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WXPN Radio

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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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
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
Rhythm & Blues & Shoes
Rhythm and Blues and Shoes (Part 1) is about the swing shifts that evolved in jazz music and tap dance from 1945-1955. We embody the evolution of jazz blues from bebop to hard bop and observe the impact that these shifts had on American tap dance. This concert features the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Timmons, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter and original compositions by Pamela Hetherington. Choreography and direction: Pamela Hetherington Music director: Jon Katz Performed by: Take It Away Dance Accompaniment by the Jon Katz Quartet (Jon Katz-saxophone, James Santangelo-piano, Nick Krolak-bass, Gusten Rudolph-drums).

presented by Take it Away Dance Productions
05/2017/20 - 05/2017/20
The Museum as Muse
Spend an evening getting inspired by Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens! Artists of all levels can drop in to draw, paint, or photograph in PMG’s unique environment. Take advantage of an instructor offering tips and critiques as well as nude figure models posing amongst the mosaics. Bring your easel or tripod and capture PMG in a rare private setting. Get lost in the shimmering hallways and grottos, and discover the delights of the fully-mosaicked basement, which is not normally open to the public. Basic supplies are provided or bring your own! Please see our website for restrictions on materials allowed at these events. It’s also the perfect time to take advantage of our membership program! Memberships start at $25 for an entire year. Enjoy free general admission as well as free and discounted programming.

presented by Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
05/2017/18 - 10/2017/12
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
The Dollar Princess by Leo Fall
Join Concert Operetta Theater for the premiere of The Dollar Princess by Leo Fall (1909) on May 20 and 21 at 4:00 pm both days at the Helen Corning Warden Theater at the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street. In late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, "Dollar Princess" was the nickname given to American heiresses.Starring JoAna Rusche as Alice, Jeffrey Chapman as Harry Conder, Brett Pardue as Freddy Fairfax, Marcelle McGuirk as Daisy,Emily Byrne as Olga, Mark Tempesta as John, Earl of Quorn and Andrew Shaw as Mr.Bulger, and Gabriel Ribolla, music director and pianist. $30 general admission, $20 seniors, $10 students, under 16 are free. Purchase your tickets at the door (cash & checks only). For reservations or information call 215-389-0648

presented by Concert Operetta Theater
05/2017/20 - 05/2017/21
Summer, from Vivaldi's Four Seasons: A Bohemian Rhapsody
We complete our tour of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Bohemian court of count Václav z Morzinu, to whom Vivaldi dedicated his landmark composition. Alongside the shimmering heat, boreal winds and lightning storms he depicts in Summer, we perform music by Czechs Samuel Capricornus, Philipp Jakob Rittler, Jan Dismas Zelenka, and Václav Antonín Stamitz. Full-time students (with ID) and youth (grades 3-12) free at the door, subject to availability.

presented by Tempesta di Mare
05/2017/20 - 05/2017/20
Summer, from Vivaldi's Four Seasons: A Bohemian Rhapsody
We complete our tour of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Bohemian court of count Václav z Morzinu, to whom Vivaldi dedicated his landmark composition. Alongside the shimmering heat, boreal winds and lightning storms he depicts in Summer, we perform music by Czechs Samuel Capricornus, Philipp Jakob Rittler, Jan Dismas Zelenka, and Václav Antonín Stamitz. Full-time students (with ID) and youth (grades 3-12) free at the door, subject to availability.

