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Carols and Cookies Cruise w/ the Chestnut Street Singers
Presenting, the Chestnut Street Singers for Carols on the Schuylkill! We are pleased to welcome aboard the Chestnut Street Singers for a special day of carols and cookies on the Schuylkill River. Join us for a special warm and cozy cruise with friends, family, and all of your loved ones to celebrate the Holiday Season. During this one hour cruise the Chestnut Street Singers will perform a repertoire of Christmas music. They will bring to the Schuylkill their tradition of classical interpretation of holiday music and carols in a "performative" way. We imagine that many of the great manors of the Schuylkill including the Bartram's House and the Woodlands would be familiar with their music. Included with the cruise we will be offering free cookies for all of our guests. This is sure to become a Philadelphia holiday tradition that can't be missed. During this cruise we will travel up to the Fairmount Water Works, down to Bartram's Garden and then return to Schuylkill Banks.

presented by Chestnut Street Singers
12/2017/02 - 12/2017/02
Nutcracker Sweets: Dancing & Desserts
Step into the Land of Sweets as Ballet 180 presents their debut production of Nutcracker Sweets, a fun and fresh take on the classic story that combines live dance with delicious desserts for audience members to enjoy.   Great for dance fans and foodies alike! Dreamy dancing delights come to life to the familiar sounds of Nutcracker in a swinging, big band style performance that features Ballet 180 professional dancers and school students from elementary levels and up. This entertaining take on the Nutcracker’s Land of Sweets is sure to delight fans of all ages! Join us a half hour before the show for story time and photos with the Sugarplum Fairy.

presented by Ballet 180
12/2017/16 - 12/2017/16
Revolutionary Christmas
It's Christmas 1776. As Philadelphia's most illustrious citizens and visitors gather for a service at Christ Church, they must balance the joy of the season with the fear of the Revolution. How did they do it? Join Christ Church Historian and Senior Tour Guide Neil Ronk for a genuine colonial experience as he offers a Christmas tour that considers the angst and awe surrounding America's founders. Offered for three nights only, the candlelit trip through time will lead you under the original 1744 chandelier, past the pews of George Washington and Betsy Ross, and over the memorial tablets marking the burial vaults of early American families. Located at 2nd and Market Street in Old City, Christ Church is Philadelphia's earliest buildings from the Revolutionary Era.

presented by Christ Church Philadelphia
12/2017/08 - 12/2017/22
Holiday Standards
Crooner Caleb Collins evokes Michael Bublé and Harry Connick, Jr, adding in a hint of gospel and his own twists on holiday favorites and jazz standards played by a 90-piece orchestra. Bring the whole family! Featuring the Van Zant and Whitman Elementary School Choruses.

presented by Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey
12/2017/03 - 12/2017/03
A Gospel Celebration Directed by Dr. J. Donald Dumpson
Come get your praise on! From the soul-infused sounds of the Hammond B3 organ and the smooth Philly stylings of regional gospel greats, this line-up shall raise the roof. Expect Goodhart Hall to resound with the joy, sorrow, and deep resilience of African-American sacred music as Dr. J. Donald Dumpson brings the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale together with Serena Blanco and the Gospel Music Preservation Alliance, Waverly Alston and the Company of Friends, and special spirit-stirring soloists.

presented by Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series
12/2017/02 - 12/2017/02
Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theatre presents SECRETS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Our popular holiday show is back! Tell us your holiday-related secrets! Did you drop the Thanksgiving Turkey on the floor and serve it anyway? Kiss your first cousin at the July 4th picnic? Re-gift that sweater your mom knitted for you for Christmas? Inspired by your true secrets--submitted anonymously--the ensemble instantly creates an unscripted montage of hilarious and heartbreaking scenes and monologues, accompanied by live improvised music.

presented by Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater
12/2017/08 - 12/2017/08
Winter Wonderland 2017
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse hosts its annual Winter Wonderland celebration presented by PECO on Saturday, December 9th from 10am-12pm. Families are invited to Smith for festivities that include holiday decorations, an ice carving demonstration, messy arts, s'mores making, and live music by Alex and the Kaleidoscope. $10 per child (accompanying adults free) Free household admission for Smith members and ACCESS cardholders

presented by PECO
12/2017/09 - 12/2017/09
Philadanco: H-i-s-t-o-r-y
Bringing the incomparable legacy of African American choreographers to the Perelman stage, PHILADANCO founder Joan Myers Brown has crafted a performance that highlights a past often left out of the history books. With pieces including “Walking with Pearl” about historic choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus; a world premiere ballet entitled “Pieces of My Heart,” choreographed by Sonia Dawkins and based on the poems of renowned writer August Wilson; work from choreographer Geoffrey Holder performed by his wife, legendary guest artist Carmen de Lavallade; “Forces of Rhythm” from The Wiz choreographer and Tony Award winner Louis Johnson; and more.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
12/2017/15 - 12/2017/17
Handel Messiah Chestnut Hill
1749 Covent Garden Version Soloists: Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Jody Kidwell (alto), Dana Wilson (tenor), Ed Bara (bass) A Philadelphia tradition! On original Baroque instruments, Handel’s Messiah celebrates the Story of the Season. Bright trumpets, grand voices of choristers and dazzling soloists excite and uplift. From hushed airs to the great “Hallelujah Chorus,” and the final, majestic “Amen,” this is truly Christmas at its best.

