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Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries with Adam Ben-David on Piano
Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES, presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. DIARIES is a marriage of many of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes, along with selections for his newest recordings on Nonesuch Records, Mandy Patinkin Diary January 2018 and Mandy Patinkin Diary April/May 2018. From Randy Newman to Stephen Sondheim, from Harry Chapin to Rufus Wainwright, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget. “Mandy is a musical force of nature” – The New Yorker “Songs became heartfelt, sometimes humorous theatre in the hands of a masterful actor-singer, who gripped the audience in this intimate concert.” – Limelight Magazine, Sydney

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
10/2019/30 - 10/2019/30
Don Quixote
One of the most popular ballets of all time, Don Quixote has it all – romance, comedy, and, of course, the artistry of our dancers. Angel Corella’s restaging of the love story of Kitri and Basilio brings his unique Spanish flair to this lively classic. Whether you’re experiencing it for the first time or falling in love all over again, Don Quixote is sure to delight.

presented by Pennsylvania Ballet
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/20
Adam Rippon | Beautiful on the Outside
In conversation with Tracey Matisak The first openly gay U.S. male athlete to win a winter Olympics medal, Adam Rippon earned bronze as part of the figure skating team event at the 2018 games. He was also the winner of the 2016 U.S. National Championships and the 2010 Four Continents Championships. Last year he was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people and to Out magazine’s Power 50: The Most Influential Voices in LGBTQ America. From the athlete’s impoverished homeschooled childhood in Scranton to Olympic glory and winning Dancing with the Stars, Rippon’s new memoir is a showcase for his inspiring story and humorous outlook.

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
10/2019/17 - 10/2019/17
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
Judy Collins: Love Letters to Stephen Sondheim
Grammy-winning artist, Judy Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock, classical and jazz into a singular aesthetic. Her biggest success of her career came with her recording of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” from her best-selling album Judith. The single charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1975 and again in 1977, spending 27 non-consecutive weeks on the chart and earning Collins a Grammy Award Nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female and a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Her iconic 55-album body of work thrived in the music industry for half a century. The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
10/2019/17 - 10/2019/17
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
The Legend of the White Snake
It’s a story of the heart wrenching love between a snake deity and a mortal man across the boundaries of nature and time. Live orchestra accompaniment and subtitles in English and Chinese are provided throughout.   After a thousand years of practice, White Snake comes down the mountain. She transfers herself into a beautiful lady. At the West Lake White Snake (Bai) falls in love with a young man Xu Xian. Abbot Fahai of Jinshan Temple comes to warn Xu that his wife and her maid are snake spirits. Xu dies of shock when Bai reveals her snake form. Bai obtains a magic herb that restores Xu’s life. Fahai comes again to put Bai under the Thunder Peak Pagoda. The struggle for freedom and the pursuit of happiness is timeless. Lessons of tolerance and inclusion still need be taught. Directed by Artistic Director Shuyuan Li, this production features a new generation of artists trained by Ms. Li. It echoes the one 13 years ago in which Ms. Li played the title role. The baton has been passed on!

presented by Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society
10/2019/12 - 10/2019/12
AWB Presents Peter and the Starcatcher
Acting Without Boundaries (AWB) is a unique theatre company for people with physical disabilities. Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan got his name? Or, what Captain Hook’s name was before he lost his hand? Was Neverland always just an island? Were mermaids the only sea creatures that Peter and the Lost Boys encountered? And where did all that magic flying dust come from?   Please join us for the AWB production of Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan, and prepare yourself for a swashbuckling adventure!

presented by Acting Without Boundaries
10/2019/13 - 10/2019/13
Sweet Charity
Life’s a game and the fickle finger of fate chooses who loses in this charming tale of a sassy, diehard romantic, dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps putting her in hot water. The multi-Tony Award winning Bob Fosse musical (which originally starred Gwen Verdon as Charity Hope Valentine) follows our indomitable heroine, with a literal heart tattooed on her sleeve, in and out of romantic entanglements, ever clinging to an electric optimism no matter what may befall her.

