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The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

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XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

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World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Alley

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.

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Gypsy
Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Terrence J. Nolen Five-time Barrymore Award winner Mary Martello comes to the Arden stage as the indomitable Mama Rose. Set in the fading days of the vaudeville circuit, Gypsy features a legendary score that includes “Let Me Entertain You,” “Together, Wherever We Go,” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” One of Philadelphia’s greatest actresses takes on Mama Rose – this promises to be a not-to-be-missed event!

presented by Arden Theatre Company
05/2017/18 - 06/2017/18
Broadway Up Close: Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera is a Broadway legend unlike any other. With a career that includes creating the roles of Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie and Velma Kelly in Chicago, few other performers exemplify the tradition of American musical theater as Chita Rivera does. A singer and dancer with few peers, she starred both on Broadway and across America on tour in Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, dramatizing her storied career as a performer. She is the recipient numerous awards, including two Tony® Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2017/03 - 06/2017/03
Beatrice Arthur: Astral Dame
Calling Golden Girls fans, Maude maniacs, and all those who carry a torch for tough broads with soft hearts, Bea is back. Repeat: Bea Arthur, all five foot ten inches of her, has come back from the cosmos to perform at a theatre near you in Beatrice Arthur: Astral Dame! Through the artistry of Jason B. Schmidt (who played the Bea Arthur role in Thank You For Being a Friend: The Musical), the Tony- and Emmy Award-winning star performs her signature numbers along with a few surprises only the original Queen Bea can deliver. Be there for an out-of-this-world afternoon of comedy, quips and tender tributes to the remarkable Bea Arthur. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences.

presented by Five Minute Follies
06/2017/04 - 06/2017/04
Jerry's Girls
Spend an evening with the music of Jerry Herman and you too will cheer for Broadway's electrifying tribute to this all-American master of song. Taking center stage are some of Broadway's best musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Dear World and La Cage Aux Folles. "Jerry's Girls" celebrates glamour, optimism, love, melody and women! The all-female cast reminds us how Jerry Herman has given voice to some of Broadway's biggest legends, with his unique ability to write comedy, ballads and show-stoppers. He's won multiple Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards but, first and foremost, he's also won our heart!

presented by Walnut Street Theatre
04/2017/04 - 05/2017/28
Appel Farm Music & Wine Festival
Saturday, June 3 (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm) and Sunday, June 4, 2017 (12:00 noon – 5 pm)   SAVE THE DATE! Appel Farm is pleased to announce the dates of its 2017 Music & Wine Festival! This special 2-day XPN Welcomes Event will begin on Saturday afternoon, June 3, at 3:00 pm and continue into the early evening, culminating with a concert at twilight. Sample wine from regional Vintage Atlantic Wine Region vineyards and wineries, shop at the Culinary Grove and Crafts Faire, grab a bite to eat from one of the Food Trucks or enjoy a micro-brew, while listening to the lineup of outstanding musical guests including Hotsy Totsy, Christopher Davis-Shannon, JUTAUN, and Swing that Cat. On Sunday, June 4, the festival will run from 12 – 5:00 pm and features Deidre Finnegan and Dave Cohen, Joe Crookston, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket including Jeffrey Gaines and Ben Arnold. Not ready for the weekend to end?  Festival attendees can stay overnight from Sat. to Sun. in one of Appel Farm’s group cabins.

presented by Appel Farm Arts and Music Center
06/2017/03 - 06/2017/04
PRISM Quartet with Joe Lovano
Hailed by Chamber Music Magazine for “pioneering achievements of the highest order,” the PRISM Quartet and the Painted Bride Art Center present the next installment of Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking project featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s most inventive jazz saxophonists. This time around, Heritage/Evolution spotlights saxophone luminary Joe Lovano with PRISM. The program follows the PRISM Quartet’s prior Heritage/Evolution collaborations with Ravi Coltrane, Steve Lehman, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Chris Potter, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón, and the release of the Quartet’s critically acclaimed recording, Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 (Innova). The program also includes the premieres of new works by PRISM’s resident composer and 2016 Pew Fellow, Matthew Levy, and the winner of the PRISM/Walden School Commissioning Award, Reiny Rolock (additional works TBA).

