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THURSDAY (JAN. 21)

🎵 Verzuz: Ashanti v. Keyshia Cole (Music / virtual) Few live streaming events succeeded in 2020 like Verzuz, which pits stars like Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight and Rick Ross and 2 Chainz against one another. This battle royale is between two singers who were R&B and hip-hop hitmakers in the 2000s. Ashanti started singing hooks for Fat Joe and Ja Rule before having her own hits like “Foolish,” and Cole broke out big with her 2004 album The Way It Is. Their Verzuz was originally set for December but rescheduled twice due to COVID-19 concerns. (Free, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., instagram.com/verzuztv, add to calendar)

🎵 Phoebe Bridgers (Music / virtual) After side excursions in the indie supergroup boygenius with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker and with Conor Oberst in Better Oblivion Community Center, Phoebe Bridgers got around to releasing Punisher, her superb second solo album, last year. The emotionally acute songwriter is among the first to perform in BandsInTown PLUS’s just-launched live streaming subscription service. ($9.99 per month, Jan. 21, 9 p.m., bandsintown.com/plus, add to calendar)

🖼️ Reopening of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Museums / in-person / art) On Thursday, the gallery reopens to the public with access to its permanent collection and the opening of a number of special exhibitions including a showcase of paintings by Philadelphia artist Gilbert Lewis. (Free-$15, Jan. 21, pafa.org, 118-128 N Broad St., map, add to calendar)

🚂 Holiday Magic at Brandywine (Museums / in-person / kid-friendly / multi-day) The Brandywine River Museum of Art has extended their display of Nick Wyeth’s O-gauge trains to give more visitors the chance to enjoy the longtime tradition, along with Ann Wyeth McCoy’s dollhouse display, while social distancing. Wyeth fans (and future fans) will love searching for mini homages to Jamie Wyeth’s paintings Pumpkinhead and Portrait of a Pig. Ages 2+ ($18 adults, $16 seniors, $6 ages 6-18, free 5 & under, through Jan.31, brandywine.org, 1 Hoffmans Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, map, add to calendar)

FRIDAY (JAN. 22)

🍷 The Penn Museum’s Ancient Alcohol After Hours: Tour + Wine Pairing (Museums / virtual / history) Pour yourself a glass or red (or white, or rosé) and learn about wine’s role in 9,000 years of history at the Penn Museum’s virtual wine lesson and artifact tour. ($10, Jan. 22, 7.-9 p.m., penn.museum, add to calendar)

🎵 Adrianne Lenker (Music / virtual) Since 2018, prolific indie singer-songwriter par excellence Linker has released three solo albums, plus two with her Brooklyn band Big Thief. All of her work is suffused with shimmering mystery, and her two new efforts — simply titled Songs and Instrumentals — are no exception. She performs this week on the subscription concert platform Bandsintown ($9.99 per month subscription, Jan 22, 9 p.m., bandsintown.com, add to calendar)

🚨Note: Coronavirus cases are higher than ever in the Philadelphia region and throughout the country as a whole. Even where indoor activities are allowed, we recommend doing as much as possible outdoors, socially distanced and masked, because indoor activities are inherently riskier for virus spread.

🎵 WCL House Concerts (Music / virtual / multi-day) Still shuttered West Philly music venue World Cafe Live is redoubling its commitment to livestreaming local bands with its WCL House Concerts series. This week’s lineup includes singer-songwriter Sharon Little on Friday, folkie TJ McGlinchey on Saturday, Nashville pop singer Marielle Kraft on Wednesday, and Philly rapper The Bul Bey on Thursday. Donations are split between the venue and artist. (Free. Jan 22-23 and 27-28, 8 p.m., youtube.com/WorldCafeLive/PHL, add to calendar)

🍿 The White Tiger (Movie / virtual) Rags to riches crime drama set upon the caste system of India. Starring Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao and Adarsh Gouray. Directed by Ramin Bahrani. Based on the best-selling book by Aravind Adiga. (Rated R. Premieres Friday, Jan. 22 on Netflix)

SATURDAY (JAN. 23)

💃 Martha Graham Cracker Live in 2021 (Performance / virtual) The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret presents a pay-what-you-can drag performance with music, dancing and some special guest performers. The virtual show streams on Facebook and YouTube. (Pay what you can, Jan. 23, 8-10 p.m., eventbrite.com, add to calendar)

