Monday, December 22, 2014
'Rhythm," in the immortal words of Gloria Estéfan, "is gonna get you." Especially if you visit the Merriam Theater between Thursday and Dec. 30th to see the latest installment of STOMP.
Continuing Reviewed by Peter Dobrin (P.D.), Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), and Toby Zinman (T.Z.). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Quintessence Theatre Group) A colorful exercise in equilibrium-smashing anarchy, full of fun and visual surprises. Through Jan. 4. - W.R.
They chose a pretty piece for last. Photographer John Tsantes had placed Seated Princess - an opaque watercolor and gold painting that is part of the famed Islamic collection of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - on his table and focused the cutting-edge digital camera mounted overhead. And in the split second it took the camera's shutter to close, the museum completed a multiyear effort to digitize its 40,000-item collection.
Sunday Spoonful of sugar Cameron Mackintosh's musical Mary Poppins, based on the classic 1964 Disney film, goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Jan. 4. Tickets are $20 to $95. Call 215-574-3550.
The first time I was taken to a museum, as a very small boy, was to marvel at the bones of a huge Apatosaurus, a spiky Stegosaurus, and other huge, scary prehistoric beasts. "Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals," on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Perelman Building, does something I never thought possible. It makes dinosaurs dull.
Noel from Canada: In light of how many Canadians lurk on Philadelphia's arts scene, why shouldn't the rest of us celebrate Christmas their way a little? The ATMA-label disc La Veillée de Noël by beloved Acadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc represents a number of
Several major musicals and a play about Frank Rizzo are on the bill next year.
 
Philadanco takes some delightful chances