WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Elmwood Park Zoo: Mother’s Day Brunch seatings are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 9-10. Tickets are $30.95, $19.95 for mothers and children 3-12. Make reservations by calling (610) 277-3825, ext. 222. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown.
Shofuso: A Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony with the local chapter of the Urasenke tea school is set for 1 and 2:30 p.m. May 10. Cost is $35 and you can get tickets at www.japanesehouse.org. Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is at Horticultural and Lansdowne drives in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park.
Behind the scenes
Merriam Theater: “Binge-Worthy Journalism: An Evening with ‘Serial’ Creators Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder” comes to Philadelphia at 8 p.m. May 14. The live presentation at the Merriam, 250 S. Broad St., features Koenig and Snyder revealing the creative process behind the “Serial” podcast, the first in iTunes history to reach 5 million downloads. Tickets range from $35-$99. Go to www.kimmelcenter.org or call (215) 893-1999.
Academy of Natural Sciences: May 16 and 17 “Animal Grossology” debuts at the natural history museum at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, with opening weekend special features of smelly live animals, slimy sea urchin dissections, live cockroaches, waste material and jokes. Based on the “Grossology” children’s book series by Sylvia Branzei, the exhibit offers an unusual view of the animal kingdom through Aug. 30. Admission is $15.95, $13.95 for children 3-12, seniors, students and military. Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.ansp.org or call (215) 299-1000.
Mercer Museum: Musicians, storytellers and poets perform stories, movement and music offering insight into the founding of the museum by Henry Mercer. “Giving Voice to Mercer’s World: A Storytelling Experience” is presented 8 to 10 p.m. May 16 in the Central Court of the Mercer Museum, Pine Street and Scout Way, Doylestown. Tickets are $15. Call (215) 348-9461.
Haverford Spring Festival: Musical entertainment at the 2015 festival includes In the Pocket, Charlie Gracie, Kuf Knotz, Ashley Leone, Cabin Dogs, The End of America, The Cat’s Pajamas and the Haverford High School Jazz Ensemble. There’s also more than 75 vendors, crafts and art pieces, local nonprofits, a “PGA Growing the Game Interactivity Area” and a Kids Fun Zone offering all-day activities for $10. It all happens noon to 7 p.m. May 17 on Brookline Boulevard in Havertown. A fundraiser to benefit community music programs and food banks, a $2 per person donation is requested. A new addition to the festival is the free Prelude party May 16 at the Oakmont National Pub on Eagle Road in Havertown. Featuring performances by Ashley Leone and The Jump Off, the party will be full of food, drink and music. Follow the festival on Facebook at Haverford Spring Fest and Twitter at @HaverfordSpring.
Italian Market Festival: The annual South Ninth Street Italian Market Festival is on for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 16-17. Highlights include live entertainment, family events, crafts and food. The market visitor center is at 919 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia. See www.italianmarketfestival.com.
Towamencin Day: Towamencin Township Community Day happens noon to 4 p.m. May 16 in Fischer’s Park, 2225 Bustard Road. Come out and see the newly renovated Fischer’s Park, live music, a food court, inflatable’s by A+ Jump, police/fire department activities, face painting, balloon animals, a petting zoo, pony rides, games and more. Pets are welcome.
Perkasie Carousel: The carousel operated by the Perkasie Historical Society in Menlo Park, Third Street and Park Avenue, opens for the season noon to 5 p.m. May 10.
Historic Germantown: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9, it’s the Second Saturdays season opener on Market Square, 5501 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Highlights include bus tours, food, music, children’s activities, reenactors and more. Go to www.freedomsbackyard.com.
Country Fair and Auction: Penn View Christian School holds its 54th annual country fair May 15-16 on their campus, 420 Godshall Road, Franconia. Highlights include a chicken barbecue, the Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels Show, pony rides, face painting, games, prizes, inflatables, a Kids’ Auction and live auction, and a Saturday morning breakfast. Visit www.pennview.org. Free shuttle bus service will be available from Franconia Mennonite Church on Route 113.
