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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 Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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Cristal Palace
More than 200,000 witnessed the “jaw-dropping sensation” during the 2011 PIFA, when aerial performers dangled hundreds of feet in the air above Broad Street and transfixed the crowd with an otherworldly spectacle. Transe Express, the celebrated French performance troop, returns with the world premiere of Cristal Palace, a 360-degree immersive event featuring a human chandelier as the centerpiece for the best dance party Philly has ever seen. This show is a part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, featuring ground-breaking artistry of local and international music, dance, and aerial magic performances and installations, May 31-Jun 10. Visit KIMMELCENTER.ORG/PIFA for the full festival line-up.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2018/01 - 06/2018/10
Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
Unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, this epic 24-hour performance art concert exorcizes the social history of the United States—240 years in the making and 24 hours in the telling. It is a spectacular pop odyssey with over 24 musicians and more than 100 local performers, including burlesque performers, a choir, a marching band, knitters, and acrobats. The audience itself is essential to the performance with deeply touching, oftentimes hilarious, and immersive moments that build to a delicious illustration of our nation’s diverse and sometimes dysfunctional story, reinvigorating a distinctively American sense of possibility. This show is a part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, featuring ground-breaking artistry of local and international music, dance, and aerial magic performances and installations, May 31-Jun 10. Visit KIMMELCENTER.ORG/PIFA for the full festival line-up.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2018/02 - 06/2018/10
Tape Riot
See Philadelphia in a whole new way! Without the constraints of a theatrical performance structure, this hybrid performance art tour permits audience members freedom of movement throughout the city. Starting at a Center City Philadelphia mystery location, audiences will be guided through a journey leaving artistic traces of tape as hints along the way. Experience morsels of artistry from an award-winning quartet of performers who combine electronic soundscapes, improvised dance, and graphics to create a dynamic performance that undulates through the City of Brotherly Love. This show is a part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, featuring ground-breaking artistry of local and international music, dance, and aerial magic performances and installations, May 31-Jun 10. Visit KIMMELCENTER.ORG/PIFA for the full festival line-up.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2018/05 - 06/2018/08
SEA- Singular Extreme Actions
Watch as the laws of physics are put to the test at SEA (Singular Extreme Actions), a Philadelphia premiere event from the mind of MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Elizabeth Streb. Human bodies careen through, around, and above invented hardware, thrilling audiences with athleticism and a healthy dose of bravery. Equal parts dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, and daredevil stunt work, SEA is a kaleidoscope of movement where every performer is dubbed an “action hero”. This show is a part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, featuring ground-breaking artistry of local and international music, dance, and aerial magic performances and installations, May 31-Jun 10. Visit KIMMELCENTER.ORG/PIFA for the full festival line-up.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2018/05 - 06/2018/07
The Fever
At a time when we feel most divided as a nation, the Obie Award-winning creative team, New Yorker calls “NEW YORK’S BEST NONTRADITIONAL COMPANY", gifts audiences with a common purpose through acting together. The newest experiential show from 600 HIGHWAYMEN taps into the limits of human existence. This show is a part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, featuring ground-breaking artistry of local and international music, dance, and aerial magic performances and installations, May 31-Jun 10. Visit KIMMELCENTER.ORG/PIFA for the full festival line-up.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2018/06 - 06/2018/10
Bassem Youssef-The Joke is Mightier than the Sword
A YouTube sensation dubbed the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” Bassem Youssef is the creator and former host of the wildly popular TV show Al-Bernameg—the first political satire show in the Middle East and the most watched program in the region from 2011-14 with 30 million viewers every week. Throughout its three seasons, Al-Bernameg remained controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of the ruling powers. Accused of being “anti-Islam” and insulting the President of Egypt, Youssef was arrested and interrogated before being released on bail. During its final season, the show achieved unprecedented ratings before Youssef announced its termination due to overwhelming political pressures on the show and the airing channel. This show is a part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, featuring ground-breaking artistry of local and international music, dance, and aerial magic performances and installations, May 31-Jun 10. Visit KIMMELCENTER.ORG/PIFA for full lineup.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2018/06 - 06/2018/06
The Planets: An HD Odyssey featuring the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
Experience modern space exploration through a stunning cinematic visual canvas as the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia performs Gustav Holst’s The Planets with a world premiere arrangement as this symphony is performed by a Jazz Orchestra for the first time. Journey to Mars, Mercury, and Saturn with a live jazz soundtrack. The film, The Planets: An HD Odyssey, was created by celebrated director/producer Duncan Copp in cooperation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories and originally produced by The Houston Symphony. Duncan Copp is best known as the producer of In the Shadow of the Moon, a 2006 documentary film on the U.S. manned missions to the Moon, which was presented by Ron Howard and introduced at the Sundance Film Festival. Our arrangers represent a diverse lineup of jazz musicians and includes Joseph Block, a former student from the Kimmel Center’s own Creative Music Program. Conducted by: Terell Stafford Arrangers: Todd Bashore (Mars & Mercury) Joseph Block (Venus) Jack Saint Clair (Jupiter) Mark Allen (Saturn & Uranus) Nick Lambardelli (Neptune) As an added bonus, our opening act will be The Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band. The Jazztest was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. It is composed of members of the Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band, the Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
06/2018/08 - 06/2018/08
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
ROCK OUT AND LOVE FEARLESSLY The groundbreaking musical that opened in 1998, became an unexpected his film and celebrated Broadway run, now celebrates its 20th anniversary as a cult-pop-culture phenomenon.  With its incredible score and hilariously heartfelt book, this 20th anniversary production  re-examines John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's explosive  rock musical with a fresh eye while paying homage to its iconic flair.  HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Directed by Josh Hitchens Starring RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE STAR Mimi Imfurst Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHI is the story about finding your other half, a search for love and self-acceptance.

