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

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

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

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Candlelight Ghost Tours
No decorations. No hype. Just, you, a few candles, and REAL Ghosts! Experience Fort Mifflin after hours on our popular candlelight walking tours through the site. Tours depart every half hour from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and last approximately 1 hour.

presented by Fort Mifflin on the Delaware
10/2017/14 - 10/2017/21
Day of the Poet 20th Anniversary
“Day of the Poet,” Philly’s pioneering festival of Spoken Word, which headlined monthly at the Bride for nine seasons, returns to celebrate the vision, talent, and insurgent spirit that fostered a movement and forged an epoch. This historic event will reunite seminal DOTP alumni whose artistic contributions to contemporary culture have become storied. Presenting; Trapeta Mayson, Rich Medina, Twin Poets, DJ Razor Ramon, Ursula Rucker, and festival founder, curator, and Spoken Word legend Kevin O’Neill. Special guests from NYC and SCI Graterford, et al, will be announced. The event will also include an open mic lottery.

presented by Painted Bride Art Center
10/2017/20 - 10/2017/20
Courtnee Roze (The Culture)
Courtnee Roze is a New York-based percussionist, lyricist, writer and bandleader, heading up an instrumental fusion and percussion-driven ensemble. This piece of work is a musical translation of Roze’s life story. The work also reflects the musical influences that has inspired Roze’s sound. Using a djembe and conga drum, deep african sound, and a vocal pattern that is non-metrically structured; Roze paints a vivid picture of her walk of life. Dance/movements are intertwined with the strategically placed instrumentals to help fasten the story line. Courtnee Roze natural gift of diversity allows her to explore more challenging material (African breaks, monolog, prejudice, childhood interruptions, culture) among other topics.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
10/2017/26 - 10/2017/28
The Sleeping Beauty
Enjoy this glorious world of enchantment, magic, tragedy, and true love—where everyone really does live happily ever after. Tchaikovsky’s haunting and familiar score will enhance your enjoyment of this classical ballet for all ages. Presented by PECO.

presented by Pennsylvania Ballet
10/2017/12 - 10/2017/22
Broken Stones
A World Premiere by Fin Kennedy Directed by Seth Rozin Featuring: Charlotte Northeast October 27 - November 19, 2017 Based on an extremely true story. Fact: priceless artifacts were looted from The Baghdad Museum in 2003 during the Iraq War. Fact: A U.S. marine went in to investigate who was responsible. Everything else is open for interpretation. When a well-meaning veteran meets his ghostwriter, mythologies mix, truth is refashioned into click bait, and reality itself begins to shift. Kennedy’s world premiere is an intense, cinematic thriller that examines the appropriation of narrative and just what it means to print the legend.

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
10/2017/27 - 11/2017/19
Lila Downs
One of the world’s most singular voices,  Lila Downs’ poignant storytelling transcends all language barriers. Her influences range from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. As a passionate human-rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold. Lila’s most recent release,  Balas y Chocolate, went platinum in Mexico and she looks forward to sharing a new Sony album with audiences in Spring 2017. Lila has graced the stages of many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Festival of Sacred Music — Hollywood Bowl. She has been invited to sing at the White House, and performed on the Academy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards telecasts.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
10/2017/22 - 10/2017/22
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, the follow-up to the smash Edible Inevitable tour, hits the road again. Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2017/05 - 11/2017/05
Nikki Chooi, violin
PROGRAM Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 3, Op. 12 in E-Flat Major for Violin & Piano César Franck Sonata in A Major for Violin & Piano Daniel Temkin World premiere for two violins (made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program) Moritz Moszkowski Suite in G minor for Two Violins & Piano, Op. 71 Pablo de Sarasate Navarra for Two Violins & Piano, Op. 33 PERFORMING ARTISTS Nikki Chooi, violin Timothy Chooi, violin Sejoon Park, piano

presented by Astral Artists
10/2017/22 - 10/2017/22
The Swallowing Dark
American Premiere By Lizzie Nunnery Liverpool has been home to Canaan and his young son for 5 years after fleeing Robert Mugabe’s brutal regime in Zimbabwe. They could now lose asylum as the choices Canaan made to stay alive are thrown under the harsh light of interrogation. Mythical stories of Zimbabwe blend into both the dreams and waking hours of Canaan and the officer assigned to re-evaluate his asylum status. “Can the truth ever be turned into a clear, consistent story? That’s one of the troubling questions that underlie The Swallowing Dark, Lizzie Nunnery’s powerfully suggestive new play.”—The Independent

presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company
10/2017/05 - 10/2017/22
Alice McDermott | The Ninth Hour
Pulling the delicate threads of “fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief” (The Washington Post), Alice McDermott’s acclaimed fiction explores intersecting stories of familial love, Irish American culture and assimilation, and the hard-wrought lessons of adulthood. The Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, her novels include Someone, Charming Billy—winner of the 1998 National Book Award—and That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This—all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. In The Ninth Hour, McDermott follows a young mother struggling with Catholic forgiveness and shame in the wake of her husband’s violent suicide in early 20th-century Brooklyn.

