Philadelphia Flower Show, ‘Girl From The North Country’ and East Passyunk Restaurant Week in this week’s ‘Things To Do’

Feb. 29 - March 3: Philadelphia Comic-Con, “Fiddler On the Roof” in N.J. and “The Little Mermaid” in Delaware are among the weekend’s highlights.

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Life sized blooms that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss novel stand tall along the promenade at the 2023 Philadelphia Flower Show in the Pa. Convention Center

Life sized blooms that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss novel stand tall along the promenade at the 2023 Philadelphia Flower Show in the Pa. Convention Center. (Erin Blewett for Billy Penn)

As Black History Month eases into Women’s History Month, we celebrate the renaming of Verizon Hall, which will become Marian Anderson Hall in June. Until then, the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra will retain its current title, meaning this week’s “All Beethoven” concert will still take place at Verizon Hall. The Marian Anderson Historical Society had already planned Saturday’s “Porgy and Bess” concert. Still, we’re sure it appreciates what will likely be renewed interest in the Philly native’s legacy. In Delaware and New Jersey, classic revivals come to life on the stage as “Fiddler on the Roof” takes place at Jersey’s Ritz Theatre and “The Little Mermaid” checks into the Delaware Children’s Theatre. And in Philadelphia, a nearly 200-year-old tradition lives on at the annual Flower Show, marking the beginning of the spring events season. This year’s theme is “United By Flowers,” which is fitting, as the show has long been a welcomed respite from life’s challenges.

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New Jersey

Fiddler on the Roof

  • Where: The Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township, N.J.
  • When: Through Sunday, March 3
  • How much: $32

“Fiddler on the Roof” has received its fair share of accolades in the 60 years since its debut. It won nine Tonys and once had the distinction of being Broadway’s longest-running show. Now, it’s at the Ritz Theatre for a limited run, concluding this Sunday.


The Little Mermaid

  • Where: Delaware Children’s Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, Del.
  • When: Through Sunday, March 17, Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • How much: $20 – $22

The animated Disney movie “The Little Mermaid” faced a major challenge when crafting the stage production: How do you recreate characters that live underwater for a musical? Spoiler: They pulled it off — without the use of water, wires, or flying. Find out how in the production mounted by the Delaware Children’s Theatre.

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Special Events

Philadelphia Flower Show

Flowers arranged in a wall
Black Girls Florist exhibits vibrant, colorful flowers on their flower wall signifying unity. (Ella Lathan/WHYY)

The 195th annual Philadelphia Flower Show (making it one of the city’s most enduring events) is back in full bloom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s theme, “United By Flowers,” acknowledges that despite the changes Philadelphia has seen, people still come together in their mutual admiration for roses, petunias, tulips, pansies, lilies and more. In addition to an array of flower displays, the show includes Sunday’s Family Frolic, Fido Friday and the Flowers After Hours dance party.

Philadelphia Comic-Con

  • Where: The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 76 Industrial Hwy., Essington, Pa.
  • When: Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • How much: $4, kids 10 and under, free

Attention fans of comic books and graphic novels: The Philadelphia Comic-Con is here! You can buy, sell and trade comic books and Funko Pops at the 3,000-square-foot space set up in a hotel near the Philadelphia airport. Trading cards and other memorabilia are available as well. Author Carmen Costa, who wrote “Proctor,” a crowd-funded comic book, is one of the special guests.

Arts & Culture

Girl From The North Country

In 1934, a guest house in Duluth, Minnesota, welcomed weary travelers seeking shelter. That’s the location for “Girl From The North Country” the multicultural musical that reimagines Bob Dylan songs. It includes interpretations of “All Along The Watchtower,” “Slow Train Coming,” “Idiot Wind” and “License to Kill,” among others.

Philadelphia Ballet: Giselle

Philadelphia Ballet’s artistic director, Angel Corella, created his own vision of the classic ballet “Giselle.” Set in the Rhineland, it was first produced in 1841. When things go tragically awry for would-be lovers Giselle and Count Albrecht, her ghost must decide between love and vengeance. “There’s a certain spontaneity with Philadelphia Ballet performances that I don’t think you’ll experience any place else,” Corrella told Philadelphia Style last year.  “Every show, each performance, there’s always something unexpected.”

Risa Puno: Group Hug

  • Where: The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St. 
  • When: Friday, March 1 – Sunday, July 21
  • How much: Free with a $5 suggested donation

Filipino artist Risa Puno was inspired by her family in her first exhibition for The Fabric Workshop and Museum. “Group Hug” is dedicated to the work caregivers do as well as the people they care for. Her colorful work is also informed by the Filipino concept of kapwa, which loosely translates to community as an extension of self. A free opening night reception on Thursday starts at 6 p.m.

Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me

Russian-born graphic artist, educator, photographer and designer Alexey Brodovitch is best known for his role as art director for the revered fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar. During his tenure from 1934-1958, the magazine broke visual barriers, particularly in its use of photography. Brodovitch’s eye brought a European aesthetic to the American publication, setting it apart from its peers and influencing a generation of fashion photographers to come. In Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me, a new exhibit opening on Sunday, examples of his approach are on display along with photographers like Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Eve Arnold.


