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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

What: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson explores the legendary blues singer’s life and battle with racism through the prism of a 1920s Chicago recording session.
Why: The cast and creative team dish at postshow discussions.
When: Thru June 13. Meet the artists, Thurs., June 1, or June 10.
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, 480 S. Broad St. Tickets ($46-$59) at 215-985-0420 or online at ticketing.theatrealliance.org.

Le Virtù Benefit Cookout

What: Grab a seat in one of South Philly’s best alfresco spots for pizzas fritas, tortas rusticas, and fresh-off-the-grill fare from chef Luciana Spurio’s authentic Italian repertoire.
Why: Funds from the all-you-can-eat dinner go to DisCanto, a traditional Abruzzese folk band.
When: Tues., 6-9 p.m.
Where: 1927 E. Passyunk Ave. (215-271-5626). Tickets ($15) at the door.

Philadelphia Canoe Club

What: Take kayaking, canoeing, and white-water rafting day trips to nearby spots like the Schuylkill River — or try overnight adventures to Massachusetts, Canada, and other locations.
Why: Sign up for intro classes ($100-$250) to float your own boat.
When: You’re in deep water.
Where: Locations vary. Schedule online at philacanoe.org.

Jake’s Sandwich Board Opens
What: Turkey sandwiches with black cherry spread, steak and eggs spiced with sriracha ketchup, and other unexpected touches on classic lunchtime eats.
Why: Wash it all down with a Peanut Chew milk shake or an orange creamsicle float.
When: Sun.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 7 a.m.-midnight.
Where: 122 S. 12th St. (215-922-0102).

Photo: Richard Anderson / Courtesy of Philadelphia Theatre Company

1927 E Passyunk Ave
bt Mifflin & McKean Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19148
122 S 12th St
@ Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19146