'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.
Theater Professional/semi-professional 1812 Productions: This Is The Week That Is Annual show poking fun at local & national current events. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560. 1812productions.org. $34-$40.
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm.
Friday Happy Boxing Day Here's a day-after-Christmas tradition: playing with model trains. The Friday Night Lights program, featuring the Holiday Garden Railway, treats from Bredenbeck's Bakery, and hot cocoa, gets on track at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Time: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16; $8 ages 12 and under; reservations required. Information: 215-247-5777 or www.morrisarboretum.org.
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.
In the wake of leadership changes and the loss of funding from a major supporter, the Philadelphia Singers has decided to cease operations.
So much music is implied by the visual artsthat it's no wonder cutting-edge installations include an essential musical element composed or compiled from preexisting pieces for the occasion.