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The Philadelphia Orchestra: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Acclaimed French conductor Emmanuelle Haïm makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut, presenting two of the leading lights of English Baroque music. Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks has been lighting up the sky (in concert halls!) since 1749.   In his cantata Il delirio amoroso (The Delirium of Love), soprano Lenneke Ruiten is featured in this Orpheus-like tale based on classical mythology. Purcell's brilliant score for The Fairy Queen quickly became a favorite after its rediscovery early last century.

presented by The Philadelphia Orchestra
11/2018/16 - 11/2018/18
PHILADANCO: Choreographers on the Move
Discover how live action dance has been impacted by television dance competitions, and the explosion of hip-hop, in a not-to-be missed premier weekend from Philadelphia’s favorite dance company! Become a part of the creative journeys of two beloved choreographers, former star of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company Milton Myers, and Julliard instructor and director of the Jacob’s Pillow dance festival Christopher Huggins. Featuring two world premiere works – Huggins’ The Chosen and Waves from Myers – the weekend includes previously choreographed pieces like Huggins’ When Dawn Comes and Myers’ Pacing, the first ballet he choreographed for PHILADANCO. Audiences are invited to witness these new works and rediscover old favorites, looking at the evolution of these styles and discovering how these choreographers have been impacted (or not) by the popularization of television dance shows, competitions, and the explosion of hip-hop.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2018/16 - 11/2018/18
Salt Pepper Ketchup: A World Premiere by local playwright Josh Wilder
A layer of bulletproof glass won’t protect Superstar Chinese Take-Out owners from the gentrification consuming the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philly. When a trendy food co-op opens nearby, the Wu’s and their customers initially see it as a hipster annoyance, but as tensions mount they begin to recognize the intrusion as an act of war. Tinged with genuine humor and pathos, Wilder’s play examines the very human consequences of neighborhood redevelopment -- who benefits and who gets chewed up and spit out? Performances run October 26 - November 18, 2018

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
10/2018/26 - 11/2018/18
Nobuntu
Annenberg Center Debut With their bright a cappella harmonies, the five women of Nobuntu have earned international praise for the passion and joy they bring to Zimbabwean songs, Afro-jazz and gospel. The quintet’s pure voices are augmented by traditional percussion and dance to celebrate the vibrant identity of their culture and what it means to be an African woman.

presented by Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
11/2018/17 - 11/2018/17
The Heir Apparent
When the family of a wealthy geezer gets wind of his imminent demise, an exuberant and hilarious struggle breaks out to get hold of his estate. In this tour de force of rhyming couplets and period costumes, comic suspense reigns. Will money, low cunning, or love triumph? From the playwright of NEW JERUSALEM, THE LIAR, and VENUS IN FUR, this modern farce in the tradition of Molière crackles with humor, poetry, and romance. A Philadelphia Premiere by David Ives Directed by M. Craig Getting

presented by Lantern Theater Company
11/2018/08 - 12/2018/16
Little Shop of Horrors presented by Narberth Community Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination Performances: November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 – 2018 at 8:00pm November 4 & 11 – 2018 at 3:00pm

presented by Narberth Community Theatre (NCT)
11/2018/02 - 11/2018/17
The Original Cornell Syncopators presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
The Original Cornell Syncopators are on tour! The band has been building a reputation both locally in Ithaca and nationally with performances at regional jazz festivals. Now, they debut at TSJS, playing your favorite jazz and vaudeville tunes from the 1920’s and 30’s. The Syncopators' music includes repertoire from the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, the Georgians, the Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra, King Oliver, and many more!   Visit the OCS website at http://cornellsyncopators.com/index.php Watch the OCS play Back Home In Indiana -- https://youtu.be/3XxF_sYYORM and Ostrich Walk -- https://youtu.be/luleNxfOB3c.

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
11/2018/18 - 11/2018/18
Visible Cloaks at the Butterfly Pavilion with Chrysalis Ensemble
Bowerbird is excited to present a night of electronic and experimental music inside the Philadelphia Insectarium’s 7,000 square foot Butterfly Pavilion. Portland, Oregon-based duo of Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile are the open-source musical entity known as Visible Cloaks, whose debut album Reassemblage and affiliated mini-album Lex both beamed to the world via RVNG last year. The Chrysalis Ensemble (Ben Warfield, Jesse Sparhawk, and Laura Baird) will perform a sonic and visual dreamscape as illustrator/author Allen Crawford reads selections from his novel-in-progress. Tentatively titled The Chrysalis Bells, Crawford’s fantastical tale deals with mutation, pupation, and humanity’s relationship with the living world.

presented by Bowerbird
11/2018/30 - 11/2018/30
Collected Stories
Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents "Collected Stories" by Donald Margulies. In this engaging and witty drama, a successful short story writer tries to mentor her student, but ends up creating a rival A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "A writer of wit and intelligence" -Variety On stage in Ambler from Oct. 23 through Nov. 18 only.

presented by Act II Playhouse
10/2018/23 - 11/2018/18
Crumbs From The Table of Joy
Recently widowed Godfrey, and his daughters Ernestine and Ermina, move from Florida to Brooklyn for a better life. Not knowing how to parent, Godfrey turns to religion, and especially to Father Divine, for answers. The girls absorb their new surroundings, but not necessarily religion.   Lily, Godfrey’s sister-in-law, shows up from Harlem, having promised her sister that if anything ever happened, she’d look out for the girls. Lily, while fascinating to her nieces, stands for everything Godfrey dislikes: communism, sexual freedom and the fight against racial discrimination. As the racial and social issues of the late 1950s escalate, personal issues between Godfrey and Lily explode, prompting him to walk out. A few days later, he returns, with a new wife—a white, German immigrant, Gerte.   With Godfrey immersed in religion, Lily claiming to be a part of the new revolution, and quiet, stoic Gerte coming from the horrors of Germany, life in the household gets heated.

presented by South Camden Theatre Company
11/2018/02 - 11/2018/18
The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex Ed: A Verbal Sanctuary for 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. Every month there is a different audience participation section, such as creating erotic Mad-Libs and sex bucket list.

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
03/2018/20 - 12/2018/18
Cinderella: A Musical Panto
"Princesses aren't helpless, you know." Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People’s Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As “the nation’s primary creator of such specialized tomfoolery” (Newsworks), we invite you to cheer our heroes, “boo” the bad guys, and sing along as we transport the magical tale of fairy godmothers and glass slippers to the roaring 1920s. By Kathryn Petersen Music & Lyrics by Michael Ogborn Directed by David Bradley Recommended for ages 5+.

presented by People's Light
11/2018/14 - 01/2019/06
The Rivals
Book & Lyrics by Peter Kellogg | Music by Stephen Weiner | Directed by Eric Tucker The Rivals, the famously funny farce with Mrs. Malaprop, is now a hilarious new musical. Be the first audience to experience this Broadway-bound, world premiere with book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee, Peter Kellogg, and music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award-winner, Stephen Weiner. Featuring glorious music and witty repartee, The Rivals follows the travails of Lydia Languish, a young lady in possession of a large fortune, who will lose two-thirds of that fortune if she marries without her guardian, Mrs. Malaprop’s consent. But, who needs money when you’re in love? As Mrs. Malaprop would say, “It’s a musical to delight the heart and tackle the funny bone.”

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
10/2018/30 - 11/2018/18
Othello • Student Theatre Production
Othello By William Shakespeare Directed by Stephen Smith November 8–9 & 15–17 at 7 p.m. $10 General Admission Tickets available online and at the door About the Play: The Shakespearean tragedy of Othello, originally set in 16th century Venice, is reimagined for the modern stage. Othello, an army general, has secretly married Desdemona, a daughter of the prominent senator Brabantio. Iago, a lower-ranking officer, is passed over for a promotion by Othello, and the jealous Iago begins a malicious campaign against Othello. The story that follows is one of deception, betrayal and repentance. We are thrilled to welcome several Delaware County Community College professors to join the all-student cast and crew for this exciting production of Othello — Professor of Psychology Marc Henley will be playing Brabantio, Associate Professor of Drama and the play’s Director Stephen Smith will be playing Iago, and Professor of English Eartha Holley is the Assistant Director.

presented by Delaware County Community College
11/2018/08 - 11/2018/17
Food and Fun Fair
Join us for a celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant food culture, with vendors, activities, and lectures happening throughout the day! We’ll learn about the history of chocolate, explore wild plants and native harvests, and translate historical recipes for the modern cook. The day's activities will be followed by a 21+ evening program where guests can learn about the roots of our city’s BYOB culture from historian Stephen Nepa while enjoying a drink of their own! BYOB; for guests 21 and over. Light fare included.

presented by Historical Society of Pennsylvania
11/2018/17 - 11/2018/17
Oliver!
After a hard day’s labor in a parish workhouse for children, a nine-year-old orphan named Oliver asks for a second serving of gruel. The workhouse master, annoyed by Oliver’s impertinence, sells him into an apprenticeship with a drunken undertaker and his abusive wife.   Fearing for his life, the boy escapes to London, where he falls in with the Artful Dodger and a band of juvenile pickpockets led by the criminal Fagin. Oliver discovers heroes and villains in all manner of strange places as he learns how to survive and thrive on the streets of the city.   Including such favorite songs as “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” Lionel Bart’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ social satire of 19th-century London remains a cherished musical for all ages.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
11/2018/14 - 12/2018/23
Schumann and Schubert
The Delaware Country Symphony (DCS) performs the second concert of their 2018-2019 chamber music series on Sunday November 18 at 3:00 pm at Neumann University in Aston, PA.   The concert offers a glistening mosaic of chamber music that confirms the assertion that chamber music is indeed a delicate and intimate conversation among the musicians and the audience. The program begins with Auf dem Strum by Franz Schubert, and continues with the ever popular String Quartet No. 57 in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1 by Joseph Haydn. The concert concludes with the emotionally engaging and melodic optimism of Piano Quartet in E-flat Major by Robert Schumann.   The concert is under the baton of Dr. Robert Whalen Director of the DCS Chamber Music series.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
11/2018/18 - 11/2018/18
Remembering Romberg!
Join Concert Operetta Theater for the opening of their 18th season! Hear the beautiful music of American operetta's own Sigmund Romberg, performed by 4 outstanding professional singers. Musical selections to include works from Blue Paradise (1915), Her Soldier Boy (1916), Maytime (1917), BlossomTime (1921), The Student Prince (1924), Desert Song (1926), My Maryland (1927), New Moon (1928), Viennese Nights (1930), and The Night is Young (1935) Starring Marcelle McGuirk, soprano, Alize Rozsnyai (debut), soprano, Corey Bonar, tenor, Mark Hosseini (debut), baritone and Abigail LaVecchia, piano Ticket special for this concert - all seats $20 per person Students $5 and under 16 years old are free Tickets are purchased at the door with cash or personal check (no credit cards please) For reservations (although not necessary) call: 215-389-0648

presented by Concert Operetta Theater
11/2018/17 - 11/2018/18
Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez & Tina Majorino
The beloved indie classic "Napoleon Dynamite" was made almost 15 years ago. Since then much has changed; but the characters, as enduring as they are endearing, stay in our hearts. Appealing to the inner-teenager in each of us, the story, and more importantly the dialogue, makes “Napoleon Dynamite” one of the most quoted movies of our time. Napoleon Dynamite makes us laugh - and laugh hard - over and over again. This unique evening includes a full screening of "Napoleon Dynamite" followed by a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members; Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Tina Majorino (Deb).

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2018/18 - 11/2018/18