Pilobolus Dance Theatre
What: Witness blow-your-mind choreography from the touring arm of a 41-year-old company.
Why: Shape-shifters on stage.
When: Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets ($20-$80) at 215-898-3900 or annenbergcenter.org.
PAFA After Dark: Activate
What: Sip cocktails, screen videos, go on a museum-wide scavenger hunt, and witness a reunion performance by girl group DisBand to celebrate current exhibit The Female Gaze.
Why: Night at the museum for grown-ups.
When: Tonight, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad St. (215-972-7600). Tickets at community.pafa.org ($10) or at the door ($15).
Joan Shepp Annual Basement Sale
What: With nary a mothball in sight, the blowout unloads biggies such as Ann Demeulemeester, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, and Junya Watanabe at up to 70 percent off.
Why: Treasure hunt time.
When: Today-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1616 Walnut St. (215-735-2666).
La Cottora Winter Festival
What: Gather round wood-burning fires for an Abruzzese-style communal food feast from chefs Joe Cicala (Le Virtù), George Sabatino (Stateside), and Scott Schroeder (American Sardine Bar, The South Philadelphia Tap Room).
Why: All profits go to support Philly nonprofit Project H.O.M.E.
When: Sun., 5-9 p.m.
Where: Le Virtù, 1927 E. Passyunk Ave. (215-271-5626). Tickets ($70) at levirtu.com.
One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff
What: PEN/Faulkner Award winner Julie Otsuka launches the annual citywide book program with readings from her book The Buddha in the Attic, the event’s official selection; supporting acts include Distant Voices Touring Theatre and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Why: It’s a reading rainbow.
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium, 1901 Vine St. (215-686-5322).
What: Escape winter chills in favor of a tropical garden getaway in the Brandywine Valley.
Why: Balmy temps in the conservatory keep you and the blooms rosy.
When: Opens Sat. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square (610-388-1000). Tickets ($18) at longwoodgardens.org.
Photo: John Kane / Courtesy of Pilobolus