Arts & Culture Guide

Hot tickets for the fall season. PLUS: Our thriving pottery scene, two unlikely documentary filmmakers and more.

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October: Get with the rhythm at the free, family-friendly Paoli Blues Fest (Oct. 2) as it stages the best of local blues from noon to 6 p.m., and the Media Jazz by Night Celebration (Oct. 16) at 16 indoor venues from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. ($20; $15 in advance).;

Chester County Art Association’s "BRAvo...Arts Alive Exhibition."October: The Chester County Art Association’s national BRAvo...Arts Alive Exhibition raises breast cancer awareness with bras that are ornamented or used as canvas by professional and amateur artists. Oct. 8-Nov. 5: 100 N. Bradford Ave., West Chester, (610) 696-5600. Oct. 2-Nov. 4: Exton Square Mall, first floor, Exton, (610) 524-1925.

Oct. 1-3: Chanticleer will hold a Garden Photography Master Class led by award-winning photographers Alan Detrick and Roger Foley, with a considerable focus on digital photography. FYI: This one’s meant for aficionados. 786 Church Road, Wayne; (610) 687-4163,,

Oct. 1-3: Heralded as the nation’s largest exposition and sale of 18th- to 21st-century American art, the USArtists American Fine Art Show & Sale offers more than 5,000 works from 30-plus dealers. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia; (215) 972-7639,

Oct. 1-3: The annual West Chester Friends School Art Harvest rolls out art sales, exhibits ranging from watercolors to jewelry, children’s activities, and a $10 brunch with this year’s featured artist, local painter John Suplee. 415 N. High St., West Chester; (610) 696-2962,

Oct. 1-15: The Opera Company of Philadelphia in "Otello."Oct. 1-15: The Opera Company of Philadelphia opens its season with a passionate Verdi classic, Otello, the tale of a rags-to-riches general who caves to jealousy and much worse. Academy of Music, 260 S. Broad St., Philadelphia; (215) 893-1018,

Oct. 5: More than 50 artists—including Caldecott-winning book artist David Wiesner and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth of the Philadelphia Inquirer—gathered outdoors in August to create works for this month’s second annual Plein Air for Camphill exhibit and sale. The event benefits Camphill Special School in Glenmoore. 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Rosenfeld Gallery, 113 Arch St., Philadelphia; (610) 469-9236,

Oct. 9: A two-time Grammy nominee, Kim Richey headlines at Kennett Flash, gracing listeners with her tender, sincere reflections on love and life. The vocally unique and more poppy Hannah Schneider opens. 8 p.m. 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square; (484) 732-8295,

Oct. 13: Three musicians play their acoustic and steel strings out for the Colonial Theatre’s Guitar Masters show: Eric Johnson (pictured), Andy McKee and Peppino D’Agostino. 7:30 p.m. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-1228,

Oct. 13-Nov. 7: In Legacy of Light, a modern-day scientist and the true-life Émilie du Châtelet are both about to be middle-aged mothers—though in different eras. The production explores the curious connections between their lives and passions. People’s Light and Theatre, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern; (610) 644-3500,

Oct. 17: Yo-Yo Ma comes to the Kimmel Center.Oct. 17: In a concert that features Bach and Ástor Piazzolla, classical music genius Yo-Yo Ma shoots an arrow straight to our hearts with his bow and cello. 7:30 p.m. Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia; (215) 893-1999,

Oct. 21-23: Praised as a genius, choreographer Paul Taylor and his namesake dance company return to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with new, ever-powerful works, often addressing knotty issues with poise. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia; (215) 573-8537,

Oct. 23-Jan. 2, 2011: The gap between science and art is bridged at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson, an exhibition of rarely seen fossils and highly imaginative cartoons depicting everything from ancient killer pigs to history’s biggest dinos. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; (215) 299-1000,

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