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Philadanco GENESIS
Acclaimed Philadelphia dance company PHILADANCO kicks off their 50th season with GENESIS – igniting the Merriam Theater stage with some of the most requested and exciting ballets from the company’s early years. Former DANCO dancers and guest artists will join the current company in a special evening of the ballets that established the preeminent company audiences know and love.   Featuring Christopher Huggin's "Enemy Behind the Gate," Milton Myers tribute to Aretha Franklin "Love and Pain," and "Exotica" by Ron K. Brown. The evening will also feature appearances by acclaimed PHILADANCO & Hamilton alumnus Leslie Odom, Jr.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
10/2019/05 - 10/2019/06
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
A shady businessman turns to politics, using gangster instincts to grab and hold power. He rapidly learns how to sway a crowd using fear and false promises. Will the people reject his appeal or succumb to his demands? In the midst of a world war, Bertolt Brecht brought forth this brilliant drama that remains an insightful parable for our time. Philadelphia Premiere By Bertolt Brecht Translation by Ralph Manheim Directed by Charles McMahon

presented by Lantern Theater Company
09/2019/05 - 10/2019/13
There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other
World Premiere! Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival. Presented in partnership with The Wilma Theater. Visual arts pioneer Rosa Barba and Wilma’s innovative artistic director Blanka Zizka collaborate to bring a seminal work of contemporary poetry to the stage. Mining English phrases for the essential thoughts from which language was born, Etel Adnan’s book-length meditation on conflict and identity makes an ideal vehicle for the critically acclaimed Wilma HotHouse Company. This diverse group of Philadelphia actors use full-body expressions to go beneath the surface meanings of the text to its emotional core. Barba’s set reconfigures the Wilma’s proscenium space, stretching over the usual seating plan and serving as both a stage and a projection surface, recasting the audience as an active observer-participant in Adnan’s self-discovery. And as Wilma HotHouse’s interpretation reveals, when we seek to discover ourselves what we are really embarking upon is a quest for love.

presented by The Wilma Theater
09/2019/11 - 09/2019/22
Old Academy Players Proudly Presents PURLIE VICTORIOUS by Ossie Davis
East Falls’ historic Old Academy Players proudly celebrates the opening of the 97th season by presenting its 521st production, Ossie Davis' PURLIE VICTORIOUS, a thought-provoking satirical dramedy, set in 1960 when a Southern plantation owner, upended by desegregation laws, is held accountable by a Gospel preacher. Dynamic, traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community’s church, & emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s plantation. With the assistance of Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins, Purlie hopes to pry loose from Cotchipee an inheritance due his long-lost cousin and use the money to achieve his goals. Cast stars Jerome Scott as Purlie, Tiffany Bentham Gross as Lutiebelle, Anthony Wilcox as Gitlow, Morgan Grace Glanton as Missy, Mort Patterson as Cotchipee, Vanessa Ballard as Idella, Jason Corn as Charlie, Norm Burnosky as Sherriff, & Rich Geller as Deputy.

presented by Old Academy Players
09/2019/13 - 09/2019/29
Mamma Mia!
Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding, one in which her father will give her away. The problem is, she doesn't know her father and her mother, Donna, refuses to talk about her past. Sophie is resolute and steals her mother's diary and finds three possible fathers and secretly invites all three to her wedding, leading to unexpected results. All told with a delightful musical score that has audiences singing and dancing along to so many familiar songs.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
09/2019/13 - 09/2019/28
Cristela Alonzo: My Affordable Care Act
A STAND-UP TOUR. A “MUSIC TO MY YEARS” BOOK SIGNING. ONE NIGHT. Cristela Alonzo made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own network sitcom, “Cristela” for ABC.Her first stand-up special, Lower Classy, is currently streaming on Netflix. Cristela’s memoir, “Music to My Years,” will be released October 8th 2019.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/10
The Breath of Life
Frances was the dutiful wife of Martin. Madeleine was his not-so-dutiful mistress of 25 years. Now Martin has moved to America with a younger woman, so the two enemies meet face to face, to discuss their relationships with the elusive man whom they refuse to be defined by. Together they explore the past, realizing they must learn to feel the “breath of life” again. Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.” Gauguin’s epigram serves as the motto for this moral tale of two women, whose lives are interwoven in ways neither of them yet understands. Madeline Palmer is a retired curator, living alone on the Isle of Wight. One day Frances Beale comes to her door, a woman she has met only once, who is now enjoying sudden success, late in life, as a popular novelist. The result is a surprising and profound meditation on what can emerge when a man’s wife and lover finally confront each other.

presented by South Camden Theatre Company
09/2019/06 - 09/2019/28
Falsettos
Music & Lyrics by William Finn Book by James Lapine Directed by Jennie Eisenhower This Tony Award winning musical focuses on Marvin (played by Steve Pacek), a Jewish man who seems to have a perfect life with his wife Trina and their loving son Jason. After a series of monumental life changes, including falling in love with another man and leaving his wife, he is forced to reckon with his views on love, responsibility, relationships and what it truly means to be a family.

