WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Bucks County Designer House & Gardens: Villa d’Braccia at 745 Stump Road, Warrington, is the 40th Bucks County Designer House & Gardens, open to the public for tours April 26-May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays (closed Memorial Day) and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets for this fundraiser for Doylestown Health are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Get more information at (215) 345-2191 or www.buckcountydesignerhouse.org.
Fashion show: A Swing into Spring fashion show, featuring clothes from Shekala’s, is held April 25 at Franconia Heritage Banquet and Conference Center, Route 113, Franconia. Doors open at 9 a.m., with breakfast at 10. Reservations are $28 and benefit Grand View Hospital Auxiliary. Call (215) 453-4381.
Elmwood Park Zoo: Party for the Planet, beginning at 10 a.m. April 25, features music group Lolly & Yo Yo, Norristown Educational Theater’s production of “Just a Dream: The Green Play,” 25 businesses with eco-friendly products, document shredding for households (two bag/box limit per person) and more. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Contact Guest Services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.
When in Rome …
Penn Museum: The Roman Empire apparently has a April 21, 753 BC date of birth. So the Rome’s Birthday World Culture Series day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 will feature gladiatorial bouts, helmets and shields, battle formation reenactments, music, food, and arts and crafts. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is at 3260 South St., Philadelphia. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for children and students, free to members, active military personnel and children 5 and younger. Go to www.penn.museum.
Green Lane Park: A free “Spring Beauties — the Wildflowers” walk for ages 8+ is held at 1 p.m. April 18. Wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the park office at 2144 Snyder Road, Marlborough Township. Preregistration is required by calling (215) 234-4528.
Academy of Natural Sciences: An international orchid show and sale comes to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University noon to 6 p.m. April 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25-26. Presented in collaboration with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society, the show also features guided tours, lectures on orchid cultivation for beginners and experienced orchid growers, behind-the-scenes tours of the academy’s botany collection and refreshments. The Academy of Natural Sciences is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. For more information and online tickets, visit www.ansp.org/orchidshow or call (215) 299-1167.
Cars and Coffee
SteelStacks: Hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes and models will fill the SteelStacks campus, on Founders Way in Bethlehem, this spring and summer with the free monthly Cars and Coffee Lehigh Valley series, returning 9 a.m. to noon April 19. Each showcase will focus on a different theme, from exotics to American muscle cars to Japanese and German vehicles. Check out www.steelstacks.org/carsandcoffee.
Round the world
Montgomery County Community College: The International Club and ESL/International Student Services invite the community to the sixth annual International Night 5 to 9 p.m. April 21 in the cafeteria and adjoining conference area in the lower level of College Hall, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Highlights include cultural performances, international cuisine from more than 30 countries, educational information, raffles and more. Admission is $5, $3 for children under 12, free for MCCC students. For more information or to sponsor an activity, contact Dilek Arig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Have a 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.
ArtsQuest: In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, it’s Dogfish Head and grilled cheese Pairings at 1 and 4 p.m. April 18 at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets are $45. See www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378.
Look at this
James A. Michener Art Museum: A photography exhibit, “Ed Vatza: Street Stories” is on view in the Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery at the Michener Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. The 17 large-scale, black and white portraits depicts the personalities and attitudes of street people in lower New York City neighborhoods. 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: A free community observatory session for the public is held 8 to 10 p.m. April 20 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.
Wyebrook Farm: Marah, Frog Holler, Mason Porter, Birdie Busch, The Youngers, Manatawny Creek Ramblers and Chris Rattie perform during the second annual Wyebrook Music Festival April 25 at Wyebrook Farm, 150 Wyebrook Road, Honey Brook. Doors will open at 10 a.m., with music and farm-fresh food from Chef Andrew Wood 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. BYOB. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate, free to children under 12. Call (610) 942-7481 or visit www.wyebrookfarm.com.
St. Luke’s United Church of Christ: Philadelphia’s Woodcrest Gospel Choir will perform in concert at 3 p.m. April 19 at the church, 125 N. Main St., North Wales. Guest performer Jeremy Johnson, a baritone/pianist, from Newark, N.J. and St. Luke’s Adult Choir, under the direction of Jon Leight, will also participate. A free-will offering will be received and a reception follows the concert. Visit www.uccnorthwales.org.