Stenton: The Stenton Garden Party starts at 7 p.m. May 14, featuring a cocktail buffet, music, a book signing with Anna Marley, who curated “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a raffle to benefit the Stenton Collections Fund. Garden party hats are encouraged. Tickets are $45. Stenton is at 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 329-7312 or email email@example.com.
LuLu Shrine Center: The LuLu Shrine Circus returns for its 74th year May 14-17 at 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Township. Shows are at 6:30 p.m. May 14, 7 p.m. May 15, 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. May 16, and noon and 4 p.m. May 17. Tickets are $24, $12 for children 11 and under. Discounts are at www.lulushrinecircus.com.
Meet the artists
Chester County Studio Tour: Get free, unlimited access to artist studios, and an understanding of their story and creative process 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 16 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17. There are 100 artists and 47 studios participating. For tour maps, go to www.chestercountystudiotour.com.
Betzwood lives on
Betzwood Film Festival: Toonerville Trolley “Powerful Katrinka” actress Wilna Hervey is in the spotlight for this year’s festival, held at 8 p.m. May 9 in Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theatre, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. The festival celebrates the 1920s silent movies made in southeastern Pennsylvania. Besides the screening of four of Hervey’s surviving silent comedies, with organ accompaniment by Don Kinnier, there will be a book signing reception with silent film historian and retired Montgomery County Community College history professor Joseph P. Eckhardt, author of “Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason.” Tickets cost $15. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518. Also check out https://mc3betzwood.wordpress.com.
Have a taste
MidAtlantic Wine and Food Festival: Peddler’s Village will host four dining events in conjunction with the festival May 14-16. “Pop-Up in Bucks County: A Seven-Course Winemakers Dinner” is set for 6:30 p.m. May 14 at Foxbriar Barn, Buttonwood Grill hosts “Bacon, Bourbon, Bubbles and Biscuits” at 6:30 p.m. May 15. At 10:30 a.m. May 16 enjoy a “Scrapple and Sparkling Breakfast” at the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant. At 5:30 p.m. May 16 on the Main Green it’s “Table on the Green: A Family-Style Winemakers Dinner.” Tickets may be purchased at http://mawff.org/schedule. For more information, visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
Taste of Three Cities: This food truck festival and competition features 60 different food trucks from Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore noon to 9 p.m. May 9 at XFinity Live, 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia. There will be entertainment and a kids’ area. A portion of the proceeds goes to Philabundance. Get tickets at www.xfinitylive.com.
Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers Festival: This beer tasting event is held 1 to 5 p.m. May 9 at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E. State St., Media. Tickets are $45; food will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis. Call (610) 627-9000 or visit www.ironhillbrewery.com/media.
Taste of the World: This restaurant gala, held on the grounds of Pearl S. Buck International at 520 Dublin Road, Hilltown, is set for 7 to 10 p.m. May 15. Registration is required by going to www.pearlsbuck.org/taste.
North Wales Library: An afternoon tea with Wendy Tyson, the author of the Allison Campbell mystery series, is held 2 to 4 p.m. May 9 in honor of the release of Tyson’s newest book, “Dying Brand.” The library is at 233 S. Swartley St., North Wales. Call (215) 699-5410.
Philly Pops: The Philly Pops presents a “Legends of Rock” program, featuring tenors Micah Wilshire, Rob Evan and Shem von Schroeck singing classic rock songs by Journey, Queen, Paul McCartney and others. Performances take place at 8 p.m. May 15 and 3 p.m. May 16-17 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $28-$129. Visit www.phillypops.org or call (215) 893-1999.
Heartwood Music Festival: The Philadelphia Folksong Society presents Full Frontal Folk, Karmic Repair Company, Lizanne Knott, Kuf Knotz, Man about a Horse, No Good Sister, Runa, Dana Sipos, Norman Taylor, Better ‘n’ Recess, Caveman Dave and Two of a Kind on two stages at the Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 16. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Visit http://folksong.ticketleap.com/heartwood.