presented by 11th Hour Theatre Company
10/2019/12 - 10/2019/20
Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater presents INK
Whether you have a tattoo, want one, or would never get one, Tongue & Groove invites you to share the words and images that are forever etched in your heart…or on your skin. Inspired by your anonymous submissions -- both written and photographed -- T&G improvises a montage of scenes & monologues exploring life and relationships. Show runs 65 minutes Arrive early to connect and share tattoo stories! We’ll have: • Free Henna tattoos by “Stay Groovy with Henna” • Free temporary tattoo station with a variety of styles • Info and discounts from local tattoo artists • and more! Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. For more info, visit tongue-groove.com

presented by Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater
09/2019/06 - 09/2019/21
Period House
Period House is the luxury hotel spa exclusively for ladies at that time of the month! Margaret isn't the typical guest, and she has a lot to learn.   Fortunately, an eclectic group of fellow guests and expert staff are there to guide and support her with ice cream, martinis, sass and steam treatments.

presented by Ragtime Players
09/2019/14 - 09/2019/22
The Playboy of the Western World
A young man walks into a rural tavern and declares that he has murdered his abusive father in self-defense. He is beloved by the locals and heralded as a hero until the truth of his past is revealed. A riotous comedy, J.M. Synge’s timely tale looks at the power of personality over facts, challenges the wisdom of popular opinion, and asks us what separates criminality from heroism. Presented in rotating repertory with The Synge Triptych as part of The Synge Festival.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
09/2019/18 - 10/2019/26
The Sea Voyage
Like any good play about the sea, this one opens with a storm. A band of privateers find themselves stranded on an island seemingly inhabited by a lone castaway. When the island’s other residents surge onto the scene, a war of love and duty breaks out.   A true maritime romp of the Jacobean era, The Sea Voyage will be like its luckless pirates: raw, bold and devilishly funny. A voyage you won’t want to miss from the company that brought you the rambunctious Fair Maid of the West.   Produced in collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum.

presented by Philadelphia Artists' Collective
09/2019/04 - 09/2019/20
Come Back, Little Sheba by William Inge
Precarious sobriety: poignant and potent with humor to spare, the quietness of quiet desperation explodes the claustrophobic lives of Lola and Doc. Inge’s 1950 classic comes alive amid outsider art in The Bethany Mission Gallery, illustrating how the pursuit of primal instincts derails and illuminates everyday lives. Featuring: Kassy Bradford Tomas Dura Carlos Forbes Barbaraluz Orlanda Bill Rahill Adam Ritter John Zak Tina Brock Directed by Tina Brock Costume Design: Erica Hoelscher Lighting Design: Josh Schulman Sound Design: Tina Brock September 3 - 22, 2019 The Bethany Mission Gallery 1527 Brandywine Street Philadelphia, PA 19130 Tickets: $15-28 https://LittleSheba.bpt.me, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 215-285-0472. Tuesday through Saturdays at 8:00 pm Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm Preview Performances (9/3, 9/4) - $15 Opening Night (9/5) - $28 Weeknights (Wed & Thurs) - $25 Weekend Nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) - $28

presented by Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium
09/2019/03 - 09/2019/22
The Erotic Literary Salon / Adult Sex-Ed
Come hear what all of Philadelphia, the Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer have been talking about since 2008. The Erotic Literary Salon has presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2018. Susana Mayer, Ph.D. is the creator and host of this comfortable and safe space to hear erotica, journals, diaries, sex memoirs, rants and more. NO CENSORSHIP. Prior to readings: Adult Sex-Ed: lead by Dr. Susana Mayer, Clinical Sexologist. You may participate as a writer, reader, storyteller, spoken-word performer, or just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. An average of 60-80 people attend (The third Tuesday of every month.) Please visit the official website for details, guidelines for reading, monthly press release, and blog. www.theEroticliterarysalon.com NSFW The Salon also has a Meetup presence.

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
01/2019/15 - 12/2019/17
Dance Collection
Dancefusion presents Dance Collection with Dance Iquail and Megan Flynn Dance Company. The program features Dancefusion in the revival of Mary Anthony's Seascape (1975) along with three new works, Dawn Chorus by Janet Pilla Marini, A Time for a Season by Camille Halsey, and Pictures in Glass Frames by Omar Frederick Pratt. Dance Iquail will present a mini-documentary followed by Night Falls a solo by Iquail Shaheed and Megan Flynn Dance Company will present a new work Ties by Megan Flynn.

presented by Dancefusion
09/2019/13 - 09/2019/14
Secrets of the Schuylkill
Enjoy a one-hour fun and fact-filled riverboat tour that highlights the past, present and future of the Hidden River. Discover the sights, sounds and history of the river, from the 1700s at Bartram’s Garden, to the 1800s at the Fairmount Water Works, to iconic 20th century buildings and award-winning 21st century skyscrapers.

presented by Schuylkill River Development Corporation
06/2019/08 - 10/2019/12
Shirin
Shirin features 113 close-ups of mostly Iranian actresses as they watch a film version of Khosrow and Shirin, a 12th century Persian romantic poem. Though the film being watched is never shown, nor does it even exist as an actual separate film, the soundtrack conveys the narrative while each of the women’s faces expresses a multitude of emotions. At once playful and deeply conceptual, Kiarostami’s film deconstructs the act of spectating in a compelling experiment with strong feminist overtones.   This event is part of Lightbox Film Center’s new series, Through the Eyes of Kiarostami.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
09/2019/19 - 09/2019/19
Life and Nothing More…
After the earthquake that devastated Northern Iran in 1990, a filmmaker and his son try to drive to the village of Koker, located in the heart of the region. Searching for the two young actors who played in his film Where is the Friend’s Home?, the Kiarostami surrogate runs into all sorts of difficulties as he shows still pictures from the film to passersby in the hope of locating the lost boys. At last, the artist comes to understand that life, even in the shadow of disaster, reels splendidly on.   This event is part of Lightbox Film Center’s new series, Through the Eyes of Kiarostami.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
09/2019/12 - 09/2019/12
Eric Wubbels: If and Only If
A new chamber formation brings together Josh Modney, Mariel Roberts, and Eric Wubbels, three of the leading musicians of the New York new music scene, whose playing draws on over a decade of experience playing together in the Wet Ink Ensemble and Mivos Quartet. Their debut program features if and only if , a new large-scale work by Eric Wubbels, written over an extended period of close collaboration with Modney and Roberts. if and only if combines a microscopic attention to tuning, acoustic beating, and instrumental vibration with an austerity and simplicity derived from Medieval music. PROGRAM if and only if (2018-19) for violin, cello, and piano by Eric Wubbels I. endings II. tombeau III. Hz spectrum IV. canon spiralis V. antistrophe VI. oxygen VII. second per second VIII. haven

presented by Bowerbird
09/2019/18 - 09/2019/18
PFS Presents: Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn: Kosher Style Tour
PFS Presents Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn: Kosher Style Tour Thursday, September 19, 2019 Doors 7:30pm | Music 8pm $12 for Members *While Supplies Last* | $15 Not-Yet-Members | $18 Doors About Michael Winograd “Winograd is not a dabbler. He isn’t an aspiring 12-tone composer who can play some klezmer. He isn’t a punk-rocker looking for a new angle on approaching his songwriting. He IS a klezmer. He knows klezmer. He fucking blows away the room at klezmer. The level of his virtuosity, deep knowledge, and deep emotion in his playing doesn’t ask, it demands an equal space for klezmer at the table of other so-called “folk” styles of music, such as bluegrass, zydeco, ranchera, or the blues.” - Geoff Berner, “Kosher Style” Liner Notes “Kosher Style” (Kosher Style LP, 2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yXtF60U8EI “Bar Mitzvah Bulgar” (Kosher Style LP, 2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJJvTG58dEI&feature=youtu.be

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
09/2019/19 - 09/2019/19
PFS Presents: Songs From The Road Band
PFS Presents: Songs From The Road Band Thursday, September 12, 2019 Doors 7:30pm | Music 8pm Get your tickets here! $10 for Members *While Supplies Last* | $12 Not-Yet-Members | $15 Doors About Songs From The Road Band Songs From The Road Band is Charles Humphrey III (bass), Mark Schimick (mandolin), Sam Wharton (guitar), and James Schlender (fiddle). These veteran acoustic musicians have collectively received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres. Once primarily an album recording band, Songs From The Road Band has emerged as one of the heaviest touring bands in the country since March 2018. They are currently touring in support of their number one Americana, Bluegrass, and Classic Country chart-topping album Road To Nowhere. They are proud to call both Asheville, NC and Nashville, TN home.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
09/2019/12 - 09/2019/12
Sand Art Terrarium Party
Come make a beautiful sand art terrarium featuring succulents. We will be layering colored sand to make unique sand art designs. We will then layer succulent soil and plant an arrangement of beautiful succulents. Finally, we will decorate our creations with beautiful, ornamental rocks and accessories.

presented by Kreative Adventures
09/2019/12 - 09/2019/12
Sand Art Terrarium Party
We will be making a beautiful sand art terrarium by layering and decorating colored sand, painting beautiful succulents, and arranging ornamental stones and decorations. This is a fun-filled, relaxing event that you are sure to love.

presented by Kreative Adventures
09/2019/16 - 09/2019/16