Fall Arts Preview 2015

Fall Arts Preview 2015

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Summer’s almost over and it’s time to trade in the sunshine, comic-book-themed summer blockbusters and beach bods for sweaters, holiday spending, food binges and the high arts of the cool and darkening months ahead. 

Thanks goodness. We’re sick of the sweltering temperatures, outdoor concerts, seeing people wearing flip-flops everywhere and meticulously watching our carb intake.

Fall is almost upon so, get your calendars out and make some plans.

 

Books

Lee Child

The bestselling author hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-567-4341.

Wendell Pierce

The actor and author of “The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play and the City That Would Not Be Broken” hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-567-4341.

Roberta Kaplan

The lawyer who helped defeat the Defense of Marriage Act and author of “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA” hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-567-4341.

Carrie Brownstein

The Slater-Kinney singer-guitarist and author of “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir” hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-567-4341.

John Irving

The bestselling author hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-567-4341.

Patti Smith

The punk-rock icon and author of “M Train” hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-567-4341.

 

Classical/Opera/World Music

Yannick & Rachmaninoff

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Oct. 1-4 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

For Love of Country

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Oct. 8-10 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Sinatra: A Centennial Celebration

The Philly POPS perform a tribute to Frank Sinatra Oct. 9-11 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Deana Martin

The Philly POPS perform with Deana Martin in a tribute to her legendary father, Dean Martin, 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Beethoven’s Fifth

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the composer’s classics Oct. 16-17 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Brahms’s “Double” Concerto

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Oct. 22-24 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

The Original Rhapsody in Blue

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Oct. 29-31 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Mozart and Schumann

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Nov. 5-7 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

One Land, One River, One People

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Nov. 13-15 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Tchaikovsky’s Winter Dreams

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs with violinist Leonidas Kavakos Nov. 19-21 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies

The Philly POPS perform scores from popular Disney films 3 p.m. Nov. 28 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas Spectacular

The Philly POPS perform Christmas classics Dec. 4-22 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

 

Comedy/Humor

Iliza Shlesinger

The comedian performs Sept. 10-12 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001.

Sinbad

The comedian performs 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

Funny Or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

Comedians Amy Schumer, Dave Attell, Aziz Ansari and more perform 5:15 p.m. Sept. 13 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; 609-365-1300.

Bruce Bruce

The comedian performs Sept. 18-20 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001.

Craig Ferguson

The talk-show host and comedian performs 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800. Ferguson also performs 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Keswick Theater, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

Paul Mooney and Dick Gregory

The comedy legends perform Oct. 2-3 at the Rrazz Room at The Prince, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-422-4580.

Paula Poundstone

The comedian performs 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

Brian Regan

The comedian performs 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000.

Wanda Sykes

The out comedian performs 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

Bill Burr

The comedian performs 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-389-9543.

Lewis Black

The comedian performs 9 p.m. Nov. 20-21 at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000.

 

Dance

Speed and Precision

The Pennsylvania Ballet performs Oct. 22-25 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800. 

Urban Bush Women

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the dance group that weaves contemporary dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual traditions of the African diaspora, Oct. 22-24 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-3900.

So You Think You Can Dance

Contestants from the hit TV show perform 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Kun-Yang Lin’s Home/S. 9th St.

The world premiere of the company’s exploration into the meaning of immigrant journeys, home and “American-ness,” informed by Philadelphia’s own South Ninth Street corridor, runs Nov. 18-21 at 140 N. Columbus Blvd.; 215-413-1318.

River North Dance Chicago

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Chicago-based jazz dance group, Nov. 20-21 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-3900.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

The Pennsylvania Ballet performs the holiday tradition Dec. 11-31 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

 

Exhibits

George Shinn: Now and Again

Muse Art Gallery presents an exhibition of works using decorative elements joined with organic and geometric shapes Sept. 2-27 at 52 N. Second St.; 215-627-5310.

Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the acclaimed photographer’s black-and-white pictures of the 1950s and ’60s, Sept. 19-Feb. 21, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo and Titian

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring paintings and the creative processes of some of art history’s most important figures Oct. 27-Jan. 10, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a survey of American still life in three decades, representing the genre from its beginnings in the early 1800s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s, Oct. 27-Jan. 10, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

 

Music

L7

The all-female grunge band performs 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888.

Lisa Loeb

The singer-songwriter performs 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at Sellersville Theatre 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5858.

The Smiths Social

The alt-rock band’s music is celebrated 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888.

Christine Havrilla and Gypsy Fuzz

The out singer-songwriter and her band perform 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400.

Lez Zeppelin

The all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band performs 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at Sellersville Theatre 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5858.

Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix

The pop singer and the vocal group with out members perform 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; 609-365-1300.

Cheap Trick

The rock band performs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

Motorhead and Anthrax

The heavy-metal bands perform 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Tower Theatre, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 610-352-2887.

Jesus and Mary Chain

The rock band performs 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-232-2100.

Madonna

The pop icon performs 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-389-9543.

Chvrches

The synthpop group performs 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; 800-745-3000.

Kraftwerk

The pioneering electronic/industrial group performs 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; 800-745-3000.

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks

The alternative-rock bands perform 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; 800-745-3000.

Audra McDonald

The Tony Award-winning Broadway star performs 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Stevie Wonder

The R&B singer performs 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-389-9543.

Melody Gardot

The jazz singer performs 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Chris Cornell

The rock singer performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Danzig

The hard-rock band performs 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; 800-745-3000.

Chance the Rapper

The rapper performs 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; 800-745-3000.

New Found Glory and Yellowcard

The alternative-rock bands perform 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; 800-745-3000.

Peaches

The out electro-pop singer performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888.

Cypress Hill

The rap group performs 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-922-1011.

The Darkness

The UK rock group performs 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-922-1011.

Tesseract

The prog-metal band performs 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-922-1011.

The Who and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

The rock bands perform 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-389-9543.

Well-Strung

The out string quartet performs 8 p.m. Nov. 6-7 at the Rrazz Room at The Prince, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-422-4580.

Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera

The rock band performs 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Don Henley

The rock singer performs 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The rock band performs 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-389-9543.

 

Theater

High Society

Walnut Street Theatre presents Cole Porter’s feel-good musical about a socialite preparing for her lavish summer wedding Sept. 8-Oct. 25, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

A Divine Evening with Charles Busch

The cabaret star performs 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Rrazz Room at The Prince, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-422-4580.

Gypsy

Media Theatre presents the story about an aggressive stage mother Sept. 23-Nov. 1, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

Ship Wrecked!

Walnut Street Theatre presents the 19th-entury adventure Oct. 6-Nov. 1 at Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

Criss Angel Presents The Supernaturalists

Illusionists perform at 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Tower Theatre, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 610-352-2887.

Linda Lavin

The stage and screen star performs 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Rrazz Room at The Prince, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-422-4580.

Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque

The risqué models perform 9 p.m. Oct. 20 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-232-2100.

Bullets Over Broadway

The Woody Allen musical about mobsters performs Oct. 27-Nov. 1 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run

Perry’s outrageous comedy comes to town Nov. 10-15 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Matilda: The Musical

The musical based on the beloved novel, Nov. 17-29 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

Billy Elliot

Media Theatre presents the story of one boy’s passion for ballet over the boxing ring Nov. 18-Jan. 3, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

The Book of Mormon

The hit musical comedy comes to Philly to spread the good word Nov. 24-Dec. 27 at Kimmel’s Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; 215- 923-1515.

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

A comedy-thriller based on the classic sleuth, Nov. 27-Dec. 27 at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Walnut Street Theatre presents the stage adaptation of the classic Christmas film Dec. 10-Jan. 10, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier

The out filmmaker talks holidays 8:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-232-2100. 


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