WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Penn Museum: “Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama” opening at the museum Saturday, Feb. 7 showcases the discoveries and the people of Sitio Conte in Panama. The exhibit explores the history, archaeological evidence and new research perspectives aiming at understanding the Coclé people who lived form 700 to 900 CE. More than 200 objects including gold chest plaques, beaded necklaces, vessels and many other artifacts excavated from the grave of a Coclé chief are on view. Opening celebrations include a ribbon cutting, curator talks, Panamanian dance, family crafts and more.
The exhibit continues through Nov. 7. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is at 3260 South St., Philadelphia. For museum hours and admission fees and additional event information, check www.penn.museum or call (215) 898-4000.
Art for winter
Berman Museum of Art: Running through May 15, “Under Color of Law” delves into civil rights protest movements past and present. The exhibition title refers to the legal term for the appearance of authority that covers the actions of police officers, judges or other government officials, and whether those actions are lawful or not. The museum is on the campus of Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Check out www.ursinus.edu/berman or call (610) 409-3500.
PAFA: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, presents “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920” Feb. 13-May 24. The exhibition brings together paintings, autochromes, stained glass, works on paper, books and garden sculpture from the collections of art museums, botanical gardens, libraries and private collections. Also on view Feb. 13-May 25 is “Robert Taplin: Punch.” Taplin’s commissioned work “The Young Punch Juggling,” a 16-foot fiberglass and steel sculpture will be installed on the front façade of the academy’s Historic Landmark Building in addition to an installation of Taplin’s work in the galleries. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; till 9 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $15, $12 for seniors 60+ and students, $8 for youths 13-18; free to children 12 and under and military personnel. Call (215) 972-7600 or see www.pafa.org.
North Penn Arts Alliance: Member artists have exhibits on view through Feb. 18 at the Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St. and at Rapunzel’s Salon and Spa, 203 N. Broad St., both in Lansdale.
Freak of nature
Academy of Natural Sciences: “Titanoboa: Monster Snake” opens Feb. 14 and runs through April 19 in the academy’s Special Exhibits Gallery, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. See a model of the remains of Titanoboa cerrejonensis, which were discovered in a Colombian coal mine. The prehistoric reptile is believed to have been 48 feet long and 2,500 pounds. There will also be live snakes from the academy’s collection and a Titanoboa Challenge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, till 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is $18.95, $16.95 for children 3-12, seniors, students and military personnel. Call (215) 299-1000 or see www.ansp.org.
BlueCross RiverRink: Kisses for Kyle, an organization that assists families coping with childhood cancer, hosts a “Frozen” party, featuring an on-ice appearance by the Snow Queen, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Tickets are $20. Additional activities include photos with characters, refreshments, games and more (additional fees required). The rink is at 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Visit www.kissesforkyle.org.
Green Lane Park: A free “Animal Tracks and Signs” program for ages 6 and up starts at 1 p.m. Feb. 7. Many of the park’s resident animals are only active at night, but leave “signs and signatures” behind for humans to read. After a brief indoor program, participants will venture outside to search for tracks, scats and other signs of wildlife. Meet at the picnic pavilion in the Deep Creek Area, 2144 Snyder Road, Marlborough Township. Pre-registration is required by calling (215) 234-4528.
Montgomery County Community College: Grammy Award-winning singer Gregory Porter will blend jazz, ’70s soul and modern sounds at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets cost $30. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518.
Indian Valley Public Library: The clarinet quartet Four Score plays a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Crossroads Music: On Feb. 8, International Guitar Night features group and solo performances by four guitarists from around the world at 7:30 p.m. at 801 S. 48th St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $10-30. See http://crossroadsconcerts.org/?p=4388.
Philly Pops: A “Classic Soul” program featuring singers Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas with the Philly Pops, is performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 6, and 3 p.m. Feb. 7-8 in Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $28-$129. Go to www.phillypops.org or call (215) 893-1999.
St. John Lutheran Church: The Arts at St. John’s series presents concert pianist, and Temple and Penn professor, David Pasbrig performing works by Respighi, Schubert and Bolcom at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the church, 1802 Skippack Pike, Whitpain. A reception follows this free concert. Call (610) 277-1086 or visit www.stjohnbluebell.org.
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: Wines of northern Italy will be showcased in a “Wine Wednesdays” tasting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the ArtsQuest Center on Founders Way, Bethelehem. Tickets are $54 and on sale at www.steelstacks.org and (610) 332-3378.
North Penn S-Gaugers: A portable S-gauge model train layout will be open to the public 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6-7 at the Lower Providence Community Library, 50 Parklane Drive, Lower Providence. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (610) 666-6640, ext. 25.
Philadelphia Golf Show: Compete in skills competitions for prizes, get thinking about golf getaways, test out new clubs, get instruction from PGA pros and take in stage presentations and demonstrations from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Admission includes a one-year subscription to “Golf Magazine.” Get tickets at http://northcoastgolfshows.com/shows/philadelphia.
Pennypacker Mills: Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for a Valentine craft workshop for children 5 and up 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 7 in the Classroom Building at Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Refreshments will be served. The crafts will be done in Victorian style with ribbons, fancy papers and “scrap,” a type of clip art available 100+ years ago. Kids will be making a hot air balloon decoration, a fancy candy container, a special flower pin for their Valentine, and a card fashioned out of a handprint. The fee is $5 per child and children need to be accompanied by an adult. Call (610) 287-9349.