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
10/2017/23 - 10/2017/23
Other Desert Cities
Brooke returns home after an absence and announces that she is about to publish a memoir that includes a dark family secret, much to the dismay of the family. From Jon Robin Baitz, creator of TV's "Brothers and Sisters".

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
10/2017/20 - 11/2017/04
Jennifer Nicole Campbell - Piano Recital
The DCS presents a Solo Piano Recital titled Earthly to Ethereal featuring Artist In Residence, Ms. Jennifer Nicole Campbell. Included in the recital are Claude Debussy’s La Cathédrale engloutie, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp minor, "Moonlight", Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E Major, Ms. Campbell’s original composition Variations on Amazing Grace (2017) and Chopin’s Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49, among others.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
10/2017/22 - 10/2017/22
Guitarist Jordan Dodson
Classical guitarist Jordan Dodson has been recognized as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation” who “play[s] . . . with remarkable technique and depth of expression” (Performance Today). A winner of Astral’s 2013 National Auditions among other awards, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today in 2013 and one of two students selected to inaugurate the Curtis Institute of Music’s classical guitar studio in 2011. Tri-County Concerts is proud to present this virtuoso guitarist performing works by composers through the ages, ranging from the Renaissance (Dowland) and the Baroque period (Bach) to today (Fujikura and Cole). Come hear some great music and then meet the artist at a complimentary post-concert reception! Students and children may attend for free.

presented by Tri-County Concerts Association
10/2017/22 - 10/2017/22
Delaware River Sunset Cruise
The Ultimate Philadelphia Sunset Cruise! While cruising aboard one of our elegant yachts you will feel the warm rays of the sun sinking peacefully behind Philadelphia's beautiful skyline. The evening then turns magical as you cruise the calm waters and watch the bright lights of the city come alive. Our sunset cruises are a unique Philadelphia experience and for many it turns into a very romantic excursion. For others it is a great way to catch up with friends, unwind after a days work or relax before heading out on the town for dinner, a show or a visit to Spruce Street Harbor Park. Although our sunset cruise is not narrated, our crew will always answer any questions you have! All of our yachts serve beer, wine and mixed drinks during our cruises. Join us for a cruise on Philadelphia's often overlooked Delaware River! Your attitude and perception of Philadelphia as a great river town will probably change as you experience phillybyboat from a new perspective.

presented by Patriot Harbor Lines
04/2017/07 - 11/2017/18
NextMove Dance presents The Paul Taylor Dance Company
The legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company makes a rare Philadelphia appearance featuring three of Taylor’s classic works - Arden Court (1981), Company B (1991) and Esplanade (1975). Opening the program is the romantic and uplifting Arden Court for nine dancers set to music by 18th century Baroque English composer William Boyce. The New York Post noted “One of the few great art works created in [the 20th] century.” In Company B, Taylor explores mortality, taboos and the righteousness of the American myth. Set to songs sung the Andrew Sisters, this 10-section work contrasts the shadowy images of soldiers during World War 11 juxtaposed against the merriment of movements inspired by social dances of the time. Anna Kisselgoff in her 1991 New York Times review called the work, “A smash hit.” Esplanade, one of Mr. Taylor’s most celebrated signature works inspired by everyday movement, closes the program. Set to Bach’s “Violin Concerto in E Major,” dancers barrel across the stage with fearless runs, thrilling dives to the floor, and daring catches and rolls prompting a range of reactions - laughs, shouts, sobs, and gasps. www.nextmovedance.org

presented by NextMove Dance
11/2017/02 - 11/2017/05
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Chicago-based with a world-class reputation, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago celebrates its 40th anniversary with a return to Philadelphia after a 10-year absence. Featuring dancers of unparalleled versatility and virtuosity, the company is known for its diverse repertoire of adventurous choreography and truly breathtaking performances. In a program of Philadelphia premieres and beloved favorites, don’t miss this glorious force in contemporary dance!

