SPECIAL EVENTS

Philadelphia Home Show

Explore new ways to spruce up your home at the Philadelphia Home Show, which spans two weekends and more than 300 experts on house and yard design. This year's show will bring New York designer Tyler Wisner and Kevin O'Connor, host of PBS's This Old House. — Bethany Ao

12 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., $10 online, $13 at the door, phillyhomeshow.com

Big Philly Beerfest

Know one surefire way to keep yourself warm this winter? Beer. The fest lives up to its name with 125 breweries and craft beers. All proceeds to go Animal Rescue Partners.

8-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., bigphillybeerfest.com

EDUCATION

Bibliococktails 

Book lovers can head to the Rosenbach to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein with a cocktail specially crafted for this event by Quaker City Mercantile. There will also be light refreshments and activities: 21 and over. —B.A.

6 p.m. Friday, the Rosenbach, 2008 Delancey Place, $30 for general admission, 215-732-1600, rosenbach.org

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

Join activist Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, and asha bandele, a former features editor at Essence with two memoirs under her belt, in conversation at the Free Library.  — B.A.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., free, 215-567-4341, freelibrary.org

History After Hours

Panaramic watercolor by Pierre Charles L’Enfant showing the Continental Army encampment at Verplanck’s Point, north of New York City. The seven-foot wide scene shows Washington’s headquarters tent at the far left. It is the only known contemporaneous image of the tent.
The Museum of the American Revolution
Panaramic watercolor by Pierre Charles L’Enfant showing the Continental Army encampment at Verplanck’s Point, north of New York City. The seven-foot wide scene shows Washington’s headquarters tent at the far left. It is the only known contemporaneous image of the tent.

The Museum of the American Revolution is holding a special History After Hours event to celebrate its first special exhibit, Among His Troops: Washington's War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor. The exhibit features a recently discovered, 235-year-old panoramic painting of a Continental Army encampment. Attendees may also try their hand at tent stitching and watercolor painting. — B.A.

5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Museum of the American Revolution, 3rd and Chestnut Streets, $10 admission, 877-740-1776, amrevmuseum.org

COMEDY

Jaboukie Young-White

Hot off his recent late-night stand-up debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jaboukie Young-White makes his Philadelphia headlining debut at the Good Good Comedy Theatre. Known for his hilarious Twitter and Instagram feeds, Young-White was named one of Rolling Stone's 25 under 25 and a comic to watch at the New York Comedy Festival last year. —B.A.

7 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Good Good Comedy Theatre, 11th and Spring Streets, $15, 215-399-1279, goodgoodcomedy.com

WINTER FUN

Latin Night at the Lodge

Winterfest is spicing things up at their lodge with performances by Arturo Stable, a Cuban percussionist, and DJ Rahsaan, who has shared the stage with Colombian superstar band Bomba Estereo. There'll be plenty of dancing and margaritas to go around — by the end of the night, you'll have forgotten that it's still January. — B.A.

10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 South Columbus Boulevard, $5 admission, riverrink.ticketfly.com

DANCE

L.A. Dance Project

L.A. Dance Project will perform at the Annenberg Center for the Performing ArtsJan. 12 and 13.
Courtesy of the L.A. Dance Project
L.A. Dance Project will perform at the Annenberg Center for the Performing ArtsJan. 12 and 13.

Founded in 2012 by former New York City Ballet principal and Paris Opera Ballet director Benjamin Millepied (aka Mr. Natalie Portman), LADP is an internationally acclaimed modern dance collective known for its performances of energetic and creative modern compositions. This troupe of dancers has performed around the globe, and will land in Philadelphia for this weekend only — the program includes choreography by Justin Peck, Ohad Naharin, and Millepied himself.  — Thea Applebaum Licht

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center Live, 3680 Walnut St. $30-$57. 215-898-3900, https://www.annenbergcenter.org

MOVIES

Midnight Madness: The Room

James Franco's The Disaster Artist won big win at the Golden Globes, and you can celebrate by returning to its source material: Tommy Wiseau's 2003 cult classic. A movie so notoriously bad that it has gathered a devoted fan following, The Room centers on the story of a banker whose fiancée seduces his best friend. It's worth seeing at least once with a crowd. — T.A.L.

