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When deciding among all PIFA’s Frenchified happenings, it’s hard to go wrong. But we’ve combed through the extensive list and found a few you won’t want to miss.

Fly City

What: Fly School Circus Arts and Philadelphia School of Circus Arts show you how to tackle basic trapeze skills with the greatest of ease.
Why: Perfect the tricky catch and you’ll have something to fall back on (literally) if your day job doesn’t work out.
When: Thru May 1.
Where: 319 S. Broad St. Tickets ($55) online at pifa.org.

Wolfgang Puck Catering’s Creperie Cart
What: Take a break from the action for a pancake stuffed with your choice of sweet or savory fillings (brandied cherries, apricot preserves, farmer cheese).
Why: Rumor has it executive chef Chris Stevens counts chocolate ganache and Tahitian vanilla whipped cream as his favorites. We couldn’t agree more.
When: Thru May 1. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Center, Commonwealth Plaza, 260 S. Broad St. Info at 215-670-2388.

A Night at the Movies

What: Youngsters from Independent Rock provide a sound track to silent films.
Why: Afterward, the band backs Martha Graham Cracker’s hilarious drag show with a modern interpretation of Cole Porter tunes.
When: Apr. 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Center, Innovation Studio, 300 S. Broad St. Info at 215-546-7432. Tickets ($10) online at pifa.org.

Street Fair

What: Broad Street does its best Champs-Élysées impression with sidewalk performers, human fountains, and a giant Ferris wheel.
Why: Arrive early for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’s soulful set at 6 p.m.
When: Apr. 30, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: S. Broad St., b/t Lombard & Chestnut Sts. Admission is free.

French in Ten Minutes

What: Alliance Française de Philadelphie teaches easy conversational phrases with a daily rotating theme.
Why: Impress the barista you’ve been eyeing by ordering your croissant with a Gallic lilt.
When: Thru Apr. 28. Mon.-Fri., 5 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Center, Commonwealth Plaza, 260 S. Broad St. Info at 215-546-7432. Participation is free.

Illustration: Courtesy of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Fly City
319 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
PIFA Street Fair
S Broad St
bt South & Chestnut Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Kimmel Center, Commonwealth Plaza
260 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
300 S Broad St
bt Spruce & Pine Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19102