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A backstage pass at Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

At least an hour before the curtain goes up on Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker, the dancers start arriving at the Academy of Music.

Brilliant songwriter Michael Friedman, out of Germantown Friends, is being memorialized in an audacious 9-album project

The first three releases of “The Michael Friedman Collection,” on the Ghostlight label, are now available for download, with at least six more volumes to come.

Brilliant songwriter Michael Friedman, out of Germantown Friends, is being memorialized in an audacious 9-album project

The first three releases of “The Michael Friedman Collection,” on the Ghostlight label, are now available for download, with at least six more volumes to come.

This old place? Philly artists have fresh new takes on Laurel Hill Cemetery and Glen Foerd

Patrick Connors paints Laurel Hill. Cindy Stockton Moore reinterprets Glen Foerd. And it's last call for two worthy solo shows at Swarthmore.

This old place? Philly artists have fresh new takes on Laurel Hill Cemetery and Glen Foerd

Patrick Connors paints Laurel Hill. Cindy Stockton Moore reinterprets Glen Foerd. And it's last call for two worthy solo shows at Swarthmore.

The new, full-length ‘Xmas Philes’ is a delightful gift from Philadanco

Like a Christmas gift you can’t wait to unwrap, Phildanco’s full-length "Xmas Philes" debuted Thursday night at the Annenberg Center. It's a very special addition to this season’s many holiday offerings.

The new, full-length ‘Xmas Philes’ is a delightful gift from Philadanco

Like a Christmas gift you can’t wait to unwrap, Phildanco’s full-length "Xmas Philes" debuted Thursday night at the Annenberg Center. It's a very special addition to this season’s many holiday offerings.
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This huge, valuable N.C. Wyeth painting of George Washington now belongs to a little-known New Jersey college

The painting depicts a scene that was once familiar to all Americans and remains central to Trenton's sense of itself.

What to do in Philly Dec. 13-19: Brunch in a greenhouse, enjoy tuba Christmas, get caffeinated at coffee and tea fest

Plus: holiday crafting at Fairmount Park’s historic houses, sing-along Silent Night, and more.

‘Snow Queen’ at Arden has it all: Imagination, goosebumps, haunting sound — and lots of snow

The Arden's new children's production, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, features powerful female characters, magical royalty, haunting sounds, fabulous design … and lots of snow.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ enchants with snow, Sugar Plum, and a sparkling new tree

What does a $100,000 Christmas tree upgrade look like onstage at the Academy of Music? It blends in nicely and also puts on a light show within the performance.

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This one-man ‘Christmas Carol’ at Lantern Theatre is a 95-minute masterpiece

Anthony Lawton gives a bravura solo turn as Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the chained ghost of Sacob Marley, and Scrooge himself.

Philly Pops Christmas show stuffs a whole lot of joy into its Santa sack

Broadway's Mandy Gonzalez returns as the vocal headliner, and Wanamaker organist Peter Richard Conte is back, too. The popular David Charles Abell conducts. The show has are not one but three choirs. And Santa, of course.

BalletX marks the holidays with a pair of lovely, moody premieres

As Elvis memorably sang, it can be a blue Christmas for many. BalletX opened its fall program Wednesday night at the Wilma Theater with two world premieres about holiday stress, But they're far from being downers.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is coming to Philadelphia next week

The Associate Justice of the Supreme Court will appear at the American Jewish History Museum in conversation with Nina Totenberg.

Trapeta B. Mayson named next poet laureate of Philadelphia

Born in Liberia and raised in North Philadelphia and Germantown, Mayson writes about immigrants' struggles and triumphs. A licensed social worker, she hopes to “touch base with social service agencies, particularly those pertaining to mental health.”

Philadanco is bringing back a fan favorite

Joan Myers Brown has long promised that Daniel Ezralow would someday expand "Xmas Philes" into an evening-length work. That day is Thursday.

What was so funny about 2019? This popular Philly show will tell you what

Highlights of 1812 Production's 'This Is the Week That Is' include a Pyramid-style parody of the Democratic presidential candidates, all tripping over their own good intentions.

A ‘Broadway Beat’ Christmas: The 2019 Rockettes and more NYC traditions that hold up

Or are you looking to escape the Christmas overload? We've got some New York City treats for you, too.

What to do in Philly Dec 6-12: Go to the Museum of the Moon, party in a spa, meet some goats

Plus music from Madonna and Martha Graham Cracker, a feminist craft fair and more...

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