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WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Have you heard of ‘Graeme of Thrones’?

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Art-ventures
James A. Michener Art Museum: Opening March 18, “Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form” features a collection of previously undiscovered work by the Jazz Age modernist when he was working as a commercial photographer for Condé Nast from 1926-1931. It features photographs, paintings and fashions of the era and will be on display through July 9 at 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, 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.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection” opens March 12. These works span the mid-19th century until the Partition of India in 1947. The exhibition also includes contemporary fashion in which the creative use of phulkari embroideries suggests a revival of the textile art. See it in the Art Museum’s Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Check www.philamuseum.org.
A hundred years ago …
National Museum of American Jewish History: “1917: How One Year Changed the World” opens March 17 and explores that year’s dramatic events — America’s entry into World War I, the Russian Bolshevik revolution, the Balfour Declaration and the Immigration Act of 1917. It will be on view through July 16 and will feature approximately 130 artifacts, including an original draft of the Balfour Declaration, composer Irving Berlin’s draft registration card, a decoded copy of the Zimmermann telegram, and Justice Louis Brandeis’s judicial robes. There will also be uniforms, letters, photographs, posters, films, music and interactive media, exploring 1917’s relevance to today. Get more information at www.nmajh.org/1917.
Go to college
Haverford College: At 7:30 p.m. March 17 the Greenville College Choir will perform in collaboration with the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges in Founders Great Hall, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. On March 19 at 4 p.m. the Department of Music at Haverford College presents “Music and Conversation” with violinist Francesco D’Orazio, violin. D’Orazio will share contemporary solo music for violin and electric violin. This concert will be held in Roberts Hall’s Marshall Auditorium. The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information (610) 896-1011 or go to www.haverford.edu/music/concerts-events.
What’s in a name?
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum: Explore the reasons why we put names on objects, and why they mean so much, as you tour the exhibit “Signed, Stamped and Engraved” March 12- Dec. 31. The museum is at 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster. Call (717) 569-0401 or email landisvalley@gmail.com.
Saying it with dance
The Iron Factory: Lyons and Tigers responds to current events with “Bricolage,” an evening of new dance, a trio that uses live NPR as a sound score, two women in school desks casting anxiety ridden shadows and more. Performances are at 8 p.m. March 18 and 7 p.m. March 19 at 118 Fontain St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and artists. Visit www.lyonsandtigers.org for more information.
Join the famiglia
The Rosenbach: A Hands-On Tour on “James Joyce & Irish Authors” starts at 3 p.m. March 17 at 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Registration is $15 and includes general museum admission. Go to www.rosenbach.org.
Bring the beat back
Santander Performing Arts Center: Catch international percussion sensation “Stomp” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. Tickets range from $35.50-$125. Go to www.santander-arena.com or call (610) 898-7299.
Cutting edge
Moore College of Art & Design: A four-day MooreWomenArtists: Women in Animation Film Festival of animated feature and short films created by women includes Meet-the-Artists discussions, an Adobe Creative Jam, and a panel featuring women game designers. It’s held March 23-26 in Stewart Auditorium, 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Admission is free. See the schedule at www.moore.edu/womeninanimation2017.
Slow food
Pottsgrove Manor: An open hearth cooking demonstration, “We Breakfast Deliciously,” is held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 to revisit the 18th century first meal of the day. A $2 donation is suggested. The historic site is at 100 W. King St., Pottstown. Call (610) 326-4014.
Great escape
Fort Mifflin on the Delaware: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25, Fort Mifflin becomes the German stalag Fort Schlamm Insel (Fort Mud Island) on the banks of the River Warter in Posen, Prussia (Poland). Come see the Allied prisoners continue their war behind bars as they plan daring escapes and covertly disrupt the German war machine. Find out if you have what it takes to make a “great escape” with opportunities to assist the Allied soldiers in their escape preparations and activities. In real life, Fort Mifflin, Fort Mifflin and Hog Island roads, Philadelphia, was pressed into service during World War II as a site for anti-aircraft batteries defending the nearby Naval Ammunition Depot and League Island Navy Yard. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, $6 for veterans and students under 12. Visit www.fortmifflin.us.
Train-ing day
North Penn Commons: The North Penn S Gaugers present a train show in the lobby of 606 E. Main St., Lansdale, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25. Admission is free.
Not Game of Thrones
SteelStacks: “Game of Thrones” fan Graeme wants to recreate his favorite fantasy saga on stage, but doesn’t have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skills required, but he’s sure George R.R. Martin would approve. At 7:30 p.m. March 22 the Musikfest Café of the ArtsQuest at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, presents the parody show “Graeme of

