WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Lights still on
Tabora Farm and Orchard: Twenty-minute Christmas Light Shows are open to the public (weather permitting) Jan. 2-3 and 9-10 at 6:45, 7:20, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. at Tabora, 1104 Upper Stump Road, Hilltown Township. Cost is $4 per child 3 and older, $7 for adults, and includes a wagon ride with Christmas attractions, a bonfire with s’mores and cookie decorating inside the market. Dress for cold weather and call (215) 249-3016 for more information.
We Three Kings
SteelStacks: The Three Kings will once again make their way to Bethlehem to celebrate El Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day), a January cultural tradition of many Latin American countries. It’s set for 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Children can take part in a variety of activities, including games, arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt. Children 8 and under get a gift from one of the Three Kings, and are encouraged to dress for the “Best Dressed King” contest. Families can also enjoy live music and food. Admission is free. Visit www.steelstacks.org.
Indian Valley Public Library: Family Stages presents “The Wizard of Oz,” with a cast of just two actors at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford. Admission is free.
Academy of Music: The stories of Berry Gordy, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and more are featured in “Motown the Musical,” running Jan. 6–18 at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available by calling (215) 731-3333, or online at www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway.
Sands Bethlehem: Alfonso Ribeiro will be part of the “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” Tour at 4 and 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Sands Events Center, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem. Tickets range from $35-$75. Call (610) 297-7400 or check www.sandseventcenter.com.
Village Players of Hatboro: A nosy neighbor that barges in unannounced, annoying family members arriving for the holidays and two bumbling crooks hiding out after robbing a local store are among the characters in the family comedy “In-Laws, Outlaws and Other People.” Opening at 8 p.m. Jan. 9, the show runs three weekends in January, including 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Jan. 11 and 18. The theater is at 401 Jefferson Ave., Hatboro. Tickets are $15. Call (215) 675-6774 or visit www.thevillageplayers.com.
World Cafe Live: Philadelphia’s “belly dance spectacular,” Animus, performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at WCL, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $12. Call (215) 222-1400 or see www.worldcafelive.com.
Organ recital series: Held at noon Tuesdays in January at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 125 N. Main St., North Wales, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents free concerts with Vincent Ryan, Music Director at Advent Lutheran Church, on Jan. 6; Wesley Parrott, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, on Jan. 13; Young Shim, a graduate of the University of Seoul in Korea, on Jan. 20; and David Furniss, Music Director of St. John’s United Church of Christ, on Jan. 27. A reception follows each performance. Learn more at www.uccnorthwales.org or (215) 368-2884.
State Theatre: The Pennsylvania Philharmonic presents “Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert” at 2 p.m. Jan. 4. Tickets are $49 and $64. Tickets are $49 and $64. The theater is at 453 Northampton St., Easton. Call (800) 999-7828.
Light of Day WinterFest: This benefit for fighting Parkinson’s disease is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Big Shots Bar and Grill, 835 Route 130 south, Burlington, N.J. Sirius XM’s Michael Tearson emcees a bill with John Easdale of the band Dramarama, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, StoneBaby, The Peace Creeps, Soraia, and Nytrous. Tickets are $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/946073 or www.hebemusic.com.
Cheltenham Center for the Arts: The Jazz Bridge First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series presents vocalist Denise King at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. The center is at 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham. Call (215) 517-8337 or visit www.jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Pennsylvania Farm Show: The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show runs Jan. 10-17, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits in the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, North Cameron and Maclay Streets, Harrisburg. New attractions this year include the unveiling of a high-tech Pennsylvania Hardwoods Council WoodMobile, lumberjack and “lumberjill” demonstrations, Family Ag-Olympics, a cooking demonstration by Aaron McCargo Jr. of “The Next Food Network Star,” Farm Show Detectives Learning Stations, a Pennsylvania Cheese Competition, an expanded Food Court in the Main Hall, new family living exhibitions, more animal competitions and more. There’s a $10 parking fee and the best time to arrive is generally between 9 a.m. and noon. Get a complete schedule at www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The East Coast Reptile Super Expo is held 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at the expo center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Browse live reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, food items, supplies, books, cages and related accessories. You can get $8 e-tickets at www.eastcoastreptilesuperexpos.com. Admission at the door is $10.
The Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo is set for 4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 10, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 in Hall A. Highlights include educational demonstrations and seminars, hands-on-opportunities, pet adoptions and exhibits. Admission is $12, $5 for children 4-12, free for children Friday night and free to all children 3 and under. Visit http://horseandpetexpo.com/greater-philadelphia.
The Valley Forge Slot Car Show is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 in Hall E. Admission is $5, free to children under 10. Go to www.valleyforgeslotcarshow.com.
Allentown Fairgrounds: The Lehigh Valley RV and Campgrounds Show will have you thinking spring 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11. From pop-up campers to class A motor homes, there will be plenty of advice, plus information on more than 100 campgrounds along the east coast. Admission is $6, free to children under 12. The fairgrounds are at 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New Year, new art
Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Represent: 200 Years of African-American Art” opens Jan. 10 and continues through April 5. It features works by artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence and Carrie Mae Weems, showcasing a range of subjects, styles, media and traditions. Explore the evolving ways in which African-American artists have expressed personal, political and racial identity, from fine and decorative arts made in the 1800s by free and enslaved individuals, to early 20th century modernism by William Henry Johnson and Elizabeth Catlett, to abstract paintings and sculpture from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. The Art Museum is at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, till 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Admission is $20, $18 for seniors 65+, $14 for students and youths 13-18, free to children 12 and under, museum members and to all the first Sunday of the month and after 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit www.philamuseum.org or call (215) 763-8100.
Elvis at Elmwood
Elmwood Park Zoo: It’s “An Evening with Elvis” birthday bash at 6 p.m. Jan. 10, with a live performance by “The King” and an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner and cash bar (You have to be at least 21 to attend). Tickets are $45.95. Purchase your tickets in advance by calling (610) 277-3825, ext. 222. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown.