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Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez & Tina Majorino
The beloved indie classic "Napoleon Dynamite" was made almost 15 years ago. Since then much has changed; but the characters, as enduring as they are endearing, stay in our hearts. Appealing to the inner-teenager in each of us, the story, and more importantly the dialogue, makes “Napoleon Dynamite” one of the most quoted movies of our time. Napoleon Dynamite makes us laugh - and laugh hard - over and over again. This unique evening includes a full screening of "Napoleon Dynamite" followed by a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members; Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Tina Majorino (Deb).

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2018/18 - 11/2018/18
On the Trail of Big Cats with Wildlife Photographer, Steve Winter
Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. From trekking high in India’s Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards and stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles to chronicling the nocturnal activities of the “American lion” or cougar, this determined explorer ventures far and wide to come face to face with his subjects. This is no easy task. Since many big cat species are in danger of extinction, they have good reason to avoid humans. While these felines may be endangered, they're still wild, unpredictable creatures ⎯ and caution is required in their presence.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2018/01 - 11/2018/01
Spectrum Dance Theater; A Rap on Race
Philadelphia Premiere // Philadelphia Debut // Annenberg Center Debut Nearly 50 years ago, two towering public figures, African-American author James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead, sat together and recorded an epic and intimate seven-and-a-half-hour conversation about race in America. Now, choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith re-imagine that conversation in the present in A Rap on Race. This new dance-theatre work combines text with movement and music to communicate the complexities of talking about race, at a time when that conversation is as necessary as ever.

presented by Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
10/2018/12 - 10/2018/13
The Monster in the Hall
Duck and her father are doing great. At least that’s what they’d like the social worker who’s visiting today to believe. She doesn’t need to know that Duck’s father just woke up blind, or who that random Norwegian woman in the closet is. With the help of her own backup band, The Marvellous Duckettes, Duck is sure to persuade anyone and everyone that she and her dad are absolutely, positively, certifiably fine. This play with songs is directed by Claire Moyer. (Suitable for ages 14 and up) “This is a well-worked script which is laugh out loud funny from start to finish. The story is infused with such infectious charm and wit that I defy anyone not to be completely engaged by its joy and exuberance." - Glasgow Theatre Blog

presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company
10/2018/04 - 10/2018/21
All My Sons at Curio Theatre Company
All My Sons By Arthur Miller Directed by Gay Carducci Previews October 10-12 Opening Night October 13 Industry Night Monday October 15 One Saturday Matinee October 27 (2pm) Closing November 3 (All performances at 8pm.) In All My Sons, by legendary American playwright Arthur Miller, Joe and Kate Keller are living a comfortable suburban life with their son Chris, but tragedy looms over the household. The Keller’s other son, Larry, went missing in action a few years earlier, leaving a void in the family. When Chris becomes involved with Larry’s former fiancé, Kate must finally accept that Larry is gone forever, and face the horrible truth about what caused his death. Join us for this this powerful tale of denial, injustice, and the mundane brutality of American capitalism. Warning: Contains themes of suicide.

presented by Curio Theatre Company
10/2018/10 - 11/2018/03
Jiri Trnka Shorts Program 2: Tales and Collaborations
Silly circuses, classic fairy tales, and toy trains come to life through magical stop-motion, puppet, and hand-drawn animation in these charming, family-friendly shorts which showcase Trnka’s fruitful collaborations with fellow artists, animators, and puppeteers. Merry Circus The Gingerbread House How the Old Man Traded it All Away Kutasek and Kutilka The Midnight Adventure Circus Hurvinek

presented by International House Philadelphia
10/2018/13 - 10/2018/13
The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex Ed: A Verbal Sanctuary for Sexual Expression
"This is the most fun I have had for the least amount of money....Great place to take a date....Met so many nice people (single woman)....Finally had my unusual sex questions answered by an expert..." Come hear what all of Philadelphia, the Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Magazine have been talking about since 2008. Susana Mayer, Ph.D. is the creator & host of this comfortable & safe space. Hear erotica & sex memoirs. NO CENSORSHIP. Participate as a reader, storyteller, spoken-word performer, or just come to listen, enjoy & applaud. Prior to readings: Adult Sex-Ed, lead by Dr. Mayer Sexologist & co-host Walter. Answers to your anonymous questions are audience driven, along with Dr. Mayer’s academic input. Eccentric Walter keeps this session most lively with his quirky sense of humor. Every month there is a different audience participation section, such as creating erotic Mad-Libs and sex bucket list.