presented by Temple University - Temple Theaters
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/20
Ethan Iverson Quartet featuring Tom Harrell
Please join us for the ECM Records release celebration of Ethan Iverson's latest quartet featuring the prolific trumpeter Tom Harrell.

presented by Ars Nova Workshop
10/2019/17 - 10/2019/17
Chucho Valdes Jazz Batá
Chucho Valdes, winner of 6 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban Jazz over the last 50 years. His most recent project, Jazz Bata 2, is an exceptional work in which he revisits the sacred rhythms of the sacred batá drum, the music that would form the foundation of his history making group Irakere.

presented by Montgomery County Community College
10/2019/13 - 10/2019/13
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
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 Synge Triptych
Three of Synge’s celebrated short plays will be performed in one evening. An older husband pretends that he is dead in order to test his younger wife’s fidelity in a black comedy, “In the Shadow of the Glen.” In “The Tinker’s Wedding,” A gypsy woman tries to find respectability by convincing a local priest to marry her to her sweetheart, only to find that marriage can be an expensive and soul-compromising business. And in his finest tragedy, “Riders to the Sea,” Synge depicts a family’s hopeless and fatal struggle to make a living off the impersonal but relentlessly cruel sea. Presented in rotating repertory with The Synge Triptych as part of The Synge Festival.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
10/2019/02 - 10/2019/27
The Night Alive
From Tony Award-nominated playwright Conor McPherson, author of The Seafarer and The Girl from the North Country, Inis Nua presents the Philadelphia premiere of The Night Alive. Tommy is barely scraping by - he lives in a filthy studio apartment and survives on odd jobs around Dublin. But when he rescues a young woman from her abusive boyfriend, Tommy’s dilapidated home becomes a safe haven from her violent past. And the tenuous friendship they build forever alters their lives. A delicate and humane play from one of Ireland’s most widely produced playwrights.   Directed by Tom Reing. Featuring Andrew Criss, Mike Dees, Minou Pourshariati, Grant Struble and Michael Toner.

presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company
10/2019/09 - 10/2019/27
Vivaldissimo - Chestnut Hill
Sinfonia No. 3 in G Major, RV 149 Concerto for Violin in E-flat, “Tempesta di mare”, RV 253 Concerto for Viola d’amore in D Major, RV 392 Concerto for Two Violins in g minor, RV 578 Concerto for Trumpet in B-flat Major Concerto for Oboe in d minor, RV 454 Concerto for Four Violins in b minor, RV 580 Among the most prolific of Baroque composers, Vivaldi wrote some 500 concertos for one through four instruments. Opening with the Sinfonia in G Major (a sinfonia is a precursor to the operatic overture), our traditional all-Vivaldi program will feature works for violin, oboe, trumpet and viola d’amore, in single and double concertos, and—a first for the Camerata Ama Deus—a concerto for four violins. Augmented by Maestro’s “live notes.” Thomas DiSarlo, violin Paul Miller, viola d’amore Sarah Davol, oboe Elin Frazier, trumpet Running time: 90 minutes – no intermission This concert series sponsored by The Phelan Family Foundation

presented by Vox Ama Deus
10/2019/11 - 10/2019/11
Vivaldissimo - Bryn Mawr
Sinfonia No. 3 in G Major, RV 149 Concerto for Violin in E-flat, “Tempesta di mare”, RV 253 Concerto for Viola d’amore in D Major, RV 392 Concerto for Two Violins in g minor, RV 578 Concerto for Trumpet in B-flat Major Concerto for Oboe in d minor, RV 454 Concerto for Four Violins in b minor, RV 580 Among the most prolific of Baroque composers, Vivaldi wrote some 500 concertos for one through four instruments. Opening with the Sinfonia in G Major (a sinfonia is a precursor to the operatic overture), our traditional all-Vivaldi program will feature works for violin, oboe, trumpet and viola d’amore, in single and double concertos, and—a first for the Camerata Ama Deus—a concerto for four violins. Augmented by Maestro’s “live notes.” Thomas DiSarlo, violin Paul Miller, viola d’amore Sarah Davol, oboe Elin Frazier, trumpet Running time: 90 minutes – no intermission This concert series sponsored by The Phelan Family Foundation

