This week in Philly: Bruce Springsteen, BalletX, a tribute to The Beatles & more

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Bruce Springsteen visits Philly this week.
  • Plutus


    Plays & Players Theatre
    For what it's worth The Greek playwright Aristophanes was the Jon Stewart of his ancient times, a keen satirist whose comedies caricatured political and social elites while not being above stooping for a laugh over a bodily function now and then. Once More Theatre presents one of his less-seen plays, the brutally funny Plutus, a lampoon of income inequality and the injuries of class.
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  • Richard Thompson


    Sellersville Theater 1894
    Pop icon One of the great guitarists and songwriters of our time, Richard Thompson, plays at 8 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville.
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  • Exclusive Sneak Preview Screening of "Remember"


    International House
    Never again In Atom Egoyan's 2015 thriller, Remember, a nonagenarian Holocaust survivor is sent on a road trip by his wheelchair-bound friend and fellow survivor with a mission: to take revenge on the guard who tormented them at Auschwitz. The film has a remarkable cast including Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, and Bruno Ganz.
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  • Twelfth Night


    Annenberg Center
    Bard rock Shakespeare's wildest comedy, Twelfth Night (shipwreck, disguise, mistaken identity, clowning _ the works), gets an improv bent and a rock-and-roll attitude in the most antic production yet, by Britain's Filter Theatre. They say no two shows are the same, but whatever happens, it goes down this week.
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  • Cold Mountain


    The Academy of Music
    Jennifer Higdon's long-in-the-making Civil War opera was 90 percent there when premiered last summer in Santa Fe. But will that extra mile be in the right direction? Inside word has it the strengths and weaknesses have been clearly assessed. So we can hope to have our hearts broken - in the story of a Confederate soldier finding his way home - for the right reasons.
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  • Masters of Illusion


    Keswick Theatre
    An intrepid ensemble of prestidigitators performs amazing feats, using sleight-of-hand, escape artistry, comedy, levitation, and more. The tricks and showmanship may be a bit intense for the small fry, but older kids will be dazzled.
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  • Zombie in Love


    Walnut Street Theatre for Kids presents Michelle Elliott and Danny Larsen’s musical, adapted from Kelly DiPucchio’s book about a teen zombie who just wants a date for the dance, if he can keep from falling apart (literally) while asking girls out. The company also has "Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical" on tap from March 31 to April 1.
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  • BalletX Winter Series


    Wilma Theater
    This run includes three world premieres. In his first collaboration with the company, Trey McIntyre choreographs to music of Amy Winehouse. Matthew Neenan's Show Me had a partial premiere at the Vail International Dance Festival last summer. Two new sections pull from the contemporary country-western style of the string quintet Brooklyn Rider and their Almanac album. And there also is an intriguing new work by New York's Yin Yue, BalletX's first Wyncote Foundation-funded Choreographic Fellow (mentored by McIntyre.) She uses FoCo Technique, an Asian-fusion movement method so fluid it's the antithesis of popping and locking.
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  • Karen Finley "Shock Treatment: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition"


    Free Library of Philadelphia
    Politics of art This really happened: A woman poured chocolate on her naked body and brought down the wrath of the U.S. Senate and the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. Performance artist Karen Finley, whose works examining the nature of suffering and healing made her a central figure in the "culture wars" of the 1980s and '90s, discusses the 25th anniversary of her seminal book, "Shock Treatment."
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  • Vladimir Jurowski


    The most accomplished and revealing conductor leading the Philadelphia Orchestra on a regular basis brings some Philadelphia history to town when he reminds us of Miaskovsky's Symphony No. 10, given its U.S. premiere in 1930 by the orchestra and Stokowksi. Less than 20 minutes long, inspired by Pushkin's poem "The Bronze Horseman," it's incredibly concentrated and full of memorable, if spooky, gestures and ideas. Also on the program, a pianist of iron who promises poetry: Yefim Bronfman in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5.
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  • The Romance of Collecting: Z. Taylor Vinson's Auto Mania


    Hagley Museum & Library
    Hagley curator Max Moeller explores the writings and interviews of car-literature collector Vinson. The talk is presented in connection with the exhibition Driving Desire: Automobile Advertising and the American Dream, which is based on the Vinson collection and opened in October.
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  • Hello Sailor: The Sailor Icon in Pop Culture


