From Center City to the Jersey Shore, we’ve got your week covered. WHYY’s Arts Calendar curator Robin Bloom searches hundreds of listings each week to find out what’s happening in the Delaware Valley. Here are her picks:
John Cage was an American avant-garde composer whose inventive compositions and unorthodox ideas profoundly influence mid 20th century music. In honor of the centenary of Cage’s birth and the 20th anniversary of his death, Philadelphia experimental music presenter Bowerbird hosts “Cage: Beyond Silence,” a major festival celebrating the acclaimed musician’s many contributions with various events at venues across the city, in three parts. Part One kicks off Friday, October 26, 5pm with “Art After 5” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as pianist Margaret Leng Tan performs Cage’s film music. Additional concerts include Dan Blacksberg (pictured) and Jay Campbell performing “Double Solos: Trombone/Cello, Tuesday, October 30, 8pm, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia. The festivities continue through January 20, 2013.
Haverford College’s new exhibit’s title is inspired by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s famous question, “What Can a Body Do?” but narrows the question down to “what can a disabled body do?” The exhibit, curated by Amanda Cachia, explores contemporary works of art through experiences, perceptions, and classifications of disabilities. This question arose in response to the Haverford College symposium “in/visible,” at which the intersection of art, disability, and access was discussed. Artists featured include Joseph Grigely, Park McArthur, Laura Swanson, Chun-Shan Yi, and more. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 26, 5:30pm with a performance by Christine Sun Kim, and additional related programming during the run of the exhibit through December 16, at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education celebrates its 25th anniversary with “Rescue: Scenes from a Wildlife Clinic,” a display of the photographs by Jennifer Hynes of the animals, people, spaces and landscapes of the clinic, which sees over 3,000 animals a year. “Rescue” is the inaugural exhibition of its new, expanded indoor environmental art gallery and can be seen through December 29 at 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia. This weekend, SCEE hosts “Hikes & Hayrides,” a Halloween adventure with a hayride and night hike along lantern-lit trails, pumpkin painting, campfire and more, Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 6pm-10pm. $5 members, $7 non-members, $30 maximum per family.
The Eagle Theatre presents its annual live production of the cult-classic “The Rocky Horror Show,” onstage Friday, October 26 to November 3. Longtime fans of the sci-fi horror rock musical will be familiar with the show’s unique use of audience call-and-response and props, at 208 Vine Street, Hammonton, NJ. Tickets: $22.
The Mütter Museum celebrates the Mexican Day of the Dead with a festival this Saturday, October 27, 10am-5pm, with sugar skull decorating, traditional food and drink, and the opportunity see the exhibit “Grimms’ Anatomy,” Magic and Medicine: 1812-2012, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, real-world examples of the sometimes gruesome or grotesque fairy tale bodies, along with instruments from and rare illustrated editions of these stories, on view in the Main Museum Gallery of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia.
The State Theatre presents “Haunted Illusions,” an evening of magic and comedy that involves the whole audience as master illusionist David Caserta has individuals levitate, disappear, and reappear in illusions that have been created just for this show, Saturday, October 27, 3pm and 7pm, 453 Northampton Street, Easton, PA. Tickets $10-$20.
Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts “The Growth of Stoker’s Dracula,” a hands-on tour, Sunday, October 28, 3-4pm, and Wednesday, October 31, 3-4pm, with an in-depth and focused look at the novel, including Bram Stoker’s hand-written notes, discussions with staff and more, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Advance registration recommended as spots are limited. $5 in addition to regular admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors 65 and older, $5 students and children, free for members and children 5 and under.
Steel City Coffee House presents a family Halloween Costume party with Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band, Sunday, October 28, 4pm, 203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA. General admission $10, children under 1 free.
Loudon Wainwright III and Dar Williams, two of Appel Farm concert audience favorites, make their Appel Farm at the Landis debut in a double bill, Sunday, October 28, 7pm, 830 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ. Tickets: $37.50 orchestra, $50 mezzanine.
The Roundabout Theatre Company brings the Tony Award-winning musical “Anything Goes” to the DuPont Theatre, starring Rachel York, and directed by Kathleen Marshall. The new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s timeless classic is onstage October 30 through November 4, 1007 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE. Tickets: $35-$80.
