5 Staff Picks this November
Four events and one book you won't want to miss.
In a celebration of vernacular architecture and modern-day photography, historian Gregory D. Huber offers The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture & Preservation, Built 1750-1900 (Schiffer Publishing, 240 pages). More than 20 photos and a portion of a chapter are devoted to Chester County in Huber’s 40-year documentation
of 4,000 recorded barns.
Acclaimed indie-rock underdogs Courtney Barnett and Delaware County native Kurt Vile have been huge fans of each other’s work for years. Now, they’ve solidified an overseas collaboration (Barnett lives in Australia) with a new album, Lotta Sea Lice, and tour that brings them to the Tower Theater, where you can get an earful of Barnett’s flinty delivery and Vile’s surreal strumming.
69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby, (610) 352-2887, venue.thetowerphilly.com.
Former Vice President Joe Biden hits the road this fall on the American Promise Tour. For his appearance at the Academy of Music on Nov. 12, he’ll touch on crucial political moments in his career, along with hot-button topics currently hitting people where they live. Biden is also promoting his new memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College hosts “Thanksgiving Table Arrangements” with garden supervisor Adam Glas, who will walk you through some great ways to add autumnal bounty to your festive displays. As if the turkey isn’t enough of a centerpiece.
500 College Ave., Swarthmore, www.scottarboretum.org.
Follow the second star to the right, and head straight until morning—or, if it’s easier, visit the Academy of Music when it presents Broadway’s acclaimed Finding Neverland. Playwright J.M. Barrie inspired generations with his beloved Peter Pan character. This play pulls back the curtain for a glimpse into the life of the man behind the magic.
240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, www.kimmelcenter.org.