Diversions: Jan. 1-7

Diversions: Jan. 1-7

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THEATER The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon The classic children’s book comes to life through Jan. 3 at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; (215) 893-1999.

Crawling Fish Mummer Play Walking Fish Theatre presents a moveable play based on the Wantage Mummer Plays dating to Medieval times, through Jan. 2, 2509 Frankford Ave.; (215) 427-9255.

First Impressions Act II Playhouse presents Tony Braithwaite’s hilarious new political humor romp, Jan. 6-17, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; (215) 654-0200.

Oliver! Walnut Street Theatre presents one of the world’s most-beloved musicals, through Jan. 10, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

The Moon is a Mirror Within Me Firebird-Light Productions presents a series of dramatic readings both ancient and contemporary, through Jan. 10 at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio V, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Peter Pan The timeless story of Peter, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and the Lost Boys hits the stage through Jan. 24 at Arden Theatre Company’s F. Otto Haas Stage, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

Red, White & Tuna Walnut Street Theatre presents two comic masters bringing to life 24 characters from Tuna, Texas, through Jan. 3 at Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Scapin Lantern Theater Company presents Molière’s classic farce, through Jan. 3 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow St.; (215) 829-0395.

This Is the Week That Is 1812 Productions presents its signature take on political satire, through Jan. 3 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; (215) 592-9560.

When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? New City Stage Company presents the revival of Mark Medoff’s dark drama-comedy, through Jan. 10 at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 563-7500.

Wicked The musical based on the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz” returns Jan. 2-24 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC classical Salute to Vienna Attila Glatz Concerts presents a new program featuring operetta excerpts, popular waltzes, polkas and marches, at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Morales plays Mozart The Philadelphia Orchestra and principal clarinet Ricardo Morales perform one of Mozart’s most popular works, 8 p.m. Jan. 7-9 and 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other Steve Pullara and his Cool Beans Band The family-friendly act performs at noon Jan. 1 at Kimmel’s Commonwealth Plaza, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

John Legend The R&B singer performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Mariah Carey The R&B superstar diva performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Marc Silver & The Stonethrowers The out singer-songwriter and his band open for Bearfoot at 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at Sellersville Theater 1984, 24 W. Temple Ave.; (215) 257-5808.

Erik Deustch The pianist, known for playing with such artists as Norah Jones, the Charlie Hunter Trio, Erin McKeown and Scott Amendola, performs at 9 p.m. Jan. 7 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

EXHIBITS Agulhas Gallery 339 presents an exhibition of works by Edward Dimsdale through Jan. 23, 339 S. 21st St.; (215) 731-1530.

Body Worlds 2 & The Brain The Franklin Institute presents an eye-opening journey through the inner workings of the human body through a broad collection of authentic human specimens, through Feb. 20, 222 N. 20th St.; (215) 448-1200.

Common Ground: Eight Philadelphia Photographers in the 1960s and 1970s The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition examining a critical period for the art of photography and for the Philadelphia art scene, through Jan. 31, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

8x10 and Under: Small Landscapes Gallery 339 presents a new photography exhibition through Jan. 23, 339 S. 21st St.; (215) 731-1530.

Lace in Translation The Design Center at Philadelphia University presents a new exhibition of contemporary work inspired by historic lace, through April 3, 4200 Henry Ave.; (215) 951-2860. Ragas and Rajas: Musical Imagery of Courtly India The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a diverse selection of paintings and sculptures from across the subcontinent, through Feb. 28, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Rockwell’s America The largest 3-D Norman Rockwell exhibit in the world takes visitors on a unique journey that includes segments from the Academy Award-winning film “Norman Rockwell’s World,” 20 theatrical environments, 35 three-dimensional life-sized depictions of Rockwell’s characters and dozens of interactive educational experiences, through March 14 at King of Prussia Mall’s Lower Level Plaza, 256 Mall Blvd.; (610) 768-0710.

Step Right Up Bahdeebahdu presents the talented mixed-media work of Ryan Wilson Kelly, Melissa Stern and Ricky Boscarino, each bound by a circle of light to produce a single circus theme, through Jan. 30, 1522 N. American St.; (215) 627-5002.

DANCE Shen Yun The Kimmel Center presents the classical Chinese dance and orchestral group, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2 and 2 p.m. Jan. 3 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

FILM Paranormal Activity The horror film is screened at 8 p.m. Jan. 4 at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

Animal House Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents the classic comedy 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

BOOKS The Diaspora Book Group The novel “Murder on Camac” is discussed at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

Women’s Book Group The book “Second Person Queer: Who You Are (So Far)” is discussed at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

AUDITIONS Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus The chorus will hold auditions for the 2009-10 concert season, looking for singers of all skill levels and voice parts by appointment only, from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 4 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2111 Sansom St., (215) 731-9230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Philadelphia Voices of Pride The city’s premiere LGBT mixed-voice chorus will hold open auditions for new members 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an audition.

ETC A Longwood Gardens Christmas Visitors can enjoy elegantly decorated trees, waves of poinsettias and an outdoor light display through Jan. 10 at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square; (610) 388-1000.


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