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It’s party time all around the region — from Philadelphia to New Hope

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@thereporteronline.com
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Round the world
International Spring Festival: Celebrating American cultural diversity in the area, the festival is held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 at North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Towamencin. There will be live entertainment on five stages, an international food court, more than 100 display tables featuring 30 nationality exhibits, a health fair, international vendors and children’s activities. Admission is free. Check out www.facebook.com/IntlSpringFest.
Party time
Peddler’s Village: Spring Fling features entertainment, food and Bucks County designers, landscapers, garden centers, farmers and community growers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18 and noon to 5 p.m. April 19. Children’s activities include a Spring Into Crafts for Kids area, face painting, balloon art and pony rides. The village is at Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska.
Big Night Out: WXPN’s Big Night Out at World Cafe Live features short music sets by Patty Griffin and Rhett Miller; beer, hard cider and grilled cheese tastings; and live and silent auctions from 7 to 11 p.m. April 11. For ticket information, visit www.xpn.org/events/events-calendar/big-day-out. World Cafe Live is at 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
Last Chance Ranch benefit: Help abused and neglected animals throughout the region starting at 5 p.m. April 11, with a “Boots, Barks & Bowties” Gala at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Founders Way, Bethlehem. This fundraiser supports Bucks County’s Last Chance Ranch and includes live music by Steve Cofield & Sweet, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions and more. Tickets are $80 in advance, $95 on the day of event. Go to www.lastchanceranch.org.
Urban Street Art Festival: ArtsQuest’s free Urban Street Art Festival debuts 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. The event features more than 20 different artists and arts organizations representing everything from metal sculpting and graffiti art to cityscape painting and yarn bombing. Get more details at www.bananafactory.org.
Discerning taste
Wine and meatballs: Reservations are required for this food and wine pairing event 7 to 9 p.m. April 17 at Village Wine Cellar, 4038 Skippack Pike, Skippack. Cost is $48. Call (484) 991-8870.
Pennypacker Mills: A “Desserts During the Edwardian Era” cooking demonstration runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 at the Montgomery County historic site at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Call (610) 287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills.
Philadelphia Farm & Food Fest: Beginning at 11 a.m. April 12, this Whole Foods Market-sponsored festival that introduces kids to “sustainable eating” is at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia. Activities include a reading demo from StoryUp!’s Martha Cooney and Honeypie Cooking’s Shayna Marmar, free samples from local farmers and growers, a screening of local filmmaker Rich Hoffman’s “Watermelon Magic,” and more. Tickets start at $20 per person, free to children 12 and under. To learn more, visit the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia or go to www.fairfoodphilly.org.
The Nourishing Well: A Sunday Demo-Style Cooking Class on “Healthy Mediterranean Cuisine” runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at the Nourishing Well, 505 Darby Road, Havertown. Cost is $60. Call (215) 359-6693 or see www.thenourishingwell.com.
Ardmore Beer Hall: The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, holds its first beer tasting festival, featuring more than 60 beers and live music by The Kalob Griffin Band and Bird Watcher. It starts at 1 p.m. April 11 and tickets are $40. See www.ardmoremusic.com.
Look at this
James A. Michener Art Museum: Large-scale, manipulated portraits of birds, flowers and insects, with hand-added layers of oil paints and pencils are on view through July 12 with “Kate Breakey: Small Deaths” in the museum’s Fred Beans Gallery, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. The artist will give a talk at 1 p.m. April 14 in the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion. Cost is $20, $10 for museum members, $5 for students and advance registration is required. 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. For more information, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call (215) 340-9800.
Print Center: “Michael Mazur: The Inferno of Dante” brings together more than 20 etchings from the late artist’s portfolio April 17-July 11. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and the center is at 1614 Latimer St., Philadelphia. An opening reception is held 6 to 8 p.m. April 16, with a gallery talk by the curator at 5:30. Admission is free.
Montgomery County Community College: The 48th annual Art Students’ Exhibition continues through April 24 at the college’s Fine Arts Center Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. A reception for the artists, which is open to the public, will be held 5 to 7 p.m. April 15. The exhibition is free and includes ceramics, sculpture, oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, photography, digital arts and mixed media. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Contact (215) 619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.
E-Moderne Gallerie: Starting at 6 p.m. April 11, check out a solo exhibition by Nathan DiStefano, including 10 new paintings, at the gallery, 116 Arch St., Philadelphia.
Concert highlights
Indian Valley Public Library: The group Hobo Pie performs as part of the library’s free Second Fridays series at 7:30 p.m. April 10. IVPL is at 100 E. Church Road, Telford.
Zoellner Arts Center: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem performs a program of Stravinsky, Beethoven and Handel in honor of Lehigh University’s sesquicentennial at 8 p.m. April 10 and 11. Tickets are $35, $31.50 for seniors, $25 for students. Zoellner Arts Center is on East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. Call (610) 758-2787 or go to www.zoellnerartscenter.org.
Lenape Chamber Ensemble: A spring season finale concert program featuring chamber music by Mozart, Rochberg and Bruch starts at 3 p.m. April 12 in the Life Science Auditorium at Delaware Valley College, 700 E. Butler Ave., near the Route 611 bypass, Doylestown. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors, $5 for children. Call (610) 294-9361 or visit www.lenapechamberensemble.org.
Philly Pops: An “Epic Hollywood Soundtracks” program, featuring The Philly Pops Festival Chorus, includes selections from “Gone with the Wind,” “Ben Hur,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Lord of the Rings” at 8 p.m. April 10 and 3 p.m. April 11-12 at 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.
