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

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XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

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

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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.

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My Fair Lady
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, MY FAIR LADY is the tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady. It features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores including the songs “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Held at Delaware Valley University, Life Sciences Bldg. 700 E. Butler Ave. Doylestown, PA. (located on the corner of New Britain Rd. and E. Butler Ave)

presented by Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts
08/2017/03 - 08/2017/13
Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo
On Friday, July 21, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is proud to partner with AfroTaino Productions to present a festive evening of world music featuring the sounds of Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo. Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, Venezuela, Betsayda Machado's recent rural recordings with lifelong friends Parranda El Clavo brought new attention to the Venezuelan Afro-Soul music genre dubbed 'Tambor'—a spirit-shaking percussion and voice fiesta, said to make dancers float. Betsayda Machado leads this group of talented musicians from her village in Venezuela performing traditional music that includes call-and-response harmonies, polyrhythmic percussion, and dancing. Don't miss it as Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo visits AAMP during their first world tour. Tickets are on sale now!

presented by African American Museum in Philadelphia
07/2017/21 - 07/2017/21
Kidchella 2017
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse’s wildly popular Kidchella Music Festival will continue for a fourth year on Friday, June 16, July 21, and August 18 with support provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the PA Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Family, and MetroKids.   This year, the festival will include a Youth Arts Zone on Smith’s front lawn in addition to the main stage concerts in Smith’s 6.5 acre Playground emceed by Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids Corner and featuring six nationally acclaimed Children’s Music artists.

presented by Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
06/2017/16 - 08/2017/18
The Museum as Muse
Spend an evening getting inspired by Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens! Artists of all levels can drop in to draw, paint, or photograph in PMG’s unique environment. Take advantage of an instructor offering tips and critiques as well as nude figure models posing amongst the mosaics. Bring your easel or tripod and capture PMG in a rare private setting. Get lost in the shimmering hallways and grottos, and discover the delights of the fully-mosaicked basement, which is not normally open to the public. Basic supplies are provided or bring your own! Please see our website for restrictions on materials allowed at these events. It’s also the perfect time to take advantage of our membership program! Memberships start at $25 for an entire year. Enjoy free general admission as well as free and discounted programming.

presented by Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
05/2017/18 - 10/2017/12
Around the World in 80 Days
Phileas Fogg agrees to an outrageous wager to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. The wager puts his fortune and his life at risk. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he’s a robber on the run. A whirlwind of a show as five actors portray 39 characters in a race around the world in 80 days.

presented by Hedgerow Theatre
07/2017/06 - 08/2017/13
Concerts by Candlelight
The Wister Quartet (Nancy Bean-violin, Davyd Booth - violin, Pamela Fay-viola, Lloyd Smith-cello) will perform the String Quartet in D Minor by Joseph Haydn, Duo for Violin and Cello by Marcel Farago, and The String Quartet in A Minor by Johnnes Brahms at historic Laurel Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park. A reception with light refreshments will follow the concert with the opportunity to meet and greet the artists.

presented by Women for Greater Philadelphia
07/2017/23 - 07/2017/23
David Orlowsky Trio
Winners of the ECHO Classical Award, the trio’s “almost weightless music of the moment” (CBN) exudes the spirit of Klezmer and is permeated by curiosity for new sounds and musical exploration.  Like nothing you’ve heard before, and absolutely irresistible.

presented by Gretna Music
07/2017/23 - 07/2017/23
Tierney Sutton – The Sting Variations
The Tierney Sutton Band has been recording and touring for 23 years and has headlined in recent years at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. There are no sidemen in this multi-nominated group of like minded musicians, instead they are a unit, unique in their approach and fiercely loyal to a collective sensibility that has resulted in a constantly evolving and unparalleled musical experience.

presented by Gretna Music
07/2017/28 - 07/2017/28
The Wister Quartet
What better way to celebrate Mt. Gretna’s 125th anniversary than to join our dear friends the Wister Quartet as they return to the Playhouse. Nancy, Pam, Davyd and Lloyd are back and they are bringing friends for some fabulous sextets of Mozart and Brahms.

presented by Gretna Music
07/2017/30 - 07/2017/30
Gryphon Trio
Now in its 23rd year, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. Deeply committed to the education of the next generation of audiences and performers alike, the Gryphons frequently conduct masterclasses and workshops at universities and conservatories, and are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and Trinity College. The Gryphons are coming to the Mt. Gretna Playhouse on August 13th.

presented by Gretna Music
08/2017/13 - 08/2017/13
Anna Polonsky & Orion Weiss, Piano Four-hands
The “constantly captivating” (Washington Post) Anna Polonsky returns to Mt. Gretna to share the ivories with virtuoso husband Orion Weiss.  “(W)e are particularly good at playing four-hand works because of how much we like each other.  We never mind sitting so close to each other… and bumping elbows all the time.” In recognition of Mt. Gretna’s 125th anniversary, Anna and Orion’s program will include a pair of works from 1892’s first ever Mt. Gretna Chautauqua program.

presented by Gretna Music
08/2017/27 - 08/2017/27
Absolution
Ric and Clay are the “clean-up crew” for the mob. They don’t make the dead bodies, they just dispose of them, but when Clay is outed as an FBI informant, it’s up to Ric to make his partner disappear. That’s a problem for Ric, because he loves Clay like a son. The solution? Before he does his partner in, he’s going to give him something he’s never had before. Enter: Immaculata, She’s charming, she’s goofy, and she just might save them all…

presented by Spotlight Theatre
07/2017/21 - 07/2017/29
Paul Jacobs
The only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award, Paul Jacobs “is one of the greatest living virtuosos.”  (Washington Post).  He has transfixed audiences, colleagues and critics with the technical skill and eloquence of his legendary performances.  It’s a Gretna Music debut not to be missed.

presented by Gretna Music
09/2017/03 - 09/2017/03
The Verona Quartet, with Ryan Brunkhurst
Graduate quartet in residence at the Juilliard School, the Verona Quartet is one of today’s most exciting young chamber ensembles.  They’ll be joined by Mt. Gretna’s favorite son, organist Ryan Brunkhurst, in a program to include the world premiere of a choral prelude on the traditional Chautauqua vespers hymn in honor of the Mt. Gretna Chautauqua’s 125th anniversary.

presented by Gretna Music
09/2017/10 - 09/2017/10
Cyanotypes in the Cemetery
First discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, the cyanotype process was initially utilized to make blueprints. In 1843, however, Anna Atkins - the first photographer to use the process to create photograms - self-published the book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, thus placing the process firmly within the realm of photography. To this day, cyanotype is widely employed in conjunction with botanical specimens, but contemporary artists have found new and unique applications of the technique. The workshop will be led by The Halide Project, a local non-profit that promotes traditional and alternative methods of photography. Try your hand at this historic photographic process in one of Philadelphia’s most historic sites! Pre-coated cyanotype paper will be provided; all you have to bring are negatives and/or objects to create photograms with. You may also forage for items in the cemetery upon arrival. There will be a “clothesline” gallery set up on-site.

presented by Laurel Hill Cemetery
07/2017/22 - 07/2017/22
HANSEL AND GRETEL
A brother and sister are lost in a deep. dark forest and stumble upon a house made of gingerbread with is inhabited by a jolly, old witch, who would just love to have them for dinner. One of Storybook's most popular musicals based on a Grimm Brothers' tale.

presented by Storybook Musical Theatre
07/2017/11 - 07/2017/22
Ken Ludwig's MOON OVER BUFFALO
This madcap comedy from the author of "Lend Me a Tenor" centers on two fading stage actors who may have one last shot at stardom if they can just keep their act, and relationship, together. On the brink of divorce while touring "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "Private Lives" in repertory, George and Charlotte Hay learn that Frank Capra is coming to their matinee. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong in this side-splitting farce directed by Pete Pryor ("Noises Off," "Bach at Leipzig"). Approximate run time is 2 hours including a 15-minute intermission. Best enjoyed by ages 13+.

presented by People's Light
07/2017/19 - 08/2017/13
Perfect Blue
Two actors, Two countries, One live Internet Connection: Perfect Blue pairs an actor in Philadelphia with live feed of an actor in London for an unforgettable theatrical experience.   "G. S. Watson’s entertaining futurist play is made extraordinary through its technology and production."                                                                                                          --David Fox, Philadelphia Magazine   "Something new and cutting-edge is happening at Christ Church Neighborhood House...just being present at this premiere is fascinating, to say the least"                                                                                           --Celeste Mann, DC Metro Theater Arts Set in 2038 after the beginning of the Sixth Great Extinction, huge biotech firms have begun to replace lost species with genetic reproductions. And now that a war wages between nations, governments have weaponized the planet’s ecology for commercial and territorial gain. Carys, a British scientist working for a giant biotech in the United States, communicates with her husband Michael, a university professor in the United Kingdom, via a digital transatlantic link. As their personal relationship deteriorates, so too does the political situation in the destabilized UK, forcing Carys to make a terrible decision. Perfect Blue is produced in partnership with the UK company Pursued by a Bear and supported by a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Project Grant.

presented by Tiny Dynamite
07/2017/13 - 07/2017/23
Cruise Penn's Landing to Schuylkill Banks
Step aboard one of our yachts for a leisurely cruise from Penn's Landing to Walnut Street on the Schuylkill River. This unique trip contrasts Philadelphia's lost waterfront on the Delaware River with the rebirth of the banks along the Schuylkill River. Many of our customers ask how do we get the Patriot from Penn's Landing to the Schuylkill Banks. We will shown you our secret. Our two docks are exactly 2 miles apart on foot, but we enjoy taking the scenic 12 mile route by boat. The highlights of this scenic trip across town include: - The historic vessels of Penn's Landing - The Schuylkill Banks and Center City - Bartram's Garden, Gray's Ferry and the mud flats of the tidal Schuylkill River - Thirteen historically significant bridges - The Industrial Areas of South Philadelphia - The Navy Yard District and the ships that call it home We will show you many additional hidden treasures along the way. This is a one way trip!!

presented by Patriot Harbor Lines
05/2017/14 - 10/2017/22
Vampire, Sex, and Ghost Tour
Our maiden tour voted best in Philadelphia. With an eclectic array of sites and frights from dark & deviant sexcapades to torture, mass burials & execution, to vampires, pirates, and ghosts!   A solid year of research & development by university professor Joe Wojie this high energy, R-Rated adult night tour ensures the highest value in entertainment and fact. An exceptionally one of a kind, unique, and far different tour than any other- adventurers are guided past Independence Hall, The Library of Congress and 2 dozen other sites starting with a core of traditional stories from our founding fathers and quickly moving to Philly's most seedy locations like our whipping posts, gallows, red light district; even recounting hauntings such as that of the City Tavern, pirate ghost ships that sail the Delaware, and more!

presented by Grim Philly Twilight Tours
07/2017/20 - 07/2017/31
World War II - Explore the Eastern Front
Experience World War II history from the Eastern Front! Living history activities with soldiers and civilians, guided tours, “rifle” drills, “grenade” toss, guided tours and MORE!

presented by Fort Mifflin on the Delaware
07/2017/22 - 07/2017/23
Secrets of the Schuylkill Riverboat Tour
Take a one-hour fun and fact-filled guided tour that highlights the past, present and future of the Hidden River. Discover the sights, sounds, and history of the river, from the early 1700s at historic Bartram's Garden, to the 1800s at the Fairmount Water Works, to award-winning 21st century skyscrapers. The Banks offers a setting and experience unlike any other in Philadelphia.

presented by Patriot Harbor Lines
06/2017/01 - 10/2017/14
Didn't Your Father Have This Talk With You? at Act II Playhouse
Written by and starring Tony Braithwaite, "Didn't Your Father Have This Talk With You?" is comprised of hilarious and heartfelt stories from Tony’s 12 years teaching Theology and Sex Ed to high school freshmen. "Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk with You?" includes storytelling, stand-up comedy, personal testimonies, one-liners, improvisation, audience interaction … and even rap music!

presented by Act II Playhouse
07/2017/19 - 07/2017/30
As You Like It
All the world’s a stage in one of Shakespeare’s most popular and rollicking comedies. Following some courtly mishaps, Rosalind, her cousin Celia, and the clown Touchstone escape to the Forest of Arden and revel in nature and the seemingly simple life. As love notes grow on trees and romance rules the land, wit and wrestling, poetry and music create a rare theatrical enchantment. Ages 8+

presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
06/2017/29 - 08/2017/06
La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini
La Boheme is the inspiration for "Rent." It's the bittersweet story of four young starving artists who share a loft apartment in Paris. They meet women and fall in love and find love is not always easy. The friends support each other when it matters most. This universal story of young adulthood, love, friendship and tragedy unfolds with lush, romantic unforgettable music. If you've never seen an opera, this is a great introduction! La Boheme is performed fully staged, in Italian with English supertitles.

presented by Delaware Valley Opera Company
08/2017/05 - 08/2017/13
NBS Summer Music Camp - "Baroque and Beyond"
A one-week summer program featuring an immersive, interdisciplinary look at the Baroque period in music history (1600-1750) taught by our outstanding faculty! Classes Offered Individual Lessons (two, thirty minute lessons included with NBS Faculty on piano, strings, winds, brass, voice or harpsichord.) Baroque History/Performance Practice Composition using figured bass and improvisation Chamber Music Introduction to Baroque Dance (no experience necessary!) Chamber Music for keyboard (including harpsichord), strings, winds, and four-hand duets Capture the Flag and other outside activities Broadway Showchoir Lunch and Movies

presented by Nelly Berman School of Music
07/2017/31 - 08/2017/04
You've Got Red on You
Shaun has coasted through life and still hasn’t gotten very far. Friday nights, he usually winds up at the local pub, the Winchester, for a pint (or two). But on this ill-fated Friday, things are different, much different. Can it be? Yes, it can! The dead have risen! It’s time to separate men from meat, humans from zombies, and living from undead. Join Shaun, flatmate Ed, girlfriend Liz, devoted Mum, (Not-My Dad) Phillip, and the rest of the gang, as they sing, dance and fight zombies in their quest towards the sanctuary of the Winchester. From the creators of Musical of the Living Dead, this original musical parody gets the Bootless bloody treatment that audiences have come to love. If they could, RottenZombies would rate You’ve Got Red On You “Two Thumbs Off.” Do you dare sit in The Pit Splatter Zone? Our blood delivery system guarantees the MOST SPLATTER EVER.

presented by Bootless Stageworks
07/2017/14 - 07/2017/22
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, the follow-up to the smash Edible Inevitable tour, hits the road again. Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again. VIP tickets include a prime seat location and an exclusive merchandise item hand-picked by Mr. Alton Brown.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2017/05 - 11/2017/05