Nov. 29 - Jan. 24 , Cerulean Arts , Free
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Nov. 05 - Mar. 30 , Academy of Natural Sciences , $5 plus general admission
Roaring, moving, life-size animatronic dinosaurs invade the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for a multi-sensory experience for the whole family. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate—down to the feathers on T. rex—Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws and horns, real specimens of mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor egg and the ever-popular coprolite (dino poop)....
Nov. 09 - Apr. 27 , Franklin Institute , $27.50
The ancient Romans were pretty great city planners, except for that time they built a handful of city-states smack dab in the center of the Campanian volcanic arc. And the mythology surrounding Pompeii, the city that was demolished in the wake of the presently-active Mount Vesuvius's eruption in roughly 79 AD, would still go unlearned if a revolving crew of architects and archaeologists hadn't excavated the site nearly 300 years ago. Fast-forward to this weekend, when over 150 artifacts from...
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Nov. 29 - Jan. 30 , Free
With over 50 toys on display from the past 175 years, “Constructing Play” explores the history of play and the pedagogical foundation that underlies the creation of building toys. Visitors to this exhibition will learn about their favorite toys, from Tinker Toys to LEGO, Erector Sets to K’Nex. They will also learn how structures stay up, discover famous local buildings in miniature, and see how toy designers took inspiration from the past to create today’s most popular building toys....
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Jan. 03 - Jan. 24 , Main Line Art Center , Free
Our Professional Artist Members represent some of the most talented artists working in our creative community. We celebrate their passion for their art and their commitment to the Art Center with a yearly exhibition of their work. Though their styles, media, and backgrounds vary, they share a commitment to their work and support for the Art Center and its mission. To learn more about each of them, and view their work, visit http://www.mainlineart.org/professional-artists.php. Main Line Art...
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Dec. 05 - Feb. 21 , Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art , Free
In Presence, San Francisco-based artist Jim Winters explores human connection and consciousness. The exhibition’s portraits—more than sixty reduction screenprints—evoke friendship and influence, memory and mourning, and the vast sweep of people, ideas, and emotions that sometimes simmer, sometimes spark in our cognizance.
Jan. 14 - Jan. 18 , Snyderman-Works Galleries , Free
When Karen Shapiro returned to the ceramics world after a stint as a pastry chef, she could no longer make the flawless abstract sculptures on which she once prided herself. Thankfully, Shapiro looked around her home and found dozens of other items worthy of sculpting: Old Bay containers, tuna cans, mayonnaise jars and Heineken bottles, to name a few....
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Jan. 16 - Jan. 19 , University of the Arts , $25
Philadelphia Dance Projects opens its 2014 season by presenting "perceiving the ‘just this’-ness," a world premiere by New York choreographer Susan Rethorst, whose work has been called “meticulously made, sensually satisfying and thrumming with possibilities” by The New York Times. Produced and performed by Group Motion, Rethorst’s piece engages with Artistic Director Manfred Fischbeck and dancers Lindsay Browning, Eleanor Goudie-Averill, Gregory Holt, David Konyk and Lesya Popil. ...
Jan. 16 - Jan. 18 , Annenberg Center , $20 - $55
Recognized for its chic artistry, explosive power and originality, Canada’s widely acclaimed contemporary repertory dance company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM) rings in the new year at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, January 16-18, 2014. Under the artistic direction of Louis Robitaille, BJM consistently delivers sophisticated, technically stunning works by the world’s most renowned choreographers. With “the energy of a tsunami with stamina to spare” (Los Angeles...
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Jan. 17 , 8pm , Rotunda , Free
Bowerbird is very excited to present Trefoil, a trio of singer-instrumentalists that specialize in European Medieval music, performing works by Guillaume Dufay, Gilles Binchois, and others from their new CD Fleur de Valeur: A Medieval Bouquet. Like poets of all ages, medieval songwriters invoked the imagery and natural magic of flowers in the service of ideal, feminine beauty. In many poems, the most revered flower was the Rose, or fleur de valeur. As a symbol of Mary the Virgin this flower...
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Jan. 17 , 6:30pm , National Constitution Center , $30
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and 2011 Liberty Medal recipient Robert M. Gates returns to the National Constitution Center to unveil his latest book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War—a strikingly candid account of his experience serving as secretary of state under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. The former head of the Pentagon will discuss how he juggled multiple wars abroad, as well as the political realities at home. His talk also will focus on the wars in...