The love triangle between Gene Kelly, Co-Director Stanley Donen, and Dance Captain Jeanne Coyne on the set of “Singin’ in the Rain” is front and center in Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of “What a Glorious Feeling.” The musical exposes the emotionally and creatively charged production, inspired by author Jay Berkow’s chance encounter with Stanley Donen, running October 30 through November 18, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA. Tickets start at $41 with discounts available for students, seniors, military, and groups.
Azuka Theatre’s season opens with the world premiere of the irreverent, off-beat comedy “Pookie Goes Grenading,” by JC Lee. Armed with weapons grade explosives, 14 year old Pookie and her friends are determined to make the most epic play in history. Starring Mary Tuomanen as Pookie, the play starts previews on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31 and closes November 18 at Azuka’s new home: Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Tickets: $18-$27 with discounts for students with valid ID.
Greg Oliver Bodine brings “Poe, Times Two” to the Cape May Stage this Halloween, Wednesday, October 31. Directed by DeLisa M. White, Bodine performs a double-bill of one-person play adaptations of the Edgar Allan Poe classics “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat.” The show runs through November 16 at The Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Streets, Cape May, NJ. Tickets $17.50-$50, with discounts for seniors, students, and active duty military.
Raw Yankee Theater presents “Ruthless Spouse,” by Philadelphia playwright Francine D. Miller, for four shows at the Rotunda, Thursday, November 1, 8pm, and Sunday, November 4, 2pm, 6pm and 9pm, a new urban drama about a couple whose dreams of stardom spiral out of control, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. Tickets: $15, with discounts available for students.
Miller Rothlein opens its season with a double bill of their favorite pieces, both of which combine dance with live visuals and lighting. “generate. degenerate.” approaches the challenge of creating a sustainable multi-media piece. All of the visuals and accompanying vintage country western soundtrack are powered by Amanda Miller’s choreography. “Self Portrait” finds Miller as a canvas for the light display in a piece inspired by the work of artist Frida Kahlo, running from Thursday, November 1-4 at The Crane Arts Old School, 1417 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia. Tickets: $20.
Shemekia Copeland brings her soul and blues sound to Arden Gild Hall, Friday, November 2, 8pm, 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE. Tickets: $30.
The dramedy “Alp D’Huez” runs through November 4 at the Papermill Theater. Presented by Hella Fresh Theater, the play is about a marriage crumbling while on vacation in Paris for the Tour de France. 2825 Ormes Street, Philadelphia. Tickets: $10.
The Chester County Art Association presents two solo shows from well-known area artists: “Richard Chalfant: Between Heaven and Earth” and “Dane Tilghman: A Retrospective.” Chalfant’s landscapes range from pastoral farmland to epic views of the Grand Canyon. Conversely, Tilghman’s paintings focus on scenes rather than landscapes, blending realism and surrealism. Both exhibits are on display through November 9 at 100 North Bradford Avenue, West Chester, PA.
The Center for Architecture hosts “Art by Architects,” the exhibit and sale of new art work by Philadelphia architects including painting, photography, sculpture and more, now through November 16 at 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Proceeds support the Center’s educational programs throughout the year.
On display at Allentown Art Museum is “Walker Evans & The American Social Landscape Photographers,” a selection of black and white photographs that document the living conditions in Bethlehem, Easton, and other Lehigh valley locations during the Great Depression as well as the social changes experienced in our country in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Evans’ work marked a new approach in American photographic history, due to his objective and documentary-style that showed a respect to his subject, rather than following Victorian sentimentality. The exhibition includes photographers influenced by Evans: Garry Winogrand, Stephen Shore, Bill Owens, Leon Levinstein, and Judith Joy Ross and runs through January 13 at 31 North 5th Street, Allentown, PA. Admission: $12 with discounts for seniors, students, and children.
Harry Potter Weekend is back, October 26-28, as Germantown Avenue is transformed into a scene from one of J.K. Rowling’s books along with Halloween activities including scary stories, magic shows, ghost walks, costume parade and more, in Chestnut Hill. Most events free.
The Playcrafters of Skippack present “ZOMBIE PROM” opening Friday, October 26 through November 4. Directed by David Deratzian and written by John Dempsey, the play reveals the difficulties of attending high school as a zombie with music written by Dana P. Rowe, at the Barn, 2011 Store Road, Skippack, PA. Tickets: $15.
