WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Best kept secrets
Lancaster County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour: Running April 13-29, the tour guides you to 40 “off-the-beaten path” businesses offering free special events and more. Tickets are $9. Call (717) 721-9409 or go to www.bestkeptsecretstour.com.
Zellerbach Theatre: In Pilobolus Dance Theater’s “Shadowland,” a teenage girl who wakes up one day to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall. Performances are at 8 p.m. April 7, and 2 and 8 p.m. April 8 at 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Note that this performance contains brief nudity, strobe lighting, haze and gunfire. Tickets range from $30-$75. See www.pennpresents.org or call (215) 898-3900.
Prince Theater: Jessica Lang Dance returns with Philadelphia premieres and repertory favorites, including its masterwork “The Calling,” performed by guest artist/Alvin Ailey dancer Kanji Segawa. This NextMove Dance series performance continues at 8 p.m. April 7, 2 and 8 p.m. April 8, and 3 p.m. April 9 at 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $20-$60 and can be purchased at (215) 422-4580 or http://princetheater.org/next-move.
Stenton: Stenton’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is on for 1 p.m. April 15 at 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia. The event includes natural egg dyeing, crafts and games. Admission is free. Reservations are required as space is limited. All ages are welcome, but egg hunts are appropriate for children under 12. Children should bring their own baskets. RSVP at (215) 329-7312 or email@example.com.
SteelStacks: Families are invited to enjoy a free Peeps hunt and brunch starting at 10 a.m. April 16 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. There will also be a later brunch seating at 12:45 p.m. After brunch, hop on over to the Levitt Pavilion for the Peeps hunt. Start time is 1 p.m. for ages 3 and under, 1:30 p.m. for ages 4-7,and 2 p.m. for ages 8-12. Guests can bring their own baskets and bags. Cost is $34.95 for ages 13 and older, $13.95 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Live entertainment will be provided by Dan Wilkins. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (610) 332-3378.
Betsy Ross House: Colonial chocolate making demonstrations happen 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8 and 14 at the historic site at 239 Arch St., Philadelphia. Meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution — from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages, like chocolate and coffee, over British tea. Call (215) 686-1252 or visit www.historicphiladelphia.org.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: “Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq,” a new special exhibition at the Penn Museum, opens April 8 and runs through Nov. 26. It explores the cultural heritage and diversity and achievements, as well as the movements and displacements of people and objects caught in the middle of warfare in those countries. Take in more than 50 objects from the museum’s Near East and Mediterranean collections, as well as a range of Arabic manuscripts from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, music and sounds, and documentary film clips. Contemporary artwork from Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj is interwoven throughout the exhibit. It also puts the spotlight on current work being done by the University of Pennsylvania and the Smithsonian Institution with individuals and groups in the Middle East to help combat the loss of irreplaceable cultural heritage. An opening ceremony at 11 a.m. April 8 features a special celebration of Syrian and Iraqi culture, including regional folk music, talks and more. The Penn Museum is at 3260 South St., Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, till 8 p.m. the first Wednesdays of the month. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for children and students, free to military, members, PennCard holders and children 5 and younger. Look up www.penn.museum or call (215) 898-4000.
Linvilla Orchards: Children of all ages are welcomed to join in a rain-or-shine Fishing Derby 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8. Age groups for the derby include 7 and under, 8-11, 12-16 and 17 and over. There are more than 1,000 trout swimming around in Orchard Lake at Linvilla, 137 Knowlton Road, Media. Trophies will be given throughout the day in a variety of different categories. Feel free to bring your own rod, or they are available for rent. No license required. Visit www.linvilla.com for more information. Entry fee is $19.99 per participant.
Lessons to learn
Cliveden: On view through June 19 is “Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America,” a six-panel traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. It explores how meals defined power between enslaved Africans and their masters, using George Washington’s Mount Vernon as an example. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Check it out at 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia.
American Philosophical Society Museum: Located next to Independence Hall at 104 S. Fifth St., Philadelphia, the APS Museum presents the exhibition “Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia,” which opens April 7 and continues through Dec. 30. Philosophical Hall was home to Charles Willson Peale’s Philadelphia Museum (America’s first successful public museum) from 1794-1810. The show will include portraits of early American figures, including Washington and David Rittenhouse, silhouettes cut in the Philadelphia Museum by Moses Williams, a man enslaved by the Peale family, natural history sketches and specimens created and gathered by Peales, patent models, and an artistic recreation of the mastodon skeleton C.W. Peale exhumed in upstate New York and displayed in the Philadelphia Museum. Hours are Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is a $2 donation. Call (215) 440-3440.
Celebrate the vintage
Phelps School: “Botany in Chester County,” the 35th annual Chester County Antiques Show, is held at the school, 583 Sugartown Road, Malvern. Tickets are $200 for the April 7 Preview Party, with 5 p.m. early admission. Tickets are $140 for regular show admission on April 7 starting at 6 p.m. The show continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 8 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 9. Tickets are $15, free to children 10 and under. Go to www.chestercohistorical.org.
Awbury Arboretum: An April in Paris Dinner is offered at 7 p.m. April 13 on the Cope House veranda, featuring cuisine inspired by Paris. The evening’s menu includes coq au vin, spring pea soup, a signature French cocktail and French desserts. Cost is $30. The arboretum is at 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia. Visit http://awbury.org/events/april-in-paris-dinner.
Ardmore Music Hall: At 9 p.m. April 15 David Uosikkinen and his band of Philly all-stars, In The Pocket, will debut their new song, a version of Kenn Kweder’s “Man on the Moon,” along with a video documentary, at 23 E. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore. The band lineup is scheduled to feature Tommy Conwell, Jeffrey Gaines and Kenn Kweder, and members of The A’s, The Soul Survivors, Beru Revue and more. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of show. Visit www.ardmoremusic.com/event/1413813-david-uosikkinens-in-pocket-ardmore or call (610) 649-8389. For more information go to http://songsinthepocket.org.
Gwynedd Friends Meeting: The Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse hosts folk/acoustic Native group Spirit Wing at 8 p.m. April 8. Gwynedd Friends Meeting is at 1101 DeKalb Pike, Lower Gwynedd. Doors open at 7:30. A $5 donation is suggested to help support the musicians. Additional proceeds go to charity. Light refreshments are available at modest cost. For further information call (267) 421-9394 or visit www.gwyneddmeeting.org/Coffeehouse.html.
Yardley Community Center: The “Hammerstein and Sondheim American Songbook Tapestry Woven in Bucks County” production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 8 at 64 S. Main St., Morrisville. It features songs from “South Pacific;” “High, Wide and Handsome;” “State Fair;” “The King and I;” “Oklahoma” and “Very Warm for May.” Sondheim compositions will come from “Company,” “Follies,” “The Seven Percent Solution” and “Sweeney Todd.” For tickets and more information, visit http://www.bcpac.org/season16/AmericanSongbookinfo or call (215) 493-3010.
Valley Forge VFW Post 7878: Rob Carroll of the Grease Band stars in a dinner show paying tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on April 10. The meal will be served at 6 p.m., with cash bar. Admission is $25; no tickets at the door. Contact Bob at (484) 889-8337 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The VFW is at 471 Church Road, Upper Merion.
Trinity Lutheran Church: Accompanied by a 32-piece orchestra, The Choristers perform Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” in English at 7:30 p.m. April 8 at 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. For tickets, call (215) 542-7871 or go to www.thechoristers.org.
Sprout Music Collective: “Life is a Cabaret: An Evening of Jazz and Broadway” happens 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 9 to benefit Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children. Heavy hors d’oeuvres are included in the $45 ticket price. Sprout Music Collective is at 130 E. Prescott Alley, West Chester. Tickets are available at www.friendsassoc.org.
SunnyBrook Ballroom: The First Ladies of Rock & Soul perform songs made famous by The Supremes, The Ronettes, The Marvelettes, Mary Wells, The Shirelles, The Chiffons, The Crystals and more at 7 p.m. April 8 with a Dance Party emceed by Jerry Blavat. The SunnyBrook is at 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown. Advance tickets with dinner buffet are $55. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $25 (cash only) and will not include dinner. Visit www.thesunnybrook.com or www.firstladiesofrockandsoul.com, or order at Sanatoga Ridge, 2461 E. High St., Pottstown. For more information, call Tom at (610) 306-9361.
Haverford College: On April 7 at 8 p.m. the Haverford-Bryn Mawr College Orchestra will perform their spring concert in Roberts Hall’s Marshall Auditorium, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Admission is free.
On April 9 at 3 p.m. the Concert Artist Series at Haverford College presents the Amernet Quartet performing music by Ingrid Arauco, Curt Cacioppo, and Grieg. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for youths 7-17.
For more information call (610) 896-1011 or visit www.haverford.edu/music/concerts-events.
Centre Theater: On April 15 the theater at 208 DeKalb St., Norristown, will launch a new Kid’s Movie Club on the first floor in a newly renovated space that holds 40. On the third Saturday of every month beginning at 10:30 a.m. children of all ages are invited to the theater to see a special selection free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” starring Dwayne Johnson, will be the first movie. Doors will open at 10. Reservations are recommended. There is free street parking and a parking garage is near by. You can bring your own snacks. Water and juice will be available for purchase. Email email@example.com.
Media Theatre: A New Age Holistic Expo & Psychic party runs 1 to 7 p.m. April 9 in the theater’s Crystal Room, 104 E. State St., Media. Admission is $2. Get more information at (484) 550-1661.
Scott Arboretum: Explore and learn about the trails, wildlife and ecology of the Crum Woods with a free tour at noon April 12. It departs from the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater Stage and is canceled in the event of inclement weather. The arboretum is on the campus of Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Call (610) 328-8025.