presented by Vox Ama Deus
10/2019/13 - 10/2019/13
Kennett Symphony Opening Night: Lament To Triumph
Saturday, October 12, 2019 • 7:30 pm Auditorium, Unionville High School Kennett Square, PA Michael Hall, Conductor Thomas Pandolfi, Piano Program: SOMERS – Lament and Primeval RACHMANINOFF – Piano Concerto No. 2 TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 5 TICKETS INCLUDE: 6:30pm – 7:00pm: Pre-Concert Talk by Music Director, Michael Hall 7:30pm: Concert Post Concert Q&A ABOUT THE MUSIC: From complete resignation before Fate to the triumphant and glorious finale, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 is the go-to piece for people who like their music unapologetically heart-on-the-sleeve. The evening continues with Rachmaninoff’s memorable and captivating Piano Concerto No. 2 and Canadian composer Harry Somers’ musical evocation of lamentation and primeval energy.

presented by Kennett Symphony of Chester County
10/2019/12 - 10/2019/12
An Act of God
God is back…and has a lot to say! God (assisted by devoted angels Gabriel and Michael) answers some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. Written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), this sinfully funny comedy delivers a new meaning to the phrase divine intervention.

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
09/2019/17 - 10/2019/13
Serial Killers and Cemetery Tour
Take a sightseeing tour unlike any other in the Philadelphia area! Enjoy tales of the sick, twisted killers that found Philadelphia as their home. Your admission also includes a graveyard tour where many of the founding fathers are buried. This is not your typical Liberty Bell Tour. Your guide is a professor of history and will be using strong language and will be talking about mature themes. Not recommended for children, 14+.

presented by Grim Philly Twilight Tours
10/2019/12 - 11/2019/03
Donna Orbits the Moon
A journey from outer space to inner peace Ordinarily, Donna is pretty grounded: a loving wife, a happy empty nester, and a celebrity on the local bake sale circuit. But lately she’s been a little out of control and folks are starting to notice. A little road rage. An innocent hurling of the vacuum cleaner. She even slapped a woman at the supermarket! Therapy is out of the question and church isn’t the place to share one’s tribulations. How can she retake control? Donna Orbits the Moon is a disarmingly funny, utterly surprising, and ultimately profound journey through motherhood, trauma, reclamation, the Mall of America, and maybe even a space walk with Buzz Aldrin. As part of A Play, a Pie, and a Pint, every Donna Orbits the Moon ticket comes with a slice of pizza and a beverage: beer, wine, or soft drink. Bring friends and reap the benefits! Purchase a group of 4 or 6 tickets for reserved premium seating at no extra charge.

presented by Tiny Dynamite
10/2019/02 - 10/2019/13
Paint a Halloween Sign Party
Come paint an awesome Halloween themed sign. We will be painting and decorating wooden signs using a variety of Halloween themed stencils.

presented by Kreative Adventures
10/2019/17 - 10/2019/17
The Museum as Muse
Let Philadelphia's Magic Gardens space inspire you as you explore your artistic side. Participate in different art-making activities throughout the mosaics, while local musicians from Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra provide background music as you create. Draw from live nude models, sculpt with clay, and create lino prints. 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. No artistic experience is necessary. Basic supplies are provided or bring your own. Please see PMG's website for restrictions on materials allowed at these events. Food and drinks are also welcome.

