Minhaj was the last correspondent Jon Stewart hired at The Daily Show before he left the program in 2015. Minhaj took his own leave last month, ending an era. Catch him in Philly ahead of the premiere next month of his Netflix comedy series Patriot Act.
7 p.m. (sold out) and 10 p.m. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., $29.50 to $75, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org
The Preservation Alliance and Laurel Hill Cemetery, the area's first "rural" cemetery, are teaming up to offer a lecture by Aaron Wunsch, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's historic preservation program, about how the cemetery has changed since 1836 in tandem with its adjoining neighborhoods.
6 to 8 p.m. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave., $10 to $15, 215-546-1146 x 3, laurelhillcemetery.org
This month's Science After Hours event has a 1920s theme, which means you can dress up in your finest flapper outfit to celebrate bootlegging, betting, booze, and other shenanigans.
7 to 10 p.m. Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers, 215-448-1200, fi.edu
Along with Elton John and Paul Simon, Joan Baez made headlines this year as one of a trio of baby-boomer acts announcing their retirement from touring. Baez is going out on a strong note: Her Joe Henry-produced album Whistle Down the Wind benefits from the added gravitas in her septuagenarian voice, which has lost its former excessive prettiness.
8 p.m. (sold out), Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., 215-731-3333, kimmelcenter.org
The tour consists of six short films about water, highlighting its beauty, conservation efforts, and extreme water sports. The screening, at the Academy of Natural Sciences, presents two hours of footage over the course of three hours.
7 to 10 p.m. Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, $15 admission, 215-299-1000, ansp.org
This Australian contemporary circus dance troupe returns to Philadelphia with the U.S. premiere of Humans, exploring the human body at its extremes.
8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St., $29 to $49, 215-898-3900, annenbergcenter.org
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation has invited historian Olsen to speak about her latest book, Last Hope Island. Poland figures significantly in her analysis of the Allied victory in World War II.
The core of this year's all-local, nonprofit Philly Music Fest happens Friday and Saturday night at World Cafe Live, featuring Low Cut Connie, Waxahatchee, the Districts, Palm, Orion Sun, and more. Book-ending the weekend are a Thursday hard-rock showcase with Pissed Jeans and Soul Glo at Johnny Brenda's and a Sunday jazz closing party with bassist Derrick Hodge, pianist Eric Wortham, and many others at MilkBoy, at 11th and Chestnut.