Arts & Culture Guide
Hot tickets for the fall season. PLUS: Our thriving pottery scene, two unlikely documentary filmmakers and more.
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December: The Keswick Theatre has lined up a series of seasonal acts: A Very Merry Doo Wop Spectacular (Dec. 4), starring Herb Reed’s Platters, the Capris and more; Bowfire’s “Holiday Heart Strings” (Dec. 8), which pulls together almost every genre, from classical to bluegrass to Celtic; Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show (Dec. 10); and the Grammy-winning Manhattan Transfer (Dec. 16). 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
Thru December: The yearlong Samuel Barber Festival, celebrating what would’ve been the West Chester composer’s 100th birthday, includes the exhibit Samuel Barber: A Musical Life at the Chester County Historical Society and a special Ring in the Season show by the Kennett Symphony on Dec. 4 at Kennett High School, featuring Barber’s Die Natali: Chorale Preludes for Christmas, Op. 37. (610) 692-4800, chestercohistorical.org.
Dec. 1-12: Main Line Art Center’s Holiday Fine Craft Sale returns with unique handmade jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, fabric and more by local artists. 746 Panmure Road, Haverford; (610) 525-0272, mainlineart.org.
Dec. 2-4: Parsons Dance Company and live singers rock a love triangle between two brothers and the woman of their dreams in Remember Me. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia; (215) 573-8537, annenbergcenter.org.
Dec. 3-Jan. 22, 2011: Wayne Art Center’s 16th international juried exhibition of contemporary craft, Craft Forms, is a highlight of the year for some of the best crafters and crafts lovers out there. 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-3553, craftforms.com.
Dec. 4-5: ’Tis the season for Brandywine River Museum’s much-anticipated Annual Critter Sale of “critter” ornaments, carefully crafted out of nature’s ingredients by museum volunteers. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Route 1, Chadds Ford; (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org.
Dec. 16-18: In the family-friendly 3 X 11, the Swiss troupe Mummenschanz takes everyday objects like toilet paper and large white sheets, and silently shapes them into expressive faces, giant balloons and more. This is one fun show, with a slew of unexpected and creative sights. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia; (215) 573-8537, annenbergcenter.org.
Dec. 22-Jan. 2, 2011: Yes, the Blue Man Group is still a hot ticket, with its odd instruments, high-powered visual antics, and ever-expressionless mysteriousness. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia; (215) 893-1999, merriam-theater.com.
Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 2011: The gallant gang from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 hits the ice at the Wells Fargo Center, with Buzz in a galactic battle against Emperor Zurg and Woody boppin’ around a roundup. 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia; (800) 298-4200, wachoviacenter.com.