Philly Fun Savers

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

For online support visit the Listen Live page.

XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

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

For online support visit the Listen Live page.

World Cafe Archives

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

Folk Alley

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

For online support visit the Listen Live page.
Listen Live
BalletX Winter 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 Winter Series 2017, featuring world premieres by Jo Strømgren, R. Colby Damon, as well as the east coast premiere of Matthew Neenan’s "Credo."

presented by BalletX
02/2017/10 - 02/2017/19
Alan Cumming
Four-Time Emmy® nominee and Tony® Award-winning actor and activist Alan Cumming, known for standout roles in television (The Good Wife, The L Word), film (Eyes Wide Shut, Titus), theater (Hamlet, Cabaret, Macbeth) as well as for his writing – a best-selling memoir – and stand-up comedy, has been called “a bawdy countercultural sprite” and “one of the most fun people in show business.” The New York Times calls the show an “emotional firestorm” with songs by artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim, Rufus Wainwright and Miley Cyrus, to name a few, “delivered passionately and with tremendous theatrical authority.”

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
02/2017/19 - 02/2017/19
Tancredi
This medieval story of chivalry and tragic love is transported to the elegant atmosphere of post-World War I Europe in our production of Tancredi. The beautiful music of a young Rossini provides the soundtrack for the love between the exiled solider Tancredi and the beautiful Amenaide, daughter of the powerful Argirio. When Amenaide is sentenced to death for a treason she did not commit, a disguised Tancredi fights to defend both his love and home. Don't miss one of Rossini's most lyrical works in the hands of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, who leads “with supple moments of personal expressiveness” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

presented by Opera Philadelphia
02/2017/10 - 02/2017/19
The Matchmaker
By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage "Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.” So says the wealthy widower Horace Vandergelder who recruits the vivacious and sly Dolly Levi to find him a new wife in this wild mix of outrageous misbehavior, mistaken identity, and spontaneous romance. “One of the sweetest and smartest romantic farces ever written” (The Wall Street Journal).

presented by People's Light
02/2017/15 - 03/2017/12
The Bodyguard
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including "Queen of the Night", "So Emotional", "One Moment in Time", "Saving All My Love", "Run to You", "I Have Nothing", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – "I Will Always Love You."

presented by Academy of Music
02/2017/21 - 02/2017/26
Lights Out, Everybody
Hear Again Radio Project presents Lights Out, Everybody. Winter chills from the classic horror anthology radio program Lights Out. Two vintage Old Time Radio Dramas, performed live with original music and foley sound effects. Come and experience the wonder of live radio drama transcribed and performed as originally broadcast featuring stories written by Arch Oboler Special to Hollywood and Come To The Bank. (These stories are suspenseful, but not too scary for older children 10+)

presented by Hear Again Radio Project
02/2017/18 - 02/2017/18
The Arden Cabaret Series: Mary Martello, Songs My Mother Taught Me
SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME explores Mary’s introduction to the music and melodies that surrounded her and filled her childhood home. Mary celebrates and embodies her mother’s songs on stage. The generational tradition continues as Mary will be accompanied by her son Benjamin Rogerson, on guitar. She will also be accompanied by Ryan Touey on piano.

presented by Arden Theatre Company
02/2017/17 - 02/2017/18
Love and Madness
Just on the heels of Valentine’s Day, our look at the darker side of love features music by Bryce Dessner, guitarist, composer and songwriter for the acclaimed indie rock band THE NATIONAL. Featured on a 2016 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Dessner’s Murder Ballades paint dark stories of violence and lust in a language fusing pop, folk and contemporary classical traditions. We open with David Lang’s tribute to vice, cheating, lying, stealing, and close with Peter Maxwell Davies’ iconic monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, a powerful and daring portrayal of King George III’s madness at the end of his life. Acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata sings the tour de force role of King George. Arrive early to enjoy a pre-concert talk at 2:30 pm!

presented by Orchestra 2001
02/2017/18 - 02/2017/18
The Jungle Book by Family Stages
Baloo the Bear, Akela the Wolf and the other friendly animals of the Indian jungle rally around the lost boy, Mowgli, to protect him from the prowling tiger, Shere Khan. There is fun for all ages in this spirited version of Kipling's classic tale of the joys of life in the wild! Two actors play all the characters in this cleverly staged one hour production.

presented by Family Stages
02/2017/20 - 02/2017/20
Dance Affiliates/nextmove Dance presents Malpaso Dance Company
Malpaso Dance Company, one of Cuba’s hottest and newest multi-cultural contemporary dance troupes, makes its Philadelphia debut, performing two full-company works. 24 Hours and a Dog is a 40-minute work choreographed by Osnel Delgado (Artistic Director Co-Founder/Malpaso). Set to the theatrical and evocative music by Grammy Award-winning jazz composer Arturo O’Farrill, the work is inspired by the daily life of a dancer in Havana -- the rhythms of everyday life and a mysterious invisible character of a dog. NOW Toronto notes “As the theatre begins to vibrate with accumulated energy, you get the feeling that they could dance just about any genre with jaw-dropping style.” Why You Follow choreographed by Ronald K. Brown (Artistic Director/Evidence) is a rousing exploration of the rhythmic pace of Afro-Cuba culminating into a rollicking poly-rhythmic house party to music by Zap Mama, Gordheaven & Juliano, The Allenko Brotherhood, and Heavy Quarterz. Dance Enthusiast notes, it “features vibrant steps performed to infectious Afro-Cuban sounds. African, disco, hip hop, and modern dance forms meld with the performers’ vivacious flair to create a singular, communal style.” www.danceaffiliates.org

presented by Dance Affiliates
02/2017/15 - 02/2017/19
Fei-Fei Dong, piano
A Van Cliburn finalist who was featured in the PBS documentary Virtuosity about the 2013 competition, pianist Fei-Fei Dong has been praised for her “natural musicality and beauty of tone” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and her “tremendous technical facility” (Palm Beach Arts Paper). For Tri-County Concerts, Fei-Fei performs a wide-ranging program of works from the Classical to the Romantic to the Modern age. Mozart Piano Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576 Schumann Papillons, Op. 2 (Butterflies) Liebermann Gargoyles, Op. 29 Chopin 24 Preludes, Op. 28   FREE student admission  

presented by Tri-County Concerts Association
02/2017/19 - 02/2017/19
As Long As You’ve Got Your Health / Yoyo
dir. Pierre Etaix, France, 1966, 35mm, 68mins. color, French w/ English subtitles In this endlessly diverting compendium of four short films, Pierre Etaix regards the 1960s from his askew but astute perspective. Each part is as technically impressive as it is riotous: a man attempts to read a novel about vampires beside his sleeping wife but cannot seem to separate reality from fiction; a simple afternoon at the movies becomes a consumer-culture assault; a jarringly noisy urban landscape keeps a city’s population on edge; and a day in the country means something different to a picnicking city couple, a hunter, and a farmer. followed by Yoyo Dir. Pierre Etaix, France, 1965, 35mm, b/w French w/ English subtitles This elaborately conceived and brilliantly mounted comedy is Pierre Etaix’s most beloved movie, as well as his personal favorite.

presented by International House Philadelphia
02/2017/17 - 02/2017/17
Storytellers
Witness the premiere of Storytellers, a groundbreaking collaborative performance by Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam artist/composer) and Anu Yadav (playwright/actress), on Sunday, February 19. Joined by the RAJAS ensemble, these compelling artists intertwine jazz and classical South Asian musical improvisation with community-engaged theater to address the urgent need for compassion and humanity in our world.

presented by Intercultural Journeys
02/2017/19 - 02/2017/19
Scott Pemberton Band
West coast funk/blues/jazz guitar icon Scott Pemberton brings his band to the Gild Hall in Arden! $10 members, $12 guests Brad Newsom Band opens the show with special guest Pat Kane Scott Pemberton’s sound is much like the vibe of his native Portland: freaky, fun and just the right amount of weird. The best way to categorize his music is with the moniker “Timber Rock”. Scott naturally applies his own lens/stamp to the sounds of the Pacific North West, the region he has always called home. The deep jazz, NW rock/grunge, blues roots and the west coast funk. It’s all there, and often all in the same song. Listeners are finding this honest, original and to-the-point music refreshing and fun. The response to Scott’s music has made him an emerging force on the festival circuit, placed him at #1 in Portland’s pop charts, #4 on Bilboards “Tastmakers” chart and has generated notice from the press: “The Bruce Lee of Rock and Roll” –Tahoe Onstage “A modern day Jimi Hendrix”

presented by Arden Concert Gild
02/2017/18 - 02/2017/18
The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed: A Verbal Sanctuary for Sexual Expression
The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed Salon: A Sanctuary for Verbal Sexual Expression Come hear what all of Philadelphia, the Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Magazine have been talking about since 2008. Susana Mayer, Ph.D. is the creator & host of this comfortable & safe space. Hear erotica & sex memoirs. NO CENSORSHIP. Participate as a reader, storyteller, spoken-word performer, or just come to listen, enjoy & applaud. Prior to readings: Adult Sex-Ed, lead by Dr. Mayer Sexologist & co-host Walter. Answers to your anonymous questions are audience driven, along with Dr. Mayer’s academic input. Eccentric Walter keeps this session most lively with his quirky sense of humor. Frances, resident centenarian (100-yrs young in 2017) stopped reading at the Salon in 2015 – those stairs! However, Dr. Mayer updates the Salon attendees with Frances’ love life. Please visit www.theeroticliterarysalon.com for details, guidelines for reading, monthly press release, and blog.

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
02/2017/21 - 03/2017/21
Leading Voices: Amanda Steinberg | Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms
Individual tickets and subscriptions go on sale Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 AM! Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. One of Forbes’ 21 new American money masters, Amanda Steinberg is the founder and CEO of DailyWorth, a website devoted to helping women manage their financial lives. Launched from a Philadelphia attic office in 2009, its newsletter now reaches more than one million subscribers. She has discussed personal finance on a number of news outlets, including Good Morning America, CNN, Today, and MSNBC. In Worth It, Steinberg outlines the vital financial information women need to create a healthy financial future, and draws a direct line to the ways women can use money as a source of personal freedom and power. *Book included with ticket

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
02/2017/21 - 02/2017/21
David Neumann / Advanced Beginner Group: I Understand Everything Better
Bessie-Award winning choreographer/performer David Neumann explores our impulse to report on calamity. A multidisciplinary dance-based performance inspired by the death of his father, I Understand Everything Better is a deeply felt and moving work that intersperses elements of Noh theater, video, music and text and blurs the lines between truth and fiction. Topics merge—the private and public, internal and external, the known and unknown—resulting in a mysteriously beautiful mix of indelible images that dance upon the contradictions of human life.

presented by Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series
02/2017/23 - 02/2017/23
The Enchanted by Jean Giraudoux
“A fascinating, absorbing adventure, full of grace and wit.” --NY Times A schoolteacher in a provincial French town is seduced by the ghost of a murderer. With the aid of the village doctor, she seeks answers regarding the riddle of death. Enter her lover--an ardent bureaucrat who hopes his well-calibrated love will keep her earthbound. A poetically musical and mercurial classic, a clash between the struggles of life and the mystery of death, The Enchanted is the perfect platform for Giraudoux to exercise his signature playful theatricality: characters hilariously and whimsically debate whether our fear of death fuels our love of life and whether the dead could outvote the living if they imprudently returned. Featuring: Melissa Amilani John D’Alonzo Tomas Dura Anna Lou Hearn Jane Moore Bob Schmidt David Stanger Directed by Tina Brock and Rob Cutler Costume and Set Design: Erica Hoelscher Lighting Design: Peter Whinnery Puppet Design/Execution: Mark Williams

presented by Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium
02/2017/08 - 03/2017/05
Leper + Chip by Lee Coffey
Inis Nua Theatre Company presents the American premiere of Irish pub play Leper + Chip by Lee Coffey, from February 15 to March 5, 2017, at The Drake (1521 Spruce St). Boy (Leper) meets Girl (Chip) during a fight at a party. He’s out to get even the next day, but antagonism turns to love. Frantic and funny, Leper + Chip is a gritty, inner city Dublin odyssey of two lovers trying to get out. Tickets are $25-35 and on sale at (215) 454-9776 or inisnuatheatre.org.

presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company
02/2017/15 - 03/2017/05
A Doll's House
Nora has to hide an old secret from her self-important husband. Will its weight crush her, or give her strength to triumph? Riveting new translation by Simon Stephens.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
02/2017/10 - 02/2017/25
Moonshine and Valentine Tavern Tour
Love spells, chocolates; blood, & sex; aphrodisiacs, magick; drinking, & hex. Join Grim Philly on this intimately juicy & steamy evening for the uninhibited as you enjoy complimentary chocolates and drinks and hear the true history of this lovers holiday with its dark, bloody, and sordidly promiscuous past. From Roman animal sacrifice to Aztec aphrodisiacs, Indian Kama Sutra, Celtic courtship practices; and Wiccan and Voodoo love potions- learn of the multifaceted and magickal history of love rituals across cultures and time with some surprisingly bloody, magickal, and steamy origins as we visit 2-3 of the best local watering holes, enjoying a complimentary beverage and additional give-a-ways at each. This is a tour like none other by Grim Philly. So bring your Valentine out on the town for a pulsating lovers evening out with Grim Philly for a night you'll not soon forget.

presented by Grim Philly Twilight Tours
02/2017/03 - 02/2017/25
LAGAN by Stacey Gregg
A son returns home to find the landscape of Belfast transformed. A woman talks to her son’s ghost. A man finds love unexpectedly. Ten lives act as tributaries feeding into a single river -- the Lagan, which flows through Northern Ireland. Here, specters abound, and each soul bears the weight of their nation’s violent past, producing a vivid, touching mosaic of humanity. Written by Stacey Gregg, one of Ireland’s most exciting young writers, Lagan is an intimate, engrossing portrait of people who have witnessed the tumult of war and the sudden calm of peace. But can a country, or city, ever really escape its past? This American premiere, directed by Kathryn MacMillan, runs Tuesday-Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.

presented by Villanova Theatre
02/2017/07 - 02/2017/19