STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Home of your dreams
Pennsylvania Convention Center: The 35th Philly Home Show runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 12-13 and Feb. 19-20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and 21. HGTV/DIY Network star Alison Victoria of “Kitchen Crashers” will appear Feb. 12-13. HGTV/DIY Network star Jeff Devlin of “I Hate My Bath,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge” and “Stone House Revival,” a new show set in Bucks County, will appear Feb. 13. HGTV star John Gidding of “Curb Appeal” and “Curb Appeal: The Block” will appear Feb. 19-20. Other highlights include a “Chic Shed” display that introduces a feminine take on the man cave; “IKEA: Life In & Around the Kitchen;” interactive contests and competitions throughout the show floor; DIY demonstrations and seminars; a variety of interactive exhibits about gardening, landscaping, outdoor living, home design, home décor and remodeling; and nearly 300 exhibitors. Tickets are $13, $10 online at www.phillyhomeshow.com, $3 for children 6-12. The convention center is at 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia. Free parking will be offered at IKEA South Philadelphia, 2206 Columbus Blvd. The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop will transport guests to the Convention Center free of charge. The shuttle will run during show hours only.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The Philadelphia Golf Show is held 1 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Plan your next golf getaway to a fabulous resort, compete in skills competitions and try out the newest clubs. Admission is $10, free to children 12 and under. The center is at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Check out http://northcoastgolfshows.com/shows/philadelphia.
Got a little captain in you?
Atlantic City Convention Center: See and shop hundreds of new boats as the Atlantic City Boat Show continues through Feb. 7. Admission is 16, free to youths 15 and younger. The convention center is at 1 Miss America Way, Atlantic City, N.J. Visit www.acboatshow.com.
Applaud the dancers
Community Education Center Meeting House Theatre: “An Evening of Duets” features from the Philadelphia, New York and Washington areas at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5-6, and 3 p.m. Feb. 7. The theater is at 3500 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia. Tickets are $18, $15 for students and seniors. Visit www.danceboxoffice.com and www.eveningofduets.com.
Merriam Theater: The Pennsylvania Ballet presents “Strength and Longing,” featuring music by Britten, Schubert and others, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 6, and 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Tickets range from $29-$125. The theater is at 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 893-1999 or go to www.kimmelcenter.org.
Annenberg Center: Ballet Hispanico fuses classical and contemporary dance at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 and 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $20-$50. Call (215) 898-3900.
From the heart
Philadelphia Zoo: “Wild at Heart,” a family-friendly, love-themed event, is held Feb. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go on a self-guided tour to learn about unique animal love rituals, such as courtship, mating and parenting. Watch animals receive special treats and enjoy creating Valentine’s themed crafts. At 6 p.m. Feb. 13 it’s “Lovin’ on the Wild Side,” a love-themed, adult overnight for ages 21+ through 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14. Couples will enjoy behind-the-scenes experiences, encounters with live animals and an after-dark tour. The zoo is at 3400 Girard Ave., Philadelphia. Admission is $16 for ages 2 and up. For more information, Call (215) 243-1100 or visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.
American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: Noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 14, the museum at 1220 American Blvd., West Chester, has a special Valentine’s Day Proposal Package available for adventurous lovers to propose, renew vows and more in midair. The Proposal Package entails accommodations for three in a helicopter: two seats in back for the couple and one adjacent the pilot for a photographer, child, friend, prospective mother-in-law, etc. It costs $250 and includes a rose and bottle of champagne. Advance reservations and payment are required by Feb. 10 by calling (610) 436-9600 or online via PayPal at www.americanhelicopter.museum. Proposal Package rides are assigned flight times.
Bucks County Wine Trail: The nine wineries offers a variety of Valentine’s Day events and wine selections through Feb. 14. Buckingham Valley Vineyards is offering “Labels of Love.” Choose from a dozen different Valentine’s Day theme labels on bottles of pink champagne for $12.50 per bottle. Labels can be personalized with a name for an additional $1. Becoming available Feb. 10 will be Peace Valley Winery’s Strawberry Passion, in a heart-shaped bottle. Rose Bank Winery will be highlighting its Raspberry Secret and Chocolate Orange Port the first two weeks of February. Special pricing will be offered with a Brix chocolate and wine purchase. Unami Ridge Winery will offer its Blushing wine for Valentine’s Day. Crossing Vineyards and Winery will host a five-course, candlelit Valentine’s Dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 for $89 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included) Menu substitutions may be arranged in advance. New Hope Winery will host a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner with wine pairings 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14. Musician Kara Lia will perform. Cost is $75. Sand Castle Winery will host a five-course guided food and wine tasting provided by Joey G’s Premiere Catering and Events. The event begins with a wine sampling of current releases (from 1 to 1:30 p.m.) The sit-down meal is from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person. Get directions and contact information at www.buckscountywinetrail.com.
Pennypacker Mills: A Victorian-inspired Valentines Workshop for Kids 5 and older to create a gift that includes a personal card, a candy cup with sweets, a picture frame, and a special craft to place over a doorway, will take place 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 6 in the Classroom Building. All materials will be supplied and refreshments will be provided. The fee is $5 per child. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling (610) 287-9349. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township.
Pottsgrove Manor: “Valentine’s Day the Colonial Way” explores 18th century open hearth cooking recipes using chocolate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13. Suggested donation is $2 per person. The site is at 100 W. King St., Pottstown.
Elmwood Park Zoo: Children 6-12 are invited to Valentine’s Kids Night at the Zoo from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13. It allows parents to take a night off to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Drop the kids off at the zoo for an after-hours tour, pizza dinner, crafts, games and more. Cost is $50.95 per child and $40.95 for an additional sibling. Sign up at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222. A Couple’s Adventure zipline package begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 14. The $89.95 cost includes Zoofari passes, zoo admission and celebratory treats and champagne. For more, visit www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.
Brandywine River Museum: A free “Seeing Red” First Sundays for Families program 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7 features Valentine’s Day cards and crafts. The museum is at 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford.
SteelStacks: Glamorous, high-fashion corsets by fashion designer and Project Runway alumnus Pamela Ptak take center stage at “Corsets & Cocktails Go Red” at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative, which focuses on raising awareness of women’s heart disease. Tickets are $39, $35 for ArtsQuest members, and are available at www.steelstacks.org and (610) 332-3378.
Malvern Retreat House: Art Show 2016 runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Feb. 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7. More than 100 area artists are featured, including a special focus on glass art, along with art forms ranging from painting and photography to jewelry and sculpture. See it in the McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center, at Malvern Retreat House’s Entrance B at 315 S. Warren Ave., Malvern.
Wayne Art Center: “Expressions of Radnor” features artists from Radnor Township Feb. 14-March 12. An opening reception will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14. The center is at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne.
Gershman Y: “Puzzle Pieces (We Go Together Just Right),” a mixed media abstraction exhibition by Alex Ebstein, runs Feb. 11-April 3 in the Gershman Gallery. The Gershman Y, which is at 401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, will also present “In Visible Light,” a photo exhibition by Liz Donadio, concurrently in the Opens Lens Gallery. An opening reception with both artists and the curator takes place Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is required by visiting www.gershmany.org or by calling (215) 545-4400.
African American Museum of Philadelphia: “African American Iconic Images Collection” trolley tours depart from the museum, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia, from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 6 and 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 21. The cost of the tour is $32, $30 for seniors and $28 for children 3-12, and includes same-day admission to the Museum and advance tickets are required. Get more information at www.muralarts.org or (215) 925-3633.
Valley Forge National Historical Park: An exhibit representing a selection of art from the 12th annual Scenes of the Schuylkill Juried Art Show explores the Schuylkill River region, while on display in the park’s visitors’ center through Feb. 26. It is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The park is off of Route 23 at 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, Upper Merion. For more information visit www.schuylkillriver.org.
The Print Center: “By The Book: New Photography Publications” is on view through April 23, and features recently published books and related photographic prints by Keliy Anderson-Staley, Jesse Burke, Stephanie Bursese, David Hartt, Justine Kurland, Andrea Modica, Nadia Sablin and Will Steacy. Motivated by a booming interest in photo books, “By the Book” examines the photographers’ varied interests in compiling images into books, as well as the relationship between photographic prints as art objects and replicated images on the page. Also on view through April 23 is “Lower East Side Printshop: Experiments in Print.” The Print Center is at 1614 Latimer St., Philadelphia. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Out in the cold
Green Lane Park: A free indoor/outdoor “Animal Tracks and Signs” program for ages 8 and up starts at 1 p.m. Feb. 13. Meet in the stone pavilion in the Deep Creek Area off the park off Snyder Road, Marlborough Township. Pre-register at (215) 234-4528.
Norristown Farm Park: A free “Scats and Tracks” program Feb. 7 will takes ages 5 and up out to look for signs of animals in the snow. Pre-register at (610) 270-0215. Meet at the park office, 2500 Upper Farm Road, East Norriton.
Valley Forge Casino: Feb. 12-14 is the 24th annual Greater Philadelphia Mid-Winter Scottish & Irish Music Festival & Fair, being held at Route 363 and First Avenue, Upper Merion. Running 6:30 p.m. to midnight Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to midnight Feb. 13 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 14, tickets are $18 Friday, $30 Saturday ($27 in advance), $25 Sunday ($22 in advance), $67 for a three-day pass. See the complete schedule at www.eastofthehebrides.com.
Montgomery County Community College: The McCartney Years celebrates the music of Paul McCartney at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Science Center Theater, 1313 Morris Road, Whitpain. Listen to live blues with “An Evening with Ruthie Foster” at 8 p.m. Feb. 13. For tickets, call (215) 641-6518.
Glencairn Museum: A Servo D’Amore’ Baroque concert with Les Canards Chantants and ACRONYM features Giovanni Valentini’s 17th century madrigals for voices and instruments at 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Tickets are $20, $15 for basic members and students. The museum is at 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn. Call (267) 502-2990 or go to www.glencairnmuseum.org for details.
Indian Valley Public Library: Erik Lamberth presents a free “How’d They Do That?” electric guitar concert of songs by Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits and more at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Miller Symphony Hall: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra and soloists from Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts present “Puccini’s Greatest Hits” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 3 p.m. Feb. 14. Tickets range from $20-$60. Call (610) 432-6715.
Zoellner Arts Center: Jazz pianist Billy Childs performs the hits of Lauren Nyro, including “Stoned Soul Picnic” and Wedding Bell Blues,” at 8 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets range from $20.25-$52.25. The center is at 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem. Call (610) 758-2787.
Haverford School: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) are showcased at the ninth annual PRYSM Festival Concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 6 in Centennial Hall, 450 Lancaster Ave, Haverford. Tickets are $15. Call (215) 545-0502.
Kimmel Center: The Philadelphia Orchestra performs a “Brahms and His Legacy” program at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 and 8 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets range from $35-$95. “Bronfman Plays Beethoven” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 11-13 and 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Tickets range from $35-$148.
The Philly Pops presents “The Carole King Songbook” at 8 p.m. Feb. 5, and 3 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets range from $35-$150.
Appreciate more of Beethoven’s fifth symphony besides the first four notes with “B… B… B… Beethoven: Those Four Famous Notes,” a theatrical presentation by Michael Boudewyns and Really Inventive Stuff at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6. Tickets range from $19-$47.
The center is at 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 893-1999.
The Rosenbach: The Hands-On Tour “The Civil War: Lincoln, Grant & Lee” from 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 is a sesquicentennial look at a cross section of Civil War society, from the writings of Abraham Lincoln, to the wartime letters of Col. Alexander Biddle of the 121st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, to a Confederate children’s textbook.
From 3 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14, celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Love Letters Hands-On Tour, then head on over to Doobies at 2201 Lombard St. for Publetters to write love letters of your own.
Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors, $10 for students. The Rosenbach is at 2008 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Call (215) 732-1600, ext. 100.
Mount Hope Estate & Winery: The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater production for February and March, which opens Feb. 5, is set in the election year of 1916. The Panama Canal has recently opened, the outlaws of the West have been brought to heel, there is a major war raging across Europe, and there are three Presidential candidates out to make America a world power about to engage in a no-holds-barred debate. The means are four courses, with vegetarian and gluten free options available upon advanced request. Murder at Mount Hope Mansion runs 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sundays March 6-20. Visit www.parenfaire.com for more details. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission is $42.95 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Mount Hope Estate is in Cornwall Township off the Route 72 exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Fonthill Museum: A Tower Tour for Families at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Feb. 6 explores Henry Mercer’s castle from basement to tower. Cost is $14 adults, $8 for youths and adult members. Register for the tours by calling (215) 348-9461. The museum is at 525 E. Court St., Doylestown.
Opera Philly style
Academy of Music: A Civil War deserter tries to get home to his loved one as Opera Philadelphia stages “Cold Mountain,” the first opera by Philadelphia-based, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Feb. 5-14. The Academy of Music is at Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. For tickets, visit www.operaphilly.org.
Annenberg Center: A new take on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” by Britain’s Filter Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company is presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 11, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Feb. 12 and 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. For tickets, call (215) 898-3900.
Feb. 6-8, celebrate the Chinese New Year with special performances, crafts and more. Melanie Hsu & the Philly Superhero Collective is featured at 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Learn and try your hand at ribbon dancing at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. An End of Day Monkey Parade concludes each day. The museum is at 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia. Admission for ages 1 and up is $17. Call (215) 581-3181.
Zoellner Arts Center: The Lehigh University Chinese Students and Scholars Association present their Spring Festival Gala as a celebration of the 2016 Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Monkey. The gala at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 will include traditional Chinese dances, singing, opera and kung fu as well as a magic show and other performances. Tickets are $15, free for children 9 and under. The center is at 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem. Call (610) 758-2787.