Josh Hitchens presents Halloween performances: “Stoker’s Dracula: A Solo Tale of Terror,” October 26-31, a 70 minute adaptation of Bram Stoker’s legendary tale performed by Hitchens and including 12 characters using nothing but Stoker’s original text of journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings, Calvary Center, 4740 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia. Tickets $15; The annual murder mystery “The Borden Tragedy,” written and directed by Hitchens and focusing on the death of Andrew and Abigail Borden, with tours Saturday, October 27, 6pm and Sunday, October 28, 2:30pm at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 West Tulpehocken Street, Philadelphia. $16. Reservations required.
Laurel Hill Cemetery hosts Halloween Flashlight Tours, Friday, October 26-30, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia.
International House Philadelphia hosts a Halloween Celebration, Friday, October 26, 10pm with food, music, dancing, and costume prizes awarded starting at midnight, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Free for IHP residents, $6 IHP members, $8 general admission.
Manayunk hosts a Halloween celebration, Saturday, October 27, 8am-8pm, with the Hallowyunk 5K costume run, trick-or-treating, Pretzel Park Fall Festival with live music, and activities for the family, corner of Cotton and Cresson Streets, just of Main Street, Manayunk. Rain or shine.
Rittenhouse Row’s Halloween Celebration is Saturday, October 27, 10am-noon with trick-or-treating, costume contest, mini brunch buffet, and more activities, the Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel Philadelphia, 220 South 17th Street, Philadelphia. Admission: $15 adult, $10 child.
The Bryn Athyn Historic estates celebrate Halloween with special events Saturday, October 27: Cairnwood hosts Halloween activities from 10am-noon including Victorian-era souvenir photos, cider, and make-your-own candy apples, 1005 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, PA. $5; Glencairn hosts a Festival offering family-friendly entertainment including a Harry Potter scavenger hunt, face painting, tours, treat, and more, noon-4pm, 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, PA. $8, $6 for seniors and students.
Celebrate Halloween with the Halloween Shebang Festival, Saturday, October 27, 11am-4pm, a day of free activities presented by Plays & Players, the Tenth Presbyterian Church, the Rosenbach Museum & Library, and the University of the Arts, featuring a family-friendly costume parade, Halloween-inspired games, arts and crafts, bobbing for apples, a spooky haunted house, artist-led workshops for kids, games, and more, at the Tenth Presbyterian Church, 1701 Delancey, and Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, Philadelphia.
This Saturday, October 27, 11am-4pm, is the Spooky Saturday and Fall Festival, a Halloween celebration sponsored by the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District and featuring a craft show, children’s art lessons, circus performances by Charm City Movement Arts, costume contests for both children and pets, trick or treating, and more. Enjoy a full day of autumn entertainment as Willie, We Are Fauna, and Rooster & Squire provide live music on the streets surrounding the Singing Fountain, East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street, Philadelphia. Free.
The 4th Annual Pumpkinland Fall Festival will take place this weekend with local entertainment to make this year the biggest celebration yet. The Give & Take Circus’ “Funicular Fantasy” brings, tight rope walkers, and an aerialist to the festivities, The Hot Club Philadelphia provides gypsy jazz music, and Wheaton Arts demonstrates glass blowing. Even more family activities will be available, including a Thriller Dance Class, Fall Bazaar, and magic show, Saturday, October 27, noon-5pm, Historic Headhouse Square Shambles, 2nd Street between Pine and Lombard, Philadelphia. Free.
Stenton hosts “Spooky Tours” of the historic house, Saturday, October 27, 1-4pm, a family friendly fright-fest with pumpkin painting, apple cider, spice cookies, costumes and more, 4601 North 18th Street, Philadelphia. Free, reservation requested.
The Delaware Art Museum hosts a Festival of Goblins, Saturday, October 27, 4:30pm-7pm, as children are invited to come in costume for a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, art projects, spooky stories, dancing, costume parade and more, at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE. Admission $14 youth members, $20 adult members, $20 youth non-members, $25 adult non-members, children 18 months or younger free. While there, see the “Centennial Juried Exhibition” on display through January 13.
Rockwood Park and Museum hosts Ghost Tours on Saturdays in October, 7pm-8:30pm including tours of the mansion seeking paranormal experiences, while guides relate stories documented by those who have worked and lived there in the past, 1.5 hour tour, $20 ages 12 and up at 4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington, DE.