presented by Tempesta di Mare
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/10
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Six awkward tweens vie for the coveted spelling championship in this fast-paced, Tony Award-winning comedy. As they fight to stay in the contest, the students – each with their own quirky and engaging personality – share hilarious and touching tales from their home lives, ultimately learning that winning isn’t everything. Featuring an addictive original score and riotous competition, Spelling Bee is an instant musical theatre favorite.

presented by Arcadia University
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/20
A Native Hill
A NATIVE HILL a world premiere from Gavin Bryars based on the essay by Wendell Berry SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 @ 5PM The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia pre-concert talk with Donald and Gavin @ 4pm in the Burleigh Cruikshank Memorial Chapel “Eating is a political act.” — Wendell Berry Finally, the premiere of the long-anticipated follow-up to Gavin’s "The Fifth Century", which won us our first Grammy. "A Native Hill" will be Gavin’s most substantial work for unaccompanied choir. A concert-length musical essay based on early writings of American author and activist Wendell Berry; what may at first seem pastoral contains a powerful contemporary relevance — a metaphysical and even political force. "A Native Hill" offers meditations on how life can be experienced, with detailed descriptions of the minutiae of rural existence; as such, simple natural events reveal themselves as metaphors for universal truths. #ComeHearNow

presented by The Crossing
10/2019/13 - 10/2019/13
Susan Rice | Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
In conversation with Tamala Edwards U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 and President Obama’s national security advisor from 2013 to 2017, Susan Rice has been at the forefront of some of the 21st century’s most consequential international challenges. Currently the Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the School of International Service at American University, she also sits on the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. From Rice’s early family struggles to her becoming a champion of American interests on the world stage, Tough Love is not only a personal story, but a larger entreaty to bridge the domestic divides that threaten our global moral credibility.

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/10
The Cremator
A rising political death cult entangles with personal morbidity in Juraj Herz’s deeply disturbing black comic parable The Cremator, set in 1930s Prague, where Nazi ideology hangs in the air as thick as the charnel fumes over the crematorium run by the troubled Karel Kopfrkingl (Rudolf Hrušínský in a skin-crawling performance).   Adapting Ladislav Fuks’ novel with the author and utilizing the estimable talents of cinematographer Stanislav Milota, Herz connects the Czechoslovak New Wave groundswell to the legacy of German Expressionism in this macabre and harrowing work of psychological and social breakdown, banned after its 1969 debut only to re-emerge and garner deserved praise as a masterwork twenty years later after the crumbling of the Czechoslovak communist system.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/10
Dot
Now through October 20th People's Light in Malvern A West Philly family gathers for the holidays in this hilarious and heartfelt dramedy from Colman Domingo (co-author of Lights Out: Nat King Cole; star of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead). Dotty's memory is slipping as her three children – an overwhelmed attorney, a gay musicologist with marital problems, and an aspiring actress hoping to appear on Celebrity Mud Fight – clash over how best to care for their proud, lovable matriarch. On October 11th, join us for Pride Night including a pre-performance reception to celebrate with your LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors. The reception starts at 6pm and is open to ticketholders for that evening's 7:30pm performance.

presented by People's Light
10/2019/01 - 10/2019/20
Paint a Halloween Themed Sign
Come paint an awesome Halloween themed sign. We will be painting and decorating wooden signs using a variety of Halloween themed stencils.

presented by Kreative Adventures
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/10
The Buck & a Quarter Quartet presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
The Buck and a Quarter Quartet (yes, there are six of them) makes its debut at Tri-State Jazz. Reedman John Bianchi leads this great New York based band. The "quartet" plays forgotten gems of the golden age of American popular music, as well as vintage-inspired originals. They play in their own category-defying style, described as "skiffle meets Cole Porter" and "what IS this?” mostly on strings. They've appeared at numerous venues, events and festivals, and now they're visiting us in Wallingford. Photo Credit: Saskia Kahn

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
10/2019/13 - 10/2019/13