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Gabourey Sidibe | This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
Individual tickets and subscriptions go on sale Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 AM! Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Sidibe won instant fame for her heartbreaking portrayal of the movie’s title character. Since then she has appeared on three seasons of American Horror Story, was a cast member of the Showtime series The Big C, has hosted Saturday Night Live, and has appeared in several films. She currently plays Becky on Fox’s popular musical drama series Empire. This Is Just My Face tells the behind-the-scenes story of Sidibe’s Bed-Stuy upbringing and rise to fame while proffering sensible dispatches on celebrity, depression, friendship, and self-image.

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
05/2017/04 - 05/2017/04
Koresh Dance Company Home Season at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre
Returning from a 17-city season tour, Koresh Dance Company is looking forward to a weekend-full of performances at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre located in the heart of Philadelphia. MAY 4-7, Mr Koresh will reprise the repertoire favorite “Sense of Human”, with musical collaboration by Greg Smith, Karl Mullen and introducing violinist Nick Kendall (Time for Three). The work explores the perception of reality, self-discovery, and the reasons we choose to wear carefully chosen facades that hide the basic yearnings by which we exist. ================================================= THURSDAY, MAY 4, 7:30PM Happy Hour 6PM Performance of "Sense of Human" Post-show Conversation with the Artists FRIDAY, MAY 5, 8PM Happy Hour 6:30PM Performance of "Sense of Human" Post-show Conversation with the Artists SATURDAY, MAY 6, 8PM Happy Hour 6:30PM Performance of "Sense of Human" SUNDAY, MAY 7, 6-10PM Koresh Kouture: a High Fashion Performance & Gala

presented by Koresh Dance Company
05/2017/04 - 05/2017/07
BalletX Spring Series 2017
BalletX, Philadelphia’s Premier Contemporary Ballet and Resident Dance Company of The Wilma Theater, uses the language of classical ballet technique to write a bold new chapter in dance, uniting visionary choreographers with world-class dancers to create new works of athleticism, emotion and grace. The company invites you to join them for their Spring Series 2017, featuring the U.S. premiere of Cayetano Soto’s 'Schachmatt,' the return of Matthew Neenan’s company favorite 'The Last Glass' (2010), and a world premiere by 2017 Choreographic Fellow, Tommie-Waheed Evans.

presented by BalletX
04/2017/26 - 05/2017/07
The Marriage of Figaro
Regarded as one of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) is a screwball comedy complete with disguises, surprises, and compromises. Figaro, the wily barber and part-time matchmaker, has finally fallen in love. But, like everything else in his life, it's complicated. On the eve of Figaro’s marriage to Susanna, his master, Count Almaviva, sets his wandering eye on the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and even the Countess Rosina gets in on the action when she learns of her husband’s desires. But is she embroiled in a dangerous liaison of her own? From the opening notes to the final curtain, Mozart’s score delivers a tangled love story with great farce and satire.

presented by Opera Philadelphia
04/2017/28 - 05/2017/07
Kennedy Center Jazz Presents: A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln
Born in Chicago in 1930, Abbey Lincoln was raised in rural Michigan and went to a one-room school. Toward the end of her life, Lincoln asked her friend Dee Dee Bridgewater to help keep the Abbey Lincoln songbook alive. On May 20, 2011, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., with Dianne Reeves, Bridgewater began to fulfill her promise. This is a remounted version of that performance, redesigned as a touring piece, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
05/2017/05 - 05/2017/05
Jomama Jones in BLACK LIGHT
Beyond what we can see, can we be? Jomama Jones makes her Kimmel Center debut with a stellar band, vocalists, and a few special guests to investigate the heart of our matter. Singing original songs from her album, Flowering, composed with Bobby Halvorson, and brand new compositions with Dylan Meek, and Samora Pinderhughes, Jomama will explore the signs and signifiers found in the darkest part of the night that send us toward the blush of dawn. Pinderhughes’s searching and motive arrangements will call the flowers to blooming. This night? Black Light!