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
03/2018/20 - 12/2018/18
The Sun and its Planets, by Bright Invention
Bright Invention is a longform improvisation ensemble that specializes in "immersive improv", softening the boundary between audience and actor. For our audiences, Bright Invention extends the gift of personalized improvised performance which, in the best moments, feels scripted and leaves audiences stunned, moved to tears and laughter, and unified in their humanity.   We believe that (y)our stories, relationships, and personal truths are connective tissues that, when crafted and shared, bring seemingly disparate people together. Our shows are sweet, sad, funny, wistful - every color in the rainbow!

presented by Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater
10/2018/25 - 12/2018/13
Collected Stories
Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents "Collected Stories" by Donald Margulies. In this engaging and witty drama, a successful short story writer tries to mentor her student, but ends up creating a rival A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "A writer of wit and intelligence" -Variety On stage in Ambler from Oct. 23 through Nov. 18 only.

presented by Act II Playhouse
10/2018/23 - 11/2018/18
Such Things as Vampires
People's Light presents a highly theatrical folk-punk twist on the Dracula tale. Infused with lilting ballads, rock anthems, and melodious love songs, this concert-theatre event is an irreverent, bloody, and wickedly fun retelling of Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic masterpiece. At the forefront of Such Things as Vampires are The Preventers, a traveling band of musicians who arrive in town with a mysterious mission. They share “The Book of Mina” to ward off an encroaching, malevolent presence. The Book chronicles the great love between two young women, Mina and Lucy, and their encounter with The Beast, Dracula. "Imagine Bram Stoker in a blender with Riot Grrrl..." - co-creator Mary Tuomanen Created and Conceived by Zak Berkman, Stuart Carden, Jessie Fisher, and Mary Tuomanen Directed by Stuart Carden September 20 - October 31 Steinbright Stage at People's Light

presented by People's Light
09/2018/20 - 10/2018/31
Jill Soloway | She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy
Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning creator of the Amazon series Transparent, Jill Soloway is the director of the feature film Afternoon Delight, creator of the series I Love Dick, and was a writer and executive producer for Six Feet Under, How to Make It in America, and United States of Tara. They are also the author of Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants and founder of the activism groups 5050by2020 and East Side Jews. Pondering the #MeToo movement, gender dynamics, and the nature of inclusion, She Wants It draws on Soloway’s own unique truth, including their experience in the entertainment industry and their metamorphosis from a married mother of two to identifying as queer and nonbinary.

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia
10/2018/17 - 10/2018/17
Seaport Spooktacular
Join us to celebrate Halloween and have a scary good time! Trick-or-treat among the nostalgic decks of Cruiser Olympia, one of our National Historic Landmark ships. Our MakerSpace will be fun of festive creations, where decorated laser-cut pumpkins and spooky charms on glow bracelets* will be made. Decorate pumpkin scrimshaw - it's sure to be bone-chilling. Visit the Mad Scientists' Lab and get your hands dirty in mysterious mud while digging up ghoulish surprisies. There's a lot to discover in the muck while learning about what the Delaware River is made up of. Ghost stories told on Schooner Diligence may give you the chills but cider and hot cocoa will be available to warm you up. A face painter will be ready to draw supernatural designs. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to maritime-themed ones. It'll be spooky fun for all at this fang-tastic family event. *Glow bracelets are an additional $3. Available on the day of the event.

presented by Independence Seaport Museum
10/2018/27 - 10/2018/27
Touch of Classics! Presents Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel - Two Musical Masterpieces for Halloween!
Everyone knows the story of Little Red’s adventure in the dark woods to visit Gramma’s house and their escape from the ravenous wolf. By luck and trickery their lives are spared by the trusty woodsman’s axe. Also, Hansel & Gretel’s tale after their Mother sends them into the dark and eerie woods in search of strawberries where they both get lost in the deepest part until they discover the magical gingerbread house of the evil Witch, who quickly captures them and prepares to make them the latest batch of gingerbread children to add to her collection. Gretel outsmarts the Witch freeing all the other children from her magical spell and ending her reign of terror. Touch of Classics! looks forward to seeing children of all ages for these two fully staged and costumed performances, so bring the family and join us for a “spookily-musical” good time with Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel this Halloween!

presented by Rotunda
10/2018/20 - 10/2018/21
Film: HOLDEN ON
Holden On is about Holden Layfield, a 17-year-old junior and it's homecoming week in his small Georgia town. The popular, athletic teen is already fielding early scholarships. But Holden has a secret. Over the next two years, Holden fights to keep his mental illness hidden as he morphs from a beloved, small town football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. Based on a true story, filmmaker Tamlin Hall weaves audiences through Holden's harrowing tale in this narrative film set in the early 1990s.

presented by Montgomery County Community College
10/2018/24 - 10/2018/24
Private Peaceful
Philadelphia Premiere Written by Michael Morpurgo Adapted and directed by Simon Reade Private Tommo Peaceful is going to die tomorrow. A young WWI soldier, Tommo faces the firing squad at dawn and marks the hours by recalling memories from his short but wonderful life, long before the dreadful horrors of war. By the celebrated author of the Broadway hit War Horse, this moving, funny and heart-breaking one-man play tours the U.S. for the first time, serving as a timely reminder, now 100 years later, of the heroic sacrifices of WWI veterans. Given impressive 5-star reviews by numerous British newspapers, don’t miss this powerful Philadelphia premiere.

presented by Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
10/2018/11 - 10/2018/13
DSE Presents: Dolce Suono Trio Classics and Commissions
Dolce Suono Trio Mimi Stillman, flute Nathan Vickery, cello Charles Abramovic, piano Music by Mendelssohn, Martinu, Bernstein, Jeremy Gill, and Zhou Tian This dazzling program includes Mendelssohn's beloved "Piano Trio #1 in D minor", for which Mendelssohn prepared a flute part that was lost for 150 years. Bohuslav Martinu's "Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano" is a 20th-century classic. We join the global celebrations of Leonard Bernstein's centennial in 2018 with Charles Abramovic's new arrangement of his overture to "Candide". Dolce Suono Trio highlights some of the excellent new works it has commissioned with Zhou Tian's "Viaje", recorded on our newest album "American Canvas" and Jeremy Gill's "Ode". Tickets [10% discount on subscription to 5 2018-2019 season DSE Presents concerts] Please visit: www.dolcesuono.com/tickets $10 - Student $25 - Senior $30 - General

presented by Dolce Suono Ensemble
10/2018/14 - 10/2018/14
Sempre Vivaldi Chestnut Hill
“Autumn” from The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293 Concerto for Oboe in a minor, RV 463 Concerto for Trumpet in C Major (trans. by Maurice André) [RV 449] Concerto for Oboe and Violin in d minor, RV 535 Concerto for Two Violins in a minor, Op. 3, No. 8, RV 522 Concerto for Trumpet and Oboe in D Major, RV 563 Soloists: Thomas DiSarlo (violin), Sarah Davol (oboe), Elin Frazier (trumpet), Thomas Jackson (violin) Now an annual tradition, our autumn all-Vivaldi program includes an exciting assortment of Baroque gems by the Venetian master performed by stellar soloists: Tom DiSarlo in a dazzling “Autumn” from The Four Seasons; Sarah Davol on the enchanting Baroque oboe; and Elin Frazier on the bright, silvery Baroque trumpet. With Maestro’s entertaining and informative “live notes.”

presented by Vox Ama Deus
10/2018/12 - 10/2018/12
Sempre Vivaldi Bryn Mawr
“Autumn” from The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293 Concerto for Oboe in a minor, RV 463 Concerto for Trumpet in C Major (trans. by Maurice André) [RV 449] Concerto for Oboe and Violin in d minor, RV 535 Concerto for Two Violins in a minor, Op. 3, No. 8, RV 522 Concerto for Trumpet and Oboe in D Major, RV 563 Soloists: Thomas DiSarlo (violin), Sarah Davol (oboe), Elin Frazier (trumpet), Thomas Jackson (violin) Now an annual tradition, our autumn all-Vivaldi program includes an exciting assortment of Baroque gems by the Venetian master performed by stellar soloists: Tom DiSarlo in a dazzling “Autumn” from The Four Seasons; Sarah Davol on the enchanting Baroque oboe; and Elin Frazier on the bright, silvery Baroque trumpet. With Maestro’s entertaining and informative “live notes.”

presented by Vox Ama Deus
10/2018/14 - 10/2018/14
Emily Asher’s Garden Party presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
Emily Asher's Garden Party is a versatile musical ensemble led by Asher's tenacious trombone and sweet vocals. Emily draws on a deep repertoire, from Louis Armstrong's enchanting Hot Fives and Duke Ellington's sophisticated melodies to the funky and soulful music of New Orleans brass bands. Funding for this concert has been made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State through the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College, the Designated Arts Agency of Camden County. Listen to “My Life Would Be Easy” at: https://youtu.be/cpV5vjwbwVw and “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling” at: https://youtu.be/m9bWIMmg--4

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
10/2018/14 - 10/2018/14
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
After losing his mother to scarlet fever, an ambitious young scientist buries himself in his studies to discover the source of life. At the university he secretly builds a human out of stolen corpses and succeeds in bringing life to the body, but he is horrified by the ugliness of his creation and what he perceives to be its innate evil.   Abandoned, “the monster” sets on a quest to find love and to exact revenge on its creator. Come celebrate the 200th birthday of one of the greatest horror stories ever told, Mary Shelley’s timely tale of humanity’s obsession with knowledge and of the unintended consequences of scientific innovation.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
09/2018/26 - 10/2018/21
As You Like It
One of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, As You Like It follows exiled Rosalind, who dresses as a man to escape her foes and begin a new life. But when she runs into the love-sick Orlando and joins forces with the Forest of Arden inhabitants, Rosalind may be in for more than just her happy ending.

presented by Arcadia University Theatre Department
10/2018/11 - 10/2018/21
Oktoberfest
The Delaware County Symphony opens the 2018-2019 symphony series with a program titled Oktoberfest featuring, Overture to Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner, Eine romantische Suite by Max Reger, Rückert Lieder by Gustav Mahler featuring Randall Scarlata, baritone and Les Preludes by Franz Liszt. The concert is under the baton of Joseph Caminiti, Music Director of the Delaware County Symphony.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
10/2018/14 - 10/2018/14