presented by Tempesta di Mare
05/2017/21 - 05/2017/21
Julius Eastman: Crazy, Evil, Gay Guerrilla
Part of Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental, produced by Bowerbird. For more information, please visit ABOUT THIS EVENT Gay African-American composer Julius Eastman perfected his multifarious minimalism in three works of the late seventies: "Crazy N*r", "Evil N*r", and "Gay Guerrilla". Each work is scored for multiple instruments of the same kind. This concert features two of the works performed as a piano quartet and Gay Guerrilla performed by a large ensemble of electric guitars. More information about this event can be found at PROGRAM SPOKEN INTRO (1980) Archival recording of Eastman's explanation of the use of "N*r" in the title of his compositions. EVIL N*R (1979) Joseph Kubera, Dynasty Battles, Michelle Cann, Adam Tendler - pianos GAY GUERRILLA (1979) Sonora Guitar Ensemble CRAZY N*R (1979) Joseph Kubera, Dynasty Battles, Michelle Cann, Adam Tendler -piano

presented by Bowerbird
05/2017/19 - 05/2017/19
Julius Eastman: The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc + Devonté Hynes
Part of Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental, presented by Bowerbird. for more information about this series, please visit ABOUT THE EVENT: Eastman's powerful work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc and its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc are presented along side a new work by Blood Orange's Devonté Hynes. PROGRAM: DEVONTÉ HYNES: NEW WORK (2017) Devonté Hynes, solo JULIUS EASTMAN: PRELUDE TO THE HOLY PRESENCE OF JOAN D'ARC (1981) Davóne Tines, bass-baritone JULIUS EASTMAN: THE HOLY PRESENCE OF JOAN D'ARC* (1981) Bowerbird Cello Ensemble Stanford Thompson, conductor * transcription by Clarice Jensen More information can be found here:

presented by Bowerbird
05/2017/26 - 05/2017/26
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
HOW TO USE A KNIFE by Will Snider
Directed by Seth Rozin Featuring: Scott Greer, Lindsay Smiling, & Jered McLenigan A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere In the raw, ever-pumping, kitchen of a busy Wall Street restaurant, George -- a master chef with a dark and tortured past -- rules over his crew with the swagger of a giant. While grappling his inner demons George has to manage two Guatemalan cooks, a nosy busboy, and an a-hole of a boss. But he forges an unlikely personal connection with the dishwasher, Steve, a mysteriously reserved African immigrant. Fast-paced and gritty, Snider’s pressure-cooker drama explores both the personal and moral questions that arise when the ugliness of the past boils over.

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
05/2017/26 - 06/2017/18
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
My Name is Asher Lev
Asher Lev, a boy with prodigious artistic abilities, is born into a Hasidic Jewish family in 1950s Crown Heights, Brooklyn. When his father, Aryeh, is a man who has devoted his life to bringing the teachings of their sect to Jews around the world, discovers what Asher’s been drawing, he cannot abide it.   Like most of his Hasidic community, which places faith and religious practice above all, he considers art to be foolishness embodied, or even possibly a sacrilegious impulse from the "the Other Side." This leaves His mother, Rivkeh, caught between a son searching for answers and a father doing incredibly important work.   Asher begins studying under Jacob Kahn, a great artist and non-observant Jew, who brings the world of the goyim — the non-Jew — to Asher in ways he never expected, forcing him to reconcile his unshakeable faith with the hard truth that there has never been a single great observant Jewish artist. But when inspiration strikes, how much pain will his gift cause?

presented by South Camden Theatre Company
05/2017/05 - 05/2017/21
Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution
Leonard stands accused of murder and his wife can prove his innocence. But when she takes the stand, she shockingly denies his alibi. In true Agatha Christie form, audiences can expect twists and turns, emotional outbursts, and quirky characters as his lawyers untangle the truth in this vintage “whodunit” that keeps the audience guessing until the very last scene. After all, they don’t call Agatha Christie the Queen of Crime for nothing!

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
05/2017/09 - 05/2017/28
The Power of Music: Revolution and Revelation
A powerful program of choral music devoted to change in the world and change in the self.

presented by Philomusica Chorale
05/2017/20 - 05/2017/21
Letters from Iraq
Don't miss an extraordinary evening of music with oud virtuoso, composer, and two-time Grammy nominee Rahim AlHaj. Letters from Iraq brings the untold stories of war and its consequences into vivid focus, as AlHaj and guest musicians weave together a stunning musical portrait of devastation, defiance, and redemption.

presented by Intercultural Journeys
05/2017/21 - 05/2017/21
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