THE POP BEFORE THE POPE: Do you think it’s a coincidence that Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour hits the day before the city gets all but locked down for the pope’s visit? Probably not, but let’s hope that impending influx of the faithful inspires the outspoken pop icon to push the envelope when she performs 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-389-9543.
Theater & Arts
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Act II Playhouse presents a comedy about a screenwriter-turned-professor trying to break back into the biz in Hollywood, through Oct. 4, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-654-0200.
Andy: A Popera
Opera Philadelphia and The Bearded Ladies present a musical based on the life and philosophy of Andy Warhol through Sept. 20, 1526 N. American St.; 215-893-3600.
The comedian performs Sept. 18-20 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001.
The talk-show host and comedian performs 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.
The William Way LGBT Community Center presents a collection of archival and personal items with a focus on the history of transgender activism in Philadelphia, curated and collected by local trans community members, through Sept. 20, 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220.
Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life
The Franklin Institute presents the story of one of the world’s greatest leaders through Jan. 3, 20th Street and the Parkway; www.fi.edu.
Herman Leonard: Jazz Portraits
An exhibition of photographs from the master portrait photographer featuring jazz legends such as Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and many more from 1940-60, through Oct. 11 at Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-340-9800.
Walnut Street Theatre presents Cole Porter’s feel-good musical about a socialite preparing for her lavish summer wedding through Oct. 25, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.
Into Dust: Traces of the Fragile in Contemporary Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition about the distinctions between the corporeal and transcendental, emergence and decay, belonging and displacement, life and death, through Oct. 25, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.
Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the acclaimed photographer’s black-and-white pictures of the 1950s and ’60s, Sept. 19-Feb. 21, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.
Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition surveying Scandinavian design, from its triumphant showing at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris to the present day, through Oct. 4, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.
Take Two: Contemporary Photographs
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring how contemporary artists have responded to changes in culture and technology by refashioning or rejecting photography’s conventions through Nov. 15, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.
LIVE AND SHTICKING: Dragapella quartet The Kinsey Sicks returns to New Hope with its latest drag musical, “Chicks with Shticks,” featuring original songs and some irreverent parodies of classic film and stage songs, 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Rrazz Room, in The Ramada New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope. For more information, call 888-596-1027.
Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz
The out singer-songwriter and her band perform 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.
The all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band performs 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at Sellersville Theatre 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5858.
Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix
The pop singer and the vocal group with out members perform 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; 609-365-1300.
The rock band performs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave.; 215-572-7650.
Motorhead and Anthrax
The heavy-metal bands perform 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Tower Theatre, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 610-352-2887.
Jesus and Mary Chain
The rock band performs 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-232-210.
Lil’ Steph presents RASPUTIN’S ROOM
The burlesque show begins 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at Ruba Club Studios, 416 Green St.; 215-627-9831.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Nadya Ginsburg presents the Philadelphia premiere of the long-running L.A. hit featuring impressions of Madonna, Cher, Lady Gaga and Winona Ryder, along with original characters, 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St.; 215-735-5772.
Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret
The Philly drag star performs 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Fringe Arts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.; 215-413-9006.
Miss Tabu Fantasy Pageant
The fantasy-themed costume pageant kicks off 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675.
The Pastie-Kakes Present: UNWRAPPED!
MasoKiss, Nikki Malicious, Cameron Catastrophe and Quorra Vahn Tassels perform with music by DJ Reenie Kane 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Venture Inn, 255 S. Camac St.; 215-545-8731.
Miss Everything 3
Female-identified performers of all backgrounds perform 9 p.m. Sept. 23 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675.
Happy Bear: God is a DJ
Walk on over to the Gayborhood and worship with the bears 5-9 p.m. Sept. 25 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675.
The Jacksons & The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards
The R&B groups perform 8 p.m. at Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J.: 609-343-2535.
The anime classic is screened 9:45 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.
Big Daddy Graham
The comedian and radio host performs 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Rrazz Room, in The Ramada New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; 888-596-1027.
Frederick Mann White
The cabaret singer performs 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Rrazz Room, in The Ramada New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; 888-596-1027.