presented by Vox Ama Deus
12/2017/01 - 12/2017/01
Handel Messiah Paoli
1749 Covent Garden Version Soloists: Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Jody Kidwell (alto), Dana Wilson (tenor), Ed Bara (bass) A Philadelphia tradition! On original Baroque instruments, Handel’s Messiah celebrates the Story of the Season. Bright trumpets, grand voices of choristers and dazzling soloists excite and uplift. From hushed airs to the great “Hallelujah Chorus,” and the final, majestic “Amen,” this is truly Christmas at its best.

presented by Vox Ama Deus
12/2017/03 - 12/2017/03
Handel Messiah Philadelphia
1749 Covent Garden Version Soloists: Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Jody Kidwell (alto), Dana Wilson (tenor), Ed Bara (bass) A Philadelphia tradition! On original Baroque instruments, Handel’s Messiah celebrates the Story of the Season. Bright trumpets, grand voices of choristers and dazzling soloists excite and uplift. From hushed airs to the great “Hallelujah Chorus,” and the final, majestic “Amen,” this is truly Christmas at its best.

presented by Vox Ama Deus
12/2017/15 - 12/2017/15
Handel Messiah Wayne
1749 Covent Garden Version Soloists: Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Jody Kidwell (alto), Dana Wilson (tenor), Ed Bara (bass) A Philadelphia tradition! On original Baroque instruments, Handel’s Messiah celebrates the Story of the Season. Bright trumpets, grand voices of choristers and dazzling soloists excite and uplift. From hushed airs to the great “Hallelujah Chorus,” and the final, majestic “Amen,” this is truly Christmas at its best.

presented by Vox Ama Deus
12/2017/17 - 12/2017/17
Renaissance Noël Chestnut Hill
Christmas Remaissance Masterworks of Old Europe This season marks the 31st consecutive year of our annual tradition of magical Renaissance Noël concerts by the Vox Renaissance Consort, celebrating the glorious Renaissance Christmas music of Old Europe, with masterpieces for single and double chorus, solo voices, and original period instruments, and—new this season!—an exciting additional performance at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli. A unique feature of these concerts is our Renaissance Consort performers exquisitely attired in lush period costumes. An enchanting experience that will bring you back to a true Noël.

presented by Vox Ama Deus
12/2017/08 - 12/2017/08
Renaissance Noël Paoli
Christmas Remaissance Masterworks of Old Europe This season marks the 31st consecutive year of our annual tradition of magical Renaissance Noël concerts by the Vox Renaissance Consort, celebrating the glorious Renaissance Christmas music of Old Europe, with masterpieces for single and double chorus, solo voices, and original period instruments, and—new this season!—an exciting additional performance at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli. A unique feature of these concerts is our Renaissance Consort performers exquisitely attired in lush period costumes. An enchanting experience that will bring you back to a true Noël.

presented by Vox Ama Deus
12/2017/09 - 12/2017/09
Renaissance Noël Bryn Mawr College
Christmas Remaissance Masterworks of Old Europe This season marks the 31st consecutive year of our annual tradition of magical Renaissance Noël concerts by the Vox Renaissance Consort, celebrating the glorious Renaissance Christmas music of Old Europe, with masterpieces for single and double chorus, solo voices, and original period instruments, and—new this season!—an exciting additional performance at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli. A unique feature of these concerts is our Renaissance Consort performers exquisitely attired in lush period costumes. An enchanting experience that will bring you back to a true Noël.

presented by Vox Ama Deus
12/2017/10 - 12/2017/10
Forever Gershwin
All Gershwin Program! Soloist: Peter Donohoe (piano) George Gershwin: Primrose Overture Variations on “I Got Rhythm” Cuban Overture Second Rhapsody(New York Rhapsody) Gershwin in Hollywood (medley of favorite Gershwin tunes) Rhapsody in Blue Our January concert again celebrates the music of George Gershwin, the composer who can be credited with bringing jazz rhythms into the concert hall. Acclaimed British piano virtuoso Peter Donohoe returns to dazzle us anew with his keyboard brilliance as he performs Gershwin’s famous piano works on a Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano. The program will feature both the Rhapsody in Blue and the Second Rhapsody, which has only recently begun to receive the acclaim it deserves. Also featured: Cuban Overture, Variations on “I Got Rhythm”, Primrose Overture and others. This concert regularly sells out, so order your tickets early. This ever-popular annual tradition will leave you smiling!

