Sarah Gliko stars in Tom Stoppard’s “The Hard Problem,” opening January 6th at the Wilma Theater. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou
The Hard Problem at the Wilma Theater
For years, Philadelphia actress Sarah Gliko longed to perform at the renowned Wilma Theater under the directorship of its co-founder, the peerless Blanka Zizka. “But I was off of Blanka’s radar,” says the 36-year-old Point Breeze resident. “And then she saw me in Lantern’s production of The Liar, and things changed.” That was in 2013. Since then, Gliko has been cast in the Wilma’s critically acclaimed Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq in 2014 and last year as Ophelia in the theater’s intriguing adaptation of Hamlet. Then, for her third Wilma play in as many years, she landed the lead in Tom Stoppard’s first work in a decade, The Hard Problem, which opens January 6th. “This role is a real challenge,” she admits. “There’s so much material, and it’s loaded with some very heavy and heady ideas. I have to find the passion and movement underneath these big ideas and elevate the human story that is pulsing below. It’s not going to be easy.” Through February 6th.
Shen Yun at Academy of Music
The Chinese classical dance and orchestral ensemble has built a loyal local following with 10 consecutive annual appearances.
Maceo Parker plays Ardmore Music Hall on January 9th.
Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall
The sax player who made James Brown’s horn section sound so damn good.
A Moon for the Misbegotten at Walnut Street Theater
Eugene O’Neill’s sequel to his better-known Long Day’s Journey into Night. Through February 7th.
Funnyman at Arden Theater
Matt Pfeiffer directs this world premiere from Bruce Graham, who gave us the much-beloved Philly Fan. It’s about an aging vaudeville performer struggling for relevancy in the late 1950s. Through March 6th.
Oscar Wilde: From the Depths at St. Stephen’s Theater
Lantern Theater Company examines the life of the 19th-century writer in this new play. Through February 14th.
Nels Cline at Boot & Saddle
Since 2004, he’s been the guitarist—and some would say the defining sound—behind Wilco.
Bridget Everett at The Troc
The hilarious self-described “alt-cabaret provocateur” brings her popular New York-based show to Philly for one night only.
Once at Kimmel Center
As in the play that won eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Through January 17th.
Lamb of God at Electric Factory
A rare local appearance by the heavy-metal veterans, joined by Anthrax.
Eric Owens and Friends at Kimmel Center
The New York Times has raved about the operatic voice of the Philadelphia-bred bass-baritone.
Joel McHale plays Harrah’s AC on January 22nd.
Joel McHale at Harrah’s AC
From the good old days of The Soup.
Joanna Pascale at World Café Live
The South Philly jazz chanteuse, accompanied by the Curtis Institute of Music’s 20/21 Ensemble.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Tower Theater
A two-night run on 69th Street.
Oh Wonder at Union Transfer
The star is rising for this London pop duo. Their New York and L.A. shows sold out in October, and when promoters put their Philly show on sale at Boot & Saddle, it sold out in mere minutes, so they’re now playing the larger Union Transfer. Tickets may still be available.
“Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close” comes to town for four months starting January 30th.
Joey DeFrancesco Trio at Chris’ Jazz Café
Philly-born master of the Hammond B3 organ.
“Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close” at Academy of Natural Sciences
We’re gonna say this exhibit featuring the giant, hairy spiders makes for an excellent first date. Through May 30th.
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The Hard Problem at the Wilma Theater: https://www.wilmatheater.org/production/hard-problem
Sarah Gliko: https://www.phillymag.com/ticket/2015/03/25/in-the-wings-sarah-gliko-wilma-theaters-ophelia-in-hamlet/
Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq: https://www.phillymag.com/ticket/2014/03/28/don-juan-comes-back-iraq-sheds-new-light-buried-stories/
Shen Yun at Academy of Music: http://promo.shenyun.com/philadelphia/academy-of-music-kimmel-center.php?utm_source=search&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=philadelphia&gclid=Cj0KEQiAzai0BRCs2Yydo8yptuIBEiQAN3_lFgjS7rZ9YmOU_Tm1VEaK_RCfbjhxjJSSEo7q31hePgsaAoW68P8HAQ
Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall: http://www.ardmoremusic.com/event/883729-maceo-parker-ardmore/
A Moon for the Misbegotten at Walnut Street Theater: https://www.walnutstreettheatre.org/season/show/a-moon-for-the-misbegotten
Funnyman at Arden Theater: https://tickets.ardentheatre.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=funnyman&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=
Bruce Graham: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/pulse-local-talent-bruce-graham-and-jennifer-childs/
Oscar Wilde: From the Depths at St. Stephen’s Theater: http://www.lanterntheater.org/2015-16/oscar-wilde.html
Nels Cline at Boot & Saddle: http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com/event/1030135-nels-cline-larry-ochs-philadelphia/
Bridget Everett at The Troc: http://www.thetroc.com/event/996119-bridget-everett-philadelphia/
Once at Kimmel Center: http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/?id=5251
Lamb of God at Electric Factory: http://www.electricfactory.info/Event/1/16/2016/lamb-of-god
Eric Owens and Friends at Kimmel Center: http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/?id=5307
the Philadelphia-bred: https://www.phillymag.com/ticket/2015/04/13/the-interview-philly-born-opera-great-eric-owens/
Joel McHale at Harrah’s AC: http://www.livenation.com/events/517290-jan-22-2016-joel-mchale
Joanna Pascale at World Café Live: http://tickets.worldcafelive.com/event/955307-liveconnections-joanna-philadelphia/
Curtis Institute of Music’s 20/21 Ensemble: https://www.phillymag.com/ticket/2015/03/05/curtis-2021-ensemble-breaking-classical-musical-stereotypes-sei-innovation-studio/
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Tower Theater: http://www.livenation.com/events/505014-jan-23-2016-an-evening-with-macklemore-ryan-lewis-sold-out
Oh Wonder at Union Transfer: http://www.utphilly.com/event/1002477-oh-wonder-philadelphia/
Joey DeFrancesco Trio at Chris’ Jazz Café: http://www.chrisjazzcafe.com/events/8593
“Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close” at Academy of Natural Sciences: http://www.ansp.org/visit/exhibits/tarantulas/
featuring the giant, hairy spiders: https://www.phillymag.com/ticket/2015/11/10/tarantula-exhibit-academy-natural-sciences/
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