Arts Shuffle: November 29 - December 6
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The Brandywine River Museum's annual tradition of "A Brandywine Christmas" returns with the O-gauge model train display that this year pays tribute to Trains of Spain, featuring nearly 2,000 feet of track, rare antique dolls dressed in period clothing on view in a display that recreates the living room of the N.C. Wyeth House, trees decorated with thousands of "critter" ornaments, and more through January 5, U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA. Children who bring a doll or stuffed animal will receive a free cookie. Related programming and events include musical performances by harpist Mary Groce, Saturday, November 30, Wilmington Handbell Ensemble, Thursday, December 5; Nutcracker Family Workshop, November 30; Meet Nutcracker Dancers from Brandywine Ballet, Saturday, November 30, Pennsylvania Ballet, Thursday, December 5; Festival caroling, Sunday, December 1; Polar Express Read-Aloud Pajama Night, December 5. Saturday & Sunday, December 7-8 is the Annual Critter Sale, ornaments and tabletop decorations made from natural materials, including dried flowers, pine cones, seeds, pods and berries, hand-crafted, 9:30am-4:30pm.
The Morris Arboretum's popular Holiday Garden Railway Display returns with a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials (bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones) to form a miniature landscape with miniature rivers and buildings that are exact replicas of the original including Independence Hall and other Philadelphia-area landmarks, all decorated for the holidays through January 5. New this year is Friday Night Lights, an opportunity to enjoy the display at night on December 13, 20, and 27. On December 7, 2pm, Penn Glee Club performs, 100 Northwestern Avenue in Chestnut Hill.
Penn Museum's 18th annual "Peace around the World" holiday celebration is this Sunday, December 1, 1-4pm. Upon entrance, visitors receive a "passport" itinerary that lets them explore the holiday traditions of many cultures from around the world including Kenya (Masai), Brazil, Cameroon, Pakistan and more. Activities include a drum circle with Middle Eastern percussionist Joe Tayoun, Indian dance performance, storytelling, face painting, balloon art, crafts, and much more, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia.
The world premiere of "Snowball," a Brian Sanders' JUNK family-friendly dance performance about a group of kids who must defeat an evil ice queen, takes to the stage at Annenberg Center, December 4-15. The whimsical, urban fairytale is set to a soundtrack of '80s favorites and explores the realm of childhood fantasy with an interactive performance for all ages that includes a special "Flake-Out" dance and an indoor snowball fight. Audience members who wear all white receive five free snowballs to get started. Opening night celebration on Wednesday, December 4, 6pm-11pm, includes a pre-show reception, exclusive seating and a post-show party, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
ContempraDance Theatre's hip hop dance parody "Philly Nutt Crak-Up" returns for another year of superheroes, kung fu fighting, The Rappin' SugarPlum Fairy, Penn's Angels, and the South Street Rocky-Ettes at the Kingdom of Prussia, Friday, December 6, 7:30pm, Saturday, December 7, 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, December 8, 3pm, at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia. Meet the "nutty" cast after the Sunday performance.
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