presented by Vox Ama Deus
01/2018/05 - 01/2018/05
Joy Cutler’s Anatomy Lesson
With both poignancy and humor, "Anatomy Lesson" shows how one woman’s experience with chronic illness can be a pathway to creating connections between us all. The show is a medical memoir about Joy Cutler's unwanted genetic inheritance, surviving hemodialysis and what it means to be an organ transplant recipient. And it’s about Joy’s enduring relationship with her young donor who, in losing his life, gave her back her own.

presented by Five Minute Follies
12/2017/02 - 12/2017/02
Annie
Leapin' Lizards! Celebrate the holiday season with one of the world's best-loved musicals! Annie is a spunky orphan in 1930s New York City determined to find her parents. In one fun-filled adventure after another, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil schemes, befriends President Roosevelt, and finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. This Tony Award-winning Best Musical for the entire family features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written including "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Annie will fill your heart with joy!

presented by Walnut Street Theatre
11/2017/07 - 01/2018/07
Peter Pan at Arden Theatre
Single tickets available now! November 22 - January 21 On the F. Otto Haas Stage Ever since J.M. Barrie's story first appeared in 1904, countless versions have been produced on stage and in film. Now, Arden Children's Theatre presents a brand-new production that celebrates the joy of storytelling and the power of imagination. Join Peter on his adventure to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents, no chores, and fairies and pirates rule! Introduce your children and grandchildren to the characters you loved from J.M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece: Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, a horde of mischievous Lost Boys, Nana the dog, and – last but not least – a very hungry, ticking crocodile.

presented by Arden Theatre Company
11/2017/22 - 01/2018/21
A Dream is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert
December 17, 2017 Once upon a time, our doors opened wide to introduce the joy of live theatre to the youngest new audiences with music, princesses, and a party.   A Dream Is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert is a live concert sing-along, featuring nine Princesses including Princess Sofia, Cinderella, Elsa, Mulan, Moana, Belle, and others. Cinderella is having a holiday celebration with her friends and the youngest, Princess Sofia, wants to learn from the other Princesses how to be the best she can be as she grows up! They teach her that even though life will present obstacles, everyone’s path is different, and if she is true to herself, she will find her way.   A Dream Is a Wish features over 15 holiday and popular movie-musical songs, including the titular song, “A Dream Is A Wish,” “Let It Go,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “When Will My Life Begin.

presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company
12/2017/17 - 12/2017/17
A Play, a Pie, and a Pint presents: The Art of Swimming
A Play, A Pie and A Pint® is reminiscent of the great pub theatres in the UK. One-act shows are served up with pies (pizza) and pints (beer or soda), included in the low ticket price. Seating is cabaret-style, at tables. A 'happy hour' theatre, with shows at 6:30pm, we create a theatre experience that's “brilliantly casual.”™ ABOUT THE SHOW: A single actor takes us on an imaginative adventure to rediscover the story of Mercedes Gleitze, one of the great athlete-celebrities of her time. In 1927, after 26-year-old Gleitze successfully swims the 20-mile crossing of the frigid English Channel, an even greater challenge emerges. Detractors—skeptical of women’s athleticism—claim her achievement is a hoax, setting Gleitze on a course that would forever change both her life and the perceptions of women in sports. Told with inventive props, enchanting surprises, and accompanied by live music, The Art of Swimming will inspire anyone who has ever tested the motto, “Nothing great is easy.”

presented by Tiny Dynamite
12/2017/06 - 12/2017/17
Cooking with the Calamari Sisters
The original Calamari Sisters production is in town! Hilarity, delicious dishes and two over-the-top plus-size Italian Sisters from Brooklyn (stars of their very own fictional cable television show) take you on a Tour de Force of Italian, pop & show tunes and cuisine as they sing (Volare, Botcha – Me and much more), dance, joke, and laugh through a very special cooking lesson!   Straight from sold out engagements across the country, Delphine & Carmela perform outrageous musical numbers, while designing their latest culinary offerings. Don't be surprised if they get a bit naughty when they update their treasured family recipes with saucy secrets and anecdotes that will leave you rolling in the aisles. And who knows? You may get a chance to sample these two sisters' kitchen creations.   Be prepared to eat your heart out and laugh until your sides hurt.

presented by Penn's Landing Playhouse
11/2017/24 - 12/2017/16
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman Directed by David Bradley February 21 - March 31, 2018 Leonard C. Haas Stage In a cramped, secret annex, eight Jews attempt to evade Nazi deportation. One of them, a teenage girl with a gift for writing, chronicles their harrowing experiences in her diary. Our production, featuring a multi-racial cast, honors her tragic story as it speaks to today's increasingly nationalistic world.

presented by People's Light
02/2018/21 - 03/2018/31
Romeo and Juliet: A Requiem
By William Shakespeare Conceived for Six Actors by Zak Berkman and Samantha Reading Directed by Samantha Reading April 25 - May 27, 2018 Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light Romeo and Juliet didn't have to die. In this inventive six-actor version of Shakespeare’s play, the traumatized parents, Friar, and Nurse relive the passions and perils of their star-crossed children. This classic tale of balconies and battlegrounds becomes a vibrant act of truth and reconciliation.

