Weekly Entertainment Guide: From "Black Mozart" to WaitStaff
March 9, 2012By Robin Bloom
WHYY's Arts Calendar curator Robin Bloom sorts through hundreds of listings each week to find out what's happening in the Delaware Valley. Here are her picks and listings.
“The Prints of Andy Warhol,” a collection of more than 60 pieces of pop art icon Andy Warhol, are on display at the Reading Public Museum. The exhibit, an overview of Warhol’s printmaking career, offers the opportunity to view iconic, colorful pop prints of Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, Ronald Reagan and other celebrities, in addition to his famous Soup Can and Camouflage prints, through June 17 at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA. The “expanded” exhibition showcases two additional and distinct portions of Warhol’s career: a recreation of his 1966 “Silver Clouds” exhibition in New York City showcasing “large, free-floating Mylar pillow-shaped balloons” and, in the other, 12 of his famous “Screen Tests,” including those of Dennis Hooper, Allen Ginsberg and Salvador Dali. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Adult tickets $10, senior, children and student tickets (with ID) $5
Renowned figurative artist Dick Morrill’s national traveling exhibit makes it way to Rosemont College, providing a look at his compelling, allegorical narratives. Morrill’s pieces showcase the severity of the human condition with the themes of greed, religion and politics. In his mid-80s, Morrill has drawn upon his knowledge of art history and combined gothic geometry, political commentary of German expressionist tradition, along with satire of American postwar realism to create his bold works. “Narratives and Portraits” opens March 15 (opening reception at 4:30pm) and runs through April 13 at The Lawrence Gallery at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont, PA.
New Jersey resident and photographic artist Albert D. Horner brings his knowledge and familiarity of South Jersey to his latest photographic exhibition “Intimate Landscapes,” opening March 15 at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Seaview Art Gallery. This one-of-a-kind exhibition features pieces that showcase small niche areas of the environment that are rarely noticed, from “a foggy morning on a cranberry bog” to a colorful sunset cascading on the horizon, all inspired by Horner’s residence near the Pinelands National Reserve. The exhibition will be on display through May 29 at 401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ. Free and open daily to the public.
The first solo exhibition of Philadelphia-based artist and winner of the University of the Arts Henkels Award, Nathan Pankratz, “Over the Urubamba,” is on display at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, featuring his recent abstract paintings and works on paper, through March 31, 709 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
Opening this weekend at University City Arts League Gallery is West Philly Abstraction, recent work by Marina Borker, Robert Goodman (pictured), Todd Keyser, Paul King, Alice Oh, Caroline Letham Santa, Tremain Smith, and Douglas Witmer, artists whose works have been exhibited internationally, are part of major museum collections, and make West Philly their home, through March 30, 4226 Spruce Street, Philadelphia.
Glass flowers are the focus of the “Liberty in Bloom” Glass Flower Show at the National Liberty Museum, as dozens of pieces, heated and folded to resemble lilies, orchids, bamboo and more, are on display through April 29 at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Featured works of renowned artists from around the country include Bernard Katz, Peter Yenawine and Jonathan Mandell. Show included with museum admission. Tickets $5-$7.
Three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony nominee Jack Klugman returns to the stage at George Street Playhouse to star in Twelve Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, directed by David Saint, opening Tuesday, March 13 through April 8 at 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. Klugman is the last living cast member from the 1957 movie of the same name (he played the young Juror 5) and is now cast as the eldest of the twelve, Juror 9.
Calculus: The Musical!, a comic “review” of the concepts and history of the branch of mathematics, comes to Ursinus College, Tuesday, March 13, 7pm in The Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, Collegeville, PA. Free
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra presents “The Black Mozart,” inspired by the first prominent African in European Classical music, Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George, Saturday, March 10, 8pm, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 38th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, with a program of Haydn and Mozart and Boulogne’s Second Symphony, Op. 11: no 2 in D major, “L’amant anonyme Overture,” Jeri Lynne Johnson, conducting. Tickets $10-$35
Asian Arts initiative hosts performances of emerging Indian dance by Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, the Washington, D.C. based troupe that explores multiple identities of second generation South Asians through modern dance with a dance workshop for youth, Wednesday, March 14, 4:30pm, free, RSVP recommended, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia; Performance at Family Style Open Mic, Friday, March 16, 7:30pm, $5-$10, 6:45pm pre-show reception, Asian Arts Initiative; Full concert dance, Saturday, March 17, 3pm, free, RSVP required, 4:30pm dessert reception, Haverford College, Marshall Auditorium in Roberts Hall, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA.
