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NEIGHBORHOODS: Check out these weekend events

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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On stage
Act II Playhouse: “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits,” running May 19-June 21, spoofs musical theater’s stars and songwriters. The theater is at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets range from $29-$40, with discounts for subscribers, students, groups of 10 or more and seniors 65+. For show times, visit www.act2.org or call (215) 654-0200.
Footlighters Theater: It’s an evening of show tunes at “Broadway Sings!,” a BYOB musical fundraiser, at 8 p.m. May 15-16 at the theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn. On May 17 there is a wine and cheese reception, with a Broadway Basket Bonanza, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, $5 for the Sunday event. See www.footlighterstheater.com.
Academy of Music: “Disney’s The Lion King” takes to the stage May 20-June 14. Performance times vary and tickets range from $28.50-$108.50. The Academy of Music is at Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. Visit www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway or call (215) 731-3333.
Montgomery Theater: “Shrek The Musical Jr.” is on the Project Stage May 22-31 at the theater, 124 Main St., Souderton. Go to www.montgomerytheater.org or call (215) 723-9984.
Bursting with flavor
Mount Hope Estate: The eighth annual Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest is held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23-24. It features regional wineries, cooking demos, specialty food sampling, artisans, live music, and an interactive/crafty kids’ area. Admission is free. Mount Hope Estate and Winery is on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Route 72, south of Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 266, Cornwall. Visit www.parenfaire.com.
Wall Ball
Mural Arts Project: Enjoy cocktails, food and entertainment at the 2015 Wall Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. May 21 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., Philadelphia. For ticket information, go to www.muralarts.org.
Disgusting science
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’s story
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.
Fresh air
Country Fair Days: The Harleysville Jaycees presents Country Fair Days May 20-23 at the Harleysville Community Center, 435 Park Drive, Lower Salford. May 20 and 21 are One-Price Nights, when a child can enjoy unlimited amusement rides from 6 to 10 p.m. for $20. There will be live music from The Mighty Manatees beginning at 7 May 20, and Danielle & Jennifer at 7 May 21. The fireworks show will be May 22, when the fair will begin at 6 p.m. (rain date for the fireworks is May 23). Dr. Ben’s Backbone Blues Band will perform at 6 p.m. May 22, plus a pre-fireworks set by Taylor Downes at 8 p.m. On May 23, there’s the parade at 11 a.m. on Main Street, Harleysville, originating at the Indian Valley Middle School on Maple Avenue. A fair matinee runs noon to 4 p.m., during which time a child can enjoy unlimited amusement rides for $20. The matinee will feature special children’s activities and live music from Retro and Mike Greer & Company. Buddy Night at the fair is 6 to 11 p.m. May 23, when two children can ride the amusement rides for the price of one. Live music will be performed by Audible Silence at 6 p.m. and Dirty Purple at 8. Check out www.harleysvillejaycees.org.
Elmwood Park Zoo: Zip line at night at 7 p.m. May 23 with “Night Adventure” in the Treetop Zoofari, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Reservations are $64.95 and must be made in advance. Tickets include admission to Treetop Adventures, dinner prior to beginning the course, and one drink ticket per person (21+). All participants are equipped with head lamps. Course duration is approximately two to three hours. All participants must be at least 54 inches tall. Call (610) 277-3825, ext. 225.
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.
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.
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.
Concert highlights
SteelStacks: Spyro Gyra, Dr. John and saxophonist David Liebman are among the acts performing May 22-29 as part of RiverJazz 2015 at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. For tickets and more information, see www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378.
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.
Also, There’s a “Pops at Longwood” patriotic concert featuring the Philly Pops and vocalists Klea Blackhurst, Kathryn Guthrie and Ross Lekites, at 7:30 p.m. May 23 at Longwood Gardens, Routes 1 and 52, Kennett Township. Tickets range from $55-$85, with discounts for Longwood Gardens members. 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.
Merriam Theater: “Saturday Night Live” alumnus John Mulaney brings his stand-up comedy to the stage at 8 p.m. May 16. The Merriam Theater is at 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets are available from $29.50-$35. Call (215) 893-1999 or go to www.kimmelcenter.org.
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.
Jazz Bridge: Singer Mary Ellen Desmond will appear with her jazz trio in a free concert at 7:30 to 9 p.m. May 20 in the park, 11th and Pine streets, Philadelphia. Bassist Gerald Veasley performs a free concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 21 at Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catharine streets, Philadelphia. Bring a lawn chair. Visit www.jazzbridge.org.
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.
Talking points
Sustainable Kitchens 101: Renewal Sustainable Environments, a Main Line studio and showroom for eco-friendly design products at 134 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, is celebrating its first anniversary 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20 with a day of sustainability seminars, capped off by a wine and cheese reception. Contact (610) 688-5690 or hannah@renewalse.com.
Mercer Museum: After 12:30 p.m. May 18, the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society presents the program “Early American Tavern/Trade Signs & the Stories They Tell” at the Mercer Museum, Pine Street and Scout Way, Doylestown. A Carversville couple will showcase their hooked rugs that are based on historical designs of tavern and trade signs of the 1700s and 1800s. There will be dessert at 12:30 p.m. and a short BCHS business meeting. Admission is free. Call (215) 345-0210, ext. 132 or visit www.mercermuseum.org.
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.
Five decades
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.
Farmers markets
Lansdale: Opening day is Saturday, and continues 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October in the Madison Parking Lot on Wood Street between West Second Street and the SEPTA rail line. Check the entertainment schedule at www.lansdalefarmersmarket.org.
Ambler: The market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October in the SEPTA parking lot on Butler Avenue at the corner of Maple Avenue, adjacent to Trax Restaurant & Cafe. Check www.amblerfarmersmarket.wordpress.com.

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