presented by People's Light
04/2018/25 - 05/2018/27
Symphony concert - World of flavors
This concert is an excursion into contrasting worlds of sound. La Peri Fanfare for Brass by Paul Dukas opens the program. Next is Gabriel Faure’s Masques et bergamasques Suite, followed by Brigg Fair by Frederick Delius. Highlight of the afternoon is Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 performed by the brilliant Ching-Yun Hu. Music Director, Joseph Caminiti, conducts.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
12/2017/03 - 12/2017/03
Aladdin: A Musical Panto
November 15, 2017 - January 7, 2018 By Pete Pryor and Samantha Reading Music & Lyrics by Michael Ogborn Directed by Pete Pryor Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light Your favorite holiday tradition! When the young ne’er-do-well Aladdin and his animal pals find a mysterious lamp, a hilarious adventure begins. Cheer our heroes as they rescue Princess Mai Tai, fly a magic carpet, and plot with the beloved Dame, Widow Twankey, to save their village of Paolistein from the clutches of the evil villain Fu. This rollicking musical romp “beats a sugar rush any day” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

presented by People's Light
11/2017/15 - 01/2018/07
BalletX Spring Series 2018
Three of today’s most celebrated choreographers, Trey McIntyre, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Matthew Neenan return to BalletX for a captivating bill of world premieres.   Trey McIntyre has created over 100 world premiere works on some of the world’s most prestigious companies, including Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet. His 2016 BalletX premiere, Big Ones, set to the music of Amy Winehouse, was praised by The New York Times as “wacky, eccentric and fabulous.”   New York-based choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie has created work on Colorado Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Most recently, Moultrie was tapped to choreograph for Grammy Award winner Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter World Tour, one of the highest-grossing tours of the decade.   The series will also feature the return of Matthew Neenan’s 2014 work Increasing, inspired by the richness and intensity of music by Franz Schubert.

presented by BalletX
03/2018/07 - 03/2018/18
Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company at PTC
The UCB Touring Company brings the best improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres to new audiences all around the country. Our flagship touring show is a 90-minute, unscripted and totally improvised performance. Four improvisers at the top of their game perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.

presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company
12/2017/01 - 12/2017/02
Musical Thrones, a parody
February 9 & 10, 2018 Sail into Westeros for the musical send-up of a century! Musical Thrones is a giddy and raucous parody of the Emmy Award-winning HBO show, Game of Thrones. Sing and dance along with Daenerys, her dragons, and many other beloved and be-hated characters as they engage in savagery, sex, and earth-shattering plot twists in the Seven Kingdoms.

presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company
02/2018/09 - 02/2018/10
Bob le flambeur
Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial (1917-2017) Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1956, 102 min., b&w, French w/ English subtitles Suffused with wry humor, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Bob le flambeur melds the toughness of American gangster films with Gallic sophistication to lay the road map for the French New Wave. As the neon is extinguished for another dawn, an aging gambler navigates the treacherous world of pimps, moneymen, and naive associates while plotting one last score—the heist of the Deauville casino. This underworld comedy of manners possesses all the formal beauty, finesse, and treacherous allure of green baize.

presented by International House Philadelphia
12/2017/07 - 12/2017/07
Léon Morin, Priest
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1961, 128 min., b&w, French w/ English subtitles Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial (1917-2017) “Religion is the opiate of the people,” begins the confession of jaded Communist widow Barny (Emmanuelle Riva) in Melville’s adaptation of Béatrix Beck’s autobiographical novel. Relocated to a drab little village during the Occupation, her boredom has led to provoking the local clergy. But when her confessor dryly replies “Pas exactement,” Barny begins a seemingly inexorable turn towards God — or perhaps towards her handsome confessor. Fresh from the success of Breathless, Jean-Paul Belmondo was cast as the titular character despite his initial reluctance fearing it would undermine his newfound status as a sex symbol. This restoration of Melville’s never-before-seen director’s cut puts back 11 minutes excised from the original release version.

presented by International House Philadelphia
12/2017/08 - 12/2017/08
Le Doulos
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1963, 108 min., b&w, French w/ English subtitles Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial (1917-2017) Maurice (Serge Reggiani) is fresh out of prison and looking to pay a debt with an easy heist. But when the cops thwart the gangster's plans, he suspects Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) for a doulos - a stoolpigeon. “One evening in January, 1957, my friend [and agent] Jean Rossignol, phoned me to say “I have a book for you.” He sent me the press proofs of a novel due out in the Série Noir collection entitled Le Doulos. l was immediately taken with it, not so much by the form, which was episodic and Montmartre-set, which I didn’t respect, but by the spirit.” – Jean-Pierre Melville

presented by International House Philadelphia
12/2017/14 - 12/2017/14
Army of Shadows
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1969, 145 min., French w/ English subtitles Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial (1917-2017) This masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville about the French Resistance went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, until its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melville’s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime. Army of Shadows will be introduced by Philippe C. Met, Professor of Romance Languages/Chair, French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

presented by International House Philadelphia
12/2017/15 - 12/2017/15
Le cercle rouge
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1970, 140 min., French w/ English subtitles Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial (1917-2017) Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). The unlikely trio plot a heist, against impossible odds, until a relentless inspector and their own pasts seal their fates. Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge combines honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema.