The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia’s Concerts@First season opens with a screening of the silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” accompanied by Andrew Senn on the organ, Saturday, October 27, 7:30pm, 21st & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia. Free admission.
The Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents “Shakespeare/Poe,” a night of readings from “the dark side,” by two masters of the macabre, Sunday, October 28, 5pm, Rockwood Museum, 4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington, DE. Tickets $18.
Fort Mifflin celebrates Halloween with Candlelight Ghost Tours, through October 28, featuring true stories that have been shared by decades of visitors with tours beginning at 7pm (last tour leaves by 10pm), $20.
The University of Delaware Chamber Orchestra performs “Frankenstein,” Michael Shapiro’s score to the 1931 horror classic, Sunday, October 28, 8pm, with a pre-show talk by Professor Charles E. Robinson on the story of Frankenstein, 401 Academy Street, Newark, DE, $12 adults, $8 seniors, $3 students.
The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a Halloween Horrorfest Triple Feature Wednesday, October 31. Visitors are encouraged to wear a costume as they view three horror classics: “Nosferatu,” “Carnival of Souls,” and “Surprise Finale,” 4:30pm-8:30pm, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia. Free.
Cape May hosts Halloween Happenings with Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate, Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tours, murder mystery dinners, psychic teas and much more including trick or treating at the Physick Estate on October 31, 5pm-7pm, Cape May, NJ. Some events free, others fees apply.
The Ghost Tours of Philadelphia offer Candlelight Walking Tours, Haunted Trolley Tours and special events in the historic district of the city with 75 to 90 minute tours nightly at 7:30pm with additional tours at 9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and on Halloween, October 31, departing from Signers Garden at 5th & Chestnut Streets and ending at 2nd and Walnut Streets, Old City, Philadelphia. Tickets: $17, $10 children 4-12.
Luna Theater Company presents Jeffrey M. Jones’ “Seventy Scenes of Halloween,” through November 3 at the Skybox @ The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Tickets: $15-$30. Not recommended for children under 16.
The annual “Terror Behind the Walls,” the massive haunted house inside the castle-like walls of the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary, is back with Hollywood-quality sets, custom-designed props, animatronics, digital sound effects and a cast of more than 200 performers in a theatrical production that consists of six haunted attractions including the “Gauntlet,” “Lock Down,” “Infirmary,” “The Experiment,” “Night Watch,” and the new “Detritus,” expanding into areas of the prison never entered by the public. Also new this year is the VIP Experience ALONE, a personal tour. Ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country, “Terror Behind the Walls” runs on select evenings through November 10 at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia. Tickets: $40 with discounts on ESP website.
The Brandywine River Museum presents “Picturing Poe: Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories and Poems,” featuring works by more than two dozen artists including Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Horst Janssen, and more on view through November 15 at U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA. Admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors 65+, $6 students and children 6-12, children 5 and under free. Museum admission is free Sunday mornings from 9:30am-noon (through November 18).
The Hedgerow Theatre presents “Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood,” through November 25, written by Paul Giovanni and directed by Jared Reed. Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Sign of the Four,” the Tony Award-winning play follows a mysterious death connected to a bizarre and deadly curse, 64 Rose Valley Road, Media, PA, $10-$32.
Other events in Philly:
Vox Renaissance Consort, Camerata Ama Deus, and Ama Deus Ensemble, the three distinct performance ensembles of VoxAmaDeus, perform “Magic of Mozart,” Friday, October 26, 8pm, under the direction of Maestro Valentin Radu (on the keyboard and at the podium), and featuring “Overture to The Magic Flute,” “Solemn Vespers,” and more, Kimmel Center, Broad Street, Philadelphia. Tickets $20-$70.
The Collingswood Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” in the Great Hall at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 839 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, NJ, October 26 through November 4. Regular admission $15; students and seniors $10; active-duty military personnel admitted free.
Philadelphia Classical Symphony performs “American Mosaics,” a program reflecting America’s diverse ethnicities, religions, multiculturalism and popular traditions, Sunday, October 28, 4pm, performed with the Red Hawk Singers and featuring “The Treaty of Renewed Brotherhood,” by renowned Mohican composer, Brent Michael Davids, honoring the continued friendship between the Lenape Indian Tribe and the people that neighbor the Delaware River, tracing back to the historic William Penn treaty of the 1600’s, Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia. Pre-concert lecture at 3pm with the composer who will discuss how he integrates Native American music into his performances.
On display at the National Constitution Center is “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” the first comprehensive exhibition about Prohibition offering the opportunity to experience history from the beginning of the temperance movement to the repeal of a constitutional amendment during the Great Depression, through April 28 (before embarking on a national tour), Independence Mall, Philadelphia. $17.50 with discounts for seniors, students, and children.
“Color Motion: Edna Andrade Prints” is on display through November 17 at The Print Center, 1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia.
“Haitian Art: Old Masters and New Visions” is on display at Indigo Arts Gallery through December 1, with a selection of paintings, vodou flags, and sculpture by Haitian artists from the “Haitian Renaissance” of the 1940s to the present. Artists include Montas Antoine, Alexandre Gregoire, Carol Theard, and many more at the Crane Arts building, 1400 North American Street, #104, Philadelphia.
The InterAct Theatre Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with William Missouri Downs’ intellectual comedy “The Exit Interview,” through November 11 at 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Tickets: $20-$45.
The Philadelphia premiere of “Behind the Eye” opens Gas & Electric Arts’ 2012-2013 season. Carson Kreitzer’s play follows the story and career of Lee Miller, whose globetrotting life led her to be the muse of some of the 20th century’s most significant artists such as Picasso, Cocteau, and Man Ray. Starring Kittson O’Neill, directed by Lisa Jo Epstein, featuring original music by Melissa Dunphy, and onstage through November 18 at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, $16-$25.
Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the world premiere of the new musical song cycle “Stars of David,” a musical stage adaptation of Abigail Pogrebin’s highly-acclaimed book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, a snapshot of Jewish identity through interviews with some of America’s most recognizable public figures, songs by well-known composers and lyricists including Sheldon Harnick, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, the late Marvin Hamlisch and more, with an ensemble cast, through November 18, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia. Tickets: $51-$56.
Other events in the region:
Opening this Friday, October 26 at the South Camden Theatre Company is Producing Artistic Director Joseph M. Paprzycki’s “Indoor Picnic.” The play follows four members of a fading Camden Polish American club through the 1960s into the 1990s and shows the neighborhood’s steady decline as well as its overt racism, directed by Ray Croce and onstage at the Waterfront South Theatre through November 11, 400 Jasper Street, Camden, NJ, $20.
Brandywine Ballet performs Nancy Page’s “Dracula,” based on the Bram Stoker novel, set amidst eerily lit castles and terraces, and featuring principal dancers Tim Early and Hannah Telthorster reprising their roles as Dracula and Elisabeta/Mina, Friday, October 26, 10am (student/senior matinee), 7:30pm, and Saturday, October 27, 2pm, at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester, PA. Tickets: $25-$40.
The Philadelphia Singers celebrates its 40th anniversary season and Music Director David Hayes’ 20th anniversary with “Snapshots from an American Century,” a program bringing together works by Eliot Carter, Randall Thompson, Vincent Persichetti, Morten Lauridsen, and Aaron Copeland, Saturday, October 27, 7:30pm, the Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 West Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA and Sunday, October 28, 3pm, the Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Tickets: $30-$40, with discounts available for students.
Rutgers-Camden celebrates the 75th anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” accompanied by an innovative multimedia design, November 1-11, at the Gordon Theater, in the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Ben Franklin Bridge, Camden, NJ. General admission: $10. A lecture with Wilder’s nephew Tappan, head of the Thornton Wilder Society, will be Wednesday, November 7, 4:30pm.
Main Line Art Center, in collaboration with InLiquid, presents “Atmospheric,” an installation of works that are inspired by atmospheric phenomena, nature, and humanity, through November 13, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford, PA. Free.
Crossroads Theatre Company presents Charles Smith’s “Knock Me a Kiss.” Tony Award-winning actor Andre De Shields stars in a humorous play about a 1928 “wedding of the century” that results in a swift and unexpected breakup, running through November 4 at Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. Tickets: $40-$50.
“Blessed Are” is onstage at Passage Theatre Company, a drama by Philadelphia playwright Jessica Bradford about guilt, love, and redemption spurred by one man’s homecoming runs through November 4, 205 East front Street, Trenton, NJ. $28-$33.
Brett Rader contributed reporting to this week’s guide.
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