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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)....
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Feb. 01 , Academy of Natural Sciences , $40
Learn how to draw dinosaurs with the experts at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Academy Dinosaur Hall Manager and paleo-illustrator Jason Poole will share the history of dinosaur illustration, information about dinosaur anatomy, and illustration techniques for paleontologists and budding paleo-illustrators. The group will examine fossils from the Academy’s collection, exhibits in Dinosaur Hall and live animals. Poole’s artwork has been featured in National Geographic...
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Feb. 01 , 6:30pm , Academy of Natural Sciences , $48
Experience the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University after dark during a dino-rific friends and family overnight. Children ages 7 to 14 and their parents can enjoy an evening of everything dinosaur, including access the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit. Socialize and enjoy refreshments, then sleep next to the Academy’s prehistoric beasts. Awaken to a light breakfast and more exploration. Each child receives a participation patch. Open to the general public and scout groups. For...
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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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.
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Feb. 01 - Feb. 01 , all day , Drexel University , free
For the fourth year in a row, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania departments of Materials Science and Engineering will host Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Free and open to the public, the event will take place in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center at 31st and Market Streets offering people of all ages the chance to participate in hands-on science and engineering activities. Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day raises...
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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Feb. 01 , 8pm , Keswick Theatre , $39.50-59.50
“An All Star Celebration of Rock, Rhythm, & Soul” featuring Kenny Vance & The Planotones “Looking For An Echo” Gene Chandler “Duke Of Earl”, Groovy Situation” Shirley Alston Reeves (Original Lead Singer Of The Shirelles) “Soldier Boy”, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” Emil Stucchio & The Classics “Till Then” Shades Of Blue “Oh How Happy” Hosted by WOGL Radio’s TOMMY McCARTHY * Buy tickets: http://www.axs.com/events/241437/gene-chandler-kenny-vance...
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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...
Feb. 01 , Philadelphia Art Alliance
Legendary Philly-born drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath comes home with two younger collaborators in tow: The Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street. Together, the three play music that acknowledges Heath's roots while revealing the drummer's eternal youth.
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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. 31 - Feb. 01 , 8:30pm , Electric Factory , $27.50
On 2010's lauded Shame, Shame, Philly rockers Dr. Dog sang their hometown a few melancholic lines about its penchant for breeding talented wanderers: "The neon lights on Baltimore/ Every shadow's getting famous .../ Where did all the shadow people go?" They are no exception, leaving West Philly to record their latest installment in a mill-turned-studio in Clifton Heights. The change did them good, though, because B-Room (Anti-) has a totally new sound for the band. Well, not...
Feb. 01 - Feb. 02 , Painted Bride , $15-$60
Innovative contemporary dance can soar above the heads of many folks, especially children, who may be even less apt to pick up on the movement metaphors and conceptual aspects of the genre. And then there’s Arch8, a Dutch ensemble that makes dance designed with kids in mind. The ensemble’s provocative and entertaining work is specially crafted to stimulate the imaginations and emotions of youngsters (though adults can surely get kick out of it, too). This weekend, Arch8 presents two hyper...
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 - 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....
Feb. 01 , 7pm , International House , $9
Robert Downey Sr.'s jumbled, time-traveling experiment, and Arthur Ginsburg's foray into a real couple's relationship.