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.
“Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese America Since 1975,” an exhibit showcasing the trials and tribulations of Vietnamese refugees settling in the US following the Vietnam War, is on view this weekend with text panels, artifacts and photographs of events such as overcrowded refugee camps across the Pacific Rim, the fall of Saigon, and the exodus of the “boat people” from Vietnam to the US, offering the rare opportunity to walk in their shoes and learn about their lives through June 1 at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia. Opening reception is April 6, 6 pm. First Friday Open House, Friday, May 4, 6pm. In collaboration with Boat People SOS.
A selection of Andy Warhol’s Polaroids and black and white 8-by-10-inch silver gelatin prints created during the 1970s and 1980s are the subject of a new exhibition opening Tuesday, April 10 at La Salle University Art Museum. “Andy Warhol: Portraiture and the Business of Art,” includes some of his most famous works of artists, stars, wealthy collectors, art dealers and more, on view through June 28, 19th Street and Olney Avenue, Philadelphia. Programming includes a “Curator’s Talk” by Klare Scarborough, Ph.D., on April 17, at 1 p.m. at 190 Holroyd Hall and a lecture about art collecting and the art market by Alexis McCarthy of Christie’s, on April 25, at 1 p.m. at 390 Holroyd Hall.
More than 900 pieces of artwork from more than 300 alumni, student and faculty artists across the nation converge at the University of the Arts for the 4th annual “ArtUnleashed,” exhibition and sale, April 12-14, with a preview party on Thursday, April 11, 5-8pm, Dorrance Hamilton Hall, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. Preview party tickets start at $50. Proceeds benefit the Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund. Two notable alumni artists, illustrator Arnold Roth and photographer Adam Wallacavage, highlighted in the new Alumni Spotlight Gallery.
The Mercer Museum presents a compelling look at the “atomic age” of America with the exhibition “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965,” featuring artifacts, graphics, audio and video recordings dated from a time during which Americans lived with the constant fear of a worldwide atomic war, opening this weekend, April 6 to May 25 at 84 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, PA. Admission: adults $10, seniors $9, youth (6-17) $6, members and children (5 and under) free.
The Rowan University Art Gallery grants a distinct look at themes surrounding the built environment in an exhibition titled “High/Low Density,” co-curated by Mark Campbell and Mary Salvante, through May 12. Featuring the work of eight artists, including Campbell, Anthony Angelicola, Kim Beck, Kara Crombie, David McQueen, Erin Murray, Peter Rose and Blaise Tobia, a key piece to the exhibit is “Conflation: Living Above The Store,” a three-dimensional “sculptural” model detailing the “separation of function” directive of many suburban zoning exercises, where social life is divided into residential, commercial, industrial and institutional entities instead of being compacted into one sole urban space, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ.
Onstage at Hedgerow Theatre is Shakespeare’s farce “The Comedy of Errors,” through April 29, directed by Jared Reed, 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA. Tickets $10-$28
The Philadelphia Poetry Slam hosts Louder Arts poet and Urban Word NYC mentor Angel Nafis, Friday, April 6, 8:30pm, the White Space at the Crane Old School, 1417 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties. A workshop with Nafis will be Friday, April 6, 7:30pm.
Painted Bride Art Center celebrates Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Day with Black Cat Brew, Friday, April 13, doors open 6pm for live music by Jason Fraticelli Quartet, live art by Gabe Tiberino, silent auction and more, followed by a Steve Bernstein performance at 9pm, to benefit the Bride’s programs and activities, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia. Tickets $75 Black Cat Brew only, $100 Black Cat Brew and Steve Bernstein performance.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge hosts “Through Our Lenses,” a youth photography competition and exhibition, April 6-14 as children are offered the chance to take pictures of the scenery and animals in the refuge with a single-use camera provided (while supplies last). Cameras will be tagged with the participant’s name, address and phone number, and will then be developed by the Refuge. All participants will receive a photo album of their prints and a matted 8 x 10 chosen by the judging staff. $5 adults and $3 for children (free to members). The event is geared for families with children ages 5–12 at 4 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ. May 5th, from 1– 4pm, Cedar Run will hold a gallery day, displaying all of the matted prints, along with a first, second and third place winner for best photograph.
Union Transfer presents April concerts and events: Feed Me with Teeth and Kill the Noise, April 7, 9pm; Cartel, Hit the Lights, Mixtapes, and Handguns, Wednesday, April 11, 7pm; Kaiser Chiefs and Spacecamp, Thursday, April 12, 9pm; Converge and Pianos Become the Teeth, Friday, April 13, 8pm; Rob Delaney, Saturday, April 14, 8:30pm; 1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. Tickets $14-$30
Easter themed events and listings:
Longwood Gardens hosts Easter Weekend activities including Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Saturday, April 7, 8am and 9:30am, along with the “Spring Blooms” display, as outdoor and indoor gardens burst with seasonal color, Kennett Square, PA. Admission $18-$25 adults, seniors (62+) $15-$22, Students (ages 5-22) $8-$11, children 4 and under free.
The Marshall Steam Museum hosts its second annual Easter Egg Hunt at Auburn Heights Preserve, this Saturday, April 7, noon-3pm, including opportunities to meet the Easter Bunny, ride on the Preserve’s railroad, and tour the Museum with the interactive exhibit “Under the Hood: How a Stanley Steamer Works,” 3000 Creek Road, Hockessin (Yorklyn), DE. Admission for adults 13 and over, $7, children 2-12, $5, children under 2 free.
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation hosts an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, 11am, for children 12 and under, Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA. Admission includes entrance to farm $8 adults, $8 children 4-12, children 4 and under free.
Stenton’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 7, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, with games, crafts, and egg dyeing, designed for children 10 and under, N.18th and Windrim Ave, Philadelphia. Admission is free.
The Awbury Arboretum hosts an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 7, 10am- noon, a free event with light refreshments, games and more, Awbury Road in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia.
The Smyrna Opera House celebrates Easter on Saturday, April 7 at 10am with an egg hunt and hands on art projects for ages 4-9, 7 West South St, Smyrna, DE. $10.
Haverford College holds an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 7, 11am, with crafts and more, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA.
Penns Woods Winery hosts a Family Fun Day, Saturday, April 7, noon-3pm with an Easter egg hunt, cupcake and wine (or juice box) pairings, games, prizes and more, at 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, PA. For children 12 and younger. Free.
Linvilla Orchards hosts a day of Easter events on Saturday, April 7, 11am-4pm with a “Hayride to Bunnyland” through the woods to meet the Easter Bunny and other events including pony rides, face painting, and train rides, 137 W. Knowlton Road in Media, PA. Admission $8.
The Camden Children’s Garden holds an Easter Egg hunt and brunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 7, 11am and noon, 3 Riverside Dr. in Camden, NJ. $10 for children and $12 for adults.
Friends of the Horticultural Center of Fairmount Park hosts the First Annual Spring Egg Hunt with over 800 eggs hidden on Saturday, April 7, noon-2pm, on the grounds of the Centennial Arboretum, Montgomery Drive and Belmont Avenue, with music, games, prizes, food and more.
The Annual Easter Promenade is Sunday, April 8, 1pm, rain or shine, with a costume contest, food, music, dancing and more, 5th and South Street, Philadelphia.
Other events and listings happening around the Delaware Valley:
LYF Classical Music Showcase at Penn is Saturday, April 7, 7:30pm with panel discussions, Philmore Ensemble, jam session, and more at Fisher-Bennett Hall, 34th & Walnut, Philadelphia. Advanced tickets free, at door $5, cash only.
The Moonstone Poetry series continues with poet, author, visual artist, photographer, and blues musician Dave Steel and poet and author Nina Corwin, Tuesday, April 10, 7pm, Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia.
The gospel-infused musical “Crowns” takes to the stage at Delaware Theatre Company, Wednesday, April 11, by Regina Taylor, from the acclaimed book by photographer Michael Cunningham and journalist Craig Marberry, directed by Kevin Ramsey, through April 29 at 200 Water Street, Wilmington, DE. For audiences 13 and up. Tickets $35-$49
The Crossroads Theatre Company presents “The Last Five Years,” written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Leah C. Gardiner, April 12-29, 7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. Tickets $40-$50
Onstage at Theatre Horizon is “How I Learned to Drive,” by Paula Vogel, directed by Kathryn MacMillan, through April 29, Centre Theatre, 208 DeKalb St, Norristown, PA. Tickets $21-$29
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Jazz Bridge celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month with the city’s first ever all-jazz photography exhibition, “Philly Jazz: A View through the Lens,” featuring the work of photographers Anthony Dean, L. David Hinton, Ben Johnson, Howard Pitkow, and videographer Jason Fifield, who have been shooting the local jazz scene for years, through April 30, Broad Street, Philadelphia.
