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WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Hop on the car, bus or train for comedy, art, music and more

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
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Rainbow of amphibians
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” is in the Special Exhibits Gallery Feb. 4-May 14. See live frogs from around the world in recreated habitats with live plants, waterfalls and rock ledges. The exhibit also invites visitors to create a nighttime frog chorus, test their field of vision against that of a frog, and even perform a virtual frog dissection. Admission is $15.95; $12.95 for seniors, students and military, $11.95 for children 3-12. Located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.ansp.org or call (215) 299-1000.
The Shakers were movers
Mercer Museum: From Jan. 28-April 23, the new exhibit “Gather up the Fragments: The Andrew Shaker Collection” tells the story of the first and most avid collectors of the Shaker art, Faith and Edward Deming Andrews. It contains approximately 200 objects, including crafts and household objects such as textiles, baskets, kitchen implements and furniture. Located at 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65+, $8 for youths 6-17. Call (215) 345-0210 or check out www.mercermuseum.org.
Forgotten past
Norristown Farm Park: Did you know the Montgomery County park was closely intertwined with the history of Norristown State Hospital? Or that it was originally part of William Penn’s 7,000-acre “Williamstadt?” Pre-register for the free “Shadows of the Past” program held at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at (610) 270-0215. Meet in the salt wing of the barn.
Be mine
Peter Wentz Farmstead: A “Valentine’s in History” scherenschnitte and fraktur program for children 3 and up is held at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at the historic site, 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester. Pre-registration is $5 per child. Call (610) 584-5104.
Comic relief
Knauer Performing Arts Center: It’s interactive improv comedy with Better Than Bacon at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at 226 N. High St., West Chester. Tickets are $15. Call (484) 639-9004 or go to www.uptownwestchester.org.
The Venue at Valley Forge Casino Resort: Lisa Lampanelli brings her raw brand of comedy to The Venue, 1160 First Ave., Upper Merion, with shows at 7 and 10 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets are $47.50. Visit www.vfcasino.com.
Music highlights
Kimmel Center: “The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” features Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, John Medesk, Don Was, Terence Higgins, Dave Malone, Bob Margolin, Mark Mullins and Ivan Neville at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets start at $75.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” the Philly POPS and Classical Mystery Tour will perform the album at 8 p.m. Feb. 3, and 3 p.m. Feb. 4-5 at the Kimmel Center. On opening night, WMMR’s Pierre Robert will participate in a free pre-concert conversation on the Plaza Stage at 6:30. Then at 8 p.m. WMMR’s Preston Elliott will introduce the concert and conduct the “Rocky” theme song before the concert begins. On Saturday, WMGK’s Andre Gardner will participate in a free pre-concert conversation at 1:30 p.m., then conduct a Beatles song during the show. Tickets range from $35-$145.
See www.kimmelcenter.org.
Act II Playhouse: A genre-bending family concert with singer/songwriter Chana Rothman starts at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at the theater, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $10, $8 for kids. Go to www.act2.org or call (215) 654-0200.
Swarthmore College: Jazz pianist Uri Caine will perform a free concert with vocalist Theo Bleckmann at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Lang Music Building,Concert Hall, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. For more information, visit www.swarthmore.edu/cooper-series or contact (610) 328-8141 or nanders1@swarthmore.edu.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County: Kim Robson and Russell Ferrara will present a benefit concert of original music at 8 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets are $20 and includes snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine. Tickets are available at http://robsonferrara.bpt.me or at the door. Call (610) 566-4853, ext. 202.
James A. Michener Art Museum: At 8 p.m. Jan. 27, the museum presents the third of its new Friday Night Band Jam series, this one featuring The Sherwood Brothers. Admission, which includes access to galleries (and the new “Polaris: Northern Explorations in Contemporary Art, an exhibition showcasing the work of regional artists who have visited Iceland, Greenland, Norway/Svalbard and the greater Arctic). The exhibition will be on view through April 23, is $25, $20 for members. Advance registration is required at www.michenerartmuseum.org. The museum is at 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown.
Dock Woods Community: Amici Opera Company presents Puccini’s “Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi” at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Dock Woods chapel, Woods Drive, Towamencin. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 224-0257.
Trinity Lutheran Church: Lee Milhouse performs a free January Tuesday at Noon Organ Recital, sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Jan. 31 at Trinity, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. For more information call (215) 368-1710.