presented by Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
10/2017/20 - 10/2017/21
ZOFO
The New Music Concert Series at Delaware County Community College presents ZOFO Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi, pianists In this performance, ZOFO, internationally acclaimed pianists Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi, will perform works by Gabriella Smith, Ryan Brown, Nicholas Pavkovik, Sahba Aminikia, Pablo Ortiz, Kenji Oh, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Igor Stravinsky. Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, ZOFO has electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), believes that the piano duet is the most intimate form of chamber music, with two musicians playing individual parts on one instrument in a complex, often beautiful choreography of four hands. Learn more at zofoduet.com

presented by Delaware County Community College
10/2017/22 - 10/2017/22
Backtrack
Business Insider describes Backtrack as one of the “34 up-and-coming YouTube stars you should be watching right now.” Winner of the 2016 YouTube Next Up competition, this a cappella powerhouse has amassed over 7 million views and 85 thousand subscribers. Like their home base of New York City, Backtrack members Andrew, Johnny, Melissa, Mallory, and Jordan proudly represent a melting pot of cultures and heritages, which is evident in the diversity of their song selections and sound. Learn more: backtrackvocals.com

presented by West Chester University - Office of Cultural Affairs
10/2017/27 - 10/2017/27
Theatre Horizon presents 2.5 MINUTE RIDE
by Lisa Kron Directed by Elaina Di Monaco Lisa’s 74-year-old father won’t stop riding roller coasters. But as his health begins to fail, Lisa must deal with the limits of an aging parent she idolizes. With compassion and razor-sharp humor, 2.5 Minute Ride weaves together Lisa’s memories of two very different family trips: their annual pilgrimage to an Ohio amusement park and an unforgettable journey through their family’s history. With her wife’s support, Lisa chronicles her father’s life as a Holocaust survivor and weathers the many pitfalls of adventuring with a septuagenarian. This one-woman-show is by three-time Tony-winner Lisa Kron, writer of Broadway’s Fun Home.

presented by Theatre Horizon
10/2017/06 - 10/2017/29
Ready, Set, Create!: Toy Story
Ages 3-6 - Nurture the growing creative mind in your child! Through games, stories, songs, and movement your child will learn some basic principles of acting all while making new friends and having fun! This session will build social emotional learning through creative play inspired by the movie Toy Story. Students will explore character building and relationships through the eyes of their most beloved toys. Involvement in the arts has many developmental benefits, especially from an early age: visual learning, language development, motor skills, decision making, inventiveness, cultural awareness, and improved academic performance. Sundays 1pm-2pm 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19

presented by White Pines Productions
10/2017/22 - 11/2017/19
White Pines Young Actors Studio
An Actor Prepares: Ages: 10-17 At the White Pines Young Actor’s Studio it is the passion for the work that matters, not the experience level. In our ensemble environment, young actors will have a unique opportunity to get a head start in understanding the foundations of professional acting training. White Pines Young Actor’s Studio is for the inquisitive and driven young actor ready to challenge themselves creatively! We will begin with the most important skills that all actors must begin with: listening/ responding, connecting with a partner, improvisation and sense of play. Then we will examine how we apply these new skills to monologues, sides and cold readings. Each student will leave class with a working audition monologue as well as create an audition preparation game plan that they can use to feel confident whether their goal is to audition for a school play, professional production or college program.

presented by White Pines Productions
10/2017/21 - 12/2017/16
Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
In his popular live presentations, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist Peter Gros shares his exciting animal world, travel experiences, and timeless tales. Gros is best known for hosting the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on Animal Planet, which was one of the most well-known and longest-running wildlife series on television.   In an attempt to share his passion for the natural world with young people across the planet, Gros lectures frequently on conservation and preservation at universities, zoos, theaters, and nature and science centers around the nation. Learn more: petergros.com

presented by West Chester University - Office of Cultural Affairs
11/2017/04 - 11/2017/04
Long Day's Journey into Night
One fateful summer day, the Tyrone family gathers in New London, Connecticut, bound to a past they are unable to forgive or forget. James and Mary Tyrone and their two sons fight for the stability and survival of their family, but are caught in a hopeless cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and the family indulges in its vices, the truth unravels, leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives. An unashamedly autobiographical account of O’Neill’s own life “written in tears and blood,” Long Day’s Journey into Night is considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century. The production will star Barrymore Award Winner E. Ashley Izard as Mary Tyrone, Paul Herbon as James Tyrone, James Davis as Edmund and Josh Carpenter as Jamie.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
10/2017/04 - 10/2017/22
The Afrosphere: Art, Culture and Marketplace at Penn Museum
A special night of interactive global arts, bringing together contemporary live music, art, dance, and fashions of the African diaspora. Discover some of Philadelphia’s leading studios, performing and visual artists working in various media. From diverse sounds to dance including Reimagined Jazz, Afrobeat and Caribbean,— and more, in the Museum’s awe-inspiring ancient Egyptian gallery and Rotunda. Light fare and cash bar.   Presented by the Artvolution Cultural Innovation Project. Artistic Director, Vena Jefferson. artvolution.org

presented by Penn Museum
10/2017/19 - 10/2017/19
The Afrosphere: James Carter & Louis Taylor
Jazz & Music Performance at the Afrosphere Event at Penn Museum. The musical performance is part of a larger celebration of art and culture of the African Diaspora. Special cultural marketplace highlighting art, fashion and home decor.

