STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Plan for this weekend and next. Here’s a sampling of events in the region:
Christ Church Neighborhood House: Tangle Movement Arts presents “RetroAct,” an aerial dance performance, at 8 p.m. March 17 and 18, and 3 and 8 p.m. March 19 at 20 N. American St., Philadelphia.
Tickets range from $15-20, with discounts for artists, students, seniors and groups. Go to www.tangle-arts.com or email email@example.com.
Franklin Institute: “The Science Behind Pixar” runs March 12-Sept. 5. Get hands-on while exploring the technology behind beloved animated films and their characters. With more than 40 interactive elements, the exhibition’s eight sections focus on steps in the Pixar filmmaking process. You can even come face-to-face with re-creations of Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and Wall-E. Tickets, including general museum admission, are $29.95 and $24.95 for children 3-11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening ticket, which don’t include the rest of the Franklin Institute, are $19.95 and $14.95 for children from 5 to 9 p.m. The Franklin Institute is at 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 448-1200 or visit www.fi.edu for more information.
Academy of Music: The Pennsylvania Ballet presents “Don Quixote” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 11, 2 and 8 p.m. March 12 and 2 p.m. March 13. The Academy is at 240 S. Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $29-$135. Go to www.pabellet.org.
The other flower show
Peter Becker Community: The annual Flower Show & Spring Marketplace, “Garden Games,” runs March 17-19. Attractions include entrance gardens, large themed murals, a container garden competition, senior and student art galleries, the “Flowertown Junction” working garden train exhibit, a craft and gift show, a spring plant sale, a quilt sale and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17-18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19, which is Family Day, with special activities for younger audiences. The campus is at 800 Maple Ave., Franconia Township. For answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.peterbeckercommunity.com.
St. Patrick’s parade
Philadelphia: The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon March 13 from 16th Street and JFK Boulevard before making its way down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway toward the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Participants include an array of marching bands, music and dance groups, youth groups and Irish associations. The parade’s official website is www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com.
Village Tavern: The fifth annual Shock Run 5K to support placement of defibrillators in the community starts at 10 a.m. March 13 at the restaurant, 511 Stump Road, Montgomery Township. Race packet pickup is noon to 2 p.m. March 12. The entry fee is $30. Go to www.villagetavernpa.com.
Home and garden
Santander Arena: The 12th annual Southeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show is held 2 to 7 p.m. March 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13. Special guests include Kevin O’Connor of “This Old House” and “Collector Inspector” Harry Rinker. The arena is at 700 Penn St., Reading. Learn more at www.readinghomeandgardenshow.com.
Out to eat
Lahaska Restaurant Week: Lahaska Restaurant Week is a community-wide showcase of the area restaurant scene. Villaggio Cucino, Cock ‘n’ Bull Restaurant, Porterhouse Restaurant & Pub, Caleb’s American Kitchen, Buttonwood Grill and The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm will offer three-course, prix fixe dinners for $30, not including tax and gratuity, from March 20-March 25. This year Peddler’s Village will extend Lahaska Restaurant Week through Saturday, March 26 at the Buttonwood Grill and Cock ‘n’ Bull Restaurant. Check www.lahaskarestaurantweek.com for more.
Rosenbach Museum and Library: In a “Wine & Words” Hands-On Tour, explore intoxicating artifacts and rare books that chronicle the history of wine within literature, from mentions of sherry in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” to Leopold Bloom’s burgundy in “Ulysses.” It runs 3 to 4 p.m. March 18. You’ll also receive a $15 gift certificate to Tria Cafe. Cost is $5. The Rosenbach is at 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Call (215) 732-1600.
James A. Michener Art Museum: Opening March 13 is “Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University.” From garments to accessories, the exhibition captures the glamour and sophistication displayed in the city’s high fashion across the decades. It’s on view through June 26 in the Paton|Smith|Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries at the museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for youths 6-18. Call (215) 340-9800 or see www.michenerartmuseum.org.
