Each day we dig into a different category of our listings database to compile a to-do list of our favorite entries. Today, Diana Palmieri rounds up a week's worth of classes/workshops and food/drink events.
■ MAKING EVERY MARKETING DOLLAR COUNT! Do you need more ideas, clients, and money to make a solid marketing campaign? Before plotting to sabotage or steal from competitors, learn how to do more with less at this marketing workshop with Lee Swartz of Black Lion Marketing and Yoon Cannon of Paramount Business Coach, Tue., March 15, 8:30-10am, FREE, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 252 W. Swamp Rd., Doylestown, 215-348-3913.
■ PDP PRESENTS CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS In this open workshop, Christopher Williams teaches the art of puppet manipulation as dancers assume the roles of puppeteer and puppet. Sat., March 12, 1 p.m., $15, Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St., 215-569-4060.
■ PSU PHILA MASTER GARDENERS: "SMALL SPACE GARDENING" Is your small space keeping your green thumb from ... being green? Learn how to make the most of your four-feet-by-two-feet patch of dirt at this Small Space Gardening workshop. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. with Lucille Amadie and Sue Sipos, Philadelphia County Master Gardeners. Sat., March 12, 9:30-11 a.m., $10, Fairmount Park, Horticulture Center, North Horticultural Dr. & Mon.tgomery Ave., 215-471-2200.
■ TRAVELS AT TWELVE: THE LAND OF MORNING CALM Journey to the ancient and modern gardens of Korea in less than an hour with Dongah Shin as she relays stories from her travels. No need to bring your passport. Thu., March 10, 12-1 p.m., FREE, The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, 610-328-8023.
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■ A TASTE OF THAILAND: COOKING CLASS Have you ever cooked with lemon.grass, kaffir lime, coconut milk or galangal? Come relish the burst of new flavors you'll experience at this afternoon cooking class. Sat., March 12, 1 p.m., $65, Under the Oak Cafe, 804 Oak Ln. Ave., 215-924-1410.
■ AN AFTERNOON IN PARIS LUNCHEON Maternity Care Collection celebrates mothers with all things mothers love: food, entertainment, music, raffles, and fashion at this “An Afternoon in Paris” lunch. Sat., March 12, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Millennium Hall, 1200 Market St., 215-971-0700.
■ BREWER'S PLATE: FAIR FOOD'S FUNDRAISER Enjoy hours of noshing and drinking courtesy of more than 50 of the best local establishments. And it's all for charity. Sun., March 13, 5-8 p.m., $45-$125, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St., 215-898-4000.
■ BRUNCH ITALIANO COOKING CLASS Proprieter for La Cucina at the Market, Anna Maria Florio, will teach you how to make an Italian brunch. You can trust her guidance of preparing specialties such as gnocchi and frittata; her name ends in vowels. Sat., March 12, 11am-1 p.m., $55, Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch sts., 215-922-2317.
■ PASTA CLASS Spend the night in Italy at this pasta making class at Osteria. Learn authentic recipes for pasta and ravioli, then devour similar creations. The only Italian you'll need is "Mangia!" Tue., March 15, 6:30-9 p.m., $175, Osteria, 640 N. Broad St., 215-763-0920.
■ WINE CLASS: WINES OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL Drink some of the tastiest wines, like Vinho Verde, Tempranillo or Albarino straight out of Spain and Portugal. You’ll have just as much fun drinking them as you’ll have pronouncing them. Wed., March 16, 6:30-8 p.m., FREE, Pinot Wine Boutique, 227 Market St., 215-627-9463.
■ WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA: WINE CLASS Learn about the best grapes and wines from Chile and Argentina. Finally, you’ll be able to brag that drinking actually was educational. Fri., March 11, 7-8:30 p.m., $39, Pinot Wine Boutique, 227 Market St., 215-627-9463.
➤ AROUSE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BRUNCH If March Arouse didn't kick your ass too much, come to the follow-up brunch. The whole place is rented out, and the menu includes yummy items with vegan/vegetarian options. The cash bar will offer $5 mimosas and bloody marys. RSVP (a must) to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and number in your party. Sun., March 13, 12-2 p.m., $20, Marathon Grill, 1818 Market St., 215-564-4745.
➤ DANCING WITH MYSELF: A CELEBRATION OF SOLO SEX Drag and burlesque performances by ScrewSmart, Ms. Mary Wanna, and Chlamydia Dell'Arte along with DJs Gonza and Kit help the crowd rejoice in self-love and -loving. Cash bar will be available. Proceeds benefit ScrewSmart, a sex-positive queer sex education group. Fri., March 11, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $5-$10, Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., myspace.com/dangerdangergallery.
➤ DOMINATRIX GAYBINGO It's time the collared and cuffed spin on the classic game. Proceeds benefit the AIDS Fund. Sat., March 12, 7-10 p.m., $20-$25, Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., 215-545-4400.
➤ DRAGAPALOOZA: BROADWAY DIVAS Divas from Philly and abroad perform tunes from Wicked, Chicago, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Rent, Gypsy, and more. Hosted by Brittany Lynn, the show divas include Joey Josephs, Alexis Cartier, Isis and Jason Cozmo, Navaya Shay, Cherry Pop, Mrs. Pinklewinkle, Omyra Lynn and Diana Dharling. Sat., March 12, 8-11 p.m., $25-$45, Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St., 215-735-5772.
➤ LGBT ADOPTION CAFE The National Adoption Center presents this informational session with adoptive parents in the LGBT community, adoption agencies, and social workers. A light dinner is included. RSVP at email@example.com or call Beth Vogel at 215-735-9988 ext. 304. Thu., March 10, 6-8 p.m., FREE, Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen St., 215-843-8051.
➤ MEN OF ALL COLORS TOGETHER’S THEATRE OF UNDERSTANDING This open discussion focuses on race, particularly racism, myths about race, social disparities, and how it is divisive in the gay community. Sat., March 12, 2-5 p.m., FREE, William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., 215-732-2220.
➤ PGMC AUDITIONS Try out to join Philly's premiere gay men's chorus and sing at their June concert. Email Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus to secure a slot. Wed., March 16, 5:45-6:45 p.m., FREE, Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2111 Sansom St., iagsdc.org/indsquares.
➤ PGMC DANCE AUDITIONS The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus is looking for volunteer dancers, both male and female, to accompany its June 18 shows. Dancers should be familiar with boy-band choreography from doo-wop to hip hop. Rehearsal will be Tue.sday nights from mid-April to mid-June, and dress rehearsal is June 17. Sat., March 12, 2-6 p.m., FREE, Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2111 Sansom St., iagsdc.org/indsquares.
➤ SIRENS AUDITION Come show off your moves for a chance at a guest or regular spot with the women's nightlife dance troupe. Get there by 10 to try out and 11 to watch. Fri., March 11, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., FREE, Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St., 215-735-0735.
➤ BACK TO THE ’80s This members-only '80s party is more adventurous than any you've been to before, featuring couples and ladies only. Come in your favorite retro outfit and boogie to '80s hair bands, new wave and Top 40. Rad. Sat., March 12, 9 p.m.-3am, $15-$80, Pleasure Garden Club, 61st St. & Passyunk Ave., 800-493-1591.
➤ FANTASY, ROLE PLAY & TALKING DIRTY Learn how to talk dirty with your lover and about comMon. fantasies and ideas for role play. Bring someone or come alone, all genders and orientations are welcome. Sat.,, March 12, 7 p.m., $20-$30, Sexploratorium, Passional Boutique, 620 S. 5th St., 215-923-1398.
➤ THE G-SPOT AND FEMALE EJACULATION Juicy Justine will teach you all about that sweet spot: from where it is to how to make it feel oh-so-good. Also learn about various orgasms and squirting. Fri., March 11, 7 p.m., $20-$30, Sexploratorium, Passional Boutique, 620 S. 5th St., 215-923-1398.
While we work on our new listings database, we want to continue keeping you informed about what's going on in the city. Today, Emad Khalil puts together a round-up of Action/Adventure and Museums/Exhibits events to keep you both active and artsy for the rest of the week.
➤ OWL PROWL Search for four species of owls native to our area and learn how to call them so you can hook up later. Hoot, hoot! Sat, March 12, 4-7 p.m., $9-$13, Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 North Cha p.m.an Rd, Doylestown, 215-345-7860.
➤ WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Venture through the Pennypacker Mills in search of birds. Sun, March 13, 1-4 p.m., FREE, Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, 610-287-9349.
Museums and exhibits have varying schedules; please call for exact days, hours and prices.
Each day we dig into a different category of our listings database to compile a to-do list of our favorite entries. Today, appease your charitable side with a week's worth of volunteer opportunities.
ACTION AIDS BUDDIES Everybody needs a buddy sometimes, so be a buddy, will ya? This nonprofit provides support for people living with HIV/AIDS. Volunteers interact with clients via telephone and the Internet, and make monthly visits. Contact Anthony Morelli at 215-981-3324, Amorelli@actionaids.org or visit actionaids.org for more information. Action Aids, 1216 Arch St., 215-981-3324.
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AMERICAN RED CROSS Have you always wanted to work at Disney Land? The Red Cross seeks new people to fill the role of volunteer their mascot, Fred Cross. Call Sharon Jefferson at 215-299-4068, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit redcross-philly.org for the deets. American Red Cross, 2221 Chestnut St., 215-299-4068.
BROAD STREET MINISTRY The Broad Street Ministry is a wonderful facility, staffed with wonderful people, devoted to doing wonderful things. Get involved in any of their great programs ranging from community dinners to overnight shelter programs. Call Mike Watson at 215-735-4847 for more info. Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St., 215-735-4847.
CAREER WARDROBE Since 1995, this local nonprofit has helped more than 45,000 women get back into the work force donning professional attire. Volunteers organize clothing drives, conduct educational workshops and staff the boutique. Call Heather Bennett at 215-568-6693 or visit careerwardrobe.org. Career Wardrobe, 21 S. 12th St., 215-568-6693.
CRADLES TO CRAYONS Cradles to Crayons is looking for volunteers to help organize donated goods. Tasks include matching clothes, testing toys and examining books before their given to kids in need. To sign up contact Brian Kindle at 215-836-0958, ext. 202, or email@example.com. Cradles to Crayons, The Giving Factory, 30 Clipper Rd., 215-836-0958.
JANE ADDAMS PLACE This West Philly emergency shelter needs volunteers to help with childcare, tutoring and parenting classes. Call Jacqueline Berry at 215-426-8610, ext. 274, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Jane Addams Place, 25 S. 43rd St., 215-426-8610.
PHILADELPHIA ZOO VOLUNTEER PROGRAM Man, animals are cool. Zookeepers aren't so bad either. See for yourself by volunteering at the Philadelphia Zoo where you are bound to see things you wouldn't normally find waiting for the Market-Frankfurt Eastbound. OK, maybe you would. Call 215-243-5200 for more details. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Ave., 215-243-5200.
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PHILLY AIDS THRIFT Staff this nonprofit thrift store that benefits local HIV/AIDS organizations. Shifts are three hours long, and volunteers receive a store discount. Call 215-922-3186, e-mail email@example.com or visit phillyaidsthrift.com. Philly AIDS Thrift, 514 Bainbridge St, 215-922-3186.
WHYY Philly's public radio outlet seeks administrative volunteers to help with data entry, filing and assembling mailings. Call Nadine Vassallo at 215-351-1261 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily, WHYY, 150 N. 6th St., 215-351-1261.
WILLIAM WAY COMMUNITY CENTER Volunteers are needed for William Way Community Center's events, including peer counseling, seniors programs, book clubs, gallery shows and continuing education classes. Call 215-732-2220 or e-mail email@example.com. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., 215-732-2220.
WOMEN ORGANIZED AGAINST RAPE Volunteers are needed to answer WOAR's 24-hour hotline and go to hospitals to provide support for rape survivors. Call Carey at 215-985-3315, ext. 191 or visit woar.org. Women Organized Against Rape, 1617 JFK Boulevard, 215-985-3315.For more ways to lend a hand, visit the Volunteer section of our events listings database.
Each day we dig into a different category of our listings database to compile a to-do list of our favorite entries. Today, calm your busy brain with a week's worth of mind and body haps.
BEGINNER'S FLOW YOGA Need straighten up a crooked back or work on your breathing? This beginners-friendly class covers the basics. Every Thu., 5:45-6:45 p.m., $15, Yoga Schelter, 3502 Scotts Ln., 215-991-9642.
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DYNAMIC FLOW VINYASA Learn how your body is meant to be aligned at this weekly yoga session. Every Tue., 6:15-7:45 p.m., $15, Dhyana Yoga, Rittenhouse Square, 1611 Walnut St., 215-496-0770.
IMPROVISAT.IONAL TRIBAL BELLY DANCE WORKSHOP (LEVEL I) This beginners' class teaches the seductive art of tribal belly dancing as it's practiced in India, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Students work in groups to develop routines. Every Thu., 7:15-8:30 p.m., $15-$144, The Moving Arts Institute, 7425 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, 215-205-1292.
INNER FIRE YOGA Shiva Das's weekly class combines asanas, pranayama, mantra and meditation to spark your inner fire pit. Open to all levels. Every Tue., 6:30 p.m., $10-$15, Moving Arts Institute, 1750 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park, 215-205-1292.
INTRO TO CIRCUS ARTS WORKSHOP This class for adults 16 and up teaches trapeze, tightwire, juggling and plate spinning. Have a little fun while tightening your toosh. Every Sat., 2-3 p.m., $25, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 5900A Greene St., 215-849-1991.
SIMPLY MEDITATION This will be the easiest class you've ever taken just relax. Every Mon., 7-8 p.m., $8, Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 814 Chestnut St., 215-923-1727.
STRIPTEASE AEROBICS Tone up while you learn new ways to drive your partner wild in the bedroom at this aerobics session that teaches the art of stripping. Every Fri., 5:30-6:15 p.m., $10, Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St., 215-334-8190.
TAI CHI Led by Tai Chi master Seung Song, this class is aimed at both beginners and experienced practitioners. Every Tue., 6:45-8 p.m., $15, Won Institute of Graduate Studies, 137 S. Easton Rd., Glenside, 215-884-8942.
TAI-FIT AEROBIC KICKBOXING CLASS A total-body workout combining martial arts, aerobic exercise and kickboxing. All levels welcome. Every Tue. & Thu., 6-7 p.m.; every Wed., 6:30-7:30 p.m.; every Sat. & Sun., 9-10 a.m., $15, Urban Defense Center, 725 N. Sixth St., 267-974-0287.
WORK WEEK YOGA Start your workday calmly, before the 9-to-5 pains set in. Every Mon.-Fri., 7:15-8:30am, $15, Dhyana Yoga, Old City, 68 N. 2nd St., 215-378-6784.
YOGA MEDITATION WORKSHOP Learn to get in control of your chi with this lesson of meditative yoga techniques based on the teachings of Sri Chinmoy. Every Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, International House, 3701 Chestnut St., 215-895-6543.Need more "om." There are more Mind/Body listings here.
JAY KIRK This Penn professor has a lot to brag about: His works have been published in various, world class publications, including New York Times Magazine and GQ and two anthologies. Kirk's first book, Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals, is a non-fiction account of the famous taxidermist Carl Akeley's career. Tue., March 1, 6 p.m., FREE, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, 215-746-7636.
CHRIS ILLUMINATI If nice guys finish last, author Chris Illuminati must be leading the pack. His newest book A**holeology The Cheat Sheet: Put the science into practice in everyday situations is exactly what the title suggests: a humorous guide to the art of douchebaggery. Illuminati will be reading from and discussing his book at the event. Check our review in this week's cover story Thu., March 3, 7-8 p.m., FREE, University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St., 215-898-7595.
KOYLA ABRAMSKY Only those living under rocks could be unaware of the environmental crisis that has become a hot-button issue in the last 10 years. At this event editor Koyla Abramsky discusses her book, Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-Petrol World, which explains how the success of both the environment and economy are interrelated. Abramsky focuses on unequal energy distribution among class and energy production and consumption. Mon., March 7, 7-9 p.m., FREE, Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St., 215-413-0999.
ELIZABETH ROBINSON AND RACHEL BLAU DUPLESSIS Join these accredited poets to discuss their recent publications. Robinson's The Orphan and Its Relations uses poetry to examine human relationships at various life stage, while DuPlessis's Pitch: Drafts 77-95 spans many poetic genres and delves into the raw human experience. Thu., March 3, 8 p.m., FREE, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, 215-746-7636.
IZZELDIN ABUELAISH This Harvard-trained doctor's book, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity draws from his experience living in the Middle East. Growing up in a refugee camp on the Gaza Strip Abuelaish's three daughters and a niece were killed in 2009 as a result of the unrest in the region. Dr. Abuelaish's book is a call for peace and communication. Thu., March 3, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Central Library, 1901 Vine St., 215-686-5322.
MAT JOHNSON Johnson, a Philly native, reads from his new book, Pym: A Novel. The fictional tale follows a band of African-American adventurers as they set out to explore Antarctica. The crew's motivations stem from Edgar Allen Poe's only novel, but the pack's leader seeks to find the truth behind the fiction. Fri., March 4, 7 p.m., FREE, Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th St., 215-735-9600.
DARA LOVITZ This author event centers around the Temple and Drexel law professor's newest book Muzzling a Movement, which examines laws regarding animal rights. Lovitz exposes the flaws in the legislation which is meant to protect the animals on farms and in laboratories across the country. Thu., March 3, 7 p.m., FREE, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Ln., 215-844-1870.
SILVIA FEDERICI Gender and economic politics merge during Silvia Federici's discussion of her book Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation. The text traces capitalism back to the witch hunts of the middle ages and follows it all the way to modern day. Thu., March 3, 7-9 p.m., FREE, Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St., 215-413-0999.
SUSAN ROSENBERG This author and activist's memoir An American Radical: Prisoner in My Own Country chronicles her life as an anything-but-peaceful protester, a role that landed her in maximum security prison for 16 years. Rosenberg's lecture will center around her new book. Mon., March 7, 6 p.m., FREE, Barnes and Noble, Rittenhouse, 1805 Walnut St., 215-665-0716.
Can't put that book down? Check more of our readings/book signing listings in our events database.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Love is as mysterious as the night, full of sensuality, intrigue, and passion. A Little Night Music is a musical about these themes of love and its limitless possibilities. Runs through March 13, $5-$16, Kelsey Theatre, Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, NJ, 609-570-3333.
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AMADEUS Experience the critically acclaimed Amadeus at the Walnut Street Theater. See the confrontation between mediocrity and genius and between the court composer Salieri and God. Runs through March 6, $10-$85, Walnut Street Theatre, Main Stage, 825 Walnut St., 215-574-3550.
CATS One of the world's acclaimed musicals opens The New Candlelight Theatre's 2011 season. With all the lights, costumes, and spectacle, Cats will have you purring, or maybe licking on the poor chap next to you. Runs through March 12, $15-$55, New Candlelight Theatre, 2208 Millers Rd., Ardentown, DE, 302-475-2313.
DOUBT Still cringe at the thought of nuns teaching (and beating) you back in Catholic school? Doubt is about one nun's desire to keep tradition alive in a changing word and changing church. Runs through March 20, $12, Old Academy Players, 3544 Indian Queen Ln., 215-843-1109.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Being forced to read this in high school probably blinded you to the seat-gripping story. Boy from the wrong side of the tracks chasing a rich girl, a convicted thug on the run, and who can forget Miss Havisham? Runs through March 5, $10-$15, Curio Theatre Co., 815 S. 48th St., 215-525-1350.
