By Brian Bingaman
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Home and garden
Suburban Home & Garden Show: This year’s event kicks off Feb. 19 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. The four-day show features displays, demonstrations, vendor and product information booths. The show runs through Sunday, Feb. 22. Hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19; noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 20; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 21; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22.
Highlights include the Disc-Connected K9’s frisbee dogs, a model home by Weisser Homes and Dutch Country Corner offering Amish baked goods. Free admission is featured on Thursday, Feb. 19 only. Regular admission is $10; free for children under 12. For directions and more information, check www.phillyexpos.com.
Penn Museum: The museum’s annual Celebration of African Cultures features drum and dance workshops, storytelling, crafts, games, food, art and artifacts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St., Philadelphia. Guests can visit the ancient Egypt and Africa galleries, as well as the “Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum” gallery project. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for children and students, free to military personnel and children 5 and younger. For more information, call (215) 898-2680.
Elmwood Park Zoo: The zoo rings in the Year of the Sheep noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Canopy Gardens, with “Animals of the Zodiac” meet and greets, crafts, games and more. Elmwood is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Admission is $10.95, $7.95 for children 3-12 and seniors 65+, $8.95 for students. Call (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.
Media Restaurant Week: Held Feb. 22-26 and March 1-5, you can enjoy three- to five-course meals for $30. Check the participating restaurants at www.visitmediapa.com/restaurantweek.
History of song
Congregation Tiferet Bet Israel: “Hava Nagila” is the most popular song and dance number at Jewish celebrations worldwide, and is even played at professional sporting events throughout North America. It’s also the subject of a documentary that will be screened at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 22 at TBI, 1920 Skippack Pike, Whitpain. “Hava Nagila,” the movie, explains how the melody came out of the shtetls of eastern Europe, and caught on from the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of suburban America. The 75-minute film features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell and Regina Spektor. RSVP to Hilary for this free program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 275-8797.
Broad Axe Tavern: Norm Klar, Glen Jensen and Ed McGonigal perform standup at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the tavern, 901 W. Butler Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Check www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1196590 or call (610) 220-9988.
Saw the thaw
Fairmount Water Works: A birds-eye view of snow and ice melt at the North Pole is the subject of a “tryptich, plus one,” on display through March at the Fairmount Water Works, Kelly and Waterworks drives, Philadelphia. The four-panel painting was created by Philadelphia artist and environmentalist Pamela Tudor. Visit www.fairmountwaterworks.org.
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.
Merriam Theater: Astrophysicist and author Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson brings his space-centered and family-friendly U.S. speaking tour to Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the theater, 250 S. Broad St. An Emmy-winner, Tyson is host of Fox’s “2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” series and the radio show “StarTalk.” Tickets range from $69-$89. Call (215) 893-1999, or see www.kimmelcenter.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.
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.
Bryn Mawr College: The Jasper String Quartet performs a program featuring Beethoven, Dvorak and more at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Thomas Great Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for children under 12. Go to www.brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html or call (610) 526-5210.
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
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 Young Artists Orchestra: Featuring young instrumentalists ages 10-16, the PYAO will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. For information, call (215) 545-0502.
Academy of Music: Touring magic show “The Illusionists — Witness the Impossible” is performed Feb. 24-March 1 at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $20-$105.50. Call (215) 731-3333 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway.
Knight of the Arts Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS: The North Penn High School Thespians host their 16th annual BC/EFA gala Feb. 20. Lobby performances and art demonstrations begin at 7 p.m. in the NPHS glass concourse and lobby, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Towamencin. Bid on silent auction items from Broadway, shop at the Broadway Flea Market and get sneak previews of the upcoming three North Penn middle schools’ spring musicals. A $5 donation is suggested.
Act II Playhouse: Two cops, three crooks, eight doors and a killer in a kilt. Add them all up and you get the comedy “Unnecessary Farce,” which runs Feb. 24-March 22 at Act II, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets range from $24-$35, with discounts available for subscribers, seniors 65+ and students. For show times, call (215) 654-0200 or visit www.act2.org.
Montgomery County Community College: “Brian Sanders’ JUNK” features found objects, dance and physical theater at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets cost $28. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518.
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.
Kimmel Center: Organist Renée Anne Louprette accompanies LA Dance Project’s “Moving Parts” during a performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $29-$49. Call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org.