presented by International House Philadelphia
12/2017/16 - 12/2017/16
Un Flic
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1972, 98 min., French w/ English Subtitles Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial (1917-2017) Edouard Coleman (Alain Delon) spends his days and nights chasing criminals, but doesn’t see the crook right under his nose. Simon (Richard Crenna), a smooth nightclub owner, works with a small crew to execute daring heists with big payoffs, while the beautiful Cathy (Catherine Deneuve) is torn between them. As cop and criminal do what they do best, paths converge and old scores must be settled. The 13th and final film from Gallic great Melville (Bob Le Flambeur, Army of Shadows) doubles-down the ice-blue look that had been the director’s signature in Le Samourai and Le Cercle Rouge, both starring the equally cool Delon.

presented by International House Philadelphia
12/2017/16 - 12/2017/16
The Craftsman: Holiday
From the ashes of World War II, Dutch patriots discover that one of their own – a rich and reputable art dealer – has sold rare Vermeer paintings to the Nazis. Accused of treason and on trial for his life, he must decide whether to destroy his own reputation or to reveal bigger secrets behind these works that the Dutch consider national treasures. Commissioned and developed through the Lantern's New Works Initiative, this world premiere by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham spins a darkly ironic tale of ambition, genius, and deception. WORLD PREMIERE By Bruce Graham Directed by M. Craig Getting

presented by Lantern Theater Company
11/2017/21 - 12/2017/09
The Wizard of Oz by Family Stages
The Wizard of Oz takes the stage at the fabulous Ambler Theater. In this imaginative, cleverly staged production, two actors play all the characters! The action and the costumes fly fast and furiously as Dorothy and Toto make their way down The Yellow Brick Road. The scarecrow, tin man and lion are all there, along with witches, good and wicked, and of course The Wizard, himself. There is great fun for all ages in this sparkling one hour show!

presented by Family Stages
12/2017/09 - 12/2017/27
Nutcracker 1776
Experience the Rock School’s revolutionary, child friendly, holiday classic Nutcracker 1776! Tchaikovsky’s timeless musical score blends with Philadelphia’s historic and revolutionary origins, featuring world-class young artists onstage with three spectacular performances at the Merriam Theater November 24 (7 PM) & 25 (1 & 4 PM)!

presented by The Rock School for Dance Education
11/2017/24 - 11/2017/25
BrideNext Culminating Showcase: Ill Doots & Belle Alvarez
The BrideNext initiative culminates with an event showcasing powerful poetic art and pointed advocacy. Two performances by two artists, both exploring the intersections of artistry and activism. ILL DOOTS‘ “Existence, Resistance and the Sounds of Surroundings” is a multimedia concert that uses music to amplify the stories, grievances, and desires of the neighborhood residents surrounding the ever-expanding Temple University. Belle Alvarez, through the performance of “Ageless Dream: Historias Nuestras” threads together memories of home, journeys across national borders, and questions around the American crisis of immigration.

presented by Painted Bride Art Center
11/2017/17 - 11/2017/18
My Fair Lady
In My Fair Lady, Henry Higgins, a celebrated professor of phonetics, makes a bet that he can pass off a lower-class flower girl from Covent Garden as a duchess at the Embassy Ball. By dressing her in expensive clothing, improving her manners, and teaching her how to speak correctly, Higgins transforms Eliza Doolittle into a lady.   Following the Greek myth of Pygmalion, Higgins becomes enamored with his creation, now the most eligible lady in London. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with songs by Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady is known as “the perfect musical.” The production will explore who owns the English language, what remains of the 20th century's rigid class system and what is independence for a modern woman?

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
11/2017/15 - 12/2017/17
SHARP Dance Company presents "HUMANITY"
“SHARP's Fall Season "HUMANITY" will include the world premiere of "669" a story of an amazing man Sir Nicholas Winton who saved 669 children from the Holocaust. The piece was created with amazing original music by Liliya Danieva from Moscow, Russia. SHARP will also be performing "Madness". Originally premiered in 2011, this piece explores the epidemic of mental illnesses found in our society. The subconscious thought will be digitally projected through the use of video by Lauren Mandilian Huot, original choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin (Artistic Director of SHARP) and original music by Composer, J. Dancers: Caroline Butcher, Linnea Calzada-Charma, Sandra Davis, Kate Lombardi, Sophie Malin, Kyan Nazami, Leslie Ann Pike, Miguel Quiñones & Angeli Romano

