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Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man
Eat Drink and be Merry, for tomorrow we self-destruct. When a family of shepherds in the suburbs of Corinth learn their adopted son Oedipus has ascended the throne of Thebes, they plan a bender to end all benders. But who’s on cleanup after the party’s over? Equal parts irreverent comedy and emotional journey into family dysfunction; this World Premiere commissioned for Wilma’s HotHouse Company examines with horror and humor the lasting effects of personal trauma.

presented by The Wilma Theater
04/2019/27 - 05/2019/12
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
Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia - Get Organized
Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) is dedicated to presenting the highest quality jazz to the greatest number of people designed to preserve, represent and continue Philadelphia’s unique, rich jazz sound and tradition. JOP aims to become the face of Philadelphia jazz, establishing the city as a nationally and internationally recognized destination for jazz performance. Celebrating the great legacy of organ tradition in Philadelphia with special guest Joey DeFrancesco.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2019/01 - 06/2019/01
AfroTaino Productions Presents: ÌFÉ
ÌFÉ returns to Philadelphia for an incredible night of music presented by AfroTaino Productions and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. This concert is hosted as part of the museum’s 2019 program, PhilAesthetic: AAMP Celebrates the African Diaspora in Philly, funded by PNC Arts Alive. A powerfully progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language, ÌFÉ is a bold new musical project from Puerto Rico based African American drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun. Mun, an Ifá priest or Babalawo in the Yoruba religion, has been a vanguard artist in the Puerto Rican music scene since his arrival there in the late 1990's, producing critically acclaimed albums and songs for many of the islands most important musical voices. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

presented by African American Museum in Philadelphia
05/2019/05 - 05/2019/05
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
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
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
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
Old Academy Players Presents the Musical ORDINARY DAYS by Adam Gwon!
Directed by Annie Hnatko & produced by Steve Hnatko, ORDINARY DAYS, by American composer & lyricist Adam Gwon, tells the captivating story of what happens when Deb, the frazzled, uptight graduate student, loses her thesis notebook in NYC. Warren, the struggling artist & professional cat sitter, finds & returns her notebook. Their actions affect Jason & Claire, a couple inching toward marriage who can’t seem to comprehend each other due to an unspeakable tragedy. With equal doses of humor & poignancy, ORDINARY DAYS celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make NYC such a unique & extraordinary home. Cast includes: Dana Corvino as Claire, Gina Marie Schwoerer as Deb, Maya Chester‐Ziv as Warren, & Patrick Sutton as Jason. Ticket prices are: $25 per adult; with a valid ID $15 per student. Old Academy Players, where Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky made their stage debuts, is a non-profit community theater located in East Falls.

presented by Old Academy Players
04/2019/26 - 05/2019/12
Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater presents ART
Imagine a work of visual art based on a transformational moment of your life: What's the title? T&G uses your fictional art titles as inspiration for their improvised montage of funny and touching scenes, monologues, and “living paintings,” exploring life’s significant moments and relationships. Doors open 7:15 for a Pop-Up Interactive Art Exhibit and Sale and complimentary Wine and Cheese. Tongue & Groove is delighted to partner with Cerulean Arts to create a pre-performance art exhibit! Title Contest: The exhibit includes only untitled small works of art, curated by Cerulean Arts. At the exhibit you are invited to write titles for any pieces of art that speak to you! Each artist will choose a winning title: Winners receive a 10% discount at Cerulean Arts! Cerulean Arts: Cultivating an appreciation for art by presenting exhibitions, offering unique decorative and fine art for sale, and providing art instruction for personal fulfillment.

presented by Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater
04/2019/26 - 05/2019/04
An Infinite Ache
A fresh and heartfelt play about love, time and the infinite directions in which two lives can travel. Hope and Charles are a pair of lonely twenty-somethings about to end a supremely uninteresting first date.   But just as they say good night, the myriad possibilities of their futures and a life shared together come rushing to meet them. From their first kiss to their first child, from a horrible tragedy to a second chance, each moment moves with breath-taking speed.   A love story told with theatrical flair, AN INFINITE ACHE is as dazzling as it is insightful.

presented by South Camden Theatre Company
04/2019/26 - 05/2019/18
The God Project
In an overstocked Swedish furniture store, two co-workers and their omnipresent manager unpack the cosmic mystery behind ‘Some Assembly Required’—with only their Sunday School memories and a totem allen wrench to guide them! “Joilet Harris is a Philadelphia treasure.” -Broadway World Written & Performed by Sean Close and Jennifer Childs, featuring Joilet Harris Original Music by Christopher Colucci Directed by David Bradley

presented by 1812 Productions
04/2019/25 - 05/2019/19
Young Artists Concert
The Old York Road Symphony's annual Young Artists Concert is always a highlight of our season. This year four very talented teenagers selected from the many student musicians who auditioned last spring will perform with the orchestra. We invite you to join us for this exciting and inspiring event.   Music Director Jack Moore will be on the Abington Junior High School podium at 8PM on Saturday evening, April 27.

