Weekly Entertainment Guide – Opera Philadelphia, Toulouse Lautrec, and Philly Fan

     La Cage Aux Folles opens at the Steel River Playhouse, Friday, June 7 and runs through June 23.

    La Cage Aux Folles opens at the Steel River Playhouse, Friday, June 7 and runs through June 23.

    Looking for something to do this week? WHYY’s Robin Bloom has some recommendations on what’s happening in the Philadelphia region. Here are her picks:


    Opera Philadelphia’s “Powder Her Face”

    Opera Philadelphia presents the chamber opera “Powder Her Face,” telling the story of Britain’s “Don Juan among women,” Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, whose sensational divorce trial riveted the United Kingdom in 1963. The Duchess allegedly pursued 88 “conquests” of famous men, including three members of Britain’s Royal Family and Hollywood stars like Bob Hope, Maurice Chevalier, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.  The music by Thomas Adès draws upon everything from big band and swing to Strauss and Schubert, June 7-16, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia.


    “La Cage Aux Folles” at Steel River Playhouse

    The hit Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles takes to the stage at Steel River Playhouse, the funny, touching tale of a family’s struggle to stay together and true to themselves, featuring actors from all around the region, and directed by David Gram. Special events include an opening gala on Friday, June 7, 6pm, and “talk backs” with the cast and crew following the performances on June 9 and 16. The show runs for three weekends, through June 23 with special cabaret seating, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA.


    “Social Studies” at the Center for Art in Wood

    The Center for Art in Wood houses the upcoming exhibition, “Susan Hagen: Social Studies,” opening Friday, June 7 through July 20. Hagen examines societal enclaves that are often marginalized or misunderstood through four series of carved works: The Lost Army (2004-2005), Recollection Tableau (2006-2007), Teenager Project (2006-2012) and People of Philly (2012-Present). Hagen brings her own perspectives on social awareness and personal identity to her traditional style of sculpted figures and scenes. An opening reception for the exhibition is on Friday, June 7, 5:30pm-8pm and gallery talk by Hagen on Saturday, June 8, 2pm-3pm, 141 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia.


    “Woman Inherits the Earth” at 3rd Ward

    3rd Ward announces its first gallery show, “Woman Inherits the Earth,” showcasing more than 100 works of three Philadelphia artists, Emily Erb, Marcella Marsella (pictured) and Sabrina Small. Emily Erb works with dyed-silk, Marcella Marsella in paintings, drawing, and jewelry, and Sabrina Small in drawings and stitching. The exhibit opens with a First Friday reception, June 7, 7pm-midnight, and is on display through June 30, 1227 N. Fourth Street, Philadelphia. Artist reading and round table conversation, June 29, 6pm.


    3rd Street Gallery exhibits

    On display at 3rd Street Gallery is “Endangered,” a collection of drawings by Sarah Kaizar, representing some of the 1,115 species identified on the U.S. endangered species list, through June 30. Also on view, “Natural Wonder,” paintings by Yeoun Lee. First Friday reception, June 7, 5pm-9pm, opening reception, Sunday, June 9, 1pm-3pm, 58 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia. 10% of all sales will be donated to The Nature Conservancy.


    “Urinetown” at Eagle Theatre

    A musical parodying politics, social irresponsibility, and revolution as well as blockbuster musicals such as Les Misérables, “Urinetown” explores what happens to society after a 20-year drought. The situation is so extreme that the government has adopted the drastic measure of banning of private toilets, and people must pay for the privilege to urinate. Eagle Theatre’s production opens this weekend, directed by Artistic Director Ed Corsi, through June 29, 208 Vine Street, Hammonton, NJ.


    Fleisher’s ARTspiration!

    Fleisher Art Memorial’s annual ARTspiration! is this Saturday, June 8, 10am-4pm, a free community outdoor festival with family-oriented activities including art-making led by local artists, Fleisher faculty, and volunteers, music and dance performances, food, and more, along the 700 block of Catharine Street and in adjacent Palumbo Park, Philadelphia.


    Historic Philadelphia events

    Begin the summer season with events in Historic Philadelphia: Elfreth’s Alley Fete Day Open House on June 8, offering the one-time opportunity to tour private historic homes from 12-5pm, historic interpreters, refreshments, colonial artisans, music and more, on 2nd Street between Race & Arch Streets, Old City, Philadelphia.