presented by SHARP Dance Company
11/2017/17 - 11/2017/19
The Little Mermaid
Go under the sea with Ariel and her friends in this fun-loving musical for all ages. The first of two Menken and Ashman musicals on our schedule with tow additional matinee performances for the kids.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
11/2017/24 - 12/2017/09
A Taste of Vienna!
Take a trip to Africa and Spain with Concert Operetta Theater! Hear selections from these two great classic Viennese operettas for the first time in modern Philadelphia history... Join COT and guest conductor Maestro Dario Salvi of the Imperial Vienna Orchestra(UK), in his US debut, to help bring back these great operetta classics for contemporary audiences to enjoy. Musical selections from A Trip to Africa (Die Afrikareise, 1883) by Franz von Suppé. Last heard in Philadelphia in 1884 and The Sea Cadet or The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett, 1876) Music by Richard Genée / Philadelphia premiere Conducted by Maestro Dario Salvi Gabriel Rebolla, piano and the Symphony in C String Quintet Sung in English This concert is made possible by a gift from the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation

presented by Concert Operetta Theater
11/2017/18 - 11/2017/19
My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy
Brad Zimmerman’s hilarious and inspiring story about the grit & passion it takes to “make it” as an artist & the sweet rewards that come from never giving up!

presented by Penn's Landing Playhouse
11/2017/17 - 11/2017/18
ComedySportz Minor League Matinee
ComedySportz®, Philadelphia’s longest running show is the flagship production of CSz Philadelphia. For over 20 years, ComedySportz has entertained over 150,000 Philadelphia fans with its fast, smart and funny brand of improvisation. CSz Philadelphia is proud to present The ComedySportz Minor League Matinee! Every Sunday afternoon @ 2PM, two teams, The Philadelphia 676ers and The New Jersey Pine Barons battle for the laughs of you, the Loyal Fans in a fast-paced 60 minute improv comedy match. The Players compete over several rounds using the sport's myriad of official improv games while a Referee times the games and calls the fouls and a live Announcer provides scoring updates and color commentary. In this interactive show, appropriate for EVERYONE, the audience gets in on the action, awarding points and shouting out suggestions.

presented by ComedySportz
03/2017/19 - 09/2018/09
The Craftsman
From the ashes of World War II, Dutch patriots discover that one of their own – a rich and reputable art dealer – has sold rare Vermeer paintings to the Nazis. Accused of treason and on trial for his life, he must decide whether to destroy his own reputation or to reveal bigger secrets behind these works that the Dutch consider national treasures. Commissioned and developed through the Lantern's New Works Initiative, this world premiere by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham spins a darkly ironic tale of ambition, genius, and deception. WORLD PREMIERE By Bruce Graham Directed by M. Craig Getting

presented by Lantern Theater Company
11/2017/09 - 12/2017/10
Chamber concert - Brass celebration
The DCS Brass Return for a rich tapestry of music from across cultures and time periods, including some seasonal favorites! The second half of the concert will feature DCS section principals performing Brahms's Horn Trio in E-flat Major, op. 40.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
11/2017/19 - 11/2017/19
Beacon Theatre Productions Fall Showcase
Our Fall Showcase features two exciting new one-act plays by local playwrights, including The Red Letter Locker by Randy Petersen, and Apostle of Freedom by Leonard Dozier. In The Red Letter Locker by Randy Petersen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is transported into the present time by a time machine made by his friend, H.G. Wells. Doyle helps a high school student, falsely accused of a crime, exonerate herself by using the craft of Sherlockian deduction. Apostle of Freedom is a one-man show written and performed by Leonard Dozier, who passionately portrays the character of Richard Allen, the founder of the A.M.E. church in Philadelphia. Allen's indomitable will is on full display against the backdrop of the Yellow Fever epidemic as he fights for life, freedom, and equality, while prophetically looking toward the future.

presented by Beacon Theatre Productions
11/2017/17 - 11/2017/18
The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed Salon: A Sanctuary for Verbal Sexual Expression
"This is the most fun I have had for the least amount of money....Great place to take a date....Met so many nice people (single woman)....Finally had my unusual sex questions answered by an expert..." Come hear what all of Philadelphia, the Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Magazine have been talking about since 2008. Susana Mayer, Ph.D. is the creator & host of this comfortable & safe space. Hear erotica & sex memoirs. NO CENSORSHIP. Participate as a reader, storyteller, spoken-word performer, or just come to listen, enjoy & applaud. Prior to readings: Adult Sex-Ed, lead by Dr. Mayer Sexologist & co-host Walter. Answers to your anonymous questions are audience driven, along with Dr. Mayer’s academic input. Eccentric Walter keeps this session most lively with his quirky sense of humor. Frances, resident centenarian (100-yrs young in 2017) stopped reading at the Salon in 2015 – those stairs! However, Dr. Mayer updates the Salon attendees with Frances’ lovelife.