🎵 The Bush Tetras (Music / virtual) Still featuring original members Pat Place and Cynthia Sley from the band’s original 1979 lineup, the New York band is a tightly wound punk funk unit that’s been active off and on over the decades. Last year, they issued Boom In The Night, a compilation of recordings from their 1980 heyday, including the hit “Too Many Creeps.” ($15, Jan. 23, 9 p.m., lpr.tv, add to calendar)

🌱 Longwood Gardens Presents Voices in the Landscape (Performance / virtual and in-person / ongoing) Through the rest of the winter season, Longwood Gardens hosts an indoor-outdoor storytelling event that celebrates the Black experience and its impact on horticulture. Charlotte Blake Alston narrates the ten-stop tour, which can be accessed virtually from home or in-person along the garden’s paths. (Free-$25, Jan. 23-March 21, longwoodgardens.com, map, add to calendar)

Need a bit of greenery? Longwood Gardens opens Voices in the Landscape, a special indoor-outdoor digital storytelling event through its beautiful gardens.
Becca Mathias for Longwood Gardens
Need a bit of greenery? Longwood Gardens opens Voices in the Landscape, a special indoor-outdoor digital storytelling event through its beautiful gardens.

MONDAY (JAN. 25)

🎭 The Little Princess (Theater / virtual / kid-friendly / multi-day) Quintessence Theatre’s popular online production of The Little Princess has brought live theater into our homes. But that’s sometimes a little inconvenient for families that require multiple breaks for snacks and the bathroom. So this week, the Mt. Airy theater is offering a recorded version of the play, to stream on your own schedule. Ages 6+ ($29 per family, Jan. 25-31, quintessencetheatre.org, add to calendar)

TUESDAY (JAN. 26)

🎭 Bristol Riverside Theatre Presents Singles in Agriculture (Theater / virtual / multi-day) Bristol Riverside Theatre presents a romantic and funny virtual theater experience with their show about two people who meet at an annual convention for singles in agriculture. The show is live streamed each night from the real-life couple’s home. ($30-$35, Jan. 26-30, 7:30 p.m., brtstage.org, add to calendar)

Tune into a livestream performance of Singles in Agriculture, presented by the Bristol Riverside Theatre.
Timothy Goodwin for Bristol Riverside Theatre
Tune into a livestream performance of Singles in Agriculture, presented by the Bristol Riverside Theatre.

WEDNESDAY (JAN. 27)

🥇 Billy Penn Virtual Quizzo (Quizzo / virtual / free) Now’s the time to show off your Philly knowledge. Billy Penn hosts a free (but donations-encouraged) evening of Philadelphia-themed quizzo with between-round music spun by DJ Bounce Gawd. Advance registration is required. (Donations encouraged, Jan. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., eventbrite.com, add to calendar)

🌕 Lunar New Year at Penn Museum (Culture / virtual / kid-friendly / multi-day) The Penn Museum continues its Lunar New Year celebration on Wednesday, welcoming the Year of the Ox with three live lessons about the Chinese zodiac, paper cuttings, and food — all part of the museum’s family-centric Archaeological Adventures series. The next evening, it’s everyone’s favorite: The lion dance, as performed and paraded throughout the world. Ages 5+ (Archaeological Adventures: $15 family, $12 member family, Jan. 27, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., penn.museum; Lion Dance: free, registration required, Jan. 28, 6-7 p.m., penn.museum, add to calendar)

THURSDAY (JAN. 28)

💻 A Day Ends / A Day Begins: Technology as a Language for Empathy (Art / virtual) Fleisher Art Memorial teams up with University City’s Fabric Workshop and Museum for an online tour of the museum’s exhibition Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve’s and discussion about the world today, where many of us are isolated but connected through technology. Advanced registration is required. ($10 suggested donation, Jan. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m., fabricworkshopandmuseum.org, add to calendar)

🐝 Academy Nightcap, The Sexy Side of Nature: Virgin Births (Museums / virtual) Scientists and experts from the Academy of Natural Sciences discuss the risqué side of the animal kingdom in a Thursday-night, adults-only event. Learn about the animals that can have babies without sex: also known as virgin births. Online registration is required. ($7-$15, Jan. 28, 8:30-9:30 p.m., ansp.org, add to calendar)

🎥 Sundance Film Festival (Movies / virtual / multi-day) More than 70 films premiere at this year’s virtual film fest. While the celebration certainly looks different this year, online attendees can expect the same caliber of high-quality feature films, short films, indie flicks, live talks, and special events, all without having to travel to Utah. Tickets for individual screenings start at $15. ($15-$350, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, festival.sundance.org, add to calendar)

🎵 Bartees Strange (Music / virtual) Washington, D.C., producer-songwriter Strange gained attention last year when he released an EP of songs by The National, inspired by his realization that his was one of the few Black faces in the crowd at their shows. He followed that with Live Forever, a superb, freewheeling full length debut album that displayed his catholic taste. He’s performing it live with a full band — on his birthday! — in producer Will Yip’s Live At Studio Four series. (Free, Jan. 28, 10 p.m., youtube.com/memorymusiclabel, add to calendar)

ONGOING

Indoor Mini-Golf at Linvilla Orchards (Sports / in-person / kid-friendly) Media’s favorite agritainment center has reopened its environmental-educational putt-putt. Created years ago by the Academy of Natural Sciences, all 18 holes are dedicated to dinosaurs, butterflies, rainforests, more. Masks and timed tickets required to ensure limited capacity and the ability to social distance. Ages 4+ ($9 adults, $7 ages 10 & under, through March 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., linvilla.com, 137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, map, add to calendar)

👨‍🍳 Bringing Israel Home (Food / virtual / free) Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav provides some much-appreciated free entertainment this winter. Every Wednesday, Solomonov discusses Israeli food, diversity and culture with notable friends in part one of the weekly digital series and then prepares Israeli fare inspired by the discussion live in his home kitchen while answering questions from viewers. (Free, Wednesdays through April 28, 8 p.m.,, vimeo.com, add to calendar)

🏰 Highlights of Fonthill Castle Virtual Tour (Museum / virtual / multi-day) Explore the beautifully historic Fonthill Castle from your own home as the Bucks County attraction hosts a series of pre-recorded tours and live Q&A with tour guides on select days in January and February. ($10, until Feb. 25, mercermuseum.org, add to calendar)

❄️ Wintour Scavenger Hunt in Fairmount Park (Tour / in-person / outdoors / kid-friendly / free / ongoing) Fairmount Park Conservancy adds some free entertainment to a socially distant winter. Download the free GooseChase app to embark on scavenger hunts, tours and special missions while learning about the history, art and nature throughout East and West Fairmount Park. Those who complete all 80 missions get a free membership to Fairmount Park Conservancy. (Free, through March 19, myphillypark.org, add to calendar)

⛸️ Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (Seasonal / in-person / outdoors / kid-friendly / multi-day) There’s ice skating, designated areas for seasonal food and drinks, festive decor and more at the winter favorite on the Delaware River. COVID times means adjustments like an open-air lodge, capacity restrictions on the rink, mask requirements and frequent cleaning. ($5 for admission, $10 for skate rental, through March 7, delawareriverwaterfront.com, map, add to calendar)

⛸️ Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (Seasonal / in-person / outdoors / kid-friendly / ongoing) Dilworth Park marks the holidays with the return of its popular ice skating rink, which, in addition to skating, has super Instagrammable views of Center City and City Hall. This year, the winter park’s food-and-drink cabin becomes an open-air restaurant with a range of food and cocktails, with winter decor and toasty heat lamps. Masks, social distancing and timed tickets required. ($5-14 for skating; $10 for skate rental, through Feb. 28, centercityphila.org, map, add to calendar)

Calendar contributors
  • Jillian Wilson writes about events, tourism and wellness. Her work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, HuffPost, Eater Philly, Fodor’s Travel and others. She studied communications at Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication, and is based in South Philly.
  • Lauren McCutcheon is a Philadelphian, parent, and program director at Mighty Writers, a nonprofit that teaches school-age students think and write with clarity. She writes about kids events for the Inquirer, including our Kids Calendar, which publishes each Sunday.
  • Dan DeLuca is the music critic for The Inquirer.
  • Howard Gensler writes about movies for the Inquirer, and is a former entertainment editor and writer for the Philadelphia Daily News. His work has also appeared in Premiere magazine, and he wrote the story on which the movie Hysteria, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy, was based.