    The Betsy Ross House’s annual Flag Festival is June 9-15, a weeklong celebration including patriotic crafts for kids, interactive drills with the Continental Army, and the chance to meet George Washington. Catch the City of Philadelphia Official Flag Day Ceremony on Friday, June 14, noon, and Stars & Stripes Saturday, June 15, 10am, with performances, carnival games and more, 230 Arch Street, Philadelphia.


    Prison Food Weekend at Eastern State

    Eastern State Penitentiary hosts “Prison Food Weekend,” giving visitors a taste of prison life with samples of meals served to inmates throughout prison history, Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9,11am-5pm, catered by Freestyle BBQ, owned by a current correctional officer, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia.



    Shady Grove Music Fest

    The Shady Grove Music Fest is this Saturday, June 8, 12pm, with 8 bands including Brixton Saint, Richard Raw, The Keefs, The Splashing Pearls, Travel Songs, The Districts, Noelle Picara, Jimmy Dunstan Trio, and Still Moon Servants, at 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, food and beverage available for purchase, no outside food or beverage permitted. Catch Arden Shakespeare Gild’s summer production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” June 7-22, in the outdoor Frank Stephens Memorial Theatre (a.k.a. the Field Theater), 2310 Woodland Lane, Arden, DE. In the event of rain, performances move to the Gild Hall.


    “Nelson Shanks: A Brush with Reality” at Michener Art Museum

    The Michener Art Museum brings together more than 20 major paintings by world-renowned painter, teacher, and art historian Nelson Shanks with “A Brush with Reality,” opening June 8. Shanks has lived, taught, and painted in Bucks County since the 1960s and has garnered international acclaim for portraits of figures such as President Clinton and Reagan, Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II, Luciano Pavarotti, and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Three are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibit is on view through September 8 at 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA.


    “Bathers by Ben Solowey”

    The Studio of Ben Solowey presents “Bathers by Ben Solowey,” a new show featuring paintings, drawings, and sculptures of bathers from over a half century of the artist’s career, exploring a recurring theme in his work, opening this Saturday, June 8 and on display Saturdays and Sundays through June 16 and then by appointment through August, 3551 Olde Bedminster Road, Bedminster, PA.


    4th Annual Chester County Blues BBQ

    The 4th Annual Chester County Blues Barbeque returns on June 8, 2-7pm, with the Dukes of Destiny, George Bonds, and Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road, Elverson, PA.



    Jeffrey Gaines at Steel City Coffee House

    Pennsylvania’s own Jeffrey Gaines performs this Saturday, June 8, 8pm, at Steel City Coffee House, with hometown girl Brittany Robey, 203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA.



    Willie Nelson at Caesar’s

    Catch the legendary Willie Nelson & Family at Caesar’s Circus Maximus this Saturday, June 8, 9pm, performing old favorites and songs from his new album of standards, Boardwalk at Pacific, Atlantic City, NJ.



    “The Philly Fan” at Theatre Exile

    Bruce Graham’s “The Philly Fan” returns to Philadelphia, taking audiences through the last fifty years of Philadelphia sports history with all its maddening disappointments, June 11-23. This one-man comedy is told by a die-hard sports fan who knows all too well how sure-thing victories can turn into heartbreaking defeats. Award-winning actor Tom McCarthy stars in Theatre Exile’s revival production, directed by Joe Canuso at Studio X,
13th and Reed Streets, Philadelphia.


    Philadelphia City Hall’s free concerts

    The City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy offers free concerts on Wednesdays through the summer, designed to showcase the full spectrum of the city’s performing arts. This week’s performance by Illstyle & Peace, a multicultural Philadelphia-based dance company committed to delivering positive messages to all audiences with hip-hop, tap and ballet infused with beatboxing and DJing, Wednesday, June 12, 5:30pm, in the City Hall Courtyard.


    “Lost on the Natchez Trace” at East Lynne Theatre Company

    “Lost on the Natchez Trace” takes to the stage at East Lynne Theatre Company, telling the story of slave auctioneer Malcolm Jeters, who falls from his mule in Mississippi’s Natchez Trace, a ghostly swamp tangled with vines, animal bones, and rotted trees. Injured and starving, he yells for help. The only person who appears is a runaway slave. Find out who saves who in this compelling new play by Jan Buttram, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, June 12 through July 20, First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street, Cape May, NJ.


    Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is Thursday, June 13, 5:30pm-8:30pm, an outdoor street festival with participating businesses offering $1 specials along with live music, street performances, and more, Baltimore Avenue from 42nd to 50th Streets, Philadelphia.



    Pennsylvania Ballet’s Forsythe & Kylián

    Company premieres by two of the most innovative choreographers today, Jiří Kylián and William Forsythe, in addition to a world premiere by resident choreographer Matthew Neenan, make up the program of Pennsylvania Ballet’s final production for the 2012-13 season. Kylián’s piece, “Forgotten Land,” was inspired by an Edvard Munch painting of an eroding shore. Neenan’s work, “At Various Points,” is light and lyrical and set to the melodies of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words.” William Forsythe’s “Artifact Suite” features the choreographer’s singular style of aggressive, angular movement. Performances run Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16 at the Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.


    “Emily Richardson: Shifting Vistas in Silk” at La Salle University Art Museum

    La Salle University Art Museum presents “Emily Richardson: Shifting Vistas in Silk,” opening Thursday, June 13. The fiber artist turns sewn and patched fabric into layered works that look more like paintings than quilts. The richly colored and sometimes translucent abstract art takes on a range of patterns, from striped to grid-like to multi-faceted forms that evoke waves, mountains, and even Marcel Duchamp’s Cubo-Futurist painting “Nude Descending a Stairway No. 2.” Based in Philadelphia, Richardson has exhibited nationally and internationally in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Madagascar, England, and Japan. The exhibit is on view through August 16 at Olney Hall, 19th Street and Olney Avenue, Philadelphia. Opening reception Thursday, June 13, 5pm-7pm and artist’s talk Wednesday, June 19, 6pm.


    “Toulouse-Lautrec and His World” at Allentown Art Museum

    “Toulouse-Lautrec and His World,” is on display at Allentown Art Museum, focusing on the art and life of one of the most fascinating artists and personalities of the Belle Époque era in France. Approximately 150 rare original works on paper, some accompanied by passages from Fresh literature, photographs, and other objects, portray the atmosphere of the Post-Impressionist period. The museum is one of the first venues outside of Europe to host the exhibit, on loan from the collection of the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, and can be seen with related programming through September 1 at 31 North 5th Street, Allentown, PA.


    The Psychedelic Furs at the Troc

    The British post-punk band The Psychedelic Furs come to Philadelphia to perform at the Trocadero, Friday, June 14, 8pm, 1003 Arch Street.



     Additional events in the region:

    The Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show once again “Circles the Square” June 7-9, featuring a diverse range of art for purchase. Originating as a “Clothesline Show” in 1932, it is now regarded as one of the most respected and active outdoor art shows in the country, 18th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia. Hours: Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, 11am-7pm, Sunday, June 9, 11am-5pm.

    First Friday Haddonfield is June 7, 5pm-9pm, as artists and entertainers line the streets with in-store offers, events and refreshments, Kings Highway, in downtown Haddonfield, NJ.

    The art and science of re-creating ales from the Revolutionary era is the focus of “Ales of the Revolution,” a First Friday event at the Chemical Heritage Foundation with James Voelkel, rare-book curator, discussing the brewing process with samples of 18th century ales along with a pop-up exhibit of artifacts from the Revolutionary era, including watercolors of the period’s popular alehouses, courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, June 7, 5pm-8pm, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

    Race Street Pier hosts First Friday Park After Dark, June 7, 7-9pm, with performances by FringeArts, comedy improv acts by N Crowd and Philly Improv Theater House Team “The Future,” and music by the West Philly Orchestra, N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia.

    Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” takes to the stage this weekend at Wilmington Drama League, directed by Chris Turner, through June 16, 10 W. Lea Boulevard, Wilmington, DE.

    The June Festival of Antiques, hosted by The Yellow Garage Antiques, returns on Saturday, June 8, 9am-4pm, with over 100 exhibitors of Americana including furniture, quilts, stoneware, paintings, and more at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds on Route 77, Mullica Hill, NJ.

    Settlement Music School holds its annual open house Saturday, June 8, 10am-1pm, at all six branches, with free demonstrations, student and faculty performances and workshops, along with a “Cello-bration” with music performed on many types and sizes of cellos. The largest community-based arts school in the United States, Settlement offers new adult classes such as Adult Rock Band and World Rhythms Workshop as well as new programming for preschoolers and school-aged children, summer camps, and more in Queen Village, Germantown, Northeast Philadelphia, Wynnefield, Willow Grove and Camden.

    Historic Cold Spring Village hosts a “FunFest Weekend,” Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, 10am-4:30pm, with crafts and trades from the 1800s including blacksmithing, basket weaving, woodworking and more. Step inside the Village’s 26 restored historic buildings and interact with historical interpreters. Children can get their ‘Pastport’ stamped for each hands-on activity they complete, and redeem it for a free treat in the Country Store, 720 Route 9 South, Cape May, NJ.

    The West Park Arts Fest returns for a 6th year this Saturday, June 8, 11am-5pm, with the theme “Friends Across Cultures,” offering entertainment and activities for all ages including drawing and theatre workshops for children, performances by musicians such as cellist Monica McIntyre and Sattriya Dance Company, and a guided historical trolley tour of the Centennial District, centered around and inside the School of the Future at 4021 Parkside Avenue, Fairmount Park. The West Park Cultural Center partners with more than thirty cultural and community organizations such the Franklin Institute Science Museum, ArtsRising and West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in the Fairmount Park Centennial District.

    The annual “Art For the Cash Poor” takes place this weekend, June 8-9, 12-6pm, a chance to meet artists and to purchase artwork at bargain prices, with a vast array of media ranging from paintings, prints, photography, fiber arts, glass and ceramic ware, jewelry, and fashion all for under $199, with block-party style entertainment, Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia.

    Celebrate Organ Month in Philadelphia with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the 3rd annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day, Saturday, June 8, 11am-5pm, including a Children’s Hour for kids who want to try playing the instrument, a silent film by Erik Meyer and musical accompaniment to Organ playing from The New City Brass Ensemble. Free and open to the public, Broad Street, Philadelphia.

    The Brandywine Food & Wine Festival is Saturday, June 8, 12pm-6pm, as wineries of the Brandywine Valley gather at the Myrick Conservation Center to showcase the best of what their region has to offer along with food vendors, crafters, musical acts, and demonstrations, 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road, West Chester, PA.

    White Pines Productions announces the first in its series of “Happenings,” Saturday, June 8, 6pm-midnight, with scheduled and spontaneous performances that “happen” throughout the evening with Demetria Joyce Bailey, experimental theatre ensemble Dzieci, multi-dimensional dance troupe Band of Artists, experimental theatre group Found Theater Company and an interactive lighting installation by Aaron Rogachevsky, at the Broad Street Ministry, 315 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

    The Princeton Festival is June 8-30, dance, jazz, opera, chamber music, and more with the Bruce Barth Trio, “The Flying Dutchman,” lectures and special events at various locations in Princeton, NJ.

    The 25th annual PrideDay, LGBT parade and festival returns this Sunday June 9, 12pm-6pm, with headliner and reality TV star Omarosa, and appearances from CBS 3 Reporter Jim Donovan and Gay Mentalist Bob Lawson. Dancing, free health testing, a family zone and over 140 vendors make this year’s PrideDay one of the biggest yet. The LGBT parade begins at 13th and Locust Street at noon, ending at the festival located at the Great Plaza at Penn’s landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Walnut Street. For pre-PrideDay festivities, attend the second annual Kick-off Block Party, Friday June 7, 6pm-11pm on 12th street between Walnut and Spruce.

    The Dock street Brewery celebrates the end of Philly Beer Week with the 5th annual free Dock Street Music Fest, Sunday June 9, 2pm, including beer, pizza and local bands like On The Water, Norwegian arms, Post Sun Times and Bomple. For a pre-festival workout, there’s the Dock Street Scavenger Run, a light race kicking off at 12:45pm through West Philadelphia and University City that ends back at Dock Street Brewery. Participants receive one free beer coupon, a brand new Dock Street t-shirt, 701 South 50th Street in West Philadelphia.

    The 10th annual Southside Film Festival is June 11-15 in Bethlehem, PA, a five day event featuring international films, guest filmmakers, juried selections, locally produced films, seminars, and networking opportunities for filmmakers and fans of independent film. Opening night includes a 6-7:30pm party at the Comfort Suites followed by a screening of “Good Ol’ Freda” at 8pm. Other films include “Mama Don’t Like No Guitar Pickers ‘Round Here,” “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation,” and “Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto.” Locations vary.

    Cecily Garber and Ilana Levinson contributed reporting to this week’s guide.

    To submit an event to be considered for the Weekly Entertainment Guide email Robin Bloom at artscalendar@whyy.org.

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