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WEEKEND EVENTS: Check out what’s happening in a neighborhood near you

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
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Art and crafts
Franklin Commons: ARTsisters, a group of professional women artists from the Philadelphia area, will be working with The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons to produce a group exhibit, “Explorations of Contrasts” Nov. 7-Dec. 4. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. An opening reception will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7. Franklin Commons is at 400 Franklin Ave., Phoenixville. During the run of “Explorations of Contrasts,” the ARTsisters will be donating to New Day Women’s Drop-in Center, the centerpiece of the Salvation Army’s efforts to address human trafficking. Visit www.artsisters.org and www.franklincommons.net.
Philadelphia Museum of Art craft show: The 39th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show happens 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. There will be 195 craft artists from across the U.S. describing firsthand how they create works in fiber, glass, metal, wood and clay. All work is available for sale. Tickets are $15 ($12 for museum members), $20 for a two-day ticket ($16 for members), $5 for children 12 and under (free for infants).
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: PAFA presents “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis (1909-1979),” the first comprehensive museum retrospective of Lewis’ work since his death. It’s on view Nov. 13-April 3 in the academy’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. A preview reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13, and tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Get more information at www.pafa.org/normanlewis.
North Penn Art and Custom Framing: Nov. 10-14 the North Penn Arts Alliance presents paintings by John Bouldin, 82, a decorated Marine who served in Korea and Vietnam, at 720 S. Broad St., Upper Gwynedd. There will be a “Meet the Artist” reception on Veteran’s Day, 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 11. Proceeds raised from this event benefit The Wounded Warrior Project and NPAA.
James A. Michener Art Museum: “Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK” will be on view Nov. 14-Feb. 21 in the Paton|Smith|Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. The exhibition features 35 historical and contemporary quilts with trans-Atlantic ties. 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. Admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for youths 6-18. Visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call (215) 340-9800.
SteelStacks: A presentation and exhibit by former “Time” and “Life” photographer Rick Smolan, a photography workshop at several historic locations in Bethlehem, and the new InVision Photo Party highlight the 2015 Olympus InVision Photo Festival Nov. 6-8. The festival, now in its fifth year, features three days filled with photography exhibitions, presentations by award-winning photographers and workshops designed to help individuals enhance their photography skills. The Olympus InVision Photo Festival takes place at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets for InVision workshops, presentations and the InVision Photo Party are on sale now at www.invisionphotofestival.org and (610) 332-3378.
Enjoy some wine
Indian Valley Public Library: The annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 14 and features a sampling of wines, served in a souvenir etched wine glass, appetizers and a light supper. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. An early bird ticket special through Nov. 9 is $60. Starting Nov. 10, tickets are $65. Go to http://bpt.me/2214170. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
National Dog Show
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia dog show is held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Admission is $14 for ages 13+, $7 for children 4-12. Visit www.nationaldogshow.com. During the show, B Sharp Productions will present a musical version of “The Perfect Dog” by John O’Hurley. But you can catch an advance performance at 4 p.m. Nov. 7-8 at the Towamencin Volunteer Fire Company, 1590 Bustard Road. Tickets are $5.
Celebrate Diwali
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Celebrate the Indian autumn festival 5 to 8:45 p.m. Nov. 13 with dance by the Temple Bhangra dance company and Temple Agni, plus the sounds of DJ Rahsaan. Admission is $20, $18 for seniors, $14 for students and youths 13-18, free to children under 12. The museum is at 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.
Thanksgiving tours
Philadelphia Museum of Art: City Tavern owner and “A Taste of History” host Walter Staib discusses the origins of the Thanksgiving feast Nov. 8 with “Eat and Be Merry” trolley tours that depart from the museum’s west entrance for Cedar Grove. They start every half hour between 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets, which you can get at the visitor services desks, are $30, $24 for Art Museum members. You can also register by phone at (215) 235-7469.
Music highlights
Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse: The Munier Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra is featured at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Gwynedd Friends Meetinghouse, Route 202 and Sumneytown Pike, Lower Gwynedd. Suggested donation is $5. Check out www.munierorchestra.org and www.gwyneddmeeting.org/Coffeehouse.html.
Bainbridge Club: Fresh off recovering from lung transplant surgery, guitarist Monette Sudler and her trio play a fundraiser for the first annual Jazz Bridge Women and Children’s Fund Nov. 15 at the Bainbridge Club, 1523 Bainbridge St., Philadelphia. Tickets to this gala are $35, and includes a meal. Visit www.jazzbridge.org.
Dock Woods Community: Amici Opera Company stages Verdi’s “Aida” at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Dock Woods chapel, Woods Drive, Towamencin. For ticket information, call (215) 224-0257.
Montgomery County Community College: The Lively Arts Series presents Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer and band leader Terri Lyne Carrington at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $30. Call (215) 641-6518 or visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts.
Indian Valley Public Library: Time Travelers Two play a free set of music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Chester County Concert Band: A “Music of the Theatre: Stage and Screen” concert starts at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at J.R. Fugett Middle School, Paoli Pike and Ellis Lane, West Chester. Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and students, free for children under 12. Call (484) 639-9118 or visit www.cccband.org.
Lenape Chamber Ensemble: A Baroque Fest concert with music by Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach, is set for 3 p.m. Nov. 8 in Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Building, New Britain Road and Butler Avenue, Doylestown. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students, $5 for children. A Concert in the Round version of the program geared toward children 4-12 begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 7. Admission is $2 for children, free for parents. Call (610) 294-9361 or visit www.lenapechamberensemble.org.
Academy of Music: You knew nobody in the band Jethro Tull is named Jethro Tull, right? Ian Anderson and a four-piece band celebrate the life and times of the English agricultural inventor, who inspired the band’s name, with “Jethro Tull — The Rock Opera” at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $39.50-$129.50. Call (215) 893-1999 or see www.kimmelcenter.org.
Dance all-stars
Academy of Music: The top 10 “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists are on tour and appearing 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the academy, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. Tickets start at $45. Call (215) 893-1999 or see www.kimmelcenter.org.
Sky full of stars
Montgomery County Community College: A Community Night is scheduled for 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 9 in MCCC’s Observatory and Observation Deck, on the third floor of the Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Admission is free and astronomy clubs are welcome to participate. Visit www.mc3.edu/campus-life/observatory. In the event of inclement or questionable weather, which would obscure the view of the night sky, call the observatory hotline at (215) 641-6460 an hour prior to the event for possible cancellation information.
Special tour
Pennypacker Mills: A century ago, the mansion was lit by kerosene lamps and candles. Get a feel for what everyday things were done by this type of lighting during After Hours tours 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Reserve your tour by calling (610) 287-9349. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township.
First Fridays
Skippack: From 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6, enjoy live music, art exhibits and more in Skippack Village on Route 73.
Lansdale: A Zombie Walk, music by Chris Evans, and more will be featured 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 in downtown Lansdale.
Film festivals
Philadelphia Jewish Film: The 35th festival happens Nov. 7-21, with 24 films from nine countries at seven different venues. Tickets start at $13, with discounts for students and seniors. Check out the complete schedule at (215) 545-4400 or www.pjff.org.
Ursinus College: The “Childhood and Adolescence in Film” International Film Festival continues with “The King of Masks,” in Chinese with English subtitles, at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Olin Auditorium, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. A discussion follows the film.
Fall festivities
Peddlers Village: The 42nd Apple Festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7-8. Highlights include apples and apple dishes, family activities, artisan displays and live entertainment. The village is near the intersection of Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000 for more information.
Local legacy
Pottsgrove Manor: Closing out the “Pride of Place” exhibit will be the lecture “The Potts Legacy” with historian Dan Graham at 1 p.m. Nov. 7. Pottsgrove Manor is at 100 W. King St., Pottstown. Suggested donation is $2 per person.
For education
Academy of Natural Sciences: Tickets start at $175 for the “Cuisine from the Collections: Cocktail Edition” benefit party 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. The gourmet food and creative cocktail pairings are inspired by the academy’s collection of more than 18 million plant and animal specimens, and academy scientists will be on hand to explain the science behind the menu items. VIP tasting starts at 6 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.ansp.org/cuisine or contact cuisine@ansp.org or (215) 299-3790.
Independence Seaport Museum: “Jessie’s Day,” a fundraiser for scholarships for pediatric transplant recipients, is held 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Tickets are $55. For more information, visit jessiesday.org.
Full of flavors
Six Flags Great Adventure: The “Grape Adventure” Wine and Food Festival is held at the theme park 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6-8. The theme park will operate most of its signature thrill and family rides like El Toro, Kingda Ka, Nitro, The Dark Knight Coaster, and Looney Tunes Seaport from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Enter at the main park entrance at Route 537, Jackson, N.J. Tickets are $20.99 at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure, $39.99 for a package that includes a private tour of the safari area.
Get outside
Green Lane Park: A free all-ages “Orienteering for Beginners” program starts at 11 a.m. Nov. 7. Meet at the Deep Creek small pavilion. The main park entrance is off Snyder Road, Marlborough Township. Call (215) 234-4528.
Norristown Farm Park: Ages 7 and up can explore Norristown Farm Park with a ranger in search of deer, and the signs they leave behind, with “Whitetails and White Oaks” at 4 p.m. Nov. 8. Meet at the park office and bring binoculars, if available. Sturdy footwear is recommended and admission is free. “Winter’s Sleep” at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 includes a look at winter habitats of our local animals, and includes a take-home craft. Cost is $5 per child. Meet at the park office.
Pre-registration is required by calling (610) 270-0215. Visit www.montcopa.org/norristownfarmpark.
Veterans Day
Montgomery County Community College: MCCC observes Veterans Day Nov. 11 with events designed to honor those who have served. The college’s Veterans Resource Center will host a free breakfast for all veterans from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in College Hall room 147, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. At 12:20 p.m. is a panel discussion, “From Combat to College,” in Advanced Technology Center room 101 (with a simulcast to North Hall 218 at the West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown). See www.mc3.edu/student-resources/vrc.
SteelStacks: At 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11, the ArtsQuest Center will host “The Greatest Generation — Conversations with Our Veterans of World War II.” The evening, which is free and open to the public, will include conversations and a Q&A with Rev. Kenneth Dearstyne, who served as a radio operator with the Army in the Pacific Theater, and Navy seaman Anthony Cisek, who was stationed on the U.S.S. Tolman in Pearl Harbor and also landed in Japan, witnessing the impact the atomic bomb had on the nation. The moderator will be Frank Gunter, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and head of Lehigh University’s Veterans Association. The ArtsQuest Center is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. For more information, call (610) 332-3378 or visit www.steelstacks.org.
Free your mind
Drexel University: ThinkFest puts thinkers from around the region on stage to engage, entertain and inspire 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the LeBow College of Business of Drexel University, 3220 Market St., Philadelphia. Talks will be given by Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf, Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter, “Broad City” writer and actress Abbi Jacobson, novelist Jennifer Weiner and more. Admission is $75. Visit www.phillymag.com/thinkfest.
Northern Liberties: The annual 215 Festival of literary arts in Philadelphia is held through Nov. 8 to celebrate books, poetry, music, film and more at various locations. This year, hear from authors Sarah Blake, Annie Liontas, Ken Kalfus, Asali Solomon and more. Most events are free, and an RSVP via Facebook is recommended for most events. Get more information at www.215festival.org.

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