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The Vertical Hour
A brilliant and charismatic American war correspondent-turned-professor is set to marry into an accomplished British family. But is she too much of a renegade to fit in? Renowned British playwright David Hare lays bare the shifting alliances of a family trying to come together and the past secrets that may keep them apart. Philadelphia Premiere By David Hare Directed by Kathryn MacMillan

presented by Lantern Theater Company
01/2020/09 - 02/2020/16
SWARM Presents: "Birds, Bees, & All Those Between"
Let 2020 be the year of METAMORPHOSIS 🐛🍻🐝 Bust out of that cocoon and celebrate the beauty that is you! Cirque du Nuit and The Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion join forces again to bring you a one-night-only event on January 25th.Come experience a bizarre world of performance, arts, and insects designed by a collective of Philadelphia artists. Join us for unique immersive activities, live aerial shows, other-worldly burlesque and interactive performances. It's always mating season here at SWARM. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress in their finest plumage and most lavish scales. Tickets: $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door 21+ 4PM-11PM First 75 guests at the door receive a complimentary terrarium! Questions/more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

presented by Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
01/2020/25 - 01/2020/25
Rachel
Angelina Weld Grimké’s American classic depicts an African-American family at the turn of the 20th century striving to find life, liberty, and happiness in a Northern city.   Haunted by her family’s Southern past, Rachel, an ambitious high-school graduate, struggles to find a vocation, love and hope in the face of systemic racism, ultimately choosing to reject marriage and motherhood.   Inspired by the writing of Chekhov, Grimké’s Rachel opened in New York on April 25, 1917, and was the first play by an African-American author with an all-black cast to be performed before an integrated audience.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
01/2020/29 - 02/2020/23
InterAct Theatre Company Presents - Man of God
Four Korean-American teenage girls are on a Christian mission in Bangkok. They have very different attitudes, and they made this trip for very different reasons. But when one of them discovers a hidden camera in their hotel bathroom, they are unified in imagining ghastly revenge on the person (or persons) spying on them. Inspired by a true story, Moench’s dark comedy MAN OF GOD explores just how invasive, pervasive and perverse the male gaze can be. Show runs January 24 – February 16, 2020 Tuesdays - Wednesdays @ 7pm Thursdays - Saturdays @ 8pm Sundays @ 2pm Approximate running time: 90 minutes with no intermission Recommended for ages 16+ MAN OF GOD is a comedy examining some products of the patriarchy, including eating disorders, sexual harassment and assault. If you have questions, please contact the box office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
01/2020/24 - 02/2020/16
Our Voices: The Rise of the American Voice
American composers flocked to France during and after the war to study with Nadia Boulanger, who exhorted them to embrace their personal identities and seek out the “American voice.” This final program connects their contributions to contemporary composers Tania León, Caroline Shaw, and Nico Muhly, whose work acknowledges the interconnectedness of people and cultures in 21st century America. This concert is part of the Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song. Sarah Shafer, soprano; Corinne Winters, soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Douglas Williams, bass-baritone; Brooklyn Rider; Myra Huang, piano; Shannon McGinnis, piano N. Boulanger: Écoutez la chanson bien douce Thomson: Mostly About Love Swanson: Songs [Sel.] Carter: Three Poems of Robert Frost Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson [Sel.] Bonds: 3 Dream Portraits Léon: Oh Yemanja – Mother’s Prayer Shaw: Cant voi l’aube Nico Muhly: Stranger

presented by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
01/2020/24 - 01/2020/24
Lost Voices: The War to End All Wars
As the world descended into the Great War, composers joined the war effort, many as soldiers. The works on this program present the individual struggles of wartime and give voice to the many lives cut short. Of particular note is Lili Boulanger’s song cycle Clairières dans le ciel, whose expressions of loss are made all the more searing by the composer’s own imminent death. This concert is part of the Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song. Amanda Lynn Bottoms, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone; Myra Huang, piano; Shannon McGinnis, piano N. Boulanger: Soir d’hiver Debussy: Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons Granados: Tonadillas al estilo antiguo [Sel.] Errollyn Wallen: Roundel Gurney: Songs [Sel.] L. Boulanger: Clairières dans le ciel Readings of poetry by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, E.E. Cummings, Rupert Brooke, and other WWI poets.

