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 Talia Schlanger as she 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
Philadanco: H-i-s-t-o-r-y
Bringing the incomparable legacy of African American choreographers to the Perelman stage, PHILADANCO founder Joan Myers Brown has crafted a performance that highlights a past often left out of the history books. With pieces including “Walking with Pearl” about historic choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus; a world premiere ballet entitled “Pieces of My Heart,” choreographed by Sonia Dawkins and based on the poems of renowned writer August Wilson; work from choreographer Geoffrey Holder performed by his wife, legendary guest artist Carmen de Lavallade; “Forces of Rhythm” from The Wiz choreographer and Tony Award winner Louis Johnson; and more.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
12/2017/15 - 12/2017/17
Nutcracker 1776
Experience the Rock School’s revolutionary, child friendly, holiday classic Nutcracker 1776! Tchaikovsky’s timeless musical score blends with Philadelphia’s historic and revolutionary origins, featuring world-class young artists onstage with three spectacular performances at the Merriam Theater November 24 (7 PM) & 25 (1 & 4 PM)!

presented by The Rock School for Dance Education
11/2017/24 - 11/2017/25
BrideNext Culminating Showcase: Ill Doots & Belle Alvarez
The BrideNext initiative culminates with an event showcasing powerful poetic art and pointed advocacy. Two performances by two artists, both exploring the intersections of artistry and activism. ILL DOOTS‘ “Existence, Resistance and the Sounds of Surroundings” is a multimedia concert that uses music to amplify the stories, grievances, and desires of the neighborhood residents surrounding the ever-expanding Temple University. Belle Alvarez, through the performance of “Ageless Dream: Historias Nuestras” threads together memories of home, journeys across national borders, and questions around the American crisis of immigration.

presented by Painted Bride Art Center
11/2017/17 - 11/2017/18
My Fair Lady
In My Fair Lady, Henry Higgins, a celebrated professor of phonetics, makes a bet that he can pass off a lower-class flower girl from Covent Garden as a duchess at the Embassy Ball. By dressing her in expensive clothing, improving her manners, and teaching her how to speak correctly, Higgins transforms Eliza Doolittle into a lady.   Following the Greek myth of Pygmalion, Higgins becomes enamored with his creation, now the most eligible lady in London. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with songs by Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady is known as “the perfect musical.” The production will explore who owns the English language, what remains of the 20th century's rigid class system and what is independence for a modern woman?

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
11/2017/15 - 12/2017/17
SHARP Dance Company presents "HUMANITY"
“SHARP's Fall Season "HUMANITY" will include the world premiere of "669" a story of an amazing man Sir Nicholas Winton who saved 669 children from the Holocaust. The piece was created with amazing original music by Liliya Danieva from Moscow, Russia. SHARP will also be performing "Madness". Originally premiered in 2011, this piece explores the epidemic of mental illnesses found in our society. The subconscious thought will be digitally projected through the use of video by Lauren Mandilian Huot, original choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin (Artistic Director of SHARP) and original music by Composer, J. Dancers: Caroline Butcher, Linnea Calzada-Charma, Sandra Davis, Kate Lombardi, Sophie Malin, Kyan Nazami, Leslie Ann Pike, Miguel Quiñones & Angeli Romano

presented by SHARP Dance Company
11/2017/17 - 11/2017/19
The Little Mermaid
Go under the sea with Ariel and her friends in this fun-loving musical for all ages. The first of two Menken and Ashman musicals on our schedule with tow additional matinee performances for the kids.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
11/2017/24 - 12/2017/09
A Taste of Vienna!
Take a trip to Africa and Spain with Concert Operetta Theater! Hear selections from these two great classic Viennese operettas for the first time in modern Philadelphia history... Join COT and guest conductor Maestro Dario Salvi of the Imperial Vienna Orchestra(UK), in his US debut, to help bring back these great operetta classics for contemporary audiences to enjoy. Musical selections from A Trip to Africa (Die Afrikareise, 1883) by Franz von Suppé. Last heard in Philadelphia in 1884 and The Sea Cadet or The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett, 1876) Music by Richard Genée / Philadelphia premiere Conducted by Maestro Dario Salvi Gabriel Rebolla, piano and the Symphony in C String Quintet Sung in English This concert is made possible by a gift from the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation

presented by Concert Operetta Theater
11/2017/18 - 11/2017/19
My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy
Brad Zimmerman’s hilarious and inspiring story about the grit & passion it takes to “make it” as an artist & the sweet rewards that come from never giving up!

presented by Penn's Landing Playhouse
11/2017/17 - 11/2017/18
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
The Craftsman
From the ashes of World War II, Dutch patriots discover that one of their own – a rich and reputable art dealer – has sold rare Vermeer paintings to the Nazis. Accused of treason and on trial for his life, he must decide whether to destroy his own reputation or to reveal bigger secrets behind these works that the Dutch consider national treasures. Commissioned and developed through the Lantern's New Works Initiative, this world premiere by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham spins a darkly ironic tale of ambition, genius, and deception. WORLD PREMIERE By Bruce Graham Directed by M. Craig Getting

presented by Lantern Theater Company
11/2017/09 - 12/2017/10
Chamber concert - Brass celebration
The DCS Brass Return for a rich tapestry of music from across cultures and time periods, including some seasonal favorites! The second half of the concert will feature DCS section principals performing Brahms's Horn Trio in E-flat Major, op. 40.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
11/2017/19 - 11/2017/19
Beacon Theatre Productions Fall Showcase
Our Fall Showcase features two exciting new one-act plays by local playwrights, including The Red Letter Locker by Randy Petersen, and Apostle of Freedom by Leonard Dozier. In The Red Letter Locker by Randy Petersen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is transported into the present time by a time machine made by his friend, H.G. Wells. Doyle helps a high school student, falsely accused of a crime, exonerate herself by using the craft of Sherlockian deduction. Apostle of Freedom is a one-man show written and performed by Leonard Dozier, who passionately portrays the character of Richard Allen, the founder of the A.M.E. church in Philadelphia. Allen's indomitable will is on full display against the backdrop of the Yellow Fever epidemic as he fights for life, freedom, and equality, while prophetically looking toward the future.

presented by Beacon Theatre Productions
11/2017/17 - 11/2017/18
The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed Salon: A Sanctuary for Verbal Sexual Expression
"This is the most fun I have had for the least amount of money....Great place to take a date....Met so many nice people (single woman)....Finally had my unusual sex questions answered by an expert..." 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’ lovelife.

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
10/2017/17 - 05/2018/15
FINE ART PIANO DUO: MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS featuring “THE NUTCRACKER SUITE”
The NUTCRACKER BALLET permeates our holiday season. Performed on two pianos, this arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s famous NUTCRACKER SUITE presents his inspired melodies in full, transforming this warm-hearted romantic story into an intimate and dynamic listening experience. FINE ART PIANO DUO, Katarzyna Salwinski and Rollin Wilber, also perform a majestic work of Brahms; sweeping lines of music in Rachmaninoff; and a rich two-piano rendition of ‘new tango’ by Piazzolla.   Held at Manayunk's outstanding new performance hall, VENICE ISLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. Its acoustics are impressive, and the seats provide an excellent view of the stage. THE EVENING’S MUSIC: SAINT ANTHONY VARIATIONS – Johannes Brahms   THE NUTCRACKER SUITE – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky MILONGA DEL ANGEL – Astor Piazzolla SUITE #2 FOR TWO PIANOS – Sergei Rachmaninoff * * * Audience members are invited to a small. post-concert reception at a local venue, for refreshment, meeting artists… and more music!

presented by Fine Art Music Company
11/2017/18 - 11/2017/18
Delaware River Sunset Cruise
The Ultimate Philadelphia Sunset Cruise! While cruising aboard one of our elegant yachts you will feel the warm rays of the sun sinking peacefully behind Philadelphia's beautiful skyline. The evening then turns magical as you cruise the calm waters and watch the bright lights of the city come alive. Our sunset cruises are a unique Philadelphia experience and for many it turns into a very romantic excursion. For others it is a great way to catch up with friends, unwind after a days work or relax before heading out on the town for dinner, a show or a visit to Spruce Street Harbor Park. Although our sunset cruise is not narrated, our crew will always answer any questions you have! All of our yachts serve beer, wine and mixed drinks during our cruises. Join us for a cruise on Philadelphia's often overlooked Delaware River! Your attitude and perception of Philadelphia as a great river town will probably change as you experience phillybyboat from a new perspective.

presented by Patriot Harbor Lines
04/2017/07 - 11/2017/18
Clybourne Park | Student Theatre Production
Clybourne Park Written by Bruce Norris Directed by Stephen Smith Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, "Clybourne Park" is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun," playwright Bruce Norris set up "Clybourne Park" as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood’s first black family. Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground. Warning: Contains adult content and language.

