WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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They can dance
So You Think You Can Dance: Season 11’s top 10 finalists are on tour, and the show comes to the area Nov. 7 at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For tickets, visit www.kimmelcenter.org or call (215) 893-1999.
New art installations
Michener Art Museum: “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” opens Nov. 8 and continues through Feb. 8 at the museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. The exhibition features more than 100 images by 35 artists from around the world. “Starstruck” presents the genre from landscapes to deep sky objects and includes historically significant photographs, such as the first successful image of the solar analemma. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for youths 6-18. Call (215) 340-9800 or visit www.michenerartmuseum.org. A black tie Celestial Gala to celebrate the exhibition is set for Nov. 1 at the museum. For ticket information contact Laurie at (215) 340-9800, ext. 161 or email@example.com.
Barnes Foundation: A special exhibit of works by Philadelphia painter William Glackens, a friend of Albert Barnes for nearly 50 years, goes on display Nov. 8-Feb. 2. The Barnes Foundation is at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, till 9 p.m. Fridays. For tickets, call (215) 278-7000 or visit www.barnesfoundation.org. A vaudeville-style exhibition opening party with art, cocktails and live entertainment is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Call (215) 278-7200 for tickets.
Muse Gallery: “The Urban Landscape Reimagined,” an exhibition of recent paintings by Nancy Neill is on view Nov. 5-30, with a First Friday opening on Nov. 7 and an artist reception on Nov. 16. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Muse Gallery is at 52 N. Second St., Philadelphia.
Salute to veterans
Lower Gwynedd Township: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8, a ceremony to honor veterans is held at the Lower Gwynedd Veterans’ Memorial Park, Penllyn and Bethlehem pikes. Veterans will be leading the ceremony. Patriotic musical numbers will be performed by the Wissahickon Middle School Marching Band and Bethlehem Baptist Church Men’s Choir. Several local restaurants will provide complimentary “Taste of Lower Gwynedd” refreshments following the ceremony. In case of inclement weather, notice will be given at www.lowergwynedd.org.
Outdoor Gardeners Standard Flower Show: “Olympus, Garden of the Gods” will be the theme for this garden show 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at Cathedral Hall in Cathedral Village 600 E. Cathedral Road, in the Andorra section of Philadelphia. Admission is free. There will be 28 floral designs, horticultural specimens from members’ gardens, educational exhibits, a photography exhibit and a display from the Master Gardeners of Montgomery County on “Herbs of the Ancient Greeks.”
Germantown Academy: The Belfry Club presents “Little Shop of Horrors” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the school’s Arts Center Auditorium, 340 Morris Road, Whitemarsh. Tickets are $15 and available at www.showtix4u.com and at the door.
Ursinus College: A contemporary translation of the Greek tragedy “Medea” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Blackbox Studio in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. Ursinus’ campus is at 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Tickets are $5, $2 for students and seniors. Visit www.ursinus.edu/tickets or call (610) 409-3030
Harvest Kitchen Tour: This Chestnut Hill event takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1. Six area chefs will cook in the kitchens of six Chestnut Hill homes. Tickets to tour the six Harvest Kitchens are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the event; special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Call (215) 248-0180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Adventure: Just because Fright Fest’s last night is Nov. 2 doesn’t mean Six Flags theme park off Route 537, Jackson, N.J., is about to close for the season (the rides will stop running after that, though). From noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 8-9, Six Flags Grape Adventure features wines, food and gifts, with a chance to upgrade to a VIP safari experience that includes giraffe feeding. The safari package includes a private tour of the 350-acre safari park, a special wine tasting at Camp Aventura with a view of African plains animals including giraffes, zebras, Ankoli cattle, kudu, springbuck, gnu and more. Parking for Grape Adventure is free. Check out the ticket packages at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure or call (732) 928-2000.
Indian Valley Public Library: The library’s annual wine tasting fundraiser is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford. Choose from among 18 wines from around the world, served in a complimentary etched wine glass. Enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts from restaurant sponsors. Tickets are available at www.ivpl.org or at the library during regular library hours. Cost is $50 before Nov. 1, $55 after Nov. 2. Follow the IVPL Wine Tasting page on Facebook.
Time to shop
Ladies’ Shopping Night: Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Home & School Association will be holding their annual Ladies Shopping Night 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 7. There will be vendors offering jewelry, gifts, home products and much more. Admission is $3. Complimentary soda, wine, appetizers and desserts will be served. The event will take place in MMR’s Catholic Education Center, 1321 Upper State Road, Montgomery Township.
Main Line Art Center: The “Art of Giving Thanks” Family Art Festival takes place 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford, and features art projects, family-friendly entertainment, artist demos and more. Suggested donation is $20 per family or $5 per person. Visit www.mainlineart.org or call (610) 525-0272.
Cheltenham Center for the Arts: The seventh annual Benefit Auction is held 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at center, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham. Bid on works by more than 75 artists, museum tickets and tours, professional theater training, music, restaurant meals, lodging packages and more. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Visit www.cheltehnamarts.org or call (215) 379-4660.