presented by FauxRealCo
06/2018/01 - 06/2018/17
Summerland Tour 2018
Sirius XM Presents: The Summerland Tour 2018 featuring Everclear Marcy Playground Local H May 31st at The Electric Factory

presented by Electric Factory
05/2018/31 - 05/2018/31
Don't Dress for Dinner
Bernard wants Suzanne, and his wife Jacqueline wants his best friend Robert. Suzette comes to cook them all dinner, and her husband George might have to set everybody straight in this wickedly funny comedy by French playwright Marc Camoletti. The action spills from the drawing room to the bedroom to the kitchen in this hilarious and fast-moving farce of marriage, lust, and cordon bleu cuisine. A Philadelphia Premiere by Marc Camoletti Directed by Kathryn MacMillan

presented by Lantern Theater Company
05/2018/24 - 06/2018/24
The Prince and the Pauper
A young pauper named Tom Canty is beaten by the palace guards for standing too close to the palace gate. Seeing this, Prince Edward stops the guards and invites Tom into the palace for food. Surprised that they look so much alike and share the same birthday, the young boys are eager to experience how the other lives and decide to switch places temporarily.   Meanwhile King Henry VIII of England dies and the court prepares to crown Tom as the new king. Mark Twain’s classic tale of mistaken identity is full of wild adventures for both boys as they risk all to find out who they are, what they are worth, and what friendship really is.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
05/2018/16 - 06/2018/03
Seussical
When Horton the Elephant hears a very soft noise, he discovers a planet full of tiny girls and boys. On a small speck of dust is a planet called Who, lives a young child named JoJo who is feeling quite blue. But when Horton meets JoJo, oh the things they can think! They’ll save all of Whoville as fast as a blink. Thanks to brave Horton, we’ll learn, one and all, that a person’s a person... no matter how small!

presented by Wolf Performing Arts Center
06/2018/15 - 06/2018/17
Snow White
ARDEN CHILDREN'S THEATRE PRESENTS Snow White World premiere! Written and directed by Greg Banks April 4 - June 3 On the Arcadia Stage This is Snow White as you’ve never seen it before. A world premiere production of the classic tale that features a beautiful princess, her evil queen, a huntsman, one magic mirror, and the legendary seven dwarfs – all brought to life by TWO ACTORS! From the writer of the Arden’s acclaimed productions of Pinocchio and The Jungle Book comes this new play that features two virtuosic performers bringing a world to life before your eyes with the vibrant creativity and thrilling theatricality you’ve come to expect from Arden Children’s Theatre. Most enjoyed by families with children ages 6 and older.