The North American cast of Graeme of Thrones.
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Thrones.” Tickets range from $40-$50. Learn more at www.steelstacks.org and (610) 332-3378.
Art-ventures
Oxford Arts Alliance: “Reconstructed Materials,” an exhibition of metalworking art, goes on display March 17-April 15 at 38 S. Third St., Oxford. An opening reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. March 17. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, till 8 p.m. Fridays. Check www.oxfordart.org.
Mala Galleria: “True North,” a selection of paintings by Phoenixville artist Rachel Romano, is on view through March 28 at 206 E. State St., Kennett Square. For more information, call (202) 591-6548, email malagalleriakennettsquare@gmail.com or visit www.malagalleria.com.
James A. Michener Art Museum: Opening March 18, “Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form” features a collection of previously undiscovered work by the Jazz Age modernist when he was working as a commercial photographer for Condé Nast from 1926-1931. It features photographs, paintings and fashions of the era and will be on display through July 9 at 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, 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.
A hundred years ago …
National Museum of American Jewish History: “1917: How One Year Changed the World” opens March 17 and explores that year’s dramatic events — America’s entry into World War I, the Russian Bolshevik revolution, the Balfour Declaration and the Immigration Act of 1917. It will be on view through July 16 and will feature approximately 130 artifacts, including an original draft of the Balfour Declaration, composer Irving Berlin’s draft registration card, a decoded copy of the Zimmermann telegram, and Justice Louis Brandeis’s judicial robes. There will also be uniforms, letters, photographs, posters, films, music and interactive media, exploring 1917’s relevance to today. Get more information at www.nmajh.org/1917.
In concert
Zellerbach Theatre: “Sin & Redemption” illuminates the connection between blues and gospel. It’s a double bill with guitarist and vocalist Lurrie Bell and The Campbell Brothers at 8 p.m. March 24 at 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $25-$55. Go to www.pennpresents.org or call (215) 898-3900.
Liacouras Center: Bring Me the Horizon, Underoath and Beartooth take the stage at 7 p.m. March 22 at 1776 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $39.99. Call (800) 298-4200.
Haverford College: At 7:30 p.m. March 17 the Greenville College Choir will perform in collaboration with the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges in Founders Great Hall, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. On March 19 at 4 p.m. the Department of Music at Haverford College presents “Music and Conversation” with violinist Francesco D’Orazio, violin. D’Orazio will share contemporary solo music for violin and electric violin. This concert will be held in Roberts Hall’s Marshall Auditorium. The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information (610) 896-1011 or go to www.haverford.edu/music/concerts-events.
SteelStacks: The 2017 High School Jazz Band Showcase features bands from North Penn and Upper Moreland high schools at 4 p.m. March 19 in the Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets are $7 and are on sale now at www.steelstacks.org and (610) 332-3378. The showcase’s first-place winners will open for Dirty Dozen Brass Band May 26, while the runners-up will open for the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies May 23. The showcase and its finals will also be featured in an hour-long television special April 1 on WFMZ-TV.
Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center: St. Patrick’s Day Dueling Pianos, featuring Sarah Angel and William du Rone, starts at 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the Univest Room. Ticket are $20. At 6:30 p.m. March 18 it’s Flamecno Flavor. Tickets are $25. The center is at 226 N. High St., West Chester. Call (610) 356-ARTS.
Crafts and antiques
Kimberton Fire Company: The Antiques at Kimberton Show features more than 65 dealers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 at 2276 Kimberton Road. Admission is $7.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: You’ll find everything from blown glass and sculpture to fine and designer clothing at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17 and 18, till 5 p.m. March 19. There will also be live entertainment. Tickets are $8 at www.sugarloafcrafts.com, $10 at the door, free to children 12 and under. The center is at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence.
Saying it with dance
The Iron Factory: Lyons and Tigers responds to current events with “Bricolage,” an evening of new dance, a trio that uses live NPR as a sound score, two women in school desks casting anxiety ridden shadows and more. Performances are at 8 p.m. March 18 and 7 p.m. March 19 at 118 Fontain St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and artists. Visit www.lyonsandtigers.org for more information.
Irish writers
The Rosenbach: A Hands-On Tour on “James Joyce & Irish Authors” starts at 3 p.m. March 17 at 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Registration is $15 and includes general museum admission. Go to www.rosenbach.org.
Spring things
Peter Becker Community: Peter Becker Community’s 2017 Flower Show, “It’s About Time,” will explore themes of science fiction and nostalgia 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 23-24 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26. Activities will be in the Campus Center at 800 Maple Ave., Franconia Township, and Maplewood Estates at 815 Maplewood Drive. Call (215) 256-9501.
Norristown Farm Park: In honor of spring’s arrival March 20, at 2 p.m. March 19 there will be a free indoor and outdoor event that showcases the signs of spring. This event is appropriate for adults and children 6 and older.
At 1 p.m. March 20 children 3 and older can hear a “Spring Things” story and make a craft to celebrate. Fee is $5 per child.
Pre-registration is required by calling (610) 270-0215. Meet at the salt wing of the dairy barn, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton.
Lorimer Park: Explore Lorimer Park and the Bethayres Swamp at 8 a.m. March 21 during a free bird walk for ages 12 and up. New birders are welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Welsh Road/Pennypack Trail parking area. Pre-register by calling (215) 947-3477 or e-mailing lorimerpark@montcopa.org.
Sense of smell
Scott Arboretum: Learn about aromatherapy, and the essential oils that can be used to ease aches and pains, heal cuts, calm arthritis, uplift and quiet the mind and soul, promote better sleep and more, 6:45 to 8 p.m. March 22 in the Wister Center’s Gillespie Room, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Cost is $25, $15 for members. To register go to www.scottarboretum.org or call (610) 328-8025.

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