    Independence Seaport Museum
    A playful exhibition focused on the American sailor decked out in "dixie-cup" hat, as he appeared in images, graphics, photos, movies, artwork, and advertisements.
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  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles


    Merriam Theater
    Rain can perform the full range of the Beatles discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that the Beatles themselves recorded in the studios but never performed for an audience. Rain is a multimedia, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups.
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    Tickets: $30-$85
  • The Government Inspector


    Walnut Street Theatre
    The company, specializing in absurdist theater, presents a stage adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's absurdist story written in 1836. With its farcical plot of political corruption and self-deception, it should seem hot off the blog.
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  • Fashion and its Trends


    The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    The first of the year's document displays culled from society archives. Coming exhibits include Philadelphia's musical history (Feb. 16-March 11) and local family histories (March 15-April 19); more to come.
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  • Jeff Dunham


    Wells Fargo Center
    The new tour offers his global fan base a brand new show packed with more laughs than ever before. Dunham's famed troupe of sidekicks are back: Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border José Jalapeño and Peanut's own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster himself.
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    Tickets: $50.50
  • Anderson East


    World Cafe Live
    Rising throwback soul singer Anderson East's name is in the gossip pages now that he's dating country star (and Blake Shelton ex) Miranda Lambert. East, the Alabama-raised grandson of a Baptist preacher, is worthy of the attention: 2015's Delilah is a standout in a crowded retro R&B field.
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  • Bruce Springsteen


    Wells Fargo Center
    The Central Jersey rocker is back in the market that first broke him big in the 1970s, this time for one show only on a tour tied to The Ties That Bind, the box set that expands his 1980 double album The River, which will be performed in its entirety. Sold out, but Springsteen usually puts additional tickets on sale closer to the date.
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  • R. Kelly


    Boardwalk Hall
    The world's ickiest R&B love man, who recently revealed himself to be a dirty-minded foodie on his 2015 album "Buffet" plays in Atlantic City on Valentine's Day weekend.
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  • Brown & Brown


    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
    Emily (Scott) Brown and Will Brown met as students at PAFA and the University of Pennsylvania, got married, and went on to establish separate successful careers - she as a painter, he as a photographer. Now works of both will be exhibited together for the first time, and gallerygoers can judge for themselves whether the Browns share a sensibility. Emily Brown will be represented by her ink-wash drawings of grasses, trees, and water surfaces; collages; and a freestanding six-foot-tall Sonotube painted to celebrate the Schuylkill Waterworks. Will Brown is showing his recent photographs of horse troughs, brambles, and springs.
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  • Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close


    The Academy of Natural Sciences
    The academy puts spiders in your life, with an array of live tarantulas. You'll be able to get a picture taken with a hairy specimen, fangs and all - and learn why they are the way they are.
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  • Quest for Freedom


    Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
    Stories behind selected rare objects and documents that show the variety of ways Philadelphians challenged the institution of slavery.
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  • The Golden Age of King Midas


    Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology)
    The museum seeks to answer a 3,000-year-old question: What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? On display will be more than 120 ancient objects from Turkish museums.
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  • Look Both Ways: Art at the Crossroads of Abstraction and Representation


    Woodmere Art Museum
    Drawing on Woodmere's permanent collection of works by Philadelphia-area artists, this show will present examples of paintings, sculptures, and photographs whose makers simultaneously depict and alter reality. Among those included are Warren Rohrer, Neysa Grassi, and Alex Kanevsky.
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  • Pennsylvania Ballet spring series


    Merriam Theater
    Ángel Corella's first full season of programming couldn't be more exuberant or eclectic. Pleasing the Balanchinophiles who still form the spine of the company's audience, all but the first run has a major Balanchine touchdown.
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  • Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts spring dances


    Annenberg Center
    Ballet Hispánico's program (Feb. 5-6) features Sombrerísimo, by Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller. And Bury Me Standing showcases the Roma culture. Dance Theatre of Harlem (March 3-5, Zellerbach Theater) includes Christopher Huggins' In the Mirror of Her Mind, danced to Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3. Bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind and Carnatic musician T.M. Krishna (April 30) perform a new work, Saayujya (The Merging). In Meredith Rainey Dance (In)Visible Man (April 1-2, Harold Prince Theater), Philadelphia choreographer and former Pennsylvania Ballet soloist Meredith Rainey returns to the stage in a new collaboration with Jorge Cousineau and Tania Isaac.
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  • Dance Affiliates: NextMove at the Prince


    Prince Theater
    The first spring series in its new Center City home features an array of America's best dance-makers. Danny Ezralow, a MOMIX founding member and veteran choreographer of Broadway shows, the Olympics, and the Academy Awards, brings his wicked streak to the Prince with his new Los Angeles company, Ezralow Dance, for its East Coast debut.
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  • Personal Space


    Snyderman-Works Gallery
    Paintings, drawings, and other works that evoke privacy and solitude by 11 artists, among them Amanda Bush, Matt Colaizzo, Erin Murray, and Stuart Shils.
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  • Simon Lee/Eve Sussman: "No Food, No Money, No Jewels"


    Locks Gallery
    An ambitious, 18-chapter film set in a fictitious factory, No Food, No Money, No Jewels tells of power struggles among 12 factory workers who are animals disguised as humans.
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  • Gerard Brown and Amanda D'Amico


    Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central Library
    Recent gouache on paper paintings by Brown, who is also a writer and independent curator, and offset lithographs with collages by D'Amico, a book artist.

    (215-686-5405 or ErePIX@freelibrary.org)
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  • Matt Mullican


    Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at The University of the Arts
    The New York "Pictures Generation" artist, who had a show here in 2009 and is known for his works employing signs and symbols, is back with recent efforts.
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  • Damian Stamer


    Bridgette Mayer Gallery
    The artist's first solo show in Philadelphia consists of colorful expressionistic paintings that draw on his memories of the rural North Carolina landscape he explored as a child.
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  • Lower East Side Printshop: Experiments in Print


    The Print Center
    This exhibit features prints by Mike Bidlo, Paul Chan, Peggy Diggs and Hank Willis Thomas created at the Lower East Side Printshop (LESP), a premier open-access printmaking studio and exhibition space in New York City. The work selected for inclusion highlights LESP's expansive and experimental approach to printmaking, and will include works created using newly invented techniques as well as works that expand the definition of a fine art print.
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    Tickets: Free
  • Hiro Sakaguchi


    Seraphin Gallery
    Recent paintings on the theme of DNA and the atomic bomb from his series "Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine"
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  • Jesse Krimes: Deus ex Machina


    Drexel University - Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
    "Deus ex Machina" explores the hidden mechanics of power using ordinary objects and found materials transformed into precariously balanced systems. "Deus ex machina" or "God from the machine," is a storytelling device used to resolve an impossible situation. In this case, Krimes draws on his own history of incarceration to explore societal hierarchies and systems through the lens of confinement. Using manmade and natural systems of containment including birdcages and beehives, Krimes plays with shifting sightlines to create disorienting experiences that suggest authoritarian institutions, such as prisons and art galleries.
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  • The Eye of the Collector: The Jewish Vision of Sigmund R. Balka


    Reading Public Museum
    Including works by Rembrandt, Will Barnet, Max Beckman, Lyonel Feininger, Louis Lozowick, and others, this collection of 32 paintings documents the Jewish experience in Europe and North America from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
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  • Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape


    Princeton University - Princeton Art Museum
    As with Downton Abbey, the English landscape has been undergoing transformation for centuries yet manages to seem unchanging. This show of pieces from the National Museum in Wales consists of more than 60 works from 1760 to the present, including paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Claude Monet, and Stanley Spencer.
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  • Rodney McMillian: The Black Show


    Institute of Contemporary Art
    This Los Angeles artist creates sculptures, paintings, room-size constructions, videos, and performances, many of them inspired by science fiction, to comment on the problems of contemporary American society.
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  • Sarah Gamble/Jennifer Levonian: Shake Out Your Cloth


    Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
    Recent works by two Philadelphia artists who explore the human psyche in opposite ways, Gamble in paintings that investigate dreams, Levonian in stop-motion animations that transform everyday events into unexpectedly odd narratives.
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  • Rare Bird: John James Audubon and Contemporary Art


    Ursinus College
    Prints by Audubon, the 19th-century American naturalist and self-taught artist, together with works by 10 artists of our own era whose subject is nature - among them are Brandon Ballangeé, Walton Ford, Nina Katchadourian, James Prozek, and Duke Riley.
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  • Carl Van Vechten: O Write my Name - Portraits of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond


    Haverford College
    Vintage silver gelatin prints by Van Vechten, including portraits of Bessie Smith, James Weldon Johnson, Horace Pippin, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alain Locke, as well as books, letters, and related artwork from Haverford's Special Collections.
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  • Cabaret Series - Joilet Harris


    Arden Theatre
    Isn't it romantic? Actress and singer Joilet Harris performs a cabaret show featuring love songs from Natalie Cole to Roberta Flack to Stevie Wonder to Jill Scott to Adele at the Arden Theatre
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Plutus

Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St., 215-735-0630, www.playsandplayers.org.