Art adventure
Rodin Museum: A new installation focusing on the Philadelphia copy of French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s “The Kiss” and related works begins Feb. 1, following a month-long reinstallation at The Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. The upcoming display signals the centenary of the artist’s death in 1917. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors 65+, $7 for students and youths 13-18.
Cellini Studios and Gallery: Expressive Path announces their Student and Mentor Exhibition through Feb. 5 at Cellini Studios and Gallery, 113 Poplar St., Ambler. The gallery will feature painting, drawing, and photography from more than 30 Expressive Path students. Expressive Path Mentors, including Linda Freedman, Stefania Luciani, Pamela Martin, Josie Reigner and Helen Riley, will also show their work as part of the exhibition.
Swarthmore College: “Observations of a Box” continues through March 5 in the McCabe Library, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. This exhibition features work made by students given the challenge of constructing a three-dimensional composition inside a box. Inspired by Giotto, Poussin, Titian and Caravaggio, the students had to consider how light would play inside the boxes. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays.
Montgomery County Community College: The Art Faculty and Invited Alumni Art Show can be seen Feb. 1-24 at the Central Campus Fine Arts Center Gallery, off DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Admission is free and hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.
Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design: Recycled Artist In Residency’s “Filthy Rich” features projects incorporating demolition debris, wood, plastic, metal, cardboard and miscellaneous rubble, challenging the perception of “trash.” An opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, between 19th and 20th Streets on Race Street, Philadelphia. Admission is free and hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. A complete list of events and programs scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition is available at www.thegalleriesatmoore.org. For more information call (215) 965-4027.
Philadelphia Art Alliance: “Paperscapes” features works by Sun Young Kang, Dawn Kramlich and Elizabeth Mackie, in collaboration with Kaitlin Paston and Susan White, through April 30. A public reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26. Using a mixture of traditional and experimental techniques, the four artists create immersive environments that challenge the traditional understanding of paper as simply a vehicle for the printed word. The Philadelphia Art Alliance is at 251 S. 18th St., Philadelphia. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.
Whisky dreams
Colonial Theatre: At 6 p.m. Jan. 27, it’s the 10th annual Robert Burns Memorial Whisky Tasting, featuring artisanal cheeses and chocolates. The event benefits the Colonial’s Classic Film Series. This year’s theme is Single Malt Classics. Riannon Walsh, the author of “Whisky Dreams,” will speak on the liquor’s enduring qualities, taste and cultural influence. Tickets are $125 and includes a keepsake tasting glass. There will also be a silent auction. The theater is at 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Go to www.thecolonialtheatre.com.
Comfort food
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: Back for its eighth serving is ArtsQuest’s annual Souper Bowl fundraiser noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets are $35, $55 for VIP tickets. Taste a varietry of soups presented by restaurants and caterers from throughout the region. After sampling, vote for your favorites, with the winning restaurant named the Souper Bowl Champion. Go to www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378.
Chaddsford Winery: During the Chili Cookoff 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 28-29, sample chili recipes from some of the winery’s favorite local caterers, paired with wine. Vote for your favorites, then stick around to enjoy warm mulled wine, fire pits and more. There is no cost to attend. One chili-and-wine sample from each participant is complimentary for guests 21 and older, and then all additional wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go. The winery is at 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Visit www.chaddsford.com.
January frolic
Bryn Mawr College: The Wintry Mix/Performance Festival features two different programs of 12-minutes-max showings of theater, dance, video and music at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 and 28 in the Hepburn Teaching Theater in Goodhart Hall, 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. Check the program schedule at www.brynmawr.edu/arts. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and Dance Pass holders or members of dancephiladelphia.org, $5 for children under 12. Call (610) 526-5210.
Central Perkiomen Valley Park: A free “Winter Tree ID Walk” begins at 1 p.m. Jan. 28. While most native trees have lost their leaves, there are many ways to identify them in the dead of winter. Dress for cold weather. Pre-registration is required by calling (610) 287-6970. Meet outside Ranger Station at 1 Plank Road, Perkiomen Township.
Getting married?
Lazaretto Ballroom: The Delco Bridal Show takes place noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 29 (snow date Feb. 19) at 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington. Check out more than 20 wedding professionals, refreshments and prizes. Admission is $5, free to children under 12. Visit www.delcobridalshow.com.

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