WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Ambler Restaurant Week: From Jan. 16-23 more than a dozen Ambler area restaurants will be offering specials and prix-fixe menus. Visit www.amblerrestaurantweek.com.
Chaddsford Winery: The first 100 guests to arrive for Winter Wine-derland at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 and 15 receive a free winter scarf. Running till 6 p.m., events include ice carving demonstrations, specialty cocktails, food trucks, live music, wine tastings, a “Niagara Falls” ice luge and more. There is no cost to attend, and all wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go. The winery is at 832 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford.
Peddler’s Village: Bavaria in Bucks is a series of German food, wine, beer and entertainment events through Jan. 14. Go to www.peddlersvillage.com/festivals/bavaria-in-bucks-event.
Prince Theater: NextMove Dance presents Doug Varone and Dancers at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19, 8 p.m. Jan. 20, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 21, and 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $20-$60. Get tickets and more information at (215) 422-4580 or www.princetheater.org/next-move.
Centre Theater: Starving Artist Prevention presents “Delinquent Comedy” with Chris Stenta, Tommie Turner, Bino Brogden, Brian Isley and host Domo Jones at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the theater, 208 DeKalb Pike, Norristown. Tickets are $15. Call (215) 906-0919 or see http://delinquent.brownpapertickets.com.
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: The Improvised Shakespeare Company and Hunter Nelson and Terry Withers’ “David Mamet’s ‘The New David Mamet Play’” headline the fourth annual SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival 6 p.m. to midnight Jan. 20 and 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Jan. 21 at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The festival will also feature an improvised action movie, puppets and a live comic book creation, as well as 50 other improv comedy groups from across the U.S. and Canada doing short- and long-form improv comedy. Friday tickets are $16 in advance, $19 the day of show. Saturday tickets are $25 in advance, $29 the day of show. Go to www.steelstacks.org/comedy or call (610) 332-3378.
Rrazz Room at the Prince Theater: Actor, writer and comedian Judy Gold takes the stage at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Rrazz Room, at the Prince, 1421 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $32-$52. Visit www.princetheater.org/therrazzroom or call (215) 422-4580.
Happy New Year
Penn Museum: World Culture Day Series presents a Chinese New Year Celebration 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 in the China Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia. Welcome in the Year of the Rooster, and learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia with traditional music and dance, tai chi and tangram workshops, a Shaolin-style kung fu demonstration, family gallery tours, storytelling, crafts and the Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for children and students, free for military personnel, members and children 5 and younger. Check out www.penn.museum or call (215) 898-4000.
Philly Loves Bowie Week: Wrapping up a celebration of the colorful singer Jan. 13 are a Sound & Vision happy hour 6 to 9 p.m. at the Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th St., Philadelphia; and a “Let’s Dance! Sex Dwarf Spotlights David Bowie” dance party at 10 p.m. at Club Mousai, 1227 Walnut St., Philadelphia ($5 cover). On Jan. 14 it’s a Snowy Bowie Skate from 1 to 4 p.m. (“Labyrinth” will play on the screens inside) and 5 to 11 p.m. (Bowie concert footage inside The Lodge and themed drink specials) at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing (fee to skate); A Night of Stardust at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia with Johnny Showcase, Ginger Coyle, Richard Bush, Lance Davis, Deanna Roisin and Hotsy Totsy (tickets are $20).
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center: The new West Chester venue presents a Jazz Cocktail Hour with Rhenda Fearrington performing the songs of Roberta Flack and Nina Simone at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Located at 226 N. High St., tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 in advance for students and children, $15 at the door. Visit www.uptownwestchester.org.
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center: Disney Junior star Genevieve brings her “Do You Know?” tour to the area at 11 a.m. Jan. 14. Tickets range from $11-$14. Call (610) 622-1189 or visit www.udpac.org.
Hill School Center For The Arts: Student Pottstown CARES leaders from The Hill School, Pottstown School District and Montgomery County Community College present a family-friendly hip-hop and pop music concert to support Your Way Home of Montgomery County, an organization that establishes emergency shelter and long-term stability for the homeless. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Hill School CFTA, 780 Beech St., Pottstown, and will feature The Rather Be Band and the Pottstown Music Collaborative, The Gentlemen, Pottstown High School’s jazz ensemble, and The Hilltones and Hilltrebles. Tickets are $12.
