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GLOW in the Park
Do you love Philadelphia’s Parks? GLOW in the Park is Fairmount Park Conservancy’s 7th annual event to showcase Philly’s amazing parks and build the next generation of park champions. Please join us as at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center as we light up the night and host fellow park lovers for an evening of music, food, drinks and surprises. Proceeds from this event go to support Fairmount Park Conservancy's work in Philadelphia's parks. Enjoy live music from 1960s soul and Motown band the York Street Hustle, a 3D light installation by Sunil Garg, drinks by Yards Brewing Co. and Tito's, food by Constellation, Milk + Sugar, Miss Rachel’s Pantry (vegan), So. Phie, and Revolution Taco. Dress is cocktail casual and flats or wedges are recommended. Event is rain or shine. In case of rain the event will be held in the greenhouse.

presented by Fairmount Park Conservancy
10/2018/18 - 10/2018/18
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
Such Things as Vampires
People's Light presents a highly theatrical folk-punk twist on the Dracula tale. Infused with lilting ballads, rock anthems, and melodious love songs, this concert-theatre event is an irreverent, bloody, and wickedly fun retelling of Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic masterpiece. At the forefront of Such Things as Vampires are The Preventers, a traveling band of musicians who arrive in town with a mysterious mission. They share “The Book of Mina” to ward off an encroaching, malevolent presence. The Book chronicles the great love between two young women, Mina and Lucy, and their encounter with The Beast, Dracula. "Imagine Bram Stoker in a blender with Riot Grrrl..." - co-creator Mary Tuomanen Created and Conceived by Zak Berkman, Stuart Carden, Jessie Fisher, and Mary Tuomanen Directed by Stuart Carden September 20 - October 31 Steinbright Stage at People's Light

presented by People's Light
09/2018/20 - 10/2018/31
Healthy Halloween 2018
Join Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse for its annual Healthy Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 27th from 10am – 12pm. Families are welcome to come in costume and enjoy a petting zoo, nature play, messy arts activities, live Halloween music, healthy treats, and other family fun in the 6 ½ acre Playground!

presented by Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
10/2018/27 - 10/2018/27
Chinese Warriors of Peking
This new production is filled with high-intensity martial arts and breath-taking acrobatics, set during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), to tell the tale of two rival martial arts disciplines competing in the ancient Chinese capital of Peking. Under the direction of Qui Jian, the Chinese Warrior of Peking provides a culturally enriching experience filled with juggling, acrobatics, weapons handling, and live stage combat. “An entertaining show for the whole family.” —Eastbourne Herald “Some of the world’s greatest acrobats and a host of undisputed masters of martial arts as well as some potential Olympic gymnastic medalists of the future.”—Hastings Observer

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2018/02 - 11/2018/02
On the Trail of Big Cats with Wildlife Photographer, Steve Winter
Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. From trekking high in India’s Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards and stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles to chronicling the nocturnal activities of the “American lion” or cougar, this determined explorer ventures far and wide to come face to face with his subjects. This is no easy task. Since many big cat species are in danger of extinction, they have good reason to avoid humans. While these felines may be endangered, they're still wild, unpredictable creatures ⎯ and caution is required in their presence.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2018/01 - 11/2018/01
Experience Benjamin Wright
Orchestral Pop music Legendary hits. Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Barry White and so on.

presented by Heritage Music Group
10/2018/20 - 10/2018/20
1793 Remembered: An After - Hours Tour at Christ Church Burial Ground
This year marks the 225th anniversary of the yellow fever epidemic that killed 5,000 Philadelphians, including Dr. Benjamin Rush, in 1793. Learn the stories and see the stones of those who perished in the plague that changed this city.

presented by Christ Church Preservation Trust
10/2018/12 - 10/2018/26
Street Requiem
Singing City opens its 2018-19 season with Street Requiem. This 50-minute cantata, written in 2014 by Australian composers Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, and Jonathon Welch, features a powerful variety of musical styles, ranging from gospel to South African freedom music. It was written to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities struggling with homelessness. Special guests Rabbi David Straus and Rev. Rebecca Fitzpatrick will lead the choir and audience in a remembrance of those who have lost their lives on the streets. A collection of clothing and other items will benefit the Bethesda Project, a local organization that serves the homeless in Philadelphia. The work of Shoot From Within Photography will be on display–selected photos from Perseverance With Dignity, a series of images depicting homeless people in Philadelphia. Of this series, photographer Chris Brown says, "I wanted to catch the soul of the person through their eyes. I don't want someone

presented by Singing City
10/2018/21 - 10/2018/21
President's Speaker Series: Steve Forbes
Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, and an internationally respected authority in the worlds of economics, finance, and corporate leadership. With the economy at the forefront of conversation on a global level, Mr. Forbes offers long-standing insights that capitalism, free markets, and a flat tax are essential to a healthy economy.   This is a message Mr. Forbes has been delivering as editor of one of the world's most successful business magazines for decades, and he continues to be one of the most sought-after speakers on this and other economic issues leading the economic debates around the world.