11:59 p.m. Friday, Landmark's Ritz Movie Theatres Philadelphia, Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St. $10.25 215-440-1181, https://www.landmarktheatres.com

MUSIC

Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars

Blessed with the tag "the Quincy Jones of Cuban music," multi-instrumentalist/arranger de Marcos curated then-burgeoning hometown ensembles such as Sierra Maestra, Buena Vista Social Club and the Afro Cuban All-Stars, thus giving birth to the popularization of Havana-based melody and rhythm throughout the globe. Currently touring behind his new CD/DVD set Absolutely Live II, and readying a new studio album, this Friday's event shows off de Marcos & Co. — all 14 pieces — at their most inventive. — A.D. Amorosi

8 p.m. Friday, Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street. $39-$59, kimmelcenter.org

PnB Rock and Shawn Smith

Germantown’s PnB Rock
Atlantic Records
Germantown’s PnB Rock

Up-and-coming hip Philly hip-hop artist PnB Rock is performing two hometown shows with rapper Shawn Smith opening. In 2016, his hit single "Selfish" landed him on Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need to Know" and since then, PnB Rock has worked with Young Thug, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa. — Bethany Ao

4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, The Fillmore Philadelphia, Frankford Avenue and Richmond Street, $50 to $120, 215-309-0150, thefillmorephilly.com

The Messthetics / Scram

Top of the bill headliners at this benefit show for Philadelphia dub/reggae legend Timi Dread are The Messthetics, a new instrumental band that consists of drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally of Washington, D.C., post-punk greats Fugazi, along with guitarist Anthony Pirog.  Next from the top are reformed 1980s West Philly reggae punk standouts Scram, with brothers Matt and Greg Mungan out front and drummer Craig Heim (who also play in the recently reformed Poppy.)  The Writing Squares open. — Dan DeLuca

8:30 p.m. Saturday at PhilaMOCA, 521 N. 12th. $12-$15. 215-519-9651. philamoca.org.

The Dove & the Wolf

The Philadelphia-based French duo of Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat Canard, who specialize in pensive soft rock as exemplified by last year's dreamy and captivating I Don't Know How to Feel. The five-song EP producer was by The War on Drugs' Dave Hartley and was inspired by being back home in Paris at the time of the November 2015 terror attacks. This Fishtown show teams the duo with Harpooner, the fetching pop project of Bloomington, Ind., songwriter Scott Schmadeke. Carroll opens. — D.D.

9 p.m. Saturday at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. $10. 215-739-9684. johnnybrendas.com

Dixy Blood

Dixy Blood is a band of Philly punk-scene veterans — Mick Cancer, Rich Lustre, Joe Ankenbrand, Betty Loo Gee — and its output is a love letter to rockabilly, murder ballad and the Cramps. With that, the local quartet's musky new vinyl 45 ("Chikkin Butt"/"Uranium Rock") is a kitschy mash note to its influences. Its release party just happens to be something more: a family affair between Ankenbrand (who owns the releasing label, Platterhead Records) and Molly Russakoff, who will hold the live show in their Molly's Books & Records in the Italian Market, along with their children Carla (who designed the 45's sleeve) and Johnny (a filmmaker who'll lens the band's video and live show). — A.D. Amorosi

7:30 p.m. Saturday at Molly's Books & Records, 1010 S. 9th St. Free. mollysbooksandrecords.com

Passion Pit

Cambridge band Passion Pit.
Jason Nocito
Cambridge band Passion Pit.

A little more than a decade ago, Michael Angelakos recorded a handful of synthpop tunes as a Valentine's gift for his girlfriend. Those songs, subsequently released on the Chunk of Change EP, were the birth of Passion Pit. Angelakos writes relentlessly hooky, sugary, chirpy tunes and sings in a child-like falsetto, and Passion Pit's debut album, 2009's Manners, is an indie-pop touchstone. Since then, Angelakos has struggled with mental health and other personal issues that he has discussed in the press and on social media. Last spring, he surprisingly released — initially as a free download on Twitter — a fourth Passion Pit album, Tremendous Sea of Love. It's a quickly recorded set of demos and sketches, but it retains Passion Pit's signature exuberance. Angelakos and band will be commemorating the new album and the 10th anniversary of Chunk of Change when they come to the Fillmore on Sunday. — Steve Klinge

8:30 p.m. Sunday, The Fillmore Philadelphia, Frankford Avenue and Richmond Street, $35, 215-309-0150, thefillmorephilly.com

We Sing Wednesday

Enjoy a night of a cappella with The ChaiLights A Cappella, Temple University's Pitch, Please!, Thomas Jefferson University's The Testostertones, and the A Cappella Pops. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert. — B.A.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, $10 online, $15 at the door, http://tribe12.nonprofitsoapbox.com/wesingwednesday18