13 Things to Do in Philly This Week

The U.S. premiere of Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, a Philly for Bernie Sanders concert, mannequins on display and more things to do this first full week of the new year.

The U.S. premiere of Tom Stoppard's "The Hard Problem" opens at the Wilma this week.

The U.S. premiere of Tom Stoppard’s “The Hard Problem” opens at the Wilma this week.

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.

January Scratch Night

Join FringeArts as they present a series of new works “in progress” at this popular monthly event, including Shame Portrait Project and Time Had a JobMonday, January 4th, 7 pm, free, FringeArts.

Don't miss The Moth at World Cafe Live this week.

Don’t miss The Moth at World Cafe Live this week.

The Philadelphia Moth Story Slam

The popular evening of juicy tales returns to Philly’s World Café Live this Monday. Anyone with five minutes and a good story might be randomly picked to share with the audience. Monday, January 4th, 7:30 pm, $8-16, World Café Live.

Four Weeks in January

1fiftyone Gallery and Performance Space present a salon of local performers testing out new works. This week’s artists include Jimmy Grzelak, Thomas Choinacky, Chris Davis, Emma Arrick, and MJ Kaufman. Tuesday, January 5th, 6:30pm, $5, 1fiftyone Gallery and Performance Space.

Who Do You Love? at PhillyCAM

Nobel Prize-winner Derek Walcott will be presenting a live poetry show and open mic session this Tuesday. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required. Tuesday, January 5th, 6:30 pm, free, PhillyCAM.

Philly for Bernie Sanders Concert

If you’re feelin’ the Bern, join some of your fellow comrades as this unique fundraiser. Son Step, Tutile, and tinmouth will all be performing, plus there will be food and drink for purchase. Tuesday, January 5th, 8 pm, $10, Boot and Saddle.

"Lauraquin (2015)" by Laura Storck is among the mannequin-centric works going on display at Da Vinci Art Alliance Wednesday.

“Lauraquin (2015)” by Laura Storck is among the mannequin-centric works going on display at Da Vinci Art Alliance Wednesday.

Beginners Yoga at Fleisher’s Sanctuary

There’s no better way to start the new year by learning the practice of yoga at the gorgeous Fleisher Art Memorial. Make sure you bring your own mat and yoga props. Wednesday, January 6th, 8:50 am, $10, Fleisher Art Memorial.

“Mannequin”: A Group Photography Exhibition

Local photographer Laura Storck is teaming up with the Da Vinci Art Alliance to curate a unique show that brings together works by Philly-area photographers. The exhibition offers the artists’ viewpoint of mannequins and their roles as life- size models. “The zany appeal of these articulated dolls prove both attractive and disconcerting at the same time; mysterious yet strangely familiar,” reads a statement from the curator. Wednesday, January 6th, 6:30 pm (opening reception), free, exhibit on display through January 31st, Da Vinci Art Alliance.

The Hard Problem

The highly anticipated U.S. premiere of Tom Stoppard’s newest play hits The Wilma Theater this week. Directed by Blanka Zizka, the work examines the conflicts between consciousness and ethics. Wednesday, January 6th through Saturday, February 6th, various times, $25, Wilma Theatre.

Girls Rock Philly Volunteer Kickoff Party

Find out how you can help the rocking organization that brings music education and literacy to girls and women throughout the Greater Philadelphia area at this volunteer get together. Wednesday, January 6th, 6:30 pm, free, Girls Rock Philly.

January Nerd Nite

Head over to Frankford Hall this Wednesday to grab a giant soft pretzel, beer, and learn about some deliciously dorky things from Mütter Museum’s Beth Lander, comic book historian Chris Cummins, and Boeing Engineer Mike Ceriello. Wednesday, January 6th, 7:30 pm, $5, Frankford Hall.

Michelle Biloon will host an evening of comedy in Northern Liberties.

Michelle Biloon will host an evening of comedy in Northern Liberties.

Northern Comedies

Chelsea Lately‘s Michelle Biloon hosts this evening of comedy in Northern Liberties, featuring Ed McGonigal, Mikey Garcia, Aaron Hertzog, Alison Zeidman, Anthony Moore, Chanel Ali, and Matt McCusker. Wednesday, January 6th, 9 pm, free, Bardot Cafe.

Jeremiah Tall

It’s a perfect Thursday way to usher in the end of the week: The Philadelphia Folk Song Society’s Music Co-Op presents Jeremiah Tall with The Quixote Project and Andrew Jude. Thursday, January 7th, 8 pm, $7-12, Bourbon and Branch.

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique with The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Met Opera’s Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will be leading the Orchestra in an evening of Glinka and Tchaikovsky, featuring violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Thursday, January 7th through Saturday, January 9th, various times, $41-104, Kimmel Center.

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