 and 2:30 and 7 p.m. March 4 at the school (formerly Penn View Christian School), 420 Godshall Road, Franconia Township. Tickets are $8, $4 for children and seniors. Order tickets online at www.dock.org.

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