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Best of show
National Dog Show: The Kennel Club of Philadelphia National Dog Show features more than 1,500 dogs from 175 breeds, plus diving dogs, agility dogs, family fun and all things canine 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 15 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Tickets are $14, $7 for children 4-12. Get all the details at www.nds.nationaldogshow.com.
Book of folk
Doylestown Bookshop: Peter Yarrow appears for a book signing with stories and songs at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the store, 16 S. Main St., Doylestown. Yarrow’s new book is called “Peter Paul and Mary, Fifty Years in Music and Life.” For more information, call (215) 230-7610 or visit www.doylestownbookshop.com.
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.
First Friday Lansdale: Among the “Day of the Dead” festivities 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 will be live music by Where’s Pete, a carved pumpkin contest, “Thriller” dance lessons and a Zombie Walk. Get more details at www.discoverlansdale.org.
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
Ursinus College: “Deena Gu: Early Work/Early Scrolls” features watercolor-on-silk scrolls, some more than 30 feet long, depicting narrative scenes and landscapes, through Jan. 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. weekends. The museum is closed Nov. 27–Dec. 1 and Dec. 24-Jan. 5. Admission is free.
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, until 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.
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.
DCP Theatre: A sinister con man and two ex-convicts are about to meet their match in the thriller “Wait Until Dark.” Performances include the a near-darkening of the theater. Show times Nov. 7-16 are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Nov. 13, 2 p.m. Sundays. Opening weekend director’s wine receptions will be Nov. 7 and 8. Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors and students. The theater is at 795 Ridge Road, Salford Township. Call (215) 234-0966 or go to www.dcptheatre.com.
Montgomery County Community College: The West End Student Theatre and Theatre Arts program presents the Pulitzer-winning drama “Rabbit Hole” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13-15 in the MCCC West Campus South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. Visit www.mc3.edy/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518.
Playcrafters: A witch boy longs to become human after falling in love with a girl. “Dark of the Moon” continues at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-8 and 13-15, 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets are $17. The theater is on Store Road, Skippack. Call (610) 584-4005 or visit www.playcrafters.org
Montgomery Theater: Nov. 12-Dec. 7, it’s the adult Christmas comedy “Greetings.” For show times and tickets, call (215) 723-9984 or visit www.montgomerytheater.org. The theater is at 124 Main St., Souderton.
Villanova Theatre: Fifty bride and grooms do battle on the way to getting married in “Big Love” Nov. 11-23 on the Villanova University campus in Vasey Hall, Lancaster and Ithan avenues, Radnor Township. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets run $21-$25, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. Call (610) 519-7474 or go to www.villanovatheatre.org.
Institute of Dance Artistry: The institute’s 10th benefit dance concert, featuring professional companies from the Philadelphia dance community as well as its student repertory companies, is helping out the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Featuring hip-hop, jazz, tap, modern and contemporary dance, the concert is held at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Science Center at Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $20. There’s also an after-party set for 5:30 p.m. at the institute’s Fort Washington location. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Call (215) 628-0600 or visit www.instituteofdanceartistry.com.
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.
Kimmel Center: “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” cooks up science, music and food at 8 p.m. Nov. 8. Tickets range from $55 -$150. Call (215) 893-1999 or see www.kimmelcenter.org. The Kimmel Center is at 300 S. Broad St.
Merriam Theater: Radio host and producer Ira Glass recreates his public radio program “This American Life” at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $30-$65. Call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org.
A Streetcar Named Durang: Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium performs Christopher Durang’s parodies of works by Tennessee Williams and Sam Shepard at 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Fridays and Nov. 26 from Nov. 9-28 at L’Etage Cabaret, Sixth and Bainbridge streets, Philadelphia. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 285-0472 or visit http://streetcar.bpt.me.
Philadelphia Improv Festival: The PHIF continues through Nov. 8 at Figment Theater in Chinatown North, 1219 Vine St., Studio C, Philadelphia. Both local talent and commissioned and curated acts from across North America will perform. Tickets start at $10 for a single show. Check www.phlcomedy.com.
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.
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion: Sample and see the preparation of Victorian era dishes 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the historic site, 200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $25. Call (215) 438-1861.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: A Bacchanal benefit event, with wine maker Jean-Charles Boisset and chef Aimee Olexy, is held Nov. 8 in PAFA’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. It includes wine tastings, silent and live auctions, a gourmet four-course dinner, and dancing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 972-2037.
Also, note the new exhibition “Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis” opens Nov. 14, and runs through April 5, at the PAFA.
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.
Souderton Mennonite Homes: The annual Holiday Bazaar will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8. Browse Souderton Mennonite Homes is 207 W. Summit St., Franconia Township. For more information, contact Alta at (215) 723-9881, ext. 42229.
Holiday Craft and Gift Showcase: From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9, vendors featuring fused glass, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, children’s jewelry and clothing, candles, ornaments, gift baskets, sports art and more will be at the Five Ponds Community Clubhouse, 301 Clubhouse Lane, Warminster. There will be raffles and refreshments.
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.
Elvis and Neil: Real Diamond and Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia perform the music of Neil Diamond and Elvis Presley, respectively, at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Archbishop Carrol High School, 211 Mastonford Road, Wayne. Tickets are $30. See http://realdiamond.brownpapertickets.com.
Gwynedd Mercy University: The Hickory Brass performs a free concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Julia Ball Auditorium. The university is off of Sumneytown Pike, Lower Gwynedd.
Indian Valley Public Library: Alternative bluegrass group Kelly Planer and the Perks perform a free Second Friday concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the library 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
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.
Lyric Fest: The family concert “Much Ado About Shakespeare” features opera, classical and popular song, with a newly commissioned work by Lyric Fest’s first composer in residence, Kile Smith. Check it out at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnwood. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 for children. Visit http://lyricfest.org/tickets.
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.
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 email@example.com or call (215) 489 2465.
Montgomery County Community College: Jazz/pop singer, pianist and two-time Grammy Award-winner Diane Schuur performs as part of the college’s Lively Arts series at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $38.
Also, as part of the college’s 50th anniversary festivities, the MCCC music faculty will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Science Center Theater. Tickets are required and may be obtained by visiting the Lively Arts box office or calling (215) 641- 6518.
Fonthill Museum: A Celtic concert with The Jameson Sisters starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the museum’s Terrace Pavillion, East Court Street and Roue 313, Doylestown. Tickets are $15. Call (215) 348-9461.