Robin Bloom shares her recommendations for what to do this week in the Philadelphia region!
Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution opens in historic Philadelphia on Patriots' Day, commemorating the 242nd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first military engagements of the Revolutionary War. The new center is set up like a "walk through movie," telling the story of the pivotal time in our nation's history with about 500 objects, many from the collection of the Valley Forge Historical Society, immersive exhibits, theatrical experiences, and historical environments and dioramas. See George Washington breaking up a fight between troops from New England and Virginia in the early days of the war as well as his restored field tent. Board the recreated ship in the "War at Sea" gallery, and much more, 101 South Third Street, Philadelphia. Pictured: A diorama depicts a 15-year-old slave who enlisted with British forces in order to win his freedom. Photo by Emma Lee/WHYY.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The high energy national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch rocks Philadelphia with performances through April 23. The groundbreaking musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by a transgender East German singer has its Philadelphia premiere at the Forrest Theatre. Directed by Tony Award-winning Michael Mayer, the show was originally produced Off-Off-Broadway and then on to Broadway in 2014. The cast includes Euan Morton, Hannah Corneau, Justin Craig, Matt Duncan, Tim Mislock, and Peter Yanowitz, all of whom originated their roles on Broadway, 1114 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Philadelphia Science Festival
The Philadelphia Science Festival kicks off Friday, April 21 with nine days of family friendly fun. The community-wide celebration of science and technology features more than 80 events all across the region with more than 150 partners. Programming includes Life on Mars, Fake Out: The Science of Deception, Murder at the Mutter, Science on Tap, Cookie Lab, Be a Scientist, and the massive Science Carnival on April 29 at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Science Festival.
Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education hosts Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival, Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with science activities, crafts, nature walks, live animal shows, WXPN's Kids Corner, the Philly Phanatic, and more, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia. Free. Photo courtesy of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.
Bartram's Garden's Spring Open House
Bartram's Garden, the nation's oldest botanical garden and National Historic Landmark, hosts a Spring Open House and Plant Sale, Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pack a picnic and tour the house and garden. Take a rowboat or kayak out on the quiet stretch of the Schuylkill River. Enjoy free samplings and demonstrations by Philly Homebrew. Catch the ribbon-cutting of the Bartram's Mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail at 11 a.m. The 1.1-mile Schuylkill Banks addition will run along the west bank of the Schuylkill River from Grays Ferry Avenue through Bartram's Garden to 56th Street. Bartram's Garden is located at 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia.
Art is Life Festival
The Art is Life Festival returns to Roxborough this Saturday, April 22, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., offering three stages with live painting, culinary demonstrations, visual arts, beer tent, food trucks, and more, Ridge Avenue between Green Lane and Leverington Avenue. Photo courtesy of the Art is Life Festival.
Mt. Cuba Center's Wildflower Celebration
Mt. Cuba Center hosts the annual Wildflower Celebration, Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with activities for the entire family including gardening demonstrations, live music, plant giveaways, and the opportunity to explore the gardens and to picnic, rain or shine, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, Delaware. Pictured: Lilac Allee, designed in 1936 by Thomas Sears of Philadelphia, featuring twenty-five cultivars of French hybrid lilacs, at their colorful and fragrant peak in early May. Photo courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center.
Molière's "Tartuffe" at the University of Delaware
University of Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players take on Molière's Tartuffe, the holier-than-thou comedy of corrupt morality and conniving hypocrisy, April 20 through May 7. Tony Award-winning director Maria Aitken directs the classic that has been translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur. The production contains very brief, bare-bottom nudity. Related programs and events include free pre-show presentations and post-show talkbacks with cast members, Roselle Center for the Arts, 110 Orchard Road, Newark, Delaware. Onsite parking available. Photo by Nadine Howatt.
Losang Samten, teacher of meditation and Spiritual Director of the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia and National Endowment for the Arts/National Heritage award-winner, presents his annual Sand Mandala Residency, April 19-23, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Glencairn Museum. Take part in the mandala dismantling ceremony at Glencairn's Sacred Arts Festival, Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania A mandala is an intricate diagram of the universe, popular since around the 12th century, with various purposes and meanings, such as religious or political. Samten is the first Buddhist given permission by the Dalai Lama to make Mandalas in the West.
American Repertory Ballet's "Pride and Prejudice"
American Repertory Ballet performs the world premiere of Douglas Martin's Pride and Prejudice, adapted from the Jane Austen novel, Friday and Saturday, April 21-22. The production marks the first time any Jane Austen work has been adapted into a full-length ballet and the piece is accompanied by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra with music by Ignaz Playel, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and John Fields. Sets and costumes by Christina Giannini showcase the fashions of the English Regency period from 1790 to 1820, McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton, New Jersey. Photo by Noel Valero.
Exit Zero Jazz Festival
Exit Zero Jazz Festival brings the New Orleans street party to the beach in Cape May, April 21-23 with more than 30 sets of jazz, blues, New Orleans jazz, and R&B. Performers include Robert Glasper Experiment, Kenny Barron, Frank Bey, Stooges Brass Band (pictured), Charnett Moffett, "To Ray with Love," starring Maceo Parker and featuring The Ray Charles Orchestra and the Raelettes, at various venues in Cape May, New Jersey. Photo by David Oppenheimer.
The Please Touch Museum's "Storybook Ball"
The Please Touch Museum hosts its annual Storybook Ball, Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., with horse and carriage rides, visits from characters, puppets, magic show, an epic dance party and more. Dress as your favorite character and enjoy special treats, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Photo courtesy of the Please Touch Museum.
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