presented by Old York Road Symphony
04/2019/27 - 04/2019/27
Hannah Rose Nicholas, viola
Multi-talented violist Hannah Rose Nicholas has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet and Central City Opera Orchestras (Principal), and New World (former Co-Principal), San Francisco, Colorado, and Princeton Symphonies.   She has been a soloist at the Lucerne Festival Academy, Kennedy Center, and New World Symphony and performed with numerous chamber musicians and for three years at the O, Miami Poetry Festival. Her folk-inspired compositions have been performed at Rice University, Houston’s Archway Gallery, and the University of Texas El Paso.   Merging viola and voice, she also writes and performs original songs. Her program for Tri-County Concerts features works by Vaughan Williams, Gershwin, Telemann, Schumann, Bartók, and Hindemith performed with pianist Benjamin Laude.   Come hear some great music and meet the artists at a complimentary post-concert reception! Students and children attend free; tickets are available at the door, on-line, and by phone.

presented by Tri-County Concerts Association
04/2019/28 - 04/2019/28
Close Your Legs, Honey-A New Musical!
Close Your Legs, Honey tells the hilarious and troubling story of Honey Baker. Honey is competing at the 1996 Lil’ Miss Cutie Pie Pageant but would rather be at home playing astronaut crime-fighter. Her Mama, an enthusiastic and overbearing faded beauty queen pushes to reclaim her pageant glory but Honey just wants to go to McDonalds.   As pressure drives Mama to new levels of ambition, Honey’s day takes hilarious musical turns including visits from her gospel/country guardian angel Dolly Parton, backstage catfights turned rock ballads and caffeine-induced fever dream tap sections! In the cut-throat world of pageants the young ladies are the heroines as well as the villains. Is there a way for a quirky girl and her foul-mouth stage mama to outshine the army of pint-sized glamazons? Our favorite beauty queen is tucked, sucked, and plucked – Honey is ready to BURST on the stage!

presented by Bootless Stageworks
04/2019/26 - 04/2019/28
The Christians
By Lucas Hnath | Directed by Matt Pfeiffer Pastor Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. The shocking revelation of his sermon has powerful consequences. For believers and non-believers alike, The Christians is a “terrific play about the mystery of faith, and how religion can tear people apart just as it can bring them together” (The New York Times). In the tradition of Inherit the Wind, An Enemy of the People, and A Witness for the Prosecution, The Christians will feature local community members alongside professional actors. “truly gripping and wholly unexpected” –Chicago Tribune

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
04/2019/30 - 05/2019/19
New Music Concert Series: Duo Cortona
Duo Cortona Rachel Calloway, mezzo soprano & Ari Streisfeld, violin A contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of works for its unique instrumentation: mezzo soprano and violin. This duo works to establish a new and thus far unexplored repertoire, pursuing the endless possibilities of this union.

presented by Delaware County Community College
04/2019/28 - 04/2019/28
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 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
Klezmer Cabaret
PFS & Community Klezmer Initiative Present Klezmer Cabaret Sunday, April 28, 2019 Doors 2:30pm | Music 3pm $8 PFS Members & Students (with student ID) *while supplies last* | $10 Not-Yet-Members Join PFS and CKI along with host Susan Watts for an afternoon of Klezmer delight! Featuring an exciting display of talents from some of the best Klezmer talents in the area, Klezmer Cabaret will be a jam-packed revue to excite and delight music fans of all ages and backgrounds!

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
04/2019/28 - 04/2019/28
Riders to the Sea & Empty the House
Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman unites two powerful works into a single production that explores the stories of families in crisis. In Riders to the Sea by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a grief-stricken widow laments the loss of her many sons to the sea, as it threatens to claim the life of her only remaining son. It’s a poignant prelude to Empty the House, a 2016 opera composed by Curtis Institute of Music alum and Opera Philadelphia Composer in Residence Rene Orth, whose work “breaks new ground” (Opera News), and featuring a libretto by Mark Campbell (Elizabeth Cree, Silent Night). In Empty the House, a daughter returns to her childhood home for a weekend with her mother and is confronted by painful memories. Both works—premiered nearly 80 years apart—explore the complicated relationships between mothers and children, brothers and sisters, the loved and the lost.

presented by Opera Philadelphia
05/2019/02 - 05/2019/05
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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