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MAIN EVENTS: Plan Your Month This February


For some, tattoos are a lot like snakes—kind of creepy yet beautiful, fascinating but best viewed from a distance. But to those who have them, they’re the ultimate vehicle for self-expression. However you look at it, you won’t want to miss the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention Feb. 2-4, one of the premier events of its kind in the world. Trust us when we say that this annual gathering of the world’s top tattoo artists offers fun for the whole family. Organized by Troy Timpel, self-proclaimed “tattooed kingpin” and successor to the legendary Philadelphia Eddie, the convention features art galleries, tattoo contests, freak show oddities, live music and more. After all, who wouldn’t want to see Guinness Book record holder Red Stuart’s master sword-swallowing demonstration, along with gravity-defying suspension acts and other jaw-dropping feats? Tickets $15/day, $35/weekend; kids under 12 free. Sheraton Philadelphia City Center, 17th and Race streets. Call (215) 448-2000 or visit tattooedkingpin.com. Dawn E. Warden


Tut on Tour
After a 26-year absence, King Tut’s artifacts have returned to the U.S. as part of a traveling exhibit that makes its last of four stops at the Franklin Institute. In Philadelphia Feb. 3-Sept. 30, Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs has already wowed millions of visitors in Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Chicago—and it’s expected to do the same here. It features the treasures of King Tut, along with his royal relatives from the 18th Dynasty, scattered throughout 11 galleries. Of the more than 130 artifacts, 50 are from Tut’s own tomb, including the gold crown found on his head and other items that have never left Egypt before now. All are between 3,000 and 3,500 years old. Tickets $17.50/children, $27.50-$32.50/adults. 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Call (877) TUT-TKTS or visit fi.edu/tut.Jamie Strasheim



Sibling Rivalry
Feb. 6-18, Villanova Theatre presents Three Sisters, the highly acclaimed 1901 drama by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. This insightful work captures the essence of life—passing time—as it offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Olga, Masha and Irina Prozorov, who are wallowing away their days in a small provincial Russian town. Trapped in the middle of nowhere, the sisters and their extended family of siblings, spouses and friends tease, argue, daydream and scheme their way through the long hours. Things become complicated, however, when a handsome stranger arrives. Tickets $20-$24. Vasey Hall, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova. Call (610) 519-7474 or visit theatre.villanova.edu. —D.E.W.

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