GUYS AND DOLLS Got a gambling problem? "Guys and Dolls" is about one man's reform and how he helps his friends find repentance for their own sins. Runs through March 12, $10-$17, Shannondell at Valley Forge Performing Arts Center, 10000 Shannondell Drive, Audubon, 610-277-9505.
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JULIUS CAESAR Director Mark Wade reimagines Shakespeare's classic with an all-female cast. Runs through March 6, $10-$15, Arcadia University MainStage, 450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, 215-572-2112.
DON JUAN Quintessence Theatre Group presents the greatest lover in history, Don Juan, and his conquest of every woman's heart in the Italian countryside. Runs through March 13, $10-$30, Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave., 215-248-92298206.
RABBIT HOLE Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, a family falls through a rabbit hole and learns to deal with tragedy in order to find hope and meaning in life. Runs through March 12, $10-$12, Forge Theatre, 241 First Ave., Pheonixville, 610-935-1920.
SHIRLEY VALENTINE A wisecracking comedy about a middle-aged English women named Shirley and her lust for adventure. Runs through March 13, $10-$25, Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media, 610-565-4211.
THE CRUCIBLE Witchcraft and wizardry isn't as cute and cuddly as Harry Potter suggests. Taking place during the Salem Witch Trials, "The Crucible" tells a deceitful tale about the lies and betrayal surrounding the accusations. Runs through March 18, $13-$21, Tri-Pac Performing Arts Center & Village Productions, 245 E High St, Pottstown.
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THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL First NASCAR, now musical theater: It looks like hicks won't stop at anything in their attempts to take over the entertainment industry. This doozey of a comedy is about a trailer park turned upside down by its newest resident, a stripper. Pull out the Miller Lights and lawn chairs ready for this one. Runs through March 3, $28-$37, Montgomery Theater, 124 Main St., Souderton, 215-723-9984.
THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE This dark comedy set in Ireland promises to be the goriest event of the season. Directed by Matt Pfeiffer. Runs through March 13, $18-$40, Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street, 215-735-0630.
THE UGLY ONE Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the ugliest of them all? When a salesman finds out he's too ugly to sell his own product he turns to the knife for a face lift that will hopefully raise his sales figures too. Runs through March 2, $30, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St., 215-574-3550.
Need more drama? You'll find more in our theater event listings database.
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ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER The acclaimed African-American dance troupe tells the story of the African-American experience through movement and dance set to traditional slave songs, gospel music and the blues. Runs through Feb. 27, $26-$72, Academy of Music, 1420 Locust St., 215-893-1935.
BLIND DATE: PART 1 With dancers performing with musicians they've never collaborated with before, its a blind date of dance and music. I wonder if they're gonna get it on later? Sun., Feb. 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m., $13-$15, Christ Church, 20 N. American St., 215-922-1695.
EAST COAST INVITATIONAL HIP-HOP DANCE COMPETITION Whip out the boom boxes for this competition that features the hottest college dance crews on the East Coast. There'll be pops, locks and drops, homeboizzzz. Fri., Feb. 25, 7-10 p.m., $10-$15, Lincoln University, 1570 Baltimore Pk, Lincoln University.
KORESH ARTIST SHOWCASE The Koresh Artist Showcase covers all styles. Whether you like ballet, hip-hop, or ballroom, there's something here for every dance lover. Sat., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., $10, Koresh Dance Company, 2020 Chestnut St., 215-751-0959.
NORA GIBSON PERFORMANCE PROJECT AND OLIVE PRINCE DANCE IN CONCERT The two companies perform for an invitation-only audience. To request said invitation, contact Nora Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a reception following the show. Sat., Feb. 26, 8-10 p.m., $15, CEC Meetinghouse Theatre, 3500 Lancaster Ave.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY DANCE FACULTY CONCERT A showcase of the best dancers Temple has to offer, featuring performances by Philip Grosser, Luke Kahlich, Merian Soto, and Kariamu Welsh. With special guest Gregory King and a classical ballet staged by Laura Katz-Rizzo. Runs through Feb. 26, $5-$20, Conwell Dance Theater, 1801 N. Broad St., 215-204-8307. There's a lot more where that came from in our Performing Arts listings database.