Richard Thompson

Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.

Exclusive Sneak Preview Screening of "Remember"

International House, 3701 Chestnut St., (215) 895-6569, http://www.ihousephilly.org.

Twelfth Night

Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-6701, www.annenbergcenter.org.

Cold Mountain

The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts., 215-893-1999, www.academyofmusic.org.

Masters of Illusion

Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, (215) 572-7650 (tickets), http://www.keswicktheatre.com.

Zombie in Love

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BalletX Winter Series

Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 215-546-7824, www.wilmatheater.org.

Karen Finley "Shock Treatment: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition"

Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., 215-686-5322, http://www.freelibrary.org/.

Vladimir Jurowski

The Romance of Collecting: Z. Taylor Vinson's Auto Mania

Hagley Museum & Library, 298 Buck Rd. East, Greenville, 302-658-2400, www.hagley.org.

Hello Sailor: The Sailor Icon in Pop Culture

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-925-5439, www.phillyseaport.org.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., $30-$85, 215-893-1999, www.merriam-theater.com/.

The Government Inspector

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215-574-3550, www.walnutstreettheatre.org.

Fashion and its Trends

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, (215) 732-6200, http://www.hsp.org.

Jeff Dunham

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., $50.50, 215-336-3600, www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

Anderson East

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.

Bruce Springsteen

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 215-336-3600, www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

R. Kelly

Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-348-7000.

Brown & Brown

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600, http://www.pafa.org.

Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close

The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 299-1000, http://www.acnatsci.org.

Quest for Freedom

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, 15 S. 7th St., 215-685-4830, www.philadelphiahistory.org.

The Golden Age of King Midas

Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology), 3260 South St., 215-898-4000, www.penn.museum.

Look Both Ways: Art at the Crossroads of Abstraction and Representation

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., 215-247-0476, www.woodmereartmuseum.org.

Pennsylvania Ballet spring series

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999, www.merriam-theater.com/.

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts spring dances

Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-6701, www.annenbergcenter.org.

Dance Affiliates: NextMove at the Prince

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, (267)239-2941, http://princetheater.org/.

Personal Space

Snyderman-Works Gallery, 303 Cherry St., 215-238-9576, www.snyderman-works.com/.

Simon Lee/Eve Sussman: "No Food, No Money, No Jewels"

Locks Gallery, 600 S. Washington Sq., 215-629-1000, www.locksgallery.com.

Gerard Brown and Amanda D'Amico

Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, 215-686-5322, https://libwww.freelibrary.org.

Matt Mullican

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at The University of the Arts, 333 S. Broad Street, (215) 717-6145, http://www.uarts.edu/events/rwg.

Damian Stamer

Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut St., 215-413-8893, www.bridgettemayergallery.com.

Lower East Side Printshop: Experiments in Print

The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St., Free, 215-735-6090, www.printcenter.org/.

Hiro Sakaguchi

Seraphin Gallery, 1108 Pine St., 215-923-7000, www.seraphingallery.com.

Jesse Krimes: Deus ex Machina

Drexel University - Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, 3401 Filbert St., Free, 215-895-2548, www.drexel.edu/westphal/resources/LeonardPearlsteinGallery/.

The Eye of the Collector: The Jewish Vision of Sigmund R. Balka

Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Rd., Reading, 610-371-5850, www.readingpublicmuseum.org/.

Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape

Princeton University - Princeton Art Museum, Nassau St. & Witherspoon St, Princeton, 609-258-3788, artmuseum.princeton.edu.

Rodney McMillian: The Black Show

Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, (215) 898-5911, http://www.icaphila.org.

Sarah Gamble/Jennifer Levonian: Shake Out Your Cloth

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1216 Arch St., 215-545-7562, www.fleisherollman.com.

Rare Bird: John James Audubon and Contemporary Art

Ursinus College, 3768 Germantown Pike, Collegeville, 610-409-3000, www.ursinus.edu/.

Carl Van Vechten: O Write my Name - Portraits of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, 610-896-1333.

Cabaret Series - Joilet Harris

Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St., 215-922-1122, www.ardentheatre.org.

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