Weekly Entertainment Guide

    It’s the Year of the Dragon! Philadelphia celebrates the Chinese New Year with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation’s first ever Flower Market.

    It’s the Year of the Dragon! Philadelphia celebrates the Chinese New Year with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation’s first ever Flower Market, Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22, 10am-4pm, 10th Street Plaza, 10th & Vine Streets. On Sunday, January 22 at 11:45pm is the New Year’s Eve Midnight Parade, 10th & Race Streets, and on Sunday, January 29, 11:30am-2:30pm is the Lion Dance Parade at 10th & Race Streets, Philadelphia.

    Other Chinese New Year events include:

    Pearls of the East: 10th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, Friday, January 27, 7:30pm, including the Lion dance, traditional cultural performances, sampling of foods, International House 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. $8 members, $10 students & seniors, $12 general admission.

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    Penn Museum hosts its 31st annual Chinese New Year celebration, Saturday, February 4, 11am-4pm, with music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, workshops, children’s activities and a grand finale lion dance, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia. Free with museum admission donation $10 general admission, $7 seniors and military, $6 students and children (6-17), free for under 6.

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Asian New Year Party: The Year of the Dragon is Sunday, January 22, 10am with a day of art, Dragon dances, and more, free with museum admission, Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

    The Main Line Chinese Cultural Center hosts its annual Chinese New Year Community Gala, Sunday, January 22, 1pm-5pm, Great Valley High School, Malvern, PA, called the largest suburban celebration of its kind in the region, with entertainment, games, prizes and more. Free admission.

    Media, PA celebrates with a parade on State Street, Sunday, January 22, noon, featuring Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy Lion Dancers starting and ending at Margaret Kuo’s.

    Chester County Art Association presents “Year of the Dragon: Root & Origin,” a group show featuring a wide range of works by Asian photographers of Time Light Art Photography Group, through March 3 at 100 North Bradford Avenue, West Chester, PA.

    Featured events:

    C Nick Cave at FWM

    “Let’s C,” an exhibition highlighting recent, prominent sculptural and performance works by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave, can be seen at The Fabric Workshop and Museum through mid-February at 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Cave, who is currently in residence at FWM, is known for his iconic “Soundsuits,” constructed out of found materials which function in chorus as dance costumes, sculptures, and extensions of one’s persona, through video, floor to ceiling installation of ornamented bamboo and more.

    Reflecting on War

    January 27 marks the 39 year anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, ending direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and Philadelphia-based artist Jane Irish has a new exhibition on display at LaSalle University Art Museum exploring the impact of the Vietnam War and its continuing relevance today. Irish drew inspiration for “War Is Not What You Think” from LaSalle’s rare book and manuscript collection on the Vietnam War and her paintings and ceramic pieces are on display at both the LaSalle’s Connelly Library and Art Museum, lower level of Olney Hall, 19th Street & Olney Avenue, Philadelphia through March 29.


    The Chemistry of Photography

    A retrospective exhibition highlighting the significant accomplishments of photographer Robert Asman’s thirty-five year career can be seen at The Print Center, 1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia through March 31. “Silver Mine,” black and white landscapes and nudes, play with the chemistry of photography, resulting in different effects for each shot.  


    The Divided Self

    An exhibition of video works by artists living and working in and around Lahore, Pakistan is on view in the Slought Foundation galleries through February 28 at 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. “The Divided Self” depicts the long history of division in Pakistan, with multiple partitions and truths that have defined the country’s 65 year history, as well as its physical location within South Asia versus its religious location within the Arab world. The Slought Foundation is a non-profit organization that engages the public in dialogue about cultural and socio-political change.

    The Coming World at Players Club of Swarthmore

    The Players Club of Swarthmore continues its Second Stage season with the moving and haunting production “The Coming World,” by Christopher Shinn, opening this weekend through February 4, 614 Fairview Road, just off of Route 320, Swarthmore, PA. Tickets $10


    Other event listings throughout the region:

    Opening this weekend at Philadelphia Theatre Company is Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award nominated The Scottsboro Boys, a musical detailing the 1930’s “Scottsboro Case,” in which a group of African-American men were falsely accused of a crime, ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the American Civil Rights Movement, through February 19 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia. Tickets $25-69.

    The Academy of Vocal Arts performs the Philadelphia premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s first opera, Oberto, in concert with orchestra, Thursday, January 26, 7:30pm and Friday, January 27, 7:30pm, Kimmel Center and Tuesday, January 31, 7:30pm at the Haverford School’s Centennial Hall, 450 W. Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA. Sung in Italian with English super titles. Tickets $60 adults, $50 seniors, $25 30 and under, $10 students.

    Onstage at Allens Lane Art Center is “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” written by Lynn Nottage, the story of a newly transplanted family struggling to rediscover themselves in 1950s Brooklyn, through February 4 at 601 West Allens Lane, Mt. Airy. Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

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