Indian Valley Public Library: The Eric Lamberth Jazz Quartet is featured in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. May 8 at the library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Jazz It Up Philly: The Tim Brey Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Bar Volvér at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Fore more on the Jazz It Up Philly series, visit www.jazzitupphilly.com.
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: The orchestra marks its 50th anniversary with a Celebration Concert at 2:30 p.m. May 10 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Visit www.chamberorchestra.org or call (215) 893-1999.
Zannie-Do Fest: Sister Blue and Friends and The Flashpoints are among the blues groups performing in memory of Philadelphia blues/jazz singer Zan Gardner at 9 p.m. May 9 at the Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Cover is $10, $5 for students. Call (215) 247-9797 or (215) 517-8337.
Kimmel Center: The 20th annual Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra Festival Concert will take place at 3 p.m. May 17 in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia. One of the program’s highlights is the first movement from Édouard Lalo’s “Violoncello Concerto in D Minor” performed by Sabine Jung, 14, a student at Charles F. Patton Middle School in West Chester. Tickets range from $15-$25. Also, VoxAmaDeus performs “The 3 B’s — Bach, Beethoven, Brahms” at 8 p.m. May 15 in the Perelman Theater. Tickets range from $20-$70. Call (215) 893-1999.
Razz Room: Tony Sands Rat Pack Together Again Show, a tribute to the legendary careers and antics of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, opens at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the The Razz Room at the Ramada Hotel 6426 Lower York Road in New Hope.
The famous superstars will be interpreted by Tony Sands as Sinatra, Johnny Petillo as Martin and Geno Monroe as Davis. The show boasts highlights from the best of the Rat Pack songs, comedy and sketches and their individual hits with the onstage banter that made their act a big hit in Las Vegas.
For ticket information, call (888) 596-1027 or check www.therrazzroom.com.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: Are they whistle-blowers or traitors? The Henrik Ibsen play “An Enemy of the People” runs May 12-31. Tickets range from $31-$46, with discounts for students, groups and military personnel. Visit www.brtstage.org or call (215) 785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol.
Annenberg Center: The 2015 Philadelphia International Children’s Festival continues through May 9 at the University of Pennsylvania venue at 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Performers include Pilobolus Dance Theater, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Bruce Montgomery Theatre, Jean Saucier and Patrick Côté and Watermelon Magic. Check out show times and ticket information at www.annenbergcenter.org.
Merriam Theater: Capturing the spirit of a culture almost lost, Shen Yun Performing Arts represents the ancient legends of China’s 5,000-year history, as well as modern-day tales. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 9 and 2 p.m. May 10 at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $60-$150. Call (215) 893-1999 or go to www.shenyun.com/philadelphia.
New Hope celebrates
Pride week: It’s a special week of LGBT events for Celebrate Pride 2015 May 10-17 in New Hope and Lambertville, N.J. The parade and Rock the Block Party are May 16. For the complete schedule, go to www.newhopecelebrates.com.
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center: Emmy Award-winning “Wizard of Oz” expert John Fricke will present “COZtumes: Designing MGM’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’” at 2:30 p.m. May 16 at the center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg. Tickets are $25, and include admission to the Penn Dry Goods Market antiques show. Register with Joanne by calling (215) 679-3103, or visit www.schwenkfelder.com/Penn-Market and click on the “Register for Programs” button.
Philadelphia Cricket Club: Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s “Hardball” is the special guest of a benefit for Historic RittenhouseTown May 13. Cocktails and a silent auction start at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a talk with Matthews at 7:30. The club is at 415 W. Willow Grove Ave., Philadelphia. Tickets are $225. For reservations contact (215) 438-5711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fabric Workshop and Museum: Opening May 15 is “Both/And Richard Tuttle Print and Cloth,” a retrospective of this contemporary American artist. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is at 1214 Arch St., Philadelphia. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. weekends. Call (215) 561-8888 or visit www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.