Read across America
Elmwood Park Zoo: The zoo at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, holds a Read Across America celebration event with author Jerry Spinelli from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13. There will be a reading and signing of Spinelli’s book “Maniac Magee,” a reading by author Heidi Rader, a book fair sponsored by Children’s Book World and appearances by Arthur the aardvark and the Berenstain Bears. Admission is $10.95, $7.95 for children 3-12 and seniors 65+, $9.95 for students. For more information, call guest services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.
Gershman Y: “Paranormal Purim” on March 13 is a family friendly show with mirth, magic and meshuganahs, featuring Fred’s Magic World, The Rosen Sisters, Gail and Deborah Rosen and puppeteer Eric Van Wie. The event is a contemporary vaudevillian show of escapes, psychic sisters, memory mastery, sleight of hand, and comedy improv. Tickets are $18, $12 for students and children. Call (215) 545-4400 or visit www.gershmany.org. The Gershman Y is at 401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.
Dawn of spring
Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park: Celebrate the beginning of spring with a hike at 1 p.m. March 20. Meet in the parking lot behind Pickering Creek. At 2 p.m., children can search for “gold coins,” which they can turn in for prizes. Ted the Fiddler will provide musical entertainment. Register free at (610) 917-0021. The park is at 400 Towpath Road, Mont Clare.
Lorimer Park: A free Audubon Bird Town Bird Walk for ages 12+ starts at 8:30 a.m. March 15 in the parking lot off Moredon Road, Abington Township. New birders are welcome; bring binoculars if you have them. Call (215) 947-3477.
Pennypacker Mills: An Easter Workshop for Kids reveals how molded chocolate became so popular in the early 1900s from 1 to 3 p.m. March 12. Children 5 and older can make colored eggs, an Easter card, a blue bird house ornament and go “Bowling for Bunnies.” Registration is required and is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. From noon to 3 p.m. March 13, see an Easter chocolate mold demonstration. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Call (610) 287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills.
Green Lane Park: A free Waterfowl Watch program for ages 9 and up starts at 1 p.m. March 12. Meet in the tennis court parking lot at 2298 Green Lane Road, Marlborough Township, to visit three of the park’s birding hotspots.
A free “Timberdoodle Time” program for ages 9 and up aims to get a look at the evening courtship flight of the American woodcock at 7 p.m. March 18. Bring a flashlight and prepare to get your shoes muddy. Meet at the flagpole at the Walt Road Launch, 1051 Walt Road, Pennsburg.
A program on natural egg dyeing for ages 7 and up begins at 1 p.m. March 19. Bring at least a dozen hard boiled eggs. Cost is $5 per person. Meet at the stone pavilion in the Deep Creek Area, 2144 Snyder Road, Marlborough Township.
Register at (215) 234-4528.
Norristown Farm Park: A program on Pennsylvania Dutch-style natural egg dyeing, using berries, bark, grasses and roots, begins at 2 p.m. March 13. Bring at least a dozen hard boiled eggs. Meet at the park office, 2500 Upper Farm Road, East Norriton. Cost is $5 per person.
Also, A free Waterfowl Watch program for ages 7 and up starts at 8:30 a.m. March 15. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear old shoes or waterproof boots. Meet in parking lot No. 3.
At 1 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, wear green for a “Going Green” program for ages 3 and up with a nature story, green crafts and a green snack. Cost is $5 per child.
Pre-register at (610) 270-0215.
Cliveden: The American kitchen really changed from the early- to mid-20th century. A program on “The Food Axis: Cooking, Eating and 1950s Domestic Architecture” at 7 p.m. March 11 is given by Dr. Elizabeth Cromley of Northeastern University. Suggested donation is $15 and includes a light meal. Reservations are required by calling (215) 848-1777, ext. 223. Cliveden is at 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia.
Main Line Art Center: A Gigs @ The Gallery concert series launches at 7 p.m. March 14 with a night of cabaret with Nancy Weiss. Tickets are $20 and there will be a cash bar. Visit www.mainlineart.org or call (610) 525-0272. Main Line Art Center is at 746 Panmure Road, Haverford.
Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse: Protest folk music will be the theme of the next coffeehouse series concert at 8 p.m. March 12. Performing will be Lisa Wildman, Mickey Bieberfeld and Carl Baron. Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse is at Gwynedd Friends Meeting, 1101 DeKalb Pike, Lower Gwynedd. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8. A $5 donation is requested to support the musicians. Additional proceeds are donated to charity. For further information call (267) 421-9394.
Annenberg Center: “Celebrate the Great Women of Blues & Jazz” celebrates Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and others at 8 p.m. March 12 in the Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $30-$60. Call (215) 898-3900.
Commodore Barry/Irish Center: The Philadelphia Ceili Group presents a St. Patrick’s concert at 8 p.m. March 12 with Irish flute player John Blake, concertina player Mairead Hurley and fiddler Nathan Gourley. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance at www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org. The center is at Carpenter Lane and Emlen Street, West Mt. Airy.
The Union League of Philadelphia: A Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Gala Dinner and Concert starts at 6 p.m. March 11. The Union League is at 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Make reservations at (215) 545-0502.
Montgomery County Community College: At 8 p.m. March 12, San Jose Taiko performs a concert of the percussive taiko Japanese music in the Science Center Theater, 1313 Morris Road, Whitpain. A Family Series Show is offered at 11 a.m. For tickets, call (215) 641-6518 or go to www.mc3.edu/livelyarts.
Indian Valley Public Library: Philly folk duo Darlington is featured as part of the Second Fridays series at 7:30 p.m. March 11. Admission is free. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
SteelStacks: Celtic band Burning Bridget Cleary appears at the MusikFest Café at 7:30 p.m. March 17. The concert also celebrates the band’s 10th anniversary and a CD release. The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets range from $12-18 in advance, $15-20 at the door. Go to www.steelstacks.org/event/2191/burning-bridget-cleary or call (610) 297-7100.
Merriam Theater: The Chieftains are in concert at 3 p.m. March 13. Tickets range from $45-$80. The theater is at 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 893-1999.
Wells Fargo Center: Originally scheduled for November, “The Who Hits 50” tour makes its Philadelphia stop at 7:30 p.m. March 14, with special guest Tal Wilkenfeld. Tickets range from $36.50-$142. The arena is at 3601 S. Broad St. Call (215) 336-3600.
Glencairn Museum: At 3 p.m. March 20, violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, the great niece of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn, will perform in concert at the museum, 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn. Tickets are $20. Call (267) 502-2990.
Community Arts Center: Jazz cornetist Danny Tobias is featured during a Tri-State Jazz Society’s concert at 2 p.m. March 20 at the center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. For information, visit www.tristatejazz.org or call (856) 720-0232.
Miller Symphony Hall: Featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra presents a concert featuring Stravinsky’s ballet burlesque “Petrushka” and Rossini’s “Overture to ‘William Tell’” at 7:30 p.m. March 12 and 3 p.m. March 13. Tickets range from $20-$60. Call (610) 432-6715 or go to www.millersymphonyhall.org.
North Penn High School: The 32nd annual North Penn Select Craft Show runs 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 12, with 95 juried traditional and contemporary craft artists. A homemade luncheon is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5. The school is at 1340 Valley Forge Road, Towamencin.
Philadelphia Art Alliance: Yuri Andrukhovych and Frank Sherlock will read selected works at 3:30 p.m. March 12 at the Philadelphia Arts Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., Philadelphia. Admission is free. Check www.eventbrite.com/e/yuri-andrukhovych-comes-to-philadelphia-art-alliance-tickets-21974511355.
Ursinus College: Historian, author and New York University professor Dr. David Engel will speak at 7 p.m. March 16 on “In Search of Security: Jewish Predicaments Before and After the Holocaust.” This event will take place in Olin Auditorium, located in the center of campus in Olin Hall. Admission is free. The college is off of East Main Street, Collegeville.