Diversions: Jan. 15-21

Diversions: Jan. 15-21

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THEATER Almost, Maine The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater presents an off-beat comedy where love takes some surprising turns for folks in a tiny northern town, through Jan. 30, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore; (610) 328-4271.

Becky Shaw The Wilma Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize finalist and off-Broadway hit comedy from Obie Award-winner Gina Gionfriddo about a woman who decides to set up her best friend on a blind date with her husband’s mysterious coworker, through Jan. 31, 265 S. Broad St.; (215) 546-7824.

Blue Door Arden Theatre Company presents the story of a successful mathematics professor experiencing a sleepless night during which a series of ancestors visits to reveal the hardships and victories that have shaped their lives, through March 21, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

Defending the Caveman The comedy written by Rob Becker returns at 6 and 9 p.m. Jan. 16 to Sellersville Theater 1984, 24 W. Temple Ave.; (215) 257-5808.

The Eclectic Society The Walnut Street Theatre presents the world premiere of a complex story of drama and humor set on a university campus in 1963 New England, Jan. 18-March 7, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

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

The Irish ... and How They Got That Way The irreverent but affectionate history of the Irish in America uses classical songs and stories as told by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, through Feb. 28 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Other Hands Luna Theatre Company presents an examination of love for the technological age, Jan. 20-Feb. 14 at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5, 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. 31 at Arden Theatre Company’s F. Otto Haas Stage, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

The Prince Independence Studio presents a story following a popular senator into the backroom of his politically charged court case, Jan. 19-Feb. 7 at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 3, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Sara Felder’s Melancholy, A Comedy Painted Bride Art Center presents the out juggler, theater artist and trickster as she probes the dark corners of mental illness in this radical solo comedy about Abraham Lincoln, a woman on the bus and the civil war within ourselves, Jan. 21-23, 230 Vine St.; (215) 925-9914.

The Threshing Floor Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents a one-man performance of an imagined encounter with out author James Baldwin and a fictional graduate student who comes to interview Baldwin at his home abroad, through Jan. 31 at Adrienne Theatre’s Second Stage; (215) 923-8909.

TRU Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents a look into the psyche of out author Truman Capote as he reels from social shunning by his elite Manhattan friends following Esquire Magazine’s publication of a gossip-filled chapter from his never-to-be-finished work “Answered Prayers,” through Jan. 31 at Adrienne Theatre’s Second Stage; (215) 923-8909.

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

A Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tail Plays & Players Family Series will present the story of a birthday very long ago when Eeyore lost his tail and Winnie the Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends together to organize a search, through Jan. 24, 1714 Delancey Place; (215) 735-0630.

MUSIC classical Mattila Debuts The Philadelphia Orchestra presents acclaimed Finnish soprano Karita Mattila at 8 p.m. Jan. 15-16 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Chopin the Storyteller The Kimmel Center presents an evening of music by Chopin performed by Jeffrey Siegel, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Garrick Ohlsson Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents an evening of the pianist performing the music of Chopin, 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

An Evening of Mozart The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Mozart’s most popular works, 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 23 and 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other The Waiting Room The Genesis/Peter Gabriel tribute band performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at Sellersville Theater 1984, 24 W. Temple Ave.; (215) 257-5808.

Cassidy The former Antigone Rising singer performs at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

Christine Havrilla The out singer-songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

Animus The instrumental group of culturally diverse musical concepts and traditions from ancient to modern performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Sgt. Sass The out hip-hop duo performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Khyber, 56 S. Second St.; (215) 238-5888.

Johnny Showcase The creator of the Lefty Lucy Cabaret performs, backed by his soul outfit The Sons of Thunder, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 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.

American Pastime InLiquid presents an installation of new mixed-media work by artist Katharine Kesselring, through Feb. 5 at the Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery, 230 Vine St.; (215) 592-1310.

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.

Isaac Lin: A Place Near Here Fleisher/Ollman Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new works from the Chinese-American artist, Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 100; (215) 545-7562.

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.

Supergirl! NEXUS presents an exhibition of female video artists who represent themselves as superheroes in their work, through Feb. 5, 1400 N. American St., Suite 102; (215) 684-1946.

Twenty-Two Squared Twenty-Two Gallery presents an eclectic offering of affordable original art from 22 area artists, through Feb. 7, 236 S. 22nd St.; (215) 772-1911.

DANCE River North Chicago Dance Company The jazzy dance troupe kicks off the new year for the Dance Celebration Series, through Jan. 16 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.

FILM A League of Their Own This 1992 film directed by Penny Marshall and starring Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Red Shoes The 1948 film about the world of professional ballet is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

4 Little Girls Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents Spike Lee’s powerful documentary about the 1963 bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Ala., that tragically took the lives of four girls, ages 11-14, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind The film starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet is screened at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

BOOKS Elizabeth Kostova The author of “The Swan Thieves: A Novel” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

CABARET The Ken Silver Orchestra The musical ensemble performs at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret The outrageous cabaret performer takes the stage at 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St.; (215) 592-0656.

ETC Jim Norton The outrageously funny comedian performs Jan. 15-16 at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Bob Marley The comedian from Comedy Central and “The Boondock Saints” performs through Jan. 16 at Helium, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.


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