Arts & Culture Guide

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

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November: The Academy of Music sets the stage for the classic war romance, South Pacific (Nov. 23-28), and the ballroom dance spectacular, Burn the Floor (Nov. 12-14). 260 S. Broad St., Philadelphia; (215) 731-3333,

Nov. 12-14: "Burn the Floor" at the Academy of Music.Nov. 1-21: Comedians of every sort are prepping their mics for the Philadelphia Comedy Collective’s Comedy Month. First up is the weeklong Philadelphia Improv Festival, followed by the Philly Sketchfest and then acts organized by the Philadelphia Joke Initiative. Funny film, music and stand-up are also slated. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St., Philadelphia; (267) 441-4780. Learn more about the Philadelphia Comedy Collective and Comedy Month here.

Nov. 2: Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder dazzles with his performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. He joins the 462-year-old Dresden Staatskapelle orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding. 8 p.m. Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia; (215) 893-1999,

Nov. 6-Jan. 9, 2011: Ned Smith’s Pennsylvania portrays our home state through the artist’s 15 oil paintings of landscapes and native wildlife. Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; (215) 299-1000,

Nov. 7: The John Lennon Song Project celebrates the music hero’s 70th birthday through re-imagined Beatles hits by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare. Their instruments of choice include acoustic guitar, cello, violin, mandolin, mandola, bass, slide guitar, accordion and chromatic harmonica. 7:30 p.m. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia; (215) 222-1400,

Nov. 8-11: Roger Waters: The Wall Tour marks the 30th anniversary of the top-selling album’s original release with a played-in-full rock event. 8 p.m. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia; (800) 298-4200,

Nov. 6-Jan. 9, 2011: "Ned Smith’s Pennsylvania" exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Pictured: Ned Smith's "Waiting for Dusk."Nov. 9-21: Villanova Theatre delivers The Beaux’ Stratagem, a humorous English play about two poor gentlemen who hurdle human hindrances in pursuit of two wealthy ladies. Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova; (610) 519-7474,

Nov. 11-14: The Pennsylvania Convention Center hosts the 34th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, featuring decorative, thought-provoking and practical works in various mediums—from metal and furniture to fiber and ceramics—by 195 national crafters and guest artists from Germany. 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia; (215) 684-7930,

Nov. 16-20: Get swept away by 14 dancers and an 11-piece orchestra in a fiery telling of Argentina’s history and culture with Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia; (215) 573-8537,

Nov. 17-Jan. 9, 2011: Befitting all ages, The Three Musketeers: A Musical Panto is local playwright Kathryn Petersen’s original holiday special for People’s Light and Theatre Company, featuring the unforgettable trio of dueling stooges. 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern; (610) 644-3500,

"That Gentleman" (2000), Donald Pywell.Nov. 19-21: Adultery, revenge and redemption are the fuel for Hawthorne’s opera, The Scarlet Letter, illustrated by Philadelphia composer Margaret Garwood’s neo-romantic score. Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St., Philadelphia; (215) 735-1685,

Nov. 26-Jan. 9, 2011: Golden Impressions of Andrew Wyeth by Donald Pywell showcases jewelry inspired by paintings of the late great artist, who did have the opportunity to collaborate with Pywell on the initial design for each piece. Brandywine River Museum, Route 1, Chadds Ford; (610) 388-2700,

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