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Sister Act
Deloris' gangster boyfriend will kill her when he finds her. She takes refuge in a nunnery where she does a little consciousness-raising and shakes up the pitiful choir. In the end, they all go on to sing triumphantly for the pope. It might be a tiny bit silly but it is a whole lot of fun and the music is grand.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
04/2019/19 - 05/2019/04
The Lady Hoofers On Tap 2019
Get your tickets now for The Lady Hoofers' annual spring concert featuring a new work by Artistic Director Kat Richter, repertory favorites, and world premieres by guest choreographers Michele Dunleavy and Becky Mastin.

presented by The Lady Hoofers
05/2019/04 - 05/2019/04
Inis Nua Theatre Company Presents Untitled
Inis Nua Theatre presents the American premiere of Untitled by English playwright Inua Ellams. Two brothers are born on Nigerian Independence Day. But on the night of their naming, one brother cries out and refuses to be named. Untitled is his story and story of his brother who names products in his London career. It’s a world where myth intertwines with reality, where the past catches up to us, and where a name spells destiny.   Directed by Artistic Director Jerrell L. Henderson. Untitled runs from April 24 to May 12, 2019 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 302 South Hicks Street. Tickets are $25 - $35.   For reservations and more information, visit inisnuatheatre.org.

presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company
04/2019/24 - 05/2019/12
Standing at the Water's Edge with Marine Biologist and Photographer, Cristina Mittermeier
Photojournalist Cristina Mittermeier knows the power of water: the power to give life when it is respected, and the power to destroy when it is misused. During her time with the Kayapó people in the Amazon, she documented a society that relied on their local waterway to survive—and found their way of life threatened by a massive new dam.   In British Columbia, she found First Nations protecting their sacred headwaters, and in Hawaii, a new community of indigenous peoples seeking to reclaim their connection to the sea. She learned that one concept bound these three disparate communities together: “Enoughness,” or taking only that which you need.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
05/2019/16 - 05/2019/16
Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band
The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts will present the Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band as part of the PNC Arts Alive Jazz Cultural Voices concert series. The concert will take place at the Philadelphia Clef Club on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM at 736–38 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19146. Tickets are $20. For more information please call 215-893-9912. The Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band (PABB) is the 8th presentation in the PNC Arts Alive Jazz Cultural Voices lineup. The guest artist is Jaleel Shaw, alto and soprano saxophonist; he won the 2014 Downbeat Critics Poll’s for Rising Star Alto Saxophonist. The compositions for the concert have been compiled by Papo Vazquez and Bobby Zankel. The band was founded by Philadelphia Clef Club Music Education Program alumni Dylan Band and Joseph Block. Since its inception in the summer of 2016, the band has taken off dramatically to become one of the top big bands to see in Philadelphia.

presented by The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
04/2019/20 - 04/2019/20
Heartland: An NNPN Rolling World Premiere & InterAct Commission by Gabriel Jason Dean
Dr. Harold Banks, an aging professor of Afghan studies in Nebraska, is reeling after his adopted daughter Getee is killed by the Taliban while delivering foreign aid. When Afghan refugee Nazrullah arrives at his door with an incredible story and carrying Getee's prized books, the two men form an unlikely bond. Each searches for his own brand of forgiveness, but as their friendship develops, Naz accidentally exposes an unexpected source of Dr. Banks’ guilt. How might a CIA propaganda operation over 30 years ago have contributed to Getee’s death? Inspired by true events, HEARTLAND is a story of healing, connection, and the devastating unintentional consequences of our actions. Performances run March 29 - April 21, 2019