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Jan. 17 , 10pm , Trilogy Nightclub , $10-20
Don't miss this one night event! How often do you get this?!?!? Let's kick off 2014 properly!!! On Friday January 17th (MLK weekend), Flygirrl is producing the infamous The Illadelph Xperiment at Trilogy Nightclub located at 6th & Spring Garden Streets in Philadelphia. Start with 3 floors of dj incredible talent, add a little live and exhibited art, some vendors, hookah and the fact that we can extend to after hours and you have yourself the perfect Friday night in Philadelphia. Each...
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Jan. 17 , 9pm , Ruba Club-Studios , $10
"How can you sincerely repent if you have not sinned?"-Rasputin The time has come to satisfy your craving for sinful behavior. RASPUTIN’S ROOM brings you an extravaganza of opulent indulgence every 3rd Friday of the month. RASPUTIN’S ROOM is a lavish evening overflowing with sumptuous burlesque and musical performances, featuring a rotating cast of the most alluring performers from up and down the eastern seaboard! Starring: The Bronx Bombshell, LILY FAYE The Beach Bunny Ballerina, GINGER...
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Jan. 17 - Apr. 27 , Adventure Aquarium , $18.95 - $24.95
Visit Adventure Aquarium this winter to experience Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, a limited-time opportunity to discover more than 20 kinds of frogs and see the world through their eyes. Spot frogs from tiny to enormous and freakish to fantastic. Meet beautiful red-eyed tree frogs and the huge African bullfrog, who is bigger than a dinner plate and can eat a mouse whole! You’ll meet other members of the amphibian family too, including the massive cane toad.
Jan. 09 - Feb. 09 , $15-34
Hedgerow Theatre revives Off-Broadway’s longest-running nonmusical, 1976’s Vanities, in which Jack Heifner explores how the world changed for American women in the 1960s and ’70s. We meet a trio of women who live through these changes, played by Lexi Anne, Meredith Beck and Sarah Gafgen, as high-school cheerleaders and best friends on the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. Then the play jumps forward to 1968, when the trio are college sorority sisters, and finally...
Jan. 16 - Feb. 02 , Walnut Street Theater , $30-40
Alfred Uhry’s popular 1987 drama won the Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best off-Broadway Play, and the 1989 film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Seeing this intimate and powerful play live in a small theater makes the Walnut’s revival worthwhile, especially since it stars local legend Johnnie Hobbs Jr. as Hoke Colburn, the black chauffeur hired to drive elderly Jewish matron Daisy (Wendy Scharfman) around racist and anti-Semitic post-World War II...
Jan. 16 - Feb. 09 , People's Light & Theatre Co. , $26-46
People’s Light & Theatre Company offers a rare opportunity to see Henrik Ibsen’s 1881 family drama — a condemnation of rigid Victorian society’s mistreatment of women usually overshadowed by his more famous dramas A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler. Ghosts features Kathryn Petersen as a wealthy widow who finances an orphanage to honor her late husband. Her bohemian son’s return from Paris and a moralistic financial advisor’s visit stir long-suppressed...
Jan. 17 , 8pm , PhilaMOCA , $10
A double-feature screening of Philly-shot adult films from the '70s.
Jan. 15 - Feb. 02 , Adrienne Theater , $15-25
It’s a sure sign of society’s progress that Jonathan Harvey’s 1993 play is just a romantic comedy today, rather than a bold statement about gay love. Mauckingbird Theatre Company, taking a break from gender-bending versions of classics (they’ll return to Shakespeare this summer with Love’s Labour’s Lost), gives the first-love and coming-out story of teenage neighbors Jamie (Griffin Back) and Ste (Kevin Murray) a golden glow. Jamie’s single mom (Melanie Julian) struggles...
Jan. 17 , 7:30pm , Underground Arts , $18
Wanna know a secret? The Sword is the greatest metal band on earth right now. It must be a secret if the Austin four-piece is busting eardrums in the (admittedly sizable) Underground Arts rec room instead of setting off pyrotechnics on a rotating stage in some hockey arena. But that’s the world’s mistake, not theirs. Simply put, The Sword does it right. The riffs are righteously heavy and tight, thick and doomy but never really a downer. And there’s nothing “nu” here; this...
Jan. 17 , 9pm , Boot and Saddle , $10-12
We were first introduced to Cate Le Bon as something of a protégé of her Welsh compatriot Gruff Rhys, of Super Furry Animals — she released her 2009 debut LP on his Irony Bored label, and sang with his synth-pop side project Neon Neon. But while the two artists share a predilection for melodic psychedelia and the occasional ramble into slightly baroque ramshackle folk (plus a fondness for singing in their country’s mother tongue), Le Bon’s sensibilities have proven considerably darker...