12TH AIR COMMAND PORNO BINGO BINGO-my gosh I think he has a boner... Every Sun., 10 p.m., FREE, 12th Air Command, 254 S. 12th St., 215-545-8088.
A READING WITH FIONA ZEDDE Zedde reads from Dangerous Pleasures, her erotically-charged novel about sex with no strings, dangerous one-night stands and a woman's desire to push her sexual boundaries. Sat., Feb. 26, 5:30-7 p.m., FREE, Giovanni's Room, 345 S. 12th St., 215-923-2960.
A READING WITH TOMAS MOURNIAN The author reads from Hidden, his novel about a teenager who runs away from an abusive gay-to-straight bootcamp and finds a safehouse with other teenagers in San Francisco. Its based on the internationally-syndicated article Mournian broke for the San Francisco Bay Guardian about real-life teens in the same situation. Fri., Feb. 25, 5:30-7 p.m., FREE, Giovanni's Room, 345 S. 12th St., 215-923-2960.
BOB & BARBARA'S DRAG SHOW Miss Lisa Lisa hosts Philly's longest-running drag show. If you jump on stage, don't be surprised if she gives you a spanking it's called tough love. Every Thu., 11 p.m.-1 a.m., $6, Bob & Barbara's, 1509 South St., 215-545-4511.
HUG: DELAWARE VALLEY LEGACY FUND VOLUNTEER EVENT Come join Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) as it thanks its current and past volunteers while providing a forum to learn more about DVLF and the volunteer opportunities it provides. Representatives from all DVLF committees will be present to answer questions and share information. DVLF works to to improve the quality of life and create a legacy for the LGBTQ community. Thu., Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m., FREE, Cityspace, 2200 Walnut St., 215-625-3650.
HOMOROBICS Dig out those rainbow-colored toe socks and that glittery midriff top for this class, where you'll dance to divas' hits and firm your tush at the same time. Fun attire is strongly encouraged. Every Sun., 7-8:15 p.m., $10, Crossfit Gym, 201 S. Camac St., 856-220-0699.
PGMC CONCERT: RAT PACK LIVE The inimitable cool of Sinatra, Martin, Davis Jr. and the rest of the Rat Pack are brought to life by the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus. For more information, visit this week's Agenda section. Sat., Feb. 26, 8-10 p.m., $20, Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2111 Sansom St.
RELAUNCH OF THE SCENE PARTY Dance your ass off at this hot LGBTQ party. Music will be provided by DJ Kash, who will spin mixes of gay faves like Nicki Minaj, Britney and Florence and the Machine. Sisterspace, a non-profit that supports lesbians in the Delaware Valley, will have shot girls and raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit them, so you'll be helping a good cause. Sat., Feb. 26, 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m., $5, Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St., 215-735-5772.
SECOND LGBTQ YOUTH EMPOWERMENT FAIR (YEF) The Educational Justice Coalition (EJC) presents this celebration of LGBTQ youth. Joey Kemm recently interviewed by Anderson Cooper will be a guest speaker. The Fiercest Life Youth Party starts right after in the ballroom. Fri., Feb. 25, 4-9 p.m., $5, William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., 215-732-2220.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUMMIT The anteparty for the Team Philadelphia Sports Summit gives you a chance to unwind and hear all about what the LGBTQ leagues have planned for this year. Sat., Feb. 26, 9:30 p.m., FREE, Westbury, 261 S. 13th St., 215-546-5170. Not gay enough for you? Check for more in our LGBTQ events database.
