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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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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. 24 - Mar. 15 , Moore College of Art & Design , Free
The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design are pleased to announce the launch of their spring 2014 exhibition season with Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk, a survey of the extraordinary diversity of punk and post-punk graphic design. The exhibition will feature several hundred posters, flyers, fanzines, handbills, record sleeves, badges and other graphic materials from the collection of Andrew Krivine. The exhibition will be on view January 24 – March 15, 2014.
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Jan. 29 , 8pm , Christ Church Settlement House , $12-$15
Allege ~ Humorous and conceptual, this solo by Clement Layes mixes philosophy, and dance with Chaplinesque virtuosity. Balancing a glass of water on his head for the duration of the performance, he takes us on a contemplative journey involving habit and expectation, the absurdities of life, and overlooked moments of beauty. French/German physical theater artist Layes presents a remarkable feat in this charming piece that metaphorically mixes circus arts, choreography, and deeper thinking...
Jan. 26 - Jan. 29
[Grade: A-] In the final moments of The Past, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to the justly acclaimed A Separation, the memory of a perfume’s scent is movingly revived, becoming an apt summation of how the past lingers in the air as an elusive yet unavoidable impression. At the center of Farhadi’s terse, quietly harrowing melodrama is a fragmented family coming to terms with...
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Jan. 21 - Mar. 15
Joyce Kozloff’s debut solo exhibition in New Jersey, which references imagined and historical military events through the veil of decorative arts, begins the new year at Rowan University Art Gallery. Running from January 21 through March 15, the exhibit is welcomed with a gallery talk by the artist and reception on Wednesday, January 29 at 5 pm. Cradles to Conquests: Mapping American Military History is a selection of Kozloff’s work completed between 2000 and 2010, curated by gallery...
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Jan. 29 , 6pm , Piazza at Schmidt's , Free
Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. The definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super-stardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, there is rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. Written by Magnolia Pictures
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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. 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. 24 - Feb. 23 , Suzanne Roberts Theatre
Philadelphia Theater Company continues its tradition of bringing us the best in contemporary theater with Nina Raine’s play about how parents work with a deaf child (and, more broadly, about family culture and communication). Tribes was a hit at London’s Royal Court and off-Broadway, and it’s sure to be one here, too.
Jan. 23 - Feb. 02 , Plays and Players , $20-25
Mike Boryla was the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback from 1974 to 1976, which alone should tempt football fans across a theater’s threshold for the first time. Boryla wrote and performs his one-man memoir, telling his entire life story but focusing on the highs and lows of Eagles life, sharing amazing tales about rabid fans and ferocious linebackers. His larger point, though, concerns the physical toll taken by America’s favorite sport. In Boryla’s day, head injuries meant...
Jan. 23 - Feb. 09 , Shubin Theatre , $17-$25
Philadelphia playwright Nick Wardigo’s new work stars Barrymore Award-winners Charlotte Northeast and Amanda Schoonover, reason enough to see this intriguing fantasy about life inside a snow globe. Wardigo, whose smart, quirky plays often deal with time travel and other science fiction concepts, here explores the science-versus-religion debate. “The best way I could think of to satirize their flaws,” he explains about the warring sides, “was to place them in a microcosm,” much as...
Jan. 23 - Feb. 08 , Luna Theater , $20-25
“The first duty of a storyteller,” says writer and prisoner Katurian, “is to tell the story.” Few do it better than Irish playwright Martin McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), as he shows in this Olivier Award-winning 2003 psychological drama. Katurian — played brilliantly by Robert DaPonte in Luna Theater’s fine production — is grilled by funny-yet-dangerous cops (Chris Fluck and Ian Lithgow) about three missing children whom they...
Jan. 29 , 8pm , Sellersville Theater , $29.50-45
Among the major players in the ’90s alt-country scene, Missouri’s Bottle Rockets weren’t the most traditionalist (that was probably their close confederates Uncle Tupelo), nor were they the most twangily raucous (maybe Old 97’s in their early days). Still, they boasted a potent, undeniable personality all their own, combining a tough, infectious Southern rock-guitar attack with the populist storytelling of classic country. While they’ve maintained a relatively steady release...
Jan. 29 , 8pm , Rotunda , Free
Veteran improviser Gerry Hemingway has worked with a wide range of artists, but is best known for a select few, profound, long-lasting relationships. The percussionist was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet for nearly a dozen years, and established decades-long, boundary-stretching partnerships with bassists Mark Dresser and Mark Helias that have yielded countless riches. His work with Terrence McManus is a more recent development, but he seems to be forging an inventive collaborative...
Jan. 29 , 8pm , Union Transfer , $20-22
While the biggest noise coming out of Nashville in 2013 — cutting through the monotonous stream of trucks, dirt roads and tight jeans recently collated by Entertainment Weekly’s Grady Smith — favored a spunky, decidedly youthful feminine energy (Kacey Musgraves, Pistol Annies, Keith Urban, et al.), Jason Isbell and Holly Williams took a decidedly different approach to crafting two of the year’s finest country full-lengths. Southeastern by Isbell (formerly a Drive-By...
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Jan. 29 - Jan. 29 , 8pm , Fleisher Art Memorial , Free
This rebellious romp is connected to our exhibition BARBS COMING OUT : A QUEER COTILLION now on display at Fleisher as part of the Wind Challenge, a national, juried competition sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts. Installation runs Dec 6, 2013 - Jan 31, 2014. It's a Bal des Barbs, a very-barbaric masquerade, where gender mischief runs amok and we are all the Lords of Misrule. A mask invites us to enter another world, a space where it’s safe to play. A masquerade is an...
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Jan. 21 - Mar. 15 , Moore College of Art & Design , Free
The Galleries at Moore are pleased to announce an exhibition of black-and-white photographs taken by Philadelphia-based designer Joel Katz during the ‘Mississippi Summer’ of 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement.