WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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ArtsQuest: An Oscars Viewing Party is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.steelstacks.org and (610) 332-3378. The event will start with a simulcast of the Red Carpet arrivals and raffles for framed posters of this year’s Oscar-nominated films. Though wearing special attire is not required, you’re encouraged to get in the spirit and dress up — there’s prizes for Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Female. There will also be an Oscar Pool where you can try to predict the winners in 10 different award categories. The evening includes food, specialty-themed drinks, beer, wine, soda and movie trivia.
Montgomery County Community College: A free community observatory session is held 8 to 10 p.m. Feb. 16 at the observatory on the third floor of the Advanced Technology Center, 1313 Morris Road, Whitpain. If weather conditions are cloudy, call the observatory hotline at (215) 641-6460, an hour before the event for information about possible cancellation.
Lunar New Year
Elmwood Park Zoo: A Chinese New Year Celebration to ring in the Year of the Sheep is held noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Highlights include crafts, activities and “Animals of the Zodiac” live meet-and-greets. This event will take place in the Canopy Gardens Hall. Admission is $10.95, $7.95 for seniors 65+ and children 3-12, $8.95 for students. Contact Guest Services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.
Black History Month
Stenton: The free program “Where the Ancestors Slumber: African American Cemeteries and Burial Sites in Philadelphia, 1681-1850” runs 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Germantown historic site, 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia. RSVP by calling (215) 329-7312 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bierfest: The German Society of Pennsylvania and Philly Roller Derby celebrates Pennsylvania’s German brewing heritage with the fourth annual Bierfest 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 (early access available for VIP ticketholders) at the German Society, 611 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia. German-style beers from more than three dozen brewers will be split between two beer halls. There will also be live music, variety acts from Roller-Derby Arm-Wrestling to cabaret-themed Berlin-style “beer-lesque,” seminars on German hops, and beer and cheese pairing. Tickets are $45, $60 for VIPs, $75 for VIP tickets plus a noon beer seminar, $20 for designated drivers and children over 12. Supervised “kinder-care” is available. Go to www.phillybierfest.com or call (215) 627-2332.
Michener Art Museum: “The Artist in the Garden,” an exhibition that explores the relationship between artists and nature from early in the 20th century to today, is open through Aug. 9 in the James A. Michener Museum’s Putnam Smith Gallery, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. The exhibition is divided loosely into three thematic sections, “The Back Yard,” “The Mythic Garden” and “Intimate Spaces/Private Worlds,” and features artists like Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Violet Oakley, Rockwell Kent and Elsie Driggs. 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. Visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call (215) 340-9800.
University of the Arts: Glenside author Jack DeWitt will be reading from his new neo-noir novel set in the 1950s, “Delicious Little Traitor: A Varian Pike Mystery,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Connelly Room of the university’s Terra Building, 211 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.
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.
Rock Cafe: An “Anthony Flick Benefit Show” with the bands Armory Infirmary, Varials, Brosef Gordon-Levitt, Past Hope, Broadening the Daylight, Amora and Farewell Forgotten runs 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13 in the cafe of the Vernfield church, 857 Main St., Lower Salford. Admission is a $10 donation.
Ribstock: The bands Barometer, Hot Sauce Junkies, Juliano Brothers, AM Radio, Catullus, Dead Flowers, Mile High Club, Paul Sinclair (of Get The Led Out), and Work Release are all performing as part of the fifth annual Ribstock, starting at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Bridgeport Ribhouse, 1049 Ford St., Bridgeport. Admission is $10, which will be used to help underfunded school music programs through the Musicopia non-profit. Gently used and new music equipment is also accepted.
Montgomery County Community College: Jazz prodigy Cécile McLorin Salvant will channel the sounds of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald at 8 p.m. Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $28. 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.
Celebration of Bands: The Merion Concert Band, Montgomery County Concert Band, the Quakertown Band and the Souderton Area High School Jazz Band will perform at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Souderton Area High School, 625 Lower Road, Franconia Township. The bands will play a varied repertoire, including standard and contemporary compositions for concert bands, Broadway show tunes, classical transcriptions, marches and patriotic melodies. Free will donations will be accepted.
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.
Annenberg Center: Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela’s “20 Years of Freedom Tour” performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Zellerbach Theater, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $30-$70. Visit www.annenbergcenter.org or call (215) 898-3900.
Temple Sinai: A Cantor’s Cafe FolkFest at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the synagogue, 1401 N. Limekiln Pike, features Cantor Stephen Freedman performing the music of Peter, Paul and Mary; Judy Collins; Simon and Garfunkel; Woody Guthrie; John Denver, Carole King; Pete Seeger; James Taylor and more. Wear your love beads, bell-bottom pants and peasant skirts. Light refreshments will be served and wine will be available for purchase. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at door.
Bryn Athyn Orchestra: A program featuring works by Mozart and Beethoven starts at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Road, Bryn Athyn. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, $5 for students and free to children under 12. Call (267) 502-2979.
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.
Montgomery Theater: Thomas Hanratty, a notoriously dangerous New York cabbie that was blinded in a drunken accident, is about have his only friend move away. Can a volunteer reader from a blind school possibly befriend Hanratty before it’s too late? “Light Sensitive” runs through March 1 at the theater, 124 Main St., Souderton. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Feb. 25. For tickets, call (215) 723-9984.
Ursinus College: Fifteen Collegeville restaurants are offering specials to individuals attending the college’s production of the comedy “Dream Girl.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18-21 in the Lenfest Theater, off Ninth Avenue, Collegeville. Tickets are $5, $2 for students and seniors. For Dinner & a Show tickets, go to www.collegevilledevelopment.org. Tickets for the show only can be purchased at (610) 409-3030. To redeem the Dinner & a Show special, present the ticket receipt at the restaurant the day of the show.
Walnut Street Theatre: “Mickle Street” by Montgomery County Community College associate professor Michael Whistler, imagines what might have happened when British writer Oscar Wilde came to the area in 1882 to give a lecture and stopped by poet Walt Whitman’s home in Camden, N.J. The show runs Feb. 17-March 8 at the Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia. For tickets and show times, call (215) 574-3550 or visit www.walnutstreettheatre.org/season/mickle.php.
Gershman Y: An all-female contemporary dance work offering a different perspective on Purim, “The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther,” is presented at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, $10 for children. Go to www.gershmany.org or call (215) 545-4400.
ConcertOPERA Philadelphia: Charles Gounod’s “Faust” is semi-staged, with light costuming, and sung in French with English supertitles, at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 104 Louella Ave., Wayne; at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at Christ Church, 20 N. American St., Philadelphia; and at 3 p.m. March 1 at the International House of Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors, $18 for students. Visit www.concertoperaphl.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.