Delaware Art Museum celebrates its centennial and continues its tradition of highlighting the work of accomplished regional artists with the new exhibit, “Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans,” a retrospective exhibition of approximately 50 paintings and drawings created by Evans between the 1960s and 2011, through July 15 at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE. Admission: Adults $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7–18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees waived on Sunday.
Philadelphia is home to the largest collection of public art in the United States and the Fairmount Park Art Association invites visitors to discover or rediscover them with a month-long celebration of public art, “Site Seeing: Rediscover Public Art This Spring!,” a series of free programs including Public Art Pathway of giant balloons along the Ben Franklin Parkway, Sculpture Flashlight Mob, and Public Art Bike Tours. Participants can also learn more with a multi-platform, interactive audio experience available for free via cell phone, audio download or streaming.
International House hosts a month-long series of themed programs celebrating the people, culture and heritage of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden with “Hej! Scandinavia,” including symposiums, food events, film screenings, and more, through April 26 at 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
Brandywine River Museum presents “Scribner’s Magazine: The Early Years in Illustration,” highlighting the illustrators who contributed to the magazine’s success including Charles Dana Gibson, Thornton Oakley, Rose O’Neill, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Frank Schoonover, N.C. Wyeth and more, and depicts the swift evolution of image printing process at the end of the 19th century, through May 20 on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, PA. Admission $12 adults, $6 seniors (65+), students and children ages 6-12, children 6 and under free. Museum admission free on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-noon.
Interact Theatre Company presents the inaugural “Outside the Frame: Voices from the Other America” Festival, a four-week theatre event featuring seven presented works by leading, nationally-known storytellers, solo artists, and monologists including world premieres, Philadelphia premieres, and the co-presentation of the Young Voices Monologue Festival with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, through April 22, The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Tickets $25
Burlap and Bean hosts spring concerts: Jenny and Tyler with Caleb Spaulding, Friday, April 6; Vilebred with Tony Memmel, Saturday, April 7; Emma Hill and Jonathan Bower, Wednesday, April 11; Sarah Blacker, Suzie Brown, and Hannah Fair, Friday, April 13; Antje Duvekot with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, Saturday, April 14; doors open at 7:30pm, The Shops at Springton Pointe, 203 South Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, PA. Tickets $5-$15
Electric Factory hosts spring concerts: Heritage Hunter Tour featuring Mastodon and Opeth with special guest Ghost, Monday, April 9, 7:30pm; Figure with Love City DJs, Johnny V, and Mojo Risin, Saturday, April 14, 8pm; 421 North 7th Street, Philadelphia. Tickets $20-$39.90
Onstage 4 at Montgomery Theater is the comedy “Don’t Talk to the Actors,” by Tom Dudzick, through April 28, 124 N. Main Street, Souderton, PA. Tickets $23-$35
EgoPo Classic Theater continues their tradition of producing year-long festivals celebrating a specific genre or playwright with the Festival of Jewish Theater and the world premiere of “The Golem,” through April 15. A unique theatrical event directed by Brenna Geffers and crafted by the ensemble of artists including Ross Beschler, Kevin Chick, David Jadico, Lorna Howley, Genevieve Perrier, Sarah Schol, Griffin Stanton-Ameisen and Josh Totora, the production features puppets by Martina Plag and original live instrumental and vocal music by Andrew Nelson, inspired by Klezmer and Eastern European folk music. Audience invited to Passover seders on April 6 & 7, Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Show tickets $20-$50; Seder $40 with show ticket & $50 general admission.
Lantern Theater Company continues its 18th season with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles McMahon, through April 8 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th & Ludlow Streets, Center City, Philadelphia. Tickets $20-$36, $10 student rush 10 minutes before curtain with valid ID/cash only.
To submit an event to be considered for the Weekly Entertainment Guide email Robin Bloom at email@example.com.
Pamela Seaton contributed reporting to this week’s guide.