presented by Modern Renaissance Jazz
10/2017/19 - 10/2017/19
Jack and the Beanstalk
Poor Jack trades the family cow for magic seeds that grow a beanstalk to a castle in the clouds. When he climbs to the castle he finds a bag of silver coins, a hen that lays golden eggs, a singing harp and a grumpy giant! The classic tale comes to life as two actors play all the characters in this fun-filled one hour show designed to delight audiences of all ages.

presented by Family Stages
11/2017/08 - 11/2017/11
Pirate Jenny's Conspiracy
Rage. Love. Revenge. Follow Yolanda Wisher as she charts the fantastical journeys of Pirate Jenny. Pirate Jenny, the vengeful heroine dreamed up in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, sails into the 21st century as a modern-day poet and blueswoman. Yolanda Wisher, Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, imagines this retelling, inspired by Nina Simone’s powerful 1964 cover of the iconic song. Musing on black love and rage, civil rights, and the meaning of womanhood, Wisher’s tour-de-force performance travels the continents of spoken word and song, with first-mate and double bassist Mark Palacio at her side. Location: International House Philadelphia 3701 Chestnut Street Tickets: General Admission: $20 Young Friends/Under 30: $15 Students: $10 interculturaljourneys.org/pirate-jenny

presented by Intercultural Journeys
11/2017/05 - 11/2017/05
Blithe Spirit
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium”, one Madame Arcati. Noel Coward’s wit and whip is on full display as his hauntingly funny ghost story drives audiences mad! “It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” Can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 2009

presented by Hedgerow Theatre
10/2017/05 - 10/2017/29
Improv: Level 3
WPP believes improv is a door to a deeper understanding of your gifts. Our goal is to give you a fun experience as we approach improv from our unique, "theater-based" point of view that improv is acting. Get to know your wild and crazy side with authenticity and discipline! Come swim in the deep end with us! Improv at White Pines, grows your confidence, expands your creativity, unlocks your joy and reveals your spontaneity! Level 3 This 8 week class will help you tap into what YOU bring to the work. We will work on strengthening the ensemble relationship and getting in the flow of "the group mind." Together you'll create an original improv form and journey towards finding your identity as a team. Sundays 6pm-8pm 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26: NO CLASS 12/3 12/10

presented by White Pines Productions
10/2017/15 - 12/2017/10
Anime Club
Ages 8 -17 - Calling all Anime lovers! Whether you are obsessed with Anime, Manga, drawing, Japanese culture, animation, or would just like to know more about this category of art this is the place for you! Students will have the opportunity to watch, draw, create, discuss, and perform anime together. The 8-week class will culminate in a gallery showing of our work! Tuition includes cost of materials. This class is open to all youth and young adults with ASD, Aspergers, or any Physical or Developmental Disability. Thursdays 4pm-6pm 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23: NO CLASS 11/30 12/7

presented by White Pines Productions
10/2017/19 - 12/2017/14
Healthy Halloween 2017
Join Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse for a fun Halloween celebration including nature exploration, live music, a “Thriller” dance party, messy arts, healthy treats, and fun in the 6 1/2 acre Playground and 16,000 sq. ft. Playhouse! Children are welcome to come in costume. Smith is joined by Let's Go Outdoors, Noggin Hill Blue Grass, and School of Dance Arts to provide the morning's activities. Healthy treats, giveaways, and decorations generously provides by Beech-Nut, Happy Family, Primex Garden Center, and Vetri Family Foundation. Tickets are $10 per child or free for Smith members.

presented by Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
10/2017/28 - 10/2017/28
Indian Classical Vocal Concert - Sandeep Narayan
Sandeep Narayan - Indian Classical Carnatic Vocal Concert Sruti is pleased to present a Carnatic Vocal concert by Sandeep Narayan, accompanied by H N Bhaskar on the Violin, Neyveli R Narayanan on the Mrudangam and N Guruprasad on the Ghatam. Sandeep Narayan - Vocal Sandeep Narayan is a disciple of the well acclaimed musician, Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan. Although he was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he spends most of his time pursuing a career in music based out of Chennai, India. He has won several awards and accolades, and is an A grade artist of All India Radio, Chennai. Sandeep regularly performs all over India and has toured many nations such as the UK, Germany, US, Canada, Singapore, and Sri Lanka, performing with artists across several Western and Eastern genres.

presented by SRUTI - The India Music and Dance Society
10/2017/21 - 10/2017/21