Trinity Lutheran Church: The annual free January Tuesday at Noon Organ Recitals will be held at Trinity, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Jan. 17’s recital features David Furniss and Vincent Ryan. On Jan. 24 hear Lee Milhouse and on Jan. 31 Michael Krentz will perform. For more information call (215) 368-1710.
Kimmel Center: The Jones Family Singers present a free gospel show at 7 p.m. Jan. 15-16 in the SEI Innovation Studio, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Check www.kimmelcenter.org.
Girard College: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual free concert celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. takes place at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the college’s chapel. Free tickets and more information is available at www.philorch.org.
Indian Valley Public Library: It’s a free evening of bluegrass with the Hobo Pie Band at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Church Street Gallery: A cocktail opening reception for “The Texture of Serenity” by Portia Mortensen is held 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 at the gallery, 12 S. Church St., West Chester. The show continues through Feb. 25. For hours, visit www.churchstreetgallerywc.com or call (215) 989-1449.
Scatter Joy Center for the Arts: The Philadelphia Calligraphers’ Society Exhibit features work by artists from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Lancaster and Philadelphia counties Jan. 20-Feb. 20 at the center, 305 Horsham Road, Horsham. An opening reception runs 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Call (215) 672-3140 or visit www.scatterjoyarts.org.
Gravy Studio & Gallery: Photographers Jessica Kourkounis and Ryan Collerd spent 2016 on the campaign trail. See what they saw in “A Charming Form of Government” Jan. 14-Feb. 25 at 910 N. Second St., Philadelphia. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through February. Call (267) 825-7071 or visit www.gravy-studio.com.
Main Line Art Center: The 2017 Professional Artist Members Exhibition showcases paintings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media artwork Jan. 13-Feb. 11. The opening reception will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Main Line Art Center is at 746 Panmure Road, Haverford. Visit www.mainlineart.org or call (610) 525-0272.
Main Line Unitarian Church: The Holocaust is the theme of an art show in the Fireside Room from Jan. 15-Feb. 19. Printmakers Linda Dubin Garfield and Elsa Wachs will show 36 of their images in “Remembering the Past and Exploring the Future.” It’s open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The church is at 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon. Call (484) 341-8014 or go to www.mluc.org.
Farm show time
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex: The 2017 farm show continues through Jan. 14 at 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg. Check out competitive and commercial exhibits, food, rodeo competition, wine, tractor square dancing, equine showcases, butter sculpture, cooking demonstrations and the Thermador Chefs Challenge, lumberjack demonstrations and more. Parking is $15. Get the schedules at www.farmshow.state.pa.us/page/show.aspx.
Lambertville/New Hope Winter Festival: The 2017 festival features both free and ticketed events in both New Hope and Lambertville, NJ Jan. 21-29. See the schedule at www.winterfestival.net.
Is it spring yet?
Scott Arboretum: Jenny Rose Carey, Director of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm speaks on “Words to Garden by: Inspirational Garden Writing That Feeds our Knowledge and Passion” 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in Chang Hou Hall, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Advance registration is $25 by calling (610) 328-8025 or visiting www.scottarboretum.org.
National Constitution Center: During the center’s Winter Warm Up sale through March, experience the main exhibit, take in the live production of “Freedom Rising” in the new Sidney Kimmel Theater, and view a rare copy of the Bill of Rights for reduced admission of $10, $7.50 for youths 6-18. Until Jan. 20, explore the nature of executive power under the Constitution and how various presidents have exercised it over time in the “Powers of the President” exhibit. This promotion is valid online only and tickets must be purchased in advance at www.constitutioncenter.org.
During the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Jan. 16, there will be community service projects, special performances, family fun and a drive for donations of school supplies for Philadelphia school students.
Pennypacker Mills: at 1 p.m. Jan. 22, learn about the accomplishments of Samuel Pennypacker, a noted historian and Governor of Pennsylvania from 1903-1907. Visitors are welcome to stay after the talk for a tour of the Pennypacker mansion. A special exhibit on Pennypacker’s legacy is open through January. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. For more information, call (610) 287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills.