4 Staff Picks to Check Out this April
From a rare plant auction at Longwood Gardens to the Academy of Music’s production of “Anastasia,” here are this month’s must-dos.
Approaching its 275th year, Malvern’s General Warren Inne has seen its share of history. A good portion of it is documented by Harrisburg’s M. Diane McCormick in Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred Up Revolution (Sunbury Press, 312 pages, $19.95). The new book is an extraordinary crawl through pub history.
Hayes Carll at Ardmore Music Hall
April 4, Ardmore
Grammy-nominated Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll has never been a huge phenomenon in his home state, which has benefited him elsewhere. It makes him that rare Lone Star product that everyone can relate to. His singing is loaded with warmth and character, and his honest, dry-witted infatuation with everyday revelations sneaks up on you. He comes to Ardmore Music Hall with an excellent batch of tunes from his new album, What It Is.
Anastasia at Academy of Music
April 9-14, Philadelphia
The family-friendly favorite Anastasia makes an appearance at the Academy of Music this spring, transporting audiences back to the tumultuous Romanov reign in Russia. On stage, the heartwarming narrative is elevated by a fantastic score courtesy of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.
Rare Plant Auction at Longwood Gardens
April 27, Kennett Square
Dive into spring on April 27, when Longwood Gardens hosts the Delaware Center for Horticulture’s Rare Plant Auction. The 2019 event features Andrew Bunting, vice president of Horticulture and Collections at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and his hand-selected magnolias. And don’t miss the much-anticipated Collector’s Auction.