presented by Arden Theatre Company
04/2018/04 - 06/2018/03
Tell Me On A Sunday
The dream of true love can take us anywhere! It's the 1980's and a young English girl, full of energy and optimism, arrives in New York ready to find success and love. On her journey, she wakes up to frustration, anxiety and heartache. She begins to wonder whether she's looking for love in all the wrong places. This iconic musical, with a wonderfully original score, features some of Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cats) and Don Black's best songs including "Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes," "Unexpected Song" and "Nothing Like You've Ever Known." Music begins when you TELL ME ON A SUNDAY.

presented by Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3
04/2018/10 - 06/2018/10
Romeo and Juliet: A Requiem
By William Shakespeare Conceived for Six Actors by Zak Berkman and Samantha Reading Directed by Samantha Reading April 25 - May 27, 2018 Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light Romeo and Juliet didn't have to die. In this inventive six-actor version of Shakespeare’s play, the traumatized parents, Friar, and Nurse relive the passions and perils of their star-crossed children. This classic tale of balconies and battlegrounds becomes a vibrant act of truth and reconciliation.

presented by People's Light
04/2018/25 - 05/2018/27
Big Red Sun
11th Hour presents the World Premiere of Big Red Sun! Come get swept away by a thrilling and beautiful score that weaves from Klezmer, to jazz and then on to rock and roll.   This exciting, new musical follows a young man named Harry Daimler on his search for the father he never knew, a Jewish-American musician who died in France during World War II.   As Harry uncovers the truth about his father, he begins to realize that in order to know who he truly is, he must first understand where he comes from.

presented by 11th Hour Theatre Company
05/2018/31 - 06/2018/17
BalletX Summer Series 2018
Penny Saunders, winner of the 2016 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship, joins us for her first world premiere on BalletX, after creating work on such companies as Whim W’him and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Saunders will collaborate with Rosie Langabeer, co-creator and composer of Sunset, o639 Hours, on the ballet’s score, to be performed live by Langabeer and guest artists. Matthew Neenan, recognized by The New York Times as “one of the strange originals of American ballet,” has hinted that his new Summer Series ballet will center around a mysterious dinner party and the marriage of language and movement. Neenan will mentor BalletX’s 2018 Choreographic Fellow, Andrew McNicol. Chosen for the Fellowship from a competitive pool of international applicants, McNicol has created work for The New York Choreographic Institute and is described as “talented beyond his years” by Ballet News.

presented by BalletX
07/2018/11 - 07/2018/22
Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. presents Strange Dreams: 30 Years Later
Strange Dreams is Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company (AMM & DCO) newest full-length creation. This multimedia production features eight professionally-trained dancers, inventive choreography, outlandish props, constructed costumes and a genre defying soundscore consisting of Gusli music, text and poetry, ambient soundscapes, as well as contemporary and classical music.   Conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director, Anne-Marie Mulgrew, Strange Dreams tackles dream-like states - the sensations, memories, colors and sounds in a non-linear stream of consciousness format. Dreams appear, disappear, and continue to haunt the dreamer who questions the logic of it all. This 12-section work aspires to enchant, excite and inform audiences. Join us in our whimsical and at times contemplative adventure through unknown realms of the imagination where anything is possible.   Strange Dreams is reaction of sorts to the political and social realities we face today and (wo)mans need to dream, heal and celebrate the resilience and joyfulness of the human spirit. The program features guest artist Ashley Searles in two new solos.

presented by Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co.
06/2018/01 - 06/2018/02
Danny Tobias & Friends presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
Cornetist Danny Tobias returns to Tri-State at the helm of his own quintet. A much sought-after musician identified by his lyrical phrasing and fat, relaxed tone, Tobias can frequently be heard performing with the Midiri Brothers, Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings, Stan Rubin, Jon-Erik Kellso, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band, and other leading traditional jazz and swing groups.   Watch Danny Tobias and Joe Holt, with Honeysuckle Rose – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb94HmnaG6o and Embraceable You – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s1ParkUVeA

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
06/2018/03 - 06/2018/03
Mad Men, Medicine, Death, and Disease
We'll examine the curses, causes, and cures that plagued past centuries. Three eminent physican enrich the soil of Christ Church Burial Ground. Doctors Benjamin Rush, Philip Syng Physick and Thomas Bond were medical giants in Philadelphia and America in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. Also, the tour reveals the major medical contributions of Benjamin Franklin.

presented by Christ Church Preservation Trust
05/2018/04 - 05/2018/25