Philly is providing plenty of ways to ring in the new year this week, including the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of Tom Stoppard’s newest work, The Hard Problem, which plays the Wilma Theater. Also on tap is the popular Moth Story Slam, Scratch Night at FringeArts, and a concert for Bernie Sanders at Boot and Saddle. Check out those and more picks for things to do in Philly this week in our roundup below.
Make the last week of 2015 a fun-filled one: There’s plenty of events leading up to New Year’s Eve that will keep everyone in the family occupied, including the arrival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a 80’s TV marathon, and concerts ranging from jazz to jugbands. We’ve also included our one-stop guide for 27 great ways to ring in the New Years.
If you’re looking for last-minute holiday gifts, why not take your loved ones to a show this week in Philly? There’s plenty of options for all ages and tastes, from the return of Disney on Ice and Martha Graham Cracker to Robert Glasper and John Waters. If movies are your cup of holiday tea, head over to the Roxy to catch a tipsy BYO National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. All our picks below:
Whether you want to hang with legends like Tom Stoppard or watch WWE wrestlers get the living daylight beat out of them, this week provides you the chance to do it all. Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday season in Philly without plenty of great arts events, including the return of A Soulful Christmas at the Kimmel and the area debut of a new live version of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Check out these and other events happening in Philly this week.
The holidays are in full swing as the Philadelphia Museum of Art throws an ugly sweater bash, plus East Passyunk Avenue lights their tree and Choral Arts presents the world premiere of seven new Advent works. There’s also plenty of theater, performance, and author meet-and-greets this week.
The city’s funniest theater troupe is celebrating 10 years of this annual send-up of politics and media. Through December 31st, various times and prices, Plays & Players Theater.
Inis Nua Theatre presents Last Christmas, a tale starring Adam Altman and written by Welsh playwright Matthew Bulgo. Tickets include the performance, plus a beverage and a meat or veggie pie. December 1-3, 6 pm, $15, Fergie’s Pub.
The indie and electronica fan will have a good time this week on the music scene, especially at Union Transfer. With the classic indie rock of Minus the Bear, the masterful synths of Neon Indian, or the futuristic pop melodies of Grimes, it might just feel like summer again. Feeling more in the mood for a throwback icon? Catch Don Henley of The Eagles at the Academy of Music. Click through to each day, or check out the full list below.
If stories are your thing, this week promises a variety of ways to take in a good tale. The First Person Arts Festival rolls into week two, plus Madea herself is coming to town to share her newest stage play, filled with plenty of disastrous antics. Several new regional theater productions also open this week, including Temple’s A Free Man of Color, and FringeArts is discovering what it means to be an aging burnt-out choreographer in Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty. Check out these and our other picks for top things to do this week below:
Our picks for what to do the first week of November range from Manayunk’s cocktail festival and a lecture presented by Serena Williams to the annual First Person Arts Festival. Plus, don’t miss a series of great music events, including Dead and Company, and a handful of theater openings.
It’s a nearly 24-7 happy hour on Main Street Manayunk as Jake’s, Coopers, Derek’s, Kildare’s, Bourbon Blue, and more serve up speciality drinks at amazing prices all week long. Now through November 8th, various times, pay as you go, various restaurants throughout Manayunk.
hilly favorite Jeff Coon is “heading over the bridge,” so to speak, to star in the classic musical Brigadoon in Pitman, NJ. Coon will be playing the lead of Tommy in this Lerner and Loewe-tuner. Now through November 22nd, various times, $28, Broadway Theatre of Pitman.
Those who are huge fans of Philly theater shouldn’t miss this Monday evening’s celebration, which will crown some of the best actors and actresses in the region. Monday, November 2nd, 7 pm, $75, Merriam Theatre.
See amazing new works in progress by Anomie Fatale, Lightning Rod Special, Andy Tierauf, University of the Arts School of Dance, and Nicole Quenelle. Monday, November 2nd, 7 pm, free, FringeArts.