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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. 30 , 7pm , PhilaMOCA , Free
On Thursday January 30, the PhilaMOCA will be hosting the world premier of a TV pilot called "Welcome to Brownsville." It's a musical-comedy starring horrible puppets with a South Park absurdist sense of humor. This is a FREE event and we'd be thrilled if you could join us and include it in your listings/preview. Plot summary: A registered sex offender, hounded by society, is taunted into misadventures and epic musical numbers as he tries to escape to Thailand where he can freely be himself....
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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. 30 , noon , National Constitution Center , free
From the Pentagon Papers to Citizens United, Floyd Abrams has litigated the most controversial and compelling First Amendment cases to appear before the court in recent years. His memoir, Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment, is a compilation of the most compelling speeches and writings from across those years, including articles Abrams has written for the New York Times and testimony he delivered before congressional committees. Abrams will discuss the challenges...
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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. 30 , 9pm , Boot and Saddle , $8-$10
It’s no surprise that Ron Gallo (pictured), of the soulful roots/Americana band Toy Soldiers, sees himself in fellow Philly frontman Jay Purdy, of the theatrical, dream-poppy chamber rockers the Extraordinaires. “In a way, I feel like we’re in the same boat in regards to our musical pursuits, both solo and with our bands,” says Gallo of his pal and peer....
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Jan. 30 , 6pm , Wagner Free Institute of Science , Suggested donation of $5-$10
On September 1, 1914 the world's last passenger pigeon, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. How did this species, once the most abundant bird in North America and possibly the world, disappear so rapidly? Unlike any other bird, the passenger pigeon likely numbered in the billions and often formed vast, unimaginable aggregations. Single flights were estimated to exceed a billion birds -- John James Audubon described a flight that darkened the sky for three days. In 1871 their nesting spread...
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...
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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.
Jan. 30 , 8pm , Dolphin Tavern , $10
Maybe it’s a Canadian thing. Ryan Hemsworth — the 23-year-old Halifax native who gained attention with bootleg reworks of Grimes and Frank Ocean and “cloud-rap” beats for artists like Deniro Farrar and Main Attraktionz — gives off a decidedly unassuming, personable vibe. For instance: How many hip-hop or electronic producers operate under their unadorned given name? His solo debut full-length, last year’s Guilt Trips (Last Gang), connected the musical dots...
Jan. 30 , 7:30pm , Golden Tea House , $7 donation
Pittsburgh’s not so bad. Their pastrami sandwiches are big. Their museums are neat. And recently, Pittsburgh has been catching up with Philly and Scranton in the realm of producing solid D.I.Y. bands — the kind whose tour schedules primarily revolve around basements, living rooms and wherever there’s a floor to crash on. Run, Forever is one of those bands, their scrappy urgency is written right there in their moniker and spelled out by vocalist Anthony Heubel’s passionate...
Jan. 30 - Feb. 08 , 7pm , First Presbyterian Church , $20
The Renegade Company (Fringe hit Bathtub Moby-Dick) takes on the Brothers Grimm in James Stover's new adaptation, which, while based on the little-known titular fairy tale about a boy punished by his wicked stepmother, also incorporates Hansel and Gretel and other Grimm stories, all with a modern spin. Director Michael Durkin's production takes inspiration from the Mütter Museum's "Grimms' Anatomy" exhibition. Moreover, through its "Unconventional Community Collaborations" program, Renegade...
Jan. 30 - Feb. 01 , FringeArts building , $29
FringeArts’ still-developing home on Columbus Boulevard means it can deliver internationally known avant-garde performance-art companies like Niwa Gekidan Penino (“the garden theater company,” in Japanese) to Philadelphia any time of the year, not just during the September festival. Psychiatrist-turned-playwright and director Kuro Tanino’s semi-autobiographical fever dream of a performance, which has toured Europe, focuses on brothers who share a mysterious apartment....