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
03/2019/29 - 04/2019/21
Measure for Measure
When the power of the State is put in the service of one man's lust, Shakespeare creates one of his greatest heroines to combat the abuse. Isabella's courage and brilliance are called upon to fight back against power, corruption, and sexual blackmail. This major play in the Bard's canon will surprise and move modern audiences with its timely insights into human motivation and resilience. By William Shakespeare Directed by Charles McMahon

presented by Lantern Theater Company
03/2019/14 - 04/2019/21
Neville Dickie and the Midiri Brothers - presented by the Tri-State Jazz Society
World-class British pianist Neville Dickie rejoins TSJS veterans Joe and Paul Midiri for the seventh straight year! Neville 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. Joe and Paul Midiri 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. Past Dickie-Midiri TSJS shows have set attendance records, so come early to get a seat! For more, see their websites: http://nevilledickie.com and http://midiribros.com. Listen to Neville play “Pine Top’s Boogie” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndAtEgHTiGo. The Midiris play a Sydney Bechet Tribute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrVLX47iGA0 And from a TSJS appearance, the trio performs “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=makszBxsXU8.

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
05/2019/19 - 05/2019/19
Ami Yares with Eli Lev and Strong Water
PMC Presents: Ami Yares with Eli Lev and Strong Water Saturday, April 27, 2019 Doors 7:00pm | Music 7:30pm Ami Yares is the offspring of the Jersey Turnpike, the echo of the Liberty Bell & sounds of late-night song sessions. "Yares wields his 12-string guitar as if it were an entire orchestra, backing his vocals with a dense, rich cascade of sound (David Foster, AXS)." Global citizen and neo-folk singer Eli Lev is making the world a smaller place, one song at a time. Eli pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and offer wisdom culled from self-discovery. In 2013, Strong Water lead singer and guitarist Greg Brennan finished his American Literature course with something better than an A: the perfect name, borrowed from the Puritans, for his whiskey drinking, Americana/Folk band. And like a good shot of its namesake, Strong Water is smooth with a raw, inexplicable bite.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
04/2019/27 - 04/2019/27
Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents "The Lure of Paris"
This exquisite program explores the powerful attraction of Paris on the imagination of composers from the Baroque through the jazz age. Music by Couperin, Telemann, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Milhaud, Dana Suesse, and a world premiere by Anna Weesner. The artists: Mimi Stillman, flute, Ricardo Morales, clarinet, William Polk, violin, Kerri Ryan, viola, Nathan Vickery, cello, and Charles Abramovic, piano/harpsichord

presented by Dolce Suono Ensemble
04/2019/28 - 04/2019/28
I Love My…Wife
While 1969’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is notable for its groundbreaking commentary on the self-help and free love movements of the hippie era, Mel Stuart’s I Love My…Wife takes a decidedly more retrograde turn. With a wife he is no longer attracted to – along with a newborn and mother-in-law occupying his home – Richard Burrows (Elliott Gould) begins a series of affairs that threaten his marriage.   This screening is part of Lightbox Film Center’s new series, Solid Gould: Elliott Gould in the 1970s, a collection of eight classic films saluting the inimitable Elliott Gould throughout April.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
04/2019/20 - 04/2019/20
Mutual Appreciation
An instant critic’s darling upon its release in 2006, Andrew Bujalski’s Mutual Appreciation is at once an utterly timeless and distinctly mid-aughts portrait of the ebb and flow of twenty-something life in New York City. Lovingly lensed in intimate 16mm black & white film and presented in a new 2K restoration, Mutual Appreciation is a generous and witty ode to the friendships that hallmark our awkward and enthralling post-collegiate years.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
04/2019/25 - 04/2019/25
Same Time, Next Year
The beloved Broadway romantic comedy. George and Doris - married to other people - meet for an annual tryst for 24 years. Starring Tony Braithwaite and Tracie Higgins. RAVE REVIEW:"POIGNANT, POWERFUL ... RIVETING" -Ambler Gazette

presented by Act II Playhouse
04/2019/17 - 04/2019/20
Benjamin Franklin "Death and Taxes Tour"
Benjamin Franklin Tinker, Printer, Swimmer, Spy He paid his taxes, then he died Join us as we commemorate the fascinating facets of Franklin’s life in the month of his death, including inventions, classic quotes, and his connections to many of our institutions. Undertake our third annual …………… Death and Taxes Tour

presented by Christ Church Preservation Trust
04/2019/05 - 04/2019/26
Colorful
The Delaware County Symphony (DCS) concludes the 2018-2019 season with Suite from Masquerade by Aram Khachaturian followed by the soul searching Kabalevsky, Cello Concerto No. 1 in g minor performed by featured guest soloist Bethany Bobbs, Cello. Ms. Bobbs is the winner of the annual DCS Youth Concerto Competition. She made her cello solo debut at the age of 9 performing with the Cleveland Institute Chamber Orchestra.   The concert continues with Aida  Act II Finale, Triumphal March and Ballet by Giuseppe Verdi, and concludes with the celebrated Symphony No. 1, "Spring" by Robert Schumann.  The concert is under the baton of Joseph Caminiti, DCS Music Director. The Meagher Theatre is handicapped accessible and there is ample free parking adjacent to the theatre.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
05/2019/05 - 05/2019/05
City of Angels
A special collaboration with Jeff Coon and The Summer Club, 11th Hour brings the 1990 Tony Award winning “best musical” to Philadelphia for an epic concert event featuring a 17-piece band. This thrilling musical weaves together two plots, the “real” world of Stine, a celebrated author writing his first screenplay, and his steamy, mysterious, fictional detective, Stone. With a dazzling jazz score and scintillating harmonies, this 1940’s, film noir musical depicts the allure of fame and fortune and cost it takes to get there.

presented by 11th Hour Theatre Company
06/2019/07 - 06/2019/08
Bach St. John Passion
Soloists: Colin Doyle (evangelist), Travis Lucas (Jesus), Richard Shapp (Pilate), Donald Hunt (Peter), Paul Marchesano (Servant), TBA (Woman of Jerusalem) Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Jody Kidwell (alto), Luke Grooms (tenor), Richard Zuch (bass) Saint John Passion, BWV 245 First performed on Good Friday 1724, Bach’s St. John Passion is the older of his two extant Passions (though he may have written up to five), composed during his first year as Thomaskantor in Leipzig. Musically thrilling and spiritually profound, this work narrates the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John, the Passion traditionally read on Good Friday. Like the St. Matthew Passion, this choral masterpiece is a towering attestation of faith—an inspiring work for this sacred day.

presented by Vox Ama Deus
04/2019/19 - 04/2019/19
Indian Classical Bharatanatyam Dance by Dr Janaki Rangarajan
Sruti is pleased to present a Grand Bharatanatyam Dance performance by Janaki Rangarajan About Janaki Rangarajan At the forefront of the new generation of Bharatanatyam dancers, "Nadanamamani" Dr. Janaki Rangarajan represents the future of the ancient art form. Since the age of 4, Janaki has been passionate about communicating through dance. Her unique dance style is a sincere result of her undying passion, self-motivation and dedication towards Bharatanatyam. Her refreshing approach to Bharatanatyam has won her many accolades and praise from dance lovers around the world. Being a firm believer in maintaining the integrity of tradition, Janaki explores her creativity without compromising on the classicism of the dance form.

presented by SRUTI - The India Music and Dance Society
05/2019/04 - 05/2019/04
King Lear
An aging king creates a succession plan that divides Britain between his three daughters. Requiring each child to flatter him in order to receive her gift, Lear is publicly embarrassed when his youngest, most beloved child refuses.   Indignant, Lear disinherits her and splits the country between his two eldest daughters, setting off a chain of events that leads Britain into civil war and the retired king into exile and madness. The greatest tragedy in the English language, King Lear examines the often self-destructive relationships between parents and their children, the danger of absolute power to the human psyche, and the universal challenge of senility and providing care for our elders.   Robert Jason Jackson (Broadway’s Aida, Quintessence’s Antigone and Mourning Becomes Electra) returns to Philadelphia as King Lear.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
03/2019/19 - 04/2019/20