presented by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
01/2020/17 - 01/2020/17
I've Got Rhythm: A Celebration of Percussion, Brass, and Jazz!
On this unique exploratory concert, members of the DCS share with you our love of jazz music. Not only are we including jazz favorites such as Dave Brubeck’s Take 5 and Gershwin’s I’ve Got Rhythm, but the DCS also brings you guest artist duo Paul Downie and David Gettes on Caribbean steel drums!   Join us for a musical event sure to surprise and satisfy, for ages young and old.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
02/2020/09 - 02/2020/09
PFS January Monthly Concert with William Prince
Prince’s trajectory from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, to opening for Neil Young, has seen the relative newcomer find esteem and career-changing opportunity wherever he performs. William Prince's debut album, Earthly Days, garnered numerous accolades and award nominations, including a Western Canadian Music award win for Aboriginal Artist of the Year in 2016. For his eagerly-awaited sophomore album, songwriter William Prince begins with a single word, Reliever, which informs a collection of exceptionally rendered explorations of what, who and how peace is found. Relievers come in all forms; for Prince, it is song. With its emphasis on words and confidently unfussed accompaniment, Reliever puts Prince’s gift for sparking powerful emotions of both personal and communal relevance at the fore. A masterclass in skillful simplicity, Reliever works a generous and profound kind of magic.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
01/2020/16 - 01/2020/16
PFS Presents Ramy Essam
Folk Rock artist and human rights defender Ramy Essam is considered to be one of the loudest voices of today. With his background as the voice of the streets of his country, Ramy today stands for social justice and human rights worldwide. Said to be a beacon of uncommon bravery in the Middle East, Ramy Essam exploded into international fame in the Egyptian revolution starting in 2011 as his songs spread like wildfire among the demonstrators. During the height of the uprising, Ramy performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people in Tahrir Square. But fame came at a heavy price. In 2011, Ramy experienced brutal torture and arrests. Since late 2013 his songs were banned, and he was forbidden from performing publicly. Ramy has lived in exile in Sweden and Finland since 2014. Ramy’s music is rock with Egyptian flavor and hiphop influences, inspired by hard rock and grunge. He sings in both Egyptian Arabic and English.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
01/2020/17 - 01/2020/17
The Snow Queen at Arden Theatre Company
Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen transports audiences on a journey through the four seasons! When Gerda’s best friend is captured by the Snow Queen, it is up to her to rescue him from the icy palace.   The Snow Queen celebrates the adventure of growing up and the magical power of friendship.

presented by Arden Theatre Company
11/2019/27 - 01/2020/26
The Erotic Literary Salon
The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed Salon: A Verbal Sanctuary for Sexual Expression Come hear what all of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Magazine have been talking about since 2008. Susana Mayer, PhD. 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. The third Tuesday of every month. 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. Please visit the official website for details, guidelines for reading, monthly press release, and blog. Susana Mayer, PhD. sexologist and author of, "Does Sex Have an Expiration Date?"

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
01/2020/21 - 12/2020/15
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn | Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope
Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium, 3260 South Street. Please use the 33rd St entrance. The first married couple to win the Pulitzer Prize, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are acclaimed for their reportage of international social injustices, women’s issues, and Asia’s economic ascendance. Their “exquisitely crafted” and “sensationally interesting” (Washington Post) bestselling books include Half the Sky, Thunder from the East, and China Wakes. In 2009, they received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Kristof has written for the New York Times since 2001, during which time he received an additional Pulitzer for his columns about the genocide in Darfur. Also an accomplished print journalist, WuDunn now works as an executive at several of America’s top investment banking firms. In Tightrope, the duo employs the stories of real people to make a plea for solutions to the plight of working-class America. Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Endowed Lecture

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
01/2020/21 - 01/2020/21
Evening Seminars at Curtis Institute of Music
For the first time, access the academic expertise of Curtis Institute of Music in a flexible, in-person course that is open to all. Curtis’s evening seminars will deepen your experience of concertgoing through an exploration of the repertoire presented on a Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert. Taught by the chair of Curtis’s musical studies department, Jonathan Coopersmith, the seminars provide an expert dive into each composer’s life and the historical context of the corresponding programming. After attending, you’ll hear the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in performance with intimate knowledge of the repertoire and performers, transforming your listening experience. Each seminar will focus on a particular piece from an upcoming concert, providing insight on the biography of the composer, the historical context of the piece, and an analysis of its form and what to listen for. Each night will also introduce a discussion topic related to classical music and the concert-going experience. Sign

presented by Curtis Institute of Music
01/2020/21 - 01/2020/28
Torchbearers Established Artist Performance
Carrying the legacies of Black dance pioneers forward, these companies continue to forge ahead meeting high artistic standards through an array of dance forms and techniques while providing audiences with exceptional dance performances. A celebration of various styles, national dance companies will perform choreography that can be shared with audiences of all ages. Featuring performances by: Ballethnic Dance Company (Atlanta, GA) B.MOORE DANCE (Dallas, TX) Collage Dance Collective (Memphis, TN) Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore! (Dallas, TX) Dance Iquail (Philadelphia, PA) Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Chicago, IL) Dissonance Dance Theatre (Washington, DC) Eleone Dance Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) Elisa Monte Dance (New York, NY) Threads Dance Project (Golden Valley, MN)

presented by The International Association of Blacks in Dance
01/2020/17 - 01/2020/17
Trendsetters Youth & Collegiate Performance
Pushing the limits of contemporary and traditional choreography, audiences will be inspired by an explosive range of styles and techniques, cultural origins and forms of dance. This high-energy and cutting-edge performance will feature youth and collegiate performers from throughout the country. Featuring works by 13 Youth performers and 6 Collegiate performers from Washington, DC, Dallas, TX, Dayton, OH, and many more!

presented by The International Association of Blacks in Dance
01/2020/16 - 01/2020/16
Hay Fever
Coward's enduring comedy about family relationships and rivalries. A shrewd farce with mixed-up pairings and over the top antics, this play definitely puts the "fun" in dysfunctional.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
01/2020/03 - 01/2020/18