Diversions: Jan. 2-9

Diversions: Jan. 2-9

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THEATER Cherry Bomb: The Worst Act in Vaudeville for the Holidays 1812 Productions presents an original musical creation combining classic elements of burlesque, melodrama and double-act antics, through Jan. 4 at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place; (215) 592-9560.

A Chorus Line The Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series presents the Tony Award-winning musical for everyone who's ever had a dream and put it all on the line, through Jan. 4 at The Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; (215) 923-1515.

Defending the Caveman The Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series presents Rob Becker’s popular comedy about men and women, through Jan. 4 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 893-1999.

Give My Regards to Broadway The Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series presents the story of how Broadway developed into a purely American art form, Jan. 8-Feb. 1 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 893-1999.

Hairspray The Broadway smash based on the John Waters film returns, through Jan. 4 at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Romance/Romance The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater presents the musical exploring the question of whether years of marriage can survive when flirtation threatens to become something more, Jan. 8-17, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore; (610) 328-4271.

Schmucks The Wilma Theater presents comedy exposing the secret motives that drove Lenny Bruce and Groucho Marx to make people laugh, through Jan. 4, 265 S. Broad St.; (215) 546-7824.

Sleeping Beauty Storybook Musical Theatre presents an original musical adaptation of the Charles Parrault tale about a young princess who is cast into a hundred years' sleep by an evil fairy and the prince that faces many '’thorny'’ problems in trying to rescue her, Jan. 6-10 at St. Joseph's University’s Bluett Theater, 56th Street and Overbrook Avenue; (215) 659-8550.

The Snow Queen Enchantment Theatre Company presents Hans Christen Andersen’s tale of friendship and loyalty, told through the graceful performances of masked actors and puppets, through Jan. 4 at Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; (215) 881-9899.

A Tuna Christmas The Walnut Street Theatre presents two actors playing 20 different characters in a comedic tale of a tiny Texas town celebrating a very strange holiday season, through Jan. 4 at Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

MUSIC classical Salute to Vienna Attila Glatz Concerts presents an evening of performance of Viennese music, song and dance at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Runnicles Conducts Brahams The Philadelphia Orchestra presents an evening elegant sounds of waltzes, polkas and other favorites at 8 p.m. Jan. 8-10 and 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other A Trick of the Tail The Genesis tribute band performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 2-3 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Comfortably Numb The Pink Floyd tribute band performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; (215) 257-5808.

The Damned The influential punk band performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 at TLA, 334 South St.; (215) 922-1011.

Edwin McCain and Chris Barron The alternative rock solo artist and the Spin Doctors’ frontman team up for a performance 8 p.m. Jan. 6 at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; (215) 257-5808.

Camper Van Beethoven Y-Rock on XPN presents the influential rock band on their 25th anniversary tour at 9 p.m. Jan. 7 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

EXHIBITS Black Hands, Blue Seas — The Untold Maritime Stories of African American Independence Seaport Museum presents an exhibition that explores the African-American maritime experience, through March 2009, Penn's Landing on the Delaware River, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; (215) 413-8631.

Breath & Light Tyme Gallery proudly presents an exhibition featuring works from award-winning photographer Deborah Cascarino and the poetry of award-winning poet Susan Windle, through Jan. 4, 17 W. Eagle Road, Havertown; (610) 853-1215.

Claus Mroczynski: Sacred Places of the Southwest James A. Michener Art Museum presents the German-born photographer’s exhibition featuring sacred Native-American places of the Southwest, through Feb. 1, 500 Union Square Drive, New Hope; (215) 340-9800.

Cross-Coupling AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of circuit-board mosaics by New York City artist Annette Cords, through Jan. 24, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

Cuba: Campo Adentro The James A. Michener Art Museum presents an exhibition of black-and-white photographs depicting tobacco farmers, their families and a rural landscape in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio Province, through Jan. 4, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; (215) 340-9800.

No One We Know The Clay Studio presents an exhibition of sculptures by John Casey, through Jan. 24, 139 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453.

RE: Work (malaprops, homophones, tangents and turquoise) The Clay Studio presents an exhibition of works by Jeremy Brooks, through Jan. 25, 139 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453.

Saving Face: Portraits from the Collection of Robert Infarinato James A. Michener Art Museum presents an exhibition of iconic portraits of artists and celebrities from the collection of Bucks County resident Robert M. Infarinato, through March 15, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; (215) 340-9800.

Scents and Form James Oliver Gallery presents an exhibit combining the work of world-renowned master painter Ron Johnson and the preeminent sculptor Emil Alzamora, through Jan. 17, 723 Chestnut St., fourth floor; (215) 923-1242.

Sendak on Sendak The Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts an exhibition exploring the work of gay artist/author Maurice Sendak, through May 2009, at 2008-10 Delancey Place; (215) 732-1600.

AUDITIONS La Ronde (Reigen) The Living End Theatre Company is seeking male actors 21 and over for an all-male production of “Reigen” by Arthur Schnitzler in Philadelphia. Play will involve full nudity and physical contact. There is a modest performance stipend. Experience and training are welcome, but not essential. For information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (302) 224-0598.

Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus will hold auditions for new members, beginning with its “That '80s Show” concert in March. Singers and dancers of all skill levels and voice parts are welcome to audition for the chorus. To schedule an audition, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DANCE Group Motion's WinterFest 2009 The internationally known dance troupe celebrates its 40th season, Jan. 2-4 at Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave.; (215) 387-9895.

Teatro la Fenice's Roméo et Juliette Bryn Mawr Film Institute's Dance and Film series presents the 1948 film in which real-life ballerina Moira Shearer plays Victoria Page, a young dancer torn between her art and her romance with a young composer, at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

Concerto Six Twenty-Two Lar Lubovitch Dance Company premieres two works and its masterpiece featuring a male duet, Jan. 8-10 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.

FILM The Red Shoes The 1974 movie re-telling of “The Phantom of the Opera” is screened at 9:45 p.m. Jan. 2 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

High Noon The 1952 western classic is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 3 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

I Can’t Even Think Straight The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Camp Rehoboth will co-sponsor a screening of the lesbian film as a part of the Women’s Weekend at 3 p.m. Jan. 3 at Movies at Midway, Route 1, Midway Shopping Center, Rehoboth Beach, Del.; (302) 645-9095.

Captain Blood The 1935 classic pirate film starring Errol Flynn is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

American Psycho The 2000 film starring Christian Bale as a serial killer is screened at 8 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

Quiet Beauty: Silent Film Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a four-week course that introduces students to silent film, a blanket term covering the period in cinema from the Lumieres’ Paris premiere in 1895 to the establishment of synchronized-sound feature films as the Hollywood standard in 1929, Jan. 6-27, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

BOOKS Raphael Kadushin and Douglas Martin The editor and one of the contributors of “Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing” host a reading at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

David Allen The chairman and founder of the David Allen Company, a global management and consulting firm, and the author of “Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life,” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

ETC. Jeff Dunham The comedian/ventriloquist and his wildly popular puppets perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 at Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (215) 336-3600.

The Comic vs. Audience Comedy Show Some of the best stand-up comedians in Philadelphia perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 5 at Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.; (215) 592-0119.

The Trojan War: Recent Excavations at Troy Dr. C. Brian Rose, deputy director at the Penn Museum, speaks about renewed excavations at Troy during the past 20 years that have focused on nine settlements from the beginning of the Bronze age (3000 B.C.) through the end of the Byzantine period (A.D. 1400), at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St.; (215) 898-4890.

Cagematch Improv troupes go head-to-head at 10 p.m. Jan. 8 at Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.; (215) 592-0119.


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