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
10/2017/17 - 05/2018/15
FINE ART PIANO DUO: MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS featuring “THE NUTCRACKER SUITE”
The NUTCRACKER BALLET permeates our holiday season. Performed on two pianos, this arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s famous NUTCRACKER SUITE presents his inspired melodies in full, transforming this warm-hearted romantic story into an intimate and dynamic listening experience. FINE ART PIANO DUO, Katarzyna Salwinski and Rollin Wilber, also perform a majestic work of Brahms; sweeping lines of music in Rachmaninoff; and a rich two-piano rendition of ‘new tango’ by Piazzolla.   Held at Manayunk's outstanding new performance hall, VENICE ISLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. Its acoustics are impressive, and the seats provide an excellent view of the stage. THE EVENING’S MUSIC: SAINT ANTHONY VARIATIONS – Johannes Brahms   THE NUTCRACKER SUITE – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky MILONGA DEL ANGEL – Astor Piazzolla SUITE #2 FOR TWO PIANOS – Sergei Rachmaninoff * * * Audience members are invited to a small. post-concert reception at a local venue, for refreshment, meeting artists… and more music!

presented by Fine Art Music Company
11/2017/18 - 11/2017/18
Delaware River Sunset Cruise
The Ultimate Philadelphia Sunset Cruise! While cruising aboard one of our elegant yachts you will feel the warm rays of the sun sinking peacefully behind Philadelphia's beautiful skyline. The evening then turns magical as you cruise the calm waters and watch the bright lights of the city come alive. Our sunset cruises are a unique Philadelphia experience and for many it turns into a very romantic excursion. For others it is a great way to catch up with friends, unwind after a days work or relax before heading out on the town for dinner, a show or a visit to Spruce Street Harbor Park. Although our sunset cruise is not narrated, our crew will always answer any questions you have! All of our yachts serve beer, wine and mixed drinks during our cruises. Join us for a cruise on Philadelphia's often overlooked Delaware River! Your attitude and perception of Philadelphia as a great river town will probably change as you experience phillybyboat from a new perspective.

presented by Patriot Harbor Lines
04/2017/07 - 11/2017/18
Clybourne Park | Student Theatre Production
Clybourne Park Written by Bruce Norris Directed by Stephen Smith Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, "Clybourne Park" is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun," playwright Bruce Norris set up "Clybourne Park" as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood’s first black family. Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground. Warning: Contains adult content and language.

presented by Delaware County Community College
11/2017/09 - 11/2017/18
TouchTones at the Arden Theatre Company
Single tickets are now available! The Arden Theatre Company presents: TouchTones A new musical comedy about love, sex, and the fantasy at the other end of the line… It’s 1999, the cusp of a new millennium, and technology promises intimacy as well as anonymity. Christine and her fiancé Justin wander into this titillating world of role-play, secret delights, and shifting identities; but who will they be when they come out again? (And will they recognize themselves?)

presented by Arden Theatre Company
10/2017/19 - 12/2017/03
NEXTMOVE Dance presents Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company
Known for its joyful and powerful multi-layered works, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company performs the Philadelphia premiere of New Conversations: First Look (2017).   This work was created in collaboration with multi-Grammy Award winning jazz composer Arturo O’Farrill and Ronald K. Brown Artistic Director/Founder. It is built on Ochosi- a Cuban Orissa that is a hunter and has male and female appearances. It speaks to the humanity, politics and interconnectiveness of heritage in the Diaspora.   Brown is recognized for his masterly fusion of African dance, contemporary dance and spoken word. A Guggenheim Fellow, Brown holds the distinction of setting a full evening of works on the celebrated Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Brown’s program spanning 20 years of his visionary works also includes Ebony Magazine: To A Village (1996), Torch (2013), and Four Corners (2014).   The New York Times notes, “The power of Ronald K. Brown’s choreography lies in its myriad layers. There is an undeniable way his propulsive movement crosses beyond the stage. Yes this is the rare choreographer who makes you want to get up and dance.”   Visit www.nextmovedance.org

presented by NextMove Dance
12/2017/14 - 12/2017/17
The Philadelphia Chorus Presents Mendelssohn’s “Elijah"
The Philadelphia Chorus Raquel García, Artistic Director Presents Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with guest soloists John Miles, baritone Sharon Rhinesmith, mezzo-soprano Justin Gonzalez, tenor Sunday, November 19, 2017- 4:00PM Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral 23 S. 38th Street, Philadelphia $30 at door; $25 Seniors & Advance Sales; $15 Students For Information: 610-352-3565 www.thephiladelphiachorus.org

presented by The Philadelphia Chorus
11/2017/19 - 11/2017/19
Ginger Minj: Crossdresser For Christ
This internationally acclaimed musical comedy follows RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Ginger Minj in her quest for personal and spiritual enlightenment in song and story. Raised as a Southern Baptist in Lake County, Florida the self-described "chubby little lady-boy" gets tired of having hell and damnation shoved down her throat. So she begins her own search for alternative answers. It is a wild and wacky journey that promises to have you on your knees before the night is over. A relig-ish experience.

presented by RUBA Club
11/2017/16 - 11/2017/16
Broken Stones
A World Premiere by Fin Kennedy Directed by Seth Rozin Featuring: Charlotte Northeast October 27 - November 19, 2017 Based on an extremely true story. Fact: priceless artifacts were looted from The Baghdad Museum in 2003 during the Iraq War. Fact: A U.S. marine went in to investigate who was responsible. Everything else is open for interpretation. When a well-meaning veteran meets his ghostwriter, mythologies mix, truth is refashioned into click bait, and reality itself begins to shift. Kennedy’s world premiere is an intense, cinematic thriller that examines the appropriation of narrative and just what it means to print the legend.

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
10/2017/27 - 11/2017/19
Intimate Apparel
Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage Directed by Valerie Joyce November 7 - 19, 2017 Travel back to 1900’s New York and meet Esther, a black seamstress with gifted hands and grand ambitions. By day, Esther sews intimate apparel for her clients — from socialites to prostitutes — while at night, she dreams of opening her own beauty parlor, where black and white women receive the same royal treatment. Determined to fashion a future as breathtaking as her garments, Esther pursues her passions while searching for intimacy in her own life. Nottage, a “rare, vital, important theatrical voice,” spins a tale of desire and heartache, weaving together fragility with the perseverance of the human spirit (The New York Times).

presented by Villanova Theatre
10/2017/09 - 11/2017/19
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" presented by Narberth Community Theater
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a show-within-a-show where the cast breaks the fourth wall. This comedy musical tells the story of the last book Charles Dickens started writing before he died. We take you back to a 19th century music hall to tell you the story, until we can tell no more. This who-done-it musical is very extraordinary in the fact that the audience picks the killer!!!! If you like mysteries, fabulous music and amazing costumes, then come join us and experience this rarely done musical.

presented by Narberth Community Theatre (NCT)
11/2017/03 - 11/2017/18
Steven Mackey's SLIDE with actor/singer Rinde Eckert
“Through a merging of rock and classical, the stylistic sliding is powerful and impressive.”  – LA Times "SLIDE is a character study of Renard, a psychologist played by Rinde Eckert, as told by a narrator/guitarist played by Steven Mackey. The musicians of Orchestra 2001 are a chamber group that Renard looks forward to rehearsing with every Thursday evening. They also serve variously as Renard’s imagined subjects or other phantoms within the protagonist's curious world and psyche. The music is a dish for musical omnivores and while the ingredients have been diced quite finely (and there is no quotation), the songs are seasoned with homages to Dowland, Mozart, Stravinsky, Piazzola, and The Beatles." – Steven Mackey The Philadelphia performance on November 16th will take place at Manayunk's Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center. Additional performances are in Princeton University (NJ) on November 14th and at National Sawdust (NY) on November 17th. Steven Mackey, narrator/composer/guitarist Rinde Eckert, librettist/actor/singer Jayce Ogren, conductor Mark DeChiazza, director Keithlyn Parkman, lighting designer

presented by Orchestra 2001
11/2017/16 - 11/2017/16
The Cocuzzi Quartet presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
The Cocuzzis have taken the classic jazz world by storm. John performs on piano, while Kristy has a passionate sultry voice, and plays amazing clarinet and sax. They bring lyrics to life through dynamic vocal interpretations of songs from the great composers and song stylists of the 1930's, 40's and beyond, taking audiences on fantastic musical journeys. Today they are on tour from the West Coast with their trad jazz quartet, the Courtet. (Yes, it’s spelled Courtet! It’s a New Orleans reference – the King and his Court.) John is on piano, Kristy on reeds, with Jack Hegyi on bass and Harry Himles on drums.

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
11/2017/19 - 11/2017/19
Quartet
A play by Ronald Harwood Cecily, Reggie and Wilf live in a home for retired opera singers, where they take part in an annual concert to celebrate Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday. When opera great Jean Horton arrives just in time to sing at the concert, she’s asked to perform for the first time in over 20 years, but will the show actually go on? Two friends and her ex-husband will do anything to make sure Jean takes the stage. This funny and poignant play is a sweet ode to the art of growing old gracefully, culminating in a rousing, glorious finale. “…A FLAT OUT CROWD-PLEASER…” –VARIETY

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
10/2017/31 - 11/2017/19
Curtis Opera Theatre presents Eugene Onegin
A sentimental ingénue confesses her love for an imperious aristocrat, and meets a crushing rejection. Years pass and the tables are turned, with poignant regrets for both. Based on Pushkin’s famed novel, Tchaikovsky’s deeply moving drama is marked by impassioned interactions and a continuous outpouring of glorious lyricism. Fully staged production with members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Russian with English supertitles.

presented by Curtis Institute of Music
11/2017/16 - 11/2017/19
An Evening with Brian Reed: Creating S-Town
Brian Reed is the host and co-creator of the podcast S-Town. In his talk, Brian walks his audience through the process of how he and his collaborators developed an entirely new kind of storytelling, taking techniques from literature and merging them with journalism in ways that hadn’t been done before. Using audio outtakes and reporting details that never made it into the final version, Brian reveals how his team invented this groundbreaking new way of telling a story. S-Town, produced by Serial and This American Life, broke podcast records by reaching 40 million downloads in its first month. Rigorously reported and entirely true, S-Town is the first podcast that feels like reading a masterful novel.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
12/2017/17 - 12/2017/17