presented by West Chester University - Office of Cultural Affairs
10/2018/20 - 10/2018/20
A Human Being Died That Night
EgoPo’s mainstage season kicks off with this searing account of the atrocities committed by the South African police forces under apartheid. This heart-rending play is adapted from the award-winning 2003 book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a psychologist who served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Set in Pretoria Central Prison, the author is assigned to report on ex-officer Eugene de Kock, nicknamed Prime Evil. Pumla and Eugene must confront their ideas of humanity and the power of forgiveness and remorse. “Quietly gripping” –New York Times

presented by EgoPo Classic Theater
10/2018/24 - 11/2018/11
It’s Alive! The Scientific Roots of Monsters
Frankenstein, vampires, and werewolves are part of the lore of Halloween, but where did these horror tropes originate? Vampire and werewolf legends actually have origins in historical fact, and once there were real Victor Frankensteins seeking to animate the dead and actual grave robbers terrifying the public. Science teacher and living-history performer Dean Howarth will explore the science behind classic horror tales through macabre stories and demonstrations like those that inspired Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker! Tickets for this event are $10. Come early and visit our museum, which will be open until 7:00 p.m. About the Speaker Dean Howarth is a veteran physics teacher and a living historian who re-creates episodes in the history of science using a large repertoire of replica scientific devices, specimens, and demonstrations. His website is livinghistoriesofscience.com.

presented by Science History Institute
10/2018/30 - 10/2018/30
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
Producers' Forum: The Foreigner's Home
The Foreigner's Home produced by Ford Morrison (USA, 2018, 57 min) Ford Morrison in person The Foreigner’s Home explores Toni Morrison’s artistic and intellectual vision through “The Foreigner’s Home,” her 2006 exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Through exclusive footage we observe Morrison in dialogue with artists, most prominently, writer Edwidge Danticat, as the discussion of “foreignness” extends beyond the urgent questions of migration in the Americas, Europe, and in the Middle East, and explores art’s crucial role in comprehending the human problems that surround such questions. The film features extensive archival still and motion pictures of American and international topics and events basic to Morrison’s vision—from slavery to the blues, from Hurricane Katrina to the current migration crisis in the Middle East and Europe. Preceded by Finding Home: The Ruth L. Bennett Story (2016, 11:17) Produced by the Chester Housing Authority through Scribe Video Center.

presented by Scribe Video Center
10/2018/19 - 10/2018/19
Sweat
By Lynn Nottage Directed by Justin Emeka Reading, Pennsylvania. A valley town of fiercely proud families who worked for generations in the plants and factories of a thriving county seat. Unions rule, well-paying jobs are coveted and politics are personal. As the ground beneath the feet of the workforce shifts, the men and women of Reading are powerless while their livelihood, legacies and relationships become dismantled as rapidly as the machines on which they worked. Based on Lynn Nottage’s extensive research in Reading, Sweat shares the fear, tragedy and hopefulness of a community being forced to accept inevitable change.

presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company
10/2018/12 - 11/2018/04
The Outgoing Tide
Local Playwright Bruce Graham, author of "The Philly Fan". excels at homey blue-collar characters and difficult moral choices. This play has both, and a knuckle-biting final scene you won't soon forget.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
10/2018/19 - 11/2018/03
Narek Arutyunian, clarinet
Armenian clarinetist Narek Arutyunian “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” (The Washington Post). He moved to Moscow when he was three and won First Prizes as a teenager in Prague’s International Young Musicians Competition and Moscow’s Musical Youth of the Planet Competition. As First Prize Winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he performed to rave reviews in debut recitals in New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center and has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia.   His program for Tri-County Concerts is titled “Folk Inspirations” and features works by Schumann, de Falla, Bartók, Brahms, & Schoenfield, which he will perform with pianist Christopher Goodpasture. Come hear some great music and then meet the artists at a complimentary post-concert reception! Students and children may attend for free.