presented by Delaware County Community College
11/2017/09 - 11/2017/18
Aladdin: A Musical Panto
November 15, 2017 - January 7, 2018 By Pete Pryor and Samantha Reading Music & Lyrics by Michael Ogborn Directed by Pete Pryor Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light Your favorite holiday tradition! When the young ne’er-do-well Aladdin and his animal pals find a mysterious lamp, a hilarious adventure begins. Cheer our heroes as they rescue Princess Mai Tai, fly a magic carpet, and plot with the beloved Dame, Widow Twankey, to save their village of Paolistein from the clutches of the evil villain Fu. This rollicking musical romp “beats a sugar rush any day” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

presented by People's Light
11/2017/15 - 01/2018/07
TouchTones at the Arden Theatre Company
Single tickets are now available! The Arden Theatre Company presents: TouchTones A new musical comedy about love, sex, and the fantasy at the other end of the line… It’s 1999, the cusp of a new millennium, and technology promises intimacy as well as anonymity. Christine and her fiancé Justin wander into this titillating world of role-play, secret delights, and shifting identities; but who will they be when they come out again? (And will they recognize themselves?)

presented by Arden Theatre Company
10/2017/19 - 12/2017/03
NEXTMOVE Dance presents Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company
Known for its joyful and powerful multi-layered works, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company performs the Philadelphia premiere of New Conversations: First Look (2017).   This work was created in collaboration with multi-Grammy Award winning jazz composer Arturo O’Farrill and Ronald K. Brown Artistic Director/Founder. It is built on Ochosi- a Cuban Orissa that is a hunter and has male and female appearances. It speaks to the humanity, politics and interconnectiveness of heritage in the Diaspora.   Brown is recognized for his masterly fusion of African dance, contemporary dance and spoken word. A Guggenheim Fellow, Brown holds the distinction of setting a full evening of works on the celebrated Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Brown’s program spanning 20 years of his visionary works also includes Ebony Magazine: To A Village (1996), Torch (2013), and Four Corners (2014).   The New York Times notes, “The power of Ronald K. Brown’s choreography lies in its myriad layers. There is an undeniable way his propulsive movement crosses beyond the stage. Yes this is the rare choreographer who makes you want to get up and dance.”   Visit www.nextmovedance.org

presented by NextMove Dance
12/2017/14 - 12/2017/17
The Philadelphia Chorus Presents Mendelssohn’s “Elijah"
The Philadelphia Chorus Raquel García, Artistic Director Presents Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with guest soloists John Miles, baritone Sharon Rhinesmith, mezzo-soprano Justin Gonzalez, tenor Sunday, November 19, 2017- 4:00PM Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral 23 S. 38th Street, Philadelphia $30 at door; $25 Seniors & Advance Sales; $15 Students For Information: 610-352-3565 www.thephiladelphiachorus.org

presented by The Philadelphia Chorus
11/2017/19 - 11/2017/19
Ginger Minj: Crossdresser For Christ
This internationally acclaimed musical comedy follows RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Ginger Minj in her quest for personal and spiritual enlightenment in song and story. Raised as a Southern Baptist in Lake County, Florida the self-described "chubby little lady-boy" gets tired of having hell and damnation shoved down her throat. So she begins her own search for alternative answers. It is a wild and wacky journey that promises to have you on your knees before the night is over. A relig-ish experience.

presented by RUBA Club
11/2017/16 - 11/2017/16
Broken Stones
A World Premiere by Fin Kennedy Directed by Seth Rozin Featuring: Charlotte Northeast October 27 - November 19, 2017 Based on an extremely true story. Fact: priceless artifacts were looted from The Baghdad Museum in 2003 during the Iraq War. Fact: A U.S. marine went in to investigate who was responsible. Everything else is open for interpretation. When a well-meaning veteran meets his ghostwriter, mythologies mix, truth is refashioned into click bait, and reality itself begins to shift. Kennedy’s world premiere is an intense, cinematic thriller that examines the appropriation of narrative and just what it means to print the legend.

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
10/2017/27 - 11/2017/19
Intimate Apparel
Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage Directed by Valerie Joyce November 7 - 19, 2017 Travel back to 1900’s New York and meet Esther, a black seamstress with gifted hands and grand ambitions. By day, Esther sews intimate apparel for her clients — from socialites to prostitutes — while at night, she dreams of opening her own beauty parlor, where black and white women receive the same royal treatment. Determined to fashion a future as breathtaking as her garments, Esther pursues her passions while searching for intimacy in her own life. Nottage, a “rare, vital, important theatrical voice,” spins a tale of desire and heartache, weaving together fragility with the perseverance of the human spirit (The New York Times).

presented by Villanova Theatre
10/2017/09 - 11/2017/19
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" presented by Narberth Community Theater
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a show-within-a-show where the cast breaks the fourth wall. This comedy musical tells the story of the last book Charles Dickens started writing before he died. We take you back to a 19th century music hall to tell you the story, until we can tell no more. This who-done-it musical is very extraordinary in the fact that the audience picks the killer!!!! If you like mysteries, fabulous music and amazing costumes, then come join us and experience this rarely done musical.

presented by Narberth Community Theatre (NCT)
11/2017/03 - 11/2017/18
Steven Mackey's SLIDE with actor/singer Rinde Eckert
“Through a merging of rock and classical, the stylistic sliding is powerful and impressive.”  – LA Times "SLIDE is a character study of Renard, a psychologist played by Rinde Eckert, as told by a narrator/guitarist played by Steven Mackey. The musicians of Orchestra 2001 are a chamber group that Renard looks forward to rehearsing with every Thursday evening. They also serve variously as Renard’s imagined subjects or other phantoms within the protagonist's curious world and psyche. The music is a dish for musical omnivores and while the ingredients have been diced quite finely (and there is no quotation), the songs are seasoned with homages to Dowland, Mozart, Stravinsky, Piazzola, and The Beatles." – Steven Mackey The Philadelphia performance on November 16th will take place at Manayunk's Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center. Additional performances are in Princeton University (NJ) on November 14th and at National Sawdust (NY) on November 17th. Steven Mackey, narrator/composer/guitarist Rinde Eckert, librettist/actor/singer Jayce Ogren, conductor Mark DeChiazza, director Keithlyn Parkman, lighting designer

presented by Orchestra 2001
11/2017/16 - 11/2017/16
The Cocuzzi Quartet presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
The Cocuzzis have taken the classic jazz world by storm. John performs on piano, while Kristy has a passionate sultry voice, and plays amazing clarinet and sax. They bring lyrics to life through dynamic vocal interpretations of songs from the great composers and song stylists of the 1930's, 40's and beyond, taking audiences on fantastic musical journeys. Today they are on tour from the West Coast with their trad jazz quartet, the Courtet. (Yes, it’s spelled Courtet! It’s a New Orleans reference – the King and his Court.) John is on piano, Kristy on reeds, with Jack Hegyi on bass and Harry Himles on drums.

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
11/2017/19 - 11/2017/19
Quartet
A play by Ronald Harwood Cecily, Reggie and Wilf live in a home for retired opera singers, where they take part in an annual concert to celebrate Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday. When opera great Jean Horton arrives just in time to sing at the concert, she’s asked to perform for the first time in over 20 years, but will the show actually go on? Two friends and her ex-husband will do anything to make sure Jean takes the stage. This funny and poignant play is a sweet ode to the art of growing old gracefully, culminating in a rousing, glorious finale. “…A FLAT OUT CROWD-PLEASER…” –VARIETY

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
10/2017/31 - 11/2017/19
Curtis Opera Theatre presents Eugene Onegin
A sentimental ingénue confesses her love for an imperious aristocrat, and meets a crushing rejection. Years pass and the tables are turned, with poignant regrets for both. Based on Pushkin’s famed novel, Tchaikovsky’s deeply moving drama is marked by impassioned interactions and a continuous outpouring of glorious lyricism. Fully staged production with members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Russian with English supertitles.

presented by Curtis Institute of Music
11/2017/16 - 11/2017/19
An Evening with Brian Reed: Creating S-Town
Brian Reed is the host and co-creator of the podcast S-Town. In his talk, Brian walks his audience through the process of how he and his collaborators developed an entirely new kind of storytelling, taking techniques from literature and merging them with journalism in ways that hadn’t been done before. Using audio outtakes and reporting details that never made it into the final version, Brian reveals how his team invented this groundbreaking new way of telling a story. S-Town, produced by Serial and This American Life, broke podcast records by reaching 40 million downloads in its first month. Rigorously reported and entirely true, S-Town is the first podcast that feels like reading a masterful novel.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
12/2017/17 - 12/2017/17