Rat Pack tribute: Honor Flight Philadelphia presents “Swinging with the Rat Pack,” a benefit for World War II veterans at 3:30 p.m. April 26 at the Springfield Country Club, 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield. Tickets are $50 per person in advance and include a buffet lunch. Cash bar is available. Call Deanne at (267) 303-5977.
St. John’s United Church of Christ: The St. John’s Artist Series presents the St. John’s Chancel Choir and Friends, with soloists and instrumental accompaniment, performing Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Francesco Durante’s “Magnificat” at 4 p.m. April 19. The church is at Main Street and Richardson Avenue, Lansdale.
Vox Ama Deus: A “Brilliant Baroque: Musical Masterworks for Chamber Orchestra and Instrumental Soloists” program is performed at 8 p.m. April 24 at Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane at West Willow Grove Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, and at 6 p.m. April 26 at Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Road, Paoli. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $10 for students. Call (610) 688-2800 or see www.voxamadeus.org.
Calvary Center for Culture and Community: Hear the Celtic music of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island played by Andrea Beaton, Dick Hensold and Troy MacGillvray, plus Newfoundland singer Matthew Byrne at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at 801 South 48th St. (at Baltimore Avenue), Philadelphia. Tickets are $10-$30, $5 for children under 12. Visit http://crossroadsconcerts.org/?p=4711#more-4711.
Chris’ Jazz Cafe: Mary Ellen Desmond and The All-Star Jazz Trio play sets at 8 and 10 p.m. April 18 at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 568-3131 or visit www.chrisjazzcafe.com.
Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square: Lyric Fest and special guests Singing City perform a program inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s poem “The Creation” at 3 p.m. April 19 at the church, 1904 Walnut St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.lyricfest.org.
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.
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.
Also, the student Chamber Strings ensemble performs the Mendelssohn violin concerto with guest soloist, violinist James Lyon at 4 p.m. April 26 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Admission is free, but tickets are required by going to www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or calling (215) 641-6518.
Playcrafters: Running April 23-May 9 is “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike,” which takes on love, family, fame and the environment, at the Playcrafters theater, 2011 Store Road, Skippack. For tickets and show times, call (610) 584-4005 or visit www.playcrafters.org.
DCP Theatre: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” opens April 17 and continues through April 26. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $10. The theater is at 795 Ridge Road, Salford Township. Go to www.dcptheatre.com or call (215) 234-0966.
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.
Montgomery County Community College: The Dance Ensemble Spring Concert is set for 8 p.m. April 24 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Admission is free, but tickets are required by going to www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or calling (215) 641-6518.
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.
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. Comedian Steve Solomon, author of the “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish …” comedies, performs his latest one man show, “Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 22, 7:30 p.m. April 23, 8 p.m. April 24, 2 and 8 p.m. April 25 and 3 p.m. April 26. Tickets range from $30-40. Visit www.brtstage.org or call (215) 785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol.
Opera Philadelphia: Eric Owens stars as King Philip in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” April 24-May 3 at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. Performance times are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.operaphila.org or by calling (215) 893-1018.
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.
Mount Hope Estate: Volkswagen enthusiasts will gather for a day of food, friends and VWs at Volksfest 2015 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Mount Hope Estate & Winery, Route 72, Cornwall. In addition to the display of cars, visitors can browse more than 75 vendors. Specialty awards will be given to both air-cooled and water-cooled vehicles, including best of show overall and worst of show overall. Cost is $1 per carload for spectators, $5 per car for show vehicles (includes driver and passengers). For more information email HAVOCPrez@gmail.com or visit www.GTI16V.com. Also see www.parenfaire.com/volksfest/index.html.
Need a laugh?
Broad Axe Tavern: A comedy show featuring Tim Grill, Theresa Krallinger, Chris Dolan and Bill Wood is set for 8:30 p.m. April 25 at the Broad Axe Tavern, 901 W. Bulter Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1348078 or call (610) 220-9988.