presented by Tri-County Concerts Association
10/2018/21 - 10/2018/21
Broken Biscuits
Broken Biscuits Written by Tom Wells Original Music By Matthew Robins Directed by Jennifer Childs This UK Smash makes its American Premiere at 1812 Productions! Megan, Holly, and Ben are definitely not the cool kids. In their last summer together, they hatch the ultimate plan to change their fortunes and head into the adult world in a blaze of rock ‘n’ roll glory. “Funny, confessional, and well-crafted (The Stage),” this modern British comedy is a hysterical coming-of-age story for our times. “A sweet meditation on the fierce, fragile alliances formed on the cusp of adulthood... incredibly endearing” -The Guardian

presented by 1812 Productions
10/2018/04 - 10/2018/28
Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound
The PNC Arts Alive presents Jazz Cultural Voices an initiative that has demonstrated a belief in the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts and a commitment to providing us with the funding that makes this event possible. Bobby Zankel's alto saxophone playing has been called “a unique amalgam of the rhythm and intricacy of bebop, with the soul and drive of hard bop, and the spirituality, creativity, and intensity of the avant-garde.” Zankel’s tenure in Philadelphia has been marked by a series of acclaimed commissions and collaborations with choreographers, visual artists, writers, Network for New Music, and Relâche funded by a variety of grants and awards. In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship. Subsidized tickets available for $20.00 thanks to our PNC Arts Alive grant. Opening Performance by local violinist Benjamin Sutin

presented by The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
10/2018/20 - 10/2018/20
The Monster in the Hall
Duck and her father are doing great. At least that’s what they’d like the social worker who’s visiting today to believe. She doesn’t need to know that Duck’s father just woke up blind, or who that random Norwegian woman in the closet is. With the help of her own backup band, The Marvellous Duckettes, Duck is sure to persuade anyone and everyone that she and her dad are absolutely, positively, certifiably fine. This play with songs is directed by Claire Moyer. (Suitable for ages 14 and up) “This is a well-worked script which is laugh out loud funny from start to finish. The story is infused with such infectious charm and wit that I defy anyone not to be completely engaged by its joy and exuberance." - Glasgow Theatre Blog

presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company
10/2018/04 - 10/2018/21
All My Sons at Curio Theatre Company
All My Sons By Arthur Miller Directed by Gay Carducci Previews October 10-12 Opening Night October 13 Industry Night Monday October 15 One Saturday Matinee October 27 (2pm) Closing November 3 (All performances at 8pm.) In All My Sons, by legendary American playwright Arthur Miller, Joe and Kate Keller are living a comfortable suburban life with their son Chris, but tragedy looms over the household. The Keller’s other son, Larry, went missing in action a few years earlier, leaving a void in the family. When Chris becomes involved with Larry’s former fiancé, Kate must finally accept that Larry is gone forever, and face the horrible truth about what caused his death. Join us for this this powerful tale of denial, injustice, and the mundane brutality of American capitalism. Warning: Contains themes of suicide.

presented by Curio Theatre Company
10/2018/10 - 11/2018/03
The Sun and its Planets, by Bright Invention
Bright Invention is a longform improvisation ensemble that specializes in "immersive improv", softening the boundary between audience and actor. For our audiences, Bright Invention extends the gift of personalized improvised performance which, in the best moments, feels scripted and leaves audiences stunned, moved to tears and laughter, and unified in their humanity.   We believe that (y)our stories, relationships, and personal truths are connective tissues that, when crafted and shared, bring seemingly disparate people together. Our shows are sweet, sad, funny, wistful - every color in the rainbow!

presented by Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater
10/2018/25 - 12/2018/13
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
Touch of Classics! Presents Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel - Two Musical Masterpieces for Halloween!
Everyone knows the story of Little Red’s adventure in the dark woods to visit Gramma’s house and their escape from the ravenous wolf. By luck and trickery their lives are spared by the trusty woodsman’s axe. Also, Hansel & Gretel’s tale after their Mother sends them into the dark and eerie woods in search of strawberries where they both get lost in the deepest part until they discover the magical gingerbread house of the evil Witch, who quickly captures them and prepares to make them the latest batch of gingerbread children to add to her collection. Gretel outsmarts the Witch freeing all the other children from her magical spell and ending her reign of terror. Touch of Classics! looks forward to seeing children of all ages for these two fully staged and costumed performances, so bring the family and join us for a “spookily-musical” good time with Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel this Halloween!

presented by Rotunda
10/2018/20 - 10/2018/21
Film: HOLDEN ON
Holden On is about Holden Layfield, a 17-year-old junior and it's homecoming week in his small Georgia town. The popular, athletic teen is already fielding early scholarships. But Holden has a secret. Over the next two years, Holden fights to keep his mental illness hidden as he morphs from a beloved, small town football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. Based on a true story, filmmaker Tamlin Hall weaves audiences through Holden's harrowing tale in this narrative film set in the early 1990s.

presented by Montgomery County Community College
10/2018/24 - 10/2018/24