Natalie Merchant: Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant is in town tonight at the Merriam Theater. The piano-playing indie musician is best known for her work with 10,000 Maniacs and hit song, “Carnival.” With five solo studio albums, Merchant’s latest, Leave Your Sleep, is considered to be her best yet. Although tickets are a bit pricey, Merchant’s earthy aura and smooth vocals will leave your soul feeling satisfied. Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102, $200, 8 p.m.
Kurt Metzger: Be a part of a Comedy Central taping tonight at Helium. See the always-funny Kurt Metzger for only $10 and a chance to be on camera. You may remember Metzger from NBC’s Last Comic Standingand Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. Brings your friends and laugh all night. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103, $10, 8 p.m.
Cocktails and Costumes: Party at the retro Varga Bar tonight as they celebrate their one-year anniversary party. Enjoy a one-hour open bar as you celebrate their success. Win cool prizes and swag if you dress up as one of the classic Varga pin-up girls. All the fun begins at 9 p.m. and lasts all night. Varga Bar, 941 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107, +21, 9 p.m.