Congregation M’kor Shalom: Known for writing Bette Midler’s hit song “From a Distance” (also “Dream Loud” from the movie “Unfaithful” and “Thanks to You” from the movie “Andre”), Julie Gold will perform in concert at 7 p.m. April 19 at the synagogue, 850 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, N.J. Tickets are $10. Visit www.mkorshalom.org or call (856) 424-4220.
Crossroads Music: Traditional English folk musicians Martin and Eliza Carthy play at 7:30 p.m. April 11. Also, Former West Philadelphian Taína Asili and her band La Banda Rebelde offer Afro-Latin, reggae and rock fusion at 7:30 p.m. April 12. Both shows are at 801 S. 48th St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $10-30. Audio samples and more information are available at http://crossroadsconcerts.org.
Montgomery County Community College: Harmonica player Grégoire Maret brings his diverse interpretations of jazz-infused world music at 8 p.m. April 18 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets cost $28. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518.
On stage
Montgomery County Community College: Jean makes a fateful decision to answer a cell phone left behind by a stranger. The MCCC Drama Club and Theatre Arts program presents “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at 8 p.m. April 16 and 18, 12:30 and 8 p.m. April 17, and 2 p.m. April 18-19 in the Blackbox Theatre in the Science Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $10,$5 for students and seniors. Call (215) 641-6518.
Philadanco: Marking their 45th anniversary, Philadanco performs “Having Our Say …”, which include two new works, April 17-19 in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $29-$46. For show times, call (215) 893-1999 or see www.kimmelcenter.org.
Villanova Theatre: “The Threepenny Opera” mixes up catchy melodies with themes of inequity, corruption and greed in Victorian London April 14-26. Performances will be 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The theater is on the Villanova University campus in Vasey Hall, Lancaster and Ithan avenues, Radnor. Tickets range from $21-$25, with discounts for seniors, students and groups. Call (610) 519-7474 or go to www.villanovatheatre.org.
Sellersville Theater: Mary Lou Quinlan struggled to come to terms with the death of her mother until her discovery of her mother’s “God Boxes,” filled with revealing things about her mother and herself that she never knew. Quinlan’s one-woman show, “The God Box: A Daughter’s Story,” is performed as a benefit for Grand View Hospice at 1 p.m. April 18. Sellersville Theater 1894 is at 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 453-4084 or go to www.st94.com.
Plays and Players Theater: Theatre Exile stages the drama “Who’s Afraid of Virgnia Woolf?” April 16-May 17 at Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. For show times and tickets, call (215) 218-4022.
Montgomery Theater: After the opening night April 11 performance of the musical “Marry Me a Little,” will be an after-party with beer from Round Guys Brewing. Tickets range from $24-$35. The theater is at 124 N. Main St., Souderton. Visit www.montgomerytheater.org or call (215) 723-9984, ext. 10.
Stagecrafters Theater: The comedy-farce “The Golden Coach” is set in late 1700s, where passions run amok, fueled by the savvy and strong-willed mistress of the Viceroy of Peru. Performances April 10-26 are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays at 8130 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Tickets are $17 online, $20 at the door. Visit www.thestagecrafters.org or call (215) 247-9913.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: “Pinklalicious, The Musical,” based on the popular children’s series, is performed at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. April 18-19. Tickets are $15 for children and $25 for adults. Visit www.brtstage.org or call (215) 785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol.
Act II Playhouse: Queen Annie looks to break free from her drab surroundings in “Rainbowtown,” a new play for children 3-8 with original live music. Performances April 11-19 are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $8 for children, $10 for seniors, $12 for adults. Act II is at 56 E. Butler Ave, Ambler. Call (215) 654-0200 or go to www.act2.org.
Merriam Theater: Childhood imagination abounds as Enchantment Theatre Company stages “The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon” at 2 p.m. April 12 at the Merriam, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The staging includes life-size puppets, masked actors, music and large scale video animation. Tickets range from $23-$36. Call (215) 893-1999 or go to www.kimmelcenter.org.
Keswick Theatre: A comedy show to benefit Abington Police Athletic League features Mike Marino, Sudsy and Jimmie Lee at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the Keswick, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside. Tickets are $25, $30 at the door. Call (215) 572-7650.
Running revolution
Valley Forge National Historical Park: On April 19 it’s the 10th anniversary of the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run — known as the Rev Run. There are divisions for runners, walkers and children, plus a post-race expo for families with samples from local restaurants. The park is in Upper Merion at Route 23 and North Gulph Road. More information is at www.revolutionaryrun.org.
Local history
Morgan Log House: Go behind the scenes 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 with a free Open House focusing on the history of the restoration of the 18th century Morgan Log House, 850 Weikel Road, Towamencin. This is the only time of the year when visitors are allowed to get into the attic and basement. Stop by the Visitor Center for a colonial tools demonstration and learn how log dwellings were constructed. Also on April 11 will be the opening of the 2015 exhibit “Fischer’s Park: The Heart of a Community.” Call (215) 368-2480 for visit www.morganloghouse.org.
Bethlehem Steel: Sure you’ve seen the old blast furnaces visiting the Sands or the ArtsQuest campus. Most Saturdays between April 11 and Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. you can walk in the steps of a steel worker with “Steelwalkers” walking tours from the Bethlehem Steelworkers’ Archives. Each tour concludes with a question-and-answer session with a longtime steelworker. Tickets are $15, free for children 12 and under. Tours begin at the Visitor Center at SteelStacks, 711 E. First St., Bethlehem. Go to www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378.

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