Mardi Gras with the Wild Bohemians
Tuesday, Feb. 21
World Cafe Live
3025 Chestnut St.
Purple, gold and green beads fly through the air as dirty Cajun jazz drowns out the crowd’s cheers and laughter. Lit-up floats wander through the masses of masquerade characters, tripping over themselves in an inebriated stupor. It looks, sounds and smells vaguely like Bourbon Street, but don’t be fooled – this is just the Wild Bohemians’ 28th Annual Mardi Gras Show on Chestnut Street.
It’s too late to hop on the next flight to New Orleans, hotels are charging well above $200 per night and Broadi Gras turned out to be a bust, so your next best bet is to get your groove on at World Cafe Live, where the Wild Bohemians will entertain crowds with their repertoire of jazz, R&B and their specialty, Swamp Stomp.
So go on and flash your ladies for some beads. Just make sure you’re wearing a mask.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents DRAGONS
Feb. 22 – 27
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Lions, tigers and…dragons? Well, sort of.
Nearly 100 years ago, two circus ring giants of the U.S. – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey – merged tents to create an even bigger and better circus experience. And now, they’re coming to the Wells Fargo Center for five days of taming wild beasts, displaying Chinese Shaolin Warrior acts and, most importantly, to recall fantasies of the mythical dragon.
Bring your friends, your little siblings and your parents for an afternoon of fun and fantasies.
Israeli Film Festival
Feb. 26 – April 9
$10-$18, free for students
For the 15th consecutive year, the Israeli Film Festival is headed to Philly for more than a month, bringing with it some of Israel’s award-winning feature films, documentaries and dramas, popular both in Israel and throughout the world.
Opening night features “Intimate Grammar,” a drama featuring a family living in Jerusalem during the 1960’s. It follows the delayed development of a young man, Aharon, and the betrayal at the hands of his family and loved ones. “My Lovely Sister” tells the story of the struggles two lovers endure in their Moroccan-Jewish intermarriage. Others films include “Melting Away” and “Dolphin Boy.”
Most films are in Hebrew with English subtitles. Admission is free to all screenings with a valid student ID.