Appel Farm hosts spring concerts: Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Friday, March 16, 8pm, tickets $30, with pre-show conversation at 6:45pm, tickets $10; Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools, Saturday, March 24, 8pm, tickets $30; John Lennon Imagined: The Beatles & Solo Years, Saturday, April 14, 8pm, tickets $27.50; 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, NJ.
The legendary feminist conceptual art punk group DISBAND performs Wednesday, March 14, 9pm, at AUX Performance Space, 319 N. 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, in conjunction with Fleisher/Ollman’s exhibition You, Me, We, She, featuring contemporary female artists working with community or collective identity in their practices, on view through March 31.
The Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival is Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18, with 30 bands on two stages, including Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Country Current, Avery County, instrument workshops, kids’ academy and more, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 630 Naamans Road, Claymont, DE. Advanced tickets $45, weekend ticket, $50, Friday, $20, Saturday, $25, Sunday, $20
The WaitStaff Sketch Comedy Troupe presents The Real Housewives of South Philly, an evening of sketch comedy, Tuesday, March 13, 8pm, Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Tickets $15
Other events and listings throughout the Delaware Valley:
The Wilma Theater presents Curse of the Starving Class, the first play by Sam Shepard to be produced at the Wilma, directed by Richard Hamburger, through April 8 at Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia. Tickets $39-$66
Center City Opera Theater premieres 30 vocal compositions with “Art Songs for the 21st Century,” as 15 composers from around the country premiere art songs and compete for a chance to work with CCOT on their next project, giving the audience a chance to vote on their favorite composer, Saturday, March 10, 8pm, Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Tickets $20-$100
The 7th annual Lines on the Pines is Sunday, March 11, 11am-4pm, showcasing more than 50 Pine barrens authors, book-signings, artists and crafters, musicians, photography exhibits and much more, Frog Rock Golf & Country Club, 775 South White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ. Free and open to the public.
Philadelphia’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a tradition since 1771, will take place this Sunday, March 11 beginning at noon, 16th & JFK Blvd in Philadelphia.
Chestnut Street Singers, a twelve-voice chamber chorus, perform a free concert celebrating the arrival of spring, “This Green and Pleasant Land,” featuring works by William Billings, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Samuel Barber, and Naomi Shemer, Sunday, March 11, 2pm, First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Concertgoers are requested to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Philabundance.
Folk singer and children’s entertainer David Fry performs Fryed Folk Songs, Sunday, March 11, 3pm at the West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ. Tickets $6-$12
Settlement Music School premieres a composition by 16 year old viola student Chason Goldfinger, Sunday, March 11, 3pm, in the Leonard Mellman Recital Hall of Settlement’s newest branch, 318 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA. Bitva, op. 6 for piano quartet will be performed by the Benjamin and Carol Auger Contemporary Piano Quartet. Concert is free and open to the public with a post-concert reception.
CANTATICA chamber ensemble presents Cabaret Songs: Classical and Classic, Sunday, March 11, 4pm, an afternoon of art songs, choral chansons, Latin American solos, quartets and choruses, Jewish cabaret, Tin Pan Alley show tunes, and more, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 150 North Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA. Tickets $8-$12
The Academy of Vocal Arts hosts the annual Jubilate! Concert of Sacred Music and Oratorio Masterpieces with young soloists backed by a 100 voice choir, this Sunday, March 11, 7pm, Haddonfield United Methodist Church, Saturday, March 17, 7:30pm, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Wayne, PA, and Sunday, March 18, 7pm, The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, featuring the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Boito, Gounod, Dvorak, Puccini, and Gaither. Tickets $10-$40
The World Premiere of Azuka Theatre’s Hope Street and Other Lonely Places opens Thursday, March 15 at Off-Broad Street Theater, First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, by Genne Murphy, directed by Kevin Glaccum, through April 1. Tickets $15-$27
Onstage at New City Stage Company is the Philadelphia premiere of Terrorism, by the Presnyakov Brothers, directed by Rosey Hay, through March 25 at the Adrienne Main Stage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Originally presented at the Moscow Arts Theatre. Tickets $5-$35
The Half Moon returns for its 6th season with concerts: singer songwriter Jack Murray, Friday, March 16; The Druckenmillers (traditional mountain music), Friday, March 30; Leon and Tina (acoustic eclectic), Friday, April 13; At Clay on Main, 313 Main Street, Oley, PA. Doors open at 7:30pm, show 8-10pm, $10 donation includes coffee, tea and light refreshments, parking in church lot
1812 Productions presents the newest comedy from Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs, Let’s Pretend We’re Famous, through March 25, with unique interpretations of songs and dissections of American celebrity, at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Tickets $20-$36
The biennial FiberPhiladelphia festival transcends disciplines, combining traditional methods with the latest technology, touched with a mix of historical and contemporary perspectives, and features the work of renowned artists, curators, educators, historians, galleries and institutions. Festival events take place at 40 various venues throughout the area, including the Abington Art Center, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia International Airport, and University of the Arts, through April 15, in partnership with InLiquid.