Elmwood Park Zoo: Held 5:30 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14, Valentines Kids Night at the Zoo is a chance for parents to take the night off to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Children 6-10 can enjoy dinner, a Valentine’s-themed live animal show, games, crafts, a zoo tour and a movie screening. Children may be picked up any time after 8 p.m. Reservations are $50.95, $40.95 for additional siblings (discount for members). Call (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.
Chaddsford Winery: Weekends in February mean Wine and Chocolate Pairing with a Twist noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Chadds Ford location, 632 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 per person. The Peddlers Village Tasting Room will also have wine and chocolate pairing 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays in February. Cost is $15. A Valentine’s Day Special on Feb. 14 includes a gift for each couple and requires reservations of $50 per couple. Visit www.chaddsford.com.
Community Valentine’s Party: Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second St., Souderton, hosts this event 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14, featuring dinner, dancing to music by the Fred Hall Orchestra, and a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $35. Call Church of the Holy Spirit, whose choirs will also be performing that night, at (215) 234-8020 or visit www.churchoftheholyspirit.us/valentines-day-party.
EgoPo Classic Theater: Tennessee Williams’ rarely-performed “Stairs to the Roof” is presented Feb. 11-March 1 at The Latvian Society of Pennsylvania, 531 N. Seventh St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $25. For show times, go to www.egopo.org or call (267) 273-1414.
Merriam Theater: The new show “Shaping Sound” features mash-up music genres and dance styles at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Merriam, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Company members have appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Glee,” “American Idol,” “The Voice” and “The 2013 Prime Time Emmy Awards.” Tickets range from $40-$60. Call (215) 893-1999 or go to www.kimmelcenter.org.
Players Club of Swarthmore: In 1977, former President Nixon and British journalist David Frost are both out to repair their reputations through a series of TV interviews in “Frost/Nixon” Feb. 13-28 on the Players Club stage, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore. Thursday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit www.pcstheater.org or call (866) 811-4111.
Penn Museum: The museum hosts a staged reading of “My Father’s Bones,” a short play about the struggle of Jim Thorpe’s three sons to recover their father’s remains from Pennsylvania’s Borough of Jim Thorpe for reburial with his ancestors on Sac and Fox Nation land in Oklahoma. The program is free and starts at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12, and concludes with a panel discussion and reception. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is at 3260 South St., Philadelphia. Go to www.penn.museum or call (215) 898-4000.
Villanova Theatre: In “Michael & Edie,” two young people striving to figure things out in the wake of loss, escape to a world of books. Performances are Feb. 10-22 in Villanova University’s Vasey Hall, Lancaster and Ithan avenues, Radnor. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range from $21-$25, with discounts for seniors, students and groups. Call (610) 519-7474 or visit www.villanovatheatre.org.
Laymen Playmen: The community theater group presents the musical “Oliver!” as their 28th production at 8 p.m. Feb. 6; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 7-8 and 14; and 2 p.m. Feb. 15 Lansdale United Methodist Church, 300 N. Broad St., Lansdale. Proceeds are donated to local charities. Ticket reservations can be made by calling (215) 368-9484. Also visit www.laymenplaymen.com.
Mount Hope Estate & Winery: A Jane-Austen-themed, interactive, culinary murder mystery dinner theater will be featured Feb. 6-March 28. Guests can enjoy a four-course meal with the stars of the play, then maybe participate in activities such as English country dancing, tours of the estate mansion and more. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturdays. Mount Hope Estate, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, is on Route 72, south of Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 266 in Cornwall. Admission is $42.95 per person; reservations are strongly recommended. Visit www.parenfaire.com/murdermystery or call (717) 665-7021, ext. 231.
Philadelphia Theatre Company: Family and forgiveness in a changing society is the them of the play “Mothers and Sons,” running Feb. 6-March 8 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $46-59, with discounts for students, seniors and groups. Call (215) 985-0420 or visit www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
Amici Opera Company: Puccini’s “La Boheme” will be staged at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at Redeemer United Methodist Church, 1128 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia. Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” gets the Amici treatment at 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Redeemer Methodist. Call (215) 224-0257 for more information or reservations.
Matters of the heart
Montgomery Mall: Grand View Health sponsors a heart health fair in celebration of American Heart Month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 7 near Macy’s on the lower level of the mall, Routes 309 and 202, Montgomery Township. The event will feature one-on-one discussions with cardiologists, free blood pressure checks and free cholesterol screenings. The event will also include CPR, lifestyle and fitness demonstrations by Grand View Emergency Medical Services, Dr. Drill Instructor Fitness Boot Camp Program, The Dance Place Zumba, Bucks County Bungee Jumpers and Fitzpatrick School of Irish Dance.
Art of film
Colonial Theatre: Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service, Independent Lens and WHYY, sponsors a free screening of “American Denial,” a film about the findings of a Swedish sociologist in the 1940s, and interspersed with newsreels, home movies and modern short films, that attempts to analyze potential underlying causes of racial bias. Scheduled to air on PBS Feb. 23, you can catch a preview at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11. The theater is at 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. RSVP at www.whyy.org/events/americandenial.php. For more information, visit www.pbs.org/independentlens/american-denial.