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
05/2017/04 - 05/2017/06
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
"Urinetown" - Spring Student Musical
Urinetown Written by Greg Kotis Music by Mark Hollmann Directed by Beth Criscuolo Musical Direction by Jeff Beiter About the Production Urinetown is a musical satire of capitalism, social irresponsibility, the legal system, politics and musical theatre itself. Set in a Gotham-like city where a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets, citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

presented by Delaware County Community College
04/2017/27 - 05/2017/06
Happy Birthday
Written by Marc Camoletti Adapted by Beverly Cross Infidelities and mistaken identities abound when Bernard decides to have a birthday party for his mistress—with his wife in attendance. Friends, lovers, and two strangers named Brigit are all caught on a merry-go-round of bedrooms and birthday cake in this fantastic farce from the author of Boeing Boeing. Happy Birthday was a long-running success in London and we are thrilled to present this new production starring real-life married couples Greg Wood & Susan Riley Stevens and Scott Greer & Jennifer Childs!

presented by 1812 Productions
04/2017/27 - 05/2017/21
Into the Woods Jr.
The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever. Into the Woods Jr. is the family friendly premiere performance in Wolf Performing Arts Center’s new blackbox theatre.

presented by Wolf Performing Arts Center
05/2017/04 - 05/2017/07
Inis Nua Theatre Co Presents Swallow by Stef Smith
Inis Nua Theatre Company presents the American Premiere of Swallow, by Scottish playwright Stef Smith from April 26 to May 14, 2017, at the Proscenium Theater at The Drake (302 S. Hicks). Directed by Claire Moyer, Swallow is the story of three strangers and their fragile connections with each other and the world around them. Stepping or falling, sometimes there is no difference.   Tickets are $25-35 and on sale at (215) 454-9776 or inisnuatheatre.org.

presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company
04/2017/26 - 05/2017/14
Koresh Dance Company - 23 Deconstruction Mozart
Now in its 25th year, this acclaimed dance company incorporates ballet, modern and jazz dance and infuses each performance with exceptional passion technically demanding movement. Koresh will premiere piece that was a collaboration between Roni Koresh and Paul Miller, aka “DJ Spooky”, 23: Deconstructing Mozart. In “23,” a twist on the classical, Miller will disarticulate and rebuild portions of Mozart’s concerto, creating new sounds and layers to bring the classic into the present. To this new music, Koresh will combine the industrial and the lyrical to produce a potent remix of his precise, athletic style.

presented by Montgomery County Community College
04/2017/29 - 04/2017/29
Koresh Kouture: a high-fashion performance & gala
YOU'RE INVITED Experience a performance of "Sense of Human" followed by a celebratory reception. Enjoy drinks, a whiskey tasting and hors d’oeuvres as you admire an art selection courtesy of RACSO Contemporary Arts and fashions by the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, Wild Mantle & Naveda Couture. Evening sponsors include... Naveda Couture Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Philadelphia Distilling RACSO Contemporary Arts WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Yards Brewing Co. Wild Mantle SENSE OF HUMAN Mr Koresh will reprise the repertoire favorite “Sense of Human”, with musical collaboration by Greg Smith, Karl Mullen and introducing violinist Nick Kendall (Time for Three). The work explores the perception of reality, self-discovery, and the reasons we choose to wear carefully chosen facades that hide the basic yearnings by which we exist.

presented by Koresh Dance Company
05/2017/07 - 05/2017/07
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 Light Princess
Adapted by Tony Lawton From the story by George MacDonald Music by Alex Bechtel Based on a Scottish legend by George MacDonald, this new musical tells the story of a teenager who has no gravity of any kind – in addition to having no feelings for others she floats in the air, unable to ever touch the ground. Filled with wonderful characters and a beguiling score, this enchanting, clever and wickedly funny new musical will delight kids and parents alike.

presented by Arden Theatre Company
04/2017/05 - 05/2017/28
Dance Affiliates/NextMove Dance presents Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) makes a rare Philadelphia appearance with three premieres showcasing the Company’s technical prowess and range of moods and styles. ASFB’s newest commissioned work is Eudaemonia by Cherice Barton, choreographer for Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and America’s Got Talent. Eudaemonia explores, through a series of vignettes, one’s search for happiness by examining issues such as self-love, self-worth, forgiveness, perfectionism, and motherhood. Alejandro Cerrudo’s Silent Ghost set to ambient music by Dustin Hamman, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Ólafur Arnalds, and Nils Frahm, reflects on tenderness, memories and loss. The program closes with the flamboyant and humorous Huma Rojo (meaning “red smoke”) by Barcelona-born choreographer Cayetano Soto. Named for the central character in the Spanish film, All About My Mother, and set to a medley of Latin retro beat songs, it features the company in flaming red pants and shirts designed by Kim Laursen. The movement, with undercurrents of classical technique, is playful and based in part on Latin American social dances while reflecting Soto’s sublime wit.

