The newly expanded "Philadelphia Antiques Show, Antiques & Art, 17th through the 20th Century" now includes exceptional paintings, sculpture, and works on paper through the 20th century. Celebrated for 52 years, patrons can explore and purchase pieces from the diverse collection of furnishings and decorative arts from over 65 of the most prominent antiques and art exhibitors in the country, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Saturday, April 13, 11am-8pm, Sunday, April 14, 11am-6pm and Monday, April 15, 11am-6pm, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia.
Onstage at Delaware Theatre Company is Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific," through Sunday, May 5. As the company's first large-scale classic musical, the production features a cast of 26, with regional talent (including 5 local children) performing alongside Broadway veterans. Accompanied by a full 14 piece orchestra for timeless favorites such as "Some Enchanted Evening" and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," the show is directed by Executive Director Bud Martin with clever set design by Dirk Durosette, incorporating both a functional jeep and the recreation of a World War II plane, 200 Water Street, Wilmington, Delaware.
Morris Arboretum celebrates their collection of Japanese plants and gardens with a Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, Saturday, April 13, 11am-3pm, with performances, archery demonstrations, tours and more, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia. "Sakura Sunday" is Sunday, April 14, 10:30am-4pm, Horticulture Center, Montgomery Drive and Belmont Avenue, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.
Opening this weekend at Stagecrafters is "Ruined," Lynn Nottage's passionate and powerful story of shrewdness and survival, based on true reports of conditions endured by those caught in the hell of civil war. The play, set during the conflict in today's Democratic Republic of Congo, premiered in 2008 at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago and went on to production at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City, where it ran for eight months. In addition to the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "Ruined" also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for Outstanding Play, and the Obie Award for Best New American Play and is onstage through April 28, 8130 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. Meet the Cast and Director following the April 19 performance.
The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts the 7th annual Philadelphia Book Festival, April 14-20, featuring Rachel Maddow, Baratunde Thurston, Tom Burgoyne, Karen Quinones Miller, Amy Ignatow, Solomon Jones, and more, now expanded to include every library location in the city (54 sites) during National Library Week.
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