Lantern Theater Company continues its 18th season with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles McMahon, through April 1 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th & Ludlow Streets, Center City, Philadelphia. The production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a nationwide initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest and as a complement to the performance, Lantern is offering its Scholars: In Conversation series with Sex, Swords & Surprises in Shakespeare’s Verona, a three-part discussion series exploring the plays modern-day relevance, March 12, 19 & 26. Tickets $20-$36, $10 student rush 10 minutes before curtain with valid ID/cash only. Tickets for discussion series $10, $8 seniors & students
Locks Gallery presents Pharos, an exhibition of 15 wall-sized wood block prints and ink drawings by Israeli artist Orit Hofshi, through April 13 at 600 Washington Square South, Philadelphia.
The Stedman Gallery at the Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts presents Cuentos Populares: Latino Folk Tales Illustrated by Latino Artists, original illustrations from bilingual Latino folk tales published in children’s picture books from many Spanish-speaking regions including Mexico, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America, featuring the work of Lulu Delacre, Maya Gonzalez, Leovigildo Martinez, Felipe Davalos, Beatriz Vidal, Honorio Robledo, Esau Andrade Valencia, Amy Cordova, Susan Guevara, and Raul Colon, through April 25 at Third and Pearl Streets, Camden, NJ.
Keswick Theater hosts March concerts and events: Bobby Keys & the Suffering Bastards, Saturday, March 10, 8pm; Irish Rovers, Thursday, March 15, 8pm; Zoso, Saturday, March 17, 8pm; Ralphie May, Thursday, March 22, 7:30pm; Dave Mason with Al Stewart, Saturday, March 24, 8pm; Guster, Thursday, March 29, 8pm; Fresh Beat Band, Friday, March 30, 3pm & 6pm; Fab Faux, Saturday, March 31, 8pm; 291 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA. Tickets $9-$68
The Kennett Symphony hosts its annual free children’s concert, Green Eggs and Ham, with soprano Kimberly Schroeder and actor Michael Boudewyns, Sunday, March 11, 2pm, Asplundh Hall, West Chester University. The hour-long concert for all ages includes Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Strauss’s Pizzicato Polka, with Mary Woodmansee conducting, and short demonstrations of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, instrument petting zoo, and children’s activities.
La Cage Aux Folles takes to the stage at DuPont Theatre through March 11 starring George Hamilton and two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber, with a comical new production, DuPont Building, 1007 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE. Tickets $35-$80
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society hosts March concerts: Jerusalem Quartet, Wednesday, March 14, 8pm; Benjamin Beilman, piano, Yekwon Sunwoo, piano, Sunday, March 18, 3pm; John Moore, baritone, Anna Polonsky, piano, Wednesday, March 21, 8pm; Musicians from Marlboro II, Friday, March 23, 8pm; Elias Quartet with Jonathan Biss, piano, Tuesday, March 27, 8pm; Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano, Thursday, March 29, 8pm; various locations in Center City. Tickets $17-$23, $8.50-$10 for students.
Philadelphia’s new professional ballet company, BalletFleming, presents the Philadelphia premiere of The Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allen Poe, an abstract retelling of Poe’s life and descent into insanity set to music by Bizet, Schubert and American composer David Goldstein, Friday, March 9, 8pm, and Saturday, March 10, 2pm & 7pm, Drexel University’s Mandell Theater, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Tickets $20-$25
Quintessence Theatre Group continues its second season with Jean Anouilh’s 1943 adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone with a new translation by Jeremy Sams, directed by Alexander Burns, through March 25 at the historic Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. Tickets $30, $20 seniors (65+), $15 youth (25 and under), $10 industry and student rush tickets at box office one hour before performance
Jazz Bridge, the non-profit that assists local jazz and blues musicians in crisis, hosts March neighborhood concerts: Three Blind Mice trio, Thursday, March 15, Society Hill Playhouse, percussionist Doc Gibbs, Wednesday, March 21, Unitarian Universalist Church, Media, hosted by Denise Montana. All shows start at 7:30pm. Tickets $10, $5 students.
Pamela Seaton contributed reporting to this week's guide.