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Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble Performs Madrigals and Animals
Bowerbird is pleased to present the the extraordinary vocal ensemble Ekmeles performing Madrigals and Animals, a program celebrating the ongoing history of madrigals – the complex multi-part songs born during the Renaissance period known for their creative text setting (including imitating animals calls). Karola Obermüller’s mass:distance:time relates directly to this history, with flickers of Machaut’s mass, and text by renaissance writer Ungaretti. Salvatore Sciarrino’s 12 Madrigali is an epic exploration of the composer’s signature sound world of filigree and glissando, and will be heard here in its U.S. premiere. Karola Bauckholt’s Instinkt, also heard for the first time in the U.S., blurs the line between animal vocalization and contemporary music.   Finally, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf’s void – un delitto italiano dramatizes in madrigal form the murder of Italian artist Pier Paolo Pasolini.

presented by Bowerbird
01/2019/19 - 01/2019/19
Philadelphia Clef Club is proud to present PhillyBloco on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 7:30 PM at 736–38 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19146. Tickets are $20. PhillyBloco is a 23 piece Afro-Brazilian music ensemble modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro, with its large percussion sections and harmonic/vocal accompaniment. The group is comprised of twelve drummers, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, horn section, accordion, and Brazilian dancers. The group performs a raucous mash-up of samba, funk, reggae, and more made popular by both Brazilian and non-Brazilian artists including Olodum, Timbalada, Monobloco, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder. The one constant in all of their music is a heavy percussive element (12 drummers) that explores the tremendous range of Brazilian rhythms, applying their own unique creativity and energy to each arrangement.

presented by The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
01/2019/19 - 01/2019/19
Awake and Sing!
Regarded as one of the most influential American plays of the 20th century, Awake and Sing! chronicles the lives of the Bergers, a Jewish family struggling to survive The Great Depression. Gritty, heartbreaking and often hilarious, Odets’ 1935 masterpiece captures both the dreams and the struggles of an unforgettable American family. Can hope survive or will reality tear the complex and loving family apart? Film, Television & Stage legends, Buzz Roddy and Lawrence Pressman join Quintessence in bringing this powerful play to Philadelphia.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
01/2019/23 - 02/2019/17
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare directed by Blanka Zizka January 15, 2019 – February 3, 2019 Blanka Zizka and the HotHouse Company bring their visceral and contemporary style to Shakespeare's tragic love story, creating a timely exploration of unconditional love attempting to reconcile unforgiveable violence. Romeo and Juliet script adapted by Walter Bilderback, Gracie Martin, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, and Blanka Zizka

presented by The Wilma Theater
01/2019/15 - 02/2019/03
On Golden Pond
By Ernest Thompson | Directed by Susan D. Atkinson On Golden Pond is a humorous and heartwarming play about love, reconnection, and family. After an unexpected relationship blooms, a family reunites during an unforgettable summer. Come back to the pond one more time and see this American classic. “…a work of rare simplicity and beauty…” – NY Daily News

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
01/2019/22 - 02/2019/10
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
This "winning adaptation" (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is "electrifying!" (Newsday).   The Greek gods are real, and they're ruining Percy Jackson's life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus's lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods.   Nominated for 3 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, THE LIGHTNING THIEF is "mesmerizing" and proves "lightning can strike twice!" (TheaterMania).

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
01/2019/22 - 01/2019/27
Hype Man: A Break Beat Play
Hype man Verb has been backing up front-man rapper Pinnacle since they were kids. Adding beatmaker Peep One to their group sparked a flame, and now the interracial trio is flexing serious hip-hop muscle. But when an unarmed black teenager is shot by police, it forces the group to navigate issues of friendship and race. The latest from break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin (HOW WE GOT ON), HYPE MAN asks: what does it mean to be an ally, and who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice? Performances run January 25 - February 17, 2019

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
01/2019/25 - 02/2019/17
The Boomerang Kid
If you enjoyed “So You Want to be a Politician?” and the Philly Fringe hit, “Awesome Alliteration: The Magical Musical,” you’ll love our latest comedy: “The Boomerang Kid.” This hilarious and heart-warming story follows Adam Blum, a 23-year-old who does what every millennial does after college: he moves back in with Mom and Dad! Fast forward one year and Adam always seems to be in the exact same position – slumped on the couch, ear buds in his ears, and eyes glued to his laptop. Adam’s parents try their best to motivate him through a loving mix of guilt-tripping and passive-aggressive sarcasm, but it takes his mom creating a fake JDate profile and inviting a nice Jewish girl over to the house to see that there’s more to Adam than they once realized. “The Boomerang Kid” will be performed from January 10-27 at the Christ Church Neighborhood House. It stars the incredibly talented Alice Weber, Frank Ingulli, Madalyn St. John and Michael Mina.

presented by Beta Male Productions
01/2019/10 - 01/2019/27
Peter Pan by Family Stages
Peter and Tinkerbell lead Wendy, Michael and John to adventure on Neverland with Captain Hook, Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys. Two actors bring all the familiar characters to life in this fun-filled, one hour version of the timeless classic!

presented by Family Stages
01/2019/21 - 01/2019/21
Ha Jin | The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)
Celebrated internationally for a prolific, “achingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times Book Review) body of work across a variety of genres, Chinese émigré Ha Jin is the author of a score of novels, volumes of poetry, story collections, and a book of essays. His many honors include the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Jin’s books include Waiting, Under the Red Flag, and War Trash. The Banished Immortal is a biography of the 8th-century, Tang Dynasty poet whose verses remain an intrinsic element of Chinese language and culture.

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
01/2019/17 - 01/2019/17
Sondheim's sparkling, sophisticated musical about a young man who just can't commit has lost none of its zing 49 years after its debut won six Tony awards.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
01/2019/04 - 01/2019/19
The heart wants what the heart wants, and so we tell each other – and ourselves – the lies needed to get it. This sophisticated drama is a devastatingly honest exploration of love, sex, marriage, and friendship. Told backwards from the end to the beginning, Harold Pinter's narrative masterpiece has spawned many imitators since its 1978 London premiere. By Harold Pintern Directed by Kathryn MacMillan

presented by Lantern Theater Company
01/2019/10 - 02/2019/17
Bonnie & Clyde
This infamous couple blazed a trail in America’s crime history and now their story is hitting the 11th Hour stage. With an eclectic score, combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music by legendary musical theatre composer Frank Wildhorn, this electrifying musical tells the story of America’s most notorious lovers and bank robbers, and how they took the country by storm.

presented by 11th Hour Theatre Company
01/2019/05 - 01/2019/13
Old Academy Players Presents the Outrageous Comedy CALENDAR GIRLS!
East Falls’ historic Old Academy Players celebrates its 96th season, & the new year by presenting CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth. Directed by Loretta Lucy Miller, CALENDAR GIRLS (2008) is a stage play based on a true story of eleven Yorkshire women who posed nude to produce a calendar to raise money for Leukemia Research. As of 2017, five million pounds have been raised. Old Academy Players’ 517th production is stage managed by Janine Lieberman & produced by Joan Shupp, Mary Jane Fullam, & Randy Shupp. Old Academy’s amazing cast includes: Benjamin Edward Fried as John, Bonnie Grant as Annie, Bonnie Kapenstein as Ruth, Christopher Wunder as Lawrence, Dale Mezzacappa as Lady Cravenshire, Eric Jonathan Cox as Liam, Janet Wasser as Marie, Kimberly Hess as Elaine, Michael Jeffrey Cohen as Rod, Michelle Moscicki as Brenda, Susan Blair as Chris, Susan Lonker as Jessie, Susan Triggiani as Cora, & Terri Fries Bateman as Celia.

presented by Old Academy Players
01/2019/11 - 01/2019/27
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. NSFW The Salon also has a Meetup presence.

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
01/2019/15 - 12/2019/17
Holiday "Fear" in Revolutionary Philadelphia
Fear and political intrigue filled the city's streets during the Christmas seasons of 1775, 1776 and 1777. On January 4 and 11, hear some of the historic district's finest guides share stories and read from the firsthand accounts of Revolutionary Era Philadelphians. The candlelit evening event, held in collaboration with Christ Church Preservation Trust, will be held at Carpenters' Hall. Located at 3rd and Chestnut Street, Carpenters' Hall hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774, Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society and the First and Second Banks of the United States.

presented by Christ Church Preservation Trust
01/2019/04 - 01/2019/11
SONGS FROM THE TUNDRA * Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 4:00 PM at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill * Sunday, January 13th, 2019 at 3:00 PM at The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral In a collaboration with Variant 6, a virtuosic vocal sextet in Philadelphia, Lyric Fest explores the songs that come from the experience of life in the Tundra, with works from Norway, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Iceland, Poland and Denmark performed in the ethereal acoustics of The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

presented by Lyric Fest
01/2019/12 - 01/2019/13
Looking East
The Delaware County Symphony (DCS) opens the third full symphonic concert in the series with Symphony No. 2, "Antar" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, followed by Horn Concerto by Reinhold Glière featuring guest soloist Jennifer Montone. Ms. Montone is Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is a world acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and teacher, and has been on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School since joining the orchestra in 2006. The concert continues with Suite from Lieutenant Kijé by Sergei Prokofiev and concludes with Suite from Masquerade by Aram Khachaturian. The concert is under the baton of Joseph Caminiti, Music Director of the DCS.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
03/2019/03 - 03/2019/03