  • Where: Proscenium Theatre at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks St. 
  • When: Thursday, Feb.29 – Sunday, March 17
  • How much: Pay what you decide

What happens when two bee researchers discover that a bee under their watch has capabilities far beyond what has been previously known? And how will the researchers handle the response when that knowledge becomes public? That’s the dilemma in “Overwinter,” an Azuka Theatre production that opens tonight. Post-show conversations with the creatives behind the production and the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild occur on March 3 and 9.


The Original Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters playing on a court with a view of the NYC skyline in the background
File photo: In this image taken Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in New York, the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters play an exhibition game. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for the Harlem Globetrotters/AP Images)

The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining audiences since their founding in 1926. They started as a barnstorming competitive team that played all-white squads in a segregated NBA. But the Globetrotters helped make history as two of their players were among the first three to integrate the league in 1950. They’ll be in Philly at two venues — the Liacouras Center on Thursday night, and at the Wells Fargo for two shows Sunday.

Food & Drink

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

East Passyunk Square on a sunny day.
Passyunk Square on East Passyunk Ave. (Emily Neil/WHYY News)
  • Where: Multiple venues
  • When: Through March 8
  • How much: $20, $30, $40 or $55

Restaurant Week: the South Philly edition highlights the diverse eateries of East Passyunk. Participating restaurants for East Passyunk Restaurant Week are offering $20, $30, $40 and $55 meal specials for lunch and dinner. Almost two dozen restaurants are part of the discounted dining, including neighborhood faves Le Virtu, Cantina los Caballitos and The Dutch. 

 Maple Sugar Day

Sap buckets are visible hanging from maple trees
File: Sap buckets hang from maple trees, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • Where: Fox Chase Farm, 8500 Pine Chase Rd.
  • When: Saturday, March 2, noon – 4 p.m.
  • How much: $5 (only cash at the door)

Though Canada exports 78% of the maple syrup in the world, you can also find some being produced locally. Fox Chase Farm hosts Maple Sugar Day on Saturday, where they will demonstrate the process of maple sugaring, how to make maple candy and more. Access to farm animals, crafts and games will also be part of the family-friendly day.


Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane performing onstage
File photo: Kyle Kinane performs at the “Just For Laughs Comedy Festival” on Thursday June 14, 2012 at The Vic Theatre in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

Comedian Kyle Kinane hails from the same hometown as Leon Spinks. That makes him the second most famous person from Addison, Illinois. Now he’s serving up his brand of humor to audiences on his latest special, “Dirt Nap,” and via his podcast on the supernatural, “Boogie Monster.” He’s heading to the Helium stage for four shows this weekend, but two are already sold out, so get those tickets now if you want to go.


Women of the Strings

Paul Robeson House
The Paul Robeson House in Philadelphia. (Cory Sharber/WHYY)

Multi-hyphenate Paul Robeson spent his last years in Philadelphia. His modest West Philadelphia home is now the Paul Robeson House & Museum. They’re hosting “Women of the Strings” in honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, and in tribute to the influential women in Robeson’s life.

All Beethoven

A sketch of Beethoven
This is an undated sketch of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven was born in Bonn on Dec. 17, 1770 and died in Vienna on March 26, 1827. (AP Photo)
  • Where: Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. 
  • When: Thursday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m.
  • How much: $46 and up 

Though he’s been gone for almost 200 years, Beethoven’s music continues to resonate with generations of classical music lovers. The Philadelphia Orchestra gives him his due in their latest concert, “All Beethoven.” Nathalie Stutzmann conducts and Haochen Zhang is the featured pianist for all three concerts.

First Friday: Denise King

Jazz vocalist Denise King sets the right tone for Women’s History Month — literally. She’s the featured performer for March’s opening First Friday event at the Barnes. Her repertoire will incorporate the “great ladies of jazz,” including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughn.

Marian Anderson Historical Society & Museum: Porgy and Bess In Concert

Marian Anderson in a portrait photo
Marian Anderson in a publicity shot. (Kimmel Center and Philadelphia Orchestra)

Marian Anderson’s legacy in Philadelphia has been cemented by the renaming of Verizon Hall in her honor. The philanthropist’s gift to the home of The Philadelphia Orchestra means the hall will remain in Anderson’s name in perpetuity. The Marian Anderson Historical Society & Museum has been keeping her legacy alive for decades, and this weekend, they are behind the “Porgy and Bess” concert at the Chapel of Four Chaplains. Howard Monroe of CBS News will host and narrate.

Syleena Johnson: The Legacy Tour

Syleena Johnson sings into a microphone
File photo: Syleena Johnson performs a tribute to Whitney Houston at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 8, 2012. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP)

Blues and soul singer Syleena Johnson got her talent honestly — her father is Syl Johnson, the blues singer who sang the Civil Rights anthem “Is It Because I’m Black?” She’ll be at City Winery on Saturday on The Legacy Tour, celebrating her career thus far. She reworked her father’s song “Black Balloon” for her latest single.

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