CAGEMATCH: GRIMACCHIO VS. HANS GRUBER In a fight to the death for comedy improv supremacy, two teams enter and only one emerges victorious based on an audience vote. In this round: Grimacchio dukes it out against Hans Gruber in a battle for your heartiest guffaws. Thu., Feb. 24, 9:30-10:30 p.m., $10, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 215-413-1318.
DOV DAVIDOFF AT HELIUM Regular "Chelsea Lately" roundtable guest Dov Davidoff brings his foul-mouth comedy to Philly. Wed.-Thu., Feb. 23-24, 8 p.m., $10-$25; Fri.-Sat., 25-26, 8 & 10:30 p.m., $10-$25 $10-$25, Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., 215-496-9001.
DOUG "PUSH" BILLINGSLY Having to pay college tuition can lead to a variety of bizarre jobs. Doug Billingsly found himself doing magic and now wants to share his journey with you. Sun., Feb. 27, 2 p.m., $10-$30, Grasso's Magic Theatre, 103 Callowhill St..
GUILTY PLEASURES Enjoy awkwardness? Well Brendan Kennedy is your man. By bringing up awkward moments at work, he put together this show that's bound to be full of WTF moments. Wed., Mar. 2, 9:30 p.m., $10, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 267-233-1556.
KEVIN BRENNAN AT HELIUM Kevin Brennan from HBO's "One Night Stand," performs a couple of night's worth of stand-up at Helium. Wed.-Thu., Mar. 2-3, 8 p.m., $10-$25; Fri.-Sat., 4-5, 8 & 10:30 p.m., $10-$25 $10-$25, Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., 215-496-9001.
MEG & ROB Yes, they are hilarious. Yes, they are absurd. No, they aren't a couple. Meg & Rob perform the first of their last three shows (for a while at least). Check them out before they go (eh, they'll be back eventually). Fri., Feb. 25, 8 p.m., $10, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 215-413-1318.
PHIT IMPROV JAM: OSCARS EDITION! Get your own acceptance speech ready and join Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) in an improv game filled with movie trivia. Who knows, maybe a few celebrities will drop by. Sat., Feb. 26, 11 p.m., FREE, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 267-233-1556.
PHIT PRESENTS RANT-O-WHEEL! Step right up and spin the Rant-O-Wheel. Contestants have five minutes to tell a story using three nouns provided by the Rant-O-Wheel. Sound easy? Think again. Whisper "Flavortown, USA" at the door and get in for only $5. Wed., Feb. 23, 9:30-10:30 p.m., $5-$10, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 215-413-1318.
HEY EVERYBODY! Aaron Hertzog invites his friends onto the stage at Shubin Theater. Past guests have included Sean Quinn, Darryl Charles, Sidney Gantt, Steve Balbier and Jim Grammond. Thu., Feb. 24, 8-9 p.m., $10, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 215-413-1318.
TV PARTY! (PIRATE SHOWS) With all the crap on TV today, its easy to reminisce about the television of yesteryear, and subsequently make fun of it. Rob Baniewicz and Paul Triggiani look back at what made these shows special. Oh, and there's free beer, too. Wed., Mar. 2, 9:30 p.m., $10, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 267-233-1556.
THE BULLY PULPIT In PHIT's own panel talk show hosted by Luke Giordano, come see four comics discuss and poke fun of society. Wed., Feb. 23, 8-9:30 p.m., $10, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 215-413-1318.
THE HOPPER BROTHERS' HAPPY MAGIC FUN-TIME SHOW With flashy lights, magic tricks and a foul-mouthed talking dog, this show proves that magic tricks aren't just for kids. Fri., Feb. 25, 11 p.m., $10, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 267-233-1556.
THE GROSS SHOW Alex Gross hosts Philly's own trashy talk show. He invites the most screwball Philadelphians and throws them into a Jerry Springer-like setting, complete with all the cheating, illegitimate children and handicaps you sick bastards enjoy. Say "Juicy" at the door to knock $5 off your entry price. Thu., Feb. 24, 11 p.m., $10, Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St., 215-413-1318. Still not laughing? We have a helluva lot more comedy listings in our events database.
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