presented by PRISM Quartet
06/2017/03 - 06/2017/03
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Neil Simon’s valentine to his family is his “funniest, richest” (New York Daily News). Learn more: http://act2.org/cms2/index.php/onstage/2016-17-season/brighton-beach-memoirs

presented by Act II Playhouse
05/2017/16 - 06/2017/25
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
A Founding Father, a Victorian literary celebrity, and a Russian aristocrat/anarchist clash in a provocative new comedy that sets three of the world's greatest thinkers against each other in a battle of wits and wills. Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy find themselves locked in a room with no exit. Attempting an escape, they ransack the philosophies of their lives and work, searching for a truth that will set them free. From playwright and former stand-up comedian Scott Carter (writer of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher), this whip-smart comedy examines just what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.

presented by Lantern Theater Company
06/2017/01 - 07/2017/02
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Join us for this breathtaking adventure by two-time Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux), adapted by Dwayne Hartford, featuring music by Erik Hellman and Jessie Fisher (Once on Broadway). As a very dignified china rabbit travels from the arms of a child to the bottom of the ocean, from a trash heap to a moving train, from the streets of Memphis to worlds beyond, this epic journey reminds us of the transformative power of love and friendship. Based on his Chicago Children’s Theatre production, Stuart Carden directs this must-see play for all generations that is “so captivating for every age whether you happen to be accompanied by children or not” (Chicago Sun Times).

presented by People's Light
04/2017/29 - 06/2017/04
Making History by Brian Friel
Directed by Peggy Mecham, Co-Produced with Plays and Players Theatre   Powerful historical forces determine the destinies of Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, and his ally, Red Hugh O’Donnell, before and after the siege of Kinsale, the ultimate battle in England's conquest of Gaelic Ireland. O’Neill’s personal life is complicated by his loving but ill-fated marriage to an English wife, Mabel Bagenal, the daughter of his enemy. O’Neill forges an Irish and Spanish alliance to drive the English out of Ireland while Peter Lombard, Archbishop of Armagh, raises questions as he writes a history of O’Neill’s life. Find out in this compelling production of Friel's rarely produced masterpiece. Even though the play takes place in the early 1600s in Gaelic Ireland, the political and social machinations are relevant today, as history continues to be written and interpreted by the winners and those who twist the facts to suit their own needs.

presented by Irish Heritage Theatre
05/2017/25 - 06/2017/10
HANSEL AND GRETEL
A brother and sister are lost in a deep. dark forest and stumble upon a house made of gingerbread with is inhabited by a jolly, old witch, who would just love to have them for dinner. One of Storybook's most popular musicals based on a Grimm Brothers' tale.

presented by Storybook Musical Theatre
05/2017/30 - 06/2017/03
World-Class Stride Pianist Neville Dickie from England, Rejoins the Midiri Brothers at Tri-State Jazz Society
World-class British pianist Neville Dickie will rejoin TSJS veterans Joe and Paul for the 5th straight year in what promises to be one of the most exciting trad jazz, stride, and swing programs of the season.   A native of England's County Durham, Dickie is among the most accomplished stride and boogie-woogie pianists on either side of the Atlantic. Performing regularly on BBC Radio, he has made hundreds of appearances as a soloist or with his trio, and can be heard on hundreds of jazz recordings. The Midiris have made both jazz and classical music the focus of their lives since the mid 1980s, and have recorded with everything from trios to big bands featuring the arrangements of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and the Dorsey Brothers, as well as Paul’s original arrangements and compositions.   They have performed extensively in the Philadelphia, New York, and Atlantic City areas and have been been featured at many festivals across the country. Past Dickie-Midiri TSJS shows have set attendance

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
06/2017/04 - 06/2017/04
Frank McCourt's The Irish and How They Got That Way
THE IRISH… AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 19th and 20th centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love for the Irish are all underscored by glorious music extending all the way from the auld Irish folk ballads, through George M. Cohan’s patriotic love songs to America, World War II standards sung in films of the era, USOs and foxholes all over the world, as well as beloved contemporary hits.

presented by Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts
05/2017/24 - 06/2017/04