presented by Dance Affiliates
05/2017/03 - 05/2017/07
Theatre Horizon presents WHITE
APR 27— MAY 21, 2017 by James Ijames Directed by Malika Oyetimein Gus is an artist. He's just not a famous artist. So when a major art museum puts out a call for "new perspectives," Gus - a white man - decides to seize his opportunity. He hires a black actress to present his work as her own, but as the actress gets more deeply into her role, Gus's scheme spirals out of his control. Award-winning Philadelphia playwright James Ijames challenges assumptions about race, gender, identity and art in this seriously funny new comedy.

presented by Theatre Horizon
04/2017/27 - 05/2017/21
Symphony Concert - New Ventures
This final concert of the 2016-17 season features the winner of the DCS Youth Competition, cellist Sasha He, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor. Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festival Overture opens the program, which also includes César Franck’s Psyche, Symphonic Poem and Ravel’s Une barque sur l’ocean. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” Symphony No. 2.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
04/2017/30 - 04/2017/30
Dr. Capulet Speaks
Dr. Caplet Speaks is about murder, sex, misogyny, but mostly women. Capulet is a 19th-century Philadelphia gynecologist called upon to address an inquest investigating a murder-suicide that involves his much younger wife. What makes this play especially interesting is that many of the attitudes that Capulet expresses about women are ones that many men still hold today.   The provocative one-man drama Dr. Capulet Speaks returns to Philadelphia for six performances April 21 through 30 at the Community Education Center (CEC), 3500 Lancaster Avenue.   The play’s title (and only) role is being performed by Damien J. Wallace, an Actors’ Equity member who has been involved in the Philadelphia theater community as an actor, director and acting coach for over 25 years. Barrymore Award-winner Bruce Robinson, founder of Fresh Visions Youth Theater Company and a founding actor of InterAct Theatre Company, is directing.

presented by MortHawk Productions LLC
04/2017/21 - 04/2017/30
6 Session Film Workshop - Visual Storytelling: Food as Cultural Heritage and Community Building
6 Sessions – Thursdays, Starts May 4 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Instructor: Selina Morales and Sosena Solomon A workshop designed in collaboration with The Philadelphia Folklore Project As the U.S. becomes a more multi-ethnic country, food traditions can be a way to understand new immigrant groups and bring people together. But it can also alienate or divide groups, especially racial and ethnic minorities. With Selina Morales from the Philadelphia Folklore Project, participants will discuss social and political aspects of diverse food traditions. Facilitated by filmmaker Sosena Solomon, participants will create short films demonstrating how food can build communities while honoring traditions.

presented by Scribe Video Center
05/2017/04 - 06/2017/08
The Full Monty
Unemployed Jerry Lukowski talks his ex-steelworker buddies into starting a male striptease act. A wild send-up of gender stereotypes with a pop-rock score. AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Strong Language

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
04/2017/21 - 05/2017/06
Vibrations - Indian Percussion and Rhythm concert
Sruti (http://www.sruti.org) is pleased to present Vibrations - 2017, in partnership with Crossroads Music (http://www.crossroadsconcerts.org/) This event will host 5 world class musicians from India working in harmony resulting in a grand celebration of Indian percussion and rhythm in tune with melody. Artist Bios follow: Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan Mridangam & Konnakol: Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan, consummate mridangam vidwan, has climbed the ladder of recognition in the field of carnatic Music percussion due to disciplined training, concentrated focus and an earnest desire to achieve. His art is just an extension of the vocal music that is characteristic of keen mind, sense of application, imaginative rhythmic patterns, flawless techniques and a style that enhances the quality of the performance. He is a reputed guru who has developed a simplified teaching methodology. B.V. Raghavendra Rao 5 String Acoustic violin: B. V. Raghavendra Rao hails from a distinguished family of musicians. He was initiated into the niceties of music at an early age of five by his father B. Sudarsana Rao. Attracted by the lure of classical music from his childhood, he trained rigorously on the violin for several years. N. Guruprasad Ghatam: N. Guruprasad is the son of Ghatam Vidwan Shri K. Nagaraja Rao. He had his initial training under his father and later had gurukulam under Ghatam Maestro Shri T.H. Vikku Vinayakram who made him play many thala vadhya concerts and in turn removed fear of the stage at an early age. He has accompanied all the established artists in their respective fields of Carnatic music all over the world. N. Sundar - Tabla & Morsing: N. Sundar, Tabla / Morsing artiste is the son of Sri. S. Nagarajan, famous Mridangam Artiste. Sundar has travelled all over the world accompanying leading artistes and has been part of many ensembles. G. Abilash Vocal: Acknowledged as one of the promising young talents in the field of South Indian Classical Music (Carnatic Music), G. Abilash has performed more than 700 concerts all over India and other countries. He is the winner of Carnatic Music Idol Peoples Choice for the year 2010.

presented by Crossroads Music
04/2017/29 - 04/2017/29
Nice and Fresh: New Short Works of Theater and Dance
“The best showcase for new performing arts in Philadelphia.” Phindie.com Balk (theater) Two dads hang out without their wives and kids. Performed by Ed Miller + Josh McIlvain, directed by Josh McIlvain, written by John Rosenberg/Hella Fresh Theater. peepSHOW(dance theater) A somatic exploration of the revealing. (Think about it.) Created + performed by Sarah Knittel + Lillian Ransijn The Presidents (theater) A power struggle at the Lodge over who gets to be which president in the Independence Day Parade. Performed by Kevin Esmond + Mark Wheeler, directed by Lexa Grace, written by Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts Research 2 (performance art) The collision of identity and change—whether in the world, relationships, or one’s own body. Created + performed by Irina Varina Select Readings from the 1986 Amnesty International Report (reading) Exactly what it sounds like. Concept by Josh McIlvain, reading by Christopher Munden (Fri) + TBD (Sat). Visual Art display by Chuck Schultz

presented by Automatic Arts
04/2017/28 - 04/2017/29
The White Devil
Infidelity, adultery, and betrayal spark a seething retribution. Passions are revealed as the body count rises and blood runs cold. John Webster's taut Jacobean tragedy explores the violence teeming underneath the veneer of a civilized society. Featuring Charlotte Northeast as Vittoria on trial for the murder of her husband and Dan Hodge as her less-than-upright brother Flaminio.

presented by Philadelphia Artists' Collective
05/2017/03 - 05/2017/20
Wine Tasting at The Highlands
Share a tasting of regional wines guided by sommelier Mike Conti. Selected wines are paired with cheeses and light hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy music and a stroll through The Highlands’ walled gardens. Participate in a raffle for a Tour for Two of Karamoor Estate Winery.

presented by Highlands Mansion and Gardens
04/2017/29 - 04/2017/29
THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY
THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY by Peepolykus A North American Premiere! Directed by John Bellomo Patrons may remember Curio's hilarious 2013 production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, adapted by Peepolykus (pronounced people-like-us), the UK's most exciting touring theatre company. We now bring you their next adaptation, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary. This tale of a 19th Century marriage in the north of France tells us about passions dashed and refueled. The bright and tragic life of a doctor’s wife, Emma Bovary, is hilariously derailed by our ensemble in this loving adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel. Curio’s comic ensemble presents this recent hit from Britain’s Peeoplykus for the first time in North America. Cast: Andrew Blasenak, Chase Byrd, Aetna Gallagher and Doug Greene. ​ Previews: April 26, 27 Opening Night: April 28 Industry Night: Monday, May 15 All performances are at 8pm. Tickets: $15 -$25 Photos by Rebecca Gudelunas

presented by Curio Theatre Company
04/2017/26 - 05/2017/20
SANCTUARY by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
Get ready for “superbly trained dancers…thrilling…theatrical magic” (Philadelphia Inquirer) as KYL/D stages the world premiere of SANTUARIO,  a new work  responding to the tragic shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and informed by today’s divisive social climate.  Described in Psychology Today as a “rousing affirmation of life”, SANTUARIO is paired with the critically acclaimed ONE:  Immortal Game, an exploration of humankind’s rituals surrounding the drive to win.  Experience how Artistic Director Lin’s Zen-inspired practice of dance “continues to push artistic boundaries” in technically-demanding works of poetic sensibility (Dance Enthusiast).   YOUR PURCHASE SUPPORTS LOCAL CHARITIES:  KYL/D donates $5 of every ticket sold to be shared by William Way LGBT Community Center, New Sanctuary Movement and the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia.    More info at kyld.org

presented by Kun Yang Lin/Dancers
04/2017/27 - 04/2017/29