Montgomery County Community College: The 2014 Mustang 5K Run Strides for Student Athletes and Fitness Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1 on MCCC’s Central Campus at 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Check-in starts at 7:30 and proceeds benefit the Mustang Fund, which provides additional financial support for student athletes. In honor of the college’s 50th anniversary, there will be ‘60s music and games. After the race, enjoy trivia, giveaways and prizes, including “trophies” for the best costume. Come dressed to represent your favorite time in the ‘60s. Entry fees are $25, $15 for students, $5 for children 12 and younger. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place overall male and female winners. Awards will also be presented to the top runners in several categories, including male/female age groups. Visit www.mustangsathletics.com or contact Bruce at (215) 641-6519 or email@example.com.
Philly Bike Expo: The show features seminars, presentations, how-to’s, family-friendly activities, refreshments, rides, races and after-parties Nov. 8-9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia.
Israeli JazzPhest: This year’s festival highlights the work of four ensembles featuring Israeli musicians that expand the definition of global jazz Nov. 7-16. Concerts include a World Cafe Live Jazz Brunch with Uri Sharlin and the DogCat Ensemble with guest artist, Itai Kriss, Nov. 10; Oran Etkin at the Painted Bride Art Center Nov. 15; and Yemen Blues at the Painted Bride Nov. 16. Check out www.facebook.com/pages/Israeli-JazzPhest.
Chester County Concert Band: The band will present its Fall Concert at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at J.R. Fugett Middle School, Paoli Pike and Ellis Lane, West Chester. The “Autumn Leaves” program features music from “Wicked,” marches and more. Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and students, free to children under 12. For further information, call (484) 639-9118 or visit www.cccband.org.
Amici Opera Company: Verdi’s “Giovanna D’Arco” is staged at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the chapel at Dock Woods Community, Dock Woods Drive, Towamencin. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 224-0257.
Delaware Valley College: Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, in concert with noted pianist Barbara Podgurski, will perform a special benefit program of music by Schubert, Faure and Beethoven at the college’s Life Sciences Building Auditorium, off New Britain Road, Doylestown, at 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and $5 for children or students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 489 2465.
Kammermusik Main Line: A concert program featuring chamber music by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Poulenc starts at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon. Tickets range from $13-$20 and a reception will follow the concert. Call (610) 664-0346 or email email@example.com.
Bethlehem Baptist Church: Enjoy a Fall Harvest Fest at the church, 712 Penllyn Pike, Lower Gwynedd, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1. Free activities include health screenings, art and handcrafted items, wellness and nutrition workshops, a fun walk with the pastor, and food. Call (215)-643-4977.
Montco Bible Fellowship: “The Wizard of AZ: A Life Journey From A to Z” is the theme for a fall festival held 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 1. There will be hayrides for all youth, a bonfire for teens only, and food, candy and fun for all. The church is at 160 E. Main St., Lansdale. Call (215) 855-0899 or visit www.montcobf.org.
Elkins Park Fall Festival: Children’s activities, food and 26 musical acts will be featured at three venues 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Check out the fall festival fun at CreekSide Co-op, 7909 High School Road; the Elkins Park train station, Park and Spring avenues; and White Pines Place, 7908 High School Road. Admission is free. Check www.facebook.com/elkinsparkfallfest.
Halloween/Day of the Dead
Wizard’s Stomp: The Indian Valley Country Club, 650 Bergey Road, Franconia Township, hosts a dinner and dance party to benefit Grand View Hospital, featuring fireworks, The Craig Thatcher Band and caricature drawing 7 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Tickets are $75. Dress code is casual and costume-optional. Tickets are $75. For tickets, call Grand View at (215) 453-4084 or visit www.gvh.org.
Creekside Sports Bar & Grille: Formerly known as the Sandtrap Bar & Grille, they are hosting a Halloween party starting at 9 p.m. Oct. 31, with live music by The Fermentors. Cash prizes will be awarded for best costumes in several categories. For more information, call (610) 495-6945, ext. 108. The facility is at the Limerick Golf Club at 765 N. Lewis Road, Limerick.
Death & Dying cemetery tour: Would you dare to walk through a cemetery on Halloween? At 4 or 5:30 p.m. through Nov. 2, meet at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem Gemeinhaus, 66 W. Church St., Bethlehem. Also see the Old Chapel to witness the place where one of the city’s Corpse Houses once stood, housing bodies while the caretaker waited for warmer weather to break ground. Finish the tour in God’s Acre, Bethlehem’s oldest cemetery, and hear the stories of the men and women who once lived in the town. Pay close attention to the quirks of the Moravian cemetery. Tickets are available at www.historicbethlehem.org or call (800) 360-TOUR. Cost is $12, $6 for children 6-12.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show: Browse works by 195 juried craft artists in glass, ceramics, wood, basketry, fiber, metal, paper, leather, jewelry and furniture, from around the country 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 6-7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia. An opening night gala and preview party is set for 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5. Special include artists’ demonstrations, a fashion show and “Handcrafted Beer: A Tasting Event.” Admission is $15, $20 for two-day passes, $5 for children under 12. Go to www.pmacraftshow.org or call (215) 684-7930.
Pieces of the past
Stenton: From 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 1, the Philadelphia historic site at 4601 N. 18th Street, holds an open house and reception to officially launch the special exhibition “Stenton Reassembled: A Reunion of James Logan’s Furnishings.” The exhibit is an opportunity to see Logan collection pieces not normally on view. The event is free, but reservations are requested. Call (215) 329-7312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.